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12 Steps on Buddha's Path: Bill, Buddha, and We

Laura S.

2006    208 pages    (Wisdom Publications)

ISBN 13: 9780861712816    ISBN 10: 0861712811

12 Steps on Buddha's Path is the extraordinary spiritual journey of a woman once trapped in the downward spiral of alcoholism. Misdiagnosed, Laura Keene was put in a mental hospital and given more than 40 electroshock treatments. Left incapable by the treatments of even speaking a coherent sentence, Keene was released against medical advice and ended up in the back row of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where she embraced the 12 Step program and gradually recovered. Yet the black hole [...]

12 Steps on Buddha's Path is the extraordinary spiritual journey of a woman once trapped in the downward spiral of alcoholism. Misdiagnosed, Laura Keene was put in a mental hospital and given more than 40 electroshock treatments. Left incapable by the treatments of even speaking a coherent sentence, Keene was released against medical advice and ended up in the back row of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where she embraced the 12 Step program and gradually recovered. Yet the black hole inside her remained, until, on a trek in the Himalayas, Keene discovered Buddhism and began a new path on the road to recovery. With humor and grace, this brilliant author shows that the experience, strength, and hope of Alcoholics Anonymous meld seamlessly with Buddha’s teachings of wisdom and compassion. [less]

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Altar of the Earth

Peter Gold

1990    224 pages    (Shambhala Publications, Incorporated)

ISBN 13: 9780937938447    ISBN 10: 0937938440

Guidebook to Central Tibet's most important sacred and natural places, events, and ways of life.

Guidebook to Central Tibet's most important sacred and natural places, events, and ways of life. [less]

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Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

Thich Nhat Hanh

2002    240 pages    (Riverhead Trade)

ISBN 13: 9781573229371    ISBN 10: 1573229377

It was under the bodhi tree in India twenty-five centuries ago that Buddha achieved the insight that three states of mind were the source of all our unhappiness: wrong knowing, obsessive desire, and anger. All are difficult, but in one instant of anger&#151one of the most powerful emotions&#151lives can be ruined, and health and spiritual development can be destroyed. With exquisite simplicity, Buddhist monk and Vietnam refugee Thich Nhat Hanh gives tools and advice for transforming [...]

It was under the bodhi tree in India twenty-five centuries ago that Buddha achieved the insight that three states of mind were the source of all our unhappiness: wrong knowing, obsessive desire, and anger. All are difficult, but in one instant of anger&#151one of the most powerful emotions&#151lives can be ruined, and health and spiritual development can be destroyed. With exquisite simplicity, Buddhist monk and Vietnam refugee Thich Nhat Hanh gives tools and advice for transforming relationships, focusing energy, and rejuvenating those parts of ourselves that have been laid waste by anger. His extraordinary wisdom can transform your life and the lives of the people you love, and in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, can give each reader the power to "change everything." [less]

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Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, The

Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler

1998    336 pages    (Riverhead Books)

ISBN 13: 9781573221115    ISBN 10: 1573221112

"Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, the very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our life is towards happiness." --H.H. the Dalai Lama, from The Art of Happiness So popular and so rarely understood, this Nobel Peace Prize winner and man of great inner peace brings to a general audience the key to a happy life. In collaboration with a Western psychiatrist, The Art of Happiness is the first inspirational book [...]

"Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, the very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our life is towards happiness." --H.H. the Dalai Lama, from The Art of Happiness So popular and so rarely understood, this Nobel Peace Prize winner and man of great inner peace brings to a general audience the key to a happy life. In collaboration with a Western psychiatrist, The Art of Happiness is the first inspirational book for a general audience by the Dalai Lama. Through meditations, stories, and the meeting of Buddhism and psychology, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or just an ordinary bad mood. He discusses relationships, health, family, and work to show us how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness crosses the boundaries of all traditions to help readers with the difficulties common to all human beings. [less]

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As It Is Vol. 1 (As It Is)

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Erik Pema Kunsang, Marcia Binder Schmidt

1999    224 pages    (Rangjung Yeshe Publications)

ISBN 13: 9789627341352    ISBN 10: 9627341355

The teachings presented in As It Is, Volume I are primarily selected from talks given by the Dzogchen master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, in 1994 and 1995, during the last two years of his life. The unambiguous Buddhist perception of reality is transmitted in profound, simple language by one of the foremost masters in the Tibetan tradition. Dzogchen is to take the final result, the state of enlightenment itself, as path. This is the style of simply picking the ripened fruit or the fully bloomed [...]

