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Being Present - A Skill Worth Developing (Paperback): Anila Trinle Being Present - A Skill Worth Developing (Paperback)
Anila Trinle; Translated by Jourdie Ross
R260 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The connection of Buddhism with the activity of helping people who are suffering brings a new perspective. Developing greater awareness of our reality, clarifying our motivation, and increasing our kindness and discernment-there are so many keys to successfully being present with ourselves and others. Being present is a living process that reveals us to ourselves and, in so doing, allows us to connect with others in a new way. This capacity has implications in our daily lives and our personal, professional, and circumstantial relationships. Anila Trinle is a Buddhist nun lecturer and instructor who participated in the reflection on and development of a Buddhist approach to the problems of modern-day society.

Tao Song and Tao Dance - Sacred Sound, Movement, and Power from the Source for Healing, Rejuvenation, Longevity, and... Tao Song and Tao Dance - Sacred Sound, Movement, and Power from the Source for Healing, Rejuvenation, Longevity, and Transformation of All Life (Paperback)
Master Zhi Gang Sha
R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony (Paperback): Anthony J. Parel Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony (Paperback)
Anthony J. Parel
R884 Discovery Miles 8 840 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Anthony Parel affords a novel perspective on the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. He explores how Gandhi connected the spiritual with the temporal. As Parel points out 'being more things than one' is a good description of Gandhi and, with these words in mind, he shows how Gandhi, drawing on the Indian time-honoured theory of the purusharthas or 'the aims of life', fitted his ethical, political, aesthetic and religious ideas together. In this way Gandhi challenged the notion which prevailed in Indian society that a rift existed between the secular and the spiritual, the political and the contemplative life. Parel's revealing and insightful book shows how far-reaching were the effects of Gandhi's practical philosophy on Indian thought generally and how these have survived into the present.

Wabi Sabi - The Philosophy of Achieving Perfection Through Imperfection (Paperback): Samuel Molin Wabi Sabi - The Philosophy of Achieving Perfection Through Imperfection (Paperback)
Samuel Molin
R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Language as Bodily Practice in Early China - A Chinese Grammatology (Paperback): Jane Geaney Language as Bodily Practice in Early China - A Chinese Grammatology (Paperback)
Jane Geaney
R682 Discovery Miles 6 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Elixir Of The Gnostics (Hardcover): Mulla Sadra The Elixir Of The Gnostics (Hardcover)
Mulla Sadra; Translated by William Chittick
R783 Discovery Miles 7 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Sadr al-Din Muhammad Shirazi (1572-1640), more commonly called Mulla Sadra, was one of the grand scholars of later-period Islamic philosophy and has grown to become one of the best-known Muslim philosophers. "Iksir al-'arifin," or "Elixir of the Gnostics," is unique among Sadra's writings in that it reworks and amplifies an earlier Persian work, the "Jawidan-nama" ("Book of the Everlasting") by Afdal al-Din Kashani, or Baba Afdal.
The underlying theme of Sadra's amplification is emblematic of Muslim philosophy: the importance of self-knowledge in an individual's journey of "Origin and Return," the soul's origins with God and its eventual return to Him. Everything, Sadra says, is on such a path, gradually disengaging from the material world and returning to a transcendent essence--all leading to a final fruition in which everything in the universe returns to God and finds permanent happiness. Philosophy, Sadra argues, is the most direct means to self-knowledge--and thus the best tool for navigating this journey.

Vasistha's Yoga (Paperback): Swami Venkatesananda Vasistha's Yoga (Paperback)
Swami Venkatesananda
R931 R767 Discovery Miles 7 670 Save R164 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Containing the instructions of the sage Vasistha to Lord Rama, this scripture is full of intricately woven tales, the kind a great teacher might tell to hold the interest of a student.

The Purpose of Life - An Eastern Philosophical Vision (Paperback): Carlo Filice The Purpose of Life - An Eastern Philosophical Vision (Paperback)
Carlo Filice
R754 Discovery Miles 7 540 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Suppose that this world is not an accident, but an expression of a divine super-mind. What might motivate a divine super-mind to express itself? This book boldly contends that divine motives are guided by values that exist objectively. We exist to realize and enhance such values. This text defends a cosmic vision that has been prominent in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years-a vision often embraced within the New Age movement. However, its defense here is strictly philosophical. Filice argues that even as characters in an imaginative divine game we still carry independent value, that a world governed by such values should be a fair world, and that earthly moral goals cannot be our only ambition. The Purpose of Life maintains that any divine being(s) involved must be in perpetual process, that humans must not be the only embodied subjects that matter, and that each of us is destined to live many lives. Easy-to-read, the book's 73 mini-chapters are specifically tailored to fit the stop-and-go rhythm of daily life.

