Meditation
and
Contemplation:

A Subject Index to Books, Links, and Resources



Reseach by
Michael P. Garofalo
 

February 19, 2010

 

Quotations      Links     Bibliography

 

 

 

"Meditation" is herein loosely and eclectically considered to be various methods or techniques for transforming  and altering consciousness, increasing insight, producing joyfulness, peace, and euphoria, exercising the Active Imagination, encouraging mystical experiences, exploring body-mind-spirit relationships, skipping along the edges of rEaLiTy, experienciong life in a more beautiful and creative mode of being, playing mental games, making art and music and dance, and delving into spiritual matters.   "Meditation" can be done while standing, gardening, walking, dancing, doing taijiquan, drumming, or sitting on your butt, etc..  You can practice any religion or none and still benefit from meditating; although most religions have some meditative practices they would prefer you do and some that you not do. 

This collection of citations reflects some of my own reading, citations for items in my home library (VSCL), resources in Northern California, references to other webpages I have created on my own specific "meditation" practices (e.g., gardening, taijiquan, qigong, walking, yoga, tarot, reading, contemplation, and mindfulness, etc.), and, sometimes, whatever strikes my fancy.  The list may be of little use to anyone else, or might be helpful to a few. 

My Pathways in the Green Valley and Cloud Hands blogs are a way to follow my current activities and interests.     

 

 

Subject Index to Meditation 

Theories, Methods, Practices, Techniques
Academic Programs, Workshops, Training
Bibliography, Links, Resources

 

 


Ananda Yoga


A modern tradition of Yogic practice based on the principles and practices developed by Paramhansa Yogananda (-1952), the first Yogi to come a preach in the United States, founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship.  


Ananda Course in Self-Realization, Part I: Lessons in Meditation.  By John Novak.  Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.  Nevada City, California, Ananda Church of Self-Realization, 1997.  Spiral bound handbook.  104 pages.  This course also includes 2 audio CDs or audiotapes with Lessons in Meditation by John Novak, 2002.  VSCL. 


Ananda Course in Self- Realization
   Prepared by the Ananda Church of Self-Realization, which offers course materials, videotapes, CDs, advice, e-mail, and guidance.  .


Ananda Lessons in Meditation Online
, Ananda Course in Self-Realization.  Description of overall study program for Kriya Yoga Preparation.  


Clarity Online Magazine from Ananda


How to Meditate
.  By John Jyotish Novak.  A Step by Step Guide to the Art and Science of Meditation.  Nevada City, CA, Crystal Clarity Publishers.  119 pages.  VSCL.  
ISBN: 1565897161.  


Kriya Yoga


Meditation for Starters
.  By J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriananda).  Nevada City, CA, Crystal Clarity Publishers.  136 pages.  ISBN: 1565890795.   For information on this
book, and its audiotape, CD, and videotape versions go to
Crystal Clarity.


Metaphysical Meditations
.  By Paramhansa Yogananda.  Nevada City, CA, Crystal Clarity Publishers
, 2003.  144 pages.  ISBN: 1565891791.  Topics include: devotion and worship, meditations on God, finding God, expansion of consciousness, Self-Improvement, material concerns, and special Christmas meditations.  


Ananda Yoga - SEE ALSO  Kriya Yoga, Raja Yoga, Yoga - General

 

 

 

 

Body - Subtle, Esoteric, Metaphysical

 

BodyStories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy.  Expanded Edition.  By Andrea Olsen in collaboration with Caryn McHose.  Barrytown, New York, Station Hill Openings of Barrytown, Ltd., 1998. Index, bibliography, 168 pages.  ISBN: 1581770235.  VSCL. 


Chakras for Starters
.   By Savitri Simpson.   Nevada City, CA, Crystal Clarity Publishers.  144 pages.  ISBN: 1565891562.  


One Druid's Journey: The Green Wizard's Notebooks


The Taoist Body
.   By Kristofer Schipper.  Translated by Kare C. Duval.  Foreword by Norman Girardot.  Berkeley, University of California Press, 1972, 1993.  Index, bibliography, notes, 273 pages.  ISBN: 0520082249.  VSCL.   


Subtle Body  SEE ALSO  Taoism, Tantric Yoga

 

 

 

 

Breathing


Many meditation techniques emphasize breathing techniques, attention to the patterns of breath, being centered on the breath, etc.  Breathing systems and techniques are called pranayama in Yoga, or Qigong in Taoism.  See Also: Insight Meditation


Breathe Well, Be Well
.   By Robert Fried.  John Wiley & Sons, 1999.   224 pages.  ISBN:  0471324361.  


Breathing and Taijiquan


The Breathing Book
:  Good Health and Vitality Throught Essential Breath Work.  By Donna Farhi.  Henry Holt, 1996.  238 pages.  ISBN: 0805042970.


Breathing Practices - Taijiquan, Qigong and Yoga


Conscious Breathing: Breathwork for Health, Stress Release, and Person Mastery
.  By Gay Hendricks.  Bantam Books, 1995.  189 pages.  ISBN:  0553374435.


How to Calm Down: Three Deep Breaths to Peace of Mind
.  By Fred L. Miller and Mark Bryan.  Warner Books, 2003.  128 pages.  ISBN:  0446679712.   


Relaxation: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes
  


The Tao of Natural Breathing
: For Health, Well Being, and Inner Growth.   By Dennis Lewis.  Mountain Wind Pub., 1997.  Index, 208 pages.  ISBN: 0965161102.  Foreward by Taoist 
Master Mantak Chia. 
Information.


The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama
.  By Richard Rosen.  Foreward by Rodney Yee.  Illustrations by Kim Fraley.  Boston, Shambhala, 2002.  Index, notes, 
304 pages.  ISBN: 1570628890.  VSCL. 


Breathing  SEE ALSO  Mindfulness, Yoga, Singing, General

 

 

 

 

Buddhism


See Also:  Insight Meditation, Zen 


The Art of Happiness: Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
.  By Mirko Fryba.  Translated from the German by Michael H. Kohn.  Foreward by Claudio Naranjo.  Boston, Shambhala, 
1989.  Index, notes, 301 pages.  ISBN: 0877734666.  VSCL. 


Five Moral Precepts of Buddhism:  Links, Bibliography, Notes, Quotations
.   


Goddesses: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes


How to Meditate: A Practical Guide.  By Kathleen McDonald.  Edited by Robina Courtin.  Wisdom Publications, 1995.  224 pages.  Reprint.  ISBN: 0861710096.


The Practice of Tibetan Meditation
: Exercises, Visualizations, and Mantras for Health and Well Being.  By ..  Dagsay Tulku Rinpoche.  Inner Traditions Intl. Ltd., 2002.  160 pages.  ISBN: 0892819030.