The teachings presented in As It Is, Volume I are primarily selected from talks given by the Dzogchen master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, in 1994 and 1995, during the last two years of his life. The unambiguous Buddhist perception of reality is transmitted in profound, simple language by one of the foremost masters in the Tibetan tradition. Dzogchen is to take the final result, the state of enlightenment itself, as path. This is the style of simply picking the ripened fruit or the fully bloomed flowers. Tulku Urgyen's way of communicating this wisdom was to awaken the individual to their potential and reveal the methods to acknowledge and stabilize that prospective. His distinctive teaching style was widely known for its unique directness in introducing students to the nature of mind in a way that allowed immediate experience. This book offers the direct oral instructions of a master who inspired admiration, delight in practice, and deep trust and confidence in the Buddhist way. [less]

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As It Is, Vol. 2

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Erik Pema Kunsang

2000    224 pages    (Rangjung Yeshe Publications)

ISBN 13: 9789627341390    ISBN 10: 9627341398

The collection of teachings presented in As It Is, Volume II, is selected from talks given by the Tibetan meditation master, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche between 1994 and 1995. The emphasis in Volume I was on the development stage practice and in Volume II primarily on the completion stage. However, to make such divisions is merely for the convenience of the editors. In the reality of Rinpoche’s teaching method, no such separations exist.Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was someone with extra¬ordinary [...]

The collection of teachings presented in As It Is, Volume II, is selected from talks given by the Tibetan meditation master, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche between 1994 and 1995. The emphasis in Volume I was on the development stage practice and in Volume II primarily on the completion stage. However, to make such divisions is merely for the convenience of the editors. In the reality of Rinpoche’s teaching method, no such separations exist.Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was someone with extra¬ordinary experience and realization, a fact known throughout the world. It is evident to everyone that he was unlike anyone else when it came to pointing out the nature of mind, and making sure that people both recognized it and had some actual experience.--Khenchen Thrangu RinpocheTulku Urgyen Rinpoche was an incredible master, both learned and ac¬complished. The great masters of this time the 16th Karmapa, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche all venerated him as one of their root gurus and a jewel in their crown or¬nament. He was someone who achieved the final realization of the Great Perfection.--Orgyen Tobgyal RinpocheThe difference between buddhas and sentient beings is that sentient beings are busy fabricating. Our self-existing wakefulness is being altered and contrived and as long as it continues to be so, that long we will wander in samsara. Instead, we need to recognize the nature of mind. Here I am explaining this to give you the idea, of how it is. The next step is for you to experience; intellectual understanding is not enough. You need to actually taste it and realize it. Train till it becomes uninterrupted.--Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche [less]

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Awakening the Sleeping Buddha

Tai Situpa, Pema Donyo Nyinche

1996    192 pages    (Shambhala)

ISBN 13: 9781570621857    ISBN 10: 1570621853

The most basic, clear principles of Tibetan Buddhism are here lucidly presented by a renowned modern teacher and monk. Tai Situpa illuminates Buddhist teachings in commonsense terms, using down-to-earth examples-making this a perfect handbook for beginners as well as an excellent companion for long-time students.

The most basic, clear principles of Tibetan Buddhism are here lucidly presented by a renowned modern teacher and monk. Tai Situpa illuminates Buddhist teachings in commonsense terms, using down-to-earth examples-making this a perfect handbook for beginners as well as an excellent companion for long-time students. [less]

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Beautiful Ornament of the Three Visions, The

Ngorchen K. Lhundrub, Lobsand Dagpa (Editor), Jay Goldbert (Editor)

1991    256 pages    (Shambhala Publications, Incorporated)

ISBN 13: 9780937938997    ISBN 10: 0937938998

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Becoming Enlightened

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

2009    272 pages    (Atria Books)

ISBN 13: 9781416565833    ISBN 10: 1416565833

In Becoming Enlightened, His Holiness the Dalai Lama powerfully explores the foundation of Buddhism, laying out an accessible and practical approach to age-old questions: How can we live free from suffering? How can we achieve lasting happiness and peace? Drawing from traditional Buddhist meditative practices as well as penetrating examples from today's troubled planet, he presents step-by-step exercises designed to expand the reader's capacity for spiritual growth, along with clear [...]

