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Good Books


This is a list of books I love. They have given me precious knowledge and luminous insights. Some of them have dramatically changed my perception of things, of the world and of myself. Others have been, and are always, an invaluable source of inspiration in my life and in my artistic creativity.

I have read some of the books in English, others in French. Some of them have been translated and exist in both language, other don't. I mention only one or two works of each author, my favourites, but when more exist, I have often read them too.

My favorites


Blofeld, John, The Zen Teaching of Huang Po, Grove Press, 1959.

Byron Katie, Loving What Is, 2002.

Frankl, Viktor, Man's Search for Meaning, Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Kaufman Barry, Happiness is a Choice, Fawcett Columbine, 1991.

Mother, Mother's Agenda, 13 volumes, Mira Aditi

Rosenberg, Marshall B., Nonviolent Communication, PuddleDancer Press, 1999.

Sogyal Rinpoche, Words from a Joyful Heart, Rigpa, 1994.

Steffen, Alex, Worldchanging, A User's Guide for the 21st Century, Abrams, 2006.

Sumedho, Ajahn, The Mind and the Way, Rider Books, 1995.

Thondup, Tulku Rinpoche, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Tolle, Eckhart, The Power of Now, New World Library, 1999.

Watts, Alan, Tao, The Watercourse Way, Penguin Books, 1975

Wittmann, Pierre, A Guide to Happiness for the Third Millennium, Wisdomlight, 2003

Art & Painting


Cameron, Julia, The Artist's Way, PAN, 1995.

Mondrian, Piet, The New Art — The New Life, Thames & Hudson, 1987.

Mookerjee, Ajit, Yoga Art, Thames & Hudson, 1975.

Trungpa, Chogyam, Dharma Art, Shambhala, 1996.

Writing

Biographies & Autobiographies

Maha Boowa, Ajahn, The Venerable Phra Ajahn Mun, For free distribution, 1991.

Nin, Anaïs, Henry & June, Harvest Book, 1986.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Fragrant Palm Leaves, Journals 1962-1966, Riverhead, 1999.

Thondup, Tulku Rinpoche, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Health & Healing


Dethlefsen, Thorwald, The Healing Power of Illness, Element, 1990.

Myss, Caroline, Anatomy of the Spirit, Bantam, 1998.

Pert, Candace, Molecules of Emotions, 1999.

Vasant Lad, Dr, Ayurveda, The Science of Self-Healing, Lotus Press, 1984.,

Weiss, Dr Brian, Many Lives, Many Masters, Piatkus, 1994.

Reiki

Petter, Frank Arjava, Reiki Fire, Lotus Light, 1997.

Petter, Frank Arjava, Reiki, The Legacy of Dr. Usui, Lotus Light, 1999.

Rand, William Lee, Reiki, the Healing Touch, Vision Publications, 1991.

Stein, Diane, Essential Reiki, The Crossing Press, 1996.

Usui, Dr. Mikao and Frank Arjava Petter, The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikoa Usui, Lotus Press, 1999

Happiness, Presence, Silence, Tranquillity


Amaro Bhikkhu, Silent Rain, For free distribution, 1996.

Chah, Ajahn, A Still Forest Pool, Quest Books, 1985.

Dainin Katagiri, Returning to Silence, Shambhala, 1988.

Kaufman, Barry, Happiness is a Choice, Fawcett Columbine, 1991.

Mipham, Lama, Calm and Clear, Dharma Publishing, 1973.

Tolle, Eckhart, Stillness Speaks, Hodder & Stoughton, 2003.

Tolle, Eckhart, The Power of Now, New World Library, 1999.

Wittmann, Pierre, A Guide to Happiness for the Third Millennium, Wisdomlight, 2003

Wong, Eva, Cultivating Stillness, Shambhala, 1992.

Buddhism

Ch'an

Sheng-Yen, Master, Faith in Mind: a Guide to Ch'an Practice, Dharma Drum Publications, 1987.

The Diamond Sutra & The Sutra of Hui-Neng, Shambhala, 1990.

Dzogchen

Khyentse, Dilgo, Enlightened Courage, Snow Lion Publications, 1993.

Longchenpa, You Are the Eyes of the World, translated by Kennard Lipman and Merrill Peterson, Lotsawa, 1987.

Manjusrimitra, Primordial Experience, translated by Namkhai Norbu and Kennard Lipman, Shambhala, 1987.

Matthieu Ricard, Journey to Enlightenment, The Life and World of Khyentse Rinpoche (Photographs and Narrative), Aperture, 1996.

Mipham, Lama, Calm and Clear, Dharma Publishing, 1973.

Namkhai Norbu, The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra, and Dzogchen, compiled and edited by John Shane, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1986.

Nyoshul Khenpo, Natural Great Perfection, Snow Lion Publications, 1995.

