The Master & His Emissary

The Master and His Emissary

This book about the brain has forever changed the way I think about the mind and how it relates to the world.

In this book, the author explains how our two brain hemispheres create two fundamentally opposed realities. The implications of this division are far-reaching and profound, they explain the seeming disconnect between the arts and science, the evolution of philosophical trends and the changes in human behavior and pathology over time.

I’ve also written a (long!) full summary of The Master and His Emissary by Iain McGilchrist:

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Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha (MCTB)

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

A reference manual for intense meditation practice. Contains rare practical advice on Insight meditation (Vipassana), more specifically Mahasi noting. Offers unparalleled phenomenological descriptions of the Progress of Insight and openly discusses meditative achievements and Awakening. This book, more than any other, has motivated me to “step up my game” and intensify my meditation practice.

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The Mind Illuminated (TMI)

The mind illuminated

One of the very best books on the development of concentration meditation (Samatha). Contains illuminating insights into the inner workings of the mind, antidotes for common meditation issues and a powerful 10-stage map of meditation progress.

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