The Practice of Tranquility and Insight: A Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation.  By Khenchen Thrangu.  Translated by Peter Roberts.  Snow Lion Publications, 1998.  170 pages.  ISBN: 1559391065.


Pure Meditation: The Tibetan Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace.  By Pema Chodron.  Sounds True, 2000.  90 pages.  ISBN: 1564558118.


Shambhala Warriorship - Tibetan Buddhism
  Rinpoche Choygam Trungpa.  


VSCL = Valley Spirit Center Library, Red Bluff, California. 


Wake Up to Your Life.  Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention.  By Ken McLeod.  San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.  Sources, index, 468 pages.  ISBN: 0062516817.  VSCL. 


Buddhism  SEE ALSO  Insight Meditation, Mindfulness, Ethics, Zen, Yoga

 

 

 

 

Dancing


Dancing at Dawn: Taijiquan
   


Dancing SEE ALSO  Movement, Music, T'ai Chi Ch'uan

 

 

 

 

Drumming, Drums, Drum Circles, Sacred Drum, Shamanic Drumming

 

Djembe - Africa Drum - Wikipedia   Pronounced jem bay


Djembe African Drums at World Wide Drums   I use a djembe drum made from mahogany that is 24" high, weighs 12 pounds, and uses a 11"-12" goat skin drumhead.  The drum is a natural, unpainted, light brown color.         


Djembe L-FAQ


Djembe Rhythms FAQ


Drum Journey  Drum Resources and Links. 


Drums - DMOZ     


The Healing Power of the Drum.   VSCL. 


How to Play Djembe.  Book and Audio CD.  VSCL. 


Native American Drums - Living Drums.  I use a  hand held painted drum, "Feather" design artwork (8 spokes, 8 feathers) on drum head, 13" drumhead from cowhide. 


Native American Indian Drums


Sacred Drumming
.  By Steven Ash.  Edited by Renata Ash.  New York, Sterling Publishing Company, 2001.  Index, 144 pages.   Includes a 60 minute audio CD.  ISBN: 0806926570.  VSCL.  A focus on the American Indian hand held drum played with a beater. 


Sacred Earth Drums.  David Gordon.  Audio Cd.  2004.   VSCL. 


The Shamanic Drum: A Guide to Sacred Drumming.  By Michael Drake.  VSCL. 


Valley Spirit Green Wizard.  He practices gardening, rites, qigong, taijiquan, yoga, tarot, walking, standing meditation, web publishing, esoteric research, and drumming.  An greybearded philosopher and eclectic NeoPagan from Red Bluff, North Sacramento Valley, California. 


The Way of the Pulse: Drumming with Spirit.  By John Diamond.  VSCL. 


 

 

 

 

Eight Gates To Wise Living

 

The Eight Gates of Zen: A Program of Zen Training.   By John Daido Loori.  Edited by Bonnie Myotai Treace and Konrad Ryushin Marchaj.  Boston, Shambhala, 2002.  270 pages.  ISBN:  1570629528.  VSCL.  


Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path.  By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.  Boston, Wisdom Publications, 2001.  Index, bibliography, 268 pages.  ISBN: 0861711769.  MGC.  A clear and insightful commentary on the Eightfold Path of Buddhism.


The Eight Ox Herding Pictures - A Chan/Zen Allegory


The Eight Precepts of Buddhism


The Eight Trigrams of the I Ching
   


One Druid's Journey: The Green Wizard's Notebooks


The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom
.   By Angeles Arrien.  Sounds True, 2005.  208 pages.  ISBN: 1591792525.


 

 

 

 

Ethics


Attention to ethical, moral, and principled social and personal behavior is considered by most to be an essential precursor to an effective meditation practice.  Doing good, avoiding evil, and knowing right from wrong are essential to progress in meditation.  Contemplation and reflection on moral principles or great women and men who exemplify right living, high character, and goodness are all part of the meditation practices of many spiritual traditions.   


Buddhist Ethics:  Links, Bibliography, Quotations
.   


Ethics (Morals, Values, Goodness)  SEE ALSO  Buddhism, Home Life

 

 

 

 

Food and Eating


Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul
.  Essentials of Eating for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being.  By Deborah Kesten.  Foreward by Herbert Benson.  Berkeley, California, Conari Press, 1997.  Index, 259 pages.  ISBN: 1573240680.  VSCL. 


Food and Eating  SEE ALSO  Ethics, Gardening, Yoga

 

 

 

 

Gardening


Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery.  By Mark Coleman.  Introduction by Jack Kornfield. Novato, California, New World Library, 2006.  Bibliography, 243 pages.  ISBN:  9781930722552. 


Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated Worlds.  By Wendy Johnson.   Illustrations by Davis Te Selle.  New York, Bantam Books, 2008.  Index, resources, 447 pages.  ISBN: 978055378030.  VSCL. 


The Green Wizard


Into the Garden: Mysticism
  Quotes, poems, sayings.  


Months and Seasons: Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Lore, Garden Chores


Nature Mysticism
   Quotes, Bibliography, Links 


Nature Mysticism
.   An fine essay by Mike King.  Nature mysticsm in the writings of Thomas Traherne, Walt Whitman, Richard Jefferies and Krishnamurti.  The essay provides an excellent overview of the thoughts of Evelyn Underhill, Richard Zaehner, William James, and others about nature mysticism.   A well researched and very insightful three part essay.  Very good notes, references, and bibliographic work. 


One Daoist Druid's Journey: The Green Wizard's Notebooks


Pathways in the Green Valley


Pulling Onions
.   By Michael P. Garofalo.   Aphorisms, quips and observations of a gardener.  


Reading to Uplift a Gardener's Spirits
.   The Spiritual and Psychological Aspects of Gardening.   A Bibliography.   By Michael P. Garofalo. 


The Sacred Garden: Soil for Growing the Soul.
   By Patricia R. Barrett.  Morehouse Publishing Company, 2000.   144 pages. 


The Sanctuary Garden:  Creating a Place of Refuge in Your Yard or Garden
 By Christopher Forrest McDowell and Tricia Clark-McDowell.  Line illustrations by Tricia Clark-McDowell.  Watercolors by Hanna Yoshimura.  New York, Simon and Schuster, A Fireside Book, 1998.  188 pages, suggested readings.  A beautiful, inspirational, and delightful book!   VSCL. 


The Spirit of Gardening: Quotes, Bibliography, Links, Notes
.  Michael Garofalo.  Over 3,500 quotes arranged by 135 topics.  


