Monday, 29 November 2010

Zorba Publishers and Relaxing into Meditation

Zorba Publishers, established in 2010 is an emerging publisher focused on bringing eclectic western writings to the discerning Indian reader. As part of our efforts to enrol new authors to be published in India, we came across a review by Rossinna Ippolito on Linkedin which spoke in glowing terms about a new, yet to be published book called Relaxing into Meditation “Relaxing into Meditation is the best book on meditation I've ever read, and I've been browsing them since the mid-70's. I say this because of the distinction made between relaxation and meditation, and the explanation of why relaxation must happen before meditation can begin. I have never seen it spelled out so clearly before, and in such a gentle, non-didactic manner”.

About 230 million Indians speak English as a first, second or third language. With rapid economic growth, a decline in the age of the working population and increasing incidences of stress related afflictions, we felt the subject of the book was particularly well suited for Indians to help them cope with their daily problems. We sent the book for extensive reviews to renowned people in different fields in India and abroad for their opinion on launching the book in India. There was overwhelmingly positive feedback on the book from our reviewers – both spiritual and lay – and we then decided to proceed with publishing the book in India. With 2013 – the expected inflection year in India for fast track growth – coming up, we feel that books like “Relaxing into Mediation” will be well positioned to serve the needs of the next generation in India very well.

-- Geetu Goel, Managing Director, Zorba Publishers


Relaxing into Meditation Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Friday, 26 November 2010

Available on Amazon : Rays of the Sun by Ngakpa Chögyam

Rays of the Sun by Ngakpa Chögyam is now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk


The four evening talks contained here deal with the themes studied by everyone exploring Buddhism in depth: the four noble truths, eightfold path, causality, compassion and refuge. This material is discussed in creative contemporary English, and presented from a perspective informed by Dzogchen.

-- Aro Books worldwide

"This book is an essential book for any practicing Buddhist in the West, in fact it is essential reading for anybody slightly interested in Buddhism or anybody who has ventured to question “just what exactly is going on here?”"

-- Adam at Goodreads.com

If you have already read Rays of the Sun please consider visiting Amazon to give the book a review and a rating!


Our books on Amazon:
  • Rays of the Sun - US - UK
  • Relaxing into Meditation - US - UK
  • Spacious Passion - US - UK

Realise the potential of non-dual view

"The Four Thoughts teach us everything we need to know to be authentic practitioners. We can embrace the gentleness, kindness, and immaculacy of the warrior. We can embrace the dynamic energy, fierceness, and directness of the warrior. We can realise the potential of non-dual view on a moment by moment basis."

p179, Spacious Passion, Ngakma Nor’dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2009, 978-1-898185-07-9

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Zorba Publishers and Aro Books worldwide featured in Publishers Weekly

We have been featured the Religion Book News section of Publishers Weekly:

 Zorba Publishers, a new press established in India to publish “eclectic western writings [for] the discerning Indian reader,” according to Geetu Goel, director of sales and marketing, has acquired the Indian rights to Relaxing into Meditation by Ngakma Nor’dzin. The book was originally published in Wales in 2010 and is available in the U.S. from Aro Books worldwide . About 230 million Indians speak English and, noted Zorba’s Goel, “With rapid economic growth, a decline in the age of the working population and increasing incidences of stress-related afflictions, we felt the subject of the book was particularly well suited for Indians to help them cope with their daily problems.”


http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/religion/article/45303-short-takes.html

Relaxing into Meditation Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Relaxing into Meditation : Review by Tink-NL

"I wish this book would have been there when I started to try meditation. It's written in a very accessible way and explains the basics and more in a very down-to-earth manner. Relaxing is not the same as meditation, as a lot of beginners seem to think. The author explains this very clearly and gives a lot of handy advice and other tips. The drawings are simple, but good enough to illustrate things. The appendices on how to make your own meditation equipment are welcome! Although I'm not really a beginner anymore I picked up quite some tips to make my meditation experiences even better. ( )"

Relaxing into Meditation Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Tink-NL reviewed Relaxing into Meditation on Librarything.com  (http://www.librarything.com/work/10257145)

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Relaxing into Meditation by Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Available from Lulu.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and other bookshops worldwide.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Rays of the Sun - 10% off until 15th December

The good people of Lulu are currently offering 10% off Rays of the Sun until 15th December. Use coupon code GIFT305 at checkout and receive 10% off Rays of the Sun. (http://bit.ly/ncrroslul).

