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A revised edition of the definitive translation of the world's most
important book of divination
The book throws light on the nature of various inner powers which we already possess and use more or less unconsciously, as well as with latent powers within, which are as yet undeveloped. The book is of interest to the general reader as well as to the spiritual seeker.
Manchuria entered the twentieth century as a neglected backwater of the dying Qing dynasty, and within a few short years became the focus of intense international rivalry to control its resources and shape its people. This book examines the place of religion in the development of Manchuria from the late nineteenth century to the collapse of the Japanese Empire in 1945. Religion was at the forefront in this period of intense competition, not just between armies but also among different models of legal, commercial, social and spiritual development, each of which imagining a very specific role for religion in the new society. Debates over religion in Manchuria extended far beyond the region, and shaped the personality of religion that we see today. This book is an ambitious contribution to the field of Asian history and to the understanding of the global meaning and practice of the role of religion.
Approximately two thousand years old, The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjaliis the landmark scripture on classical yoga. The translation and commentary provided here by Georg Feuerstein are outstanding for their accessibility and their insight into the essential meaning of this ancient and complex text. A scholar of international renown who has studied and practiced yoga since the age of fourteen, Feuerstein also brings to The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali his experience as a professional indologist. His faithful and informed rendering of the aphorisms (sutras) is based on extensive personal research into the Sanscrit sources. Each word is explained so that the entire text becomes readily available to the western reader and student of yoga.
This Very Short Introduction offers readers a superb overview of
the teachings of the Buddha, as well as a succinct guide to the
integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive
features of Buddhism? Who was the Buddha, and what are his
teachings? Words such as "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our
vocabulary, but what do they mean? Damien Keown provides a lively,
informative response to these frequently asked questions about
Buddhism. As he sheds light into how Buddhist thought developed
over the centuries, Keown also highlights how contemporary dilemmas
can be faced from a Buddhist perspective.
The roots of monasticism may go back as far as 1700 BCE, to ascetic practices in ancient India. Since that time, the monastic world has naturally developed its own extensive and distinct vocabulary. Countless volumes have been written on monasticism yet many do not clearly define obscure or vernacular terms. Some terms may be found in standard dictionaries but without in-depth explanations. This first comprehensive dictionary--not a proselytizing work but a reference with historical and biographical focus--fills the gap, with a worldwide scope covering not only Christianity, but all faiths that have monastic traditions, including but not limited to Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism.
The Buddhist tradition offers a treasure-house of images that can touch our hearts and minds in deeply satisfying ways. These images represent aspects of what Buddhists call Enlightenment - a state of pure, clear consciousness and understanding that can never adequately be described in words. The ancient symbols of the tradition can guide us towards the truth.Colouring the pictures in this book can become a journey of discovery. As our imagination begins to work, we can see beyond the lines on the page and sense a realm of deeper meaning. Contemplating these images can then help us towards the perfected qualities of generosity, fearlessness, wisdom and compassion that characterize the awakened mind.
Noah Levine has become the voice of the next generation of American Buddhism. In The Heart of the Revolution, he invites us on a journey to discover the loving heart. Despite being an acclaimed Buddhist teacher, Levine doubted whether he could ever release the anger deep within. After many years he finally realized the truth of this essential Buddhist belief--compassion is a natural quality of the heart that is often lying dormant, waiting to be uncovered. Levine now reveals the tools that helped him embrace his true Buddha nature. The practices he describes in this book are not a quick fix but a map to a hidden treasure. Free yourself from the unnecessary suffering of life and join the rebellion fueled not by hatred but by forgiveness, compassion, and kindness.
Buddhism is one of the oldest and largest of the world's religions. But it is also a tradition that has proven to have enormous contemporary relevance. Founded by Siddhartha Gautama, who came to be called the Buddha, the religion has spread from its origins in northeast India, across Asia, and eventually to the West, taking on new forms at each step of the way. Buddhism: What Everyone Needs to Know offers readers a brief, authoritative guide to one of the world's most diverse religious traditions in a reader-friendly question-and-answer format. Dale Wright covers the origins and early history of Buddhism, the diversity of types of Buddhism throughout history, and the status of contemporary Buddhism. This is a go-to book for anyone seeking a basic understanding of the origins, history, teachings, and practices of Buddhism.
New Religious Movements, Global Religions, Asian Religions, Religion and Marketing, Management of Religious Organizations
In this guide to the healing practices of the Eight Immortals, Master Mantak Chia and Johnathon Dao share the legends of each Immortal teacher and detail the many ways to apply their wisdom through nutrition, exercises, supplements, detoxification methods, spiritual practices, and energy work. They explain how the first Immortal, born during the 8th century AD, is associated with oxygen, considered in the Taoist healing perspective as the body's primary nutrient. They discuss how oxygen deficiency is the main culprit in cancer and virus and provide a number of oxygen therapies including the use of hydrogen peroxide and deep breathing to stimulate the metabolism and immune system. The second Immortal Healer centers on water, and the authors explain how chronic dehydration can lead to a host of ailments and offer advice for rehydrating. The other teachings of the Immortal Healers include Nutrition; Detoxification; Avoiding environmental poisons; Exercise; Maintenance of the energy body; and Emotional pollution and spiritual hygiene. By following these Eight Immortal Healers, you can take control of your health, remove the root causes of the chronic ailments that inhibit well-being and longevity, and choose to live life to the fullest in happiness and radiant health.
