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Retreat Scholarships

Online/Nonlocal Community

Some Practical Books (in no particular order)

Some Technical Books (in no particular order)

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Teachers and Organizations

(I have mostly not directly interacted with any of these teachers or organizations, with some exceptions. But, when I haven’t, I have critically benefited from their public or published material. No one on this list endorses me, or necessarily has met me, or even necessarily remembers me if they have, etc.)

More Teachers and Organizations

For these teachers and organizations I’ve personally neither interacted with them in person nor their material (except maybe in passing). But, they have been recommended to me for inclusion here.

  • Please suggest more, in particular teachers who are not white men! White men also good! I really don’t know who’s out there.

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Top Book Recommendations

One could divide meditation information into

  • theory (how to make sense of the whole thing),
  • method (how to get where you’re going),
  • result (what the end looks like)
  • relative truth/skillful means (other important or useful stuff to do along the way)

And then one can rate information on how good it is on each dimension. These are just my current opinions.

This book is subtitled “A User Guide”, but I think it utterly fails on method. That being said, while I have some quibbles about the details, I think this is maybe the best existing “practical theoretical” book for at least intellectually clearing up all sorts of very common, culturally contingent misconceptions. It’s very tedious, and it currently has my highest recommendation.

This book is subtitled “The End of Path”, and I think it excellently nails it like nothing else I’ve read. I’ve only skimmed the last few chapters, so I don’t know about the beginning of the book. So this book wins on “result” and none of the other dimensions. I’ll note that “result” can be divided into “absolute” and “relative,” and, to my mind, this book only covers the “absolute” side. The relative side sort of falls under ethics/morality/skill/competence/benevolence/having fun, etc. [Update; more here: https://meditationstuff.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/goode-and-enlightened/%5D

Apparently, this book is rambly, I haven’t read it, but the appendix is excellent. I think that this book understands the mind better than, say, Gendlin’s Focusing, Jay Earley’s Self-Therapy IFS book, or the Coherence Therapy material. Those books are good, too, of course. But I recommend this one over them in the way it lines up more cleanly with how the mind actually works. So, this is a “relative truth/skillful means” book. Much has been written about how psychology gets conflated with spirituality and that one shouldn’t confuse the two and that they are in fact orthogonal. I personally believe they are inseparable, and that, yes, one can get “lost” in psychology and fail to make progress, but that’s just bad method. Method should steadily (nonmonotonically) be making everything better en route to the “spiritual” stuff, and, the “spiritual” stuff is just a nice hiccup if you’ve been good to yourself the whole way through. This book helps, at least in the beginning and the middle of the path, and, in my opinion, it’s the best in its category, at least the appendix.

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Glaringly, there are no books that currently have my highest recommendation in the “method” category.

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Main critique of Focusing–no gradient; main critique of IFS–too heavyweight; main critique of Coherence Therapy–inclines towards too abstract/cerebral; provisional critique of Core Transformation–distances from content of issue, all things being equal. I currently claim that Feed Your Demons provisionally dominates because will more reliably backchain dependency structure, all things being equal. All are excellent and complementary, though. Honorable mentions: Core Transformation by Connierae Andreas; Coming to Wholeness by Connierae Andreas. EMDR Up Close: Subtleties of Trauma Processing by Philip Manfield; Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma by Pete Walker; Seeing that Frees Burbea; Already Free by Tift; meaningness.com

Also, awareness through movement by Feldenkrais

bio-emotive/nedera,

somatic experiencing

MAT / muscleactivation.com

Alexander Technique

Hareesh / Christopher Wallis

Alan Chapman

Vinay Gupta