In Becoming Enlightened, His Holiness the Dalai Lama powerfully explores the foundation of Buddhism, laying out an accessible and practical approach to age-old questions: How can we live free from suffering? How can we achieve lasting happiness and peace? Drawing from traditional Buddhist meditative practices as well as penetrating examples from today's troubled planet, he presents step-by-step exercises designed to expand the reader's capacity for spiritual growth, along with clear milestones to mark the reader's progress. By following the spiritual practices outlined in Becoming Enlightened, we can learn how to replace troublesome feelings with positive attitudes and embark on a path to achieving an exalted state -- within ourselves and within the larger world. Full of personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama's experiences as a lifelong student, thinker, political leader, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Becoming Enlightened gives readers all the wisdom, support, guidance, and inspiration they need to become successful and fulfilled in their spiritual lives. This is a remarkable and empowering book that can be read and enjoyed by seekers of all faiths. Readers at every stage of their spiritual development will be captivated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama's loving and direct teaching style. [less]

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Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path

Ayya Khema

1987    192 pages    (Wisdom Publications)

ISBN 13: 9780861711987    ISBN 10: 086171198X

In this lucid classic, beloved teacher Ayya Khema introduces the reader to the essence of the Buddhist path. She addresses the how and why of meditation, providing a clear framework for understanding the nature of karma and rebirth and the entirety of the eightfold path. With specific, practical advice Ayya Khema illuminates the practices of compassion and sympathetic joy and offers forthright guidance in working with the hindrances that we all encounter in meditation. Few introductory books are [...]

In this lucid classic, beloved teacher Ayya Khema introduces the reader to the essence of the Buddhist path. She addresses the how and why of meditation, providing a clear framework for understanding the nature of karma and rebirth and the entirety of the eightfold path. With specific, practical advice Ayya Khema illuminates the practices of compassion and sympathetic joy and offers forthright guidance in working with the hindrances that we all encounter in meditation. Few introductory books are both simple and profound. Being Nobody, Going Nowhere is both. [less]

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Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path

Ayya Khema

1987    186 pages    (Wisdom Publications)

ISBN 13: 9780861710522    ISBN 10: 0861710525

Techniques for developing meditative insight and compassion, written with pure sincerity by a Western Buddhist nun.

Techniques for developing meditative insight and compassion, written with pure sincerity by a Western Buddhist nun. [less]

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Being Peace

Thich Nhat Hanh

115 pages    (Parallax Press)

ISBN 13: 9780938077008    ISBN 10: 0938077007

Since its publication in 1987, Being Peace has become a classic of contemporary religious literature. In his simple and readable style, Thich Nhat Hanh shows how our state of mind and body can make the world a peaceful place. We learn to transform the very situations that pressure and antagonize us into opportunities for practicing mindfulness.

Since its publication in 1987, Being Peace has become a classic of contemporary religious literature. In his simple and readable style, Thich Nhat Hanh shows how our state of mind and body can make the world a peaceful place. We learn to transform the very situations that pressure and antagonize us into opportunities for practicing mindfulness. [less]

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Bhaisajya-guru-sutra: Original Sanskrit text with introduction and commentary

1995    106 pages    (Reliance Pub. House)

ISBN 13: 9788185972633    ISBN 10: 818597263X

Liturgical method of Mahayana Buddhist for the propitiation of the Bhaiòsajyaguru.

Liturgical method of Mahayana Buddhist for the propitiation of the Bhaiòsajyaguru. [less]

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Biographies of The Great Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and HH 41st Sakya Trizin

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Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

2005    434 pages    (Rangjung Yeshe Publications)

ISBN 13: 9789627341567    ISBN 10: 9627341568

Blazing Splendor paints an intimate portrait of the lost culture of Old Tibet and of a remarkable man who inspired thousands. A memoir in the form of tales told by Rinpoche toward the end of his life, the book spans his lifetime — a lifetime rich in adventures of both spirit and body. His reminiscences weave a rich tapestry of family history and also describe the lives of some of the most realized and genuine practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.

