New Books in Spiritual Practice and M...

Interviews with Spiritual Practitioners about their New Books

Religion & Spirituality
Spirituality
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Meido Moore, "The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Pr...
In 2008 Meido Roshi received inka shomei ("mind seal"), designating him an 86th-generation Zen dharma heir and a 48th-generation holder of the lineage descended from Rinzai Gigen...
51 min
102
Greg McKeown, "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pu...
Essentialism is a systematic discipline designed to support making life decisions that help you to make your highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter...
57 min
103
Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson, "Altered T...
Emotional Intelligence involves self awareness, self control, relationship management and social awareness....
51 min
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Chris Germer, "The Mindful Path to Self-Compass...
Increasing self-compassion and compassion for others, may just be the key to your well-being...
53 min
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Mani Rao, "Living Mantra: Mantra, Deity, and Vi...
What role does mantra play in the lives of Hindu practitioners?
61 min
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McKenzie Wark, "General Intellects: Twenty-One ...
McKenzie Wark’s new book offers 21 focused studies of thinkers working in a wide range of fields who are worth your attention...
61 min
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Kelly G. Wilson, "Mindfulness for Two: An Accep...
In this this interview, cross-posted from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr. Diana Hill talks with Dr. Kelly Wilson about kindness and the common humanity of feeling inadequate and broken...
61 min
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Stephen Batchelor, “Secular Buddhism: Imagining...
As the practice of mindfulness permeates mainstream Western culture, more and more people are engaging in a traditional form of Buddhist meditation. However, many of these people have little interest in the religious aspects of Buddhism,
68 min
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Dan Siegel, “Aware: The Science and Practice of...
In this episode, cross-posted from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr. Diana Hill interviews Dr. Dan Siegel about his new book, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence (TarcherPerigree, 2018). Dr.
59 min
110
Deirdre Fay, “Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditatio...
In this this interview, cross-posted from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Deirdre Fay, LICSW discusses how she integrates yoga, meditation and attachment theory into healing trauma. Ms. Fay discusses the intersection between yoga philosophy an...
49 min
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Michael Kearney, “The Nest in the Stream: Lesso...
In this episode, cross posted from the podcast Psychologists Off the Clock, Dr. Diana Hill interviews Dr. Michael Kearney, a palliative care physician who takes an interpersonal, integrative approach to healing. Dr.
58 min
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Alex Pang, “Rest: Why You Get More Done When Yo...
Our modern culture prompts us to work ever harder. But it turns out the most successful and creative among us don’t just work hard, they actually rest more skillfully. In this this interview, cross-posted from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock,
54 min
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John Forsyth, “Anxiety Happens: 52 Ways to Find...
Everyone experiences anxiety and worry sometimes. However, when anxiety controls your life, it pulls you away from things that you care about. In this this interview, cross-posted from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr.
50 min
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Eva Ritvo, “Bekindr: The Transformative Power o...
After working clinically with patients for over 25 years, it’s natural that one would learn something about what heals or harms humans. Such is the case with Dr. Eva Ritvo, who discovered through her work and personal life the power of human kindness a...
43 min
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Gina Biegel, “Be Mindful and Stress Less: 50 Wa...
In her book, Be Mindful and Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life (Shambhala, 2018), Gina Biegel shows how the demands and pressures of everyday life can really stress you out! She shows how even the little things when stacked one on top ...
33 min
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Radhule Weininger, “Heartwork: The Path of Self...
Dr. Radhule Weininger is a clinical psychologist and meditation teacher who integrates psychodynamic, Jungian and Gestalt psychotherapies with Buddhist psychology. In her new book Heartwork: The Path of Self-Compassion (Shambhala, 2017), Dr.
53 min
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Thomas Mira y Lopez, “The Book of Resting Place...
We’ve all participated in the rituals of the dead at some time or another in our lives, going to funerals and wakes, visiting loved ones in cemeteries. Some of us may even have a plan for when we pass away, ourselves.
52 min
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Shinshu Roberts, “Being-Time: A Practitioner’s ...
In her new book, Being-Time: A Practitioner’s Guide to Dogen’s Shobogenzo Uji (Wisdom Publications, 2018), Shinshu Roberts focuses on the practical study of the inner self and perception of all phenomena through the famously complex work of Dogen Zenji...
45 min
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Yael Shy, “What Now? Meditation For Your Twenti...
In an age which seems to be moving faster and faster, it has become difficult for people, especially young people, to stop and take valuable moments of reflection. Our anxieties can rack our productivity and emotional stability causing us even more tro...
42 min
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Leon Wiener Dow, “The Going: A Meditation on Je...
Leon Wiener Dow’s most recent work The Going: A Meditation on Jewish Law (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017) offers readers intimate, informative, and at times provocative reflections on halakha, or Jewish law. The author makes nuanced philosophical and theolog...
49 min
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Margot Esther Borden, “Psychology in the Light ...
Psychology and spirituality have a complicated relationship. Dating back to ancient times, we see them treated as sister disciplines which inform and enhance one another. But at some point in the last century,
44 min
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Robert Wright, “Why Buddhism is True: The Scien...
All “true believers” believe their beliefs are true. This is particularly true of true religious believers: for Christians, Christianity is the true religion, for Jews, Judaism is the true religion, for for Muslims, Islam is the true religion.
55 min
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Jon Mills, “Inventing God: Psychology of Belief...
