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Retreat into a book...

Advantages: Contemplative, well organised, enlightening
Disadvantages: A bit light on non-Benedictine things

'Listen!' This is the first word of the Rule of St. Benedict. It is the first commandment in spirituality, as well as pastoral care, and should be in any good relationship. 'Monastic life is a training in the art of listening, which begins in silen ...

frkurt 09.12.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Essential Monastic Wisdom: Writings on the Contemplative Life - Hugh Feiss

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Circular reasoning of a different sort...

Advantages: Enlightening and interesting
Disadvantages: Paradoxical at times (wait, is that a disadvantage?)

In this text on Zen, part of the Essentials series by Castle Books, Kazuaki Tanahashi and Tensho David Schneider explore many of the classic writings considered 'essential' to Zen as an East Asian tradition, as well as an incorporation of modern American ...

frkurt 22.12.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Essential Zen - Kazuaki Tanahashi (Editor), David Schneider (Editor)

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Enlightenment

Advantages: Great essays, great selection of original material
Disadvantages: None

As a professor of Indo-Tibetan studies, and chair of the religion department at Columbia University, Robert Thurman has had a great career devoted to the task of making the Buddhist teaching and scriptures, particularly those of the Tibetan people, intell ...

frkurt 17.12.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Essential Tibetan Buddhism - Robert A.F. Thurman

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