Blazing Splendor paints an intimate portrait of the lost culture of Old Tibet and of a remarkable man who inspired thousands. A memoir in the form of tales told by Rinpoche toward the end of his life, the book spans his lifetime — a lifetime rich in adventures of both spirit and body. His reminiscences weave a rich tapestry of family history and also describe the lives of some of the most realized and genuine practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. [less]

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Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun

1999    248 pages    (North Atlantic Books)

ISBN 13: 9781556433252    ISBN 10: 1556433255

In recent years, Buddhist nuns from Asia and the West have met together to become more active in improving their status in the female sangha. At "Life As A Buddhist Nun," the 1996 conference in Dharamsala, His Holiness the Dalai Lama supported this effort of Buddhist nuns to clarify their purpose in taking vows, widening their context, broadening community beyond their own abbeys, and supporting one another on their quest to achieve greater equality. This book gathers some of the [...]

In recent years, Buddhist nuns from Asia and the West have met together to become more active in improving their status in the female sangha. At "Life As A Buddhist Nun," the 1996 conference in Dharamsala, His Holiness the Dalai Lama supported this effort of Buddhist nuns to clarify their purpose in taking vows, widening their context, broadening community beyond their own abbeys, and supporting one another on their quest to achieve greater equality. This book gathers some of the presentations and teaching at this conference. Coming from many different countries and backgrounds, these women show ways they have found to embrace group practice in an era when most societies extol individualism. Their passion for earned wisdom should inspire lay practitioners and other nuns seeking the essence of Buddhist practice. [less]

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Blue Annals (Two parts in One Volume) (Pt. 1 & 2), The

George N. Roerich

2007    1275 pages    (Motilal Banarsidass Pub)

ISBN 13: 9788120804715    ISBN 10: 8120804716

The Blue Annals is a landmark in the historical literature of Tibet composed by a well known scholar and translator Gos lo-tsa-ba-gZon-nu dpal (1392-1481 A.D.). It is the main source of information for all later historical compilations in the ''Land of Snows''. This work is invaluable inasmuch as it establishes a firm chronology of events of Tibetan history and works out in detail the list of the names of famous religious teachers and their spiritual lineage. The work is [...]

The Blue Annals is a landmark in the historical literature of Tibet composed by a well known scholar and translator Gos lo-tsa-ba-gZon-nu dpal (1392-1481 A.D.). It is the main source of information for all later historical compilations in the ''Land of Snows''. This work is invaluable inasmuch as it establishes a firm chronology of events of Tibetan history and works out in detail the list of the names of famous religious teachers and their spiritual lineage. The work is divided into fifteen chapters, each dedicated to the history of a particular school or sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It provides a comparative study of the chronological data given by T`ang Annals, Blue Annals, and Tunhuang chronicles. The Blue Annals appears to be a faithful reproduction of the list given in the T`ang Annals with minor differences. The book concludes with the portrayal of the origin, etc. of the communities of the four schools. It contains indexes for Sutras and Sastras, Personal Names and Book Titles and Personal Names (Tibetan), etc. [less]

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Blue Cliff Record, The

Thomas Cleary (Translator), J. C. Cleary (Translator)

1976    (Shambhala Publications, Incorporated)

ISBN 13: 9780394732701    ISBN 10: 0394732707

"The Blue Cliff Record " is a translation of the "Pi Yen Lu ," a collection of one hundred famous Zen koans accompanied by commentaries and verses from the teachings of Chinese Zen masters. Compiled in the twelfth century, it is considered one of the great treasures of Zen literature and an essential study manual for students of Zen.

