Awakening From The Daydream

Author : David Nichtern
ISBN : 9781614290056
Genre : Religion
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Hell realms, gods, and hungry ghosts—these are just a few of the images on the Buddhist wheel of life. In Awakening from the Daydream, discover how these ancient symbols are still relevant to our modern life. In Awakening from the Daydream, meditation teacher David Nichtern reimagines the ancient Buddhist allegory of the Wheel of Life. Famously painted at the entryway to Buddhist monasteries, the Wheel of Life encapsulates the entirety of the human situation. In the image of the Wheel we find a teaching about how to make sense of life and how to find peace within an uncertain world. Nichtern writes with clarity and humor, speaking to our contemporary society and its concerns and providing simple practical steps for building a mindful, compassionate, and liberating approach to living.
Category: Religion

Gesture Of Awareness

Author : Charles Genoud
ISBN : 9780861715060
Genre : Performing Arts
File Size : 20.7 MB
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"""Unlike many books that explore the meaning of spiritual practice, Gesture of Awareness is not an account or explanation of such practices but an expression of them. In succinct, poetic style, Charles offers a vision of human existence as it can be lived and embodied, once we take the risk to discard those concepts and assumptions that stand in the way of an immediate encounter with the present. Drawing on Buddhist texts, shamanism and the writings of thinkers such as Maurice Blanchot and Georges Bataille, Gesture of Awareness weaves insights from these diverse traditions into a coherent and compelling whole. At the same time, the text is a workbook that encourages the reader to engage with the material in a way that can make a real difference in his or her life. It is the kind of book that cannot be absorbed in a single reading and then shelved, but one that calls us to pay attention to its message again and again." -Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism without Beliefs, and Living with the Devil "
Category: Performing Arts

Bright Dawn

Author : S. K. Kubose
ISBN : 0964299216
Genre : Religion
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Accompany Reverend Kubose as he prepares for a morning run along Lake Michigan. As he runs along the path, he presents ideas of gratitude and perseverance. This work helps you discover how to: make each day a new day; thank your shoes; drive mindfully; use the bathroom as a sacred space; cross bridges; and deal with death/mortality.
Category: Religion


Author : Christina Feldman
ISBN : 1930485115
Genre : Religion
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Compassion in the face of pain, anguish, or unspeakable evil often produces confusion and bewilderment: How can someone endure such unjust suffering with such calm? Wouldn't it be more natural, and more proper, to not be calm at all? In Compassion, Christina Feldman draws over 30 years of experience as a Buddhist to explain how ordinary people are able to use compassion to overcome negative feelings like tragedy, pain, and terror. Feldman first examines compassion itself, using Buddhist texts and real-life stories to explain precisely what this strange force is, and argues that it is the most precious of all gifts. Feldman then proceeds to show, in six separate chapters, how compassion can be used in the face of adversity, mapping out meditations and strategies that can overcome the dark thoughts that everyone experiences. Compassion is for anyone who has ever felt helpless in our own turbulent, uncertain times.
Category: Religion


Author : Hiroyuki Itsuki
ISBN : 4062115905
Genre : Philosophy
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Drawing upon his remarkable personal history, novelist and Buddhist scholar Itsuki introduces readers to tariki, the Other Power that is the core belief of Pure Land Buddhism.
Category: Philosophy

Clarifying The Natural State

Author : Dakpo Tashi Namgyal
ISBN : 9627341452
Genre : Philosophy
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A Buddhist Classic A practical manual for both teacher and student alike, Clarifying the Natural State covers the path from mindfulness to complete enlightenment, simply and methodically. Presenting the profound and ultimate instructions of Mahamudra, it embodies the realization of India and Tibet’s greatest masters. The words of Dakpo Tashi Namgyal are unique. Adorned with plenty of pithy advice out of his personal experience, practitioners are greatly benefited by his instructions on how to remove hindrances and progress further. His methods for practicing Mahamudra are preeminent. This book is indispensable as it focuses exclusively on practice. -Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Elevate your experience and remain wide open like the sky. Expand your mindfulness and remain pervasive like the earth. Steady your attention and remain unshakable like a mountain. Brighten your awareness and remain shining like a flame. Clear your thought free wakefulness and remain lucid like a crystal. - Dakpo Tashi Namgyal 16th Century
Category: Philosophy

