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Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient: The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness. By Will Johnson. Boston, Shambhala, 2000. 137 pages. ISBN: 1570625182. MGC.
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Arts - Contemplative - Nalanda
Awakening to the Sacred: Creating a Spiritual Life from Scratch. By Lama Surya Das. New York, Broadway Books, 1999. 382 pages. MGC. ISBN: 0767902750.
Barefoot Zen: The Shaolin Roots of Kung Fu and Karate. By Nathan J. Johnson. Red Wheel/Weiser, 2000. 352 pages. ISBN: 1578631424.
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Bushido: The Virtures of Rei and Makoto. By Arthur J. Stewart. Celtic Cat Publishing, 2005. 96 pages. ISBN: 0965895068.
Bushido: The Way of the Samurai. By Tsunetomo Yamamoto. Translated by Minoru Tanaka. Edited by Justin F. Stone. Square One Publishers, 2001. 109 pages. ISBN: 0757000266.
Bay Area Shambhala - Northern California Community
The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism. By Jean Smith. Bell Tower, 2000. ISBN: 0609804669. 224 pages. A very elementary introduction to Zen practice.
Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center
The Bodhisattva Warriors: The Origin, Inner Philosophy, History and Symbolism of the Buddhist Martial Art within India and China. By Shifu Tomio Nagaboshi and Shifu Terrence Dukes. Red Wheel/Weiser, 1994. 560 pages. ISBN: 0877287856.
Buddhist Ethics: Links, bibliography, quotations.
Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters. By John Stevens. Boston, Shambhala, 2001. 115 pages. ISBN:1570629153.
Chen Style of Taijiquan: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes
Chi Kung (Chinese Yoga): Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes
Chi Kung: The Chinese Art of Mastering Energy. By Yves Requena. Healing Art Press, 1996. 120 pages. ISBN: 0892816392.
Classics of Taijiquan
Cloud Hands - Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung. By Michael P. Garofalo. 800Kb+
The Complete Book of Zen By Wong, Kiew Kit. Vintage/Ebury, 2001. 335 pages. ISBN: 0091876559.
Conscious Breathing: Breathwork for Health, Stress Release, and Person Mastery. By Gay Hendricks. Bantam Books, 1995. 189 pages. ISBN: 0553374435.
Contemplative Arts - Nalanda
Cultivating Stillness: A Taoist Manual for Transforming Body and Mind. Translated with an introduction by Eva Wong. With a commentary by Shui-ch'ing Tzu. Illustrated by Hun-yen Tsu. Boston, Shambhala Press, 1992. 156 pages. MGC. ISBN: 0877736871.
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. By Chogyam Trungpa. Edited by John Baker and Marvin Casper. Illustrated by Glen Eddy. Boston, Shambhala, 1987. Index, 250 pages. ISBN:0877730504. MGC.
Davis Shambhala Meditation Center
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. MGC. ISBN: 1879181223.
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. MGC.
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. Refer also to my notes on the Eight Precepts.
Eight Section Brocade Qigong By Michael P. Garofalo. 309Kb, April, 2005. Provides information about the history and purpose of this popular Chi Kung practice. Detailed descriptions are provided for each of the eight movements; including information on movement variations, health benefits, qigong meaning, and cautions. The document includes the most extensive bibliography, link guide, and comments on Ba Duan Jin Qigong resources available anywhere. Some animated graphics are provided in linked files. This document is updated as new information is discovered. This qigong set is the most popular set practiced around the world, and is also known as: Baduanjin, Pa Tuan Jin, Eight Silken Treasures, Ba Duan Jin, Pal Dan Gum, Ba Duan Gin, Pa Tin Kam, Otto Pezzi di Tesoro, Acht Delen Brokaat, Les Huit Exercices del la Soie, Eight Silken Treasures, Brocade Qigong, Wudang Brocade
Qigong, Brocade soft qigong (Rou Gong), Eight Treasures inner qigong (Nei Gong), Silk Treasures Qigong, and the first eight Buddha Lohan Hands. The document is about 80 pages long.
18 Buddha Hands Qigong: A Medical I Ching Exploration. By Larry Johnson, O.M.D., L. Ac.. Creston, Colorado, White Elephant Monastery. Index, 291 pages. ISBN: 0924071990. MGC. A very detailed study of the I Ching. Includes a few photographs. A very detailed examination of the I Ching hexagrams.
The Essential Chogyam Trungpa. Edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian. Boston, Shambhala, 1999. Index, bibliography, 251 pages. MGC. ISBN: 1570624666.
Essential Tibetan Buddhism. Translated with commentary by Robert A. F. Thurman. Edison, New Jersey, Castle Books, 1995. Notes, 317 pages. ISBN: 0785808728. MGC.
The Five Precepts of Buddhism Bibliography, links, quotes, notes.