"The Blue Cliff Record " is a translation of the "Pi Yen Lu ," a collection of one hundred famous Zen koans accompanied by commentaries and verses from the teachings of Chinese Zen masters. Compiled in the twelfth century, it is considered one of the great treasures of Zen literature and an essential study manual for students of Zen. [less]

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Blue Jean Buddha : Voices of Young Buddhists

2001    233 pages    (Wisdom Publications)

ISBN 13: 9780861711772    ISBN 10: 0861711777

In an age when the Dalai Lama's image has been used to sell computers, rock stars have used tantra to enhance their image, and for many, Nirvana calls to mind a a favorite band, what does Buddhism mean to twenty-somethings?Blue Jean Buddha offers real stories about young Buddhists in their own words that affirm and inform the young adult Buddhist experience. This one-of-a-kind book is about the experiences of young people in America-from their late teens to early thirties-who have embraced [...]

In an age when the Dalai Lama's image has been used to sell computers, rock stars have used tantra to enhance their image, and for many, Nirvana calls to mind a a favorite band, what does Buddhism mean to twenty-somethings?Blue Jean Buddha offers real stories about young Buddhists in their own words that affirm and inform the young adult Buddhist experience. This one-of-a-kind book is about the experiences of young people in America-from their late teens to early thirties-who have embraced Buddhism. Thirty-three first-person narratives reflect on a broad range of life-stories, lessons, and livelihood issues, such as growing up in a Zen center, struggling with relationships, caring for the dying, and using marathon running as meditation. Throughout, up-and-coming author Sumi Loundon provides an illuminating context for the tremendous variety of experiences shared in the book.Blue Jean Buddha was named a finalist in the 2002 Independent Publisher Book Awards (Multicultural Non-Fiction - Young Adult) as well in NAPRA's Nautilus Awards, in the Personal Journey/Memoir/Biography category. [less]

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Bodhinyana

Ajahn Chah

1982   

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Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume Two, The

Chogyam Trungpa

2013    528 pages    (Shambhala)

ISBN 13: 9781590308035    ISBN 10: 1590308034

The second volume in this landmark series presents the bodhisattva teachings of the mahayana. At this point, having trained and seen the benefits of looking within, the student begins to shift their focus outward to the broader world. Formal entry into the mahayana occurs with taking the bodhisattva vow. Mahayana practitioners dedicate themselves to the service of all sentient beings, aspiring to save them from sorrow and confusion, and vowing to bring them to perfect liberation. This stage of [...]

The second volume in this landmark series presents the bodhisattva teachings of the mahayana. At this point, having trained and seen the benefits of looking within, the student begins to shift their focus outward to the broader world. Formal entry into the mahayana occurs with taking the bodhisattva vow. Mahayana practitioners dedicate themselves to the service of all sentient beings, aspiring to save them from sorrow and confusion, and vowing to bring them to perfect liberation. This stage of the path emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom through the view and experience of emptiness, or shunyata, in which all phenomena are seen to be unbounded, completely open, ungraspable, and profound. From the ground of shunyata, compassionate activity is said to arise naturally and spontaneously. In addition to mindfulness and awareness, the mahayanist practices lojong, or “mind training,” based on the cultivation of the paramitas, or “transcendent virtues”: generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and prajna, or “knowledge.” As a component of lojong, tonglen, or “sending and taking,” is practiced in order to increase maitri, or loving-kindness. Other topics covered in detail in this volume include bodhichitta, skillful means, Buddha nature and basic goodness, Madhyamaka, the ten bhumis, the three kayas, and more. The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents meditation master Chögyam Trungpa’s greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This work will resonate with new students of Buddhism as well as the most senior students. [less]

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Bolt of Lightning From The Blue, A

Martin J. Boord

2002    368 pages    (eition khordong)

ISBN 13: 9783936372007    ISBN 10: 3936372004

Included in this book are two short tantras of Vajrakila and a full translation of the most important commentary ever written on the subject of kila rites and their understanding for enlightenment. Composed by Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra, and Silamanju, all evidence points to the fact that these remarkable texts marks the very origin of the tantric cult of the wrathful deity Vajrakila. Compiled in Nepal more than twelve hundred years ago on the basis of all known kila lore, this is a work of [...]

Included in this book are two short tantras of Vajrakila and a full translation of the most important commentary ever written on the subject of kila rites and their understanding for enlightenment.
Composed by Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra, and Silamanju, all evidence points to the fact that these remarkable texts marks the very origin of the tantric cult of the wrathful deity Vajrakila.