Gardening  SEE ALSO  Home Life, Ethics, Movement, Food and Eating, Wiccan

 

 

 

 

General


The Best Guide to Meditation
.   By Victor N. Davich.  Los Angeles, CA, Renaissance Media, Inc., 1998.  Index, bibliography, appendices, 350 pages.  ISBN: 1580630103.  VSCL. 


The Essential Rumi.  Translated by Coleman Barks.  Introduction by Huston Smith.  New York, Quality Paperback Book Club, Coleman Books, 1995.  ISBN: 0965064871.  302 pages.  VSCL. 


How to Meditate
.  By John Jyotish Novak.  A Step by Step Guide to the Art and Science of Meditation.  Nevada City, CA, Crystal Clarity Publishers.  119 pages.  ISBN: 1565897161.  VSCL. 


How to Meditate
.  By Lawrence Leshan.  Little Brown and Company, 1999.  240 pages. ISBN: 0316880620.  


Institute of Applied Meditation Psychology
.  Andrew Shugyo Bonnici, Ph.D.   


Jagad Guru   Science of Identity Foundation  Video 


Meditation: A Simple Eight Point Program for Translating Spiritual Ideals into Daily Life.   By Eknath Easwaran (1909-1999).  Nilgiri Press, 2nd Edition, 1991. 252 pages.  ISBN: 0915132664.  His Eight Point Program includes; meditation, mantra recitation, slowing down, one-pointed attention, training the senses, putting others first, spiritual companionship, and reading mystical literature.  General meditation and yoga meditation methods. 


Meditation for Dummies.   By Stephan Bodian.  For Dummies, 1999.  384 pages.  ISBN: 0764551167.  


Meditation - Google Index


Meditation: Links, Bibliography, Notes, Quotes
.


Meditation: Quotes, Sayings, Proverbs, Wisdom Literature
 


One Druid's Journey: The Green Wizard's Notebooks


Religion and Meditation - Google Index
    


The Voice for Love Foundation provides guided meditation resources, including meditation for beginners and meditation techniques for accessing your inner wisdom.  Learn Meditation


World Wide On Line Meditation Center
  A variety of meditation techniques are introduced, links, books, tapes.  


General Meditation  SEE ALSO   Yoga - General, Buddhism, Taoism  

 

 

Green Way Journal by Michael P. Garofalo

 

 

 

 

 

Home Life


Everyday Tao: Living With Balance and Harmony
.  By Deng Ming-Dao.  Harper, San Francisco, 1996.  272 pages.  ISBN: 0062513958.  VSCL. 


Home Sanctuary: Practical Ways to Create a Spiritually Fulfilling Environment
.  By Nicole Marcelis.  McGraw Hill, Contemporary Books, 2000.  272 pages.  ISBN: 0809224895.  


One Druid's Journey: The Green Wizard's Notebooks


Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks.  By Gary Thorp. New York, Walker Company, 2000.  Bibliography, 159 pages.   ISBN: 0802713602.  VSCL.


Home Life  SEE ALSO  Gardening, Food and Eating, Wiccan, Ethics 


 

 

 

Journaling, Diary Writing, Blogging

 

Cloud Hands Blog


Pathways in the Green Valley


A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Peace.  By Hannah Hinchman.  New York, W. W. Norton, 1997.  192 pages.  ISBN: 0393041018.  Excellent ideas for those with a keen interest in natural history and backyard nature studies.  VSCL.    


 

 

 

Kriya Yoga


Kriya Yoga


Meditation for Starters
.  By J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriananda).  Nevada City, CA, Crystal Clarity Publishers.  136 pages.  ISBN: 1565890795.   For information on this book, and its audiotape, CD, and videotape versions go to Crystal Clarity.  


The Natural Science of Kriya Yoga
.   By Goswami Kriyananda.   Chicago, The Temple of Kriya Yoga, 1976, 2002.  Index, 367 pages.  ISBN: 0961309911.  VSCL.     


Kriya Yoga  SEE ALSO  Ananda Yoga, Raja Yoga, Yoga - General

 

 

 

 

Labyrinths

 

The Labyrinth Society   The top website on the subject!!   Excellent information, links, resources, databases, history, news, etc..  This website "supports all those who create, maintain, and use labyrinths and to serve the global community by providing education, networking, and opportunities to experience transformation."


Labyrinths:  Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes, Notes 


Sacred Circles and Spheres: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Resources, Notes.   By Michael Garofalo.  


String Figures and Designs      

 

 

 

 

 

Mantras


Mantras  SEE ALSO  Sound, Chanting, Music   

 

 

 

 

 

 



This is an excellent chart provided by the
Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.
They offer a variety of electronic
versions of this "Tree of Contemplative Practices."

 

 

 

 

Mindfulness  
Insight Meditation, Mindfulness, Vipassana


Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient
:  The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness.   By Will Johnson.  Boston, Shambhala, 2000.  137 pages.  ISBN: 1570625182.  VSCL.   


The Art of Happiness: Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
.  By Mirko Fryba.  Translated from the German by Michael H. Kohn.  Foreward by Claudio Naranjo.  Boston, Shambhala, 
1989.  Index, notes, 301 pages.  ISBN: 0877734666.  VSCL.   


Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery.  By Mark Coleman.  Introduction by Jack Kornfield.  Novato, California, New World Library, 2006.  Bibliography, 243 pages.  ISBN:  9781930722552.  VSCL. 


Beginning Mindfulness: Learning the Way of Awareness.  By Andrew Weiss.  A ten week course.  VSCL.  Novato, California, New World Library, 2004.  Recommended reading, 234 pages.  ISBN: 1577314417.  VSCL. 


The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation.  By Joseph Goldstein.   Boston, Shambhala, 1976. 169 pages.  VSCL.  Insight meditation methods. 


Insight Meditation: A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate
.  By Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein.  A 240 page workbook and 2 70 minute audio CDs.  Sounds True,
2002.  ISBN: 1564559068.  


Meditation, Compassion and Loving Kindness.   By Steve and Rosemary Weissman.  An Approach to Vipassana Practice.  York Beach, Maine, Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1996.  212 pages.
ISBN: 0877288526.   VSCL.    


Mindfulness in Plain English.  By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.  Updated and expanded edition.  Boston, Wisdom Pubs., 2002.  Index, 208 pages.  ISBN: 0861713214.  VSCL.  


Mindfulness Meditation: Cultivating the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind.  By John Kabat-Zinn.  Audio CD.  


Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind.   By Frank Jude Boccio.   Boston, MA, Wisdom Publications.  Index, bibliography, notes, 340 pages.  ISBN: 0861713354.  VSCL.  Insight meditation methods. 


