Read books that open your heart-mind. If you are inspired by books and stories, share them. Tell your friends. Gift them with your favourites. Donate good books to open bookshelves. Participate in bookcrossing. Remember this: The gift must always flow!

These are my three current favourite books which I can absolutely recommend to you:

  1. Mark Matousek – “When You’re Falling, Dive”
    (Audible, IndieBound, Goodreads)
  2. Amanda Palmer – “The Art of Asking”
    (Audible, IndieBound, Goodreads)
  3. Charles Eisenstein – “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible
    (North Atlantic Books (publisher), IndieBound, Goodreads)

Also great, in my opinion:

  • Neil Gaiman – “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”
  • Hermann Hesse – “Siddhartha”
  • Daniel Quinn – “Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit”
  • Christopher Vogler – “The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers”
  • Douglas R. Hofstadter – “Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid”
  • Bhikkhu Katukurunde Nanananda – “Concept and Reality in Early Buddhist Thought”
  • Alfred Korzybski – “Science and Sanity”
  • Frank Herbert – “Dune”

… and so many others. Thematically sorted, these works have been on top of my reading list:

:: Buddhism ::

:: General Semantics ::

:: Science etc. ::

  • Gregory Bateson – “Steps to an Ecology of Mind”
  • Roger Penrose – “The Road to Reality”
  • Max Boisot et al. – “Collisions and Collaboration”

:: food for more or less thought ::

This, of course, is only the beginning, the tip of an ever-incomplete iceberg.

Let’s return to the idea of resource sharing. I keep far too many books on my own shelves, where these standing resources lose their value. However, I also gladly realize that I have already passed on my three favourites (see above) to other people, and I don’t even have one copy left now. That feels weird, but also good. :-) Mark’s book is now in Amanda’s collection, Amanda’s book (signed, yay!) has found its way to Mark and my brother and several dear friends, Charles’ book passed by Mike from the Yes Men, and Neil’s magical story (signed too!) went all the way to my dear soul-mate Ling in Australia, to Mark and Beth, …

Oh, and crowdfunding! I supported one album, one movie, and one book. That’s not much, but it’s a start. The book is “Blessed with a Brain Tumor”, written by my dear friend Will Pye. I found that when you’re supporting a piece of art in-the-making, your relationship with the creators (and rewards) becomes much deeper, knowing that you’ve helped their dream to come true.

My dear friend Beth wrote a book called “Circus Girl”, which is about to populate the shelves of your friendly independent bookstore. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if it found its way into your hands, or underneath your christmas tree? Your life might be changed.

Back to recommendations – I’m also fond of these authors: (incomplete list, as usual)

Ajaan Geoff, as he is also called, takes a very sharp-minded and scientific approach to Theravada Buddhism. He is the author of many scripts, study guides and Pali-English translations on Access to Insight. Many of his Dhamma Talks are also available for download. Recommended reading: “Wings to Awakening“.

A highly respected, very modest teacher of Zen Buddhism (Soto Zen) in the West. “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” is his most famous work. I was also profoundly inspired by “Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen“.

My two favourites are “Manual of the Warrior of Light” and “The Valkyries“, because they turned out to become significant sources of inspiration in a time of transition in my life.

“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Silmarillion” are among my all-time favourites.

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