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Download E-books The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia: Second Edition (SUNY Series in Religious Studies) PDF

By Donald K. Swearer

A wide-ranging, readable account of the Theravada Buddhist inspiration and perform within the Southeast Asian societies of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.

An extraordinary portrait, Donald okay. Swearer’s The Buddhist global of Southeast Asia has been a key resource for all these drawn to the Theravada homelands because the work’s booklet in 1995. accelerated and up-to-date, the second one variation deals this wide-ranging account for readers first and foremost of the twenty-first century.

Swearer indicates Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia to be a dynamic, complicated procedure of proposal and perform embedded within the cultures, societies, and histories of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. The paintings specializes in 3 designated but interrelated features of this milieu. the 1st is the preferred culture of existence versions personified in myths and legends, rites of passage, pageant celebrations, and formality events. the second one offers with Buddhism and the country, illustrating how King Asoka serves because the paradigmatic Buddhist monarch, discussing the connection of cosmology and kingship, and detailing the increase of charismatic Buddhist political leaders within the postcolonial interval. The 3rd is the trendy transformation of Buddhism: the altering roles of clergymen and laity, smooth reform pursuits, the position of girls, and Buddhism within the West.

“This worthwhile replace to the 1995 version is written in gentle of profound, ongoing adjustments within the vast spectrum of Southeast Asian culture.” — CHOICE

Praise for the 1st Edition

“This booklet surveys many topics. even if rooted in cultural and spiritual concerns, it is usually a very good ancient evaluate of the Theravada culture. Buddhism in Southeast Asia is spiritually and culturally very dynamic, however it additionally has a political value that makes it a well timed topic for these attracted to this a part of the world—those now not inevitably trained concerning the heritage and tool of faith in Southeast Asia.

“There are many books via striking professionals on the Buddhist global of Southeast Asia. although, those are typically targeted on only one kingdom or tradition, whereas the Swearer e-book embraces the total sector. i do know of no different textual content within the English language that units down one of these sturdy descriptive research of up to date Theravada practices.” — Bruce Matthews, Professor Emeritus of Comparative faith, Acadia college

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Download E-books The Direct Path to Enlightenment PDF

By Ray del Sole

For the true religious seeker: This e-book offers with the idea and perform of enlightenment. actual enlightenment is an issue of utilizing the appropriate approach. it's self sustaining from faith and trust. The enlightenment education advisor is derived from greater than sixteen years of religious reports and perform. desk of contents: Human Evolution / Nature of God / Human nature / means of enlightenment / the various forms of enlightenment / The perform enlightenment / the results of the educational / Balancing meditations / religious improvement often/ and masses extra

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Download E-books The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice PDF

Jeffrey L. Broughton deals an annotated translation of the Whip for Spurring scholars Onward in the course of the Chan Barrier Checkpoints (Changuan cejin), which he abbreviates to Chan Whip. This anthology, compiled by means of Yunqi Zhuhong (1535-1615), has served as a Chan guide in either China and Japan because its e-book in 1600. To symbolize the Chan Whip as "late Ming Chan" is inaccurate-in truth, it's a survey of almost the whole thing of Chan literature, operating from the past due 800s (Tang dynasty) to approximately 1600 (late Ming). The Chan extracts, the majority of the e-book, are via a quick portion of extracts from Buddhist canonical works (showing Zhuhong's adherence to the "convergence of Chan and the teachings"). The Chan extracts intentionally eschew summary discussions of thought in prefer of autobiographical narratives, anecdotal sketches, exhortations, sermons, sayings, and letters that deal very frankly-sometimes humorously-with the concrete ups and downs of lived perform.

Recent many years have noticeable the ebook in English of a couple of handbooks on Zen perform through modern East Asian masters. The Chan Whip, even though four hundred years outdated, is as valuable to ultra-modern practitioners as those sleek works. The scholarly literature on Chan earlier has desirous about the Tang and track dynasties-by giving us moreover the sayings of Yuan- and Ming-dynasty masters this translation fills a niche in that literature.

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Download E-books Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo (The Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices) PDF

By Richard F. Gombrich

Written through the best authority on Theravada Buddhism, this up-dated version takes under consideration contemporary examine to incorporate the controversies over the date of the Buddha and present social and political advancements in Sri Lanka. Gombrich explores the legacy of the Buddha's predecessors and the social and spiritual contexts opposed to which Buddhism has constructed and altered all through background, demonstrating specially, the way it has consistently inspired and been motivated through its social atmosphere in a manner which maintains to today.

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Download E-books GENTLY WHISPERED PDF

This compilation of teachings provides the oral knowledge of Kalu Rinpoche, respected all over the world as a instructor of Vajrayana Buddhism. listed below are his perspectives at the mastery at the 3 yanas, the vows of safe haven and Bodhisattva, and the real nature of the brain. additionally incorporated are ideas for stepping past the 4 Veils of Obscuration and Emotional Subjectivity onto the 5 Paths that culminate within the liberation of mahamudra, plus an intensive creation to the visualization innovations of yidam perform, an in depth statement at the Chenrezig sadhana, and an in depth rationalization of the Bardos of dying and demise. Leavened with humor and clean perception, this primary English translation is a wonderful source for the amateur and skilled pupil alike.

