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Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian religions > Religions of Indic & Oriental origin

Everyday Zen - Love and Work (Paperback): Charlotte Joko Beck Everyday Zen - Love and Work (Paperback)
Charlotte Joko Beck
R308 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R85 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Charlotte Joko Beck is one of the most popular Zen teachers currently teaching in the West. This beautifully written book is a Zen guide to the problems of daily living, love, relationships, work, fear and suffering. Beck describes how to be in the present and living each moment to the full.

Age of Shirdi Sai (Paperback): C.B. Satpathy Age of Shirdi Sai (Paperback)
C.B. Satpathy
R291 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R55 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Sayings of Zen Buddhism - Peaceful Reflections on Life (Paperback): William Wray The Sayings of Zen Buddhism - Peaceful Reflections on Life (Paperback)
William Wray
R241 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R51 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

My advice to those whose eyes have not been opened to the truth - leap from the net and see how immense is the ocean. In today's busy world, Zen Buddhism offers a tranquil refuge. Its instruction enables us calmly to discard the pressures of our daily existence to discover a greater truth. Full of wisdom and surprising insights, this carefully chosen selection sayings, tales, and verses from within the Zen tradition can help us to make revolutionary changes in our lives on a personal, social and spiritual level. It is the perfect introduction to the Buddha's philosophy and an ideal companion on the path towards enlightenment.

Zen War Stories (Hardcover, annotated edition): Brian Victoria Zen War Stories (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Brian Victoria
R3,216 Discovery Miles 32 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Contents:
Preface Part I 1. The Zen Master Wept 2. Monks and Soldiers Move on their Stomachs 3. The Zen of Assassination 4. Oomori S˘gen - the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of Zen 5. Zen Master D˘gen Goes to War - The Militarist and Anti-Semitic Writings of Yasutani Haku'un 6. Carrying Zen to China 7. Zen "Selflessness" in Japanese Militarism: Section One: The General and the Zen Master Zen; Section Two: The Foundation of Military Spirit Part II 8. Buddhist War Bereavement 9. Confessions of a Buddhist Chaplain 10. Buddhism - The Last Refuge of War Criminals: Section One: Colonel Tsuji Masanobu Goes Underground; Section Two: Finding Religion on Death Row 11. Buddhism - A Top Secret Religion in Wartime Japan; Epilogue, Notes, Works Cited, Index

I'll Meet You There - A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication (Paperback): Dharmachari Shantigarbha I'll Meet You There - A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication (Paperback)
Dharmachari Shantigarbha
R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shantigarbha shows how we connect with each other in the space that opens up when we let go of our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong. When we feel safe and connected to ourselves, we don't need to use these labels, and we are also connected to the people around us with a sense of compassionate presence, intense closeness and empathy. To empathize with others, we need to learn how to empathize with ourselves, so that when we reach out, we do so from the inside out. To support this, in each chapter there are practical exercises for individual or group study. Shantigarbha also shows how through this empathy we can find a way to stay connected to our humanity, and contribute to a more peaceful world.

Wisdom as a Way of Life - Theravada Buddhism Reimagined (Paperback): Steven Collins Wisdom as a Way of Life - Theravada Buddhism Reimagined (Paperback)
Steven Collins; Edited by Justin McDaniel; Preface by Dan Arnold; Introduction by Charles Hallisey
R823 R739 Discovery Miles 7 390 Save R84 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This wide-ranging and powerful book argues that Theravada Buddhism provides ways of thinking about the self that can reinvigorate the humanities and offer broader insights into how to learn and how to act. Steven Collins argues that Buddhist philosophy should be approached in the spirit of its historical teachers and visionaries, who saw themselves not as preservers of an archaic body of rules but as part of a timeless effort to understand what it means to lead a worthy life. He contends that Buddhism should be studied philosophically, literarily, and ethically using its own vocabulary and rhetorical tools. Approached in this manner, Buddhist notions of the self help us rethink contemporary ideas of self-care and the promotion of human flourishing. Collins details the insights of Buddhist texts and practices that promote the ideal of active and engaged learning, offering an expansive and lyrical reflection on Theravada approaches to meditation, asceticism, and physical training. He explores views of monastic life and contemplative practices as complementing and reinforcing textual learning, and argues that the Buddhist tenet that the study of philosophy and ethics involves both rigorous reading and an ascetic lifestyle has striking resonance with modern and postmodern ideas. A bold reappraisal of the history of Buddhist literature and practice, Wisdom as a Way of Life offers students and scholars across the disciplines a nuanced understanding of the significance of Buddhist ways of knowing for the world today.

