Another Way

Books and E-Books

Obviously, this could go on for pages and pages. I'm trying to stick with books I've actually read, or at least with authors that I'm familiar with in some form. Again, the focus is on how we create our world from consciousness, not so much your run-of-the-mill self-help, self-improvement, how to find your soulmate stuff.  But if you can make the case for a book or teacher I've never heard of or read, I'll consider listing it here.

The Premise of Busting Loose, in 10 Easy Pages

This is a concise, readable summary of what the Busting Loose hoopla is all about. If you don't have time for the book, at least read this. You'll thank me.
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The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment by Adyashanti

     More and more people today have had a glimpse of genuine spiritual awakening, only to see it slip away after a few hours or days. Adyashanti calls this the "I got it/I lost it" phenomenon, and it perplexes many of his students. For those caught between what he calls "non-abiding" awakening and the ultimate state of "abiding" enlightenment, Adyashanti offers The End of Your World--an in-depth look at the remarkable yet enigmatic process of spiritual awakening. With straight talk and penetrating insight, Adyashanti helps readers navigate the pitfalls and cul-de-sacs that "un-enlighten" us along the journey, including:
* The trap of meaninglessness
* How the ego can "co-opt" realization for its own purposes
* The illusion of superiority that may accompany intense spiritual breakthroughs
* The danger of becoming "drunk on emptiness".
     I have not read this book, but I have been listening to the DVD series on my Ipod for several months. Shortly after I started listening, I discovered "Busting Loose From the Money Game" by Robert Scheinfeld. Strangely enough, they are quite complementary and each reinforces the other, although they sometimes use different language.  Adyashanti is a straightforward, and often humorous and self-effacing teacher, who makes the point that in the end, teaching only goes so far and we all have to find our own unique path to enlightenment. Or not. Regardless, it's powerful stuff.

Emptiness Dancing by Adyashanti

"I've been involved with some form of Buddhism for about 15 years. For most of that time I have considered myself to be a committed student of mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. I've read many, many books on spiritual practice and in particular on Buddhism, but I have never come across anything quite like this book. Adyashanti's words speak to me at a level which I have not otherwise experienced. For me his teachings are pure and direct - like you might hear about in stories about Zen masters of the past. Interestingly, I don't associate his teachings with any religion or spiritual tradition (nor does he), since they speak about Truth/Reality that exists independent of conceptual frameworks (i.e. a particular belief system). This is the most important book I have ever read. Strong words I know. For me it's true. But I also recognize that the value of the book's contents are a function of my personal experiences and where I am. So I also recognize not everyone may value it as much as me. Nonetheless, I highly recommend it as a source of deep and honest spiritual guidance."  John from Illinois