Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on «the future of God,» one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious-but respectful-clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.
In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience.
How did the universe emerge?
What is the nature of time?
What is life?
Did Darwin go wrong?
What makes us human?
What is the connection between mind and brain?
Is God an illusion?
This extraordinary book will fascinate millions of readers of science and spirituality alike, as well as anyone who has ever asked themselves, What does it mean that I am alive?
The Dalai Lama's message in this book is as renowned as he is himself: that compassion is essential for individuals and for the world. This is very much his subject for, when we think of His Holiness, we immediately think of the compassion he embodies, and to which he has devoted his entire life.
He suggests we pay close attention to the way we respond to everyone and to everything around us, and explains how caring for others can be a profound source of happiness on an individual level, which can then be extended outward in wider and wider circles.
From here, he goes on to describe basic mistakes (such as hatred towards others) that lead us into personal turmoil and interpersonal disruption. Then he asks us to examine the nature of consciousness so we understand how the transformation of our attitude is possible. Finally, in typically practical fashion, he suggests how we can implement compassion in our daily lives, and go on to live with greater care and concern for all beings.
In 1999 His Holiness The Dalai Lama published the bestselling Ancient Wisdom: Modern World, which addressed the question of ethics for the new millennium. A decade later, His Holiness enters the contemporary debate about religion vs atheism, and returns to the theme of ethics with a major new work: Beyond Religion: ethics for a whole world.
In this thought-provoking new book he argues that religion is not a necessity for pursuing a spiritual life. Rather, focusing on tolerance and understanding between religions, as well as tolerance and understanding between believers (of any faith) and non-believers is the way forward. The way to achieve such an approach, he proposes, is through a system of secular ethics grounded in a deep appreciation of our common humanity. Aimed particularly at the general reader, Beyond Religion: ethics for a whole world is a modern-day polemic which outlines those ethics he believes should be central to our lives.
From the teachings of the world-renowned leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, comes a practical, seven-step guidebook for developing your love for others and transforming each and every one of your relationships in life.
Widening the Circle of Love offers readers a simple and illuminating programme for transforming self-centred energy into outwardly directed concern. Basing his views on the human capacity to improve, and drawing on exercises and techniques established in India and then refined in Tibetan monasteries over more than a thousand years, the Dalai Lama's teachings are supremely relevant to our lives today:
Â·The First Step: Recognising Friends Â·The Second Step: Appreciating Kindness Â·The Third Step: Returning Kindness Â·The Fourth Step: Learning to Love Â·The Fifth Step: The Power of Compassion Â·The Sixth Step: Total Commitment Â·The Seventh Step: Using the above in the service of others Filled with personal anecdotes from His Holiness's own experiences, as well as centuries-old wisdom, Widening the Circle of Love is a major book which will rival the Dalai Lama's seminal - and bestselling - The Art of Happiness in offering us an accessible, practical path towards personal growth.
In this dazzling book, one of the most influential spiritual thinkers of our time provides an answer that is as challenging as it is uplifting. Deepak Chopra searches for the Christ who stands at the heart of Christianity and discovers the identity of Jesus is threefold. Firstly, there is Jesus the man, who lived over 2000 years ago and whose sermons form the foundation of Christian theology. Secondly, there is Jesus the Son of God, who represents a specific branch of religion. Finally, there is the Third Jesus, the spiritual guide whose teachings embrace humanity as a whole. By considering each of these separate figures, Chopra allows us to decide for ourselves which of them speaks the most clearly to us today. As we become familiar with the universal wisdom of Christ, most especially through the guidance of the Third Jesus, we may become more open to a truly loving spirituality. And we will begin to create a brighter future, free from hatred fuelled by religious fundamentalism.
The Soul of Leadership decodes the mysterious qualities that have propelled history's greatest leaders to the top of the ranks and shrouded them in legend - Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, Buddha - and provides a hands-on approach to understanding and mastering these qualities.
The 10 Fundamental Principles, that Deepak Chopra believes all leaders should follow, include:
* A leader is the symbolic soul of the group * Inner qualities determine the outcome of any situation * For every need, the right response can be found * Great leaders can respond to all situations from the higher levels of spirit * A leader focused only on external goals (money, victory, power) will fail.
Using well-known examples of great leaders and a clear, concise breakdown of the virtues that a great leader must possess, The Soul of Leadership demystifies leadership and empowers us all to become leaders in our own right - from managing a family crisis to starting our own business.
Crafted with all the skills that have made his previous books bestsellers, The Book of Secrets will be essential reading for Deepak Chopra's huge number of followers worldwide, and also appeal to everyone searching for the meaning of life, and looking for answers to the questions: Who Am I? Where Did I Come From? and Why Am I Here? Each of the fifteen chapters discusses a 'secret' - such as: The World Is In You; Transformation Is Not The Same As Change; Death Is Conquered By Dying Every Day; Everything Is Pure Essence. Chopra believes that 'Every life is a book of secrets ready to be opened', and that the only way to discover the answers to these secrets is to delve inside yourself, and cease to be a mystery to yourself. Only by going to 'the still point inside' can you see life as it really is.