Radical Acceptance - Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha (Paperback): Tara Brach Radical Acceptance - Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha (Paperback)
Tara Brach 1
R442 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R135 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn't take much--just hearing of someone else's accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully.
--"from Radical Acceptance
Radical Acceptance
"Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering," says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork--all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach's twenty years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.
Writing with great warmth and clarity, Tara Brach brings her teachings alive through personal stories and case histories, fresh interpretations of Buddhist tales, and guided meditations. Step by step, she leads us to trust our innate goodness, showing how we can develop the balance of clear-sightedness and compassion that is the essence of Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance does not mean self-indulgence or passivity. Instead it empowers genuine change: healing fear and shame and helping to build loving, authentic relationships. When we stop being at war with ourselves, we are free to live fully every precious moment of our lives.

"From the Hardcover edition.

The Buddhist Sects of Japan - Their History, Philosophical Doctrines and Sanctuaries (Paperback): E.Steinilber- Oberlin The Buddhist Sects of Japan - Their History, Philosophical Doctrines and Sanctuaries (Paperback)
E.Steinilber- Oberlin
R1,158 Discovery Miles 11 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The philosophy of Buddhism, originating in India, has undergone considerable changes in its adoption in the Far East. It has, in Japan, assumed a more practical aspect, and has come to play an important role in the everyday life of action. But in this process Japanese Buddhism has split itself into many sects with greatly differing doctrines, though all profess a method destined to elevate the soul and a method of action. The understanding of this spiritual movement is an important key to the understanding of the contemporary Japanese state of mind, and The Buddhist Sects of Japan gives the first complete account of it in the English language.

Angels and Ascension - Integrate Celestial Energy for a Benevolent Life (Book): Chandran Rae Angels and Ascension - Integrate Celestial Energy for a Benevolent Life (Book)
Chandran Rae; As told to Robert Mason Pollock
R390 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R27 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Little Book of Kaizen (Paperback): Suzannah Lee The Little Book of Kaizen (Paperback)
Suzannah Lee
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A beautifully designed introduction to the Japanese concept of 'Kaizen' - the art of self-improvement. Kaizen is a term that has long been used in the business world to emphasise constant development and transformation. But Kaizen has the power to transform all areas of life. Learn how even the smallest steps can help us to form new habits, build confidence and break down our in-built resistance to life's challenges. Rooted in 2,000 year old wisdom, Kaizen reinforces the benefits positive change, one step at a time. With over 70 simple prompts and exercises to help you improve your health, relationships and wellbeing or save money and excel at work, everything you need to know to utilise Kaizen every day is here.

Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Daniel K Gardner Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Daniel K Gardner
R220 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

To understand China, it is essential to understand Confucianism. First formulated in the sixth century BCE, the teachings of Confucius would come to dominate Chinese society, politics, economics, and ethics. In this Very Short Introduction, Daniel K. Gardner explores the major philosophical ideas of the Confucian tradition, showing their profound impact on state ideology and imperial government, the civil service examination system, domestic life, and social relations over the course of twenty-six centuries. Gardner focuses on two of the Sage's most crucial philosophical problems-what makes for a good person, and what constitutes good government-and demonstrates the enduring significance of these questions today.
This volume shows the influence of the Sage's teachings over the course of Chinese history--on state ideology, the civil service examination system, imperial government, the family, and social relations--and the fate of Confucianism in China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as China developed alongside a modernizing West and Japan. Some Chinese intellectuals attempted to reform the Confucian tradition to address new needs; others argued for jettisoning it altogether in favor of Western ideas and technology; still others condemned it angrily, arguing that Confucius and his legacy were responsible for China's feudal, ''backward'' conditions in the twentieth century and launching campaigns to eradicate its influences. Yet Chinese continue to turn to the teachings of Confucianism for guidance in their daily lives.
In addition to a survey of the philosophy and history of Confucianism, Gardner offers an examination of the resurgence of Confucianism in China today, and explores what such a revival means for the Chinese government and the Chinese people.
About the Series:
Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

Let Go - A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits (Paperback): Martine Batchelor Let Go - A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits (Paperback)
Martine Batchelor
R364 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R101 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Everyone has negative habits -- even the smallest ones can take control of us. "Let Go" is a much-needed guide to getting that control back. Martine Batchelor helps readers focus their minds and uncover the roots of their repetitive behaviors. For Batchelor, it's all about how we relate to our thoughts. By adopting the kind of "creative engagement" that she teaches in "Let Go, " readers can start to see real change, and recognize problems for what they really are: growth opportunities! Batchelor's methods are applicable to all unwanted behavior -- from the slightest undesirable recurring actions to more serious patterns of cruelty, self-abuse, and negativity. Each chapter concludes with Batchelor's expert guidance in exercises or meditations that helps readers begin to work with their harmful habits in a new, creative, and empowering way.