The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual of Meditation
.  By Thich Nhat Hanh.  Translated by Mobi Ho.  Boston, Beacon Press, 1975, 1987.  Revised edition.  140 pages.  ISBN:  0807012017.  


A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life.  By Jack Kornfield.  New York, Bantam Books, 1993.  Glossary, readings, 352 pages.  ISBN: 0553372114.  VSCL. 


The Practice of Happiness
: Exercises and Techniques for Developing Mindfulness, Wisdom and Joy.   By Mirko Fryba.  Translated by Michael H. Kohn.  Boston, Shambhala, 1995.  Index, 214 pages.  ISBN: 1570621233.   VSCL. 


Relaxation (Sung): Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes
  


Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation.  By Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield.  Boston, Shambhala, 2001.  216 pages.  ISBN: 157062805X.  VSCL.  Insight meditation methods. 


Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, California   Insight meditation and loving-kindness.  Many Western meditation masters have taught at this center. 


Wake Up to Your Life.  Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention.  By Ken McLeod.  San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.  Sources, index, 468 pages.  ISBN: 0062516817.  VSCL. 


Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
.  By John Kabat-Zinn.  Hyperion, 1995.  304 pages.  ISBN: 0786880708. 


Introduction to Insight Meditation   Amaravati Buddhist Centre, UK.    "The term "Insight Meditation" (samatha-vipassana) refers to practices for the mind that develop calm (samatha) through sustained attention, and insight (vipassana) through reflection. A fundamental technique for sustaining attention is focusing awareness on the body; traditionally, this is practiced while sitting or walking. The guide begins with some advice on this.  Reflection occurs quite naturally afterwards, when one is "comfortable" within the context of the meditation exercise. There will be a sense of ease and interest, and one begins to look around and become acquainted with the mind that is meditating. This "looking around" is called contemplation, a personal and direct seeing that can only be suggested by any technique."   Insight Meditation is also called Mindfulness, VipassanaInsight meditation methods. 

Insight Meditation: "Vipassanā (Pāli) or vipaśyanā (विपश्यना, Sanskrit) in the Buddhist tradition means insight into the nature of reality. A regular practitioner of Vipassana is known as a Vipassi (vipasya).  In the Theravadin context, this entails insight into the three marks of existence. In Mahayana contexts, it entails insight into what is variously described as sunyata, dharmata, the inseparability of appearance and emptiness, clarity and emptiness, or bliss and emptiness.[1] Vipassana is one of Asia's most ancient techniques of meditation, attributed to Gautama Buddha. It is a way of self-transformation through self-observation and introspection. In English, vipassanā meditation is often referred to simply as "insight meditation".  In a broader sense, vipassanā has been used as one of two poles for the categorization of types of Buddhist meditation, the other being samatha (Pāli; Sanskrit: śamatha). Samatha is a focusing, pacifying and calming meditation, common to many traditions in the world, notably yoga. It is used as a preparation for vipassanā, pacifying the mind and strengthening the concentration in order to allow the work of insight. This dichotomy is also sometimes discussed as "stopping and seeing." In Buddhist practice it is said that, while samatha can calm the mind, only insight can reveal how the mind was disturbed to start with, which leads to praj˝ā (Pāli: pa˝˝ā, wisdom) and j˝āna (Pāli: ˝āṇa, knowledge) and thus understanding, preventing it from being disturbed again.  The term is also used to refer to the Buddhist vipassana movement (modeled after Theravāda Buddhism meditation practices), which employs vipassanā and ānāpāna meditation as its primary techniques and places emphasis on the teachings of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta. The primary initial subject of investigation in that style of meditation is sensation and feeling (Skt: Vedanā)."  Vipassana - Wikipedia  Insight meditation methods. 


Mindfulness Meditation  SEE ALSO  Buddhism, Zen

 

 

 

 

Movement


Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient
:  The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness.   By Will Johnson.  Boston, Shambhala, 2000.  137 pages.  ISBN: 1570625182.  VSCL. 


Awareness Through Movement
; Health Exercises for Personal Growth.  Easy to Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination and Personal Awareness.  By Moshe Feldenkrais.  San Francisco, Harper Collins, 1972, 1977.  173 pages.  ISBN: 0062503227.  VSCL.    


Ecstatic Body Postures: An Alternate Reality Workbook
.  By Belinda Gore.  Foreword by Felicitas Goodman.  Santa Fe,  New Mexico, Bear and Company, 1995.  Endnotes, 284 pages.  ISBN: 1879181223.  VSCL. 


Fabulously Fit Forever
.   By Frank Zane.   Palm Springs, CA, Zananda, Inc., 1993, Revised 2nd Edition, 1995.  Notes, 334 pages.  ISBN: 0963616714.  A championship bodybuilder and psychologist gives us sage advice about fitness, health, and meditation techniques.  An interesting use of audiotape meditation training is offered.    


Fully Alive Coaching Newsletter
    Informative articles on health, exercise, psychology and personal transformation.  

 

 

 

 

Music


Music SEE ALSO  Singing and Chanting, Mantras, Dancing, Yoga, Sound, Music


Sacred Drumming
.  By Steven Ash.  Edited by Renata Ash.  New York, Sterling Publishing Company, 2001.  Index, 144 pages.  ISBN: 0806926570.  VSCL. 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature Mysticism


 

The Green Man: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Resources, Notes, Lore, Myths.  Research by Mike Garofalo.  Associations:  Burry Man, Jack in the Green, Gawain and The Green Knight,  Green George, Green Lady, Greenman,  Green Man, Green Woman, Holly King, Leaf Man, Pan, Old Man of the Woods, Oak King, Robin Hood, Wood Sage. 


Green Wizard


Nature Mysticism   Quotes, Bibliography, Links 


The Spirit of Gardening


Nature Mysticism  SEE ALSO  Gardening, Home Life

 

 

 

 

 

NeoPagan, Wicca, Wizardry, Earth Religion, Druidry



The Green Man: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Resources, Notes, Lore, Myths.  Research by Mike Garofalo.  Associations:  Burry Man, Jack in the Green, Gawain and The Green Knight,  Green George, Green Lady, Greenman,  Green Man, Green Woman, Holly King, Leaf Man, Pan, Old Man of the Woods, Oak King, Robin Hood, Wood Sage. 


Green Wizard 


Llewellyn's 2010 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living.  20th Anniversary Edition.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Worldwide Pubs., 2009.  360 pages.  VSCL. 


Llewellyn's Sabbats Almanac: Samhain 2009 to Mabon 2010.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Worldwide Pubs., 2009.  312 pages.  VSCL. 


