Mind, Body & Spirit

Erik Pema Kunsang, a highly respected Tibetan translator, has compiled a treasure trove of Buddhist wisdom. Sourced from sutra and tantra and an immesity of Mahayana Buddhist teachers ranging from the historical Buddha to yogis of ancient India to contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Lama. These teachings address a myriad of circumstances and situations, and are certain to inspire and enrich practitioners of all levels.

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Norbu
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Jewels of Enlightenment: Wisdom Teachings from the Great Tibetan Masters Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781590301791
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Published: Shambhala - March 3rd, 2015

As a yoga teacher wary of anything celebrity, fad-like, or commercial, I was surprised and satisfied with Rebecca Pacheco’s down-to-earth, respectful framework into the history and purpose of yoga applied to modern life. With impressive depth of knowledge and refreshing humility, she guides the reader through yoga’s tradition, physical practice, and real-world functionality—while maintaining its authenticity as a discipline and way of compassionate living.

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Julia
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Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062273376
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Published: Harper Wave - March 3rd, 2015

The author of Shop Class as Soulcraft returns with a philosophical examination of how we perceive and interact with the world. In a culture that largely engineers our experiences—every surface, moment between YouTube videos, every bus passing by bombards our mental space—silence is a luxury good and autonomy is valued over interaction. By looking at skilled professions that require complete attention, Crawford’s manifesto argues for reclaiming mindfulness and engagement with the outside world as a means of achieving highest human potential. 

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Julia
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The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374292980
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 31st, 2015

“I used to roll my eyes when people described themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious.’ Not anymore. With his usual sharp and elegant prose, Sam Harris—one of the great skeptics of our time—shows how spiritual traditions provide important truths that have largely been missed by the scientific and secular communities. Waking Up is an extraordinary book: It is a seeker’s memoir, a scientific and philosophical exploration of the self, and a how-to guide for transcendence. It explores the nature of consciousness, explains how to meditate, tells you the best drugs to take, and warns you about lecherous gurus. It will shake up your most fundamental beliefs about everyday experience, and it just might change your life.” —Paul Bloom, Yale University Professor

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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451636024
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 16th, 2015

When award-winning journalist Brigid Schulte, a harried mother of two, realized she was living a life of all work and no play, she decided to find out why she felt so overwhelmed. This book is the story of what she discovered—and of how her search for answers became a journey toward a life of less stress and more leisure. “[Schulte’s] a detective in a murder mystery: Who killed America’s leisure time, and how do we get it back?” —Lev Grossman, Time

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Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250062383
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Published: Picador USA - March 3rd, 2015

I love Aziz Ansari, and love that his first book isn’t exactly what you’d expect from a comedian. This isn’t a celebrity memoir—it’s better: an incisive look at modern romance, written with a sociologist following a year-long sociological study. It’s pretty brilliant: informative, smart, and really, really funny. This is an Aziz-infused guide to dating, and as a confused single person, I’m thrilled with this practical, totally entertaining book. Thanks, Aziz!

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Flannery
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Modern Romance Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781594206276
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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

More than opposable thumbs, the greatest asset to humanity, after millennia of progress, is our drive to keep asking questions. Weighing the collective human drive and ingenuity required to survive in the natural world, as well as the individual contributions of our most famous historical theorists and practitioners, Leonard Mlodinow celebrates the history of Western knowledge, finding the greatest human triumph in the progress of scientific discovery and thought.

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Jocelyn
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The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307908230
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 5th, 2015

I don't know whether to be relieved that my experience of being female is normal or depressed about how much, um, annoyance is inevitable. Julie Holland unveils the hormonal chemistry behind our feelings and discusses many strategies for living well with our changes. She backs up her information and advice with over forty pages of notes and references. Best of all, she addresses sometimes uncomfortable material with a matter-of-fact writing style that I found very helpful.

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Cat

This is easily one of the most important Buddhist books of 2015. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, a world renowned Tibetan Buddhism Lama revels in his humanity while simultaneously exemplifying the dharmic way of life. His storytelling is akin to listening to your grandpa tell the tales that weave the tapestry of his life.

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Norbu
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A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan: Autobiographical Reflections Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781611802054
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Published: Shambhala - January 6th, 2015

As a yoga teacher, I’m super discerning when it comes to books about yoga in American culture. Here is a truly diverse, honest, and intelligent collection of essays considering how yoga relates to body image and beauty standards, unafraid to ask challenging questions about race, gender, and the commercialization of what is, at its heart, a spiritual AND physical discipline.  

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Julia
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Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories about Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780738739823
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - October 8th, 2014

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