Compiled in Nepal more than twelve hundred years ago on the basis of all known kila lore, this is a work of rationalization in which the many convoluted strands of abstract Buddhist philosophy and tantric yoga were skilfully interwoven with the black magic practices of village sorcerers in order to produce a coherent whole that, upon its subsequent transmission to Tibet, was to become one of the most popular and enduring traditions of powerful religious mysticism.

Opening with an assembly of citations of Sanskrit sources that give an idea of the development of kila lore on the southern side of the great Himalayan divide, the book then moves on to the Tibetan texts that show just how this lore was received and understood upon its transmission to the north. [less]

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Book of Five Rings (Shambhala Pocket Classics)

Miyamoto Musashi

1994    161 pages    (Shambhala)

ISBN 13: 9780877739982    ISBN 10: 0877739986

Here is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for leaders in all professions, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. The Book of Five Rings —which has become a well-known classic among American business people, studied for its insights into the Japanese approach to business strategy—was composed in 1643 [...]

Here is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for leaders in all professions, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. The Book of Five Rings —which has become a well-known classic among American business people, studied for its insights into the Japanese approach to business strategy—was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Unlike previous editions of The Book of Five Rings, Thomas Cleary's is an accessible translation, free of jargon, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates another important Japanese classic on leadership and strategy: The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights of Taoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior. [less]

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Born In Tibet

Chogyam Trungpa

2000    280 pages    (Shambhala)

ISBN 13: 9781570627149    ISBN 10: 1570627142

Chögyam Trungpa—meditation master, scholar, and artist—was identified at the age of only thirteen months as a major tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened teacher. As the eleventh in the teaching lineage known as the Trungpa tulkus, he underwent a period of intensive training in mediation, philosophy, and fine arts, receiving full ordination as a monk in 1958 at the age of eighteen. The following year, the Chinese Communists invaded Tibet, and the young Trungpa spent many [...]

Chögyam Trungpa—meditation master, scholar, and artist—was identified at the age of only thirteen months as a major tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened teacher. As the eleventh in the teaching lineage known as the Trungpa tulkus, he underwent a period of intensive training in mediation, philosophy, and fine arts, receiving full ordination as a monk in 1958 at the age of eighteen. The following year, the Chinese Communists invaded Tibet, and the young Trungpa spent many harrowing months trekking over the Himalayas, narrowly escaping capture. Trungpa's account of his experiences as a young monk, his duties as the abbot and spiritual head of a great monastery, and his moving relationships with his teachers offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of a Tibetan lama. The memoir concludes with his daring escape from Tibet to India. In an epilogue, he describes his emigration to the West, where he encountered many people eager to learn about the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism. [less]

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Boundless Heart: The Cultivation of the Four Immeasurables

Alan B. Wallace

1999    200 pages    (Snow Lion Publications)

ISBN 13: 9781559391191    ISBN 10: 1559391197

Boundless Heart presents a unique interweaving of teachings on the Four Immeasurables and instruction on quiescence, or shamatha, meditation practices.

Boundless Heart presents a unique interweaving of teachings on the Four Immeasurables and instruction on quiescence, or shamatha, meditation practices. [less]

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Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Shunryu Suzuki

1999    199 pages    (University of California Press)

ISBN 13: 9780520219823    ISBN 10: 0520219821

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When Shunryu Suzuki Roshi's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind was published in 1972, it was enthusiastically embraced by Westerners eager for spiritual insight and knowledge of Zen. The book became the most successful treatise on Buddhism in English, selling more than one million copies to date. Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness is the first follow-up volume to Suzuki Roshi's important work. Like Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, it is a collection of lectures that reveal the insight, humor, and intimacy [...]

