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Transforming Problems into Happiness (Paperback, New edition): Lama Zopa Rinpoche Transforming Problems into Happiness (Paperback, New edition)
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
R364 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R25 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Happiness and suffering are dependent upon your mind, upon your interpretation. They do not come from outside, from others. All of your happiness and all of your suffering are created by you, by your own mind," says Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Commenting on an early-twentieth-century Tibetan text of instructions and practical advice for everyday spiritual living, Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches us how to be happy during hard times by adopting skillful attitudes--ways of interpreting reality that can permit us to live a joyful and relaxed life regardless of circumstance. In "Transforming Problems Into Happiness," Lama Zopa Rinpoche brings his own special flavor and contemporary relevance to a timeless teaching on Buddhist psychology. This volume will be valuable to all, no matter the spiritual background of the reader or the kind of problems that have led them to ask that ageless question: How can I achieve happiness?
This new edition includes a translation of the root text, Dodrupchen Rinpoche's (1865-1926) "Instructions on Turning Happiness and Suffering into the Path of Enlightenment," translated by Tulku Thundop.

The Practice of Tibetan Meditation - Exercises, Visualizations and Mantras for Health and Well-Being (Paperback, Original ed.):... The Practice of Tibetan Meditation - Exercises, Visualizations and Mantras for Health and Well-Being (Paperback, Original ed.)
Lama Dagsay Tulku Rinpoche
R697 R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A practical and comprehensive step-by-step handbook to Tibetan meditation from a world-renowned Tibetan Lama.

* Contains more than 30 meditation exercises and accompanying mantras for both the beginner and the more advanced practitioner.

* Includes a 60-minute CD of mantras to accompany each meditation.

* Incorporates Tibetan breath work, massage techniques, and physical exercises.

For centuries, Tibetan Lamas have transmitted spiritual knowledge through the teachings of mind-training meditation, although many of these teachings remain relatively unknown in the West. Dagsay Tulku Rinpoche now shares these rare jewels of Tibetan wisdom in an easy and accessible manner, leading the Western reader toward the path of true happiness.

Dagsay Tulku's teachings range from introductory sessions designed to create an oasis of calmness in daily life to deep practices for cleansing and healing. He also offers traditional meditations to prepare for death, the ultimate transition. True to the rich sensory nature of Tibetan Buddhism, these meditations are enhanced with instructions for relaxing massage and an accompanying 60-minute CD of mantras.

How to Enjoy Death - Preparing to Meet Life's Final Challenge without Fear (Leather / fine binding): Lama Zopa Rinpoche How to Enjoy Death - Preparing to Meet Life's Final Challenge without Fear (Leather / fine binding)
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
R846 R579 Discovery Miles 5 790 Save R267 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Hindu Temple - Deification of Eroticism (Paperback, American ed): Alain Danielou The Hindu Temple - Deification of Eroticism (Paperback, American ed)
Alain Danielou
R596 R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Save R52 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Danielou's masterpiece on the erotic nature of the sacred symbolism of the Hindu temple.

- Includes stunning photographs from the major temple complexes of India.

- By Alain Danielou, one of the greatest authorities on Hinduism.

Ancient Indian architectural treatises state that a temple lacking erotic imagery would be ineffective and maleficent. The erotic statues and representations that cover the outer and inner walls of the Hindu temple serve both a magical and an instructional purpose. Through the power of the "yantras"--the magical diagrams created by the placement of the erotic imagery--the architect made the temple a faithful reflection of the divine. At the same time this imagery educated the faithful about the fundamental aspects of the Hindu religion, wherein the union of opposites in the sexual act is the perfect image of the creative principle, and erotic enjoyment is a reflection of divine bliss.

Alain Danielou's masterpiece on the Hindu temple, now translated for the first time into English, provides a stunningly illustrated tour of the major temple complexes of India. The erotic sculptures that cover the walls of these temples are not merely symbolic portrayals of voluptuous acts but serve as profound reminders that man is closest to the divine during the instant of sexual transcendence.

