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Ancient Wisdom

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The Way of the Bodhisattva

by Shantideva

The Way of the Bodhisattva is one of the classics of Buddhism that teaches us the key elements of the Bodhisattva—one who has dedicated his or her life to serving the world.

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Ancient Wisdom, Modern World

by Dalai Lama

Ray Dalio strongly recommended this in Principles. It’s always a joy to read the words of a wise master. The Dalai Lama’s incredible thoughtfulness and humility comes through clearly so we can connect with it fully.

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Rumi Daylight

A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance
by Rumi

Rumi's poetry is stunning. Inspiring wisdom from the Sufi mystic. Have fun applying it to our 21st century lives.

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The Bhagavad Gita

A Classic of Indian Spirituality
by Krishna and Eknath Easwaran

The classic text of Hinduism is ‘packed’ with wisdom. A must-read for any- & everyone. JDI.

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Peace Is Every Step

The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
by Thich Nhat Hanh

A humble Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered spiritual leaders on the planet. This book is a collection of wisdom from his talks and private conversations.

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The Analects of Confucius

by Confucius

Old school bigtime. This brings us some of the highly practical wisdom to implement in our 21st century lives.

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The Tao Te Ching

by Lao Tzu

The Tao te Ching. It's the core text of Taoism and one of the top old school classics of all time.

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The Jefferson Bible

The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
by Thomas Jefferson

The Jefferson Bible. Thomas Jefferson created it for himself and never intended it for broad publication. Well, so much for that, great read.

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How to Be Free

An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life (Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers)
by Epictetus and A. A. Long

A.A. Long is professor emeritus of classics and affiliated professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also one of the world’s most respected scholars of Stoicism.

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Fear

Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm
by Thich Nhat Hanh

A Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh is, essentially, a living saint. In this great little book, Nhat Hanh delivers his essential wisdom on how to navigate the storms of life.

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The Dhammapada

The Sayings of Buddha
by Eknath Easwaran

A core text of Buddhism, The Dhammapada literally means something along the lines of ‘the path of truth and righteousness’ and is packed with wisdom.

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The Diamond Cutter

The Buddha on Strategies for Managing Your Business and Your Life
by Geshe Michael Roach

The wise Michael Roach was an undercover Buddhist monk who used a classic sutra from Buddhism (called The Diamond Cutter) to build a diamond business.

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Beyond Religion

Ethics for a Whole World
by Dalai Lama

Ray Dalio strongly recommended this in Principles. It’s always a joy to read the words of a wise master. The Dalai Lama’s incredible thoughtfulness and humility comes through clearly so we can connect with it fully.

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The Obstacle Is the Way

The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
by Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is brilliant. So is this book. The ancient Stoics taught us how to not only accept challenges but to thrive on them. Ryan brings their wisdom to life.

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The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy
by Donald Robertson

Got problems with your soul? These days, you’d see a psychotherapist. But, back in the day, it was the philosopher who’d help you optimise – they were the preferred physician of the soul.

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Big Mind Big Heart

Finding Your Way
by Genpo Roshi

Zen Master Genpo Roshi spent decades figuring out how to best help people develop enlightened awareness and came up with his revolutionary process called ‘Big Mind’.

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Passage Meditation

Bringing the Deep Wisdom of the Heart into Daily Life
by Eknath Easwaran

This book could have been called ‘The Eight-Point Program for Daily Living’ as Eknath Easwaran walks us through not just his approach to ‘passage meditation’ but even more gold to be found within.

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Knowledge of Higher Worlds and its Attainment

by Rudolf Steiner

Phil Stutz (author of The Tools) recommends this and Rudolf Steiner is a master philosopher, so read it.

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The Stoic Challenge

A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient
by William B. Irvine

William B. Irvine is a professor of philosophy at Wright State University. He’s also a fantastic (and prolific) writer.

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Stillness Is the Key

by Ryan Holiday

Ryan is an absolute favourite writer. One of the testimonials in the front of the book perfectly captures the sentiment.

