Meditation & Mysticism

Meditation & Mysticism Studies

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    Recommended Books

    Jnana Yoga/Yoga of Discrimination
    • Shankara’s Crest-Jewel of Discrimination (Viveka-Chudamani)
      translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
    • The Supreme Yoga (Yoga Vasistha)
      translated by Swami Venkatesananda, with intro by Swami Muktananda (buy from )
    • Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God
translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
    • The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

      by M., translated by Swami Nikhilananda
    • The Eternal Companion: Brahmananda, His Life and Teachings

      by Swami Prabhavananda
    • Srimad Bhagavatam: The Wisdom of God

      translated by Swami Prabhavananda
    • Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal
translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester
    • Autobiography of a Yogi

      by Paramhansa Yogananda (buy from Crystal Clarity)
    • Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri
      by Swami Muktananda
    • Dhammapada: Teachings of the Buddha

      translated by Thomas Byrom
    • Buddhist Masters of Enchantment: The Lives and Legends of the Mahasiddhas
by Keith Dowman, illustrations by Robert Beer
    • The Tibetan Book of the Dead
translated by W.Y. Evans-Wentz, Karma-Glin-Pa
    • The Way of Life

      by Lao Tzu, translated by Witter Bynner
    • Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
compiled by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki
    • Zen Antics: One Hundred Stories of Enlightenment
compiled and translated by Thomas Cleary
    Literature & Fiction
    • The Razor’s Edge
      by W. Somerset Maugham
    • The Harry Potter series
      by J.K. Rowling
    • His Dark Materials Trilogy
      by Philip Pullman
    • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
      by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • The Giving Tree
      by Shel Silverstein
    • Harold and the Purple Crayon
      by Crockett Johnson
    • The Legend of Bagger Vance
      by Steven Pressfield
    • The Kin of Ata Are Waiting For You
      by Dorothy Bryant
    • The Hunger Games Trilogy
      by Suzanne Collins
    • The “Divergent” Trilogy
      by Veronica Roth
    • Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, *translation by Hilda Rosner 

    The Works of William Shakespeare

    • Hamlet 
    • Macbeth 
    • Julius Caesar 
    • Titus Andronicus 
    • Romeo and Juliet 
    • Othello 
    • The Merchant of Venice 
    • Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged
      by Robert Frost
    • Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke
      by Theodore Roethke
    • The Divine Comedy
      by Dante Alighieri, translated by C.H. Sisson
    • The Sonnets
      by William Shakespeare
    Christian Mysticism
    • The Interior Castle
      by St. Teresa of Avila, translated by Mirabai Starr
    • Gnostic Gospels
      by Elaine Pagels
    • The Prophet
      by Khalil Gibran
    • Jesus, the Son of Man
      by Khalil Gibran (buy from Khalil Gibran Online)
    Martial Arts and Work
    • The Book of Five Rings
      by Miyamoto Musashi, translated by Thomas Cleary
    • The Art of War
      by Sun Tzu, translated by Thomas Cleary
    • The Zen Way to Martial Arts: A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai
      by Taisen Deshimaru, translated by Nancy Amphoux
    • How to Win Friends and Influence People
      by Dale Carnegie
    • The Prince
      by Niccolo Machiavelli, translated by Peter Bondanella
    • The War of Art
      by Steven Pressfield
    • The Tipping Point
      by Malcolm Gladwell
    • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
      by Adam Grant
    • The New Atlantis
      by Francis Bacon
    • Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead
      translated by Normandi Ellis (buy from Phanes Press)
    • Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan
      by Carlos Castaneda
    • Tales of Power
      by Carlos Castaneda
    • The Power of Silence: Further Lessons of Don Juan
      by Carlos Castaneda
    • Play of Consciousness: A Spiritual Autobiography
      by Swami Muktananda
    • The Soul of a Butterfly
      by Mohammad Ali, with Hana Yasmeen Ali
    • Three Cups of Tea
      by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
    • When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead
      by Jerry Weintraub

