Spiritual Traditions
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Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras
The Drug Cult that Civilized Europe
Carl Ruck, Mark Alwin Hoffman, José Alfredo González Celdrán
A fascinating tour of the mushroom-centered mystery religions which have profoundly influenced Western civilization
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The Wisdom of Insecurity
A Message for an Age of Anxiety
Alan W. Watts
"Anyone whose life needs a course correction would be fortunate to be guided by The Wisdom of Insecurity. My life still is, some thirty years later." —Deepak Chopra, from the Introduction Alan W. Watts's “message for an age of anxiety" is as powerful...
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The Second Book of the Tao
Stephen Mitchell
"A twenty-first-century form of ancient wisdom . . . Mitchell's flights, his paradoxes, his wonderful riffs are brilliant and liberating." -Pico Iyer The most widely translated book in world literature after the Bible, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or...
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Wake Up
A Life of the Buddha
Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac's profound meditations on the Buddha's life and religion In the mid-1950s, Jack Kerouac, a lifelong Catholic, became fascinated with Buddhism, an interest that had a significant impact on his ideas of spirituality and later found...
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Happiness
Essential Mindfulness Practices
Thich Nhat Hanh
Encouraging readers to be intelligent and skillful in their practice, this new collection by Thich Nhat Hanh outlines the essential steps by which we can all obtain real and lasting happiness. Each day, we perform the tasks of everyday life without...
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Buddha Mind, Buddha Body
Walking Toward Enlightenment
Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddha Mind, Buddha Body expands upon the themes in Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Understanding Our Mind. It opens with the question: Is free will possible? This concept becomes a leitmotif as the author considers how the mind functions and how we can...
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Tales for Transformation
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In 1768, at the age of nineteen, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe began to study hermetic literature. This exploration had a huge impact on the early aesthetic education of Europe's great man of letters, the last renaissance titan. In the years that...
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Ploughing the Clouds
The Search for Irish Soma
Peter Lamborn Wilson
In Ploughing the Clouds, Peter Lamborn Wilson suggests that the ancient Celts of Ireland may have possessed a "Soma" ceremony similar to one described in the Rig Veda, one of the oldest scriptures in the world. Written in India in 1500 BC, the Rig...
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Sacred Drift
Essays on the Margins of Islam
Peter Lamborn Wilson
Peter Lamborn Wilson proposes a set of heresies, a culture of resistance, that dispels the false image of Islam as monolithic, puritan, and two-dimensional. Here is the story of the African-American noble Drew Ali, the founder of "Black Islam" in...
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The Powers of the Word
Selected Essays and Notes 1927-1943
René Daumal
Since his death in 1944, Rene Daumal has come to be recognized as one of the original minds of the twentieth century French letters. Poet, essayist, philosopher and translator, Sanscrit scholar and pupil of Gurdjieff, Daumal was a founder of the...
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Nature, Man and Woman
Alan W. Watts
A provocative and enduring work that reexamines humanity's place in the natural world -- and the spirit's relation to the flesh -- in the light of Chinese Taoism. That human beings stand separate from a nature that must be controlled, that the mind is...
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The Book
On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Alan W. Watts
A witty attack on the illusion that the self is a separate ego that confronts a universe of alien physical...
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Secrets of Voodoo
Milo Rigaud
Secrets of Voodoo traces the development of this complex religion (in Haiti and the Americas) from its sources in the brilliant civilizations of ancient Africa. This book presents a straightforward account of the gods or loas and their function, the...
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The Perfection of Wisdom
In Eight Thousand Lines & Its Verse Summary
Edward Conze
After the Torah, the Koran and the Gospels, the Indian literature of "The Perfection of Wisdom" has had the greatest impact on the religious consciousness of mankind. Its composition extended for over seven hundred years, and here we offer the reader...

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