There are many fronts in the argument against the existence of a god or gods and veracity of religious narratives. Some familiar approaches are to critique the philosophical underpinnings of religious ideology or to make a case from the perspective of ...
52 min
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Daniel Rechtschaffen, “The Way of Mindful Educa...
Time and resources are scarce for many teachers. Often times, these same teachers are under immense pressure to produce higher test scores and severely constrained with the actions they can take in their own classrooms.
45 min
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Andrew Schulman, “Waking the Spirit: A Musician...
What do the musical compositions of Bach, Gershwin, and the Beatles all have in common? Besides being great pieces of music, according to Andrew Schulman, they promote healing in intensive care (ICU) settings.
47 min
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Daniel M. Horwitz, “A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysti...
Ever wonder what Kabbalah is really about? Or how you might have a close relationship with God? Is cleaving to God an expectation that might have been medieval but no longer is sought? Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Horwitz ‘s new book A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysti...
60 min
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Maria Heim, “The Forerunner of All Things: Budd...
Buddhaghosa, a fifth-century Pali Buddhist scholar or group of scholars, is the most influential commentator in Theravada Buddhist tradition, who has in many respects created the set of ideas we now associate with Theravada Buddhism today.
57 min
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Rick Strassman, “DMT and the Soul of Prophecy” ...
DMT and the Soul of Prophecy:A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible (Park Street Press, 2014) asks a number of provocative questions about drugs, consciousness, prophecy, and the Hebrew Bible–with attention to how a particular chemic...
83 min
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Evan Thompson, “Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self a...
The quest for an explanation of consciousness is currently dominated by scientific efforts to find the neural correlates of conscious states, on the assumption that these states are dependent on the brain. A very different way of exploring consciousnes...
63 min
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Mark Epstein, “The Trauma of Everyday Life” (Pe...
Being human, much of our energy goes into resisting the basic mess of life, but messy it is nonetheless. The trick (as psychoanalysts know) is to embrace it all anyway. “Trauma is an indivisible part of human existence.
51 min
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Kathleen D. Singh, “The Grace in Dying: A Messa...
In this brilliantly conceived and beautifully written book, Kathleen Dowling Singh illuminates the profound psychological and spiritual transformations experiences by the dying as the natural process of death reconnects them with the source of their be...
47 min
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Barbara Bonner, “Inspiring Generosity” (Wisdom ...
“You can measure the depth of people’s awakening by how they serve others.” This quotation by Kobo Daishi, the ninth-century Japanese Buddhist monk, is only one of many observations that fill this small volume with words of wisdom and compassion.
43 min
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Judith Orloff, “The Ecstasy Of Surrender: 12 Su...
Surrender is a difficult concept for many people in Western societies, where everything seems to evolve around the desire for control, predictability and power. In our age of anxiety, certainty and control has become the number one tool to help us take...
46 min
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Lawrence J. Friedman, “The Lives of Erich Fromm...
Erich Fromm, one of the most widely known psychoanalysts of the previous century, was involved in the exploration of spirituality throughout his life. His landmark book The Art of Loving, which sold more than six million copies worldwide,
50 min
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Robert K. C. Forman, “Enlightenment Ain’t What ...
In these times, when more and more people are looking for spiritual truth and engage in practices like meditation, it’s hard to know what to expect from attaining a lofty goal like Enlightenment. What does Enlightenment look like?
63 min
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R. Jay Wallace, “The View from Here: On Affirma...
Our moral lives are shot-through with concerns and even anxieties about the past. Only a lucky few, if anyone at all, can escape nagging and persistent regrets about actions and decisions in our past. But sometimes those very decisions that we now regr...
60 min
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Paula Huston, “A Season of Mystery: 10 Spiritua...
“Paula Huston wrote literary fiction for more than twenty years before shifting her focus to spirituality. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Daughters of Song (Random House, 1995), which the Baltimore Sun called “far and away the best...
73 min
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Jeff Wilson, “Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist T...
Americanists have long employed a trope of regionalism to better understand American religions, beliefs, and practices. As many of us know, either by academic study or, more often, personal experience, the United States feels different in New England a...
66 min
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Raelynn Maloney, “Waking Up: A Parent’s Guide t...
Parenting books touting new philosophies are widely available. Raelynn Maloney’s book, Waking Up: A Parent’s Guide to Mindful Awareness and Connection (Companion Press, 2011) is not that kind of book. Rather, her message to parents is simple.
39 min
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Eric Weiner, “Man Seeks God: My Flirtations wit...
In his new book, Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine (Twelve, 2011), Eric Weiner, former correspondent for both NPR and the New York Times, confronts his spiritual side after a medical emergency takes him too close to death.
37 min
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Patricia Campbell, “Knowing Body, Moving Mind: ...
There is a lot of ritual involved in Buddhist practice. As more and more North Americans are discovering Buddhism, they are engaging in more and more Buddhist ritual, despite a general aversion many North Americans have to ritualized behavior. Dr.
48 min
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Charles Prebish, “An American Buddhist Life: Me...
Charles Prebish is among the most prominent scholars of American Buddhism. He has been a pioneer in studying the forms that Buddhist tradition has taken in the United States. Now retired, he has written this unusual new book,
58 min
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David McMahan, “The Making of Buddhist Modernis...
For many Asian and Western Buddhists today, Buddhism means meditation and an embrace of the world’s interdependence. But that’s not what it meant to Buddhists in the past; most of them never meditated and often saw interdependence (or dependent origina...
56 min