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Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian religions > Religions of Indic & Oriental origin > Buddhism > General

Altered States - Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America (Paperback): Douglas Osto Altered States - Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America (Paperback)
Douglas Osto
R529 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R39 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Paperback): Padmasambhava The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Paperback)
Padmasambhava
R186 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R31 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind - The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint (Paperback, Expanded Wisdom ed): Maura O'Halloran Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind - The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint (Paperback, Expanded Wisdom ed)
Maura O'Halloran
R351 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R81 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

The Book of Tea (Hardcover, 1st Kodansha International ed): Kakuzo Okakura The Book of Tea (Hardcover, 1st Kodansha International ed)
Kakuzo Okakura
R418 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R69 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.
In 1906 in turn-of-the century Boston, a small, esoteric book about tea was written with the intention of being read aloud in the famous salon of Isabella Gardner, Boston's most famous socialite. It was authored by Okakura Kakuzo, a Japanese philosopher, art expert, and curator. Little known at the time, Kakuzo would emerge as one of the great thinkers of the early 20th century, a genius who was insightful, witty--and greatly responsible for bridging Western and Eastern cultures. Okakura had been taught at a young age to speak English and was more than capable of expressing to Westerners the nuances of tea and the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
In "The Book of Tea Classic Edition" he discusses such topics as Zen and Taoism, but also the secular aspects of tea and Japanese life. The book emphasizes how Teaism taught the Japanese many things; most importantly, simplicity. Kakuzo argues that tea-induced simplicity affected the culture, art and architecture of Japan.
Nearly a century later, Kakuzo's "The Book of Tea Classic Edition" is still beloved the world over, making it an essential part of any tea enthusiast's collection. Interwoven with a rich history of Japanese tea and its place in Japanese society is poignant commentary on Asian culture and our ongoing fascination with it, as well as illuminating essays on art, spirituality, poetry, and more. "The Book of Tea Classic Edition" is a delightful cup of enlightenment from a man far ahead of his time.

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? - Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties (Paperback): Ajahn Brahm Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? - Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties (Paperback)
Ajahn Brahm
R446 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R120 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.
Featuring titles such as "The Two-Finger Smile" and "The Worm and His Lovely Pile of Dung," these wry and witty stories provide playful, pithy takes on the basic building blocks of everyday life. Suitable for children, adults, and anyone in between, this eloquent volume wraps insight and inspiration inside of a good old yarn.

The Buddhist Handbook - The Complete Guide To Buddhist Schools, Teaching, Practice, And History (Paperback, Revised edition):... The Buddhist Handbook - The Complete Guide To Buddhist Schools, Teaching, Practice, And History (Paperback, Revised edition)
John Snelling
R475 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R71 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The most comprehensive guide to Buddhism and its exponents in the Western world--with fully updated information on Buddhist organizations around the world.
- A Who's Who of contemporary teachers, writers, and practitioners.
- Provides thorough summaries of all major Buddhist traditions around the world.
- An excellent introduction to the fastest-growing religion in the West.
Newly revised and updated, "The Buddhist Handbook" is the definitive guide to the complete panorama of Buddhist teaching, practice, schools, and history. The fastest-growing religion in the West, Buddhism includes numerous traditions within its scope. "The Buddhist Handbook" provides a comprehensive and nonsectarian survey of these traditions and their contemporary exponents throughout the world, providing necessary information for those who wish to explore the various traditions thoroughly and find the one best-suited to their needs. For those already practicing in a particular school of Buddhism, it offers illuminating insight into the teachings of other schools, as well as a Who's Who of contemporary teachers, writers, and practitioners.
The far-reaching range of this book includes chapters on the westward migration of Buddhist thought, contemporary Buddhist activities in North America and around the world, the relationship between Buddhism and psychotherapy, Buddhism and social action, and the role of women in Buddhism. Updated to include the most recent information about developments in Buddhism throughout the world, "The Buddhist Handbook" remains an essential work for the library of every aspiring Buddhist.