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A Guide to the Good Life

The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
by William B. Irvine

Stoicism. Brilliant. Although pretty obscure today, Stoicism was once the primary philosophy of the Western world.

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Man's Search For Meaning

An Introduction to Logotherapy
by Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl survived the horrors of the holocaust and describes his Logotherapy in this classic book.

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Plato’s Lemonade Stand

Stirring Change into Something Great
by Tom Morris

Tom Morris has a joint Ph.D. from Yale in Religious Studies and Philosophy and is one of the most popular teachers in Notre Dame’s history.

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Superheroes and Philosophy

Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
by Tom Morris and Matt Morris

Tom Morris is a fan favourite of modern philosophers. He has a dual Ph.D. from Yale in both Philosophy and Religious Studies.

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Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in history from Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also has popular online classes and his books have sold over 12 million (!) copies.

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The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson and his essays, although written in 19th century prose, have the power to totally fire you up.

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Thus Spoke Zarathustra

by Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche was said to deliver his philosophy with a hammer and this book definitely nails his disdain for conditioning and conformity.

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Entrepreneurship

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Deep Work

Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
by Cal Newport

It’s the key to how you get So Good They Can’t Ignore You—which, of course, is the title of another one of Cal’s great books.

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The 80/20 Principle

The Secret to Success by Achieving More With Less
by Richard Koch

Did you know 20% of beer drinkers drink 80% of the beer? And that 20% of streets account for 80% of the traffic? And that most peeps wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the…

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Atomic Habits

An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
by James Clear

James Clear has a super-popular website (jamesclear.com). Millions of people visit it every month and hundreds of thousands subscribe to his email newsletter. After reading…

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Focal Point

A Proven System to Simplify Your Life, Double your Productivity, and Achieve All Your Goals
by Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is one of the classic modern self-development teachers and he's literally a Big Idea machine. Have fun learning about the importance of taking…

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The Checklist Manifesto

How to Get Things Right
by Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He’s also an extraordinary, best-selling author of a number of books. Short story: Want to get things…

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The 10X Rule

The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
by Grant Cardone

Ready to 10X your thinking and your action? Fantastic. Grant Cardone is your man. In this high intensity, Let’s do this! book you'll get fired up to go out and crush it.

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How Bad Do You Want It?

Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle
by Matt Fitzgerald

Matt Fitzgerald is a journalist, coach, sports nutritionist, and author of more than 20 books. In this book, he walks us through the different scientific perspectives on how to…

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Unleash the Warrior Within

Develop the Focus, Discipline, Confidence, and Courage You Need to Achieve Unlimited Goals
by Richard Machowicz

Richard Machowicz. Mack for short. He’s an intense, inspiring and empowering former Navy SEAL. He’s an ultimate warrior. In this book, Mack teaches us how we can…

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With Winning in Mind

The Mental Management System
by Lanny Bassham

This is an amazingly good book. Want to get your mind right? Lanny Bassham, an Olympic gold medalist, has been teaching the art of mental training/peak performance…

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Everyday Enlightenment

The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth
by Dan Millman

This is Dan Millman's magnum opus where he walks us through ‘The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth’.

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Meditation

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Buddha’s Brain

The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom
by Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and meditation teacher and this book delivers on its sub-title, delivering a practical look at the neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom.

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Conquest of Mind

Take Charge of Your Thoughts and Reshape Your Life Through Meditation
by Eknath Easwaran

The Conquest of Mind is an amazing book written by an equally amazing man: Eknath Easwaran. A must-read for any consciousness explorer.

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Why Meditate?

Working with Thoughts and Emotions
by Matthieu Ricard

Why Meditate? According to Ricard, the ultimate reason is to transform ourselves so we can transform our world. That works for me!

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Living Untethered

Beyond the Human Predicament
by Michael Singer

Michael Singer is a new favourite teacher and, after reading this book, I immediately picked up the first two books he wrote.

