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release date: Jun 22, 2017
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The Little Books on Buddhism (8 Book Series)
From Book 1: The Little Book of Buddhist Meditation is designed to help you establish a regular meditation practice. It is based on the Buddha's original teachings. You will be guided step-by-step through establishing a posture, and basic meditation techniques like breath counting, sweeping, the practice of loving-kindness, walking meditation, and the use of "gathas", or short poems. There is also an explanation of chanting and how this can be used to establish the beginning of a sitting, to bring the mind into the present moment, and to reinforce the Buddha's teachings. There is also a description of what to do when problems occur, and how to establish a regular routine. This guide is intended to help you develop a sense of well-being, calm, serenity, and confidence, for a foundation that will serve you for many years to come.
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release date: Jun 22, 2017
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Modern Buddhism (3 Book Series)
From Book 1: Introduction and Encouragement

This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The author says: “Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time.” So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

Volume 1 Sutra explains how to practise basic Buddhist compassion and wisdom in daily life. Covering topics such as What is Buddhism?, Buddhist Faith, The Preciousness of our Human Life, What does our Death Mean?, What is Karma?, The Four Noble Truths & Training in Love and Compassion, this volume shows how we can transform our lives, improve our relationships with others and look behind appearances to see the way things really are.

Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: “May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life.”

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Living in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that reveal the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings. He has also founded over 1,100 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups around the world.

Library Journal Review

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso “is a prolific and respected author,” according to Library Journal, and in Modern Buddhism, “he again presents the thought of the Buddha in an especially accessible manner.” Library Journal calls Gyatso’s 21st book “elegantly stated” and “a delight.”
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by: Sun Tzu
release date: Dec 11, 2015
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The Art of War (Chiron Academic Press - The Original Authoritative Edition)
THE ART OF WAR (Chinese: 孫子兵法; pinyin: Sūnzĭ bīngfǎ) is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician, and kindred to the Realpolitik of his time, termed in China as Legalism. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. It is commonly thought of as a definitive work on military strategy and tactics. It has been the most famous and influential of China's Seven Military Classics, and "for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name." It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.

Beyond its military and intelligence applications from earliest days to the present time, THE ART OF WAR has been applied to many fields well outside of the military. Much of the text is about how to fight wars without actually having to do battle: it gives tips on how to outsmart one's opponent so that physical battle is not necessary. As such, it has found application as a training guide for many competitive endeavors that do not involve actual combat. There are business books applying its lessons to office politics and corporate strategy. Many companies make the book required reading for their key executives. The book is also popular among Western business management, who have turned to it for inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive business situations. It has also been applied to the field of education. The Art of War has been the subject of law books and legal articles on the trial process, including negotiation tactics and trial strategy.
release date: Jun 16, 2017
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The Ultimate Guide to Chakras
"What is a Chakra?

A chakra is a gathering of “like energy” that forms into a cone shape and resides within the seven major cavities of the physical body. Each body cavity has its own energy field and in that energy field resides a major chakra center.

Each major chakra center processes energy. This energy supports the organs associated with its particular body cavity. Each chakra center inter-communicates with all the chakra centers and comprises the comprehensive chakra energy system. The chakra energy system overall supports the wellness of the spiritual energy field. The spiritual energy field works in conjunction with the physical body.

Together, these are the elements that support the body-mind-spirit connection, which in turn, brings wellness and the potential to live an empowered life."
release date: Jun 13, 2017
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Minimalism: 30 Days of Motivation and Challenges to Declutter Your Life and Live Better With Less

Get More out of Life by Having Less!

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Minimalist lifestyles are rapidly sweeping across the globe as people learn the value that this freedom-inspired lifestyle can bring about. When you learn to live a rich life with fewer belongings, you experience the truest form of riches.
“There are two ways to be rich: one is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little” - Jackie French Koller
In this book, “Minimalism: A 30 Day Challenge to Declutter Your Life and Have You Living Better with Less”, you are guided through a 30-day transformation challenge. Each day you will be presented with a new task that will help you live a fuller life with less. You will be introduced to the true concept of minimalism, and then walked through the process of achieving it in your life.
By taking this 30-day challenge and easing yourself into a simpler lifestyle lead by minimalism, you make the transition easier. People who make rapid changes often shock themselves and end up quickly replacing all of the newly empty spaces with more stuff that they head out to purchase. They don’t genuinely foster a minimalist lifestyle; they simply make their home into a temporary minimalist-inspired home. Because they have not taken the time to transform their mindset genuinely, they are not able to maintain the new way of life, and therefore they revert immediately back to their true ways.
If you are ready to learn how you can live more with less and have a greater impact on your life and the world around you, then this book is the perfect read for you. You can learn about the great value of minimalism and all the benefits it can bring about, while also actively putting the lifestyle into play in your life.

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release date: Jun 27, 2017
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The Prince (AmazonClassics Edition)

Direct and coldly pragmatic, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is the preeminent guide to winning and maintaining power at the highest levels, where deception and manipulation are necessary tools, and political allies should never be mistaken for friends.

Once a foreign policy official in his native Florence, Machiavelli was ousted by the Medici family. After surviving disgrace and torture at their hands, he penned The Prince to garner their favor. While this effort was ignored, the five-hundred-year-old work endures and is now considered one of the most influential—and controversial—political treatises of all time.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Prince, this edition of The Prince (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

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release date: Jun 05, 2014
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Western Lights: A Collection of Essays on Buddhism
“Personal experience has proven that my body has to do nothing short of screaming to get my attention. In my mid-thirties I was working sixty plus hours per week. I loved the opportunity, I wanted the money, but then came the back spasms…. And that was the alarm that I needed. The lightening had struck. It was time for change.”

