Our Seiza Benches are hand crafted with a hand rubbed finish. See description on the right.
Shem Center Bookstore
We carry a small selection of resources on spirituality, world religions and interfaith dialogue used in our retreat work.
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Prayers of the Cosmos, Neal Douglas-Klotz — $12.99
Explore the deep meanings of the words of Jesus found in ancient texts written in the Aramaic language he spoke, “The Lord’s Prayer,” and “The Beatitudes”.
Prayers of the Cosmos, a CD companion to the book, Neil Douglas Klotz - $15.00 Aramaic pronunciation, and sacred chant.
Blessings of the Cosmos, hard cover with CD, Neil Douglas Klotz - $18.95
A heart-opening book of blessings and words of encouragement recorded in ancient Aramaic texts as words of Jesus. The CD offers 20 guided body prayers that allow one to enter an experience of these sacred words.
Jesus Before Christianity, Albert Nolan - $16.00
A portrait of Jesus in his own time and place is presented by a Dominican scholar of Sacred Scripture. Discover the man he was before he was enshrined in doctrine, dogma and ritual.
Jesus Today, Albert Nolan - $16.00
A companion book to Jesus Before Christianity focusing on the spirituality of Jesus and its relevance today.
Seiza Bench - $60.00 plus tax, shipping and handling.
Our seiza benches are hand crafted out of the Liriodendron tulipifera, or the tuliptree, also called poplar tree. A hand rubbed finish reveals this wood’s natural random stripes. The simple Zen inspired design aids the user in achieving a resting posture for meditation, yoga practices and the Japanese tea ceremony. With one’s legs tucked under the seat, at first a challenge since the feet are stretched back with soles facing up, with use, a comfortable mindfulness is facilitated.
Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen, Matthew Fox, - $20.00
An introduction to the life and teachings of Hildegard of Bingen — 24 of the mystical visions that she recorded in paintings expressing a relationship between the human and the natural world are reproduced here.
Hildegard of Bingen, a saint for our times, Matthew Fox, - $17.95
Pointing out the injustices of her time, Hildegard presents us with those of our time; the mistreatment of women, the poor and the powerless. the destruction of the environment and the dangers of patriarchal systems.
Hildegard of Bingen’s Book of Divine Works, with letters and songs, Edited by Matthew Fox, - $9.95
Written between 1170 and 1173, now kn English for the first time, presents a cosmology reuniting religion, science and art. Her music appears here in medieval notation.
Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen, a centering book, Gabriele Uhlein, - $12.95
Versions of her words taken from German texts with consideration of the linguistic requirements of English appear as selected quotes.
Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana, - $19.00
One of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a classic introduction to meditation.
Rumi’s Sun, The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz, translated by Algan and Camille Adams Helminski, - $22.50
Shams was the intimate and mysterious friend of Rumi and often the subject of his poetry. Shams’ words are an opening to a further exploration of the spiritual bond of which Rumi speaks so beautifully.
The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Dimond Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh, - $10.00
The Blooming of a Lotus, a guided meditation for achieving the Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh, - $12.00
Stepping into Freedom, An Introduction to Buddhist Monastic Training,
Thich Nhat Hanh, - $16.00
Interbeing, Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism, Thich Naht Hanh, $12.00
Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhism in Action, Spiritual Biographies for Young Readers, Maura D. Shaw, illustrations by Stephen Marchesi, - $12.95
One of a series with photos and texts that open the way for youths, a book full of joy! “Each step makes a flower bloom. Kiss the earth with your feet.”
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