Living Wisely - Advice from Nagarjuna's Precious Garland (Paperback): Sanghara Kshita Living Wisely - Advice from Nagarjuna's Precious Garland (Paperback)
Sanghara Kshita
R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How do we live wisely? Sangharakshita outlines how in this companion volume of commentary on Nagarjuna's Precious Garland, showing us how to use our positive ethical position, our momentum in goodness, to develop a deep understanding of the nature of life. In the companion volume, Living Ethically, Sangharakshita showed us that to live a Buddhist life we need to develop an ethical foundation. Ethical living means being motivated increasingly by love, contentment and awareness. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint, this 'being good' is not good enough. We become good in order to be wise. Although ultimately the most satisfying of all human endeavours, here we learn that the development of wisdom is also not an easy task. The truth of things is elusive, subtle and even frightening. So we need to get to it by developing both a more non-literal and reflective intelligence, and greater maturity and courage.

A New Buddhist Path - Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World (Paperback): David R. Loy A New Buddhist Path - Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World (Paperback)
David R. Loy
R367 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R101 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Dao Companion to Japanese Confucian Philosophy (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Chun-chieh Huang, John Allen Tucker Dao Companion to Japanese Confucian Philosophy (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Chun-chieh Huang, John Allen Tucker
R3,471 R2,918 Discovery Miles 29 180 Save R553 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The "Dao Companion to Japanese Confucian Philosophy" will be part of the handbook series "Dao Companion to Chinese Philosophy," published by Springer. This series is being edited by Professor Huang Yong, Professor of Philosophy at Kutztown University and Editor of "Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy." This volume includes original essays by scholars from the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China, discussing important philosophical writings by Japanese Confucian philosophers. The main focus, historically, will be the early-modern period (1600-1868), when much original Confucian philosophizing occurred, and Confucianism in modern Japan.

The "Dao Companion to Japanese Confucian Philosophy" makes a significant contribution to the Dao handbook series, and equally to the field of Japanese philosophy. This new volume including original philosophical studies will be a major contribution to the study of Confucianism generally and Japanese philosophy in particular.

Early Buddhism: A New Approach - The I of the Beholder (Hardcover): Sue Hamilton-Blyth Early Buddhism: A New Approach - The I of the Beholder (Hardcover)
Sue Hamilton-Blyth
R3,080 Discovery Miles 30 800 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Building on the author's previous published work, this book focuses on the relationship between identity and perception in early Buddhism, drawing out and explaining the way they relate in terms of experience. It presents a coherent picture of these issues in the context of Buddhist teachings as a whole and suggests that they represent the heart of what the Buddha taught. This book will be of primary interest to scholars working within all fields of Buddhist studies.

Contemporary Buddhist Ethics (Hardcover): Damien Keown Contemporary Buddhist Ethics (Hardcover)
Damien Keown
R3,085 Discovery Miles 30 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


This innovative volume brings together the views of leading scholars on a range of controversial subjects including human rights, animal rights, ecology, abortion, euthanasia, and contemporary business practice.

Perception of the Vedas (Hardcover, UK ed.): Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Perception of the Vedas (Hardcover, UK ed.)
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy; Volume editing by V.N. Misra; Edited by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
R2,321 R1,788 Discovery Miles 17 880 Save R533 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The collection of Ananda Coomaraswamy essays taken from several volumes presents a full interlinking of not only Vedic texts and their exegetical texts in the Indian tradition itself but also of the related metaphysical texts in other traditons. The essays are similar in character and although written on random topics bear upon unity of thought and reflect single minded contemplation of him. the volume opens up a new vista of interpreting the Vedic lore

Making Fields of Merit - Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand (Paperback): Monica Lindberg Falk Making Fields of Merit - Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand (Paperback)
Monica Lindberg Falk
R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Religion plays a central role in Thai society with Buddhism intertwined in the daily lives of the people. Religion also plays an important role in establishing gender boundaries. The growth in recent decades of self-governing nunneries and the increasing interest of Thai women in a Buddhist monastic life are notable changes in the religion-gender dynamic. This anthropological study addresses religion and gender relations, analysing this through the lens of the lives, actions and role in Thai society of Buddhist nuns (mae chii). It raises questions about how the position of Thai Buddhist nuns outside the Buddhist sangha affects their religious legitimacy and describes recent moves to restore a Theravada order of female monks.

