My 3 Must Have Books…
Be Here Now – A Lama Foundation Book. Describes one man’s transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga and gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of man’s nature. Trippy, and enlightening. Will get you to understand your true existence.
Jack Kerouac: Road Novels 1957-1960: On the Road / The Dharma Bums / The Subterraneans / Tristessa / Lonesome Traveler / Journal Selections (Library of America) – Wellll this ones kind of cheating haha. But if you love Kerouac you’ll love this collection. Some of his finest works, written so naturally it seems like thoughts came onto paper immediately.
Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman – In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth.
West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief – A spiritual and scientific surf quest, West of Jesus tracks a contemporary surfing myth and looks at the neuroscience that connects spirituality and high risk sport.
Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea – Fed up with teenage life in the suburbs, Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little more than a copy of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha and enough cash for a surfboard. His journey is a coming-of-age saga that takes him from communes to monasteries, from the warm Pacific to the icy New York shore. Equal parts spiritual memoir and surfer’s tale, this is a chronicle of finding meditative focus in the barrel of a wave and eternal truth in the great salty blue.
The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing . . . and Love – An epic adventure full of incredible characters, death-defying athletic achievement, and bleeding edge science, THE FEAR PROJECT began with one question: how can we overcome our fears to reach our full potential?
In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier – Have humans been sharing the planet with other intelligent life for millions of years without realizing it? In Defense of Dolphins combines accessible science and philosophy, surveying the latest research on dolphin intelligence and social behavior, to advocate for their ethical treatment.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.
The Divine Right of Capital: Dethroning the Corporate Aristocracy – Wealth inequity, corporate welfare, and industrial pollution are the symptoms of our sickened economy, Marjorie Kelly suggests. The underlying illness is shareholder primacy. In The Divine Right of Capital, she shows that the corporate drive to maximize shareholder profits at any cost is not only out of step with democratic and free-market principles, but is detrimental to the long-term health of individual companies and the economy as a whole.
The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything – A new product, a new service, a new company, a new division, a new organization, a new anything—where there’s a will, here’s the way.
Steve Jobs – Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger – It is a well-established fact that in rich societies the poor have shorter lives and suffer more from almost every social problem. The Spirit Level, based on thirty years of research, takes this truth a step further. One common factor links the healthiest and happiest societies: the degree of equality among their members. Further, more unequal societies are bad for everyone within them-the rich and middle class as well as the poor.
Being Peace – An ideal starting-point for those interested in Buddhism, Being Peace contains Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on peace and meditation. Using real examples from his own life, as well as poems and fables, Nhat Hanh explains his key practices for living “right in the moment we are alive.”
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation – In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness–being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.
Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship) – Autobiography of a Yogi is at once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. Profoundly inspiring, it is at the same time vastly entertaining, warmly humorous and filled with extraordinary personages.
Utilitarianism – This expanded edition of John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism includes the text of his 1868 speech to the British House of Commons defending the use of capital punishment in cases of aggravated murder. The speech is significant both because its topic remains timely and because its arguments illustrate the applicability of the principle of utility to questions of large-scale social policy.
Five Dialogues – Plato’s description of Socrates’ last moments.
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals – From Shakespeare’s finesse to Oscar Wilde’s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim’s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.
Works of Love – One of Soren Kierkegaard’s most important writings, Works of Love is a profound examination of the human heart, in which the great philosopher conducts the reader into the inmost secrets of Love. “Deep within every man,” Kierkegaard writes, “there lies the dread of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the household of millions upon millions.” Love, for Kierkegaard, is one of the central aspects of existence; it saves us from isolation and unites us with one another and with God.
Republic – Plato’s description of…welll…everything.
Zoos: A Philosophical Tour – In this book, Keekok Lee asks the question, “what is an animal, and how does our treatment of it within captivity affect its status as a being?” This ontological treatment marks the first such approach in looking at animals in captivity.