The Mind Illuminated

Written on October 13, 2019. Written by .

This is probably the best book I’ve read for practical meditation advice. It’s pretty slow and feels repetitive, but it really seems like a thorough guide to the stages of meditation progress. It goes on at length about the kinds of challenges you will face in each stage and techniques for dealing with these challenges. […]

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Sleeping on a Volcano

Written on October 3, 2019. Written by .

This book contains a lot of interesting data and information about macroeconomic forces, particularly demographics and sovereign debt. It painted a convincing picture that the current economic status quo is not only unsustainable but almost unbelievably crazy. It doesn’t go too deep, which makes it a very fast and easy read, so I had a […]

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What Do You Care What Other People Think?

Written on July 6, 2019. Written by .

Based on the description of “A thoughtful companion volume to the earlier Surely You Are Joking…” I was expecting something similar to Surely You’re Joking, but this book was quite different. Publishers Weekly sums it up well: “In this posthumous miscellany, theoretical physicist Feynman displays only sporadically the adventurousness that captivated readers of Surely You’re […]

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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Written on June 29, 2019. Written by .

This book was really more of a long list of “notes to self” that were fairly repetitive and not particularly interesting. Some of them could be used as prompts for reflection, so there may be some value in reading it, but I would think that another book that develops ideas more fully would be more […]

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Mahamudra for the Modern World

Written on May 11, 2018. Written by .

This is a 38 hour long course on Mahamudra, which is a type of Tibetan Buddhism. It mixes dharma-style explanations with guided practice. The explanatory parts tend to be quite long-winded and sounded like rambling to me. He also didn’t seem very concerned about making them sound scientific as there was a hint of mystical […]

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High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way

Written on April 27, 2018. Written by .

Mike Mentzer was a world-class bodybuilder and this book explains his approach to bodybuilding. It appears that he had a very scientific approach, although the book doesn’t go into the science much, instead just stating the main points. Some of the big points are: go to failure on each set (excepting some cases like warmup […]

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Principles

Written on April 26, 2018. Written by .

Although a fairly dry read, I found this book valuable for providing a counterargument to some other management theories. Many people advise others to pick their battles and let people get away with being irrational if the decision is not obviously critical to the big picture. Furthermore, people often assume that this advice is objectively […]

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Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State

Written on August 13, 2017. Written by .

This book had more mystical and religious content than other books on this topic that I’ve read. Aside from a few good points which can be found elsewhere, this book wasn’t very helpful.

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Roaring Silence: Discovering the Mind of Dzogchen

Written on June 14, 2017. Written by .

I heard about Dzogchen from Sam Harris’ book Waking Up in which he said that it was the best form of Buddhism that he came across because it was the most direct and had the least religious distraction. Roaring Silence seems mostly consistent with that. The biggest thing I learned from this book was the […]

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The Ego Tunnel

Written on September 8, 2016. Written by .

This is a pretty deep book about the nature of consciousness. I sometimes found it hard to tell if what I was hearing was profound or obvious. I still don’t understand the central analogy with a tunnel: what specific properties of a tunnel map to specific properties of consciousness? I may have missed it, but […]

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