The Five Tibetans: Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power. By Christopher S. Kilham. Healing Art Press, 1994. 96 pages. MGC. ISBN: 0892814500.
Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala. By Chogyam Trungpa, Dorje Dradul of Mukpo. Edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian. foreward by Diana Judith Mukpo. Boston, MA, Shambhala, 2001. Index, 267 pages. 365 pages. ASIN: 1570628181.
Haiku and Zen Poetry
The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture.
By Frank R. Wilson. New York, Vintage Books, Random House, 1999.
Index, bibliography, notes, 396 pages. ISBN: 0679740473.
The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, Volume One. Translated and annotated by
Garma C.C. Chang. Boston, Shambhala, 1989. Oriental Studies Foundation 1962,
Shambhala 1977. Pages 1 - 356. ISBN: 0877730954. MGC.
The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, Volume Two. Translated and annotated by
Garma C.C. Chang. Boston, Shambhala, 1989. Oriental Studies Foundation 1962,
Shambhala 1977. Pages 357-730. Index to pages 1-730. ISBN: 0877730962. MGC.
Kung Fu: History, Philosophy and Techniques. By David Chow and Richard Spangler.
Unique Publications, 1989. 228 pages. ISBN: 0865680116.
Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think.
By Forrest E. Morgan. Barricade Books, 1992. 312 pages. ISBN: 0942637763.
Nei Jia Quan: Internal Martial Arts Teachers of Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan and
Ba Gua Zhang. By Jess O'Brien. North Atlantic Books, 2004. 300 pages.
ISBN: 1556435061. Description.
Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics. Robert Aitken. North Point Press,
1984. 199 pages. A thorough, scholarly, and wise commentary on Buddhist precepts
Nalanda: Culture and Art in Everyday Life
One Arrow, One Life: Zen, Archery, and Enlightenment. By Kenneth Kushner.
Charles E. Tuttle, 2000. 112 pages. ISBN: 0804832463.
The Places That Scare You; A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times.
By Pema Chodron. Boston, Shambhala, 2002. 140 pages.
Portland Shambhala Meditation Center
The Practice of Happiness: Exercises and Techniques for Developing Mindfulness,
Wisdom and Joy. By Mirko Fryba. Translated by Michael H. Kohn. Boston,
Shambhala, 1987, 1995. Notes, index, 214 pages. ISBN: 1570621233.
Qigong - Cloud Hands
Qigong Empowerment: A Guide to Medical, Taoist, Buddhist, and Wushu Energy
Cultivation. By Liang, Shou-Yu and Wu, Wen-Ching. Edited by Denise Breiter-Wu.
Rhode Island, Way of the Dragon Publishing, 1997. Index, glossary, 348 pages.
Return to Silence: Zen Practice in Daily Life. By Dainin Katagiri, Roshi. Boston,
Shambhala, 1988. 194 pages. ISBN: 0877734313. May be a bit challenging and
confusing for beginners; but, frequently cited by Zen students.
Saber, Broadsword, Dao - Taijiquan
Sacred World: The Shambhala Way to Gentleness, Bravery and Power. By Jeremy
W. Hayward and Karen Hayward. Shambhala, 1998. Second Edition. 304 pages.
ISBN: 1570623619. 1st Edition, Origional Title: Sacred World: A Guide to Shambhala
Warriorship in Daily Life. New York, Bantam Books, 1995. ISBN: 0553371959.
San Francisco Shambhala Center
Scholar Warrior: An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life. By Deng Ming-Dao. Harper
San Francisco, 1990. Index, bibliography, 351 pages. ISBN: 0062502328. MGC.
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. MGC.
Shambhala International Organization
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Gimian. Shambhala, 1988. Reissue Edition. 202 pages. ISBN: 0877732647.
Shambhala Training Program
Shambhala Training Glossary
The Shaolin Arts: Shaolin Kungfu, Taijiquan, Qigong and Zen. By Wong Kiew Kit.
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Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living. By Pema
Chodron. Boston, Shambhala, 2001. 176 pages. ISBN: 1570628394.
Sun Style of Taijiquan: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes
Staff Weapons - Shaolin
Swordsmanship - Taijiquan
The Sword of No Sword: Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu. By John Stevens.
Boston, Shambhala, 1994.
Swordsmanship - Taijiquan Jian, Kendo
The Spirit of Gardening Gardening considered as a contemplative art - Nalanda.
The Spiritual Legacy of the Shaolin Temple: Buddhism, Daoism, and the Energetic Arts.
By Andy James. Foreword by Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson. Summerville, MA, Wisdom
Publications, 2004. 179 pages. ISBN: 0861713524. MGC.
T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom. By Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt. Boston, Shambhala, 2001.
256 pages. ISBN: 1570624453. Excellent guide for beginning students! MGC.
Website: www.lehrhaupt.com This Zen meditation and Tai Chi teacher has written
an excellent and inspiring book.
