Category: Buddhism

Nothingness and Emptiness: A Buddhist Engagement With the by Steven W. Laycock

By Steven W. Laycock

This sustained and distinctively Buddhist problem to the ontology of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness resolves the incoherence implicit within the Sartrean notion of nothingness by means of starting to a Buddhist imaginative and prescient of vacancy. Rooted within the insights of Madhyamika dialectic and an articulated meditative (zen) phenomenology, Nothingness and vacancy uncovers and examines the assumptions that maintain Sartre’s early phenomenological ontology and questions his theoretical elaboration of recognition as “nothingness.” Laycock demonstrates that, as well as a “relative” nothingness (the for-itself) outlined opposed to the positivity and plenitude of the in-itself, Sartre’s ontology calls for, but in addition repudiates, a notion of “absolute” nothingness (the Buddhist “emptiness”), and is hence, because it stands, logically volatile, maybe incoherent. the writer isn't really easily serious; he unearths the junctures at which Sartrean ontology appeals for a Buddhist notion of vacancy and gives the wanted complement.

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The Essentials of Buddhist Philosophy (2nd Edition) by Junjiro Takakusu

By Junjiro Takakusu

Promotional info/Publisher's precis - "By the 11th century a.d. Hinayana flourished in Ceylon, Burma, Siam and Cambodia; Mystic Buddhism built in Tibet; Mahayana grew in China. In Japan the complete of Buddhism turned the residing and lively religion of the mass of the folks. the current examine pertains to jap Buddhism, as in Japan on my own the full of Buddhism has been preserved. the writer offers Buddhist Philosophy in an ideological series, however it isn't the series within the improvement of rules; it is vitally the systematization of different faculties of proposal for the aim of more straightforward method. Divided into fifteen chapters, the ebook offers with assorted colleges of Buddhist Philosophy. the writer has grouped those faculties less than heads: (1) the universities of unfavourable Rationalism, i.e. the faith of Dialectic research, and (2) the colleges of Introspective Intuitionism, i.e. the faith of Meditative adventure. the writer treats those colleges in such a lot medical and complicated way."

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Only Don't Know: Selected Teaching Letters of Zen Master by Zen Master Seung Sahn

By Zen Master Seung Sahn

Here's the inimitable Zen grasp Seung Sahn up shut and personal—in choices from the correspondence that used to be one in all his fundamental modes of educating. Seung Sahn bought countless numbers of letters per 30 days, every one of which he responded individually, and a few of the simplest of that are integrated right here. His frank and humorous type, conventional to readers of 'Dropping Ashes at the Buddha,' is visible right here in a such a lot intimate form.

The liked Zen grasp not just solutions questions about Zen educating and perform, yet applies an enlightened method of issues of paintings, relationships, agony, and the teacher-student dating.

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Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Female Ascetics and by Monica Lindberg Falk

By Monica Lindberg Falk

Faith performs a important function in Thai society with Buddhism intertwined within the day-by-day lives of the folk. faith additionally performs a major function in setting up gender limitations. the expansion in fresh many years of self-governing nunneries and the expanding curiosity of Thai ladies in a Buddhist monastic lifestyles are striking alterations within the religion/gender dynamic. This anthropological examine considers faith and gender family during the lens of the lives, activities, and roles in Thai society of Buddhist nuns (mae chii).

Making Fields of Merit offers a special ethnography of Thai Buddhist nuns, examines what it implies to be a feminine ascetic in modern Thailand, and analyzes how the ordained kingdom for ladies suits into the broader gender styles present in Thai society. The examine additionally offers with the nuns' company in developing spiritual area and authority for girls. It increases questions on how the location of Thai Buddhist nuns outdoor the Buddhist sangha impacts their spiritual legitimacy and describes fresh strikes to revive a Theravada order of girl clergymen.