Andrew Furst
W e s t e r n L i g h t s

BUDDHISM is an ancient eastern tradition steeped in the culture of India, China, Tibet, Thailand, Korea, and Japan. It’s still acquiring its form and voice in the west. For Americans to benefit from its wisdom, it needs to find a place in our hearts and minds.

Western Lights is a collection of essays from the viewpoint of a Western Buddhist teacher. It speaks about Eastern concepts like karma, hope, attachment, and amptiness from a personal perspective and in terms familiar to Americans. They’re grounded in subject matter familiar to Americans like politics, science, psychology, heaven, and nature.

I hope to help the reader find a personal connection to this ancient tradition and discover what it has to say about the challenges of contemporary life.
This collection of short essays was gleaned from my first foray into writing— blogging for the Buddhist Meditation Group at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading.
To those looking for insight on the path to writing a book, this was my route. In many ways, this book is a selfish venture. It has allowed me to see how everything and everyone are the Buddha teaching me. Writing has also allowed me to see my mind, mostly its cluttered nature, and to both adore it and strive to discipline it.
The blog has steered most recently onto the themes of naturalness, rhythms, and insights available in everyday life. I’ve strived to dust off the dry academic and culturally oriental tenets of this precious 2,500-year-`old religion and bring it to life. I’ve tried to do this by putting it through the agitator of the frenetic beat of western life and the wringer of the western reductionist mind.
The attempt is to take the familiar and spin it on its head in the hopes that I lure you, shake up your world view, and leave you with a little to chew on.

1 What is the Single Most IMPORTANT Teaching?
I had the opportunity to speak with students at Middlesex Community College in Bedford Massachusetts. I was invited by the professor to speak to a class on world art and literature about Buddhism. There were several delightfully engaged students.
One of them posed the following question:
Could you expand upon how Pure Land Buddhism differs from other schools? And what is its single most important teaching?
Answer: Pure Land Buddhism rests on three pillars: FAITH, VOWS, PRACTICE.

A Short Meditation
Meditation is the unification of body, breath, and mind. During this brief session I encourage you to leave everything else behind.
Let’s start with the body. Find a comfortable sitting posture or even lie down. You want to be able to relax all the big muscles in your body. Close your eyes or keep them open as you feel most comfortable.
Spend a minute to reacquaint yourself with all your parts. Take a deep inhale in and with a slightly exaggerated exhale, release all the muscles of your body. Sink. Let all of your flesh literally hang off of your bones. For the next five breaths allow this sense of relaxation to deepen, letting go a little more with each exhale.
Nowwe’llsynchronizethebreathandthemind.Youcanchoosetochant silently or out loud (I recommend out loud – think Gregorian Chant). Either way start with a deep inhale. On the exhale, chant Namo Amitofo slowly for the length of the breath.
Inhale again, and exhale Namo Amitofo. If your chanting aloud, use a deep low tone. Feel the vibration from your throat and heart. Allow it to expand up and down your spinal column. If you’re chanting silently, allow the words to permeate through your entire body.
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release date: Dec 07, 2015
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The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (Wisehouse Classics Edition)
MEDITATIONS (Medieval Greek: Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόν Ta eis heauton, literally "to himself") is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy.

Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. It is possible that large portions of the work were written at Sirmium, where he spent much time planning military campaigns from 170 to 180. Some of it was written while he was positioned at Aquincum on campaign in Pannonia, because internal notes tell us that the first book was written when he was campaigning against the Quadi on the river Granova (modern-day Hron) and the second book was written at Carnuntum.

It is unlikely that Marcus Aurelius ever intended the writings to be published and the work has no official title, so "Meditations" is one of several titles commonly assigned to the collection. These writings take the form of quotations varying in length from one sentence to long paragraphs.
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release date: Jun 15, 2017
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Secrets Of Achievement : How To Crush It And Live A Wildly Successful Life With Purpose

What separates the achievers from the average? What's the main difference between the habits of the successful and the unsuccessful? 

Is there a magic formula to determine if someone is going to make it straight to the top? As I study and learn about the life of various ultra-successful people in their respective fields, I've realized that all of them are different in a lot of areas, but there is one particular aspect that is common to them all – they are all believers of self-improvement.

To further drive my point; here are some sayings of some of the worlds best achievers and most successful people have said about the topic of self-improvement and personal development:

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

     - Jim Rohn

“Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. Anything that improves your own talents; nobody can tax it or take it away from you... if you’ve got talent yourself, and you’ve maximized your talent, you’ve got a tremendous asset that can return ten-fold.”
     - Warren Buffet

“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”
     - Bill Gates

You see, there is no achievement without improvement. You can wish all you want to become an achiever, for your income to be higher and for your life to be better, but unless you punch that time card and start improving yourself, nothing will change.

Within this book lies a blueprint with step by step instructions after each chapter to get you well on your way to learning the "Secrets Of Achievement".

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release date: Jan 23, 2016
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WALDEN or Life in the Woods (Wisehouse Classics Edition)
WALDEN or, Life in the Woods, by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. The book compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development.

By immersing himself in nature, Thoreau hoped to gain a more objective understanding of society through personal introspection. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau's other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period. As Thoreau made clear in his book, his cabin was not in wilderness but at the edge of town, about two miles (3 km) from his family home. (more on:
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