The four evening talks contained here deal with the themes studied by everyone exploring Buddhism in depth: the four noble truths, eightfold path, causality, compassion and refuge. This material is discussed in creative contemporary English, and presented from a perspective informed by Dzogchen.

Disclaimer: Use coupon code GIFT305 at checkout and receive 10% off Rays of the Sun [paperback]. Maximum savings with this promotion is £10. You can only use the code once per account, and you can't use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. Sorry, self-purchases (buying books that you've published) aren't eligible. This great offer ends on 15, December 2010 at 11:59 PM EST so try not to procrastinate! While very unlikely we do reserve the right to change or revoke this offer at anytime, and of course we cannot offer this coupon where it is against the law to do so. Transactions can only be made in Pounds. Finally, Lulu incurs the cost of this discount, so it does not impact the Author's proceeds of the book.

Relaxing into Meditation : Book review by Gary Stone

Relaxing into Meditation by Ngakma Nor’dzin takes one on a journey through a myriad of simple and more complicated meditation techniques. Using this reference on our yoga and meditation holidays in Spain, I found the various groups wanting to dip into the book to find relevant and pertinent exercises to suit their differing needs.

Well planned, and obviously written with tremendous authority, the book always keeps the end user in mind, not using high-level language to confuse the reader.

Each meditation technique combines an actual reference to classes, in which the students have practiced these methods.

I am currently working my way carefully through all these techniques, gradually making use of the simple but clear line drawings, which help with postures and styles.

Wherever you are on your meditation journey you will find this book a constant companion allowing you to discover many enjoyable and informative methods.

An easy to digest guide to meditative practices for calming the mind, nurturing creativity, rejuvenating the spirit, and nourishing the soul.

Having read it many times now, I highly recommend this publication for novice to advanced meditators alike. I have used the book when delivering my taster sessions to meditation in our yoga breaks in Spain having great success in the process.

Namaste

(http://bit.ly/nrprimsto)



Gary Stone and his wife Nicole have been practising Yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2000. In 2003 they moved to Spain to offer Yoga retreats especially for people suffering from the stresses of a busy working life.
For more information, please see http://www.yogabreaks.org.uk and http://www.facebook.com/YogaBreaks




Relaxing into Meditation by Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Available from Lulu.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and other bookshops worldwide.

We play with our life experience

"Death, impermanence, things that go wrong, laughter, colour, autumn leaves, light sparkling in puddles, cars breaking down, relationships ending, falling in love - all are the play of existence, the movement and change that is reality. It is only experienced as unsatisfactory when we try to stop movement and change, or see movement and change as painful. Once we have a real understanding of the cause of our experience of samsara as unsatisfactory, we can engage with it in a light-hearted manner. We play with our life experience, rather than feeling like a victim of our circumstances."

p157, Spacious Passion, Ngakma Nor’dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2009, 978-1-898185-07-9

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Relaxing into Meditation : Review by Michael Gibb

"Well-rounded book. The author presents the art of meditation in terms that anyone can understand. The added bonus of how to make meditation cushions as well as the drawings throughout the book that illustrate posture, exercises, etc, make "Relaxing into Meditation" a book that anyone serious about meditation should have in their library. ( )"

Relaxing into Meditation Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Michael Gibb reviewed Relaxing into Meditation on Librarything.com  (http://www.librarything.com/work/10257145)



Relaxing into Meditation by Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Available from Lulu.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and other bookshops worldwide.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Relaxing into Meditation : Review by Frank Martin

"This slim volume should be on every serious practitioner's bookshelf, whether they follow a Tibetan Buddhist path or not. Nordzin gives excellent explanations of some basic, commonly used relaxation and meditation techniques that can be used effectively no matter what your level of experience is. Quite possibly one of the most important points she makes is to distinguish relaxation and meditation, both important practices, but certainly not the same. ( )"

Relaxing into Meditation Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Frank Martin reviewed Relaxing into Meditation on Librarything.com  (http://www.librarything.com/work/10257145)

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Relaxing into Meditation by Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

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Friday, 12 November 2010

Patterning becomes transparent

"Once we are able to dwell in the experience of emptiness between moments of movement in the mind, and even expand the scope of that emptiness, our patterning becomes transparent. It is revealed and laid bare. We can experience the naked empty nature of our perception, and joyfully play with the movement of intention and response."

