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Spiritual Awakening

The term “spiritual awakening” has a somewhat disputed meaning: some say it means having an experience of the oneness of all things, while others believe it means encountering the Divine, and still others equate it to the first experiences of getting in touch with our own sense of divine spirit or energy, often in the midst of loss or difficulty. Whatever the definition, there is a common theme of redefining a person’s identity in relation to the world around them, with a definite transcendent quality to the experience. You can have multiple experiences of spiritual awakening, each sparking further movement along the path toward enlightenment.

The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender

“What does liberation mean when I have incarnated in a particular body, with a particular shape, color, and sex?” In The Way of Tenderness, Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel brings Buddhist philosophies of emptiness and appearance to bear on race, sexuality, and gender, using wisdom forged throu...

A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times

When the path ahead is dark, how can we keep from stumbling? How do we make our way with courage and dignity? "Inside each of us is an eternal light that I call 'the One Who Knows,'" writes Jack Kornfield.

Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice Of Inclusivity And Community

How can we connect our personal spiritual journeys with the larger course of our shared human experience? How do we compassionately and wisely navigate belonging and exclusion in our own hearts? And how can we embrace diverse identities and experiences within our spiritual communities, building sang...

Awaken Every Day: 365 Buddhist Reflections to Invite Mindfulness and Joy

Awaken Every Day shares a quick dose of everyday wisdom, encouraging us to understand the true causes of our suffering and the paths to freedom. These insightful reflections help us understand our minds, our connections to our communities, and how to become the people we aspire to be.

Buddha’s Heart: Meditation Practice for Developing Well-Being, Love, and Empathy

With Buddha’s Heart, senior meditation teacher Stephen Snyder reveals an original and clear path to the powerful brahmavihāras. These practices offer rich, soothing support for the soul and a portal to spiritual awakening and deepening self-realization.

Early Buddhist Meditation Studies

In this book, Bhikkhu Analayo, scholar and meditation teacher, examines central aspects of Buddhist meditation as reflected in the early discourses of the Buddha, based on revised and reorganized material from previously published articles.

It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness

Using delightful and deceptively powerful stories from everyday experiences, beloved Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein demystifies spirituality, charts the path to happiness through the Buddha’s basic teachings, shows how to eliminate hindrances to clear seeing, and develops a realistic course tow...

The Big Questions: How to Find Your Own Answers to Life’s Essential Mysteries

The best-selling author of Awakening the Buddha Within addresses life's most provocative and tantalizing questions simply, directly, and powerfully. Every life is a journey through the unknown. Along the way, however, we tend to encounter the same perplexing questions again and again.

Going on Being: Buddhism and the Way of Change

The bestselling author of Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart combines a memoir of his own journey as a student of Buddhism and psychology with a powerful message about how cultivating true self-awareness and adopting a Buddhist understanding of change can free the mind.

Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness

Throughout history, people have sought the heights of human potential—to become as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be.

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