What Are You Reading in 2010?
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On a daily basis, I'm also reading 365 Zen: Daily Readings by Jean Smith, which has given me plenty of food for thought and better guidance than the horoscopes. :-)
None of them has really made a large impact on me I'm afraid, but that's probably more due to me than the quality or lack thereof of the works in question.
I just joined LibraryThing a couple days ago. What have folks found to be the most useful aspect of this site?
The most useful aspects of the site for me have been cataloging my books, and the discussions about books in the many forums, e.g. http://www.librarything.com/groups/whatareyoureadingno and http://www.librarything.com/groups/booktalk.
Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames - Thich Nhat Hanh
The Four Immeasurables: Cultivating a Boundless Heart - B. Alan Wallace
What the Buddha Taught - Walpola Rahula
The Four Noble Truths - Geshe Tashi Tsering
i also visit Tricycle online and Shambhala Sun. SS is currently doing a 'best of Thich Nhat Hanh' and i found The Moment is Perfect particularly helpful.
I've listened to Thay so often that i can hear him speaking when i read the words and his voice in my head/heart is calming.
Here's the entire list of Thay's articles from SS.
I'll look forward to reading his other articles. And I'll look for A Path with Heart.
I just finished The Razor's Edge. Interesting to read a talented novelist take on issues of God and religion via the central character, Larry from Illinois. (About as non-mystical a character name and origin as I can imagine). (Says Joe from Chicago!)
Maugham touches on one of the conundrums for me (another one is no soul vs. karma and many lives), which is "no return" to this life after enlightenment. If one happens to like this existence, that doesn't seem like much of a reward, or a goal to strive for.
Anyway, glad I read it. I've never read Maugham before, and it certainly wasn't what I expected.