- Title: Western Seeker, Eastern Paths: Exploring Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism & Tantra
- Author: David Pond
- Released: 2003-01-08
- Pages: 240
- ISBN: 1567185355
- ISBN13: 978-1567185355
- ASIN: 1567185355
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From Publishers Weekly
Pond (Chakras for Beginners), a professional astrologer, sets out to explore the benefits that practitioners of an emerging "new Western spirituality" might glean from established Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist and Tantric traditions. Unfortunately, the perspective of this new Western spirituality itself is weakly defined and proves to be a limited platform from which to investigate these Eastern religions. It a priori treats the traditions themselves as essentially interchangeable paths to the same conclusion, trivializes their genuine differences, and thereby fails to penetrate their depth and richness. The book devotes one chapter each to Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and Tantra, first surveying the fundamental beliefs of each tradition, then providing specific suggestions for incorporating elements of that tradition's teachings-such as postures and breathing techniques-into the reader's own meditation practice. Pond also offers intermittent personal anecdotes to illustrate his own methods of assimilating these teachings into his spiritual life. He is clearly knowledgeable about these Eastern paths; the discussion of the seven Hindu chakras (spiritual power reservoirs aligned along the spine) is particularly accessible. Yet the material is not always well organized, and the style is frequently awkward. This book is best suited for those who are interested primarily in finding new techniques to enrich their own pastiche of spiritual practice; those who want to explore Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism or Tantra in any depth, however, will need to turn elsewhere.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
David Pond (Washington) is a professional astrologer, national speaker, yoga teacher, writer and guide for spiritual journeys to sacred sites around the world.
David was originally trained as an elementary school teacher. It was here that he learned how to present complex ideas in a simple manner. He then went on to gain a Master of Science Degree in Experimental Metaphysics from Central Washington University. His formal education complements his many years as a practicing professional astrologer, and his life long study of yoga and meditation, thus giving him an in-depth awareness of the field of metaphysics.
A well respected member of the metaphysical community, David has co-author two books: The Metaphysical Handbook, which sold over 20,000 copies, and Crystals, Stones & Chakras. He is also a contributing author in Astrological Counseling and The Mountain Astrologer.
David utilizes his skills by giving lectures, private consultations and taped readings. David has helped individuals find a deeper meaning in life, get in touch with their source of strength, improve relationship skills and identify and overcome problem areas.
David and his wife Laura organize yearly trips to sacred sites such as Bali, the Yucatan and Hawaii.