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Welcome to Wellington City Libraries' page of resources on Buddhism. Here you'll find a cross-section of what the library holds on Buddhism, some quick links into our online databases and the library's catalogue, and links to websites on Buddhism selected by our subject librarians. The Dewey Decimal call number for Buddhism as a subject is 294.3. (A comprehensive list of Dewey numbers for other religions can be found on the Beliefs homepage.)

Page last updated 2 April 2014.

 

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Syndetics book coverHow to wake up : a Buddhist-inspired guide to navigating joy and sorrow, by Toni Bernhard.
“The author begins with the core idea that life is a string of experiences engendered by and producing suffering. From here Bernhard walks her readers through the concepts used in Buddhism to accept and engage this state of being and, in doing so, hopefully become more awake to the reality of life. The book is organized around three fundamental tenets of the Buddha’s teachings wisdom, mindfulness, and open-mindedness with each section broken into chapters that examine these ideas and offer practices that help incorporate them into daily life. Bernhard presents all of this in an easy, straightforward manner that will reassure readers who are less familiar with Buddhist tradition.” (from Booklist review, courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBuddhist boot camp, by Timber Hawkeye.
"Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation's short attention span. The chapters in this small book can be read in any order, and are short and easy to understand. Each story, inspirational quote and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to." (drawn from the publisher's description)

Syndetics book coverA guide to the Buddhist path, by Sangharakshita.
"In this highly readable handbook on the fundamental teachings of Buddhism, Sangharakshita guides the reader through this sometimes complex religion." (Syndetics summary) Sangharakshita is the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community, a worldwide Buddhist movement, and is the author of over 40 books.

Syndetics book coverThe seven-point mind training : a Tibetan method for cultivating mind and heart, by B. Alan Wallace ; edited by Zara Houshmand.
"At the heart of the Seven-Point Mind Training lies the transformation of the circumstances that life brings us, however hard as the raw material from which we create our own spiritual path. The central theme of the Seven-Point Mind Training is to make the liberating passage from the constricting solitude of self-centeredness to the warm kinship with others which occurs with the cultivation of cherishing others. This Mind Training is especially well-suited for an active life. It helps us to reexamine our relationships - to family, friends, enemies, and strangers - and gradually transform our responses to whatever life throws our way." (drawn from the publisher's description)

Syndetics book coverNot for happiness : a guide to the so-called preliminary practices, "plagiarised by" Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse.
"This stylish and wonderfully written guide to the so-called Preliminary Practises is not only very much written for and easily chewable by a western audience but also and most importantly is extremely profound and clear, all the way widening limited views and removing tons of misconceptions and misunderstandings about the Vajrayana path and Dharma practice in general. It is full of pith instructions suitable and fitting for this time and age Dharma practitioners. Every single Dharma practitioner interested in seriously engaging in the Vajrayana path should definitely take a good look at this timely masterwork by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche." (Amazon customer review)

Syndetics book coverWisdom of compassion: stories of remarkable encounters and timeless insights
"An attendee at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's meetings all over the world and coauthor with him (The Wisdom of Forgiveness), Chan provides an insider's account of the spiritual master's teachings at venues large and small. "This is the Dalai Lama in context," he writes, "live, unscripted, and at his most charismatic." Encounters are arranged by theme: "Overcoming Adversity," "Educating the Heart," and "Compassion in Action." ... These inspiring dialogues communicate His Holiness's worldwide appeal and essential commitment to compassion. (drawn from Publisher Weekly, courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFaces of compassion : classic Bodhisattva archetypes and their modern expression : an introduction to Mahayana Buddhism, by Taigen Dan Leighton ; foreword by Joan Halifax.
"This wonderful book could also be artly titled 'An Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism.' From Ali to Gandhi, Dylan to Thoreau, and from Gertrude Stein to Mother Theresa, Faces of Compassion introduces us to enlightened beings, the bodhisattvas of Buddhist lore. They're not otherworldly gods with superhuman qualities, but shining examples of our own highest potential. Zen teacher and scholar Taigen Dan Leighton takes us through the ages to meet the people who have shaped history and society with their compassion and wisdom. Faces of Compassion emphasizes the universality of spiritual ideals, and the power each of us has to change our world" -- www.amazon.com

Syndetics book coverSelfless insight : Zen and the meditative transformations of consciousness, by James H. Austin.
When neurology researcher James Austin began Zen training, he found that his medical education was inadequate. During the past three decades, he has been at the cutting edge of both Zen and neuroscience, constantly discovering new examples of how these two large fields each illuminate the other. Now, in Selfless Insight, Austin arrives at a fresh synthesis, one that invokes the latest brain research to explain the basis for meditative states and clarifies what Zen awakening implies for our understanding of consciousness. ... His quest has spanned an era of unprecedented progress in brain research and has helped define the exciting new field of contemplative neuroscience.

