Practice books

These books are useful and/or inspiring in supporting integrative practice, either at individual or at social level. The linked ones have been reviewed on separate pages.

Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull (2014)

A moulding together of autobiographical elements and the history of Pixar animation with an explanation of an approach to managing organisations that in many ways exemplifies the Middle Way. Written by the president of Pixar, who is also a member of the society.

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World (2017) 

An appealing book on creative practice, with a wealth of examples.

Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature (2018)

Solitary retreats are ideal occasions for implementation of individual practices that work towards greater integration. This book, written by Vajragupta, an experienced practitioner of ‘solitaries’, aims to “inspire other people to undertake solitary retreats and also help them to see how being in nature can be a valuable part of the practice.”

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion* by Marshall B Rosenberg (2002)

This provides a practical introduction to non-violent communication: a mediation technique that focuses on getting conflicting people to recognise each other’s needs and avoid the rhetorical language of blame.

Focusing: How to Gain Direct Access to your Body’s Knowledge* by Eugene T. Gendlin (2003)

A practical introduction to the technique of focusing developed by Gendlin, which directly applies the embodied meaning thesis to help us in gaining understanding of repressed feelings.

Meditation: The Buddhist Way of Tranquillity and Insight* by Kamalashila (1992)

A highly recommended, fairly comprehensive manual on meditation as it has developed in the Buddhist tradition interpreted by Triratna.

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