Buddhist Goddesses of India by Miranda Shaw

By Miranda Shaw

The Indian Buddhist global abounds with goddesses--voluptuous tree spirits, maternal nurturers, effective healers and protectors, transcendent knowledge figures, cosmic moms of liberation, and dancing lady Buddhas. regardless of their significance in Buddhist idea and perform, those woman deities have acquired fairly little scholarly consciousness, and no complete examine of the feminine pantheon has been to be had. Buddhist Goddesses of India is the fundamental and definitive consultant to divinities that, as Miranda Shaw writes, "operate from transcendent planes of bliss and understanding for so long as their presence may gain advantage dwelling beings."

Beautifully illustrated, the ebook chronicles the histories, legends, and inventive portrayals of 19 goddesses and a number of other comparable human figures and texts. Drawing on a sweeping variety of fabric, from devotional poetry and meditation manuals to rituals and inventive photos, Shaw finds the nature, powers, and perform traditions of the feminine divinities. Interpretations of interesting characteristics equivalent to physique colour, stance, coiffure, garments, jewellery, hand gestures, and hand-held gadgets lend deep perception into the symbolism and roles of every goddess.

In addition to being a finished reference, this ebook strains the interesting historical past of those goddesses as they advanced in the course of the early, Mahayana, and Tantric activities in India and located a spot within the pantheons of Tibet and Nepal.

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The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice

Jeffrey L. Broughton bargains an annotated translation of the Whip for Spurring scholars Onward throughout the Chan Barrier Checkpoints (Changuan cejin), which he abbreviates to Chan Whip. This anthology, compiled through Yunqi Zhuhong (1535–1615), has served as a Chan instruction manual in either China and Japan considering its e-book in 1600. To represent the Chan Whip as “late Ming Chan” is inaccurate-in truth, it's a survey of just about the whole lot of Chan literature, working from the past due 800s (Tang dynasty) to approximately 1600 (late Ming). The Chan extracts, the majority of the ebook, are by way of a brief part of extracts from Buddhist canonical works (showing Zhuhong’s adherence to the “convergence of Chan and the teachings”). The Chan extracts intentionally eschew summary discussions of conception in want of autobiographical narratives, anecdotal sketches, exhortations, sermons, sayings, and letters that deal very frankly-sometimes humorously-with the concrete ups and downs of lived practice.

Recent many years have obvious the ebook in English of a few handbooks on Zen perform through modern East Asian masters. The Chan Whip, although four hundred years previous, is as worthwhile to today’s practitioners as those glossy works. The scholarly literature on Chan formerly has curious about the Tang and track dynasties-by giving us furthermore the sayings of Yuan- and Ming-dynasty masters this translation fills a niche in that literature.

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An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and by Peter Harvey

By Peter Harvey

This booklet is a accomplished creation to Buddhist culture because it has built in 3 significant cultural components in Asia, and to Buddhism because it is now constructing within the West. it truly is meant to be a textbook for college kids of spiritual and Asian stories, however it may also be of curiosity to those that need a normal survey of Buddhism and its ideals. in contrast to many different common books approximately Buddhism, it not just explores the area perspectives of the faith but additionally makes an attempt to teach how Buddhism capabilities as a suite of practices. It therefore comprises chapters on devotion, ethics, monastic practices and meditation. Such practices are on the topic of Buddhist teachings and old advancements. Emphasizing because it does the variety stumbled on inside varied Buddhist traditions, the ebook goals all through to underline universal threads of trust, perform and ancient continuities which unify the Buddhist international. Dr. Harvey solutions questions which are usually requested through humans on first assembly the culture, and in his part on Nirvana deals a singular interpretation of this final, transcendent secret.

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Buddhism by Christmas Humphreys

By Christmas Humphreys

The background, improvement, and present-day educating of many of the colleges of Buddhism, the religion-philosophy which has moulded the lifetime of a lot of the jap world.
Contents
Preface 9
Introduction 11
1. The lifetime of the Buddha 25
2. The Ministry 34
3. the increase of the 2 faculties 45
4. The unfold of Buddhism 60
5. Theravada Buddhism I: the 3 indicators of Being 78
6. Theravada Buddhism II: The 4 Noble Truths 90
7. Theravada Buddhism sick: Karma and Rebirth 97
8. Theravada Buddhism IV: The Noble Eightfold
Path 108
9. Theravada Buddhism V: The 4 Paths and the
Goal 119
10. The Sangha 132
11. a few Mahayana rules 143
12. The Bodhisattva perfect and the natural Land colleges 158
13. colleges of the Mahayana 167
14. Zen Buddhism 179
15. Tibetan Buddhism
16. The end result of Buddhism
17. Buddhism To-day
Appendix I. The Buddhist Scriptures
Appendix II. Pansil
Glossary
General Bibliography
Index

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Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate by Brad Warner

By Brad Warner

How does a real-life Zen grasp — no longer the preternaturally calm, cartoonish Zen masters depicted through mainstream tradition — aid others via difficult instances whilst he’s facing discomfort of his personal? How does he meditate whilst the realm is crumbling round him? Is meditation a sound reaction or simply one other kind of escapism? those are the questions Brad Warner ponders in Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate.

During a 12 months that Warner spent giving talks and major retreats throughout North the USA, his mom and grandmother died, he misplaced his dream activity, and his marriage fell aside. In writing approximately how he utilized the Buddha’s teachings to his personal real-life agony, Warner shatters expectancies, revealing that Buddhism isn’t a few esoteric pie-in-the-sky final resolution yet an incredibly useful strategy to care for no matter what lifestyles dishes out.

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The Sayings of Layman P'ang: A Zen Classic of China by James Green

By James Green

Those clever and humorous tales were an idea to religious perform for greater than twelve centuries, rather for all those that persist with the Buddhist course as laypeople. Layman P’ang (740–808) was once a service provider and relatives guy who sooner or later positioned all his cash and possessions in a ship and sunk it in a river, in order that he may perhaps dedicate his existence to the research of the dharma. His spouse, son, and daughter joined him enthusiastically on his new direction, taking on a joyfully itinerant existence jointly as they traveled from temple to monastery throughout southern China. This selection of anecdotes and verses in regards to the enlightened layman and his relatives has develop into an everlasting Zen vintage.

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The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of by Lorne Ladner

By Lorne Ladner

Now in paperback, this sensible consultant to cultivating compassion provides Buddhist and mental perception correct the place we'd like it most—navigating the problems of our day-by-day lives.

Compassion is usually visible as , altruistic perfect cultivated by means of saints, or as an unrealistic reaction of the naively kind-hearted. Seeing compassion during this approach, we lose out on experiencing the transformative power of 1 of our so much missed internal resources.

Dr Lorne Ladner rescues compassion from this marginalised view, exhibiting how its useful software in our existence could be a strong strength achieve happiness. Combining the knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism and Western psychology, Ladner provides transparent, powerful practices for cultivating compassion in day-by-day residing.

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From Genesis to the Diamond Sutra: A Western Buddhist's by Sangharakshita

By Sangharakshita

I needed to proportion my event, and my reflections on my adventure, with these Western Buddhists who, like me, grew up inside of a Christian tradition. With concerns of the Bible, Christian mythology and ethics (including its view on sexuality), saints and mystics in addition to tales like Barlaam and Josaphat, this new e-book displays Sangharakshita’s breadth of proposal and contemplation. knowing that he was once a Buddhist at age sixteen, Sangharakshita finally spent two decades in India. Returning to England, he validated associates of the Western Buddhist Order (1967); Western Buddhist Order (1968). writer of approximately 50 books.

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