The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness

Discovering the Buddhist Teachings at the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Author: Beth Ann Mulligan

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

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Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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Deeply embedded in the practice of contemporary mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are concepts drawn from the ancient wisdom of meditative traditions. The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness uncovers the essential Buddhist teachings at the heart of this powerful anti-stress program, enabling you to deepen your historical and spiritual understanding of MBSR and nourish your practice. Meditation and mindfulness are everywhere: in hospitals, clinics, and schools; in major medical, psychological, and scientific journals; on TV; and in popular publications—even on the cover of Time magazine. And thankfully so—since Jon Kabat-Zinn developed MBSR, a treatment blending meditation and yoga, it has been proven effective in treating conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and depression for sufferers around the world. Lesser known, however, are the deep philosophical roots of MBSR known as the Buddhist dharma, translated as “the teachings of the Buddha.” Although they form the very foundation underlying MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions, they often remain hidden within modern mindfulness practices. The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness illuminates these cornerstones, communicating previously esoteric teachings with language that makes them easily accessible and applicable to your complex daily life. The book follows the structure of an eight-week MBSR class, paralleling the participant’s journey with that of the Buddha for the alleviation of suffering. With real-life examples, guided reflections, and practices throughout, this book will show you the connections between the ancient wisdom of Buddhism and contemporary MBSR. Regardless of your background, status, or education, and whether you’re a practitioner, teacher, or trainer, this invitation to explore the essential Buddhist teachings at the heart of modern mindfulness—such as the four noble truths, the noble eightfold path, and the four brahmaviharas: loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity—will expand your understanding and enhance your practice, and, in doing so, connect you with your inner wisdom and deepest humanity.

A Sprig of Sea Lavender

A classic English murder mystery

Author: JRL Anderson

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Up-and-coming painter, Sandra Telford, races down the platform to catch her train to London. Two hours later she's found dead at her seat. At her feet is a portfolio containing millions of pounds worth of unlisted artwork - and a single sprig of sea lavender. Inspector Piet Deventer, an art lover himself, is put on the case. The victim is the former lover of an escaped convict, the mastermind behind one of the largest gold robberies of the century - and Piet suspects the two cases might be connected. Struggling for leads, Piet enlists the help of Sally Graham, a friend of the victim, to help with his investigation. But with a dangerous criminal on the loose, Piet will need all his wits about him - so it doesn't help that he finds himself falling in love . . . A Sprig of Sea Lavender is J.R.L. Anderson's first mystery featuring Piet Deventer, and is an unmissable read for all lovers of English crime.

How to Be a Fierce Competitor

What Winning Companies and Great Managers Do in Tough Times

Author: Jeffrey J. Fox

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 176

View: 772

From best-selling author Jeffrey J. Fox, how the savvy see opportunity -- and capitalize on it Economic downturns separate the winning companies from the struggling. And as best-selling author Jeffrey J. Fox shows, tough times also give solid companies, strong managers, and potential rainmakers the opportunity to seize market share. In this eminently readable, practical resource for business leaders and managers, Fox explains exactly how the savvy few who rise to the top stay focused and alert, get new market share, hire good recently fired talent, increase investments into customer service, speed innovation, train all customer facing people, make acquisitions, get rid of underperformers, build brand names, pay for measurable performance, and lots more. Potential rainmakers, CEOS, marketing superstars, and great bosses have long turned to Jeffrey J. Fox for advice. Now he shows exactly what to do to weather any climate.

Between the Bridge and the River

Author: Craig Ferguson

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 615

The bizarre experiences of two childhood friends from Scotland and of two illegitimate half-brothers from the American South become mysteriously intertwined, in a bawdy, hilarious debut novel by the host of The Late Late Show. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Delphi Complete Works of Hans Holbein the Younger (Illustrated)

