Category: Buddhism

The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and by Dudjom Rinpoche, Gyurme Dorje

By Dudjom Rinpoche, Gyurme Dorje

Treatises, basics of the Nyingma college and the heritage of the Nyingma institution, are one of the most generally learn of all His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's works. Composed in the course of the years instantly following his arrival in India as a refugee, those treatises have been meant to maintain the correct constitution of the Nyingma philosophical view inside its personal historic and cultural context. The Nyingma college of Tibetan Buddhism, the 1st English translation of those treatises, constitutes the main whole paintings of its style within the West. superbly provided, this single-volume variation positive factors illustrations in black and white and in colour, plus maps, bibliographic info, and beneficial annotations. The e-book comprises chronologies and glossaries that elucidate Buddhist doctrine, and offers interesting insights into the Buddhist historical past of Tibet.

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The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-neng by A. F. Price, Wong Mou-lam

By A. F. Price, Wong Mou-lam

The Diamond Sutra, composed in India within the fourth century CE, is without doubt one of the so much precious works of Buddhist literature and is the oldest current published e-book on this planet. it's referred to as the Diamond Sutra simply because its teachings are stated to be like diamonds that lower away all dualistic idea, freeing one from the attachment to things and bringing one to the additional shore of enlightenment. The structure of this crucial sutra is gifted as a talk among the Buddha and considered one of his disciples. The Sutra of Hui-neng, sometimes called the Platform Sutra, comprises the autobiography of a pivotal determine in Zen historical past and a few of the main profound passages of Zen literature. Hui-neng (638–713) was once the 6th patriarch of Zen in China, yet is usually considered as the genuine father of the Zen culture. He used to be a terrible, illiterate woodcutter who's stated to have attained enlightenment upon listening to a recitation of the Diamond Sutra. jointly, those scriptures current the relevant instructing of the Zen Buddhist culture and are crucial interpreting for all scholars of Buddhism.

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A celebration of demons: Exorcism and the aesthetics of by Bruce Kapferer

By Bruce Kapferer

The Sinhalese exorcism rituals are might be the main complicated and the main great in functionality nonetheless extant. For this moment variation, the writer has written a brand new preface and creation during which he argues that the innovations of therapeutic in Sri Lanka and the aesthetics of this therapeutic can't be decreased to Western psychoanalytic or psychotherapeutic phrases, and develops new and unique ways to ritual and the cultured typically.

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Hoofprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as by Chan Master Sheng Yen (Author), Daniel B. Stevenson

By Chan Master Sheng Yen (Author), Daniel B. Stevenson (Contributor)

Respected by way of Buddhists within the usa and China, modern grasp Sheng-yen stocks his knowledge and teachings during this first complete English primer of Chan, the chinese language culture of Buddhism that encouraged eastern Zen. usually misunderstood as a procedure of brain video games, the Chan course consists of a means of self-transformation grounded in conscientiously hewn non secular disciplines and premises. grasp Sheng-yen offers an exceptional figuring out of Chan, its precepts, and its perform. starting with a easy evaluation of Buddhism and meditation, the booklet then information the revolutionary psychological workouts generally by means of all Buddhists. referred to as the 3 Disciplines, those systems increase ethical purity, meditative focus, and enlightening perception during the "stilling" of the brain. grasp Sheng-yen then expounds Chan Buddhism, recounting its centuries-old historical past in China and illuminating its primary tenets. He contemplates the character of Buddhahood, specifies the actual and psychological necessities for starting Chan perform, and humbly considers what it capacity to be an enlightened Chan grasp.

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Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus by Taigen Dan Leighton

By Taigen Dan Leighton

As a faith all for common liberation, Zen grew out of a Buddhist worldview very various from the presently primary clinical materialism. certainly, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen can't be totally understood outdoors of a worldview that sees truth itself as an important, dynamic agent of wisdom and therapeutic. during this publication, Leighton explicates that worldview in the course of the writings of the Zen grasp Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), thought of the founding father of the japanese S?t? Zen culture, which at present enjoys expanding reputation within the West.
The Lotus Sutra, arguably crucial Buddhist scripture in East Asia, encompasses a recognized tale approximately bodhisattvas (enlightening beings) who emerge from lower than the earth to maintain and expound the Lotus educating within the far-off destiny. the tale unearths that the Buddha basically appears to be like to move away, yet really has been practising, and should proceed to take action, over an inconceivably lengthy existence span.
Leighton lines commentaries at the Lotus Sutra from a number key East Asian Buddhist thinkers, together with Daosheng, Zhiyi, Zhanran, Saigyo, My?e, Nichiren, Hakuin, and Ry?kan. yet his major concentration is Eihei D?gen, the thirteenth century jap S?t? Zen founder who imported Zen from China, and whose profuse, provocative, and poetic writings are very important to the fashionable growth of Buddhism to the West.
D?gen's use of this sutra expresses the serious function of Mahåyåna imaginative and prescient and mind's eye because the context of Zen educating, and his interpretations of this tale in addition show his dynamic worldview of the earth, area, and time themselves as important brokers of non secular awakening.
Leighton argues that D?gen makes use of the photographs and metaphors during this tale to precise his personal spiritual worldview, within which earth, area, and time are full of life brokers within the bodhisattva undertaking. Broader knowledge of D?gen's worldview and its implications, says Leighton, can remove darkness from the chances for modern methods to basic Mahåyåna ideas and practices.