Nature Mysticism   Quotes, Bibliography, Links 


One Druid's Journey: The Green Wizard's Notebooks


The Spirit of Gardening
  


Tree Magic

 

 

 

 

 

Philosophy


Mysticism and Philosophy.  By W. T. Stace.  Jeremy P. Tharcher, Inc., 1960.  


The Spectrum of Consciousness
.  By Ken Wilbur.  20th Anniversary Edition.  Wheaton, Illinois, Quest Books, The Theosophical Publishing House, 1977, 1993.  Bibliography, index, 362 pages.  ISBN: 0835606953.   


Philosophy  SEE ALSO  Yoga, Buddhism, Psychology, Taoism, Zen

 

 

 

 

 

Psychology  

 

What We May Be: Techniques for Psychological and Spiritual Growth Through
Psychosynthesis.  By Piero Ferrucci.  New York, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Putnam
Book, 1982.  Bibliography, appendices, index, 255 pages.  MGC.
ISBN:  0874772621. 


Willpower: Quotes, Links, Bibliography, Resources


Psychology  SEE ALSO  Philosophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qigong (Chi Kung, Daoyin, Yangshengong)  



Ancient Way to Keep Fit
.   Compiled by Zong Wu and Li Mao.  Translated by Song Luzeng, Liu Beijian, and Liu Zhenkai.  Paintings by Zhang Ke Ren.  Foreward by Kumar Frantzis.  Bolinas, California, Shelter Publications, 1992.  211 pages, glossary.  ISBN: 0679417893.  Outstanding illustrations by Zhang Ke Ren.  VSCL. 


The Book of Balance and Harmony
.  Translated with an introduction by Thomas Cleary.  New York, North Point Press, 1989.  153 pages.  ISBN: 0865473633.  "A classical thirteenth-century anthology of Taoist writings, including essays, conversations, poetry, and songs from the School of Complete Reality.  The writings combine the essences of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism into an alchemical elixir teaching Vitality, Energy and Spirit - the "Three Treasures" of Taoism that promise mental and physical well-being."  VSCL. 


Chi Kung, Daoyin, Qigong, Yangshengong: Guides, Lessons, Bibliography, Links


Chi Kung: Health and Martial Arts
.  By Yang, Jwing-Ming.  Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Yang's Martial Arts Association, 1987.  Glossary and terms.  120 pages.  ISBN: 0940871009.  The exercise that moves the chi from the tan tien up to the head and around the body is called Nei Dan "Internal Elixir" (pp. 43-76).   


The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing
.  By Daniel Reid.  Random House, 1994.  484 pages.  ISBN: 0877739293.  VSCL. 


The Complete Guide to Chi-Gung: Harnessing the Power of the Universe
.    By Daniel Reid.  Illustrations by Dexter Chou.   Boston, Shambhala, 1998.  Appendix, index, 326 pages. 
ISBN: 1570625433.  VSCL.   


Cultivating the Chi: The Secrets of Energy and Vitality
.   Compiled and translated by Stuart Alve Olson.   Revised and expanded third edition.   Chen Kung Series, Volume One.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Dragon Door Publications, 1993.  Index, 166 pages.  ISBN:  0938045113.  VSCL.     


Eight Section Brocade Qigong
    Eight Treasures Chi Kung.   By Michael P. Garofalo.  Instructions, notes, links, bibliography, quotations, and charts. 


The Essence of Tai Chi Chi Kung: Health and Martial Arts
.   By Yang Jwing-Ming.  Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 1990.  Glossary, 148 pages.   ISBN:  0940871106.  VSCL. 


The Healing Promise of Qi
: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi.  By Roger Jahnke, O.M.D..  Chicago, Contemporary Books, 2002.   Index, notes, extensive
recommended reading list, 316 pages.  ISBN: 0809295288.  VSCL. 


Living Chi: The Ancient Chinese Way to Bring Energy and Harmony Into Your Life
.  By Gary Kohr.  Charles E. Tuttle, Co., 2001.  152 pages.  ISBN: 0804832749.  Includes material on Shibashi, Lotus and Lohan Qigong.   


Meditation: Quotes, Sayings, Proverbs, Wisdom Literature


Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Bone Washing Chi Kung
.  The Secret of Youth.  By Yang, Jwing Ming.  Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Yang's Martial Arts Association,
1989.  Glossary, 286 pages.  ISBN: 0940871068.  VSCL. 


One Druid's Journey: The Green Wizard's Notebooks


Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body
: The Tao of Energy Enchancement.  By Bruce Kumar Frantzis.  Illustrated by Husky Grafx.  North Atlantic books, 2nd Edition, 1993.  174 pages.  ISBN: 1556431643.  VSCL. 


Qigong (Chi Kung)  Chinese training methods (i.e., breathing techniques, movement exercises, meditation, postures, practices) for cultivating and using vital energy (chi, qi). 


Qi, Chi or Ki



Qi, Chi or Ki

 

Qigong:  Resources, Lessons, Guides, Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes.  


Qigong - Breathing Practices
  


Qigong Empowerment
: A Guide to Medical, Taoist, Buddhist, and Wushu Energy Cultivation.   By Liang, Shou-Yu and Wu, Wen-Ching.  Way of the Dragon, 1996.  348 pages.  ISBN: 1889659029.  VSCL. 


"Qigong Meditation," Chaper 11, pp. 148-183, found in the fine book by Kenneth S. Cohen,
The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing


Qigong Meditation: Embryonic Breathing
.   By Yang, Jwing-Ming.  Boston, YMAA Publications, 2003.  Bilingual editon.  389 pages.  ISBN: 1886969736,
Qigong Taoist Yoga
     


Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal
: The Eight Essential Exercises of Master Li Ching-Yun.  By Stuart Alve Olson.  Heavenly Arts Press.  192 pages.  ISBN:  0892819456.  Excerpts  VSCL. 


Relaxation (Sung): Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes   


The Root of Chinese Chi Kung: The Secrets of Chi Kung Training
.  By Yang Jwing-Ming.  YMAA Chi Kung Series #1.   Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Yang's Martial Arts Association, 1989.  Glossary, 272 pages.   ISBN: 0940871076.  VSCL.       


Subject Index to the
Cloud Hands website.


Taoist Qigong for Health and Vitality: A Complete Program of Movement, Meditation and Healing Sounds.   By Hon, Sat Chuen.   Boston, Shambhala, 2003.  208 pages.  ISBN: 1590300688.  For an audio recording of the Healing Sounds is online.  VSCL. 


Warriors of Stillness: Meditative Traditions in the Chinese Martial Arts.  Volume 1.  The Teachings of Grandmaster Cai Song Fang.  Qigong Qi of the Center, Essence of Taijiquan.   By Jan Diepersloot.  Walnut Creek, California, Center for Healing and the Arts.  Glossary, 226 pages.  ISBN:  0964997606.  VSCL.    