Pema Kunsang, Erik, Crystal Cave, Rangjung Yeshe, 1990.

Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Rider, 1992.

Sogyal Rinpoche, Words from a Joyful Heart, Rigpa, 1994.

Thondup, Tulku Rinpoche, Buddha Mind: an Anthology of Longchen Rabjam's Writings on Dzogpa Chenpo, Snow Lion Publications, 1989.

Thondup, Tulku Rinpoche, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Trungpa, Chogyam, Transcending Madness: the Experience of the six Bardos, Shambhala, 1992.

Urgyen, Tulku Rinpoche, As it is, Rangjung Yeshe, 1999.

Urgyen, Tulku Rinpoche, Rainbow Painting, Rangjung Yeshe,, 1995.

Theravada

Amaro Bhikkhu, Silent Rain, For free distribution, 1996.

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Mindfulness with Breathing, The Dhamma Study and Practice Group, 1989.

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, No Religion, Dhammadana Foundation, 1993.

Chah, Ajahn, A Taste of Freedom, Bung Wai Forest Monastery, 1980.

Chah, Ajahn, A Still Forest Pool, Quest Books, 1985.

Khema, Ayya, Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Mediations on the Buddhist Path, Wisdom Publications, 1990.

Khema, Ayya, Who is my Self? A Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Wisdom Publications, 1997.

Lee Dhammadharo, Ajahn, Keeping the Breath in Mind, Free distribution, 1979

Maha Ghosananda, Step by Step: Meditations on Wisdom and Compassion, Parallax Press, 1992.

Nanavira Thera, Clearing the Path, Path Press, 1987.

Sumedho, Ajahn, The Mind and the Way, Rider Books, 1995.

Sumedho, Ajahn, The Way It Is, Amaravati Publications, 1991.

Tibetan

Chang, Garma C. C., The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, Shambhala, 1989.

Dowman, Keith, Masters of Mahamudra, State University of New York Press, 1985.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Heart of Wisdom, Tharpa Publications, 1989.

Govinda, Lama Anagarika, Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism, Weiser, 1989.

Mackenzie, Vicki, Cave in the Snow, Tenzin Palmo's Quest for Enlightenment, Bloomsbury, 1998.

Takpo Tashi Namgyal, Mahamudra, Shambhala, 1986.

Thondup, Tulku, The Healing Power of Mind, Arkana 1997

Zen

Blofeld, John, The Zen Teaching of Huang Po, Grove Press, 1959.

Dainin Katagiri, Returning to Silence, Shambhala, 1988.

Dogen and Uchiyama, Refining your Life, Weatherhill, 1987.

Glassman, Bernard, & Rick Fields, Instructions to the Cook, Bell Tower, 1996.

Harada Sekkei, The Essence of Zen, Kodansha International, 1998.

Red Pine, The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, North Point Press, 1989.

Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Weatherhill, 1970.

Suzuki, D. T., Essays in Zen Buddhism, Third Series, Rider, 1985.

Thich Nhat Hahn, The Sun my Heart, Parallax Press, 1988.

Thich Nhat Hahn, Transformation and Healing, Parallax Press, 1990.

Chinese Culture


Huon de Kermadec, Jean-Michel, The Way to Chinese Astrology: the Four Pillars of Destiny, Unwin, 1983.

I Ching

Chu, W. K., and Sherrill, W. A. , The Astrology of I Ching, Arkana Penguin, 1976.

Javary, Cyrille, Understanding the I Ching, Shambhala, 1997.

Tan Xiaochun, The I Ching, An Illustrated Guide to the Chinese Art of Divination, Asiapac, 1993

Chi Kung & Tai Chi

Chia, Mantak & Juan Li, The Inner Structure of Tai Chi, Healing Tao Books, 1996.

Diepersloot, Jan, Warriors of Stillness, 1995.

Reid, Daniel, Chi-Gung, Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Kuo Lien-Ying, The T'ai Chi Boxing Chronicle, North Atlantic Books, 1994.

Wile, Douglas, Yang Family Secret Transmissions, Sweet Ch'i Press, 1986.

Chinese Calligraphy & Painting

Chiang Yee, Chinese Calligraphy, Harvard University Press, 1973.

Chinese Wisdom

Ni, Hua-Ching, Entering the Tao, Shambhala, 1997.

Porter, Bill, Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits, Mercury House, 1993.

Reid, Daniel, Guarding the Three Treasures: the Chinese Way to Health, Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Watts, Alan, Tao, The Watercourse Way, Penguin Books, 1975

Wong, Eva, Cultivating Stillness, Shambhala, 1992.

Indian Culture

Indian Wisdom

Amma, From Amma's Heart, MAM, 2003.

Byrom, Thomas, The Heart of Awareness: a Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita, Shambhala, 1990.

