MY JOURNEY IN MYSTIC CHINA Old Pu's Travel Diary John Blofeld
Translated by Daniel Reid
The reveries and remembrances contained in the travel diaries of John Blofeld cover every aspect of his life in China - from visits to opium dens and sing-song houses to sojourns in the Buddhist monasteries and Taoist hermitages of China's sacred mountains. Here is a vivid glimpse of “old” China as it existed in elegance and grace for three thousand years before China's Communist Revolution. Originally written in Chinese for a Chinese audience, Blofeld's travel diary reveals a rare, uncensored view of pre-communist China to which few westerners have been exposed. John Blofeld (1913–1987) was an eminent sinologist and humanist who authored numerous books on Buddhism and Taoism, including The Zen Teachings of Huang Po, Taoist Mystery and Magic, and a translation of the I Ching, the Book of Change. He lived in China from 1932 until 1949 when the Communist Revolution forced him to relocate to Thailand, where he remained for the rest of his life. Daniel Reid, translator, met and became close friends with Blofeld at his home in Bangkok during the last year of his life. After Blofeld's death, Reid lived and worked in Blofeld's own study translating this, his last work, into English.
· Paints an intimate portrait of the grace and refinement of ancient Chinese civilization
· Originally written in Chinese for Chinese readers, revealing a rare glimpse of Blofeld's private Chinese side and uncensored views
· The last book by the great English sinologist, translator of the I Ching and author of Taoist Mystery and Magic
MY LIFE IN A PEA SOUP follows one mother's journey to reach her profoundly autistic daughter.
Set against the backdrop of three countries – Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Australia – this book will appeal to anyone who has experienced heartbreak and then found a way to not only help themselves, but to help those dearest to them.
The memoire chronicles Lisa's journey across many countries with her husband, Michael and her daughter ,Sally. Lisa struggles to understand why her beautiful daughter does not act like other toddlers. Lisa and Michael experience cultural clashes and comical moments, all told through the lens of caring for a daughter who is different to the rest. Fighting for years to receive an official diagnosis for something they do not even have a name for, they are thrown headlong into a medicalised world they never knew existed.
Baffled and bewildered, Lisa eventually embarks on a home-programme for Sally that touches everyone in the family. Sally becomes much easier to manage while Lisa and her husband learn to navigate their way through the misty madness of the profoundly autistic world. By reaching Sally, they find the will and strength to help themselves. Their fogs lift and they discover the contentment and happiness that for so long had eluded them.
MY LIFE OF LOVE & TRUTH A Spiritual Autobiography Barry Long
This posthumous autobiography tells the story of Barry Long's life from his early years in Australia to a career as a successful newspaper editor and then how successive spiritual crises and realisations made him into a spiritual master who changed the lives of thousands of people around the world. It is a candid and sometimes searingly honest account of transformation by love and the transcendental.
"Liberation or spiritual freedom is not gained by trying to be like everyone else. Liberation is to have the will, the power, the simplicity to be what you are from moment to moment, without pretence and without considering what you or others think you should be or should not be. Naked of being anything you must stand, and stand alone."
MY MOTHER, MY WRITING AND ME A Memoir Iola Matthews
'My life was stalled, like a train carriage shunted into a siding. I wanted to write about my early life in Paris but I was afraid. Most of the time I was looking after my elderly mother who was unwell, and now my daughter was expecting a baby and would need me too. I felt trapped...'
Iola Mathews explores a dilemma familiar to many women - how to nurture your own needs and creativity without neglecting your responsibility to the people you love. This brave and honest memoir explores many of the issues facing women in their fifties and the transition towards peace and fulfilment.
