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Grassroots Zen envisions a socially engaged Buddhism where zazen is integrated each day with work, family, and social obligations. Though both authors have practiced traditional Zen for decades, here they eschew the militaristic, patriarchal tendencies of Zen in favor of "an egalitarian community of socially mobile members who place less emphasis upon transmission and hierarchy than on individual responsibility."
Yogananda's universal prayers and vivid descriptions of his experiences in elevated states of meditation. Illustrated throughout with evocative nature photos and works of art, many in full color.
Many Christians today tend to view the story of medieval faith as a cautionary tale. Too often, they dismiss the Middle Ages as a period of corruption and decay in the church. They seem to assume that the church apostatized from true Christianity after it gained cultural influence in the time of Constantine, and the faith was only later recovered by the sixteenth-century Reformers or even the eighteenth-century revivalists. As a result, the riches and wisdom of the medieval period have remained largely inaccessible to modern Protestants. Church historian Chris Armstrong helps readers see beyond modern caricatures of the medieval church to the animating Christian spirit of that age. He believes today's church could learn a number of lessons from medieval faith, such as how the gospel speaks to ordinary, embodied human life in this world. Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians explores key ideas, figures, and movements from the Middle Ages in conversation with C. S. Lewis and other thinkers, helping contemporary Christians discover authentic faith and renewal in a forgotten age.
Covering such timely issues as witness in a multifaith society and
political engagement in a pluralistic world, this compelling book
highlights things Christians can do to serve the common good. Now
This book is a rhetorical analysis of the "Seybert Report," based on the findings of the Seybert Commission formed in the nineteenth century at the University of Pennsylvania and tasked with investigating the paranormal phenomena alleged to arise in Spiritualist seances. The findings of the report are significant because they provide a historical benchmark for how "paranormal" research--or psi--has been addressed by academics for well over a century. Elizabeth Schleber Lowry examines academic discourse with respect to psi from such approaches as the rhetoric of science and scholarship in the history and philosophy of science.
This book investigates the state of civilisation in the 21st century, which is characterised by the transformation of Western Civilisation into Global Civilisation and the resulting Great Recession, triggered by the financial crisis in the United States in 2008. Since the state of former Western Civilisation is steadily worsening, the question is rising whether civilisation is sustainable at all. To answer this question, 20 authors, members of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilisations (from several countries and continents) investigate the aspect of human spirituality, and whether its actual level of development is able to steer the sustainable development of civilisation? The authors investigate the complexity of the current state of world civilisation and the Planet, concluding that western societies entered the Second Great Crisis of Civilisation, and reminding that the First Great Crisis took place after the fall of Rome I in 476 CE, and lasted till the Italian Renaissance, which means almost 1000 years. This book offers spirituality 2.0 as a possible "tool" for people to behave wisely in order to sustain our civilisation. This new spirituality 2.0 contains a set of complementary best values of current eight civilisations, which should lead to tolerant (less-conflict driven) human behaviour and wise decision-making. The book finally defines Wise Civilisation and paths of its implementation, under the condition that people will be not only knowledgeable, but wise and inspired mainly by right spirituality.
How to Walk is part of a new series of books from Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring the essential foundations of mindful meditation and practise. Pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated, How to Walk explains how mindful walking can be a technique for diminishing depression, recapturing wonder, and expressing gratitude. Here we explore the benefits of walking meditation, along with meditative poems to recite silently while walking. This is a unique book perfect for those brand new to mindfulness as well as those looking to deepen their spiritual practise.
How to Sit is part of a charming series of books from Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring the essential foundations of mindful meditation and practise. How to Sit provides explicit, simple directions on the mechanics of posture and breathing, along with instructions for how best to achieve an awakened, relaxed state of clarity to cultivate concentration and compassion.
In "The Quest" Mircea Eliade stresses the cultural function that a
study of the history of religions can play in a secularized
society. He writes for the intelligent general reader in the hope
that what he calls a new humanism "will be engendered by a
confrontation of modern Western man with unknown or less familiar
worlds of meaning."
Although the institution of monasticism has existed in the Christian church since the first century, it is often misunderstood. Greg Peters, an expert in monastic studies, reintroduces historic monasticism to the Protestant church, articulating a monastic spirituality for all believers. As Peters explains, what we have known as monasticism for the past 1,500 years is actually a modified version of the earliest monastic life, which was not necessarily characterized by poverty, chastity, and obedience but rather by one's single-minded focus on God--a single-mindedness rooted in one's baptismal vows and the priesthood of all believers. Peters argues that all monks are Christians, but all Christians are also monks. To be a monk, one must first and foremost be singled-minded toward God. This book presents a theology of monasticism for the whole church, offering a vision of Christian spirituality that brings together important elements of history and practice. The author connects monasticism to movements in contemporary spiritual formation, helping readers understand how monastic practices can be a resource for exploring a robust spiritual life.
What is meant by 'spiritual care'? How can we assess and communicate the needs of a child in hospital effectively if we each have conflicting interpretations of 'spiritual'? This book proposes that we use a language of 'connectedness', which can fully express a child's feelings about, and understanding of, their hospital experience, rather than relying on religious or medical language. In doing so, assessments can be made purely on information given by the child and their emotional and spiritual needs can be communicated between professionals using a shared professional language, regardless of their own faith, religion or secular outlook. The book fully explains the concept of connectedness and outlines a practical assessment tool that uses play and storytelling to connect with the child and gather information about their hospital experience, their relationships with others while in the hospital setting, their feelings about their current state and their needs. This book will improve communication between medical practitioners, chaplains and other support services, enabling them to provide the best support for children in their care. It will also be of interest to academics in healthcare, theology and psychology.
"I want you to be rich in every possible way - material, psychological, spiritual. I want you to live the richest life that has ever been lived on the earth."--Osho
The Osho Life Essentials series focuses on the most important questions in the life of the individual. Each volume contains timeless and always-contemporary investigations and discussions into questions vital to our personal search for meaning and purpose, focusing on questions specific to our inner life and quality of existence.
"Fame, Fortune, and Ambition "examines the symptoms and psychology of preoccupations with money and celebrity. Where does greed come from? Do values like competitiveness and ambition have a place in bringing innovation and positive change? Why do celebrities and the wealthy seem to have so much influence in the world? Is it true that money can't buy happiness?""These questions are tackled with a perspective that is thought-provoking, surprising--and particularly relevant to our troubled economic times.
"Fame, Fortune, and Ambition "includes an original talk by Osho on DVD. This visual component enables the reader to experience the direct wisdom and humor of Osho straight from the source.
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