Inner  Frontier
Cultivating Spiritual Presence

 

Highly-Recommended
Books and Videos

These classics of spirituality, some ancient, some modern, offer both inspiration and understanding. Clicking on one of these titles will take you to the Amazon.com page for that book. Purchases made through these links (at the usual Amazon prices) result in a small commission to help support Inner Frontier. Listing in alphabetical order of titles.

Videos

Into Great Silence DVD. Directed by Philip Gröning. The Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse monastery permit us a glimpse into their lives of silence and Spirit. This video is a long meditation on silence. The monks teach us silence by the example of how they live. The video opens us to that silence, allowing us, for its duration, to participate in the spiritual life of this beautiful monastery in mountains of France. The effects of watching this video reverberate into our own life for days afterwards, as sounds remind us of the sacred silence. (video 2005, DVD released 2007, 162 minutes)

Books

The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran (London: Vintage, 2000)

Beads of Dew from the Source of Life: Histories of the Khwajagan, The Masters of Wisdom, by Mawlana Ali ibn Husain Safi, translated by Muhtar Holland (Ft. Lauderdale: Al Baz, 2001)

Deeper Man, by J. G. Bennett (Santa Fe: Bennett Books, 1995)

The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experiences, edited by Joseph Dan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003)

Hoofprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as Taught by a Modern Chinese Master, by Master Sheng-yen with Dan Stevenson (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001)

Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide, by Aryeh Kaplan (New York: Schocken, 1995)

John Ruusbroec: The Spiritual Espousals and Other Works, translated by James A. Wiseman (Paulist Press, 1985)

The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys by Andrew Louth (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007)

The Philokalia: The Complete Text, Volumes 1-4, translated by G.E.H. Palmer et al (London: Faber and Faber, 1983)

The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff, by Jeanne de Salzmann (Boston: Shambhala, 2010)

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation, by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield (Boston: Shamhbala, 2001)

Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tsu, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English (London: Vintage, 1997)

The Way of a Pilgrim: And the Pilgrim Continues His Way, translated by R.M. French ( Harper San Francisco, 1991)

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney (Penguin Press, 2011) An excellent and practical overview of psychological research into the type of will needed for self-regulation, for control of habits.

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It, by Kelly McGonigal. An excellent set of approaches to self-control based on current psychological research. Compatible with spiritual inner work.


        

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