The Dalai Lama sees himself first and foremost as a human being, secondly as a monk and thirdly as the political leader of Tibet. This book tells the unknown stories from his childhood, his formation as a monk and his gradual development as a leader of his people. It shows how he brings a sense of goodness and conscience to political life.
Focuses on seeking and embracing the power source within. The author offers guidance and encouragement, while inspiring his readers to take their lives into their own capable hands no matter what challenges they may confront - job loss, financial difficulties, relationship issues, health problems or spiritual questions.
Reveals 'the forgotten miracle' - the body's infinite capacity for change and renewal. This book focuses the author's attention on a part of the body undergoing intense study and radical reevaluation: the brain. It presents a vision of the brain together with a practical plan for how to use it to achieve higher levels of success and fulfilment.
Explores the origins of fear and offers detailed practises on how to deal with its often toxic presence in our lives. Formed by a lifetime of mindfulness in action, the author, a Zen master and Buddhist monk, also shows us the path to peace, happiness and freedom that can come out of such explorations.
Drawing on his professional experience, the author, a practising psychiatrist, suggests ways in which facing our difficulties - and suffering through the changes - can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding. He discusses how to recognize compatibility, how to distinguish dependency from love, and how to become one's own person.
Bestselling author James Van Praagh is the celebrity medium whose work is a major inspiration behind the hit TV show 'Ghost Whisperer'. During his international career as a messenger of the spirit world, he has been astounded by the incredible proof of life after death. And he has been amazed by how involved the spirits are in our daily lives. Our loved ones may have passed over, yet they still care.
This dazzling book is brimming with stories that show how keen the spirits are to help us learn from their mistakes, so we can avoid the traps that caught them out on earth. Watching Over Us is a life manual with a difference, full of wisdom from the Other Side - empowering us to have our time again here and now.
May the Angels Be With You is a guided spiritual voyage with a psychic who will connect you with your personal angelic messengers and empower you to accomplish your highest goals. Gary Quinn will teach you to find answers to your questions about health, money, relationships, career and love from your own angelic messengers, and transform your life. 'Gary Quinn's work with the angels makes us believe in ourselves much more. We must believe in angels, miracles and prayers. This information can change your life' Nastassia Kinski
Britain's leading angel expert Glennyce S. Eckersley and world-renowned intuitive life coach Gary Quinn have been inundated with requests from readers eager to know how to bring the magic of the angels into their own lives. In this, their delightful new book, Glennyce and Gary answer their readers' prayers, taking them on a celestial journey around seven stars.
Each star is linked to a special angel. Incredible true stories reveal the miracles that this angel has already worked in real life, while exercises, affirmations and meditations will help readers to experience the angel's special qualities for themselves. In addition to appealing to Glennyce and Gary's thousands of existing fans, Angels: Believe and Receive is sure to attract many more people who are looking to improve their lives and experience the power of the angels.
James Van Praagh knew he was different from a young age. Not only could he see ghosts, but he could talk to them and interact with them. He realised that whereas some ghosts can be full of malice, others actively want to help the living. In this extraordinary book, he reveals lessons gleaned from his amazing encounters with the spirit realms. He explains what it is really like to see ghosts, how to recognise which sort of energies surround a person or place, ways to protect ourselves from negative presences, and techniques for becoming closer to those spirits who truly want to guide us. Uncovering the truth about the Other Side, Ghosts Among Us also shows us how to develop our psychic powers and how we can all transform our fears of the paranormal into a source of inner strength and support.
Lucidly and beautifully written, PEACE IS EVERY STEP contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is - in the kitchen, office driving a car, walking in a park - and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. The deceptively simple practices of PEACE IN EVERY STEP encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the 'mindness' into the mindful. 'This is a very worthwhile book. It can change individual lives and the life of our society. ' H. H. the Dalai Lama.
In this ground-breaking book, the Dalai Lama advises us to gain familiarity with the process and practices of death so that, when we are physically weak, our minds can still be focussed in the right direction, and in the right manner. Advice on Dying cautions us not to fall under the influence of the mistaken belief of permanence. We should not think that we have a lot of time in this life, because there is a great danger of wasting our lives in procrastination. He suggests we meditate on our lives, and on the indefiniteness of the time of death. For, though the time of our death is uncertain, death itself is certain... In this empowering and positive book, His Holiness brings new inspiration to a subject that we, in the West, have long ignored to our detriment. It is only by taming our minds and fully facing the end of our lives, that we can fully live in the present moment.
James Van Praagh is one of the most famous psychics in the world, whose extraordinary gift enables him to bridge heaven and earth. Drawing on nearly three decades of spirit communication, in Growing Up in Heaven he takes us on a powerful, emotional and ultimately inspiring journey to the other side. With compassion and insight, he offers a detailed portrayal of a child's soul on its journey from this world to the next. Through true stories and messages from those who have passed over, he explains the unbreakable bond between parent and child while offering us an amazing vision of heaven.
Van Praagh proves that love transcends the physical and material planes of this world, and offers compelling evidence that our departed ones, however young and tragically taken, will always be a part of our lives.