Hindu Spirituality - An Appreciation (Hardcover): Nalini Kanta Brahma Hindu Spirituality - An Appreciation (Hardcover)
Nalini Kanta Brahma
R796 R747 Discovery Miles 7 470 Save R49 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Lotus Sutra (Paperback, Revised): Burton Watson The Lotus Sutra (Paperback, Revised)
Burton Watson
R602 R507 Discovery Miles 5 070 Save R95 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since its appearance in China in the third century, "The Lotus Sutra" has been regarded as one of the most illustrious scriptures in the Mahayana Buddhist canon. The object of intense veneration among generations of Buddhists in China, Korea, Japan, and other parts of the world, it has had a profound impact on the great works of Japanese and Chinese literature, attracting more commentary than any other Buddhist scripture.

As Watson notes in the introduction to his remarkable translation, " "The Lotus Sutra" is not so much an integral work as a collection of religious texts, an anthology of sermons, stories, and devotional manuals, some speaking with particular force to persons of one type or in one set of circumstances, some to those of another type or in other circumstances. This is no doubt why it has had such broad and lasting appeal over the ages and has permeated so deeply into the cultures that have been exposed to it."

The Sound of Liberating Truth - Buddhist-Christian Dialogues in Honor of Frederick J. Streng (Hardcover): Paul Ingram, Sallie... The Sound of Liberating Truth - Buddhist-Christian Dialogues in Honor of Frederick J. Streng (Hardcover)
Paul Ingram, Sallie B. King
R3,086 Discovery Miles 30 860 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Offers essays and dialogues by well-known Buddhist and Christian scholars on topics that were of primary interest to Frederick J. Streng, in whose honour the volume was created. Topics include interreligious dialogue, ultimate reality, nature and ecology, social and political issues of liberation, and ultimate transformation or liberation.

Imaging Wisdom - Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Indian Buddhism (Hardcover): Jacob N. Kinnard Imaging Wisdom - Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Indian Buddhism (Hardcover)
Jacob N. Kinnard
R3,080 Discovery Miles 30 800 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


This book contributes to the history of religions and Buddhist studies fields by focussing on what is a far too frequently ignored aspect of religious experience: visual images.

Mindfully Facing Disease and Death - Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts (Paperback): Analayo Mindfully Facing Disease and Death - Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts (Paperback)
Analayo
R410 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R88 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Disease and death are undeniably integral parts of human life. Yet when they manifest we are easily caught unprepared. To prepare for these, we need to learn how to skilfully face illness and passing away. A source of practical wisdom can be found in the early discourses that record the teachings given by the Buddha and his disciples.The chief aim of this book is to provide a collection of passages taken from the Buddha's early discourses that provide guidance for facing disease and death. The present anthology focuses on the theme of compassion, and is concerned with anukampa: compassion as the underlying motivation in altruistic action. The book combines translations of Buddhist Sanskrit discourse from the Chinese original, with introductions that explain the basic message, clarify terminology and ideas contained in the discourse, and draw out some of their practical implications.

The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo (Paperback): Kosho Nchiyama, Shohaku Okumura The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo (Paperback)
Kosho Nchiyama, Shohaku Okumura
R376 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R100 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Abandon your treasured delusions and hit the road with one of the most important Zen masters of twentieth-century Japan.
Eschewing the entrapments of vanity, power, and money, "Homeless" Kodo Sawaki Roshi refused to accept a permanent position as a temple abbot, despite repeated offers. Instead, he lived a traveling, "homeless" life, going from temple to temple, student to student, teaching and instructing and never allowing himself to stray from his chosen path. He is responsible for making Soto Zen available to the common people outside of monasteries.
His teachings are short, sharp, and powerful. Always clear, often funny, and sometimes uncomfortably close to home, they jolt us into awakening.
Kosho Uchiyama expands and explains his teacher's wisdom with his commentary. Trained in Western philosophy, he draws parallels between Zen teachings and the Bible, Descartes, and Pascal. Shohaku Okumura has also added his own commentary, grounding his teachers' power and sagacity for the contemporary, Western practitioner.
Experience the timeless, practical wisdom of three generations of Zen masters.

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