The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing
.  By Kenneth S. Cohen. Foreword by Larry Dossey.  New York Ballantine Books, 1997.  Index, notes, appendices, 
427 pages.  ISBN: 0345421094.  One of my favorite books: comprehensive, informative, practical, and scientific.  VSCL. 


Qigong  SEE ALSO  Taoism, Buddhism, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Movement, Tantric Yoga

 

 

 

 

 

Raja Yoga



Ashtanga Yoga


The Art and Science of Raja Yoga
.  By Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters).  Includes information on philosphy, meditation, postures, diet, breathing, routines, and health.  Nevada City, CA, Crystal Clarity Publishers, c 2002.  Includes audio CD disk.   Index, glossary, 471 pages.  This book is in a spiral binding so it can be used as a workbook/textbook.  ISBN: 156589166X.  VSCL. 


Beyond Power Yoga: 8 Levels of Practice for Body and Soul
.  By Beryl Bender Birch.  New Yor, Simon and Schuster, A Fireside Book, 2000.  Index, charts, bibliography, notes, 256 pages.  ISBN: 0684855267.  An introduction to Astanga Yoga (Eight Limbed Yoga Path) or Raja Yoga.  Personal experiences and practices.   VSCL.     


Chinese Yoga (Qigong, Daoyin, Yangshengong, Chi Kung)


Relaxation (Sung): Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes
 


Yoga: Bibliography, Guides, Links, Resources, Lessons


Yoga - Raja: Royal Yoga, Eight Limbed (Ashtanga) Yoga, Pantanjali's Yoga


Raja Yoga  SEE ALSO  Ananda Yoga, Tantric Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Yoga - General

 

 

 

 

 

Relaxation


Autogenic Therapy: Vol. 1. Autogenic Methods
.   By Johannes H. Schultz and Wolfgang Luthe.  New York, Grune and Stratton, 1969.  


Autogenic Training: A Psychophysiologic Approach in Psychotherapy
.   By Johannes H. Schultz and Wolfgang Luthe.   New York, Grune and Stratton, 1959.  


Autogenics and Visual Imagery
   By R. R. Danielson.   44Kb.  


Autogenics Training
   By Raymond Lloyd Richmond.  49Kb.  


Learn to Relax: A Practical Guide to Easing Tension and Conquering Stress
.  By Mike George.  San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1998.  Index, bibliography, 159 pages.  High quality layout, 
artwork, and typography.  ISBN:  0811819086.  25 good techniques for helping you relax and reduce stress.  A beautiful book with sage advice.  VSCL.    


Progressive Muscle Relaxation
     By Bernd Harmsen.  PMR.


Progressive Muscle Relaxation
.   By Raymond Lloyd Richmond.   34Kb.  PMR.  "There are two steps in the self-administered Progressive Muscle Relaxation procedure: (a) deliberately tensing muscle groups, and (b) releasing the induced tension."


Relaxing into Your Being.   By Bruce K. Frantzis.  The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series, Volume 1.  205 pages.  


The Relaxation Response
.   By Herbert Benson and Miriam Z. Klipper.   Harper Torchbook, Reissue Edition, 2000.  240 pages.  ISBN: 0380006766.  First published in 1975.  This 
groundbreaking book was based on studies at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and the Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Herbert Benson showed that relaxation techniques such as meditation 
have immense physical benefits, from lowered blood pressure to a reduction in heart disease.


Relaxation (Sung): Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes


Relaxation  SEE ALSO  Qigong

 

 

 

 

 

Retreats



Qigong and Daoist Training Center.  Sebastopol, California.  Bi-annual retreats in May and September. 


Silence, Simplicity, and Solitude.  David A. Cooper.  1992.


Solitude: A Return to Self
.   By Anthony Storr.  New York, Ballantine Books, 1988.  Index, 216 pages.  ISBN: 0345358473.  VSCL. 


Spirit Rock Center.  Woodacre, California.  Insight Meditation, Vipassana, Mindfulness, Yoga, Spirituality. 


Vitality and Wellness
.   By Stephan Rechtschaffen and Marc Cohen.  An Omega Institute Mind, Body, Spirit Book.  New York, Dell Publishing, 1999.  Index, resources lists, 262
pages.  ISBN:  0440508681.   Includes chapters dealing with techniques for becoming aware of stress, how to meditate, ideas for changing one's perspectives about the passage of time, a discussion of retreats and quests, how play and laughter are critical to health and well being, and a presentation on developing a sound fitness and nutrition program.  

 

 

 

 

Shamanism


Drumming, Sacred Drumming Circles


Valley Spirit Green Wizard
.  He practices gardening, drumming, rites, qigong, taijiquan, tarot, walking. 


Shamanism - Wikipedia


Shamanic Experience: A Practical Guide to Contemporary Shamanism
.  By Kenneth Meadows.  Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, Element Books, 1991.  Glossary, bibliography, resources, index 196 pages.  ISBN: 1852302267.  VSCL. 


Way of the Shaman.  By Michael Harner.  Harper San Francisco, 1990.  208 pages.  ISBN:  0062503731.


 

  

 

 

Sexuality

 

 

 

 

Singing and Chanting


Singing and Chanting  SEE ALSO  Mantras, Dancing, Yoga, Sound, Music

 

 

 

 

 

Sound


Sound SEE ALSO  Music, Mantras, Singing and Chanting, Dancing, Yoga, Music


Sacred Drumming
.  By Steven Ash.  Edited by Renata Ash.  New York, Sterling Publishing Company, 2001.  Index, 144 pages.  ISBN: 0806926570.  VSCL. 


Sacred Sounds: Transformation Through Music and Word.   By Ted Andrews.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1993.  Bibliography, 214 pages.  ISBN; 087420184.  Bardic Traditions, pp. 115-211.  VSCL. 

 

 

 

 

Spontaneity


Cold Mountain Sages


Crazy Wisdom
.  By Wes Scoop Nisker.   Berkeley, California, Ten Speed Press, 1990.  226 pages.  ISBN: 0898153506.  VSCL. 


Spontaneity  SEE ALSO  Tantric Yoga

 

 

 

 

 

T'ai Chi Ch'uan (Taijiquan)



Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan  Guides, Links, Lessons, Forms, Weapons, Bibliography, Notes, Quotes.


Classics of Taijiquan 


Cloud Hands Blog


Cloud Hands: Taijiquan


Pa Kua Ch'uan
(Bagua Zhang):  Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes.  Circle walking internal martial arts.  


