Like most of us, I'm always looking for new stuff to read--things that can broaden my horizon and open my mind. To that end, I thought it'd be cool
if we could all share the top three to five books on metaphysics/philosophy we've got sitting around the shelves.
I'm sure there are hundreds of hidden gems out there that I've never heard of, and hopefully we can unearth some of them here. So without further
ado, here's my list:
--this is the seminal encyclopedic work on Buddhist, Taoist, and Traditional Chinese Medicine healing work. There are
literally dozens and dozens of authenticated exercises here, and regardless whether you're looking for healing, spiritual development, additional
mental acuity, or simply better health, Qigong Empowerment has something for you.
--contrary to the title of the work, the book isn't so much about actual meditation (although it does contain exercises), but is
rather a very accessible, very practical treatise on Taoist thought. With much of Taoist work being written in symbolic code language, Taoist
Meditation does a good job at stripping away the obfuscating verbiage to reveal the beauty of the advanced mental science beneath.
ra of Hui-Neng
--Hui-Neng, famously known as the Sixth Patriarch of Zen, was an illiterate woodcutter before he achieved sudden enlightenment
upon hearing a single line of scripture from the Diamond Sutra. Important not only for the caliber of the sage who composed it, the Sutra of Hui-Neng
is also renowned for describing Buddhist philosophy in simple no-nonsense terms that anyone can understand.
Vitality, Energy, Spirit
--Like Taoist Meditation above, the work Vitality, Energy, Spirit does a good job at presenting Taoist
literature stripped of confusing language and unnecessary mysticism. Plain-written and well-translated, it provides an essential primer into Taoist
meditational practice and the underpinning philosophy of biological metaphysics fueling the body.
The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
and engaging book by a Bon tradition lama, Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep provides a direct and clear-cut approach towards attaining lucidity in
dreams, and using that ability to expand the consciousness and work towards enlightenment. This is definitely a must have for any lucid dreamer
interested in taking his work to a more spiritual level.
Picking just five was harder than I thought. I've got dozens more I could share with you guys, but I think those cover the essentials.
What about you? What are your go-to books on everything metaphysical?