Chris Hedges: Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
Classic Chris Hedges who thinks deeply about our empire and our world culture. He goes to the root of the world problems we face.
Wade Davis: One River
The tale of two generations of Harvard ethnobotanists who explored the jungles of South America discovering the amazing array of unknown plants particularly the hallucinogens, rubber and coca. Living with and learning from the native people what they discovered has crucial relevance to 21st century man.
Gene Sharp: Power and Struggle (Politics of Nonviolent Action, Part 1)
Professor Sharp has made a life of study deconstructing Non-violent action throughout recorded history. In this 1st volume he elucidates the reasons that non-violent action works and what are the realities of power and what power derives from.
Eihei Dogen/Kazuaki Tanahashi/John Daido Loori: The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans
A beautiful collection of Zen Koans by the great zen master Eihei Dogen, translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi with commentary and verse by John Daido Loori.
Baisao: The Old Tea Seller: Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto
A very special book about a Zen monk who leaves the monastery and sells tea on the streets of Kyoto. A beautiful translation.
Jim Baggott: A Beginners Guide to Reality
A tour of how our minds create reality...
David Chadwick: To Shine One Corner of the World : Moments with Shunryu Suzuki
Suzuki Roshi at his finest. Collected by David Chadwick
Wei Wu Wei: All Else Is Bondage : Non-Volitional Living
Probably the best and most direct exposition of Zen Buddhist philosophy I have ever encountered. All of his books are equally worth reading.
PAUL REPS: Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (Shambhala Pocket Classics)
If you own only one Buddhist book this should be the one.
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Czeslaw Milosz: A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry
This anthology is aptly named.
Charles Wright: A Short History of the Shadow: Poems
Charles is a fine poet, His poems are sensitive and illuminating.
Peter Dale Scott: Minding the Darkness: A Poem for the Year 2000
An epic poem by a poet who is a Buddhist and a researcher of the US government's secret activities. An extraordinary piece of literature!
Christopher Buckley: The Geography of Home: California's Poetry of Place (California Poetry Series)
An anthology of California poets, a great collection
Octavio Paz: The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987: Bilingual Edition
a crystal willow, a poplar of water,
a tall fountain the wind arches over,
a tree deep-rooted yet standing still,
a course of a river that turns, moves on,
doubles back, and comes full circle,
Iris Dement: Infamous Angel
Iris is a true songwriter and an extraordinary one at that. Her insights are wonderful and her singing and playing are equally wonderful.
Enigma: Le roi est mort, VIVE le roi
Ambient, New Age? A great listening album.
In my opinion, the best album of the 80's. Robert Smith's style of playing the 6 string bass is inspired. Prepare to be depressed, it's good for you.
Harold Budd/Brian Eno: the Pearl
Classic ambient, produced by Daniel Lanois
Paula Morelenbaum sings, Jaques Morelenbaum plays cello, and Ryuichi Sakamoto plays piano. They play the works of Antonio Carlo Jobim in his house using his piano. An incredibly fine tribute to one of the giants of Brazilian music. Click Here To see this album