    Recommended Movies

    The High Teachings & Waking From the Dream
    • Vanilla Sky
    • The Matrix Trilogy
    • Red Beard (Kurosawa)
    • The Truman Show
    • Groundhog Day
    • Mary Poppins
    • Brigadoon
    • Singing in the Rain
    • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    • Joe Versus the Volcano
    • The Big Blue
    • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    • Twelve Monkeys
    • The Ninth Configuration
    • Meet Joe Black
    • The Legend of Bagger Vance
    • The Razor’s Edge (both versions)
    • Brother Sun Sister Moon
    • Defending Your Life
    • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring
    • Little Buddha
    • It’s a Wonderful Life
    • Man of La Mancha
    • The Guardian
    • I Am Legend
    • Wanted (2008)
    • Avatar
    • As It Is In Heaven (2004)
    • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
    • Beastly
    • A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart)
    • The Chorus (Les choristes)
    • The Librarian (all 3 films)
    • Green Lantern
    • Arthur Christmas
    • Life of Pi (2012)
    Fight of the Spirit
    • 8 Mile
    • GI Jane
    • X-Men Series
    • Bulletproof Monk
    • Terminator I, II and III
    • Whale Rider
    • Miracle
    • Legally Blond
    • Rambo III
    • Needful Things
    • Patton
    • Batman Begins
    • Saint Ralph
    • Cinderella Man
    • Rudy
    • Big Trouble in Little China
    • The Professional
    • The Fifth Element
    • Highlander I & II
    • Gandhi
    • Billy Elliot
    • Happy Feet
    • Ratatouille
    • Hancock
    • August Rush
    • The Soloist
    • The Dark Knight
    • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
    • Temple Grandin
    • Up in the Air (2009)
    • Invictus
    • Kick-Ass
    • Shutter Island
    • Sucker Punch
    • How to Train Your Dragon
    • 127 Hours
    • Battle Los Angeles (aka “World Invasion”)
    • The Adjustment Bureau
    • Rango
    • The Avengers (2012)
    • Gravity (in 3D!)
    Character & Humility
    • The Emperor’s Club
    • The Mask of Zorro
    • The Last Samurai
    • Bruce Almighty
    • Spirited Away
    • 13 Going on 30
    • Spiderman 1 & 2
    • Hero
    • A Beautiful Mind
    • Don Juan de Marco
    • Finding Neverland
    • Chocolat
    • The Little Mermaid
    • Ip Man & Ip Man 2
    • Machine Gun Preacher
    • Wreck-It Ralph
    • The Croods
    Nature & Color
    • Fantasia
    • Winged Migration
    • March of the Penguins
    • Dreams (Kurosawa)
    • Earth (2009)
    The Occult
    • Poltergeist II
    • The Exorcist
    • Harry Potter Movies – all of them
    • Constantine
    • Push
    • The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

    Note: Watch these cautiously. Always watch a few minutes of a very funny movie after you watch a film with occult themes.

    Fun & Ridiculous
    • Ace Ventura I & II
    • Monty Python: Holy Grail, Life of Brian
    • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
    • Get Shorty
    • Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve
    • Aladdin Special Edition DVD
    • Beetlejuice
    • Shrek 1, 2, 3
    • Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl
    • Lara Croft Tomb Raider I and II
    • Johnny English
    • Scream 1, 2, 3
    • Mr. & Mrs. Smith
    • The Replacements
    • Galaxy Quest
    • What Women Want
    • Miss Congeniality
    • Transformers I
    • Iron Man I and II
    • The Boat that Rocked (Pirate Radio)
    • Megamind
    Art & Culture
    • Amadeus
    • Immortal Beloved
    • Born To Be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theater
    • Great Pas de Deux
    • Mozart’s Magic Flute, staged by the Zurich Opera
    • Titus
    • Othello
    • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Romeo & Juliet
    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • The Merchant of Venice
    • Seraphine
    • The Impressionists (2006), BBC
    Worth Watching
    • The Bourne series
    • A Good Year
    • Sideways
    • Freedom Writers
    • Taken
    • Star Trek (2009)
    • Star Trek: Into Darkness
    • The Tourist
    • Sherlock (Masterpiece Contemporary)
    • Thor (2011)
    • Thor: The Dark World (2013)

    Recommended Music for Meditation*

    Tangerine Dream
    • Dream Sequence 1 and 2
    • Architecture in Motion
    • Oasis
    • Dream Mixes Three
    • Mars Polaris
    • Tournado (Live)
    Bruno Coulais
    • Winged Migration (Soundtrack)
    Magna Canta
    • Sequentia
    • Enchanted Spirits
    • Tribal Cafe
    • Eons of Dignity
    • Sacred Memories
    • Immortality
    Mike Oldfield
    • Light + Shade
    Jean Michel Jarre
    • Equinoxe
    Edgar Froese
    • Ambient Highway Volume 1, 2, 3, 4
    • Dalinetopia
    Diane Arkenstone
    • Aquaria
    • Jewel in the Sun
    DJ Tiesto
    • Just Be
    • Guide Me God
    • Antarctica
    • Oceanic
    • Meditations on Pachelbel’s Canon
    • Enchanted Journey
    *You are encouraged to create playlists of tracks you enjoy from a variety of albums and artists, rather than listening to a single album by one artist for your meditation sessions.

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