p133, Spacious Passion, Ngakma Nor’dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2009, 978-1-898185-07-9

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Relaxing into Meditation : Review by Phyllis Proctor

"Having struggled with meditation for a number of years, I have hopes that Relaxing into Meditation will be the help I need to be successful. A quiet mind is a difficult challenge for me and this book offers a variety of helpful tips and suggestions. It is accessible and not plagued with off-putting esoterica like so many others on this subject. Although understandable for a novice, it also has value for the more practiced. ( )"

Relaxing into Meditation Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Phyllis Proctor reviewed Relaxing into Meditation on Librarything.com  (http://www.librarything.com/work/10257145)



Relaxing into Meditation by Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Available from Lulu.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and other bookshops worldwide.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Aro Tradition Thangka Calendar 2011

Tantric Art from the Aro Tradition.

http://bit.ly/arocal2011th

Thangka paintings of the Aro History, Jomo Pema 'ö-Zér, Aro Yeshé, Yeshé Tsogyel, Black Ögyen Chenrezigs, Dorje Phurba, Dorje Tröllö, Rangrig Togden, Padmasambhava, Ögyen Dzambhala, Ayé Khandro, Khyungchen Aro Lingma, Jomo Menmo.

"In Aro Lineage thangkas we make the figure more anatomically realistic than is sometimes seen in thangka painting, but we have to be careful where we draw the line inasmuch certain things have to remain iconographic." -- Ngakma Pema Zangmo

This 2011 Calendar is now available from Lulu.

Lulu currently have an offer available where you can save 30% off the price of calendars until 15th November 2011 using the coupon code EARLYBIRD. They are also offering 25% off 1-9 calendars with coupon code SHORTLIST and 30% off 10 or more calendars with coupon code LONGLIST (both also until 15th November). These offers may vary from region to region.

Money from the sale of this calendar goes to Sang-ngak-chö-dzong, the UK charity of the Aro Lineage.  As one of its charitable activities, Sang-ngak-chö-dzong offers support to the painters of these Thangkas.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Art from the Aro Tradition

Art from the Aro Tradition is available for sale from our Zazzle stores in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Japan, Portugal, UK and USA

Zazzle are currently offering free shipping for orders from Zazzle.co.uk using the promotion code ALLFREESHIPZ valid until midnight, 8th November.

It is worth checking the various Zazzle sites from time to time as each of them occasionally has offers like this.

To qualify for this free shipping offer, one or more Zazzle products must be purchased. Enter promo code ALLFREESHIPZ at checkout to receive the free shipping. The free shipping offer is for standard shipping to UK/EU addresses only. Shipping charges will apply to oversized orders and orders being shipped on an expedited basis or outside the UK or EU. Offer is valid from November 4, 2010 at 00:01 GMT through November 8, 2010 at 23:59 GMT. Your order must be placed during that time to qualify for this special offer. This promotional offer may not be combined with any other Zazzle promotional or discount offers. Offer valid on Zazzle.co.uk only.

Impermanence is a cause for celebration

"Impermanence is a cause for celebration. Impermanence is our opportunity to discover presence. Present moments are infinite. They will never end. We will never cease to have opportunities to start again. We will never cease to have opportunities to experience presence."

p109, Spacious Passion, Ngakma Nor’dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2009, 978-1-898185-07-9

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Relaxing into Meditation : Review by Esther Wieringa

"This book got me meditating again, after a long period of only occasionally finding time for it.

It is very down to earth, gentle and practical. It shows you how and why to meditate, starting with simple relaxation exercises (great if you ever have trouble falling asleep), going on to basic sitting meditation and then more advanced techniques such as Giving and Taking, and visualizations. All step by step and encouraging you to take it slowly. It even shows how to make your own mediation cushions.

The techniques come from Tibetan Buddhism, but Buddhism itself is just there as a background, so you don't need to bother with the religious aspects if you don't want to. Just meditate, that will do. ( )"

Relaxing into Meditation Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Esther Wieringa reviewed Relaxing into Meditation on Librarything.com  (http://www.librarything.com/work/10257145)



Relaxing into Meditation by Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8 http://bit.ly/nrprim

Available from Lulu.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and other bookshops worldwide.