Taoist Secrets of Eating for Balance - Your Personal Program for Five-Element Nutrition (Paperback): Mantak Chia, Christine... Taoist Secrets of Eating for Balance - Your Personal Program for Five-Element Nutrition (Paperback)
Mantak Chia, Christine Harkness-Giles
R528 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R191 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Explains how to use your Taoist astrology birth chart as a personal nutritional guide for health, longevity, and organ energy balance We are each born with a unique combination of heavenly and earthly energies defined by the Five Elements and dictated by the Universe at the moment you take your first breath. This "birth chi" can be calculated using the year, month, day, and time of your birth, and it reveals your personal profile of health and emotional strengths and weaknesses as well as the energy cycles you will encounter throughout your life. In this Inner Alchemy Astrology nutrition guide, Master Mantak Chia and Christine Harkness-Giles explore how to strengthen your birth chi through your eating habits, revealing which foods will address imbalances in your Five Element organ energy profile. The authors explain which organs are connected with each Element--Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water--and provide detailed food lists based on ancient Taoist wisdom that reveal the Yin, Yang, hot, cold, and Five Element aspects of many common foods and superfoods. They emphasize the importance of local, seasonal, and fresh foods and of acid-alkaline balance for health. The authors illustrate the Five Elements' characteristics through sample profiles for celebrities such as Paul McCartney and Meryl Streep, along with Taoist nutritional recommendations based on their charts. The authors also explore how your Inner Alchemy astrology profile determines your life and relationships and explain how inner alchemy practices and Five Element nutrition can improve all aspects of your life. By eating in line with your personal Five Element energetic profile, as part of ancient Inner Alchemy techniques, you can improve health and longevity and strengthen connections with your loved ones and the energies of the cosmos.

The Analects (Paperback): Confucius The Analects (Paperback)
Confucius; Edited by Raymond Dawson
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Few individuals have shaped their country's civilization more profoundly than the Master Kong (Confucius, 551-479 BC). Compulsory reading in the late Imperial period for all who wished to enter the Civil Service or Government, his sayings and those of his disciples form the foundation of a distinct social, ethical, and intellectual system. They have retained their freshness and vigour throughout the two and a half millennia of their currency, and are still admired even in today's China. This lively new translation with clear explanatory notes by one of the foremost scholars of classical Chinese provides the ideal introduction to the Analects for readers who have no previous knowledge of the Chinese language and philosophical traditions. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Of Beggars and Buddhas - The Politics of Humor in the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand (Paperback): Katherine A. Bowie Of Beggars and Buddhas - The Politics of Humor in the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand (Paperback)
Katherine A. Bowie
R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The 547 Buddhist jatakas, or verse parables, recount the Buddha's lives in previous incarnations. In his penultimate and most famous incarnation, he appears as the Prince Vessantara, perfecting the virtue of generosity by giving away all his possessions, his wife, and his children to the beggar Jujaka. Taking an anthropological approach to this two-thousand-year-old morality tale, Katherine A. Bowie highlights significant local variations in its interpretations and public performances across three regions of Thailand over 150 years. The Vessantara Jataka has served both monastic and royal interests, encouraging parents to give their sons to religious orders and intimating that kings are future Buddhas. But, as Bowie shows, characterizations of the beggar Jujaka in various regions and eras have also brought ribald humor and sly antiroyalist themes to the story. Historically, these subversive performances appealed to popular audiences even as they worried the conservative Bangkok court. The monarchy sporadically sought to suppress the comedic recitations. As Thailand has changed from a feudal to a capitalist society, this famous story about giving away possessions is paradoxically being employed to promote tourism and wealth.

Wisdom Rising - Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (Hardcover): Lama Tsultrim Allione Wisdom Rising - Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (Hardcover)
Lama Tsultrim Allione
R542 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R190 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Through her own story of loss and spiritual seeking, paired with mandala meditations and rituals, bestselling author of Feeding Your Demons Lama Tsultrium Allione teaches you how to embody the enlightened, fierce power of the sacred feminine-the tantric dakinis. Ordained as one of the first Western Buddhist nuns and recognized as a reincarnation of a renowned eleventh century Tibetan yogini, Lama Tsultrim nonetheless yearned to become a mother, ultimately renouncing her vows so she could marry and have children. When she subsequently lost a child to SIDS, she found courage again in female Buddhist role models, and discovered a way to transform her pain into a path forward. Through Lama Tsultrim's story of loss and spiritual seeking, paired with her many years of expertise in mandala meditation, you will learn how to strengthen yourself by following this experiential journey to Tantric Buddhist practice. The mandala was developed as a tool for spiritual transformation, and as you harness its power, it can serve as a guide to wholeness. With knowledge of the mandala of the five dakinis (female Buddhist deities who embody wisdom), you'll understand how to embrace the distinct energies of your own nature. In Wisdom Rising, Lama Tsultrim shares from a deep trove of personal experiences as well as decades of sacred knowledge to invite you to explore an ancient yet accessible path to the ability to shift your emotional challenges into empowerment. Her unique perspective on female strength and enlightenment will guide you as you restore your inner spirit, leading you toward the change you aspire to create in the world.

