Download E-books The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women PDF

The Hidden Lamp is a suite of 1 hundred koans and tales of Buddhist girls from the time of the Buddha to the current day. This progressive publication brings jointly many instructing tales that have been hidden for hundreds of years, unknown till this quantity. those tales are striking expressions of freedom and fearlessness, proper for women and men of any time or position. In those pages we meet nuns, laywomen working towards with their households, recognized academics commemorated by way of emperors, and outdated girls promoting tea at the part of the road.

Each tale is observed via a mirrored image through a modern lady teacher--personal responses that aid deliver the outdated tales alive for readers today--and concluded by means of a last meditation for the reader, a question from the editors intended to spark additional rumination and inquiry. those are the voices of the ladies ancestors of each modern Buddhist.

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Download E-books Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya PDF

By Britta Das

Often obvious as a paranormal paradise on the finish of the realm, Bhutan is inaccessible to such a lot guests. Set opposed to the dramatic surroundings of the Himalaya, this beguiling memoir remembers hardships and happiness in a land nearly untouched by means of the West.

When Britta Das is going to paintings as a physiotherapist in a distant village sanatorium, her strong intentions are positioned to the attempt amid monsoons, fleas, and startling stipulations. yet as she visits houses within the mountains and learns the mysteries of Tantric Buddhism, the rustic captivates her very soul. Gaining insights into the traditions of the paranormal country, Britta makes acquaintances, falls in love, and battles illness.

Throughout all of it, as she writes, she concerns concerning the "destructive nearness of expertise" and fears that Bhutan's appeal and innocence may possibly quickly be misplaced. nonetheless, Bhutan has continued for hundreds of years, and there's no denying that the rustic has remodeled her lifestyles forever.

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Download E-books Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World PDF

By Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das, the main hugely proficient American lama within the Tibetan culture, provides the definitive ebook on Western Buddhism for the modern day non secular seeker.

The radical and compelling message of Buddhism tells us that every people has the knowledge, know-how, love, and tool of the Buddha inside of; but so much folks are too frequently like snoozing Buddhas.  In Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das exhibits how we will be able to wake up to who we actually are with the intention to lead a extra compassionate, enlightened, and balanced life.  It illuminates the tips and key rules embodied within the noble Eight-Fold direction and the conventional 3 Enlightenment Trainings universal to all faculties of Buddhism:

Wisdom education: constructing transparent imaginative and prescient, perception, and internal realizing -- seeing truth and ourselves as we actually are.
Ethics education: Cultivating advantage, strength of mind, and compassion in what we are saying and do.
Meditation education: training mindfulness, focus, and know-how of the current moment.

With energetic tales, meditations, and religious practices, Awakening the Buddha Within is a useful textual content for the beginner and skilled scholar of Buddhism alike.

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Download E-books The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo PDF

By Shohaku Okumura

Abandon your valuable delusions and hit the line with the most vital Zen masters of twentieth-century Japan.

Eschewing the entrapments of shallowness, energy, and funds, "Homeless" Kodo Sawaki Roshi refused to simply accept an enduring place as a temple abbot, regardless of repeated bargains. in its place, he lived a touring, "homeless" existence, going from temple to temple, pupil to scholar, instructing and educating and not permitting himself to stray from his selected course. he's chargeable for making Soto Zen on hand to the typical humans outdoor of monasteries.

His teachings are brief, sharp, and strong. continuously transparent, usually humorous, and infrequently uncomfortably with reference to domestic, they jolt us into awakening.

Kosho Uchiyama expands and explains his teacher's knowledge along with his observation. proficient in Western philosophy, he attracts parallels among Zen teachings and the Bible, Descartes, and Pascal. Shohaku Okumura has additionally further his personal statement, grounding his academics' strength and sagacity for the modern, Western practitioner.

event the undying, sensible knowledge of 3 generations of Zen masters.

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Download E-books Buddhism, Critical Concepts in Religious Studies, Volume 1 PDF

By Paul Williams

From a box essentially of curiosity to professional orientalists, the research of Buddhism has constructed to include inter alia, theology and spiritual stories, philosophy, cultural reports, anthropology and comparative reviews. there's now better direct entry to Buddhism within the West than ever sooner than, and Buddhist experiences are attracting expanding numbers of students.

