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Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression - An Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism

| September 22, 2016 | admin | 0

By Taigen Dan Leighton, Joan Halifax Roshi

Faces of Compassion introduces us to enlightened beings, the bodhisattvas of Buddhist lore. They're no longer otherworldly gods with superhuman characteristics yet shining examples of our personal optimum power. Archetypes of knowledge and compassion, the bodhisattvas of Buddhism are strong and compelling photographs of awakening. pupil and Zen instructor Taigen Dan Leighton engagingly explores the imagery and lore of the seven most vital of those archetypal figures, bringing them alive as mental and religious wellsprings.

Emphasizing the universality of non secular principles, Leighton unearths facets of bodhisattvas expressed in a number of generic smooth personages - from Muhammad Ali to Mahatma Gandhi, from Bob Dylan to Henry Thoreau, and from Gertrude Stein to mom Teresa. This version incorporates a revised and multiplied advent that frames the booklet as a interesting and broad-scoped view of Mahayana Buddhism. It's up to date all through to make it of extra use to students and an ideal significant other to survey classes of global religions or a 200-level direction on Buddhism.

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Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed (Buddhism and Modernity)

| September 22, 2016 | admin | 0

Beginning within the 19th century and carrying on with to the current day, either practitioners and admirers of Buddhism have proclaimed its compatibility with technology. In Buddhism and Science, Donald S. Lopez Jr. explores how and why those likely disparate modes of knowing the interior and outer universe were so over and over associated. He argues that via featuring an old Asian culture as suitable with—and even anticipating—scientific discoveries, ecu fans and Asian elites have sidestepped debates at the relevance of faith within the smooth global that begun within the 19th century and that also flare this day. As new discoveries proceed to reshape our figuring out of brain and topic, Buddhism and Science could be quintessential studying for these thinking about faith, technological know-how, and their usually vexed relation.

            “In Buddhism and Science, Donald Lopez fills a huge hole, and he does so together with his trademark rigor, concision, and élan. No critical scholar of science-and-religion can find the money for to pass this book.”—Jack Miles, common editor, Norton Anthology of worldwide Religions

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Two Zen Classics: The Gateless Gate and the Blue Cliff Records

| September 22, 2016 | admin | 0

By Katsuki Sekida

The unusual verbal paradoxes referred to as koans were used routinely in Zen education to assist scholars reach a right away consciousness of truths inexpressible in phrases. the 2 works translated during this publication, Mumonkan (The Gateless Gate ) and Hekiganroku (The Blue Cliff Record), either compiled in the course of the tune dynasty in China, are the easiest identified and most often studied koan collections, and are classics of Zen literature. they're nonetheless used this present day in quite a few perform lineages, from conventional zendos to fashionable Zen facilities. In a very new translation, including unique commentaries, the well known Zen instructor Katsuki Sekida brings to those works a similar clean and pragmatic procedure that made his Zen education such a success. The insights of a life of Zen perform and his familiarity with either japanese and Western methods of considering make him an excellent interpreter of those texts.

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Is Nothing Something?: Kids' Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between

| September 22, 2016 | admin | 0

By Thich Nhat Hanh

In Is not anything anything? Zen grasp Thich Nhat Hanh solutions heartfelt, tricky, and humorous questions from young children of every age. Illustrated with unique full-color paintings by means of Jessica McClure, Is not anything anything? may also help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness within the kids of their lives. starting with the main easy questions, “What is necessary in life?” and “Why is my brother suggest to me?” and progressing via concerns that all of us combat with, equivalent to “How do i do know if i actually love somebody?”, “How lengthy am I going to live?”, and “What does God glance like?”, each one web page offers a query with a brief solution from Thich Nhat Hanh, acceptable for starting readers to paintings with all alone. The again of the ebook has the 1st entire children’s biography of Thich Nhat Hanh, in addition to uncomplicated, kid-friendly directions for aware respiring and aware jogging. either funny and profound, Is not anything whatever? is the ideal source for children with questions, adults trying to solution them, and an individual with questions in their personal.

