Useful Books and Websites

Useful Links

Mondo Zen
Mondo Zen™ is based on Japanese and Chinese Zen, updated for the 21st Century. Mondo Zen™ transcends the hierarchical / authoritarian, gender-biased and constraining monastic aspects of traditional Zen in favor of practical, experiential “in the world” engagement. Relying only on direct personal experience—as taught by the Buddha himself—it does not allow mythic constructs to complicate its philosophical orientation.

The Critical Thinking Community
The Foundation for Critical Thinking aims to improve education in every subject at every level.

Teja Bell’s Website
Teja Bell is a guitarist and producer who composes, performs and records a dynamic blend of acoustic and electronic music. His distinctive style covers a wide variety of influences including classical, jazz and rock. Teja has been on the leading edge of New Music composition, performance, and recording technologies with great variety of albums and recording projects to his credit.

Energy Arts
Energy Arts was founded by Bruce Frantzis to teach energetic fitness and healing practices such as tai chi (taiji), qigong (chi gung or chi kung), Taoist yoga and Tao meditation.

Yang’s Martial Arts Association
YMAA Publication Center was founded on January 1, 1984 with the goal of producing superior books and instructional videotapes on Qigong and Chinese martial arts. YMAA was also an early pioneer in the DVD industry, producing in-depth, extended-play DVDs with hours of instructional content. YMAA Publication Center is a pioneer in the cultural exchange between the East and West. While the West has successfully developed the material sciences, the East is celebrated for its levels of spiritual cultivation. During this ongoing period of exchange, the building of bridges is critical for the successful integration of the achievements of both societies.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight or Vipassana Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. The Center hosts a full program of ongoing classes, daylong programs, and residential retreats.

Parallax Design Group
Parallax Design Group is a website development firm in Northern California. We have developed many Dharma related websites. We do design, development, database, programming and animation.

Stephanie Mohan Creative Portraiture
“I’m not the type of traditional photographer who uses velvet drapes in a family portrait,” says Stephanie Mohan, owner of Creative Portraiture. “No family thinks of themselves that way. Instead I try to get a lot of humor and heart into what I’m doing.” Stephanie Mohan’s has a unique and provactive style.

Suggested Readings

The Wise Heart, Jack Kornfield
Mother of the Buddhas, Lex Hixon
Radiant Mind, Peter Fenner
Qigong Meditation, Dr. Yang Jwing Min
The Tao of Letting Go, Bruce Franztis
The Attention Revolution, B. Alan Wallace
The Secret Teachings of Aikido, John Stevens
Dynamics of Time and Space, Tarthang Tulku
Enlightenment for Idiots, Anne Cushman
The Middle Way, HH Dalai Lama
Critical Thinking, Drs. Paul & Elder