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Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom by Dzogchen Rinpoche Ponlop
Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom

Taylor, January 7, 2011

Rebel Buddha is a guide to finding Buddha within you, as well as exploring the concept of the Rebel Buddha, which is the voice of your waking self reaching out to challenge you. The essays in this book explore Buddhism from a philosophical/lifestyle approach as opposed to a religious approach. I found that I really got a lot out of such an approach, because the author doesn't use a lot of esoteric language. He strips Buddhism down to its core, and in the process asks the reader to do the same with him/herself. This is a book you'll read multiple times and you'll get something new out of it each time.
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The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal
The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep

Taylor, November 11, 2010

This book provides what I would consider to be the best practices of lucid dreaming and dream practice. The author doesn't focus on the psychology of dreams, though he does provide some insights on what dreams can reveal about issues you're working on. Instead the focus of this book is on how the techniques can be used to help you release attachment to those issues and achieve a state of connection with the universe, without being drawn back to samsaric existence. It's a very good book to read, but an even better one to do the practices. I've started doing them and already noticed some positive results. I'd recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about Dzogchen and for anyone who wants to use dream yoga for spiritual and physical well being.
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Survival Guide Home Remodeling Plessets Pri by Diane Plesset

Taylor, September 30, 2010

This is an excellent guide to home remodeling. The author has put together a book which is easy to understand and explores the pros and cons of home remodeling as well as how to successfully navigate the stages of home remodeling. The surveys that are included are also very helpful as tools for mapping out how your family will be effected by the home remodeling. The author also did a job of seeding the book with anecdotes of successful and not so successful home remodeling case studies, which illustrated her points and also showed how important it is to pay attention to details. I highly recommend this book if you are going to be remodeling your home.
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Taoist Yoga by C. Luk
Taoist Yoga

Taylor, September 26, 2010

I found this book to be an insightful read into Taoist internal alchemy, however I'd also say that anyone reading it needs to have at least a couple years experience to even begin to get the concepts discussed. What I found was that the book provided greater clarity about some of the different exercises I'd already done, but I also realized that if I didn't already have experience with those exercises, I probably wouldn't get what the author was discussing. It's a useful book to have for an intermediate to advanced Taoist meditation practitioner.
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The Sorcerer's Secrets: Strategies in Practical Magick by Jason Miller
The Sorcerer's Secrets: Strategies in Practical Magick

Taylor, September 6, 2010

In this book, the author presents practical ideas and strategies for people who are just starting out in their magical practice. This isn't a 101 book, but its safe to say it's a 102 book that also offers some insights to magicians with more experience. What I appreciate the most is that the author takes the time to focus on considerations such as finances and explains that while magic can help, it's also important to learn practical mundane skills.

I also appreciate the author's choice to draw on a wide variety of sources that fall outside the traditional bibliography usually found in books. The author illustrates the importance of developing a well-rounded strategy by exposing readers to alternative sources.

There are two reasons this book gets a four instead of a five, however. One reason is because the author doesn't address the value of doing internal work as a practical and strategic solution. while knowing how to do practical magic to solve a problem is important, being able to identify your participation in the problem and making changes is even more important, and more practical. The other reason is that while the author does draw on non-traditional sources, he doesn't address the topic of innovation and how it can be used to develop practical magic.

All that said, this is an excellent book to read, and one I'd recommend to someone just starting out.
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