Books

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012

By Sogyal Rinpoche, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama 1. Death is a natural part of life, which we will all surely have to face sooner or later. There are two ways we can deal with it while we are alive. We can either choose to ignore it or we can confront the prospect of our own death and, by thinking clearly about it, try to minimize the suffering that it can bring. However in neither of these ways can we overcome it. 2. Knowing that I cannot escape it, I see no point in worrying about it. 3. Our state of mind at the time of death can influence the quality of our next rebirth. 4. No less...

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Man’s Search for Meaning

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011

By Victor Frankl – P.11: “The central theme of existentialism: to live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering.” P.12: “He takes a surprisingly hopeful view of man’s capacity to transcend his predicament and discover an adequate guiding truth.” P.16: “I wrote the book within nine successive days.” “I had wanted simply to convey to the reader by way of a concrete example that life holds a potential meaning under any conditions, even the most miserable ones… I therefore felt responsible for writing down what I had gone through, for I thought it...

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Emotional Intelligence

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011

By Daniel Goleman – “Anyone can become angry — that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy.” Aristotle P. ix “This book is a guide to making sense of the senselessness… our scientific understanding of the realm of the irrational. P xii “… abilities called here emotional intelligence which include self-control, zeal and persistence, and the ability to motivate oneself. And these skills can be taught to children, giving them a better chance to use whatever...

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011

By Steven Covey – The Seven Habits represent a holistic, integrated approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness. 1. P.18 If we want to change the situation, we must first change ourselves. And to first change ourselves, we must first change our perceptions. 2. P.27 Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. 3. P.37 To relate effectively…we must learn to listen. And this requires emotional strength. 4. P.43 Be the kind of person who generates positive energy and sidesteps negative energy rather than empowering it.” 5. P.44 TS Eliot: “We must not...

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Life 101: Everything we wish we had learned in school – but didn’t

Posted by on Nov 24, 2011

By Peter McWilliams; excerpts from the book follow: P. vi  “At college age, you can tell who is best at taking tests and going to school, but you can’t tell who the best people are. That worries the hell out of me.” Part I:  Introduction to Life P. 6   “We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” P. 9   “What is the purpose of life? Life is for doing, learning and enjoying.” P. 12   “Our doing allows for more learning. P. 19   “The trick is to learn to enjoy the process of...

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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – P. ix “This book summarizes…decades of research on the positive aspects of human experience – joy, creativity, the process of total involvement with life that I call flow. …a joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. …this book presents general principles…to transform boring and meaningless lives into ones full of enjoyment.” P. 1 “Aristotle concluded that, more than anything else, men and women seek happiness.”… “We do not understand what happiness is any better than Aristotle did… people often end up...

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