T'ai Chi Ch'uan Classics
T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Cloud Hands Taijiquan considered as a contemplative art (Nalanda).
Tai Chi Swordsmanship
Taijiquan - Links
Taking the Path of Zen. By Robert Aitken, Roshi. San Francisco, North Point Press,
1985. 149 pages. ISBN: 0865470804. Informative and wise advice for Zen students by
a influential leader and fine Zen Master.
Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy. By Georg Feuerstein. Boston, Shambhala, 1998. Index,
bibliography, notes, 314 pages. ISBN: 157062304X. MGC.
The Ten Grave Precepts of Buddhism Bibliography, links, quotes, notes.
The Three Pillars of Zen : Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment. By Philip Kapleau, Roshi.
Originally published in 1965. Revised and expanded edition in March, 1989. Anchor Books, 1989.
448 pages. ISBN: 0385260938. A classic introduction that has influenced many readers.
The Tibetan Book of Yoga. Ancient Buddhist Teachings on the Philosophy and Practice of
Yoga. By Geshe Michael Roach. New York, Doubleday, Random House, 2003.
114 pages. ISBN: 0385508379. MGC.
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Soho, Takuan. Translated by William Scott Wilson. Tokyo, Kodansha
International, 1988. ISBN: 087011851X.
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. A study
of Wu Ji meditation, 13 postures, and push hands.
The Way to Shambhala. By Edwin Bernbaum. Boston, Shambhala, 2001. Index,
bibliography, notes, glossary, 316 pages. ISBN: 1570628742. MGC.
Willpower, Resolve, Determination: Quotes, Links, Bibliography, Resources.
Zen and Japanese Culture. By Suzuki, Daisetsu. Princeton, New Jersey,
Princeton University Press, 1970. 502 pages. ISBN: 0691017700.
Two chapters on swordsmanship.
Zen in the Art of Archery. By Eugen Herrigel. Introduction by D. T. Suzuki.
Random House, 1999. 96 pages. ISBN: 0375705090.
Zen in the Martial Arts. By Joe Hyams. New York, Bantam, 1982. 144 pages.
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings. Edited by Paul Reps and
Nyogen Senzaki. Shambhala Pocket Classics, 1994. Originally published in 1957. 285 pages.
ISBN: 1570620636. A collection of Zen koans, stories, poems, and sayings. In 1963, I read
Paul Reps, Alan Watts, R.H. Blyth, and D.T. Suzuki; and my views about religion were greatly
uplifted and changed forever.
Zen in Motion: Lessons from a Master Archer on Breath, Posture, and the Path of Intuition.
By Neil Claremon. Inner Traditions, 1992. 127 pages. ISBN: 089281361X.
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. By Shunryu Suzuki. Edited by Trudy Dixon. New York,
Weatherill, 1970, 1997. ISBN: 0834800799. 132 pages. On nearly every Zen student's
list as one of the five most influential books about Zen Buddhism they have read. It is
said that Chogyam Trungpa was very much impressed with Shunryu Suzuki.
The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma. Translated and with an Introduction by Red Pine.
New York, North Point Press, 1987. 125 pages. ISBN: 0865473994.
The Zen Way to the Martial Arts. By Jean Taisen Deshimaru. A Japanese master reveals
the secrets of the samurai. Introduction by George Leonard. New York, E. P. Dutton,
1982. 120 pages. ISBN: 0525483608.
Yang Style of Taijiquan: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes
Quotations, Sayings, Notes
Five Ways To Be Real
The Practice of Dzogchen Buddhism
Naturalness and Simplicity
Rely on the Natural State.
Be yourself, your true unaltered self. A meditation instruction
to carry with you: Everything we need is with the natural mind - innately whole and complete.
Authenticity, Non-contrivance, Non-fabrication
There is nirvanic peace in
things left just as they are. Striving and struggle is extra.
Leave it as it is and rest the weary heart and mind. See through everything, be through
everything - and remain free, luminous and complete.
Openness and Oneness
Stay open-minded and inclusive.
Pure presence is a state of nonjudgmental, non-interfering
choiceless awareness or panoramic attention to the 'is-ness" and "now-ness" of all things.
Be open to your experience. Let go and let things fall into place as they will. Perhaps
wherever they fall is the right place.
Awareness and Wisdom
Present awareness knows and
sees what is, as it is. Innate wakefulness is wise and
effective in its own brand of insight and discernment combined with uncommon common sense.
Spontaneous Energy Flow
With freedom and decontraction,
inexhaustible uninhibited energy is released, surging forth,
bubbling up from within. When we let go and loosen our tight-fisted grasping, our repetitive
holding patterns, we are buoyed up and become one with the flow. This is the natural flow,
the sacred zone masters describe. You can access it at will."
- Lama Surya Das, Awakening to the Sacred, 2003, p. 325
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