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"The Tibetan Book of the Dead": A Biography (Lives of Great by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

By Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

The Tibetan publication of the Dead is the main recognized Buddhist textual content within the West, having offered greater than one million copies because it was once first released in English in 1927. Carl Jung wrote a remark on it, Timothy Leary redesigned it as a guidebook for an acid journey, and the Beatles quoted Leary's model of their track "Tomorrow by no means Knows." extra lately, the booklet has been followed through the hospice stream, enshrined through Penguin Classics, and made into an audiobook learn through Richard Gere. but, as acclaimed author and student of Buddhism Donald Lopez writes, "The Tibetan e-book of the Dead just isn't Tibetan, it isn't particularly a publication, and it isn't quite approximately death." during this compelling creation and brief background, Lopez tells the unusual tale of the way a comparatively vague and malleable selection of Buddhist texts of doubtful starting place got here to be so revered--and so misunderstood--in the West.

The significant personality during this tale is Walter Evans-Wentz (1878-1965), an eccentric student and religious seeker from Trenton, New Jersey, who, regardless of no longer understanding the Tibetan language and not vacationing the rustic, crafted and named The Tibetan ebook of the Dead. in reality, Lopez argues, Evans-Wentz's booklet is far extra American than Tibetan, owing a better debt to Theosophy and Madame Blavatsky than to the lamas of the Land of Snows. certainly, Lopez means that the book's perennial allure stems not just from its origins in magical and mysterious Tibet, but in addition from the way in which Evans-Wentz translated the textual content into the language of a truly American spirituality.

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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

By Hermann Hesse

This variation has a brand new creation via PAULO COELHO.

Siddhartha may be crucial and compelling ethical allegory our afflicted century has produced. Integrating japanese and Western non secular traditions with psychoanalysis and philosophy, this surprisingly easy story, written with a deep and relocating empathy for humanity, has touched the lives of thousands when you consider that its unique booklet in 1922. Set in India, Siddhartha is the tale of a tender Brahmin's look for final truth after assembly with the Buddha. His quest takes him from a lifetime of decadence to asceticism, from the illusory joys of sensual love with a stunning courtesan, and of wealth and status, to the painful struggles along with his son and the final word knowledge of renunciation.

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Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of by Dan Arnold

By Dan Arnold

Premodern Buddhists are often characterised as veritable “mind scientists" whose insights count on glossy learn at the mind and brain. Aiming to complicate this tale, Dan Arnold confronts an important problem to well known makes an attempt at harmonizing classical Buddhist and sleek medical concept: considering such a lot Indian Buddhists held that the psychological continuum is uninterrupted by way of dying (its continuity is what Buddhists suggest by way of “rebirth"), they might haven't any truck with the concept every little thing in regards to the psychological will be defined when it comes to mind occasions. however, a fundamental move of Indian Buddhist suggestion, linked to the seventh-century philosopher Dharmakirti, seems to be liable to arguments sleek philosophers have leveled opposed to physicalism. by way of characterizing the philosophical difficulties typically confronted via Dharmakirti and modern philosophers akin to Jerry Fodor and Daniel Dennett, Arnold seeks to improve an realizing of either first-millennium Indian arguments and modern debates at the philosophy of brain. the problems heart on what smooth philosophers have known as intentionality—the proven fact that the brain will be approximately (or signify or suggest) different issues. Tracing an account of intentionality via Kant, Wilfrid Sellars, and John McDowell, Arnold argues that intentionality can't, in precept, be defined in causal phrases. Elaborating a few of Dharmakirti's primary commitments (chiefly his apoha thought of that means and his account of self-awareness), Arnold indicates that regardless of his main issue to refute physicalism, Dharmakirti's causal reasons of the psychological suggest that glossy arguments from intentionality lower as a lot opposed to his undertaking as they do opposed to physicalist philosophies of brain. this can be obtrusive within the arguments of a few of Dharmakirti's contemporaneous Indian critics (proponents of the orthodox Brahmanical Mimasa university in addition to fellow Buddhists from the Madhyamaka college of thought), whose reviews exemplify an identical good judgment as glossy arguments from intentionality. Elaborating those numerous strands of suggestion, Arnold exhibits that likely arcane arguments between first-millennium Indian thinkers can remove darkness from issues nonetheless greatly on the center of of latest philosophy.

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