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Stress Less, Accomplish More

Meditation for Extraordinary Performance
by Emily Fletcher

Emily Fletcher used to be a Broadway performer. She was living the dream life. And... When she was 27, her hair was graying, she was always stressed and had chronic insomnia. Intro meditation and renewed health & prosperity.

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The Sleep Revolution

Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time
by Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington (CEO of Thrive and co-founder + editor in chief of The Huffington Post) went from being a sleep-deprived executive to a sleep evangelist after passing out and banging her head…

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The Power of Now

A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle

This is Eckhart Tolle’s first uber-best-selling classic where we learn how to watch the thinker, reconnect with Divine Intelligence, accept whatever's happening to us as if we had chosen it… and more.

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The Miracle of Mindfulness

An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Written in 1975, The Miracle of Mindfulness is one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s earliest books. It was originally written as a long letter to one of his main staff members in South Vietnam

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The Relaxation Response

The classic mind/body approach that has helped millions conquer the harmful effects of stress
by Herbert Benson

Originally published in 1975, this is an old-school classic on the science of meditation. Herbert Benson, MD, is a Professor at Harvard Medical School.

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The Relaxation Revolution

by Herbert Benson

Did you know you can alter your gene’s expression through mind body practices like meditation? Yep. Harvard MD Herbert Benson has the remarkable scientific data to prove it.

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Success Through Stillness

Meditation Made Simple
by Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons is often called the godfather of hip-hop. He’s a fascinating guy and entrepreneur. This book is a quick, straight-to-the-point guide to meditation written in a style that makes you feel like you can do it too, easy.

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Wherever You Go, There You Are

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts and one of the world’s leading advocates for mindfulness training. He’s demonstrated the phenomenal health benefits of meditation in this book.

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Everyday Zen

Love and Work
by Charlotte Joko Beck

Charlotte Joko Beck was the founder and former head teacher at the Zen Center in San Diego. I read this book years ago but it wasn’t until recently when I pulled it off the shelf, that it reignited a spark from many years ago.

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Silence

The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master and one of the world's leading spiritual teachers. In this great book he teaches us how to access the power of quiet in a noisy world.

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Mindsight

The New Science of Personal Transformation
by Dan Siegel

Mindsight. It's the seventh sense you didn't know you had! Can you pay attention to the inner workings of your own mind? That's what Dr. Dan Siegel, one of the world's leading neuroscientists say is possible now, so lets get it online!

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The Mindful Athlete

Secrets to Pure Performance
by George Mumford

Who does Zen master Phil Jackson go to when he wants to get his players' minds right? George Mumford. Mumford has coached everyone from Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant. Worth the read for an all-star mindset.

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As a Man Thinketh

by James Allen

Although somewhat obscure, James Allen is a wise guy and his essays have deeply influenced many of today's leading teachers. Explore the fact that dreams are the seedlings… water over time and viola!

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century

by Yuval Noah Harari

This is Yuval Noah Harari's third book. His first two focused on the past (Sapiens) and the future (Homo Deus). In this one, we ‘zoom in on the here and now’, hence it’s inclusion in this list.

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Mindfulness

25th Anniversary Edition
by Ellen Langer

Ellen Langer is one of the world's leading researchers studying the science of well-being. This book was was published over 25 years ago—before the concept of ‘mindfulness’ went mainstream and still its amazing.

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Brain Power

Improve Your Mind as You Age
by Michael Gelb and Kelly Howell

Want to learn how to improve your mind as you age? You can and this book by Michael Gelb and Kelly Howell can show you how.

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Mindfulness

An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Mark Williams is one of the world's leading authorities on applying mindfulness to cognitive therapy. In this great book, he teams up with Danny Penman to help us find peace in a frantic world.

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The Undefeated Mind

On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self
by Alex Lickerman, M.D.

How'd you like to have an undefeated mind while constructing an indestructible self? (I'll take 'em!) Alex Lickerman, MD shows us how – blending Western science with practical Eastern mysticism.