"MY MOTHER MY WRITING AND ME touches upon universal themes that affect us all as we get older, such as a loss of identity, dependence and above all, the search for an authentic life. Iola Mathews invites us to reflect on what might be our avenue to seek a sense of fulfilment as we age and yet paradoxically accept our own demise". --Dr Peter O'Connor
NAME DROPPINGS ON YOUR HEAD A Memoir: My Own Anecdotal Odyssey Through Hollywood's Glamorous Golden Age John Frederick
Frederick's autobiography traces his story from his beginning in rural Iowa where the star-struck farm boy sold his prize calf to fund a trip to Hollywood. Along the way, Frederick's chosen profession put him next to history being made. Touring the front lines in Ten Little Indians for the USO, he saw war and GIs in raw close-up. Later, during his years in Rome, he appeared in films for legendary directors Sergio Leone, Luchino Visconte and Federico Fellini and there he met Oleg Vidov, Russia's Robert Redford, whom he would later help to defect to the United States with some string-pulling assistance from an old Iowa family friend, President Ronald Reagan. Also, down the road, he married a movie starlet, chatted with Clark Gable over adjacent urinals, appeared opposite Mae West on Broadway, had tea with Princess Grace at the Monaco palace, escorted Elizabeth Taylor as a "cover" when she and Richard Burton were meeting in public during their clandestine romance and shared a newspaper with Garbo on a park bench in Switzerland.
He appeared in such films as The Ten Commandments, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Cleopatra and as Lord of the Jungle in Tarzan Meets His Mate and on television series such as Superman, Bonanza, Twilight Zone, Tales of Wells Fargo, Death Valley Days and Playhouse 90 with Helen Hayes.
NEW PATH My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda Swami Kriyananda
This newly revised and expanded edition of this life-changing book commemorates Swami Kriyananda's 60th year of discipleship to Yogananda. It includes a new cover and introduction and special sections not published in the original. Seventy years ago, a young American of thirteen dedicated himself to a search for truth. He at once rejected the values to which he'd been raised: prosperity, security, social acceptance and worldly ambition. But where lay the answers? He began with science; proceeded to social reform and then sought self-transformation through the arts. Each path he tried led to a dead end. At last he realised that the only force in history that has done any lasting good is religion.
In a moving chapter of this book he describes how he agonised over the question, 'What is God?' The answer he received led him at last to Autobiography of a Yogi, and, thence, to its author, Paramhansa Yogananda, whom he accepted as his guru. The rest of the book is the only extant, complete account of what it was like to live in close proximity to that great man of God - one who, our author deeply believes, was destined to bring major changes to the world.
"Here, the teaching, the message, and the life of Paramhansa Yogananda are illuminated in a way that makes it possible for us to not only easily access his timeless wisdom, but - through the living example of one of Master's most devoted disciples - actually apply Eternal Truth to our present-day life. It is impossible for me to think of a greater gift that humanity could receive at this critical time. . . ." - Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God
"The New Path is a beautiful account of the experience of working with a great master. It's a book to be treasured for the breadth and depth of its portrayal of one of the great saints of our time as well as the devotion of its author."—Swami Chetanananda, Director, Nityananda Institute, author of The Breath of God
NO CHOPSTICKS REQUIRED My Family's Unexpected Year In Shanghai Katrina Beikoff
NO CHOPSTICKS REQUIRED is Walkley-award winning journalist, Katrina Beikoff's, memoire of the year she and her young family spent living and working in Shanghai (after she and her husband accepted contracts to work at The Shanghai Daily).
During their year, Katrina and her family witnessed a range of major events: a once-in-a-lifetime snow storm, a devastating earthquake which killed over 80,000 people, the Tibetan uprising, the enormous cover up of incidents at the Beijing Olympics, the melamine-tainted milk scandal and the crippling global financial crisis. These events were accompanied by a range of more run-of-the-mill situations: being scolded daily by complete strangers for not dressing her children in warm enough clothes, the struggle to find bread that looked like bread, milk that came from a cow and eggs that came from chickens and the ability to cope with corruption and political spin in their newspaper workplaces.
Written in a highly amusing and warmly appealing tone, Katrina's personal observations of daily life in contemporary China are insightful as they are as fascinating.
NOTHING IS TRUE - EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED HB The Life of Brion Gysin John Geiger
The multimedia artist, poet and novelist Brion Gysin may be the most influential cultural figure of the twentieth century that most people have never heard of.
