Books on Religions of Indic Origin


July 17, 2023

294. Books on religions of Indic origin

Further Reading:

Toni Bernhard How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Iinspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers, 2010.

Law professor and longtime meditator Toni Bernhard became sick with an illness that left her incapable of continuing her former spiritual practices. But despite this, she learned to adjust and live a life of peace and joy.

Robert E. Bushwell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr. Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, 2013.

This comprehensive dictionary of Buddhist terms covers all languages and schools of thought. Written by two Buddhist scholars, with cross-references, appendices, and maps, it’s intended as a guide for students of Buddhism.

Cain Carroll and Revital Carroll Mudras of India: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hand Gestures of Yoga and Indian Dance, 2012.

The complex system of hand movements from Indian dance and yoga, known as mudras, are organized and cross-referenced in this guidebook with photographs, instructions, and uses.

Joan Gattuso The Lotus Still Blooms: Sacred Buddhist Teachings for the Western Mind, 2008.

Joan Gattuso explains Buddhist fundamentals step-by-step. She provides exercises to help readers incorporate beginning Buddhist principles into their own lives.

Shozan Jack Haubner Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk, 2014.

After his childhood and youth in a conservative Catholic family, Shozan studied philosophy and began a career as a screenwriter and stand-up comedian. But in this humorous account of his journey to becoming a Zen monk, he manages to entertain while enlightening us on humanity’s spiritual plight.

Geri Larkin Plant Seed, Pull Weed: Nurturing the Garden of Your Life, 2008.

If you love gardening or think you might if given a chance, Geri Larken can help you begin your journey, leading you through the entire process while helping you see all the intangible benefits cultivating one will impart.

Robert Thurman Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, 2011.

Tibet has long been inaccessible to most outsiders. Indo-Tibetan Buddhist professor Tenzin Robert Thurman explains what the world lost when China took over and expelled the Dalai Lama and why we should care about it.

Londro Rinzler The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation, 2015.

Aimed at people in their twenties or thirties just starting careers, Londro Rizler explains how Buddhist teachings can help you create a fulfilling life, contributing to the world while earning a living.

Swami Kriyandanda The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda, 2009.

Paramhansa Yogananda is the author of Autobiography of a Yogi. He was responsible for bringing yoga to the West. In this account of his later life, his disciple, Swami Kriyandanda, shares what it was like to be Yogananda’s student.

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