This eight-volume set brings jointly seminal papers in Buddhist reports from an unlimited variety of educational disciplines, released during the last 40 years. With a brand new creation through the editor, this assortment is a different and unrivalled study source for either pupil and scholar.

Acknowledgements XVI
Chronological desk of reprinted articles and chapters x1x
General creation xxix
1 los angeles development et le culte des stiipa d'apres les Vinayapi{aka 1
2 Asoka and Buddhism - a re-examination
3 The date of the Buddha reconsidered
4 at the very inspiration of the Pali Canon
5 Pali oral literature
6 The relationship of the historic Buddha: a assessment article
7 getting better the Buddha's message
8 The Buddha's booklet of Genesis? 129
9 aiding the lifeless through venerating the residing: advantage move in
the early Buddhist culture 147
10 fiddling with hearth: the prafityasamutpiida from the perspective
of Vedic inspiration 169
11 The review of textual authenticity in Buddhism 188
12 The overview of textual interpretation in Buddhism 199
13 non secular suicide in early Buddhism 214
14 A overview of scholarship at the Buddhist Councils 224
15 Theories about the Skandhaka: an appraisal 244
16 The Pratimok~a puzzle: truth as opposed to myth 257
17 Nuns, laywomen, donors, goddesses: woman roles in early
Indian Buddhism 272

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Download E-books Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume PDF

At one time or one other, such a lot people have skilled an all-consuming wish for a cloth item, a wish so robust that it sort of feels like we could not almost certainly feel free with out purchasing this factor. but, after we provide in to this impulse, we frequently locate ourselves feeling annoyed and empty. Advertisers, in fact, goal to hook us during this means, and, from an international viewpoint, our tendency to get hooked fuels the rampant over-consumption that's having a devastating effect at the world's balance and at the atmosphere.

According to the members to this distinctive anthology, Buddhism can shed worthy gentle on our compulsions to devour. yearning and attachment—how they come up and the way to loose ourselves of them—are principal topics of Buddhist suggestion. The writings during this quantity, such a lot of that have by no means been formerly released, provide clean views and much-needed correctives to our society's tendency to think that having extra will make us happier.

Hooked! incorporates a diversity of writings on the way to practice Buddhist concept and ethics to appreciate and strive against the matter of over-consumption as contributors and jointly. individuals contain renowned Western lecturers, Asian masters, students, and practitioners akin to:

   •  Pema Chödrön—on what's really occurring in the intervening time we are "hooked," and the way to get past that.
   •  Joseph Goldstein—on how mindfulness education may also help us cease "wanting to want."
   •  Bhikshuni Thubten Chödrön—on how customer mentality affects religious perform.
   •  Judith Simmer-Brown—on how cultivating spiritually established activism and compassionate motion will help us tackle the unwanted effects of consumerism.
   •  Rita Gross—on how figuring out moderation can scale down overconsumption.
   •  Santikaro Bhikkhu—on practising generosity in a client international.

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Download E-books Peace of Mind: Becoming Fully Present PDF

By Thich Nhat Hanh

We can’t heal with our minds by myself. pondering might be whatever effective and inventive, yet with no integrating physique and brain, a lot of our pondering is dead and unproductive. In Peace of Mind, Zen grasp Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that integrating physique and brain is the single method to be totally alive in every one second, with out getting misplaced in our options whereas strolling, cooking, riding, and going approximately our daily lives. basically through cultivating a aware physique and an embodied brain do we be totally alive. Bringing jointly old knowledge and modern pondering, Thich Nhat Hanh says it truly is like and software—if you do not have either, you cannot do anything.

Peace of Mind presents a beginning for starting mindfulness practices and figuring out the foundations of mind/body wisdom. by means of studying how our actual physique and brain are inseparable in growing our personal perceptions and reviews we will start to belief and nourish our skill to create overall healthiness.

