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#1 Mr. Gordo

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 04:00 PM

I'll start first:

The Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet

Buddhist Sutras: Origin, Development, Transmission

Even if my body should be burnt to death
In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
- Gandavyuha Sutra


#2 Summer

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:54 AM

I just got A Magick Life - A Biography of Aleister Crowley by Martin Booth.

#3 Fiat Lux

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 10:48 AM

Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson by G. I. Gurdjieff
Ultimate Journey by Robert Allan Monroe

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In Virtute Sunt Multi Ascensus - Cicero

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 09:48 PM

" Forgiveness " sub titled a bold choice for a peaceful heart by Robin Casarjian. A psychological framework for understanding forgiveness.
Now who doesn't need this book ?
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what people think of you."
Rumi, 'We Are Three', Mathnawi VI, 831-845

"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. "
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Posted 30 December 2006 - 04:46 PM

" The Violet Flame " ...to heal body, mind and soul

by Elizabeth Clare Prophet
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" It makes absolutely no difference
what people think of you."
Rumi, 'We Are Three', Mathnawi VI, 831-845

"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. "
Buddha


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#6 Kain

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 12:12 AM

"Layayoga" by Shyam Sundar Goswami

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#7 Indigo

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 05:56 PM

The Urga Manuscript

A Letter from Do-Ring
(Scribe of the Panchen Lama of Tibet)
to Wing On, his Friend, concerning the Inner Life


The blurb on the jacket says it better than I can:

This remarkable work must be considered one of the most important spiritual documents to have been written this century. Written with the express permission of one of Tibet’s greatest spiritual rulers, the Panchen Lama, in c.1921, its guardians now consider it should be made readily available to all who wish to read it (a view not shared more recently by one teacher who wished to buy all the copies from us so she could destroy them).

The translation has been as careful and literal as possible so that no nuance in the Tibetan original has been avoidably lost. In no other book is there so much concentrated information on the Inner Life available for those who are ready to receive it. It must be read, studied, and meditated upon. Those who are ready for these teachings will appreciate their wisdom, for they relate to the reader’s own experience, serving as a guide to development, describing the levels of spiritual evolution and the manifestations by which they are recognised in oneself.


Well worth reading and quite remarkable!


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Posted 02 February 2007 - 09:11 PM

"The Origin of the Kiss" by C. M. Beadnell (series of essays)
"Reincarnation - Fact or Fallacy" by Geoffrey Hodson
"Meetings with Remarkable Trees" by Thomas Pakenham

#9 Cypher Grey

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 01:13 PM

Just finished reading Wintersmith by Pratchett. I love his books about the Witches. He knows *exactly* how magic works.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche - right up my alley, and very well-written. Just reading it instills a sense of serenity.

Re-reading Extra Dimensional Universe by John R. Violette - a phenomenal idiot's guide to how physics can explain metaphysical phenomena.

The Dark Tower by Stephen King - the final book in the series. Pretty heavy, but I've made it this far; I'm not turning back now.

I have to read several books at once or I get bored.

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 12:33 PM

Just finished 'The Screwtape Letters.' Really great book, I'd always been a fan of Lewis' fantasy works, but this book provides a lot of insight into christian belief and human nature.
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 03:38 PM

I just finished Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind by Graham Hancock (Speculative but incredibly interesting! Recommended!) and just began The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra by Rob Preece which seems like a thoughtful and intelligent bit of writing.

I picked up a copy of Butt Magazine and it is a FABULOUS treat for all the intellectual fags out there...I picked up a past issue with Edmund White on the cover and flipped through to find a wonderful portrait of White sucking the interviewer's toes. SOLD!

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#12 Mr. Gordo

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 03:45 AM

Hey Mmothra, I picked up the Psychology of Tantra too, and am halfway through it. I'm enjoying it very much.

Even if my body should be burnt to death
In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
- Gandavyuha Sutra


#13 triangle of art

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 02:42 AM

Matter and Memory by Henri Bergson. The relationship with magic seems pretty strong, through definitely not explicit. Bergson was at one point the President of the Society for Psychical Research though. I think I may comment when I'm finished.
And soon, I came to understand many things of which before I had no knowledge, except perhaps in dreams.

#14 Mr. Gordo

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:21 PM

What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse.

Probably the best introductory book on Buddhism that I would reccomend to our heavily pop culture immersed society. Written by the tulku and director of "The Cup" and "Travellers and Magicians." Buddhism summed up in 4 sentences. Also a great review for seasoned Buddhists.

Even if my body should be burnt to death
In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
- Gandavyuha Sutra


#15 Dekishitai

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 05:47 PM

I just got back from the library, got meself 3 books to read:

"The Way Things Are" by Lama Ole Nydahl

"The Healing Power of Mind" by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

"Tie Terveyteen ja Hyvinvointiin" by Zhang Changwang
The title of the last book means "The Way to Health and Wellbeing".
It's a finnish translation of the original chinese book dealing with Yi Quan (意拳).

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Up above the world you fly,
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#16 Monkey Sage

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 06:11 PM

"The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality"
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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This breathtaking personal examination is a tribute to the Dalai Lama's teachers - both of science and of spirituality. The legacy of this book is a vision of the world in which our different approaches to understanding ourselves, our universe, and one another can be brought together in the service of humanity.

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 08:33 PM

well Looks like I'm gonna be reading the whole H.P Lovecraft Library *chukles* :squee:

#18 Dekishitai

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 07:41 PM

This time the local library provided me with the finnish translations of:

"Drama of Cosmic Enlightenment: Parables, Myths, and Symbols of the White Lotus Sutra " by Sangharakshita

"Atheism: A Very Short Introduction" by Julian Baggini

and

"The Secret of the Golden Flower" by Richard Wilhelm

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Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a teatray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!


#19 Cypher Grey

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 01:38 AM

I am finding The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche to be fascinating.

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 03:58 AM

Cretan Cults and Festivals
also The Earth Spirit
(and the journey continues)






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