Which book influenced your mind the most?

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  1. Rosamunda

    Rosamunda New Member

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    Hello, I am glad to join this community!
    Would you like to exchange thoughts about the major books in your life?
    I am not sophisticated in meditation so far but I want to broaden my mind. So, please, give me a piece of advice.

    As for me, I've just finished reading one book by a Ukrainian author A. Obraztsov. It is read so simply that it looks like "light" reading. Nevertheless, such deep issues are touched! I was truly fascinated. Did you hear anything about this book? It's title "A Crossing or the Drop's history".
     
  2. GilesC

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    Hi Rosamunda and welcome to the Project Meditation community,

    I would say that's a difficult one for me to answer... because all the books I have read have added to my knowledge in their own way.

    The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) series of books have been good... even though they are not well written by any decent standard, but rather because the model of understanding they convey is very valid and gives an interesting perspective on the nature of people and the world.

    The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz) is another great book. It's only a small book, but it succintly helps to give another perspective for looking at the way we perceive things and change our attitute to things.

    One City (Ethan Nichtern) is yet another, looking at Interdependance from a somewhat buddhist perspective, and makes you think about every action you take, and the things we take for granted.

    Then there are books on non-duality, quantum physics, spirituality etc. and all sorts that I have read... all fantastic books in their own way... some with some bits that just aren't logical and can be dismissed, some that are fluffy 'new age' with no premise or solid background to back them up, but some that really do make you think and are essentially the same as what other books tell us, just using different terminology and a different model to look at things.

    I haven't read that book you mention, though I'll look it up if I get a chance (I still have a pile of books yet to read).

    Hugs

    Giles
     
  3. Panthau

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    Its always good to share book tips. Especially if you´ve read them a while ago, that gives a more "objective" view. :)

    I have 4 books:

    4th: Castaneda, because it had such a big influence when i was about 18, and showed me that theres more to life then we think. Doesnt reflect my actual point of view though.

    3th: Siddharta (Hesse), i just love this book.

    2th: Eckhart Tolle´s books are just great.

    1th: Waking from Sleep (Steve Taylor) - single best book ive ever read so far regarding enlightement.
     
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    As a man thinketh :D
     
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    The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation, ordering now. :)
     
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    The 3 Robert Monroe books, as well as books by William Buhlman, and "My Big Toe" by Tom Campbell are some that stand out for me.
     
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    I am totally agree with " It's only a small book, but it succintly helps to give another perspective for looking at the way we perceive things and change our attitute to things."
     
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    :)

    Yes, especially the 4th agreement... always do your best as you can do no better.
     
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    Of course John Lilly has put out extensive material.

    I have been moving into sociology, psychology and psychosis reading all of R.D. Laing's & Robertson Davies material.
     
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    The Power of Now- Eckhart Tolle and The Complete Book of Zen- Wong Kiew Kit
     
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    A couple of new ones lately, Training in Compassion by Norman Fischer is really good and I have been recommended "Old Path White Clouds" by Thich Naht Hanh which has some great reviews. Anybody read either?
     
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    Old Path White Clouds, I have in my pile of books (and it's a big pile) ready to read... It's quite a big book, and I like Thich Naht Hanh's other books, so should be good... :)

    Hugs

    Giles
     
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    Thanks for these recommendations.These are so inspirational books.
     
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    yahh i am novice to these kind of books..............but have a glance on "Who Will Cry When You Die " - one of my most fav. book
     
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    Books and movies

    There a lot of books that had an impact in one way or other.
    For me these books are the ones that I often go back and pick it up .

    1. The New Earth from Eckhart Tolle

    2. When Things Fall Apart from Pema Chodran

    3. Art of Happiness from Dalai Lama

    4. Heart of Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh

    5. The Prophet -Khalil Gibran

    6. Raja-Yoga and Patanjali Yoga-Sutra by Swami Vivekananda.

    7. Courage by Osho



    Sipirutal Movie:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring-- one of the best Spiritual movies. Worth checking it out.
    Deep and Insightful!!
     

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