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The popular website has posted an excerpt of Ajahn Sumano Bhikku’s newest book, The Brightened Mind: A Simple Guide to Buddhist Meditation, as a ‘From the Library’ featured pick!

Click here to read the excerpt, taken from the first chapter: The Two Levels of Consciousness.

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The Magical Buffet has posted a stellar review of Andrei Znamenski’s new book, Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia!

“Where on Earth do I begin? ‘Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia’ by Andrei Znamenski was totally alien to me. Knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism? Minimal. Familiarity with the politics of Eurasia in the 1920′s and 1930′s? Nonexistent. An understanding of the variety of interpretations of Shambhala and its associated prophecies? Nope. Are you now frightened of this daunting book? Well don’t be.”

Read the full review here.

Red Shambhala comes out in June.  You pre-order the book and learn more about the author on Amazon.  You can also get updated tour information here.

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This review was originally published on May 17, 2011.

Tricycle magazine has blogged a wonderful review of Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu’s The Brightened Mind: A Simple Guide to Buddhist Meditation!

“The meditation exercises in the second half of the back are very clear and firmly grounded in Buddhist forms readers will recognize: breathing exercises, lovingkindness, and so on. I think this slim volume can serve as a very nice intorduction to Buddhist meditation, without a lot of jargon. The concept of Universal Mind may make some readers hesitate, because this Mind seems something we can access without a huge amount of effort and once accessed, we don’t need anything more to lead full lives, and this of course was one strong and recurring criticism of Big Mind. But if it gets people started on the path,on the cushion, and more importantly, as Ajahan Sumanao Bhikkhu says, thinking and learning and creatively engaging with our lives, it will be worthwhile.”

Click here to read the full review.

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This review was originally published on April 20, 2011.

Theosophical Network member and blogger Rene Waldow has published a thought-provoking review of Robert Epstein’s The Quotable Krishnamurti.

“At each step toward deeper awareness, Krishnamurti highlights the difficulties, how we are unaware of distortions, how wanting to do good, we create new distortions.  He does not give direct advice on how to go beyond the distortions. The hope is probably that by being more aware of the subtle types of distortions, we will not fall into the traps.  Awareness may lead to a disintegration of the distortions.  Beyond the distortions, there may be something we might call ‘reality’ or ‘the way things are’, but even that is not sure because if anyone has reached that stage, he has not come back to describe it.  Thus the one ‘oneliner’ remains the key to the talks ‘Truth is a pathless land.’”

Read the full review on Rene’s blog, or download the review from Scribd.

The Quotable Krishnamurti comes out in June. Pre-order it on Amazon today!

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This review was originally published on May 11, 2011.

Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology, by Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D., has been recommended by New Consciousness Review!

“Yannis Toussulis may be the first to explore the relation between this controversial movement and the larger tradition of Sufism, as well as between Sufism and Islam generally, throughout history to the present. Both a Western professor of the psychology of religion and a Sufi practitioner, Toussulis has studied malamatiyya for over a decade. Explaining Sufism as a lifelong practice to become a ‘perfect mirror in which God contemplates Himself,’ he draws on and critiques contemporary interpretations by G. I Gurdjieff, J. G. Bennett, and Idries Shah, as well as on Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr.”

Click here to read the full review.

Buy Sufism and the Way of Blame on Amazon today, and visit Dr. Toussulis’ website for more information about the author and his newest book.

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This review was originally published on May 7, 2011.

GalleyCat contributor Maryann Yin has written a review of The Brightened Mind: A Simple Guide to Buddhist Meditation, by Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu, in GalleyCat Reviews!

The Brightened Mind: A Simple Guide to Buddhist Meditation by Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu: “This simple, short introduction to meditation, particularly well suited to young people, can help anyone rattled with the stresses of living in today’s society rife with financial uncertainty, war, crime, and the psychological assaults of bosses, teachers, and the media.” (May 2011)

The Brightened Mind comes out in June.  Pre-order it on Amazon today!

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–This review was originally published on May 6, 2011.–

The Paranormal Plus Club host Jim Harold recently interviewed Andrei Znamenski about the many conspiracies covered in his new book, Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia.  In this 30-minute interview, Andrei and Jim discuss Tibetan Buddhist prophecies; a secret occult agenda and the Bolshevik revolution; and the involvement of Nicholas Roerich with a plan to unleash a holy war in Tibet and Manchuria, and the role of FDR’s Vice President Henry Wallace in sponsoring his efforts.

The full interview can be found here.

Red Shambhala will be released June 1st, 2011.  You can learn more about the book and the author on Amazon.  You can also get updated tour information here.

This interview originally aired May 7, 2011.

The Wisdom of the Vedas, by Jagadish Chandra Chatterji, is excerpted in the Summer 2011 issue (Vol. 23 No. 2) of Light of Consciousness magazine!

Originally published in 1931 by Kailas Press under the title India’s Outlook on Life, all who seek understanding of how the universe came into being and what the nature of God is will find this book an illuminating presentation of India’s oldest and most profound religious and philosophical tradition.

The excerpt includes topics such as The Devas, Our Early Teachers, Karma, The Moral Life and many more.  Subscribe to Light of Consciousness to read the full excerpt, or buy The Wisdom of the Vedas on Amazon.

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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia, by Andrei Znamenski, has been featured in the Trimondi Online Magazine.  The article outlines key features of this June release, from a synopsis to the table of contents to reviews!  Click here to see more.

 Red Shambhala Cover Art

Red Shambhala will be available June 2011. Pre-order it on Amazon today!

For updated information on Andrei Znamenski’s tour schedule, click here.

UFO Digest contributor Mary Alice Bennett discusses The Portal: An Initiate’s Journey into the Secret of Rennes-le-Château author Patrice Chaplin in a new article: “Berenger Sauniere and Emma Calve.”

“Rennes-le-Chateau researcher Gerard de Sede wrote that ‘No one will ever know exactly how the Abbe Berenger Sauniere and opera diva Emma Calve met one another.’ De Sede had interviewed those related to the mystery who had known the original RLC players in person. La Diva was the queen of the occult in her time, were she and Sauniere involved with the same secret society? Author Patrice Chaplin has written much about the relationship between these two at Sauniere`s retreat in Girona, northern Spain along with information regarding the Girona Rosicrucian-based ‘private society’ and their activities throughout the history of the region which goes back to the Templars. Her findings will enlighten us on this subject.”

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This article was originally posted on April 29, 2011. Read the full article here.

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