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Books that Shaped my Spiritual Outlook

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The list author says: "A lot of what strikes me as natural and normal about the way I see the world is completely foreign to many. I was born with a strong 'spiritual instinct' and sought out many spiritual books as I grew up. I have read many more, but these are either the ones I read first, or the other landmark texts that shaped my attitude to life."
To Meet the Real Dragon
To Meet the Real Dragon
"Best book on Buddhist philosophy and practice I have ever read. Completely contemporary, non-sentimental and very clear-eyed."
The First and Last Freedom
The First and Last Freedom
"This was not the first Krishnamurti book I got - that was the Penguin Krishnamurti Reader - but this one is the best, in my view. The intro by Alduous Huxley is excellent. Each of the chapters is a vignette, with reflections on conformity, seeking, religiosity, the 'impossible question' and many of the other great themes he explored through his teaching career.  A great book."
The Awakening of Intelligence
The Awakening of Intelligence
"I got this book in 1980 and it really precipitated my initial awakening experience. The chapter Is Intelligence Awake? I still remember completely."
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
"I must have gotten a first edition of this text in about 1973, which has since become a classic in modern Zen literature. I stayed in the San Francisco Zen Center in Oct 2009; this is the basic text behind the Center."
The Way of Zen
The Way of Zen
"Still one of the best Western introductions to Zen and Mahayana Buddhism."
Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of Madhyamika System
Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of Madhyamika System
"This is a classic text that is now disparaged by many subsequent scholars, on the basis that Murti projects a kind of 'philosophical absolutism' onto Nagarjuna that is really not part of his outlook. Nevertheless I found this a great book, as I was studying Western Philosophy at the time I read it, and it has many parallels to Hume, Berkeley, Kant and Hegel."
The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation
The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation
"This is a new edition of a translation that I first encountered in about 1976. The idea of the 'One Mind' has stayed with me ever since. The translator also includes a number of comparitive quotations from Plotinus."
Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind
Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind
"This book really helped me form a cross-cultural model for enlightenment an introduced me to the idea of the Higher Awareness in evolutionary terms. And much of the content is very inspiring, even if some of Bucke's theorising has been shown to be faulty."
The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi in His Own Words
The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi in His Own Words
"As soon as I picked up the little pamphlet Maha Yoga by Ramana Maharishi, I realized the great truth of his teaching. I have not read him a great deal since that first discovery, but his teaching has always stayed with me."
Autobiography of a Yogi
Autobiography of a Yogi
"The first real exposure I had to 'Indian spirituality' and the idea of Yoga as a spiritual discipline. I read it age about 17 and although I have never read it again, it made a strong impression. Some of the stories are very far-fetched, but the attitude to life stayed with me. And I am sure Paramahansa was a great soul."