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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Clear Light Publishing (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574160826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574160826
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Circle of Life presents, in written form, traditional oral Native American sacred teachings involving spirituality, ceremonies, visions, healings, everyday life, and the warrior’s way from the Iroquois, Lakota and other traditions. The author, James David Audlin (Distant Eagle), has been receiving these teachings orally from elders since he was a youth. The wisdom includes Native American views on cosmology, ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, sociology, psychology, healing, dream interpretation and vision quests.

The intention of Circle of Life is to pass these teachings on "to the seventh generation." Audlin shows how the "Red Road" is available to everyone, regardless of religion or ethnicity, who is willing to follow its paths. These paths, however, are often not easy and require deep personal and spiritual commitment. Circle of Life can be used as a guide on this journey. As Audlin says in his introduction, "If this book serves any purpose, let it be to help us bring the Sacred Hoop of all the Nations back together again, so we and all that live may stand as one in silent awe before that Great Mystery."

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This edition, published in 1996, is abridged. Many readers love this edition, and are quite satisfied with it.

But, if you prefer the COMPLETE edition, find the version that has "The" in the title: "THE Circle of Life" - or go to the following link:

amazon.com/The-Circle-Life-Traditional-Teachings/dp/1470111225

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Born in the Thousand Islands, James David Audlin now lives in Panama, after previously living in France.

He is a retired pastor, college professor, and newspaper opinion page editor, best known as the author of "The Circle of Life", "Rats Live on no Evil Star", and "A Writer in Panamá".

He has written about a dozen novels, several full-length plays, a handful of story collections, a book of essays, a book of poetry, and several nonfiction works.

Fluent in a number of languages, he has translated his novel "Rats Live on no Evil Star" into French ("Palindrome") and Spanish ("Palíndromo"), and has translated the Gospel of John from Greek and Aramaic into English.

He also is a professional musician who composes, sings, and plays several instruments, though not usually at the same time.

He is married to a Panamanian lady who doesn't read English and so is blissfully ignorant about his weirdly strange books. However his adult daughter and son, who live in Vermont, USA, are aware, and are wary, when a new book comes out.

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Circle Of Life: Traditional Teachings Of Native American Elders is for any who would understand Native sacred teachings, bringing James David Audlin (Distant Eagle)'s lifetime study of oral traditions and ceremonies to general-interest audiences. From songs and ceremonies to visions, healings, and Native methods of worship, Circle Of Life covers spiritual realities, insights on human relationships, and the meanings behind various sacred ceremonies and rituals.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mining woman on October 27, 2010
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I love the discussions and enlightenment of this book. The author talked to many elders and includes their teachings and wisdom. I really loved this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R F. Schramm on August 27, 2010
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VERY UPLIFTING WILL MAKE THE RELIOUES PEOPLE OPEN THERE EYES AN RELIEAZE THERE'S ISN'T THE ONLY WAY TO SEE WHAT LIFE IS SUPPOSE TO BE .THE NATIVE AMEC.'S WHERE WAY A HEAD OF OUR TRADLIONS WAY OF LOOKING AT THE GREAT SPRIT. A BOOK FOR EVERYONE TO READ. THANK YOU FOR THE FAST SEV. AND GREAT QUAITLY AMAZON.COM IS A GREAT WEBSITE. ROBERT F. SCHRAMM
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edna Mumford on January 19, 2011
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I love the teachings of the Native Americans, and this is a superb book - very informative, easy to read and understand, thank you so much for recommending this book to me
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great book
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