When Shunryu Suzuki Roshi's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind was published in 1972, it was enthusiastically embraced by Westerners eager for spiritual insight and knowledge of Zen. The book became the most successful treatise on Buddhism in English, selling more than one million copies to date. Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness is the first follow-up volume to Suzuki Roshi's important work. Like Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, it is a collection of lectures that reveal the insight, humor, and intimacy with Zen that made Suzuki Roshi so influential as a teacher.The Sandokai—a poem by the eighth-century Zen master Sekito Kisen (Ch. Shitou Xiqian)—is the subject of these lectures. Given in 1970 at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the lectures are an example of a Zen teacher in his prime elucidating a venerated, ancient, and difficult work to his Western students. The poem addresses the question of how the oneness of things and the multiplicity of things coexist (or, as Suzuki Roshi expresses it, "things-as-it-is"). Included with the lectures are his students' questions and his direct answers to them, along with a meditation instruction. Suzuki Roshi's teachings are valuable not only for those with a general interest in Buddhism but also for students of Zen practice wanting an example of how a modern master in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition understands this core text today. [less]

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Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism

Ananda Coomaraswamy

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Buddha Box (Buddhism), The

Manuela Dunn Mascetti

1999    96 pages    (Chronicle Books)

ISBN 13: 9780811819503    ISBN 10: 0811819507

The all-compassionate one finds a beautiful home in this portable shrine, illustrated hardcover, and meditation tool all in one. The book, which slides into the box to make an elegant backdrop for a statue of seated Buddha, tells the story of Prince Gautama, from the prediction of his destiny at birth through his encounter with the Four Sights to his enlightenment and the education of his first students. Illustrated with art from Japan, China, and India, the book also relates a brief history of [...]

The all-compassionate one finds a beautiful home in this portable shrine, illustrated hardcover, and meditation tool all in one. The book, which slides into the box to make an elegant backdrop for a statue of seated Buddha, tells the story of Prince Gautama, from the prediction of his destiny at birth through his encounter with the Four Sights to his enlightenment and the education of his first students. Illustrated with art from Japan, China, and India, the book also relates a brief history of Buddhism and includes sutras, mantras, and prayers. Buddha in a Box makes a handsome mini-shrine for prayer and meditation practices, an ideal travel companion, and a thoughtful and practical gift for anyone interested in Buddhism. [less]

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Buddha from Dolpo, The

Cyrus Stearns

1999    332 pages    (State University of New York Press)

ISBN 13: 9780791441923    ISBN 10: 079144192X

Examines the life and thought of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361), one of the most important thinkers in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and one whose ideas have excited controversy from his day to the present.

Examines the life and thought of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361), one of the most important thinkers in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and one whose ideas have excited controversy from his day to the present. [less]

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Buddha: The Enlightened One (Great Biographies)

Gabriel Mandel Khan

2005    144 pages    (Thunder Bay Press)

ISBN 13: 9781592234004    ISBN 10: 1592234003

In the 6th century B.C., Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the man destined to become the Buddha, was born. After having a series of four visions, he sought religious enlightenment and established original Buddhism. Here is his story and the history of his philosophy and the related religions and beliefs that have flourished for more than two millennia, all told in a clear and engaging text illustrated with art, photography, and 200 full-color illustrations. Buddha: The Illuminated One provides full [...]

In the 6th century B.C., Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the man destined to become the Buddha, was born. After having a series of four visions, he sought religious enlightenment and established original Buddhism. Here is his story and the history of his philosophy and the related religions and beliefs that have flourished for more than two millennia, all told in a clear and engaging text illustrated with art, photography, and 200 full-color illustrations. Buddha: The Illuminated One provides full consideration of the Buddha's life, with an analysis of Buddhism through history—exploring the history of both Buddha the man and his extraordinary philosophical and religious legacy. [less]

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Buddha's Nature

Wes Nisker

1998    256 pages    (Random House Publishing Group)

ISBN 13: 9780553106015    ISBN 10: 0553106015

The Buddha said that "everything we need to know about life can be found inside this fathom-long body." Yet when most people start on the spiritual path, they consciously or unconsciously cut themselves off from their body. Why? This provocative synthesis of Eastern wisdom and Western science seeks to correct that tendency by bringing us back to the Buddha's original revolutionary message.  It shows how the path to true liberation comes only through a deep understanding and acceptance of our [...]