Buddhist Peacework - Creating Cultures of Peace (Paperback): David W. Chappell Buddhist Peacework - Creating Cultures of Peace (Paperback)
David W. Chappell
R353 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R22 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Buddhism is famous for bringing inner peace, but what about social harmony, human rights, and environmental balance? We have a responsibility today to work directly with our own suffering and the suffering in our communities, the world, and the environment.
"Buddhist Peacework" collects - for the first time in one place - first-person descriptions of the ideas and work of eminent Buddhist leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Maha Ghosananda, A.T. Ariyaratne, Daisaku Ikeda, Shih Cheng-yen, Sulak Sivaraksa, and Robert Aitken. These 18 essays are divided into three sections that explore the newest Buddhist social developments, the principles that guide Buddhist peacework, and the importance of ongoing inner peacework in developing a sense of kinship with all people.

Scripture, Logic, Language - Essays on Dharmakirti and His Tibetan Successors (Paperback): Tom J. Tillemans Scripture, Logic, Language - Essays on Dharmakirti and His Tibetan Successors (Paperback)
Tom J. Tillemans
R763 R683 Discovery Miles 6 830 Save R80 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Dharmakirti, an Indian Buddhist philosopher of the seventh century, explored the nature, limits, and justifications of rationality within the context of Buddhist religious and metaphysical concerns. While Dharmakirti is widely recognized for his crucial innovations in Indian logic and semantic theory, his notoriously difficult thought nonetheless remains poorly understood.
In this volume, one of the world's leading scholars of Buddhist philosophy sheds light on the interrelated topics of scripture, logic, and language in the works of Dharmakirti and his philosophical heirs, both Indian and Tibetan. Professor Tillemans' knowledgeable explanations of such technical subjects as the "apoha" theory of reference and the problem of entailment ("vyapti") are coupled throughout with insightful reflections on how best to evaluate Dharmakirti's theories in light of contemporary philosophical thought. "Scripture, Logic, Language" is an informative and thought-provoking study for students of Buddhism as well as for those in the wider field of philosophy.

Only a Great Rain - A Guide to Buddhist Meditation (Paperback): Hsing Yun Only a Great Rain - A Guide to Buddhist Meditation (Paperback)
Hsing Yun
R349 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R23 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Very little has been published to date on China's rich traditions of Buddhist meditation. Inspired by the need to increase meaningful interaction between China and the West on spiritual issues, modern meditation master Hsing Yun here brings this vast legacy to life in straightforward and engaging language. Professor McRae's introduction to the world of Chinese Buddhism helps place these instructions in their wider context.

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition): Raymond Brady Williams An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition)
Raymond Brady Williams
R1,941 R1,831 Discovery Miles 18 310 Save R110 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism, third edition, offers a comprehensive study of a contemporary form of Hinduism. Begun as a revival and reform movement in India 200 years ago, it has now become one of the fastest growing and most prominent forms of Hinduism. The Swaminarayan Hindu transnational network of temples and institutions is expanding in India, East Africa, the UK, USA, Australasia, and in other African and Asian cities. The devotion, rituals, and discipline taught by its founder, Sahajanand Swami (1781-1830) and elaborated by current leaders in major festivals, diverse media, and over the Internet, help preserve ethnic and religious identity in many modern cultural and political contexts. Swaminarayan Hinduism, here described through its history, divisions, leaders, theology and practices, provides valuable case studies of contemporary Hinduism, religion, migrants, and transnationalism. This new edition includes up-to-date information about growth, geographic expansion, leadership transitions, and impact of Swaminarayan institutions in India and abroad.

