Tag: Health and Wellness

Beyond Happiness, by Gay Watson

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Beyond Happiness: Deepening the Dialogue Between Buddhism, Psychotherapy and the Mind Sciences, by Gay Watson Karnac Books, 9781855754041, 193 pp. (incl. appendices), 2008Psychology, psychotherapy and the mind sciences have shown a growing interest in their links with the Buddhist models of the mind and the Buddhist psychology, this book is another effort to put forth some of what has been coming out of this interaction.While it may seem odd, I was glad in the intro when Watson admitted her limitations for this writing she is "not a scientist and freely admit that my understanding of these fields come from secondary sources which report back to the interest layperson from the fields of research." Several books I've read on this topic have the authors presenting themselves as more of an authority than perhaps they have the right to.Beyond Happiness also goes beyond similar books, for it not only discusses Buddhism in light of psychology but includes neuroscience and neurobiology as part of the exploration. The book follows the pattern of View, Meditation, and Action, a familiar pattern of thought to many Buddhists. Read More

Traditional Thai Medicine, by C. Pierce Salguero

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Traditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Ayurveda, by C. Pierce Salguero Hohm Press, 9781890772673, 134 pp. (incl. index and appendices), 2007Thai Medicine is a tradition that began to form in the 13th Century in Thailand, a combination of beliefs and theories taken from the animistic indigenous religion, Buddhism, and medical theories from ayurveda and yoga. It remains a popular practice, existing alongside western medicine in 83% of hospitals in Thailand, but Salguero fears that it is a dying practice, mainly supported by the elderly and tourists, and practiced by the older generations.As the older generations Read More

Healing with Form, Energy and Light, by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

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Healing with Form, Energy and LightHealing with Form, Energy and LightHealing with Form, Energy, and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen, by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Snow Lion Publications, 1559391766, 159 pp (incl. glossary), 2002Bön is the indigenous Tibetan religion that predates Buddhism, often called Tibetan Shamanism. As a religious belief it had historically suffered a social oppression under the Lama culture of Buddhist Tibet, but His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama has recognized Bön as one of the five major spiritual traditions in Tibet, which has led to a resurgence of information and interest in this traditions. Tenzin Wangyal is a Bön-po (practitioner), considered a Bön master and has spent his life studying Vajrayana and Bön. Due to this upbringing (and perhaps the modern state of the religion), the Bön in this book is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, as opposed to being "pure" Bön, which may not have existed for centuries and as a religion that mythologically dates its origin 17,000 years ago, one must expect some drift in beliefs and practices. Read More

Review: Shaolin Qi Gong, by Shi Xinggui and Eleonore Vogl

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Shaolin Qi Gong: Energy in Motion, by Shi Xinggui and Eleonore Vogl Destiny Books, 9781594772641, 151 pp, 2008Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese form of exercise for both the body and the spirit, having roots back as far as three to five thousand years in our past. This book unfortunately does not touch too much on what makes Shaolin Qi Gong different than other forms of Qi Gong, but does explain that this system draws a difference between Hard Qi Gong, the more physical and martial forms and usage, and Soft Qi Gong, the internal, energetic form with more of a focus on healing and support. This book and the included DVD focus on Read More

Review: Sacred Land, by Clea Danaan

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Sacred Land: Intuitive Gardening for Personal, Political and Environmental Change, by Clea Danaan Llewellyn Worldwide, 9780738711461, 266 pp. (incl. end notes appendix, sources and index), 2004Last year was the first I attempted to grow anything in our vegetable garden. I knew I wanted to grow organic, but I went in more or less blind. It wasn't a raging success, but we did get a few peppers and tomatoes. This is the book I wish I had read prior to starting my garden, unfortunately it wasn't published then, but, lucky you, it's out now. Read More

The Pagan diet: A few thoughts

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Fruit & vegetable box, photo by Ali KarimianPaganism, in general, has no prescribed dietary restrictions, though it has developed a few customary dishes for feast days over the past 50 years. There are some noticeable tendencies in our dietary habits, while by no means universal or necessarily defining, there are a few notable commonalities.For example, you may find a higher number of Pagans who prefer to buy natural and organic meat and produce, as reverence for nature is one of our defining doctrines, Pagans tend to be especially environmentally and morally conscious in this regard. Read More

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