The Moon Points Back (Paperback): K oji Tanaka, Yasuo Deguchi, Jay Garfield, Graham Priest The Moon Points Back (Paperback)
K oji Tanaka, Yasuo Deguchi, Jay Garfield, Graham Priest
R810 Discovery Miles 8 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness - Walking the Buddha's Path (Paperback, Wisdom ed.): Henepola Gunaratana Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness - Walking the Buddha's Path (Paperback, Wisdom ed.)
Henepola Gunaratana
R351 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R81 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.
A "Foreword Magazine" Book of the Year Awards finalist (Spirituality/Inspirational).

Meditation - The Simple and Practical Way to Begin and Deepen Meditation (Paperback): Patrick Harbula Meditation - The Simple and Practical Way to Begin and Deepen Meditation (Paperback)
Patrick Harbula 1
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'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.

Ways of Heaven - An Introduction to Chinese Thought (Hardcover): Roel Sterckx Ways of Heaven - An Introduction to Chinese Thought (Hardcover)
Roel Sterckx 1
R795 R644 Discovery Miles 6 440 Save R151 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

The Collected Works of Ramana Maha (Paperback): Arthur Osborne The Collected Works of Ramana Maha (Paperback)
Arthur Osborne
R360 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R21 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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

How To Be A Buddhist Millionaire (Paperback): Matt Jardine How To Be A Buddhist Millionaire (Paperback)
Matt Jardine 1
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'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.

Shantideva's Guide to Awakening - A Commentary on the Bodhicharyavatara (Paperback): Yeshe Tobden, Firoella Rizzi Shantideva's Guide to Awakening - A Commentary on the Bodhicharyavatara (Paperback)
Yeshe Tobden, Firoella Rizzi
R484 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R116 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Gift Edition - An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation (Hardcover, Gift ed.): Thich Nhat Hanh The Miracle of Mindfulness, Gift Edition - An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation (Hardcover, Gift ed.)
Thich Nhat Hanh
R434 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R75 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Buddha's Dream of Liberation - Freedom, Emptiness, and Awakened Nature (Paperback): James William Coleman, Reb Anderson The Buddha's Dream of Liberation - Freedom, Emptiness, and Awakened Nature (Paperback)
James William Coleman, Reb Anderson
R340 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R82 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Prince Siddhartha Coloring Book (Paperback): Janet Brooke, Jonathan Landaw Prince Siddhartha Coloring Book (Paperback)
Janet Brooke, Jonathan Landaw
R159 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R8 (5%) Out of stock

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."

Art of Exile - Paintings by Tibetan Children in India (Paperback): Clare Harris Art of Exile - Paintings by Tibetan Children in India (Paperback)
Clare Harris
R761 R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Save R110 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Enchanting Mandala Mazes - Puzzles to Ponder and Solve (Paperback): Elizabeth Carpenter, Aurelie Ronfaut Enchanting Mandala Mazes - Puzzles to Ponder and Solve (Paperback)
Elizabeth Carpenter, Aurelie Ronfaut
R352 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R103 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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

A Story of Karma - Finding Love and Truth in the Lost Valley of the Himalaya (Paperback): Michael Schauch A Story of Karma - Finding Love and Truth in the Lost Valley of the Himalaya (Paperback)
Michael Schauch
R548 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Siddhartha's Brain - Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment (Paperback): James Kingsland Siddhartha's Brain - Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment (Paperback)
James Kingsland 1
R365 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
That Bird Has My Wings - The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row (Paperback): Masters That Bird Has My Wings - The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row (Paperback)
Masters
R331 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R54 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Borobudur - Golden Tales of the Buddhas (Paperback): John N. Miksic Borobudur - Golden Tales of the Buddhas (Paperback)
John N. Miksic
R453 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R101 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha - An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book (Second Edition Revised and Expanded)... Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha - An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book (Second Edition Revised and Expanded) (Paperback, 2nd Second Edition, Revised ed.)
Daniel M. Ingram
R939 Discovery Miles 9 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Lovingkindness - The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Paperback): Sharon Salzberg Lovingkindness - The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Paperback)
Sharon Salzberg
R235 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R47 (20%) In stock
The Dhammapada (Paperback, 80 Ed): The Dhammapada (Paperback, 80 Ed)
R57 R48 Discovery Miles 480 Save R9 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'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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