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In the 1960s, Americans combined psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to achieve direct experience through altered states of consciousness. As some practitioners became more committed to Buddhism, they abandoned the use of psychedelics in favor of stricter mental discipline, but others carried on with the experiment, advancing a fascinating alchemy called psychedelic Buddhism. Many think exploration with psychedelics in Buddhism faded with the revolutionary spirit of the sixties, but the underground practice has evolved into a brand of religiosity as eclectic and challenging as the era that created it. Altered States combines interviews with well-known figures in American Buddhism and psychedelic spirituality-including Lama Surya Das, Erik Davis, Allan Badiner, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei, Rick Strassman, and Charles Tart-and personal stories of everyday practitioners to define a distinctly American religious phenomenon. The nuanced perspective that emerges, grounded in a detailed history of psychedelic religious experience, adds critical depth to debates over the controlled use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The book also opens new paths of inquiry into such issues as re-enchantment, the limits of rationality, the biochemical and psychosocial basis of altered states of consciousness, and the nature of subjectivity.
In 1979, 24-year-old Maura O'Halloran left her waitressing job in Boston and began her study of Zen in Japan. Today she is revered as a Buddhist saint, and a statue in her honor stands at the monastery where she lived. This is the story of her journey.
Now available in a gorgeous hardcover slipcase edition, this
"object d'art" will be sure to add grace and elegance to tea
shelves, coffee tables and bookshelves. A keepsake enjoyed by tea
lovers for over a hundred years, "The Book of Tea Classic Edition"
will enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the seemingly
simple act of making and drinking tea.
The 108 pieces in the international bestseller "Who Ordered This
Truckload of Dung?" offer thoughtful commentary on everything from
love and commitment to fear and pain. Drawing from his own life
experience, as well as traditional Buddhist folk tales, author
Ajahn Brahm uses over thirty years of spiritual growth as a monk to
spin delightful tales that can be enjoyed in silence or read aloud
to friends and family.
The most comprehensive guide to Buddhism and its exponents in the
Western world--with fully updated information on Buddhist
organizations around the world.
The Moon Points Back comprises essays by both established scholars in Buddhist and Western philosophy and young scholars contributing to cross-cultural philosophy. It continues the program of Pointing at the Moon (Oxford University Press, 2009), integrating the approaches and insights of contemporary logic and analytic philosophy and those of Buddhist Studies to engage with Buddhist ideas in a contemporary voice. This volume demonstrates convincingly that integration of Buddhist philosophy with contemporary analytic philosophy and logic allows for novel understandings of and insights into Buddhist philosophical thought. It also shows how Buddhist philosophers can contribute to debates in contemporary Western philosophy and how contemporary philosophers and logicians can engage with Buddhist material. The essays in the volume focus on the Buddhist notion of emptiness (sunyata), exploring its relationship to core philosophical issues concerning the self, the nature of reality, logic, and epistemology. The volume closes with reflections on methodological issues raised by bringing together traditional Buddhist philosophy and contemporary analytic philosophy. This volume will be of interest to anyone interested in Buddhist philosophy or contemporary analytic philosophy and logic. But it will also be of interest to those who wish to learn how to bring together the insights and techniques of different philosophical traditions.
In the same engaging style that has endeared him to readers of
"Mindfulness In Plain English," Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply
into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing
an end to suffering: the noble eightfold path. With generous and
specific advice, "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness" offers skillful
ways to handle anger, to find right livelihood, and to cultivate
loving-friendliness in relationships with parents, children, and
partners, as well as tools to overcome all the mental hindrances
that prevent happiness. Whether you are an experienced meditator or
someone who's only just beginning, this gentle and down-to-earth
guide will help you bring the heart of the Buddha's teachings into
every aspect of your life.
'This is a book that should be on every meditator's bookshelf' - Dr Jim Lockard An accessible, insightful, user-friendly guide to meditation, perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy sustained and meaningful meditation practice Meditation is an ancient practice that has brought peace and clarity to people from every time, culture and place. Its benefits - a sense of calm, greater knowledge of self, better health - are as appealing to the modern world as they were to the ancient. In this beginner's guide to meditation, author Patrick Harbula provides readers with everything they need to know in order to experience deep meditation. Readers will learn: - The history of meditation, both Eastern and Western - The benefits of meditation for the mind, body, and spirit - Different forms of meditation practice - Supportive practices to enhance the benefits of meditation in daily living. - Simple ways to begin meditation immediately, and more . . . In addition, readers will also find simple techniques to deepen the meditation path for more experienced meditators. Meditation demystifies the often times intimidating world of meditation, providing the perfect starting point for anyone looking to cultivate a sense of peace in their life.