The Power of Bhakti - Ancient Spiritual Science for the Modern Distracted Mind- A Collection of Lectures by David B. Wolf,... The Power of Bhakti - Ancient Spiritual Science for the Modern Distracted Mind- A Collection of Lectures by David B. Wolf, PH.D. (Paperback)
Dominique Fruscella, Gaetano Fruscella; David B. Wolf
R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mountains and Rivers Sutra - Teachings by Norman Fischer / A Weekly Practice Guide (Paperback): Zoketsu Norman Fischer Mountains and Rivers Sutra - Teachings by Norman Fischer / A Weekly Practice Guide (Paperback)
Zoketsu Norman Fischer; Edited by Kuya Nora Minogue
R496 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R61 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Indian and Intercultural Philosophy - Personhood, Consciousness, and Causality (Hardcover): Douglas L Berger Indian and Intercultural Philosophy - Personhood, Consciousness, and Causality (Hardcover)
Douglas L Berger
R2,485 Discovery Miles 24 850 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

For over twenty years Douglas Berger has advanced research and reflection on Indian philosophical traditions from both classical and cross-cultural perspectives. This volume reveals the extent of his contribution by bringing together his perspectives on these classical Indian philosophies and placing them in conversation with Confucian, Chinese Buddhist and medieval Indian Sufi traditions. Delving into debates between Nyaya and Buddhist philosophers on consciousness and identity, the nature of Sankara's theory of the self, the precise character of Nagarjuna's idea of emptiness, and the relationship between awareness and embodiment in the broad spectrum of Indian thought, chapters exhibit Berger's unusually broad range of expertise. They connect Chinese Confucian and Buddhist texts with classical Indian theories of ethics and consciousness, contrast the ideas of seminal European thinkers like Nietzsche and Derrida from prevailing themes in Buddhism, and shed light on the spiritual and political dimensions of the Mughal prince Dara Shukoh's immersion into Vedantic thought. Always approaching the arguments from an intercultural perspective, Berger shows how much relevance and resonance classical Indian thought has with ancient Confucian views of ethics, Chinese Buddhist depictions of consciousness and medieval Mughal conceptions of divinity. The result is a volume celebrating the rigor, vitality and intercultural resonance of India's rich philosophical heritage.

Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony (Hardcover): Anthony J. Parel Gandhi's Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony (Hardcover)
Anthony J. Parel
R1,710 Discovery Miles 17 100 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Anthony Parel affords a novel perspective on the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. He explores how Gandhi connected the spiritual with the temporal. As Parel points out 'being more things than one' is a good description of Gandhi and, with these words in mind, he shows how Gandhi, drawing on the Indian time-honoured theory of the purusharthas or 'the aims of life', fitted his ethical, political, aesthetic and religious ideas together. In this way Gandhi challenged the notion which prevailed in Indian society that a rift existed between the secular and the spiritual, the political and the contemplative life. Parel's revealing and insightful book shows how far-reaching were the effects of Gandhi's practical philosophy on Indian thought generally and how these have survived into the present.

Bushido - The Soul of Japan (Paperback): Inazo Nitobe Ph. D. Bushido - The Soul of Japan (Paperback)
Inazo Nitobe Ph. D.
R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Rama Gita - The non-dual essence of Upanishads (Paperback): Shraddhesh Chaturvedi Rama Gita - The non-dual essence of Upanishads (Paperback)
Shraddhesh Chaturvedi
R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mahanirvana Tantra - Tantra of the Great Liberation (Paperback): John Woodroffe Mahanirvana Tantra - Tantra of the Great Liberation (Paperback)
John Woodroffe; Arthur Avalon
R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Reconceiving Women's Equality in China - A Critical Examination of Models of Sex Equality (Hardcover): Lijun Yuan Reconceiving Women's Equality in China - A Critical Examination of Models of Sex Equality (Hardcover)
Lijun Yuan
R1,635 Discovery Miles 16 350 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

