Books

The Monk and the Philosopher

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By J-F Revel and M. Ricard – 1. Revel is a renowned French philosopher and atheist and Ricard is his son who has a PhD in biology and a very western education before moving to Asia to become a monk some 30 years ago. 2. In this dialogue, Ricard defends the validity of his life-changing experience of enlightenment. He does not see his conversion to Buddhism as any repudiation of what he knew as a scientist. Revel is a formidable proponent of liberal Western individualism, of that enlightened self-interest which accords so well with Western science. 3. Ricard became an interpreter for the...

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Teachings of the Buddha

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1. The word “Buddha” means ‘one who is awake’. It is the experience of awakening to the truth of life that is offered in the Buddhist tradition. 2. The Buddha saw that human freedom must come from practicing a life of inner and outer balance, and he called this discovery the Middle Path. 3. The Buddha sat in the midst of these forces with his heart open and his mind clear until he could see to the depths of human consciousness, until he discovered a place of peace at the center of them all. 4. From the Buddha’s enlightenment, two great powers were awakened in him: transcendent...

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The Seat of the Soul

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By Gary Zukav p. 21 “Our deepest understanding tells us that a truly evolved being is one that values others more than it values itself, and that values love more than it values the physical world and what is in it.” p. 22 “The need for physical dominance produces a type of competition that affects every aspect of our lives.” p. 23 “All of our institutions—social, economic and political—reflect our understanding of power as external.” (The author sees external power as bad) p. 24 “We have come to perceive power as in the possession of a few while the majority serve it...

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How to Win Friends and Influence People

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By Dale Carnegie – p. XIX “Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits. He possesses powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use.” William James p. XIX “Education is the ability to meet life’s situations.” John G. Hibben p. 6 “By criticizing, we do not make lasting changes.” p. 8 “Criticisms are like homing pigeons. They always return home.” p. 17 “To know all is to forgive...

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Good to Great

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By Jim Collins – 1. “Good is the enemy of great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence.” 2. “We believe that almost any organization can substantially improve its stature and performance, perhaps even become great, if it conscientiously applies the framework of ideas we’ve uncovered… Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice.” 3. “They first got the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the...

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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

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By Martin Seligman – p. iii “Curing the negatives does not produce the positives.” p. iv “The skills of becoming happy turn out to be almost entirely different from the skills of not being sad, not being anxious, or not being angry.” p. vii “Self-esteem seems only to be a symptom, a correlate, of how well a person is doing in the world.” p. 3-10 There are 2 ways to look at life’s occurrences: optimistically or pessimistically. Both ways of thinking seriously affect many aspects of a person’s life (work, health etc.) **p. 13 “Failure can occur when talent and...

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