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I finished reading Living Buddha, Living Christ and it was phenomenal. I really liked the parallels drawn between the buddha/christ. felt very wholesome and positive.

any further recommendations about a universal nature of spirituality?

I might try some Merton after Suzuki and THIS

@markjperkins My brother is a big fan of Thich Nhat Hanh so I'm reading some of his books lately. I wasn't aware of the existance of this book yet, thank you for recommanding it. It goes on the list of books I would buy if I had money.

@Corina it seems like he is a prolific author with over 100 books, so I'm not sure where to start next. this book is 20 years old now. so I guess i'm late to the party

plenty of ways to get books for cheap/free. if you have a library card you may be able to do Overdrive.com. or PM me

@markjperkins the only one i've read so far is 'The long road turns to joy : a guide to walking meditation'. Because of my chronic pain every single step hurts, but his breathing and meditating tips actually helped me to walk some more/easier. Now I'm reading The miracle of mindfulness. I just grabbed everything I saw with his name in the local library :)

@Corina i've also heard good things about miracle of mindfulness. glad that his book has helped you walk a bit. thats pretty huge

@markjperkins That's next on my list! I was visiting my pops and saw that book on his shelf, which spurred a fun discussion on our beliefs. There are a lot of similarities with how Jesus lives and the Eightfold Path.

It's also notable that Christianity seems to have borrowed a lot from Stoicism, as well. At least judging by the letters from the early church fathers.

@silas I don't know much/anything about Stoicism, however Meditations by Aurelius has been on my reading list for years

@markjperkins I personally really appreciate Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz, A Course on Miracles and Rich Rohr.

@Lostpilgrim sweet. I have Zen and the Birds of Appetite. and will get to it when I can. is that a decent starting point?

@markjperkins merton gives some depth and perspectives that helped me along the way. His study of early Jesuit priests on how they viewed zen and many of the practices proved to bare amazing fruit.... yet the rest of the academic religious world saw only evil of anything different. Inwill get that birds of appetite and have a read. I also found Dr Wayne Dyer good to listen too with Taoism and crossing across all boundaries.

@markjperkins I loved that book. I would also recommend anything by Alan Watts. I like to listen to his audio recordings in the car.

@ksmith I like him too. I've been listening to random snippets on youtube etc.

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