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Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics (New Edition) by Allan Badiner

By Allan Badiner

Buddhism and psychedelic exploration percentage a standard difficulty: the liberation of the brain. This re-creation of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics has considerably developed from the landmark anthology that introduced the 1st severe inquiry into the ethical, moral, doctrinal, and transcendental issues of the intersection of Buddhism and psychedelics. A provocative and considerate exploration of internal states and private transformation, Zig Zag Zen now comprises an improved show of attractive art from Android Jones, Sukhi Barber, Randal Roberts, Luke Brown and Ang Tsherin Sherpa, and extra paintings through the pioneering visionary artist Alex gray. Complementing those new pictures are unique essays by means of such luminaries as Ralph Metzner and Brad Warner; intriguing interviews with James Fadiman, Kokyo Henkel, and Rick Doblin; and a dialogue of ayahuasca's particular impact on Zen Buddhism by way of David Coyote (six new textual content contributions in total); all of that have been conscientiously curated to increase the unique inquiry of authors Joan Halifax Roshi, Peter Matthiesen, Jack Kornfield, Terence McKenna, Rick Fields and so on. modern seekers of religious fact understand that either Buddhism and psychedelics are necessarily topics encountered alongside the adventure. by way of analyzing them jointly, the reader can become aware of fact in regards to the essence of every.

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The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where by Matthieu Ricard, Trinh Xuan Thuan

By Matthieu Ricard, Trinh Xuan Thuan

EISBN-13: 978-0-307-56612-6

Matthieu Ricard proficient as a molecular biologist, operating within the lab of a Nobel prize—winning scientist, but if he learn a few Buddhist philosophy, he grew to become interested in Buddhism. finally he left his lifestyles in technology to review with Tibetan lecturers, and he's now a Buddhist monk and translator for the Dalai Lama, dwelling within the Shechen monastery close to Kathmandu in Nepal. Trinh Thuan used to be born right into a Buddhist kin in Vietnam yet turned intrigued by means of the explosion of discoveries in astronomy in the course of the Sixties. He made his technique to the distinguished California Institute of know-how to review with the various greatest names within the box and is now an acclaimed astrophysicist and professional on how the galaxies shaped.

When Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Thuan met at an educational convention in the summertime of 1997, they all started discussing the numerous extraordinary connections among the lessons of Buddhism and the findings of modern technological know-how. That dialog grew into an excellent correspondence exploring a sequence of interesting questions. Did the universe have a starting? Or is our universe one in a chain of countless universes without finish and no starting? Is the concept that of a starting of time essentially mistaken? may our notion of time in truth be an phantasm, a phenomenon created in our brains that has no final fact? Is the lovely fine-tuning of the universe, which has produced simply the ideal stipulations for all times to adapt, an indication “principle of creation” is at paintings in our global? If this kind of precept of construction undergirds the workings of the universe, what does that let us know approximately even if there's a divine author? How does the unconventional interpretation of truth provided by way of quantum physics comply with and but vary from the Buddhist perception of fact? what's awareness and the way did it evolve? Can cognizance exist except a mind producing it?

The stimulating trip of discovery the authors traveled of their discussions is re-created superbly in The Quantum and the Lotus, written within the form of a full of life discussion among associates. either the elemental teachings of Buddhism and the discoveries of up to date technology are brought with nice readability, and the reader can be profoundly inspired via the various correspondences among the 2 streams of suggestion and revelation. during the process their discussion, the authors achieve a notable assembly of minds, eventually delivering an important new figuring out of the various ways that technological know-how and Buddhism ascertain and supplement one another and of the ways that, as Matthieu Ricard writes, “knowledge of our spirits and information of the area are collectively enlightening and empowering.”

The Quantum and the Lotus is a mind-expanding, eye-opening exploration of the interesting parallels among state of the art pondering in physics and Buddhism–a scintillating dialog any considering individual could get pleasure from overhearing.” —Daniel Goleman, writer of Emotional Intelligence

The Quantum and the Lotus is the wealthy and encouraging results of a deeply attention-grabbing discussion among Western technological know-how and Buddhist philosophy. This amazing e-book will give a contribution vastly to a greater realizing of the genuine nature of our global and how we are living our lives.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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