Mother, Mother's Agenda, 13 volumes, Mira Aditi

Poonja, H. W. L., Wake Up and Roar, Universal Booksellers, Lucknow, India, 1992.

Satprem, Life without Death, Institute for Evolutionary Research, Laffont, 1985.

Satprem, The Mind of the Cells, Institute for Evolutionary Research, 1992, Laffont 1981.

Swami Chidvilasanada (Gurumayi), Mon Seigneur aime les cœurs purs, Sarasvati, 1995.

Western Culture

Astrology & Tarot

Bless, Katharina, Skyview Astrology, Silver Dove, 1997.

Freeman, Martin, How to Interpret a Birth Chart, Aquarian Press, 1981.

Banzhaf, Hajo, The Tarot Handbook, U.S. Games Systems, 1993.

Echols, Singe E., Mueller, Robert, and Thomson, Sandra A., Spiritual Tarot, Avon Books, 1996.

Enneagram

Daniels, David, The Essential Enneagram, HarperSanFrancisco, 2000.

Hurley, Kathleen V. and Dobson, Theodore E., What's my type?, Harper Collins, 1990.

Maitri, Sandra, The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram, Penguin, 2000.

Palmer, Helen, The Enneagram, HarperSanFrancisco, 1988.

Riso, Don Richard, Understanding the Enneagram, Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Riso, Don Richard, The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Bantam Books, 1999.

Webb, Karen, The Enneagram, Thorsons, 1996.

Self-Development

Bourbeau, Lise, Heal your Wounds and Find your True Self, Editions ETC, 2001.

Bourbeau, Lise, Listen to your Body, your Best Friend on Earth, Editions ETC, 1989, Lotus Press, 1999.

Childre, Doc, and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution, HarpersCollins, 2000, www.heartmath.org.

Chopra, Deepak, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, New World Library, 1994.

Covey, Stephen R., The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Simon & Schutser, 1990

Kurtz, Ron, The Hakomi Method, LifeRhythm, 1990.

Rosenberg, Marshall B., Nonviolent Communication, PuddleDancer Press, 1999.

Western Wisdom

Adyashanti, The Impact of Awakening, Open Gate Sangha, 2000

Almaas, A. H., Essence with The Elixir of Enlightenment, Samuel Weiser, 1984.

Betty J. Eadie, Embraced by the Light, Bantam, 1994.

Braden, Gregg, The Isaiah Effect, Three Rivers Press, 2000.

Byron Katie, Loving What Is, 2002.

Capra, Fritjof, The Web of Life, Flamingo, 1997.

Cohen, Andrew, An Unconditional Relationship to Life, Moksha, 1995.

Cohen, Andrew, Enlightenment is a Secret: Teachings of Liberation, Moksha Foundation, 1991.

Emoto, Dr Masaru, The Message from Water, Hado Kyoiku Sha, 1999.

Findhorn Community, The Findhorn Garden, Harper, 1975.

Frankl, Viktor, Man's Search for Meaning, Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Govinda, Lama Anagarika, Creative Meditation and Multi-Dimensional Consciousness, Quest Books, 1984.

Green, Glenda, Love Without End, Spiritis, 1999.

Harvey, Andrew, The Direct Path, Rider, 2000.

Hawkins, David R., Power vs Force, Hay House, 1995.

Hubbard, Barbara Marx, Emergence, Hampton Roads, 2001.

Hubbard, Barbara Marx, The Evolutionary Journey, A Personal Guide To A Positive Future, Evolutionary Press, 1982.

Kaufman, Barry, Happiness is a Choice, Fawcett Columbine, 1991.

Lee Carroll, Kryon, The Journey Home, Hay House, 1997.

Marciniak Barbara, Family of Light, Bear & Company, 1999.

Medicine Eagle, Brook, The Last Ghost Dance, Ballantine Wellspring, 2000.

Nadeen, Satyam, From Onions to Pearls, Hay House, 1996.

Peck, Scott, Golf and the Spirit, 2000.

Redfield, James, The Secret of Shambhala, Warner Books, 1999.

Roberts, Bernadette, The Experience of No-Self, State University of New York Press, 1993.

Steffen, Alex, Worldchanging, A User's Guide for the 21st Century, Abrams, 2006.

Tolle, Eckhart, Stillness Speaks, Hodder & Stoughton, 2003.

Tolle, Eckhart, The Power of Now, New World Library, 1999.

Walsch, Neale Donald, Conversations with God, Hodder and Stoughton, 1995.

Watts Alan, The Wisdom of Insecurity, Rider, 1997.

Wilber, Ken, The Integral Vision, Shambhala, 2007.

Wittmann, Pierre, A Guide to Happiness for the Third Millennium, Wisdomlight, 2003

Zukaw, Gary, The Seat of the Soul, Simon & Schuster, 1990.