Relaxation (Sung): Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes
 


Short Form 24 Taijiquan, Standard Simplified, Yang Style, 1956   


Silk Reeling
(Chan Ssu Jin): Links, bibliography, quotes, notes.    


Subject Index to the
Cloud Hands website.


Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan
  Guides, Links, Lessons, Forms, Weapons, Bibliography, Notes, Quotes.   


Yang Style Taijiquan
  Guides, Links, Lessons, Forms, Weapons, Bibliography, Notes, Quotes.


T'ai Chi Ch'uan  SEE ALSO  Taoism, Qigong

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tantric Yoga


The Book of Charkra Healing
.   By Liz Simpson.  Foreward by Teresa Hale.  New York, Sterling Publishing Co., 1999.  A Gaia Original.  Index, glossary, bibliography, 143 pages.  ISBN:  0806920971.  VSCL.      


Crazy Wisdom
.  By Wes Scoop Nisker.   Berkeley, California, Ten Speed Press, 1990.  226 pages.  ISBN: 0898153506.   VSCL. 


Goddesses: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes


Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy
.  By Georg Feuerstein.  Boston, Shambhala, 1998.  Index, bibliography, notes, 314 pages.  ISBN: 157062304X.  VSCL.  


Tantric Yoga  SEE ALSO  Raja Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Yoga - General, Qigong

 

 

 

 

Taoism (Daoism)


Ripening Peaches: Daoist Studies and Practices


Taoism: Links, Bibliography, Resources, Notes 


Taoist Scriptures


Zuowang Meditation

 

 


 

 

 

Tarot

I have studied the subject of the Tarot since 1980.  My first choice for a Tarot deck is the Voyager Tarot by James Wanless, my second choice would be the Tao Oracle by Ma Deva Padma. and my third choice would be the Thoth Tarot by Aleister Clowley and Frieda Harris.   


The Book of Thoth.  By Aleister Crowley.  


The Crowley Tarot
.  The Handbook to the Cards by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris.  By Akron (C. F. Frey) and Hajo Banzhaf.  Translated from the German by Christine M. Grimm.  Stamford, CT, U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1995.  222 pages.  ISBN: 0880797150.  VSCL.  


The Faeries' Oracle
.   Paintings by Brian Froud and book by Jessica Macbeth.  Simon and Schuster, Books and Cards Edition, 2000.  Book: 208 pages.  66 Tarot Cards.   ISBN: 0743201116.  
VSCL.     


One Druid's Journey: The Green Wizard's Notebooks


Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game of Zen.   By Ma Deva Padma and Osho.  St. Martin's Press, Book and cards edition, 1995.  Book: 192 pages.  ISBN: 0312117337.  79 cards.   VSCL. 


The Power Deck.   By Lynn V. Andrews.   Jeremy P. Tarcher, Books and Cards Edition, 2004.  Book: 144 pages.  ISBN: 1585422991.  45 painted cards.  


Tao Oracle: An Illuminated new Approach to the I Ching.  By Ma Deva Padma.  New York, St. Martin's Press, 2002.  62 Cards and a book from the creator of the Osho Zen Tarot.  64 cards and a 319 page book.  ISBN: 0312269986.  I use this tarot deck along with the Voyager Tarot.  VSCL. 


The Tarot: History, Mystery and More.   By Cynthia Giles.  Fireside Book, Simon and Schuster, 1992.  Index, 240 pages.  ISBN: 0671891014.  VSCL.   


The Tarot: Methods, Mystery and More.   By Cynthia Giles.  Fireside Book, Simon and Schuster, 1996.  Index, 240 pages.  ISBN: 0684818833.  VSCL. 


Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot.  By Lon Milo Duquette.  Weiser Books, 2003.  352 pages.  ISBN:  1578632765.  VSCL. 


The Voyager Tarot:  Way of the Great Oracle.  By James Wanless, Ph.D..  Carmel, California, Merrill-West Publishing, 1989.  MGC.  ISBN: 0961507934.  330 pages.  VSCL.


Voyager Tarot: Intuition Cards for the 21st Century.  By James Wanless, Ph.D..  Fair Winds Press, 2008.  ISBN: 1592333222.  Booklet of 78 pages included.  VSCL. 

 

 

 

 

Transcendental Meditation


Transcendental Meditation Program

 

 

 

 


Visualization


 

Inner Smile Meditation: Bibliography, Links, Quotations  Guided visualizations drawing "smiling" (i.e., pleasing, compassionate, contented, kindhearted, loving-kindness, cheerful) energies into the inner bodily realms and pathways discussed in Qigong and Yoga practices.  Brought to public attention in the West by the Taoist Master Mantak Chia, Sifu Michael Winn, Master Yogini Shiva Rea, and others.  Guided visualization method. 


Invoke the Goddess: Visualizations of Hindu, Greek and Egyptian Deities.  By Kala Trobe.    St. Paul, Minnesota, 2000.  Index, bibliography, 207 pages.  ISBN: 1567184316.  VSCL. 


Meditating with Mandalas.  By David Fontana.  52 new mandalas to help you grow in peace and awareness.  London, Duncan Biaird Pub., 2005.  Index, readings, 160 pages.  ISBN: 1844831175.  

 

 

 

 

 

Walking

 

Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery.  By Mark Coleman.  Introduction by Jack Kornfield. Novato, California, New World Library, 2006.  Bibliography, 243 pages.  ISBN:  9781930722552. 


Chi Walking: The Five Mindful Steps for Lifelong Health and Energy.  By Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer.  New York, Simon and Schuster, A Fireside Book, 2006.  Index, 258 pages.  
ISBN: 0743267206.   VSCL.    


Eighty Eight Ways of Walking    By Mike Garofalo.  Walking meditation techniques. 


Labyrinths: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes, Notes


Walking and Qigong


Walking and Taijiquan: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Resources, Notes
   


Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool.  By Lauren Artress.  New York, Riverhead Books, 1996.  Notes, resources, 201 pages.  ISBN: 1573225479.  VSCL. 


Walking - Baguazhang (Pa Kua Chang)   Links, bibliography, resources, quotes, and notes.  Circle walking internal martial arts.  


Walking - Gardens   


Walking - Labyrinths: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes, Notes


Walking: Links, Bibliography, Resources, Quotes, Notes
   


Walking Meditation:  Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Resources, Notes


Walking Meditation: Pakua.  The Martial Art of the I Ching.  By Paul Crompton.  Harper Collins UK, 1997.  192 pages.  ASIN: 1852308974.  VSCL. 


Walking - Quotations, Quips, Wisdom   


Way of Walking: Eastern Strategies for Vitality, Longevity, and Peace of Mind.  By Jacques Moramarco and Rick Benzel.  McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 2000.  256 pages.  ISBN: 0809225867.  VSCL.    


