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Secular Meditation - Greater Boston Message Board › Books mentioned

Books mentioned

user 33292512
Medway, MA
Post #: 1
At the meetup I mentioned a book so I thought I'd post something about it here. I also had a discussion with Mike about a different book that tries to distill some aspects of religion that would be good for a humanist/atheist community.

  • The Mindfulness Solution / Dr. Robert Siegel
    This was the book I mentioned that folks hadn't heard about. It definitely reads self-helpy at times, but I thought it gave a different angle on mindfulness and meditation. The first chapter, "Life is Difficult, for everyone" is available online and it is a good read and gives some evolutionary reasons for the first noble truth, though doesn't explicitly say that.
    The website also has some pretty good guided meditations
    (the links aren't showing in preview so here's the website http://mindfulness-so...­)
  • Mindfulness in Plain English / Bhante Henepola Gnaratana A great one that most have probably read already. The first part is great, but the second, when he discusses technique, he makes some pretty strong assumptions like "By now you will be experiencing..."
  • Fully present : the science, art, and practice of mindfulness / Susan L. Smalley and Diana Winston A very good western examination and instruction on mindfulness

Mike, the book I told you I had read was:
Religion For Atheists : a non-believer's guide to the uses of religion / Alain de Botton.
Some parts were better than others. It's pretty uneven - like when he picks some very obscure elements from religion long past and treats them like they're in wide use. FYI, there is also a pretty raunchy picture in the book oddly enough.

user 8991675
Arlington, MA
Post #: 22
Thanks, Tony. I'll take a look at these, too.
user 8991675
Arlington, MA
Post #: 23
Here are some other resources from other members:

from Doug
Translations and commentary of the Theravada Buddhist Canon can be found http://www.accesstoin...­.

from Jen
The first book I read some years ago that got me interested in all this was The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Eric Swanson, Daniel Goleman
user 4356609
Somerville, MA
Post #: 3
Some authors mentioned last night at dinner:

Alan Watts, my comments were based on his book The Wisdom of Insecurity (I think that's the one).
Rupert Spira's book: Presence, the Art of Peace and Happiness.
Sharon Salzberg
user 4356609
Somerville, MA
Post #: 4
Some interviews I've enjoyed. There are many more gems in the Program Archives.

Jon Kabat-Zinn: http://www.onbeing.or...­
Brene Brown: http://www.onbeing.or...­
Seth Godin: http://www.onbeing.or...­
Alain de Botton: http://www.onbeing.or...­
user 8991675
Arlington, MA
Post #: 28
Brene Brown is GREAT! I love her.

Here are some that Jerry mentioned...

jerry mac

Rupert Sheldrake,
Terence McKenna,
Alan Watts,
Byron Katie.
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