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Download E-books Rechungpa: A Biography of Milarepa's Disciple PDF

By Thrangu Rinpoche

Milarepa, Tibet's maximum saint, had significant disciples: Gampopa, who confirmed the monastic starting place of the kagyu lineage and Rechungpa, who traveled to India and taken again profound teachings which have been absorbed into numerous lineages.

Rechungpa's biography sticks out end result of the unorthodox unfolding of his attention. His satisfaction and conceitedness prompted him to move opposed to Milarepa's recommendation thrice, placing his perform in danger. in spite of this main issue, Rechungpa's timeless devotion to Milarepa served because the reason for his enlightenment as evidenced through Rechungpa's success of rainbow physique at his dying.

"At this time, because the priceless teachings of the incomparable Buddha unfold during the global, the numbers of the devoted develop day-by-day. those quite a few humans need to know of the good realized and comprehensive holy beings who arose impartially some time past -- the chronicles in their legacy of excellent task for the doctrine, their deeds, their songs, etc.

"With those wishes and aspirations in brain, Namo Buddha guides and Kamtsang Shrab Choling have collaborated to translate and submit this crucial precis of the actions of Jetsun Rechung Dorje Drakpa. I celebrate of their efforts during this virtuous task for which they've got the top altruistic intentions."
--His Holiness, The seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje
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This booklet is released by way of Thrangu Rinpoche's press and is newly edited and corrected and published within the united states on prime quality paper with a 4 colour cover.

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Download E-books The Complete Book of Shaolin: Comprehensive Programme for Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Development PDF

By Wong Kiew Kit

Shaolin Kungfu has been thought of through many because the top martial paintings on this planet. yet kungfu is only one of the 3 treasures of Shaolin, the opposite being chi kung and Zen.

For the 1st time ever, this inspiring e-book, written by way of an across the world acclaimed Shaolin Grandmaster, brings to you the crystallization of Shaolin knowledge and perform spanning many centuries. Its scope and intensity is astounding, referring to, between many different issues, poetry and enlightenment.

Yet it truly is written in a language effortless to appreciate. Profound strategies and tough strategies are defined systematically with many illustrations.

The booklet includes:

- The history and scope of kungfu.

- shape and strive against applications.

- ideas and strategies of strength training.

- strength education and brain training.

- secrets and techniques of the masters.

- conventional chinese language weapons.

- preserving one's wellbeing and fitness and power and the therapeutic of so-called incurable diseases.

- attention-grabbing tales and legends of Shaolin.

- Zen and non secular development.

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Download E-books White Collar Zen: Using Zen Principles to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Your Career Goals PDF

By Steven Heine

It's stated that during conventional Japan the samurai embraced Zen since it helped them to be fearless in adversity, to behave fast and decisively, and to maintain curious about their final target. In White Collar Zen, Steven Heine exhibits how, through utilising Zen ideas in our operating lives, we will be able to in achieving an identical effects for ourselves.
Heine describes the way in which Zen embraces various but harmonious paths. the way in which of the Hermit teaches detachment--the psychological readability you must view your state of affairs dispassionately and impartially, to understand who's an best friend and who's a competitor, to appreciate what's attainable and what's now not. the best way of the Warrior teaches the facility to behave with out hesitation on the right second. jointly, they could organize you to fulfill the demanding situations of the trendy expert global. Heine bargains a step by step method of reaching those abilities and utilizing them in way of life. utilizing real-world examples interwoven with sayings and tales from the Zen culture, he exhibits how Zen might help in occasions starting from gaining a deserved promoting to overcoming hindrances that come up from a breakdown in teamwork. He makes it transparent that during Zen the trail to non-public good fortune has to be one who values integrity, respects each person, emphasizes cooperation, and serves the objectives of the bigger group.
Replete with useful suggestion, White Collar Zen will entice some of the comparable readers who've made The artwork of War and The publication of 5 Rings such a success. it is going to definitely fascinate someone attracted to using Zen rules to attaining expert excellence.

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Download E-books Buddhist Meditation: Tranquillity, Imagination and Insight PDF

By Kamalashila

First released in 1991, this booklet has turn into validated as a complete advisor to the speculation and strategies of Buddhist meditation, supplying a whole advent for newbies in addition to distinctive suggestion for knowledgeable meditators trying to deepen their practice.

With this 3rd version Kamalashila has integrated new sections at the significance of the mind's eye, on simply Sitting, and on refection at the Buddha. there's additionally new fabric on sadhana—including much less formal, extra experimental how one can connect to the dwelling truth of the woke up mind—on mindfulness, and at the stability required among energetic and receptive ways in meditation.

Writing in a casual, available variety, Kamalashila attracts specific concept from the good Theravadin commentator Buddhaghosa, from Zhiyi—the preeminent grasp of the chinese language Tien-t’ai School—and peculiarly from the Buddha. the result's a pragmatic guide, whole with trouble-shooting publications to the areas your perform may possibly take you. it's also an exploration of the final word target of Buddhist meditation: heightened know-how, precise happiness and—ultimately—liberating perception into the character of reality.

Kamalashila has been instructing meditation for the reason that 1976. He has built ways to meditation perform which are obtainable to humans within the modern global whereas being firmly grounded within the Buddhist tradition.

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