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Which books sit on your nightstand?

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I dont have nightstand ... lol, but at my fingertips distance on the floor there are ... Taoist shaman by Kris Deva North, Taoist body and Fusion of 5 elements by Mantak Chia. There is also Kobo e_reader ..., the book opened on it at the moment is, Tien Tao Qi Gong corespondence program ... :)

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I'm also doing a re-read on the Castaneda series. I read the first book as a teenager and thought it was just about drugs. Then I read them again about 15 years ago, after studying metaphysics for some years, and was greatly surprised by the underlying metaphysics contained within. This series is one of those that the higher your eyes are, the more you see. Just like the TTC and many other metaphysical works. So they're a quick 'sitting in the doctor's office' read for me now - but each and every time you read the later books, you see something different because your 'eyes' are looking from a higher plane.

 

There are just some books that need to be read multiple times. In my experience, a partial list would be

 

The Impersonal Life, by Anonymous (later determined to be Joseph Benner) Some Christian mention can be easily sidestepped, but it's the best book I've ever seen to bring one to the I Am consciousness.

 

Advanced Course in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism, by Yogi Ramacharaka

 

Anything by Manley Hall will show you new things at different levels.

 

Also, Blavatsky.

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Kung Fu Engineering by Yan Liu

Heavenly Streams by Damo Mitchell

Jesus Through the Centuries by Jaroslav Pelikan

The Hidden History of the Chinese Internal Martial Arts by Sal Canzonieri

Construction Superintendent Operations Manual by Sidney Levy

The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn

 

Er, some of those texts are read in the daytime too.

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The Ceasing of Notions by Soko Morinaga. I keep coming back to this one again and again.

 

As it Is, by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.

 

What I need: good fiction.

Define what's good fiction for you, maybe I'll have an idea or two. :)

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I've got a bookshelf in my bedroom (mostly philosophy, some rhetorics, some physics, some religious stuff), so have no need for keeping books on a nightstand. I'm currently not actively studying anything, though.

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My definition is well written, entertaining, and with something to say beyond plot points.

 

Here's a few fiction books I liked:

 

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Echo

The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon

 

Define what's good fiction for you, maybe I'll have an idea or two. :)

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My definition is well written, entertaining, and with something to say beyond plot points.

 

Here's a few fiction books I liked:

 

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Echo

The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon

OK, gotcha.

Why don't you try this one:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Master-Margarita-Mikhail-Bulgakov/dp/product-description/0679760806

 

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The Last Train to Scarborough by Andrew Martin.

A 'Jim Stringer - Railway Detective' crime fiction paperback.

One of a series that I've enjoyed so far.

Right now I'm on easy reading.

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The Instructions on the Six Lamps translated by Jean Luc Achard

The Jew in the Lotus - Rodger Kamenetz

Cultivating the Empty Field - Hongzhi Zhengue

Tibetan Dream Yoga - Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Guidance for Living and Dying: Bardo Teaching from the Bön Mother Tantra - Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

 

And I just finished the first fiction I've read in a long time -

The Martian by Andy Weir

It was quite compelling and technical, a nice interlude.

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The Instructions on the Six Lamps translated by Jean Luc Achard

The Jew in the Lotus - Rodger Kamenetz

Cultivating the Empty Field - Hongzhi Zhengue

Tibetan Dream Yoga - Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Guidance for Living and Dying: Bardo Teaching from the Bön Mother Tantra - Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

 

And I just finished the first fiction I've read in a long time -

The Martian by Andy Weir

It was quite compelling and technical, a nice interlude.

I love that book.

Thanks for the reminder, I'm adding that to the night stand right now...

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I love that book.

Thanks for the reminder, I'm adding that to the night stand right now...

LOL. Did you finally buy a nightstand?

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Railway crime ... ? :unsure:

 

Yep.....

 

"One night, in a private boarding house in Scarborough, a railwayman vanishes, leaving his belongings behind...

 

It is the eve of the Great War, and Jim Stringer, railway detective, is uneasy about his next assignment. It's not so much the prospect Scarborough in the gloomy off-season that bothers him, or even the fact that the last railwayman to stay in the house has disappeared without trace. It's more that his governer, Chief Inspector Saul Weatherhill, seems to be deliberately holding back details of the case - and that he's been sent to Scarborough with a trigger-happy assistant. And when Jim encounters the seductive and beautiful Amanda Rickerby a whole new personal danger enters Jim's life..."

 

:)

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The thing that really bothers Stringer is that among the last railwayman's belongings, was a beheaded torso, found stuffed behind the toilet in the railwayman's loo. What is really bothersome to Stringer is that Inspector Weatherhill, however, is never seen without a bowling ball carrier in his possession. It seems to be a bit lighter than a bowling ball, however.... approximately 15 pounds.

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Well I finished it.

Bit dark it was too.

Onto something cheerier now

Louise Penny's

How the Light Gets In

French Canadian detective crime thriller set at Christmas.

:)

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  • Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Call of the Wild/White Fang, Jack London

Jeeves Compendium vol 3, PG Wodehouse

The Dynamics of Standing Still, by Peter den Dekker

Yijing, Moran/Yu and Wang Bi/Lynn

Dao De Jing, Gunther Debon and DCLau

Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep, as mentioned above (was a Christmas present, not really my thing)

Decoding the Dao, Tom Bisio

Bagua Neigung, Tom Bisio

The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands, Robert Tangora (sleeper of the decade, it's good stuff)

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  • Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
  • Call of the Wild/White Fang, Jack London
  • Jeeves Compendium vol 3, PG Wodehouse
  • The Dynamics of Standing Still, by Peter den Dekker
  • Yijing, Moran/Yu and Wang Bi/Lynn
  • Dao De Jing, Gunther Debon and DCLau
  • Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep, as mentioned above (was a Christmas present, not really my thing)
  • Decoding the Dao, Tom Bisio
  • Bagua Neigung, Tom Bisio
  • The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands, Robert Tangora (sleeper of the decade, it's good stuff)

 

If you are reading Jack London, his short story 'To Build A Fire' is a must read. I read most of his works back in the 60's.

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  • Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
  • Call of the Wild/White Fang, Jack London
  • Jeeves Compendium vol 3, PG Wodehouse
  • The Dynamics of Standing Still, by Peter den Dekker
  • Yijing, Moran/Yu and Wang Bi/Lynn
  • Dao De Jing, Gunther Debon and DCLau
  • Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep, as mentioned above (was a Christmas present, not really my thing)
  • Decoding the Dao, Tom Bisio
  • Bagua Neigung, Tom Bisio
  • The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands, Robert Tangora (sleeper of the decade, it's good stuff)

 

Does not Mistress Crane grumble regarding the great pile of books by the side of the bed? Mistress Chang is always on at me to have a clear out.

 

I also am something of a Jack London fan. Have you read The Sea-Wolf?

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