Author: Hans Holbein the Younger

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 897

View: 846

Hans Holbein the Younger, a Northern Renaissance master generally regarded as one of the greatest portraitists of art history, came from a family of prominent artists. His stunning portraits are renowned for their unprecedented naturalism and precise draughtsmanship. Holbein’s most enduring achievement is his record of the court of King Henry VIII, which we continue to view through his eyes and unique mode of expression. The influence of his work on the course of English portraiture is immeasurable, as he created a portrait type that elevated the status of English portraiture to a European level for the first time. Delphi’s Masters of Art Series presents the world’s first digital e-Art books, allowing readers to explore the works of great artists in comprehensive detail. This volume presents Holbein’s complete works in beautiful detail, with concise introductions, hundreds of high quality images and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * The complete paintings of Hans Holbein – over 150 images, fully indexed and arranged in chronological and alphabetical order * Includes reproductions of rare and contested works * Features a special ‘Highlights’ section, with concise introductions to the masterpieces, giving valuable contextual information * Enlarged ‘Detail’ images, allowing you to explore Holbein’s celebrated works in detail, as featured in traditional art books * Hundreds of images in colour – highly recommended for viewing on tablets and smartphones or as a valuable reference tool on more conventional eReaders * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the paintings * Easily locate the artworks you wish to view * Includes Holbein’s drawings – explore the artist’s varied works * Features three bonus biographies, including Chamberlain’s seminal study – discover Holbein's artistic and personal life Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting e-Art books CONTENTS: The Highlights Portrait of Jakob Meyer (1516) Portrait of Bonifacius Amerbach (1519) The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb (1522) Portrait of Erasmus (1523) The Passion of Christ (1524) Meyer Madonna (1526) Lais of Corinth (1526) Portrait of Sir Thomas More (1527) Portrait of the Artist’s Family (1529) Portrait of Georg Gisze of Danzig (1532) The Ambassadors (1533) Portrait of Thomas Cromwell (c. 1533) Portrait of Sir Richard Southwell (1536) Portrait of Henry VIII (1536) Portrait of Jane Seymour (1537) Portrait of Anne of Cleeves (1539) Portrait of an Unknown Lady (1541) Self Portrait (1543) The Paintings The Complete Paintings Alphabetical List of Paintings The Drawings List of Drawings The Biographies Brief Biography of Hans Holbein (1900) by Lionel Henry Cust Hans Holbein (1902) by Arthur B. Chamberlain Holbein (1904) by Beatrice Fortescue Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles or to buy the whole Art series as a Super Set

How to Build Glued-lapstrake Wooden Boats

Author: John Brooks

Publisher: WoodenBoat Books

ISBN:

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 281

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As a child, John Brooks loved to build models and sail with his grandfather. When most teenagers were at the prom, John was changing jibs in the Indian Ocean, halfway through a 35,000-mile, two-year cruise. He began building boats in commercial yards at 19, while studying boat design and building his own boats. John worked for many years honing his craftsmanship on fine yachts, small boats, custom furniture, and a harpsichord. He has been a instructor at the WoodenBoat School in Maine since the mid-1990s, teaching glued-lapstrake boatbuilding, fine interior joinery, and carving. Ruth Ann Hill grew up on the coast of Maine. A writer, boatbuilding assistant, naturalist, and graphic artist, Ruth is the author of Discovering Old Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park: An Unconventional Guide and a contributing editor for Maine Boats & Harbors magazine. John and Ruth started their business, Brooks Boats, in 1991. They design and build glued-lapstrake boats in West Brooklin, Maine-and get out to enjoy their handiwork in its proper element whenever they can.

After Hours

Tales from Ur-Bar

Author: Joshua Palmatier

Publisher: Astra Publishing House

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 238

View: 785

Science fiction and fantasy readers have long shown an affinity for a good "bar story". Now some of today's most inventive scriveners have decided to tell their own tall tales-from an alewife's attempt to transfer the gods' curse to Gilgamesh, to Odin's decision to introduce Vikings to the Ur-Bar, from the Holy Roman Emperor's barroom bargain, to a demon hunter who may just have met his match in the ultimate magic bar, to a bouncer who discovers you should never let anyone in after hours in a world terrorized by zombies.