Walking  SEE ALSO   Movement, Dancing.

 

 

 

 

 

Wiccan, Witchcraft, The Craft


Animal Guide Meditation
.  Spiral Wolf's Spiritual Education Network.  


Circles, Groves and Sanctuaries: Sacred Spaces of Today's Pagans
.  Compiled by Dan and Pauline Campanelli.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1993.  MGC.  Resources, 268 pages.  ISBN: 0875421083.  Ideas for creating indoor and outdoor altars and sanctuaries.  


Dancing With the Wheel: The Medicine Wheel Workbook
.  By Sun Bear, Wabun Wind, and Crysalis Mulligan.   New York, Fireside, Simon and Schuster, 1991.  Index, 234 pages.  ISBN: 0671767321.   


Goddesses: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes


The Green Wizard: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Lore


Magical Meditations.  By Yasmine Galenorn.  Crossing Press.  200 pages.  ISBN: 1580911552.  Guided meditation techniques.  


One Druid's Journey: The Green Wizard's Notebooks


The Spiral Dance
: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess.  Rituals, invocations, exercises, and magic.  By Starhawk.  10th Anniversary Edition, Revised and updated.  Bibliography, index, 288 pages.  ISBN: 0062508148.  VSCL. 


Valley Spirit Green Wizard.  He practices gardening, rites, qigong, taijiquan, yoga, tarot, walking, standing meditation, and drumming.  A philosopher and eclectic NeoPagan from Red Bluff, North Sacramento Valley, California. 


Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
.  By Scott Cunningham.  Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.  Index, bibliography, glossary, 218 pages.  ISBN: 0875421180.  Chapter 11, Exercises and Magical Techniques, includes ideas for meditation and visualizations.  VSCL. 


Wiccan and Witchcraft Meditation Techniques


Wiccan  SEE ALSO  Home Life, Nature Mysticism, Gardening, Tantric Yoga

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga - General


Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners
.  By H. David Coulter.  Foreward by Timothy McCall.  Honesdale, Pennsylvania, Body and Breath, 2001.  Index, bibliography, appendices, 623 pages.  ISBN: 0970700601.  2002 winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Health, Wellness and Nutrition.  VSCL. 


Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language
; Symbols, Secrets and Metaphor.  By Swami Sivananda Radha.  Foreward by B.K.S. Iyengar.  Spokane, Washington, Timeless Books, 1987,
1995.  Index, 308 pages.  ISBN:  0931454743.  VSCL.    


Hindu Scriptures.  Translated and edited by R. C. Zaehner.  New York, Everyman's Library, Alfred Knopf, 1918, 1992.  Glossary, 412 pages.  ISBN: 0679410783.  VSCL. 


Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul.  By Sharon Gannon and David Life.  New York, Ballantine Books, 2002.  Glossary, index, notes, 300 pages.  ISBN: 0345442083.  VSCL. 


Living Yoga:  A Comprehensive Guide for Daily Life
.  Edited by Georg Feuerstein and Stephan Bodian with the Staff of Yoga Journal.  New York, Jeremy Tarcher /Perigree, 1993.  Index, 290 pages.  ISBN: 0874777291.   VSCL.    


Meditation: Quotes, Sayings, Proverbs, Wisdom Literature
 


Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind.   By Frank Jude Boccio.   Boston, MA, Wisdom Publications.  Index, bibliography, notes, 340 pages.  ISBN: 0861713354.  VSCL. 


Pantanjali's Yoga Sutras


Practice Astanga Journal


Relaxation (Sung): Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes
    


Self-Awakening Yoga
:  The Expansion of Consciousness Through the Body's Own Wisdom.  By Don Stapleton, Ph.D.  Director of the Nosara Yoga Institute, and former Yoga Director of the Kirpalu Center.  Includes CD-V of guided explorations.  Rochester, Vermont, Healing Arts Press, 2004.  304 pages. ISBN: 0892811838.  Very useful for yoga and qigong meditations.  VSCL. 


Valley Spirit Yoga


Yoga and Meditation - Google Index


Yoga - Breathing Practices
   


Yoga International Magazine


Yoga Journal
   


Yoga Directory
   Thousands of annotated links.  


Yoga
- Links, bibliography, quotes, notes.


The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama
.  By Richard Rosen.  Foreword by Rodney Yee.  Illustrations by Kim Fraley.  Boston, Shambhala, 2002.  Index, notes, 304 pages.  ISBN: 1570628890.  VSCL.    


Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness
.   By Erich Schiffmann.  New York, Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster, 1996.  357 pages.  ISBN: 0671534807.  VSCL. 


Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali


The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosphy and Practice
.  By Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.  Foreword by Ken Wilber.  Prescott, Arizona, Hohm Press, 1998.  Index, bibliography,
glossary, chronology, 686 pages.   ISBN: 0934252831.   VSCL. 


Yoga - General  SEE ALSO  Tantric Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Raja Yoga, Ananda Yoga, Ethics

 

 

 

 

 

Zen

 

The Art of Just Sitting.  Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza.  Edited by John Daido Loori.  With an introduction by Taigen Dan Leighton.  Boston, Widsom Publications, 2002.  Index, 241 pages.  ISBN: 0861713273.   VSCL. 


Become What You Are.  By Alan Watts.  Edited by Mark Watts.  Boston, Shambhala, 2003.  132 pages.  ISBN: 1570629404.   


The Eight Gates of Zen: A Program of Zen Training
.   By John Daido Loori (1931-2009)i.  Edited by Bonnie Myotai Treace and Konrad Ryushin Marchaj.  Boston, Shambhala, 2002. 
270 pages.  ISBN:  1570629528.  VSCL. 


Five Moral Precepts of Buddhism:  Links, Bibliography, Notes, Quotations
.    


Poetry and Zen Meditation
   


Riding the Ox Home:  Stages on the Path to Enlightenment.  By John Daido Loori. Edited by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj.  Boston, Shambhala, 2002.  Glossary, 82 pages.  ISBN: 157062951X.  VSCL. 


Riding the Ox - A Zen Parable  Bibliography, links, quotes, notes.  


The Roaring Stream: A New Zen Reader
.   Edited by Nelson Foster and Jack Shoemaker.  Hopewell, New Jersey, Ecco Press, 1996.  Resources, bibliography, 374 pages.  ISBN: 0880013443.  VSCL. 


Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks
.  By Gary Thorp. Broadway, 2001.  176 pages.  ISBN: 0767907736.  VSCL. 


Zen: Chan Buddhism, Shikitanza, Rinzai, Soto


Zen: Links and Bibliography


Zen  SEE ALSO  Buddhism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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