Scott Woodward

Scott comes from an academic engineering background so his reading and writing interests lean toward the technical. If you are looking for how-to books, or books that explain “why”,

Scott can help.

Now that he has retired from teaching, his focus has shifted to self improvement with a geeky yet spiritual twist. Subjects like quantum physics and the neuroscience experiments on meditation keep him up late.

There is plenty more to Scott’s life than science and engineering so be sure to ask him about

which crime novel “captured” him.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

A penetrating examination of how we live and how to live better.

A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions on how to live. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, this classic is a touching and transcendent book of life.

This new edition contains an interview with Pirsig and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be.

Siddhartha's Brain by James Kingsland

A groundbreaking exploration of the "science of enlightenment," told through the lens of the journey of Siddhartha (better known as Buddha), by Guardian science editor James Kingsland.

In a lush grove on the banks of the Neranjara in northern India--400 years before the birth of Christ, when the foundations of western science and philosophy were being laid by the great minds of Ancient Greece--a prince turned ascetic wanderer sat beneath a fig tree. His name was Siddhartha Gautama, and he was discovering the astonishing capabilities of the human brain and the secrets of mental wellness and spiritual "enlightenment," the foundation of Buddhism.

Framed by the historical journey and teachings of the Buddha, Siddhartha's Brain shows how meditative and Buddhist practice anticipated the findings of modern neuroscience. Moving from the evolutionary history of the brain to the disorders and neuroses associated with our technology-driven world, James Kingsland explains why the ancient practice of mindfulness has been so beneficial and so important for human beings across time. Far from a New Age fad, the principles of meditation have deep scientific support and have been proven to be effective in combating many contemporary psychiatric disorders. Siddhartha posited that "Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think." As we are increasingly driven to distraction by competing demands, our ability to focus and control our thoughts has never been more challenged--or more vital.

Siddhartha's Brain offers a cutting-edge, big-picture assessment of meditation and mindfulness: how it works, what it does to our brains, and why meditative practice has never been more important.

Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives by Thich Nhat Hanh

-Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.- --New York Times

-Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man.... His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.- --Martin Luther King, Jr., nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.

In this much-anticipated follow-up to his bestselling classic, Peace Is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh--one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today--offers an insightful guide to living a fuller life. In this deeply insightful meditation, the world-renowned Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master, poet, scholar, and peace activist illuminates how each of us can incorporate the practice of mindfulness into our every waking moment. In the tradition of The Art of Happiness and Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh's Peace Is Every Breath opens a pathway to greater spiritual fulfillment through its patient examination of how we live our lives.

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