Being centered and present to oneself, the present moment, and existence itself… Here are glimpses of the vast storehouses of wisdom to be found within the ancient faith traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism.


Kathmandu, Nepal

The Bhagavad Gita – from Prabha Duneja’s translation, The Holy Geeta.

The Dhammapada – Sayings of Buddha, from two special translations.

Light from The Upanishads – quotes from the translation of scholar-mystic Swami Nikhilananda.

Selected Devotional Songs of Hinduism – as cited in the epic book, The Gospel of Ramakrishna, a spiritual page-turner.

Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara – a classic, from a translation by Richard Faulds and Danna Faulds. An English rendering of the title is “Entering the Path of Enlightenment.”

The Songs of Milarepa – I have long been fascinated by this extraordinary being who offered his teachings to the world through song – 100,000 songs, it is said! Can you imagine?

Swayambhunath. Photo by JT

Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

Vast as the Universe – quotes by Swami Kripalu, a contemporary Yoga master.

Vedanta – The Oneness of All – shining a light on the ancient wisdom of India, drawing from several not-so-common sources.

Zen Gems: Return to the Origin – prized quotes from many sources. Zen philosophy has a unique knack for piercing delusion’s fog and cutting to the spiritual chase.


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