I bought four more books.

The first is Conscious Love: Insights from Mystical Christianity by Richard Smoley.  Smoley is pretty well known for his writings on the more esoteric and mystical side of Christianity.  The only thing I've read from him is the introduction to Annie Besant's book Esoteric Christianity.

From Amazon.com:

Though love is a perennial topic for writers of all kinds, much of what
is written about love is simplistic and unsatisfying. In Conscious Love,
Richard Smoley—an expert on the esoteric traditions of mystical
Christianity—incorporates insights and wisdom about love from noted
thinkers in literature, art, philosophy, sociology, cultural criticism,
and even neurology. This remarkable book offers a blueprint for
infusing conscious love into human relationships.

What Is Called Thinking?

Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger is up next.  I've been meaning to get into him, seeing as he's one of the more popular (though dense and difficult to read) of the existentialists.  I particularly think his affinity for Being will appeal to me.  We shall see. 

This book, What is Called Thinking? is supposedly one of his later books that sort of attempts to revist a lot of the material he wrote in the beginning of his philosophical career, mainly Being and Time.  It seemed like a good place to start, because thought I really want to own a copy of Being and Time and I want to read it….it's a little intimidating to be honest.

Next up, B. Alan Wallace's Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness.  Wallace is actually a rather popular writer on Buddhism, and I've noticed a few quotes from his books floating around in my Vox neighboorhood.  What he attempts to do in this book is show how Western Science and Eastern Spirituality converge into one beautiful strain of thought.

From an Amazon.com review:

The question is this: Can quantum mechanics tell us anything useful
about the nature of reality in the observable day-to-day world? …. how do Einstein's theories of Relativity tie in with
our day-to-day experiences and with quantum theory?

proposes that three fundamental problems are all related: first, the
problem of measurement in quantum mechanics; second the problem of time
in quantum cosmology and third the so-called "hard problem" in brain
science that tries to explain how consciousness can arise form
apparently inanimate matter.

He comes to the conclusion, rightly, I believe, that consciousness
does not emerge from the brain but is conditioned by it. Furthermore,
that the entire Universe of mind and matter arises from a fundamental
non-dual reality.

Last but not least, a book on Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton.  I always enjoy Merton's style and I've been meaning to learn more about Chuang Tzu. 

From Amazon.com:

"Working from existing translations, Thomas Merton composed a series of
personal versions from his favorites among the classic sayings of
Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of the Chinese philosophers. Chuang Tzu,
who wrote in the fourth and third centuries B.C., is the chief
authentic historical spokesman for Taoism and its founder Lao Tzu (a
legendary character known largely through Chuang Tzu's writings).
Indeed it was because of Chuang Tzu and the other Taoist sages that
Indian Buddhism was transformed, in China, into the unique vehicle we
now call by its Japanese name — Zen. The Chinese sage abounds in wit,
paradox, satire, and shattering insight into the true ground of being.
Father Merton, no stranger to Asian thought, brings a vivid, modern
idiom to the timeless wisdom of Tao. Illustrated with early Chinese

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  1. That Wallace book looks really interesting.

  2. Yeah, I've been wanting to buy this book for a while now. 🙂

  3. I didn't know Merton had a book on Chunag Tzu!

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