This book identifies that the term 'radicalisation' has often been used pejoratively when talking about security. The contemporary radicalisation discourse unfurls against tensions and negotiations between the nations in terms of counter-terrorism and national security needs. A major dilemma at the heart of this discourse is the fundamental gap between radicalisation as a cause of 'terrorism' and the actual acts signified by the term 'radicalisation'. This study shows that radicalisation does not appear to be a necessary condition for terrorism. A discussion on South Asian Islam and Hinduism reveals a complex set of relations among the religious and the politics of identity. Hence, being a Muslim or a Hindu is just one attribute in the complex menu of identities available to most South Asians. The comparative analysis on the issue of radicalisation has proved to be particularly revealing and instructive. Problems and failures of three predominant statist models of radicalisation, introduced by the governments of the US, the UK and the EU, have been analysed to understand the embedded dilemmas in the West. In reality, these models indicate that radicalisation is neither a predictable nor a mechanical process. Finally, this study also shows that it would be far too simplistic to say that radicalisation is caused by the absence of democracy. Published in association with Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo.
Written by one of the leading scholars on Japanese culture, this collection of papers centres on Shinto rites and festivals and shrine buildings. Among the topics covered are the imperial family and Shinto, the three great emperors, Yatagarasu, Yasoshima-No-Matsuri and Kamo Gejo Ryosha.
In this book Paramahansa Yogananda offers prayers and affirmations that beginners and experienced meditators alike can use to awaken the boundless joy, peace, and inner freedom of the soul.
Includes introductory instructions on how to meditate. An encouraging guide that teaches us through our own experience how to spiritually enrich our everyday life.
An illuminating in-depth study of one of the most well-known and
recited of all the Buddhist texts--by the renowned modern
Modern historical writing on the Sikhs started in the last quarter of the eighteenth century as a Western enterprise for purposes which were predominantly political and pragmatic, but nonetheless a part of the Western intellectual culture. Before the end of the nineteenth century, Indian writers appeared on the scene in response to this historiography. By now, Sikh studies are a common concern of the Indian and Western scholars. The first two parts relate to the major European writers till 1947, including Malcolm, Prinsep, Cunningham, Trumpp and Macauliffe. The Indian historians of the colonial period discussed in three parts include Latif, Banerjee, Sinha, Narang, Gupta, Chopra, Kohli, and Teja Singh and Ganda Singh. The expanding scope and the trends of Sikh studies are discussed in the last part which also gives a critical assessment of the recent controversies in Sikh studies about the basic issues of five centuries of Sikh history: life, mission and status of Guru Nanak; evolution and politicization of the Sikh movement under his successors; institution of the Khalsa; the Khalsa way of life; nature of the Singh Sabha movement; the issues of Sikh identity and Sikh ethnicity after 1947. The book will be of interest to historians of medieval, modern, and contemporary India as well as to scholars engaged in Sikh studies, and indispensable for researchers and teachers in India and abroad.
The "I Ching," or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3,000 years, and interest in it has been rapidly spreading in the West.
A secret traveller to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, the author was forced to live, dress and behave as a Tibetan in order to remain undetected. Because of his unique perspective, he was able to provide an excellent description of the diplomatic, political, military and industrial situation of the country in the 1920s.
The northern Chinese mountain range of Mount Wutai has been a preeminent site of international pilgrimage for over a millennium. Home to more than one hundred temples, the entire range is considered a Buddhist paradise on earth, and has received visitors ranging from emperors to monastic and lay devotees. Mount Wutai explores how Qing Buddhist rulers and clerics from Inner Asia, including Manchus, Tibetans, and Mongols, reimagined the mountain as their own during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Wen-Shing Chou examines a wealth of original source materials in multiple languages and media--many never before published or translated-such as temple replicas, pilgrimage guides, hagiographic representations, and panoramic maps. She shows how literary, artistic, and architectural depictions of the mountain permanently transformed the site's religious landscape and redefined Inner Asia's relations with China. Chou addresses the pivotal but previously unacknowledged history of artistic and intellectual exchange between the varying religious, linguistic, and cultural traditions of the region. The reimagining of Mount Wutai was a fluid endeavor that proved central to the cosmopolitanism of the Qing Empire, and the mountain range became a unique site of shared diplomacy, trade, and religious devotion between different constituents, as well as a spiritual bridge between China and Tibet. A compelling exploration of the changing meaning and significance of one of the world's great religious sites, Mount Wutai offers an important new framework for understanding Buddhist sacred geography.
Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia are centres for the preservation of local artistic traditions. Chief among these are manuscripts, a vital source for our understanding of Buddhist ideas and practices in the region. They are also a beautiful art form, too little understood in the West. The British Library has one of the richest collections of Southeast Asian manuscripts, principally from Thailand and Burma, anywhere in the world. It includes finely painted copies of Buddhist scriptures, literary works, historical narratives, and works on traditional medicine, law, cosmology and fortune-telling. This stunning new book illustrates over 100 examples of Buddhist art in the Library's collection, relating each manuscript to Theravada tradition and beliefs, and introducing the historical, artistic and religious contexts of their production. It is the first book in English to showcase the beauty and variety of manuscript art and reproduces many works that have never been photographed before.
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