The Law Code of Manu (Paperback): Patrick Olivelle The Law Code of Manu (Paperback)
Patrick Olivelle
R363 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R76 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Manu was seated, when the great seers came up to him: "Please, Lord, tell us the Laws of all the social classes, as well as of those born in between..."' The Law Code of Manu is the most authoritative and the best-known legal text of ancient India. Famous for two thousand years it still generates controversy, with Manu's verses being cited in support of the oppression of women and members of the lower castes. A seminal Hindu text, the Law Code is important for its classic description of so many social institutions that have come to be identified with Indian society. It deals with the relationships between social and ethnic groups, between men and women, the organization of the state and the judicial system, reincarnation, the workings of karma, and all aspects of the law. Patrick Olivelle's lucid translation is the first to be based on his critically edited text, and it incorporates the most recent scholarship on ancient Indian history, law, society, and religion. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Portraits of the Masters - Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages (Hardcover): D. Dinwiddie Portraits of the Masters - Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages (Hardcover)
D. Dinwiddie
R2,494 R2,116 Discovery Miles 21 160 Save R378 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A catalogue of 108 portrait bronzes of great masters of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. It presents a history of these teaching lineages. The sculptures span the most productive period in the history of Tibetan Buddhist art, illustrating Tibetan portraiture's long and varied history. This is a catalogue of 108 portrait bronzes of great masters of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, it presents a history of these teaching lineages based on and illustrated by the collection. Ranging in date from the 12th to 18th century, the sculptures span the most productive period in the

A Survey of Hinduism - Third Edition (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Klaus K. Klostermaier A Survey of Hinduism - Third Edition (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Klaus K. Klostermaier
R902 Discovery Miles 9 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The third edition of this well-regarded introduction to Hinduism adds new material on the religion's origins, on its relations with rival traditions, and on Hindu science.

The Way of the Monk - How to Find Purpose, Balance, and Lasting Happiness (Paperback): Gaur Gopal Das The Way of the Monk - How to Find Purpose, Balance, and Lasting Happiness (Paperback)
Gaur Gopal Das
R443 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What can a member of a Mumbai ashram offer the modern world? Gaur Gopal Das shows that a monk still has much to teach about living a happy and balanced life. In contemporary culture, the popular conception of a "monk" is often of a dour ascetic who lives apart from society and never engages with the day-to-day problems of humanity. Gaur Gopal Das, a monk from an ashram in Mumbai, shows that this image couldn't be further from the truth. In The Way of the Monk, Gopal Das presents a guide to navigating some of the contemporary world's most fundamental questions. How can we achieve peace when the world is so full of noise and conflict? How do we learn to let go of attachment when consumer culture constantly tells us that we are unfulfilled? How can we embody love when our interactions with others are so fraught with old wounds and misunderstanding? According to Gopal Das, the keys to unraveling these dilemmas have existed for thousands of years throughout the world's great wisdom traditions. Structured around the four "wheels" of behavior that support a healthy, balanced life, The Way of the Monk teaches fundamental skills of mindfulness, self-inquiry, positive communication, and more. Gopal Das writes from the perspective of a trusted friend, weaving tales he's encountered over the years into a single, overarching teaching story. Already a bestseller in India, The Way of the Monk is an ideal entry point for those who are just stepping onto the spiritual path. Here you will find a humorous and profound journey into truths that exist beyond the boundaries of geography, tradition, and nationality.

Guardians of the Buddha's Home - Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jodo Shinshu (Paperback): Jessica Starling Guardians of the Buddha's Home - Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jodo Shinshu (Paperback)
Jessica Starling; Series edited by Mark Michael Rowe
R726 Discovery Miles 7 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Guardians of the Buddha's Home, Jessica Starling draws on nearly three years of ethnographic research to provide a comprehensive view of Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land) temple life with temple wives (known as bomori, or temple guardians) at its center. Throughout, she focuses on "domestic religion," a mode of doing religion centering on more informal religious expression that has received scant attention in the scholarly literature. The Buddhist temple wife's movement back and forth between the main hall and the "back stage" of the kitchen and family residence highlights the way religious meaning cannot be confined to canonical texts or to the area of the temple prescribed for formal worship. Starling argues that attaining Buddhist faith (shinjin) is just as likely to occur in response to a simple act of hospitality, a sense of community experienced at an informal temple gathering, or an aesthetic affinity with the temple space that has been carefully maintained by the bomori as it is from hearing the words of a Pure Land sutra intoned by a professional priest. For temple wives, the spiritual practice of button hosha (repayment of the debt owed to the Buddha for one's salvation) finds expression through the conscientious stewardship of temple donations, caring for the Buddha's home and opening it to lay followers, raising the temple's children, and propagating the teachings in the domestic sphere. Engaging with what religious scholars have called the "turn to affect," Starling's work investigates in personal detail how religious dispositions are formed in individual practitioners. The answer, not surprisingly, has as much to do with intimate relationships and quotidian practices as with formal liturgies or scripted sermons.