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The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom: With the Divisions of the Abhisamayalankara (Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley)

| September 22, 2016 | admin | 0

Some 2000 years in the past Buddhism skilled a huge reformation via a circulate known as the Mahayana, or "Great Vehicle," which ruled non secular via in a lot of Asia for plenty of centuries and nonetheless exerts enormous impression. the elemental Mahayana texts, sermons ascribed to the Buddha and referred to as "sutras" in Sanskrit, mentioned the "perfect wisdom." The "Large Sutra on excellent knowledge" took form among 50 and 2000 A.D. in southern India in the course of the most momentous outbursts of spiritual creativity in human history.

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Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha

| September 22, 2016 | admin | 0

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Old course White Clouds provides the lifestyles and teachings of Gautama Buddha. Drawn without delay from 24 Pali, Sanskrit, and chinese language resources, and retold by means of Thich Nhat Hanh in his inimitably attractive type, this ebook strains the Buddha’s existence slowly and lightly over the process eighty years, partially in the course of the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy, and partially throughout the convinced of the Buddha himself. Old direction White Clouds is destined to develop into a vintage of spiritual literature.

"I haven't kept away from together with many of the problems the Buddha encountered, either from his personal disciples and in terms of the broader society. If the Buddha looks during this ebook as a guy with regards to us, it's in part as a result of recounting such difficulties." - from the author’s Afterword.

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Buddhism in Sinhalese Society 1750-1900: A Study of Religious Revival and Change

| September 22, 2016 | admin | 0

By Kitsiri Malalgoda

Even if the inhabitants of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) embraces many fans of Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, Buddhists have lengthy constituted the nice majority. equally, Buddhism is practiced through the Sinhalese, via some distance the biggest ethnic crew within the country.

For greater than 2,000 years the background of Sinhalese Buddhism has been recorded through priests in a sequence of chronicles. those chronicles encouraged a deep experience of old continuity. Mr. Malalgoda has made a close learn of the really fresh heritage of Sinhalese Buddhism, within which the classical culture skilled revival and alter in line with either inner and exterior pressures.

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Le zen est juste ici

| September 22, 2016 | admin | 0

By Shunryu Suzuki

Voici un recueil d′anecdotes savoureuses et d′enseignements pleins de sagesse que Shunryu Suzuki a donnés à ses disciples les plus proches. Le lecteur retrouvera ici le même expertise pédagogique et le même humour typiquement zen que Shunryu Suzuki a développé dans Esprit zen, esprit neuf.

Comme le Bouddha lui-même, Suzuki Roshi donnait de profonds enseignements adaptés à chaque second, à chaque personne, à chaque state of affairs qu′il rencontrait. Il soulignait d′ailleurs fréquemment que l′esprit insaisissable du bouddhisme perdure tandis que l. a. forme sous laquelle il s′exprime ne cesse d′évoluer. Chacune de ces histoires témoigne que le potentiel pour atteindre l′éveil existe ici et maintenant, en chacun de nous.

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The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)

| September 22, 2016 | admin | 0

By Pema Chodron

We continually have a decision, Pema Chödrön teaches: we will be able to allow the situations of our lives harden us and make us more and more green with envy and afraid, or we will allow them to melt us and make us kinder. the following Pema offers the instruments to house the issues and problems that lifestyles throws our method. This knowledge is usually to be had to us, she teaches, yet we frequently block it with recurring styles rooted in worry. past that worry lies a kingdom of openheartedness and tenderness. This ebook teaches us how you can wake up our easy goodness and fasten with others, to just accept ourselves and others entire with faults and imperfections, and to stick within the current second by way of seeing throughout the ideas of ego that reason us to withstand lifestyles because it is.

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The Way of Zen

| September 22, 2016 | admin | 0

In his definitive advent to Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts explains the foundations and practices of this historical faith to Western readers. With an extraordinary mixture of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and background of Zen to give an explanation for what it skill for the realm at the present time with very good readability. Watts observed Zen as “one of the main beneficial presents of Asia to the world,” and in The method of Zen he supplies this present to readers far and wide.

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