Gysin (1916-1986) was an English-born, Canadian-raised, naturalized American of Swiss descent, who lived most of his life in Morocco and France. He went everywhere when the going was good. He dabbled with surrealism in Paris in the 1930s, lived in the "interzone" of Tangier in the 1950s and traveled the Algerian Sahara with Sheltering Sky author Paul Bowles before moving into the legendary Beat Hotel in Paris.
Gysin's ideas influenced generations of artists, musicians and writers, among them David Bowie, Keith Haring, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Genesis P-Orridge, John Giorno and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. None was touched more profoundly than William S. Burroughs, who said admiringly of Gysin: "There was something dangerous about what he was doing."
It was Gysin who introduced the Rolling Stones to the exotica of Morocco and took Stones' guitarist Brian Jones to Jajouka where he recorded the tribal musicians performing the Pipes of Pan. It was Gysin who provided the hashish fudge recipe published in Alice B. Toklas' cookbook, promising "ecstatic reveries and extensions of one's personality on several simultaneous planes." It was Gysin who introduced Burroughs to an automatic writing method called the cut-up, a literary progenitor to sampling. And it was Gysin who developed--with Ian Sommerville, the Dream Machine--a device that allowed people, with the flick of a switch, to access altered states of consciousness without drugs.
Working with the authorization of Gysin's literary executor, William S. Burroughs, John Geiger has produced the first-ever biography of the painter, poet, piper Brion Gysin.
ON THAT DAY EVERYBODY ATE One Woman’s Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti Margaret Trost
Following her husband's untimely death, Margaret Trost visited Haiti to heal her broken heart through service. Struggling to make sense of the extreme poverty and touched by the warmth and resilience of those she met, she in partnership with a local community developed a programme that now serves thousands of meals a week to those in need. ON THAT DAY, EVERYBODY ATE tells the story of her remarkable journey.
OUR HOUSELESS HOME A Colourful Bush Childhood During the Great Depression Lyle Courtney
Lyle Courtney, the youngest of eight siblings, was born into a comparatively well-off family in Maryborough, a Victorian goldfields town, during The Great Depression. His mother died three weeks after he was born.
When Lyle was five years old the family lost their house, causing their father to throw convention to the wind and retreat with the children to a tent-camp in the bush.
Set against an ever-changing background of the beauty, wonders and vagaries of nature, OUR HOUSELESS HOME is a warts and all narrative. It portrays the challenging and whimsical lifestyle of a poverty-stricken family making do in those hard times.
OUT OF THE FRYING PAN Bittersweet Tales of Stumbling Into Adulthood Andrew and Ben Whitehouse
Covering the hilarious, the heartbreaking and the tragic, these stories by talented young writers encompass what it really means to 'grow up'. In turns heartfelt, powerful and confronting, the wide range of stories reveals that no-one escapes unscathed during the transformation into adulthood.
Some of the topics include:
· A young prison inmate, who had been passed from home to home since he was three, writes a heartbreaking apology to his foster parents. · A young woman struggles with an eating disorder that tears apart the lives of those she loves. · One man recalls 'coming out' as gay to his Christian family. · Another confesses to years of chaotic dates caused by his seemingly incurable anxiety around women.
PALM TREES ON THE HUDSON A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland & Interior Decorating Elliot Tiber
Before Elliot found financial success by bringing Woodstock Ventures to his motel, he was one of Manhattan’s leading interior designers. Then Elliot’s career came to a halt due to a floating society party, Judy Garland and the Mob.
In April 1968, Elliot was hired to throw an elegant dinner party aboard a luxury yacht on the Hudson River. Included on the guest list were New York’s rich and famous--politicians, financiers and even Elliot’s icon, Judy Garland. The big night arrived. But when a fight broke out, resulting in the destruction of everything including rented palms, Elliot’s event turned into financial disaster. Things couldn’t get any worse--or so it seemed until the Mob paid a visit.
By turns comic and tragic, PALM TREES ON THE HUDSON is the take-no-prisoners memoir that gives readers a more intimate look at the man who went on to fight back at Stonewall and who helped give birth to the Woodstock Nation.