Sikhism (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair Sikhism (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair
R6,957 R5,960 Discovery Miles 59 600 Save R997 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume describes Sikhism, the youngest member of the Indic religious traditions. It looks at the striking features of this tradition and describes its birth in the fifteenth century and its continual evolution between the sixteenth and late twentieth centuries into an independent formation often described as the "world's fifth largest religion". The volume explains how Sikhism arose at a time of religious and political ferment, a fact which left its mark on its interactions with other traditions, notably Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. The volume illustrates that Sikhism's political aspirations may not have been fully met by the establishment of the nation state of India in 1947, as indicated by the demand by its adherents for greater autonomy which occasionally has spilled over into claims for independence. It pays attention to the fact that Sikhism is isomorphic with Buddhism and Jainism inasmuch as the demographically minority status of all of these religious traditions conceals the vast influence they have exerted on the Indian landscape. In addition the volume analyses the relationship between complex themes such as violence and mysticism, politics and religion, tradition and modernity, as they have manifested themselves in the historical evolution of the Sikh community. It provides a useful introduction to the lives of its founders, their philosophical and ethical teachings and to Sikh responses and interactions with the world's major religious traditions in an increasingly pluralistic world.

Pluralism and Democracy in India - Debating the Hindu Right (Paperback): Wendy Doniger, Martha C. Nussbaum Pluralism and Democracy in India - Debating the Hindu Right (Paperback)
Wendy Doniger, Martha C. Nussbaum
R832 Discovery Miles 8 320 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wendy Doniger and Martha Nussbaum bring together leading scholars from a wide array of disciplines to address a crucial question: How does the world's most populous democracy survive repeated assaults on its pluralistic values? India's stunning linguistic, cultural, and religious diversity has been supported since Independence by a political structure that emphasizes equal rights for all, and protects liberties of religion and speech. But a decent Constitution does not implement itself, and challenges to these core values repeatedly arise---not least in the first decade of the twenty-first century, when the rise of Hindu Right movements threatened to destabilize the nation and upend its core values, in the wake of a notorious pogrom in the state of Gujarat in which approximately 2000 Muslim civilians were killed.
Focusing on this time of tension and threat, the essays in this volume consider how a pluralistic democracy managed to survive. They examine the role of political parties and movements, including the women's movement, as well as the role of the arts, the press, the media, and a historical legacy of pluralistic thought and critical argument. Featuring essays from eminent scholars in history, religious studies, political science, economics, women's studies, and media studies, Pluralism and Democracy in India offers an urgently needed case study in democratic survival. As Nehru said of India on the eve of Independence: ''These dreams are for India, but they are also for the world.'' The analysis this volume offers illuminates not only the past and future of one nation, but the prospects of democracy for all.

Tao Te Ching (Paperback, New edition): Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching (Paperback, New edition)
Lao Tzu; Translated by Arthur Waley; Notes by Arthur Waley; Introduction by Robert Wilkinson; Series edited by Tom Griffith
R113 R89 Discovery Miles 890 Save R24 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Translated with Notes by Arthur Waley. With an Introduction by Robert Wilkinson. Dating from around 300BC, Tao Te Ching is the first great classic of the Chinese school of philosophy called Taoism. Within its pages is summed up a complete view of the cosmos and how human beings should respond to it. A profound mystical insight into the nature of things forms the basis for a humane morality and vision of political utopia. The ideas in this work constitute one of the main shaping forces behind Chinese spirituality, art and science, so much so that no understanding of Chinese civilisation is possible without a grasp of Taoism. This edition presents the authoritative translation by Arthur Waley, with a new Introduction reflecting recent developments in the interpretation of the work.

Buddhism Day by Day - Wisdom for Modern Life (Paperback): Daisaku Ikeda Buddhism Day by Day - Wisdom for Modern Life (Paperback)
Daisaku Ikeda
R387 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R69 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With brief, easily absorbed wisdom from the precepts of Nichiren, a 13th-century Buddhist priest, this collection of day-to-day musings can be enjoyed by casual readers and devoted followers alike. Covering a wide span of topics -- from life and death to courage and winning -- the practical information and encouragement are ideal for those seeking to find a deeper understanding of this ancient philosophy.

