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The Death of The Author by Roland Barthes
An influential essay on exegesis and why any piece of writing ought to be considered as a work apart from its writer.
The Technique of AntiPoetry by Edith Grossman
This is a critical essay on the work of the Chilean progenitor of AntiPoetry, Nicanor Parra.
Huidobro and Parra: World-Class AntiPoets by Dave Oliphant
Another essay, which goes further into the history of Hispanic AntiPoetry as New World Literature.
Gardens, Cemeteries, and the Abyss by Katherine Karr-Cornejo
This literary critique explores symbolic spaces as utilized in Parra's Obra Gruesa (1969).
The Aesthetics of AntiPoetry Manifesto by C Dean
An independent analysis of AntiPoetry and its growing influence on contemporary writing.
En Español - Issue of a Chilean literary journal published by the Pablo Neruda Foundation.
Advice to Rahula
A legendary discourse between Siddhartha Shakyamuni and his own son, Rahula.
Anapanasati - Mindfulness of Breathing
Full textual course on meditation translated by Thai monks. Quite practical.
Bodhicharyavatara - Way of The Bodhisattva
Bodhisattvas can basically be defined as Buddhas in training. Shantideva provided a guidebook for the development of Bodhicitta (compassionate mind), which is a prerequisite for enlightenment.
Roughly translates as the Sojourn in Lanka Scripture. A key source on Yogacara; the "mind-only" school of Buddhist idealism.
Mulamadhyamikakarika - Fundamental Verses On The Middle Way
Arya Nagarjuna (circa 150-250 CE) is often referred to as The Second Buddha, mainly because his writings on Sunyata (emptiness) gave Buddhism a philosophical framework corresponding to its meditative core.
Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra
Better known as the Heart Sutra. A short but essential piece of Mahayana emptiness theory. Explanatory notes are included.
The Life of The Buddha
An in-depth biography of prince Siddhartha, based on the Pali canon.
The Platform Sutra of Grand Master Hui-Neng
Bodhidharma brought Buddhism from India to China but it wasn't until Hui-Neng, the sixth patriarch of Ch'an (Zen) that it really caught on. His Platform Sutra is a masterpiece that gave the Dharma a decidedly Taoist touch.
The Tibetan Yogas of Dream And Sleep
Mindfulness doesn't end when waking gives way to somnolence. This instructional guide helps practitioners maintain awareness even in deep states of slumber.
Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita Sutra
Also called the Diamond Sutra. Gautama's exchange with Subhuti is another cornerstone of Mahayana metaphysics.
Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson by G.I. Gurdjieff
A seminal work by one of the 20th century's foremost mystics.
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
Required reading for present-day Pagans; delves deep into the early days of the Holy Roman Church.
The Gnostic Bible
An excellent collection of Apocryphal texts and pre-Christian religious writings.
Hypatia by Charles Kingsley
A biography of Hypatia from Alexandria (Mathematician and Neo-Platonist), who was martyred by Catholics.
The Origin of Western Mysticism
These are selected writings of Plotinus, which have had a far-reaching and long-lasting impact on Metaphysics.
The Ahrimanic Deception by Rudolf Steiner
A lecture given by the modern esotericist that founded Anthroposophy; an attempt at Spiritual Science.
The Zend Avesta
Although not a Gnostic treatise per se, the ideas expressed by Zoroaster have had a profound (yet largely unrecognized) influence on Western spirituality.
The Mahabharata of Vyasa
India's spiritual classic and the longest poem ever written. It even contains the Bhagavadgita.
The Ramayana of Valmiki
The famous epic of Rama in which he rescues Sita from the demon king Ravana with the help of Hanuman and his army of monkeys.
The Ten Principal Upanishads
William Butler Yeats' edition of these sublime Indic scriptures.
All 18 Major Puranas
The Puranas are a class of folkloric tales, each one pays homage to its respective Hindu deity.
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras In Lingo
This is a modernized version of these ageless verses. Somewhat quirky yet effective.
Viveka Chudamani - The Crest Jewel of Wisdom
Adi Shankara's canonical scripture expounding the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism).
Lord Siva And His Worship
Romanized by Sri Swami Sivananda, Founder of the Divine Life Society. An instruction book for those looking to learn more about that enigmatic deity.
Nagualism - Native American Folklore and History
A study that gets right down to the root of the matter at hand.
Carlos Castaneda Collection (10 Books)
A transcription of the Nagual's main works.
Aztec Christic Magic by Samael Aun Weor
A very interesting, Kabbalistic interpretation of pre-Columbian Paganism.
Absinthe: The Green Goddess
Aleister Crowley's memoir of his time spent in New Orleans.
A Glossary of Thelema by Frater Pyramidatus
An thoroughgoing reference manual.
Anatomy of The Body of God by Frater Achad
"Being The Supreme Revelation of Cosmic Consciousness".
Book of The Goetia of Solomon The King
Classical Qabalah translated by Crowley.
Book of The Law (Liber Al Vel Legis)
Thelema's thetical tract.
Ethics of Thelema
Small collection of essays on said subject.
A great work of comparative religion, complete with a table of correspondences between those compared.
Liber B Vel Magi
Brief book on what it means to be a Magus.
Liber LIX: Across The Gulf
Crowley's colourful recollection of his past life in ancient Egypt.
Magick in Theory and Practice
A practical guide to the system of ritual Magick.
The Book of Lies
Possibly the crowning achievement of Crowley's career (see Foreword). Most difficult to decipher without reading its footnotes.
Fragments from and commentary on the eponymous pre-Socractic philosopher.
Plato wrote this dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus regarding love as well as rhetotic (among other subjects).
An ancient Greek Tragedy commonly attributed to Aeschylus.
The Complete Aristotle
The Complete Pythagoras
Most of us remember the Pythagorean theorem from math class, but few are familiar with extended elements of his philosophy.