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Gandhi the Man

How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World
by Eknath Easwaran

In this beautiful and brilliant biography we get his insights into the transformation of Gandhi the man into the Mahatma or ‘great soul’.

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Golden Rules for Everyday Life

by Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

This is a tiny little book written by an obscure philosopher and spiritual teacher named Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov.

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Waking Up

A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
by Sam Harris

Sam Harris is part philosopher, part neuroscientist (with a Ph.D. from UCLA) and part contemplative seeker. His writing is smart, incredibly clear, and unapologetically direct.

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Stillness Speaks

by Eckhart Tolle

This is our third book in the list from Eckhart Tolle. We started with The Power of Now. Then A New Earth. And, here we are with Stillness Speaks.

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Words to Live By

Daily Inspiration for Spiritual Living
by Eknath Easwaran

This book is a 365-day collection of wisdom from Easwaran featuring inspiring quotes from some of the many books he’s written.

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Strength in the Storm

Transform Stress, Live in Balance, and Find Peace of Mind
by Eknath Easwaran

As I mentioned in the other notes on his work, Eknath Easwaran is a favourite teacher. He was a professor of English literature in India before coming to America on a Fulbright scholarship.

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Anxiety Free

Stop Worrying and Quieten Your Mind - Featuring the Buteyko Breathing Method and Mindfulness
by Patrick McKeown

This is a quick-reading, simple, practical guide to, as the sub-title suggests, ‘Stop Worrying and Quieten Your Mind—Featuring the Buteyko Breathing Method and Mindfulness’.

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Fully Engaged

Using the Practicing Mind in Daily Life
by Thomas M. Sterner

Thomas Sterner wrote the great book The Practicing Mind (see Notes). This is a follow-up practical guide to applying the concepts in that book to our daily lives. It’s a great little book packed with goodness for fully engage in life.

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No Mud, No Lotus

The Art of Transforming Suffering
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the world’s leading Buddhist monks. He is a true master and it’s a joy to connect with his powerful wisdom. I picked this book off the shelf after fires nearly burned down…

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How God Changes Your Brain

by Andrew Newberg M.D. and Mark Waldman

Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman are academics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Spirituality and the Mind. In this great book, they walk us through how God (or any spiritual being) changes your brain.

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Mastery Mindset

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Mindset

The New Psychology of Success
by Carol S. Dweck

Carol Dweck, Ph.D is a Stanford Professor and one of the world’s leading authorities on the science of motivation. She tells us that our ‘mindset’ –how we see the world –determines a *huge* part of our overall happiness and well-being and achievement. Explore the difference between a ‘fixed mindset’ and a “growth mindset’ and some big ideas on why we want to learn how to live from a growth mindset. And, of course, how to do it!

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Daring Greatly

How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brené Brown

Teddy Roosevelt told us that it's not the critic who counts. It's all about the individual who is actually in the arena – whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood… Who dares greatly. Brene Brown takes that spirit and runs with it – showing us how we can only dare greatly when we are willing to live Wholeheartedly, embracing our vulnerability as we cultivate our courage, compassion and connection.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
by Mark Manson

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be ‘positive’ all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. Wow, go get that.

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You Are the Placebo

by Dr. Joe Dispenza

The Placebo effect is a wild phenomenon. Merely the *belief* that a pill (or surgery) will benefit you can lead to those results – even without the actual pill. In this great (!) book, Dr. Joe Dispenza tells us we can harness that power and shows us how.

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The Quantum and the Lotus

A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet
by Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan

A stimulating journey of discovery in The Quantum and the Lotus, written in the style of a lively dialogue between friends. Both the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and the discoveries of contemporary science are introduced with great clarity, to be profoundly impressed by the two streams of thought and revelation.

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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

by Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is the world’s leading authority on the science of grit. She pioneered the field and, as Daniel Gilbert says on the cover: “Psychologists have spent decades searching for the secret of success, but Duckworth is the one who found it.”

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