Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

Eastern & Native Religion

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

Book Number: 
742
Date Fred Read: 
February 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Lao Tzu
Author: 
Ursula K. Le Guin
Total Pages: 
125
Publisher: 
Shambhala
Year: 
1998

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) was the widely acclaimed author of more than thirty books of fiction, science fiction, poetry, and essays. This book is a rendition into English from other translations of the ancient Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. She includes how and why it differs from or agrees with existing translations.  Read more

Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart

Book Number: 
739
Date Fred Read: 
February 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Ram Dass
Total Pages: 
296
Publisher: 
Harper One
Year: 
2011

This book comes from a mature Ram Dass. Thus it is well organized and has a very good Foreword from one of his long-time students, Ramaeshwar Das. By 2011 Ram Dass has become a highly regarded teacher and guru of the path of Bhakti – the Hindu yoga of devotion (or path of the heart) – of the four main paths within Hindu religion.  Read more

Be Here Now

Book Number: 
738
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Ram Dass
Total Pages: 
403
Publisher: 
Lama Foundation
Year: 
1978

Ram Dass, one of America's most beloved spiritual figures, has made his mark on the world giving teachings and promoting loving service, harmonious business practices, and conscious care for the dying. His spirit has been a guiding light for four generations, carrying millions along on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own.  Read more

The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology

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Book Number: 
674
Date Fred Read: 
October 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Thich Nhat Hanh
Total Pages: 
141
Publisher: 
Parallax Press
Year: 
2008

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels widely, leading retreats on ‘the art of mindful thinking.’ (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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The Upanishads: A New Translation

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Book Number: 
651
Date Fred Read: 
May 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Vernon Katz
Author: 
Thomas Egenes
Total Pages: 
171
Publisher: 
Tarcher Cornerstone
Year: 
2015

Both authors have studied and taught Sanskrit and Hindu religions. Vernon Katz is a trustee emeritus and visiting professor at Maharishi University in Fairfield, IA, where Thomas Egenes is an associate professor. Thomas Egenes' guides for learning Sanskrit are used at universities in the US, Europe, and Australia.  Read more

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A Brief Guide to Native American Myths and Legends

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Book Number: 
625
Date Fred Read: 
September 2015
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Lewis Spence
Total Pages: 
298
Publisher: 
Robinson
Year: 
2013

Editor Jon E. Lewis updated with his 16-pp Introduction and his commentary the 1914 edition of the book ‘Myths and Legends of the Native American Indians’ by Lewis Spence (1874-1955), a Scottish folklorist and mythologist whose many works included ‘The Myths of Mexico and Peru.’ This was a gift book.  Read more

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The Bhagavad Gita As a Living Experience

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Book Number: 
614
Date Fred Read: 
June 2015
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
114
Publisher: 
Lantern Books
Year: 
2002

Wilfried Huchzermeyer is an Indologist with extensive knowledge of the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita. Jutta Zimmermann is an artist and yoga teacher who provided 21 full-page drawings and wrote 3 chapters of this book, which was a gift book.  Read more

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Lighting the Way

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Book Number: 
400
Date Fred Read: 
March 2011
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
the Dalai Lama
Total Pages: 
129
Publisher: 
Snow Lion Publications
Year: 
2007

The Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan people and a Nobel Peace Laureate, has become a global spiritual leader whose commitment to peace and non-violence has been widely recognized and whose message of universal and individual responsibility has won worldwide admiration and acclaim. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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The Analects of Confucius: With A Selection of the Sayings of Mencius, The Way and Its Power of Laozi

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Book Number: 
356
Date Fred Read: 
May 2010
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Confucius
Author: 
Mencius
Author: 
Lao Tzu
Total Pages: 
196
Publisher: 
Signature Press
Year: 
2008

The Chinese philosophers Confucius, Mencius, and Laozi (or Lao Tzu) lived from the 6th to the 4th centuries BC, a period of spiritual awakening when philosophers and religious leaders in diverse cultures throughout the world appeared as teachers. This was a gift book. (For books by an author, click on his name.)  Read more

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The Way of Lao Tzu [Tao Te Ching]

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Book Number: 
345
Date Fred Read: 
March 2010
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Lao Tzu
Author: 
Wing-Tsit Chan
Total Pages: 
345
Publisher: 
Prentice Hall
Year: 
1963

The translation, introductory essays, comments, and notes by Wing-Tsit Chan are why this book was given to me by a Chinese friend, who knew the lack of such were serious omissions of the illustrated book 188 – Tao Te Ching. Wing-Tsit Chan (1901-1994) was one of the world’s leading scholars of Chinese philosophy and religion. (For books by Lao Tzu, click on his name.)  Read more

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