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Download E-books Essence of Mind: An Approach to Dzogchen PDF

By Jes Bertelsen, Marianne Bentzen

This guide to spirituality gathers jointly Danish meditation instructor Jes Bertelsen's recommendation on education the brain via wordless prayer and meditation to gain the essence of recognition. Bertelsen has been instructing philosophy and meditation because the early Nineteen Seventies; in 1989, he met the Tibetan lama Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, who licensed Jes Bertelsen to coach Dzogchen, and to take action utilizing his personal judgment as to the main acceptable technique to assimilate those teachings into Western tradition. Bertelsen's teachings are in keeping with an experiential research of the character of cognizance, utilizing comparative research of japanese and Western religious teachings and awareness practices on a starting place of recent mental, philosophical, and clinical approaches.

Essence of Mind outlines the author's event and method of Dzogchen, the usual primordial country of human recognition that's undying, natural, and untouched by way of ache. The booklet is split into 3 elements. the 1st half describes various equipment for stating the essence of awareness and the innovations relating to them. the second one half seeks to stipulate the major ideas of a coaching approach fitted to Western scholars which can bring about recognition. the ultimate part outlines the importance of continuing routines, and describes the way in which non secular perform slowly permeates lifestyle, desires, sleep, and finally loss of life. during the mind-training approach, the practitioner methods a virtually ecstatic country finishing touch, a luminous, joyful wakefulness within which the cognizance is additionally absolutely comfy, now not clinging to bliss or needing ecstasy, yet obvious and open.

Bertelsen emphasizes that whereas extra complicated sorts of religious education can merely happen in a face-to-face, deeply engaged mutual approach among instructor and pupil, books are worthwhile as resources of proposal, specifically to aid evaluation one's insights and refresh one's practice. Essence of brain systematizes the reviews that ensue alongside the non secular course and is helping scholars to refine, right, and make clear their efforts; it's the author's wish that many scholars within the West should be in a position to take advantage of his comparative method of Dzogchen.

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Download E-books Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames PDF

By Thich Nhat Hanh

"[Thich Nhat Hanh] exhibits us the relationship among own, internal peace and peace on earth." --His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Nominated via Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize, Thich Nhat Hanh is considered one of today’s best assets of knowledge, peace, compassion and comfort.

It used to be lower than the bodhi tree in India twenty-five centuries in the past that Buddha completed the perception that 3 states of brain have been the resource of all our disappointment: fallacious understanding, obsessive wish, and anger. All are tough, yet in a single quick of anger—one of the main strong emotions—lives will be ruined, and healthiness and non secular improvement will be destroyed.

With beautiful simplicity, Buddhist monk and Vietnam refugee Thich Nhat Hanh offers instruments and recommendation for remodeling relationships, focusing strength, and rejuvenating these components of ourselves which were laid waste by means of anger. His notable knowledge can remodel your existence and the lives of the folk you're keen on, and within the phrases of Thich Nhat Hanh, may give each one reader the facility "to swap everything."

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Download E-books A Clear Mirror: The Visionary Autobiography of a Tibetan Master PDF

By Traktung Dudjom Lingpa

Own memoirs are usually not unusual in Tibetan Buddhism, yet A transparent reflect offers an strange version: 3 degrees of non secular teachings, conveying outer, internal, and sophisticated elements of knowledge, that provide readers complete entry to the wealthy lifetime of certainly one of Vajrayana Buddhism’s most beneficial figures. Dudjom Lingpa (1835–1904) was once a Tibetan visionary and nice Perfection grasp, or tertön, a revealer of religious treasures referred to as terma hidden within the Earth and within the minds of disciples. Dujdom Lingpa is popular for his revelations on “refining perception” or Nang Jang, and, via dream yoga, trance, and visions, for transmitting the “mindstream” of a few enlightened religious beings, corresponding to Sri Singha, Saraha, Vajradhara, and Manjushri, whose knowledge he got and stocks during this ebook.

A transparent replicate
reveals what excessive lamas regard as so much sacred and intimate: religious evolution through the lens of an innermost visionary lifestyles. Lingpa recounts every one step of his personal enlightenment process—from studying easy methods to meditate to the top tantric practices—as he skilled them. A transparent replicate is a religious experience that still contains daily meditation recommendation, designed for the lay reader in addition to the extra pro practitioner, during this evocative unique translation.

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