According to the author, the subordination of Chinese women continued under different models of sex equality in China in twentieth century. In Reconceiving Women's Equality in China Lijun Yuan discusses and assesses four models of women s equality: first, the traditional Confucian view of women which advocates that women s role is to follow and support men; second, the liberal feminist idea of formal equality for women introduced into China at the beginning of the twentieth century, which is anti-Confucian and advocates women s equal rights in education, law, and employment; third, Mao s view of women s equality in production, calling for substantive equality between men and women; finally, the idea of equal opportunity in the economic transformation in the post-Mao period, the revival of Confucianism in this period and its convergence with the declining status of women. According to Yuan, each of these models has a variety of problems in dealing with women s equality. However, she sees one common thread running through all of them, namely, lack of emphasis on empowering women to develop their own visions of equality. Ideologies imposed from the top-down have rationalized the continuing subordination and exploitation of women, either blatantly (Confucianism) or more subtly (Maoism). After exposing the common feature in their failure to reach the social ideal of women s equality, the author proposes a more democratic conception of women s equality that will allow ideals to continue changing as material circumstances change in different stages of social development. This book is a seminal work of research on the status of women in China during and after Mao's cultural revolution. It is essential to studies of Chinese society, politics, and religion, as well as to women's studies and philosophy."

Apophatic Paths from Europe to China - Regions without Borders (Paperback): William Franke Apophatic Paths from Europe to China - Regions without Borders (Paperback)
William Franke
R656 Discovery Miles 6 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Buddhist Theory of Self-Cognition (Hardcover): Zhihua Yao The Buddhist Theory of Self-Cognition (Hardcover)
Zhihua Yao
R3,206 Discovery Miles 32 060 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This highly original work explores the concept of self-awareness or self-consciousness in Buddhist thought. Within the Buddhist doctrinal system, the Sanskrit word svasamvedana or svasamvitti (self-cognition, self-awareness or self-consciousness) signifies a form of reflexive awareness. It is one of the key concepts in the Buddhist epistemological system developed by Dignaga (ca. 480-540 CE) and his followers. The discussion on whether the mind knows itself also had a long history in the Buddhist schools of Mahasamghika, Sarvastivada, Sautrantika and early Yogacara. The same issue was debated later among followers of the Madhyamaka and Yogacara schools. This work is the first systematically to study the Buddhist theory of self-cognition with an emphasis on its pre-Dignaga development. Its central thesis is that the Buddhist theory of self-cognition originated in a soteriological discussion of omniscience among the Mahasamghikas, and then evolved into a topic of epistemological inquiry among the Yogacarins. Toillustrate this central theme, this book explores a large body of primary sources in Chinese, Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan, most of which are being presented to an English readership for the first time. This work makes available important resources for the study of the Buddhist philosophy of mind.

The Religious Philosophy of Nishitani Keiji - Encounter with Emptiness (Paperback): Taitetsu Unno Ed The Religious Philosophy of Nishitani Keiji - Encounter with Emptiness (Paperback)
Taitetsu Unno Ed
R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Japanese Environmental Philosophy (Paperback): J. Baird Callicott, James McRae Japanese Environmental Philosophy (Paperback)
J. Baird Callicott, James McRae
R1,078 Discovery Miles 10 780 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Japanese Environmental Philosophy is an anthology that responds to the environmental problems of the 21st century by drawing from Japanese philosophical traditions to investigate our relationships with other humans, nonhuman animals, and the environment. It contains chapters from fifteen top scholars from Japan, the United States, and Europe. The essays cover a broad range of Japanese thought, including Zen Buddhism, Shintoism, the Kyoto School, Japanese art and aesthetics, and traditional Japanese culture.

Other Lives - Mind and World in Indian Buddhism (Paperback): Sonam Kachru Other Lives - Mind and World in Indian Buddhism (Paperback)
Sonam Kachru
R680 R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Save R75 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Human experience is not confined to waking life. Do experiences in dreams matter? Humans are not the only living beings who have experiences. Does nonhuman experience matter? The Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu, writing during the late fourth and early fifth centuries C.E., argues in his work The Twenty Verses that these alternative contexts ought to inform our understanding of mind and world. Vasubandhu invites readers to explore experiences in dreams and to inhabit the experiences of nonhuman beings-animals, hungry ghosts, and beings in hell. Other Lives offers a deep engagement with Vasubandhu's account of mind in a global philosophical perspective. Sonam Kachru takes up Vasubandhu's challenge to think with perspective-diversifying contexts, showing how his novel theory draws together action and perception, minds and worlds. Kachru pieces together the conceptual system in which Vasubandhu thought to show the deep originality of the argument. He reconstructs Vasubandhu's ecological concept of mind, in which mindedness is meaningful only in a nexus with life and world, to explore its ongoing philosophical significance. Engaging with a vast range of classical, modern, and contemporary Asian and Western thought, Other Lives is both a groundbreaking work in Buddhist studies and a model of truly global philosophy. The book also includes an accessible new translation of The Twenty Verses, providing a fresh introduction to one of the most influential works of Buddhist thought.

Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings (Paperback, New): Muhammad Ali Khalidi Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings (Paperback, New)
Muhammad Ali Khalidi
R905 Discovery Miles 9 050 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Philosophy in the Islamic world emerged in the ninth century and continued to flourish into the fourteenth century. It was strongly influenced by Greek thought, but Islamic philosophers also developed an original philosophical culture of their own, which had a considerable impact on the subsequent course of Western philosophy. This volume offers new translations of philosophical writings by Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ghazali, Ibn Tufayl, and Ibn Rushd (Averroes). All of the texts presented here were very influential and invite comparison with later works in the Western tradition. They focus on metaphysics and epistemology but also contribute to broader debates concerning the conception of God, the nature of religion, the place of humanity in the universe, and the limits of human reason. A historical and philosophical introduction sets the writings in context and traces their preoccupations and their achievement.

Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings (Hardcover): Muhammad Ali Khalidi Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings (Hardcover)
Muhammad Ali Khalidi
R1,881 Discovery Miles 18 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Philosophy in the Islamic world emerged in the ninth century and continued to flourish into the fourteenth century. It was strongly influenced by Greek thought, but Islamic philosophers also developed an original philosophical culture of their own, which had a considerable impact on the subsequent course of Western philosophy. This volume offers new translations of philosophical writings by Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ghazali, Ibn Tufayl, and Ibn Rushd (Averroes). All of the texts presented here were very influential and invite comparison with later works in the Western tradition. They focus on metaphysics and epistemology but also contribute to broader debates concerning the conception of God, the nature of religion, the place of humanity in the universe, and the limits of human reason. A historical and philosophical introduction sets the writings in context and traces their preoccupations and their achievement.

Positioning Yoga - Balancing Acts Across Cultures (Paperback, 2003): Sarah Strauss Positioning Yoga - Balancing Acts Across Cultures (Paperback, 2003)
Sarah Strauss
R892 Discovery Miles 8 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What is yoga? Stereotypical images of people practicing this ancient art range from white-bearded Indian mystics chanting 'om' on mountaintops to urban fitness fanatics contorted into uncomfortable looking positions. We recognize the name, but may not realize how the set of ideas and practices known as yoga moved from its birthplace on the Indian subcontinent to become a global phenomenon. Positioning Yoga considers how the recent development of yoga, from its introduction to Western audiences by the Indian Swami Vivekananda at the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago through to the present day, has generated specific forms of modern practice. Strauss takes us on an illuminating journey from India to Germany and America, and back again to India. While acknowledging yogas point of origin, Strauss explores how yogic practices and ideas have been transformed when they cross cultural boundaries.Yoga can be defined in many ways as an attitude, a philosophic system, a set of practices, a way of being in the world but its definition is always located within a particular historical context. What makes yoga practitioners affiliated with Swami Sivanandas Divine Life Society of Rishikesh, India - whether they hail from India, North America, or Europe - unique? What values around the world have supported the surging popularity of yoga over the past century? This absorbing book considers how lifestyle values have made yoga a global industry and shows how culture is produced and disseminated across boundaries.

Positioning Yoga - Balancing Acts Across Cultures (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Sarah Strauss Positioning Yoga - Balancing Acts Across Cultures (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Sarah Strauss
R3,081 Discovery Miles 30 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What is yoga? Stereotypical images of people practicing this ancient art range from white-bearded Indian mystics chanting 'om' on mountaintops to urban fitness fanatics contorted into uncomfortable looking positions. We recognize the name, but may not realize how the set of ideas and practices known as yoga moved from its birthplace on the Indian subcontinent to become a global phenomenon. Positioning Yoga considers how the recent development of yoga, from its introduction to Western audiences by the Indian Swami Vivekananda at the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago through to the present day, has generated specific forms of modern practice. Strauss takes us on an illuminating journey from India to Germany and America, and back again to India. While acknowledging yogas point of origin, Strauss explores how yogic practices and ideas have been transformed when they cross cultural boundaries.Yoga can be defined in many ways as an attitude, a philosophic system, a set of practices, a way of being in the world but its definition is always located within a particular historical context. What makes yoga practitioners affiliated with Swami Sivanandas Divine Life Society of Rishikesh, India - whether they hail from India, North America, or Europe - unique? What values around the world have supported the surging popularity of yoga over the past century? This absorbing book considers how lifestyle values have made yoga a global industry and shows how culture is produced and disseminated across boundaries.

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