Syndetics book coverThe magic of awareness, by Anam Thubten ; edited by Sharon Roe.The Magic of Awareness
"A core theme is that enlightenment is always available, even in this very ordinary moment. It is something extraordinary that ordinary people can witness here and now, whenever we are ready. No matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, we always have an immediate access to that inner stillness. Known for his startling insight, unflinching honesty and great sense of humor, Anam Thubten cuts to the essence, the heart of the matter, drawing from his personal experience of walking the spiritual path and clarifies subtle, complex points directly, in easily understood language" (drawn from publisher's description)

Syndetics book coverTo dispel the misery of the world : whispered teachings of the bodhisattvas / Ga Rabjampa Kanga Yesha ; foreword by Khenpo Appey ; translated by Rigpa Translations.
To Dispel the Misery of the World is among the best translations of early Tibetan texts in English. Fluid and accessible, with informative notes and an introduction to the little-known fifteenth-century author, this wellspring of Dharma will delight readers of any tradition or of no tradition. Translated under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche by Rigpa Translations, this work was recommended by the late Khenpo Appey Rinpoche, who believed its simple yet powerful instructions were exactly what was needed by people in the world today.

Syndetics book coverBuddha standard time : awakening to the infinite possibilities of now, by Surya Das.
"We're all given the same twenty-four hours a day.We can spend our time feeling hurried and harried, overwhelmed by chores and demands, distracted and burned out . . . or we can awaken to Buddha Standard Time, the realm of timelessness where every choice, every action, and every breath can be one of renewal and infinite possibilities. ... Drawing on Tibetan Buddhism and other great wisdom traditions, as well as on neuroscience and holistic traditions, renowned teacher and national bestselling author Lama Surya Das shares real world examples, practical exercises, and essential techniques. " (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInto the heart of life : Buddhist teachings on wisdom and compassion, by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.
"The real test of our Buddhist practice happens not on the cushion or in the protected space of retreat but moment-to-moment in daily life, particularly when we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations. How do we respond? In this book, one of the most respected Western figures of contemporary Buddhism, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, offers insights gleaned from more than forty years of engagement with Buddhist practice. Her perspective is vast, with a well-grounded understanding of how the timeless Buddhist teachings apply to the demands and challenges of modern life." (publisher's description)

Syndetics book coverTell me something about Buddhism : questions and answers for the curious beginner, by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. (2011)
"Tell Me Something about Buddhism does just that in easy-to-understand terms that outline the basics of Buddhist practice. For the curious or for beginners, this slim book is a wonderful guide. The author's roots, which are African American Christian, make her personal narrative of coming to Buddhist practice compelling. In telling her story, Manuel offers touching examples of her heart opening with forgiveness and self-acceptance, and her charcoal drawings warmly illustrate the informative question-and-answer format. This is both practical as a handy manual for those wanting convenient reference and captivating for anyone interested in Buddhism." (drawn from Booklist, courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverChina's holy mountain : an illustrated journey into the heart of Buddhism, by Christoph Baumer. (2011)
Rising from Shanxi Province like a three-dimensional mandala, the soaring peaks of Wutai Shan ("Five-terrace Mountain") have inspired pilgrims and travelers for almost two millennia. ... Christoph Baumer has traveled extensively in the Wutai Shan region, and here offers the first comprehensive account of the cradle of Chinese Buddhism. 300 luminous photographs capture the unique spirituality of the 60 monasteries which straddle the complex, charting festivals, rituals, pilgrimages, and the daily life of the monks, abbots, and abbesses... It will be an indispensable resource for students of Asian religion and philosophy, with further appeal to general readers.

Syndetics book coverAwake in the world : teachings from yoga & Buddhism for living an engaged life, by Michael Stone. Stone continues with the notions that informed his earlier book, uniting the insights of Buddhism with the merits of the practice of yoga. Stone's particular brief is that we be aware of the importance of participation in communities in ways that further justice and minimize harm to all human beings. ...Summary : Elegantly stated "sermons" from a born leader in Buddhism and yoga; perfect for explorers of Eastern traditions. (drawn from Library Journal, courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics jacketLand of beautiful vision : making a Buddhist sacred place in New Zealand, by Sally McAra. (2007)
"Land of Beautiful Vision is the first book-length ethnography to address the role of material culture in contemporary adaptations of Buddhism and the first to focus on convert Buddhists in New Zealand. Sally McAra takes as her subject a fascinating instance of an ongoing creative process whereby a global religion is made locally meaningful through the construction of a Buddhist sacred place. She uses an in-depth case study of a small religious structure, a stupa, in rural New Zealand to explore larger issues related to the contemporary surge in interest in Buddhism and religious globalization. ...book jacket. (courtesy of Syndetics)

 

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