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Compassion and Meditation, by Jean-Yves Leloup

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Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity, by Jean-Yves Leloup Inner Traditions, 9781594772771, 165 pp., 2009A French Orthodox priest teaching meditation in a Zen dojo, this might seem strange but such is the life of Jean-Yves Leloup. A long time practitioner of Hesychast, a Christian form of meditation, Leloup shares his experience in this form as well as his understanding of and connection to Buddhism. He believes that meditation without compassion is lacking something, and in the same thought that compassion without meditation is incomplete.While it would be an oversimplification to attribute compassion to Christianity, and meditation to Buddhism, and try to combine them; Leloup does think that both systems contain both compassion and meditation, but that their differences and similarities can support each other. He is not alone; he briefly traces an interesting history linking Christian and Buddhist practices and ideologies in religious texts going back to the 1700's. Read More

The Last Pagan, by Adrian Murdoch

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The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World, by Adrian Murdoch Inner Traditions, 9781594772269456, 260 pp., 2008Who was the last pagan emperor of Rome? When did he die? What did his contemporaries, and those who lived after him, think of him? These are all very basic questions. And they are ones that Mr. Murdoch (a fellow of the Royal Historical Society) answers in this enlightening and, more importantly, easily readable book. This is history told as biography, and relies less on dates and places and more on perceptions and actions – both those of the subject and those who wrote about him. Read More

The Secret History of Western Sexual Mysticism, by Arthur Versluis

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The Secrets of Western Sexual Mysticism, by Arthur VersluisThe Secrets of Western Sexual Mysticism, by Arthur VersluisThe Secret History of Western Sexual Mysticism: Sacred Practices and Spiritual Marriage, by Arthur Versluis Destiny Books, 9781594772122, 167 pp., 2008This book addresses a topic which is often overlooked (or else looked at as an embarrassing part of the mystical tradition) here in the western world. This book looks at both the Pagan and Christian mystic traditions in many of their manifestations, with an emphasis of the Christian side. There is a tendency, fortunately avoided by Professor Versluis, to perceive movements such as “Paganism” and “Christianity” as monolithic movements having only one face. That was not, and is not, the case. There have always existed multiple approaches to the mystical experience. Read More

The Book of Enoch the Prophet, translated by R. H. Charles

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The Book of Enoch the Prophet, translated by R. H. CharlesThe Book of Enoch the Prophet, translated by R. H. Charles Weiser Books, 1578632595, 140 pp., 2003The Book of Enoch is a book that was removed from the Bible and the Torah for many reasons. Once it was held as an important book by the founding fathers of the Christian Church, for it detailed events of the Messiah before his coming, as well as expanded upon parts of the Old Testament. The text was lost (or more properly destroyed) in the fourth century when it was deemed heretical, it wasn't until the eighteenth century that the book resurfaced from an Ethiopian source, and a very interesting part of Judeo-Christian scripture was brought back to life. Read More

The Great Shift, edited by Martine Vallée

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The Great Shift: Co-Creating a New World for 2012 and Beyond, edited by Martine Vallée Weiser Books, 9781578634576, 255 pp., 2009
"No doubt, there is a shift going on, not only in ourselves but in every country and in every culture. It's huge and it is everywhere."
With this shift occurring Vallée collected the works in this book "To help you better understand and face these changes that every human being is feeling."Collected in this work are several well known channels in the New Age community, and some well known entities as well. The book features Lee Carroll channelling Kryon, Tom Kenyon channelling Mary Magdalen and The Hathors (13 members of the species known as Hathors whom were invited into our universe ten and a half million years ago in order to help keep balance, and whom the Egyptian Goddess is based upon) and lastly Patricia Cori channelling The High Council of Sirius. A veritable collection of the who's who in the New Age community and those entities that are influencing humanity's development, but only for the better, as they work against Read More

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