A brilliant history of ancient China's masters of philosophy -- and how they help us understand China today In Ways of Heaven, leading China scholar Roel Sterckx offers an engrossing introduction to classical China's world of ideas. Drawing on evocative examples from philosophical texts, literature, and everyday life over centuries of Chinese history, Sterckx introduces major thinkers and traditions, illuminates key concepts like the dao, qi, yin, and yang, and examines questions of leadership, social order, death, nature, and more. He also reveals how these ideas shape contemporary China, from table manners at a traditional banquet, to the Chinese obsession with education and family, to the rhetoric of political leaders and the nation's grand strategy. Essential reading for students, travelers, businesspeople, and anyone curious about this rising global power, Ways of Heaven shows that to comprehend China today we must learn to think Chinese.
This cove wisdom literature is back in print after many years. Maharshi spent his life teaching the purest form of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality) through the simple discipline of Self-Enquiry, Upadesa Saram, Fire Hymns to Arunachala, the two sets of Forty Versus, and miscellaneous pieces, including Atma Vidya
'Take a leaf out of Matt's book; free yourself of the fear of money and start living the life you want.' --Moatez Jomni, British Paralympian Matt Jardine, martial arts teacher and entrepreneur, has spent 20 years seeking the answer to one of life's ultimate conundrums: how can we lead an authentic, spiritual and creative life in a relentlessly money-centric world? In this insightful book, he brings together Buddhist teachings, spiritual lessons and the advice and experience of a variety of experts and professionals; from a Paralympic athlete, to a West End musical star, to a city banker; and presents nine practical lessons to help us all discover our passion and make it pay. With a light touch, he dispels the deep-rooted fears and limiting beliefs that hold us back, and forces us to question the very foundations of our lives and what really matters. How to be a Buddhist Millionaire teaches us that money doesn't have to be a dirty word, and that if you search for happiness rather than the pot of gold, success is more likely to follow.
The "Prince Siddhartha Coloring Book" includes 31 full-size and 31 miniature line drawings with narrative descriptions. This coloring book is a wonderful companion to Wisdom's popular illustrated story, "Prince Siddhartha."
This is a wonderful book that enables the reader to understand the sad situation of Tibet through the eyes of the Tibetan school children. Many of these children suffer from the separation and loss of their families in Chinese-occupied Tibet. The book brings to life their childhood memories, the Tibetan spirit and culture and the future aspiration of these unfortunate children who now in exile have the opportunity for education like their counterparts in the free world.
A stunning collection of maze art that takes the coloring phenomenon one step beyond. Elizabeth Carpenter offers a compelling twist on the genre that will inspire both creativity and curiosity. Contemplative and calming to color, Elizabeth Carpenter's 30 mandalas also offer delightfully challenging mazes running through her striking designs. Very different from the childhood mazes you're familiar with, each of these intricate puzzles exercises the critical part of the brain as you work your way through the winding paths. 2018 WINNER: National Indie Excellence Book Award; Independent Press Distinguished Favorite Book Award; Body, Mind, Spirit Book Award; Family Choice Book Award; Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award; Living Now Awards Gold Medal Winner
In 1990, then-23-year-old African-American Jarvis was sentenced to death in the state of California. Using the only instrument available to him--a ball-point pen filler--Jarvis has written an astounding memoir that is a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit and the talent of a fine writer.
With vivid photography, and insightful commentary, this travel pictorial shines a light on the Buddhist art and architecture of Borobudur. The glorious ninth-century Buddhist stupa of Borobudur the largest Buddhist monument in the world stands in the midst of the lush Kedu Plain of Central Java in Indonesia, where it is visited annually by over a million people. Borobudur contains more than a thousand exquisitely carved relief panels extending along its many terraces for a total distance of more than a kilometer. These are arranged so as to take the visitor on a spiritual journey to enlightenment, and one ascends the monument past scenes depicting the world of desire, the life story of Buddha, and the heroic deeds of other enlightened beings finally arriving at the great circular terraces at the top of the structure that symbolise the formless world of pure knowledge and perfection.
'Hate is not conquered by hate: hate is conquered by love. This is a law eternal.' Captivating aphorisms illustrating the Buddhist dhamma, or moral system. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.
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