PERILOUS PASSAGE The Nervous System and the Universe in Other Words Terry Wilson
This story is an account of Wilson's lifetime apprenticeship under the master shamanic practitioner, Brion Gysin, the hidden master of the avant-garde, of whom William Burroughs said, "He is the only man I respect." The book focuses on events as they developed just prior to and after Gysin's death in 1986. This book details the extreme psychic "Third Mind" effects known as The Process and includes transcribed audio hallucinations, notes, cut-ups, the interview format and collaged material.
PERILOUS PASSAGE is a cautionary tale about the uses and abuses of power, a paranoid espionage thriller. Like Gysin and Burroughs, Wilson treats language itself as a parasitic invader which must be resisted, broken up and reassembled. This book is about how the magic was passed on and carried into the future.
PERILOUS PASSAGE finalises Wilson's Green Base Trilogy which commenced with Dreams of a Green Base and "D" Train.
For many years, heartache prevented Nahid Rachlin from turning her sharp novelist's eye inward: to tell the story of how her own life diverged from that of her closest confidante and beloved sister, Pari. Growing up in Iran, both refused to accept traditional Muslim mores and dreamed of careers in literature and on the stage. Their lives changed abruptly when Pari was coerced by their father into marrying a wealthy and cruel suitor. Nahid narrowly avoided a similar fate and instead negotiated with him to pursue her studies in America.
When Nahid received the unsettling and mysterious news that Pari had died after falling down a flight of stairs, she travelled back to Iran - now under the Islamic regime - to find out what happened to her truest friend, confront her past and evaluate what the future holds for the heartbroken in a tale of crushing sorrow, sisterhood and, ultimately, hope.
PRODIGAL GENIUS The Life of Nikola Tesla John J. O'Neill
Tesla’s eccentric personality gives his life story the quality of the strangest romance. He made his first million before he was forty, yet gave up the royalties on his profitable invention as a gesture of friendship, and died almost in poverty. In this penetrating study of the life and inventions of a scientific superman, the life of Tesla is revealed.
PROSPERITY LOVE STORY Rags to Enrichment: A Memoir Catherine Ponder
For the first time in her 50 year career best-selling prosperity and inspirational writer Catherine Ponder shares with you the step-by-step account of her Rags to Enrichment story that details every chapter of a life filled with twists and turns that ultimately lead to prosperity happiness and success. In her countless books magazine articles and numerous lectures she has used other people and students as examples to illustrate her Gold Dust Prosperity principles. Now after many years of answering questions and letters from readers yearning to hear her story Catherine offers her own life as an example of how the prosperity techniques work. The result is a timely and eloquent memoir over-flowing with the wisdom and experience of a resilient pioneer whose wit and charisma reflects a woman who truly walks her talk Just as her books have withstood the test of time.
RADHAS STORY DVD A Biography of Swami Sivananda Radha Swami Sivananda Radha
Discover the fascinating life of Swami Sivananda Radha, a Western woman who travelled to India in the 1950s, became a swami and went on to establish the first ashram in Canada, which endures to this day. Radha's Story follows the journey of this remarkable woman - from her privileged childhood in Berlin and her career as a glamorous concert dancer, to her wartime experiences of love, loss and tragedy and her post-war immigration to Montreal. Her deep desire for meaning eventually leads her to the banks of the Ganges and onto the spiritual path that would transform her life. Featuring rare footage from her time in India and candid interviews, this biographical portrait celebrates the unique life of spiritual seeker and great teacher. (dvxs)
SEE MY BRIGHTNESS FACE TO FACE A Celebration of the Ruchira Buddha, Avatar Adi Da Samraj, and the First 25 Years of His Divine Revelation-Work Avatar Adi Da Samraj
A lavishly illustrated year-by-year documentation of the extraordinary Spiritual saga of Avatar Adi Da’s Work with His devotees. Covering the years 1972 to 1997, See My Brightness Face to Face includes abundant excerpts from Avatar Adi Da’s Talks and Essays, as well as numerous stories about Him told by His devotees—with a wealth of photographs on every page.