Silent Retreat Reading

Brought three books to read – actually more, but retreats are not really for reading,

and am not sure until I arrive what book will draw attention.

This retreat :

Indestructible Innocence by A.H. Almaas

Feed Your Demons by Tsultrim Allione

The Gift by Hafiz

To be fair, I had aspired ( and still do) to working through the entire Diamond Heart Series by A.H. Almaas. Upon reflection, these books were a bit dense for the spaciousness of silent retreat, and I set Indestructible Innocence aside for some post retreat digestion.

Hameed Ali a.k.a. A.H. Almaas

In Feed Your Demons , Tsultrim Allione adapts an amazing transformative practice from 12th century Tibet to the 21st century Western world with immediate and galvanizing implications. I did the  ” Feed Your Demons” practice numerous times throughout retreat with excellent results . Please look into this practice if you harbor any negative mind states whatsoever ( you may not ) and are curious ( you may not be ) about novel approaches to encountering and working with chaotic emotion-laden energies.

Lama Tsultrim Allione


The Gift : a translation of poems from the 12th century Sufi practitioner Hafiz. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes inscrutable, always deeply touching, this collection is not to be missed. Read some every evening before turning in. Spilling over with love, bursting from hilarity or yet more, Hafiz’ poetry knows no bounds expressing love for All-that-Is.



In deep gratitude to these three authors for their genius, eloquence and reflection of the infinite.

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(1) A.H. Almaas:

(2) Tsultrium Allione:

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(3) Hafiz:

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