The Buddha said that "everything we need to know about life can be found inside this fathom-long body." Yet when most people start on the spiritual path, they consciously or unconsciously cut themselves off from their body. Why? This provocative synthesis of Eastern wisdom and Western science seeks to correct that tendency by bringing us back to the Buddha's original revolutionary message.  It shows how the path to true liberation comes only through a deep understanding and acceptance of our biology and its important role in our spiritual evolution. It also shows how twentieth-century science is finally catching up with the time-honored beliefs of Buddhism.  The latest discoveries in physics, evolutionary biology, and psychology are expressing in scientific terms the same insights the Buddha first discovered more than 2,500 years ago.  Insights such as the impermanence of the body, where thoughts come from, and how the body communicates with itself.  Based on the traditional Buddhist meditation sequence known as the Four Foundations of Mindfulness,Buddha's Naturepropels us on an extraordinary journey through our entire biological and psychological heritage. Here is a practical program from a renowned meditation teacher for gaining a greater understanding of our true place in the cosmos as well as invaluable insight into the origin of attachment, desire, emotion, thought, and consciousness itself.  These practices do not require a belief in Buddhism, nirvana, or any religious concept.  Instead they offer a spiritual and scientific path to personal freedom and peace of mind. Wes Nisker is the author ofCrazy Wisdomand a renowned lecturer who has taught courses on Buddhist meditation in such places as the Esalen Institute, the University of California, and Spirit Rock Buddhist Meditation Center.  He has been a featured speaker at the Buddhism in America conferences as well as the Transpersonal Psychology Association conferences.  Mr.  Nisker currently serves as secretary of the International Transpersonal Association's board of directors and is the founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journalInquiring Mind. [less]

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Buddha's Philosophy of Man: Early Buddhist Dialogues. Arr and Ed by Trevor Ling (Every Man's Library) (English and Pali Edition)

Dighanikaya

1982    256 pages    (J M Dent & Sons Ltd)

ISBN 13: 9780460012478    ISBN 10: 0460012479

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Buddhism

Conze

1999    211 pages    (Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Private, Limited)

ISBN 13: 9788121509053    ISBN 10: 812150905X

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Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Damien Keown

2000    152 pages    (Oxford University Press)

ISBN 13: 9780192853868    ISBN 10: 0192853864

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This accessible volume covers both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? What or who is the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, and how can contemporary dilemmas be faced from a Buddhist perspective? Words such as "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, but what do they really mean? Keown has taught Buddhism at an introductory [...]

This accessible volume covers both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? What or who is the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, and how can contemporary dilemmas be faced from a Buddhist perspective? Words such as "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, but what do they really mean? Keown has taught Buddhism at an introductory level for many years, and in this book he provides a lively, challenging response to these frequently asked questions.About the Series:Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable. [less]

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Buddhism - An Introduction

Dr Luang Suriyabongs

1957    (The Lanka Bauddha Mandalaya)

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Buddhism: An Introduction and Guide (Pelican)

Christmas Humphreys

1951    256 pages    (Penguin Books)

ISBN 13: 9780140202281    ISBN 10: 0140202285

Back cover text:The religion-philosophy known to the West as Buddhism is in number of adherents and range of teaching one of the largest in the world. Born in India in the sixth century B.C., it became the religion of Ceylon, Siam, Burma, and Cambodia, which adhere to the older or Southern School, while the developed Mahayana School is found in various forms in Tibet, Mongolia, China, Korea, and Japan. Its rangers of thought is equally vast. It includes the most exalted philosophy yet achieved [...]

Back cover text:The religion-philosophy known to the West as Buddhism is in number of adherents and range of teaching one of the largest in the world. Born in India in the sixth century B.C., it became the religion of Ceylon, Siam, Burma, and Cambodia, which adhere to the older or Southern School, while the developed Mahayana School is found in various forms in Tibet, Mongolia, China, Korea, and Japan. Its rangers of thought is equally vast. It includes the most exalted philosophy yet achieved by man, a psychology from which the West is slowly beginning to learn, a religion which has satisfied untold millions for 2,500 years, a Middle Way of self-development to self-enlightenment and a range and depth of spiritual science, mysticism, and religious art which cannot be found elsewhere.To compress such a wealth of human thought into a single volume is difficult, but here is not only the history and development of Buddhism and the teaching of the various Schools, but also its condition in the world today. On Buddhism in the West the author is an expert, having been President of the Buddhist Society, London, for forty years; on world Buddhism he speaks with forty-five years' experience. The subject is now of special interest, in view of that vast changes that are taking place in Eastern Asia. [less]

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