Eihei Dogen - Mystical Realist (Paperback): Hee-Jin Kim Eihei Dogen - Mystical Realist (Paperback)
Hee-Jin Kim
R434 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R117 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Eihei Dogen, the founder of the Japanese branch of the Soto Zen Buddhist school, is considered one of the world's most remarkable religious philosophers. "Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist" is a comprehensive introduction to the genius of this brilliant thinker. This thirteenth-century figure has much to teach us all and the questions that drove him have always been at the heart of Buddhist practice.
At the age of seven, in 1207, Dogen lost his mother, who at her death earnestly asked him to become a monastic to seek the truth of Buddhism. We are told that in the midst of profound grief, Dogen experienced the impermanence of all things as he watched the incense smoke ascending at his mother's funeral service. This left an indelible impression upon the young Dogen; later, he would emphasize time and again the intimate relationship between the desire for enlightenment and the awareness of impermanence. His way of life would not be a sentimental flight from, but a compassionate understanding of, the intolerable reality of existence.
At age 13, Dogen received ordination at Mt. Hiei. And yet, a question arose: "As I study both the exoteric and the esoteric schools of Buddhism, they maintain that human beings are endowed with Dharma-nature by birth. If this is the case, why did the buddhas of all ages - undoubtedly in possession of enlightenment - find it necessary to seek enlightenment and engage in spiritual practice?" When it became clear that no one on Mt. Hiei could give a satisfactory answer to this spiritual problem, he sought elsewhere, eventually making the treacherous journey to China. This was the true beginning of a life of relentless questioning, practice, and teaching - an immensely inspiring contribution to the Buddhadharma.
As you might imagine, a book as ambitious as "Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist" has to be both academically rigorous and eminently readable to succeed. Professor Hee-Jim Kim's work is indeed both.

The Spirit of Zen (Paperback): Sam Van Schaik The Spirit of Zen (Paperback)
Sam Van Schaik
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An engaging introduction to Zen Buddhism, featuring a new English translation of one of the earliest Zen texts Leading Buddhist scholar Sam van Schaik explores the history and essence of Zen, based on a new translation of one of the earliest surviving collections of teachings by Zen masters. These teachings, titled The Masters and Students of the Lanka, were discovered in a sealed cave on the old Silk Road, in modern Gansu, China, in the early twentieth century. All more than a thousand years old, the manuscripts have sometimes been called the Buddhist Dead Sea Scrolls, and their translation has opened a new window onto the history of Buddhism. Both accessible and illuminating, this book explores the continuities between the ways in which Zen was practiced in ancient times, and how it is practiced today in East Asian countries such as Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as in the emerging Western Zen tradition.

I Ching (Hardcover, New ed): Hua-Ching Ni I Ching (Hardcover, New ed)
Hua-Ching Ni
R869 R690 Discovery Miles 6 900 Save R179 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The philosophy found in the I Ching was created by the ancients from their careful observaton of nature. We 'moderns' can use the sixty-four hexagrams found in the I Ching as a predictive tool to enhance our lives and reconcile our spiritual and physical selves. When one consults the 'I CHing', the hexagram gives the general background of the situation, while the lines indicate the correct way in which to handle the specific circumstance. This masterful translation by Hua-Ching Ni is popular throughout the world.

Living Gita - The Complete Bhagavad Gita a Commentary for Modern Readers (Paperback): Swami Satchidananda Living Gita - The Complete Bhagavad Gita a Commentary for Modern Readers (Paperback)
Swami Satchidananda
R436 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R77 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Bhagavad Gita tells the story of how Arjuna, the great warrior, is seated in his chariot about to engage in battle, when he sees his own kinsmen and his revered teacher arrayed in battle against him, and feels that he cannot fight. It is then that Krishna, the Cosmic Lord, comes to counsel him. Arjuna represents the human soul seated in the chariot of the body and Krishna is the inner Spirit, the God within, who is there to consel him. Today we see humanity divided against itself and threatened with nuclear war and mutual destruction. No political means are adequate to deal with this problem, and many are driven to despair. It is then that the message of the Gita comes to teach us that it is only when we rise above human schemes and calculations and awake to the presence of the indwelling Spirit that we can hope to find the answer to our need.

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