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joe
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Spiritual books

Post by joe » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:25 pm

Can someone recommend a list of the best spiritual books, from classic to contemporary?

I am also looking for a history book on Hinduism and a comparative analysis between Hinduism, Buddhism and Mystical Christianity.

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Re: Spiritual books

Post by peas » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:07 am

I borrowed from my local library a book called "50 Spiritual Classics" by Tom Butler Bowden. It's a widely available book.

Couldn't put it down. You won't get a better starting point, in terms of short summaries of 50 books that many consider to be the classics. His website lists the books covered.

It helped me make a short list of reading, which has stead me well for the past 12 months. It doesn't replace reading the original texts, just helps in selecting the reading order.

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Re: Spiritual books

Post by joe » Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:45 pm

Thanks. That's a helpful list. How about history books?

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Re: Spiritual books

Post by beginnersmind » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:18 pm

Hi Joe,

My favorites are:

The Tao Te Ching

The Dhammapada

Talks with Ramana Maharshi

I AM THAT: Talks with Nisargadatta Maharaj (highly recommend)

Freedom From the Known :J. Krishnamurti

You Are the World: J. Krishnamurti

On Dialogue :David Bohm (a quantum theorist who dialogued with J. Krishnamurti quite a bit

A Course in Miracles (FIP Edition, UrText, and HLC Edition)

A Life Worth Breathing: Max Strom

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Shunryu Suzuki

The Power of Now: Eckhart Tolle

Stillness Speaks: Eckhart Tolle

Selected Writings: Meister Eckhart

The Gnostic Gospels

Spiritual Emergency: Grof

Dark Night of The Soul: St. John of The Cross

For the neuroscience of spiritual practice- The Buddha's Brain: Hanson

Those are just some that I enjoyed

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Re: Spiritual books

Post by joe » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:21 pm

Intriguing. Thanks! I'm really looking for books that will trace the lineage of Eastern spiritual beliefs and will show the relationship of Christian mysticism to Eastern religion.

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Re: Spiritual books

Post by beginnersmind » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:41 am

joe wrote:Intriguing. Thanks! I'm really looking for books that will trace the lineage of Eastern spiritual beliefs and will show the relationship of Christian mysticism to Eastern religion.
Well I would say A Course in Miracles is right up that alley.

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Re: Spiritual books

Post by kutto » Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:36 pm

I am currently reading The Way of Mastery. By Jeshua and very similar to A Course In Miracles in many ways but much easier to read. Very inspiring. Volume one is called The Way of The Heart.

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Post by KathleenBrugger » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:18 am

joe wrote:Intriguing. Thanks! I'm really looking for books that will trace the lineage of Eastern spiritual beliefs and will show the relationship of Christian mysticism to Eastern religion.
You might want to check out some of Alan Watts. He was an Episcopal priest who studied Zen in the 1930s. Wrote a lot of books that popularized Zen in the West. "The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are" is one of his most famous books. "Beyond Theology: The Art of Godmanship" is about Christianity and Eastern religions.
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