A Guided Tour Of Hell

Author : Samuel Bercholz
ISBN : 9781611801422
Genre : Hell
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"Sam Bercholz was devoting himself to teaching Buddhism after retiring from his successful publishing company, when suddenly he was blindsided by a heart attack. As he succumbed to clinical death in the hospital, he found himself entering a classic near-death experience--but the last place he expected to end up was Buddhist hell. And not just one hell, but numerous horrific hell regions, both hot and cold, where countless beings suffer unspeakable pain due to their own mental conceptions. A sublime being appears and tells Sam- You have been brought here to witness and understand the suffering of human beings. Thus begins a nightmarish expedition that evokes both horror and awakening as Sam is guided though a gallery of hell-denizens by a feminine embodiment of wisdom, who ultimately redeems him and returns him to life. Powerful storytelling is matched by the illustrations of master painter Pema Namdol Thaye. Comic-book drawings illustrate Sam's life story and hospital ordeal, while fantastic color paintings of his hell experience bring a startling modern spirit of imagination to the sacred art of Asia."
Category: Hell

The Dharma Of The Princess Bride

Author : Ethan Nichtern
ISBN : 9780865478381
Genre : Religion
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An engagingly contemporary approach to Buddhism—through the lens of an iconic film and its memorable characters Humorous yet spiritually rigorous, drawing from pop culture and from personal experience, The Dharma of “The Princess Bride” teaches us how to understand and navigate our most important personal relationships from a twenty-first-century Buddhist perspective. Friendship. Romance. Family. These are the three areas Ethan Nichtern delves into, taking as departure points the indelible characters—Westley, Fezzik, Vizzini, Count Rugen, Princess Buttercup, and others from Rob Reiner’s perennially popular film—as he also draws lessons from his own life and his work as a meditation teacher. Nicthern devotes the first section of the book to exploring the dynamics of friendship. Why do people become friends? What can we learn from the sufferings of Inigo Montoya and Fezzik? Next, he leads us through all the phases of illusion and disillusion we encounter in our romantic pursuits, providing a healthy dose of lightheartedness along the way by sharing his own Princess Buttercup List and the vicissitudes of his dating life as he ponders how we idealize and objectify romantic love. Finally, Nichtern draws upon the demands of his own family history and the film’s character the Grandson to explore the dynamics of “the last frontier of awakening,” a reference to his teacher Chogyam Trungpa’s claim that it’s possible to be enlightened everywhere except around your family. With The Dharma of “The Princess Bride” in hand, we can set out on the path to contemporary Buddhist enlightenment with the most important relationships in our lives. Table of Contents: Introduction: Fairy Tales, the Real World, and True Love Part I THE DHARMA OF FRIENDSHIP 1. Mercenaries or Besties: What Are Friends For? 2. The Bad Guys: Out There vs. In Here 3. Find Your Inner Fezzik: The Practice of Friendship Part II THE DHARMA OF ROMANCE 4. There Is No Buttercup 5. Lost on the High Seas: Emptiness and Dating 6. Basic Goodness: How the Farmboy Was Finally Reborn 7. As You Wish, Part I: The Practice of Partnership Part III THE DHARMA OF FAMILY 8. All Sentient Beings Have Been Grandpa 9. Fred Savage Is a Jerk, and I Am Fred Savage: Gratitude for Your Lineage 10. As You Wish, Part II: The Practice of Family Conclusion: Have Fun Storming the Castle Appendix: Seven-Step Loving-Kindness (Metta or Maitri) Practice in 20-25 Minutes Notes Acknowledgments
Category: Religion

Good Karma

Author : Thubten Chodron
ISBN : 9781611803396
Genre : Happiness
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Training the mind in the habit of happiness--enlightening commentary on a classic Tibetan Buddhist teaching poem by a popular modern teaching nun. Lojong, or "mind-training" is a practice that has gained astonishing popularly in recent years--because it works in transforming hearts and minds. Here is a presentation of lojong teachings that predates the "slogan" practice with which people have become so familiar through the books of Pema Chodron and others, and that is every bit as powerful for imbuing the mind with intelligence and the heart with compassion. It is Thubten Chodron's commentary on a Tibetan poem with the imposing title "Wheel of Sharp Weapons." It is, as the title of this book indicates, an explanation of how karma works in our lives. But in explaining how to create good karma and avoid the negative effects of bad karma, it shows us how to live our lives with kindness and honesty--which makes things better not only for ourselves, but also for everyone else in the world."
Category: Happiness