Key West Green

Author: Diana Reif

Publisher: AbsolutelyAmazingebooks.com

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 468

View: 741

"I love a good mystery, especially one with a female solving a crime in an exotic locale, with bad guys trying to steal emeralds. Diana Reif has given me exactly what I had in mind for reading on a wintery day." - Marcy Birdweather, Marcy's Musings "— fast and fun as a pretty island lawyer gets involved with treasure thieves, emeralds and the CIA." - Pamela Paige, feature writer, Sunday Magazine Key West lawyer Tabitha "Tab" DeWitt is innocently caught up in a search for $10 million and emeralds from a sunken Spanish galleon. The loot was hidden and nearly forgotten after a disastrous old CIA financed sting. Murder, prison, and a change of political winds put the quest for the missing treasure temporarily on hold, but 15 years later the search resumes with a vengeance, tied now to a crooked development scheme. When Tab stumbles on the money, her life spins out of control. Aided by a heroic elderly woman, Tab falls victim to a corrupt judge, greedy builders, and assorted crooks. Abduction, a terrifying sailboat passage, murder, and a threatened hurricane, lead everyone to a twisted and ironic conclusion.

Body Language from Head to Toe

Expressions, idioms, slang, and quotes related to body parts

Author: Per-Olof Hasselgren

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

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Category:

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Written by a physician, Body Language – from Head to Toe is a “dictionary” of American idioms and other expressions that contain the name of a body part. The use of body part-related expressions is both interesting and fun. This book contains about 2,000 such idioms, words, and expressions, such as “with the back against the wall,” “brainstorming,” “sweet tooth,” and “tongue in cheek.” Says author Per-Olof Hasselgren, “As a surgeon, I understand the importance of anatomy and the knowledge of organs and tissues. This book reflects my longstanding interest in idioms and other expressions referring to body parts, and it ‘connects’ anatomy with the spoken and written language.” This book was written for three main reasons. First, anatomy matters, particularly in surgery. During the last several years, collecting such expressions became a hobby for the author. Second, as someone moving to this country from another part of the world, Dr. Hasselgren is interested in the peculiarities of the American language. Idioms, slang, and other expressions are specific for any given language and quite often cannot be directly translated. Third, when one starts to be aware of them, written and spoken body language can become quite entertaining.

Legends of the Strait

A Novel About Benicia, California During the Prohibition Era

Author: Bruce Robinson

Publisher: Author House

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 610

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The setting: Prohibition Era Benicia, Californiaa major terminal on the Transcontinental Railroad where giant ferries carry 35 passenger trains a day across the Carquinez Strait, connecting Sacramento to Oakland and all points south; a five-mile strip of waterfront property populated by Chinese and Greek fishermen, Italian fruit farmers, Portuguese cannery and tannery workers, itinerant gypsies, and a small minority of Anglo-Americans who own the most valuable property and run the local government with graft and intimidation; a town of opposites where fires and floods are seasonal events, where Dominican nuns educate at one end of First Street and brothels at the other. The characters and plot: A one-armed African-American auto mechanic who adopts a run-away white boy and raises him to be the leader of a bootleg distribution ring; a deeply troubled woman who drives her doting millionaire husband to suicide and tries to murder her own children; a powerful and corrupt county supervisor who conspires to sabotage the first west coast Democratic National Convention; a ruthless bootlegger who hires Baby Face Nelson to murder law-enforcement officers and rival gang members; a talented young woman attorney who must defend the man accused of murdering her own father. The historical background: It was during Prohibition that George Santayana wrote: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. These words resonate in our own time as Americas political leaders continue to push their agendas for change. The Prohibition Era (1919-1933) was also a time of change when new technologies like the electric light, the telephone, and the combustion engine transformed society worldwide; when broadcast radio and motion pictures began homogenizing Americas cultural values; when the Scopes monkey trail challenged the basic precepts of religious tradition; and when Margaret Sangers crusade for birth control and eugenics forecast some of the most compelling political issues of the 21st Century. The central plot of Legends of the Strait involves two childhood friends growing up in a small California town. This novel is more than a coming-of-age story, though. Its about the growing pains of a nation suddenly thrust onto the world stage as a great power and about the quiet desperation of individuals struggling with a host of new cultural and economic changes as well as with the age-old conflict between good and evil. Like all legends, Legends of the Strait is a moral tale.