Internal Process Incomplete Recommended Reading List

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I’ve been teaching these Internal Process classes for the last few months.  I put together a very incomplete reading list for the people joining the class and in the group on Facebook.  These books have been helpful to me in my internal process work.  I’ll add to it over time.  Please suggest books in the comments. Thanks!

Kazuo Ohno’s World: from without & within

by Kazuo Ohno

There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man Ch’ing and His T’ai Chi Chuan

by Wolfe Lowenthal

Gateway to the Miraculous: Further Explorations in the Tao of Cheng Man Ch’ing

by Wolfe Lowenthal

The way of Energy  Lam Kam Chuen

The way of power  Lam Kam Chuen

Principles of Effortless Power  by Peter Ralston

Zen Body Being  by Peter Ralston

Bone, Breath, and Gesture: Practices of Embodiment Volume 1 (Io Series) (Vol 1)

by Don Hanlon Johnson  –This is a great anthology of the roots of embodiment work in the West.

And There was Light : The Autobiography of a Blind Hero in the French Resistance

by Jacques Lusseryan

Inside Zhan Zhuang  by Mark Cohen

 

The zen teaching of Huang Po on the transmission of mind  by Blofeld

Chuang Tzu (Various translations)

Tao Te Ching (various translations)

-Moving Medicine -(About the life of Milton Traeger) by Jack Liskin. (This book is a bit hagiographic but sweet in a lot of ways)

Life on Land: The Story of Continuum 

Hara: The Vital Center of Man  by Karlfried Graf Dürckheim

Hara Diagnosis: Reflections on the Sea 

by Kiiko Matsumoto , Stephen Birch, et al.  (this book is mostly for healers)

Ki in Daily Life  by Koichi Tohei

Awareness Through Movement: Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, and Personal Awareness

by Moshe Feldenkrais

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming

by Masanobu Fukuoka, Larry Korn,

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception and Into the Dreaming of Earth  by Stephen Harrod Buhner

Rolfing : The Integration of Human Structures   by Ida P. Rolf

Maps to Ecstasy: The Healing Power of Movement   by Gabrielle Roth

-Your Inner Fish   by Niel Shubin

How Life Moves: Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness

by Caryn McHose

-Sensing Feeling and Action   by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

-Move your DNA By Katy Bowman

-Waking the Tiger By Peter Levine

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own   by Sandra Blakeslee

-Taoism: the Quest for Immortality   by John Blofeld

Intelligence in Nature   by Jeremy Narby

-Mindsight   by Dan Siegel

Somatics: Reawakening The Mind’s Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health

by Thomas Hanna

The Mastery of Movement 4th Edition

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

by Shunryu Suzuki

The Unfettered Mind   by Takuan Soho

The Heart of Listening: A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work,

The Book of Five Rings   by Miyamoto Musashi,

Omori Sogen: The Art of a Zen Master   by Hosokawa Dogen

The Sword of No-Sword: Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu

by John Stevens

Moon by the Window: The Calligraphy and Zen Insights of Shodo Harada 

 Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan

by Kaz Tanahashi

The Roaring Stream: A New Zen Reader    by Nelson Foster and Jack Shoemaker

How to Live on the Planet Earth: Collected Poems   by Nanao Sakaki

Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient: The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness

by Will Johnson

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

by Christopher McDougall

-The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts   by Issai Chozanshi

Venerable Father   by Paul Breiter

Rumi (Various translations)

Hafiz (Various translations)

Invincible Warrior   by John Stevens

 

The Real Work, The Practice of the Wild, All of his poetry I love his Cold mountain poems for their curtness

-Gary Snyder

-How to Practice Zazen: Taken from Lectures on the Zazen-Gi (Japanese)  January 1, 1980

-Lectures On The Ten Oxherding Pictures

-Complete Poison Blossoms from a Thicket of Thorn: The Zen Records of Hakuin Ekaku 

-Beating the Cloth Drum: Letters of Zen Master Hakuin 

-Zen Sand by Victor Sogen Hori

Wild Ivy: The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin, transl. by Norman Waddell,

-A. T. Still: From the Dry Bone to the Living Man by John Lewis

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel van der Kolk MD
Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uan by Cheng Man Ch’ing
Zen and the Ways by Trevor Leggett
Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere by A. Westbrook and O. Ratti
Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
Bushido the Warriors Code by Inazo Nitobe Hagakura
The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo Kudo,
Ancient Ways by Kensho Furuya
The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa
Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams
Zen way to martial arts—Taisen Deshimura,
Mind over muscle—Jigoro Kano, 
Actors secret-–Polatin, 
Thinking Aloud—Walter Carrington, 
Let every breath—Vladimir Vasiliev, 
Inner game of tennis—Gallway,
Dynamic alignment through imagery-Franklin, 
Return to life—Joseph Pilates

2 Comments Add yours

  1. rclere says:

    Great list!!! I have studied with Peter Ralston years ago & Marc Cohen when I was living in Hawaii. Also studied with Kiko and Steve Birch as well. I’m familiar with a lot of these books. Dan Templeton always speaks so highly of you. I’ll have To make the time to come see you, my friend Blessings, Randy Clere

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Wonderful! Thanks so much, Randy!

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