Download E-books What Is the Sangha?: The Nature of Spiritual Community PDF

By Sangharakshita

It may be a shock to discover that Buddhism provides nice value to the Sangha, the religious neighborhood. a few might consider that their guru or instructor is all that they want. To others, the belief of sharing their internal and outer lives with others can appear a problem or perhaps a possibility. however the religious group isn't approximately unthinking conformity or belonging to a snug crew. fairly, it's the loose organization of constructing members opting for to aid one another alongside the trail.

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Download E-books Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha PDF

Luminous Mind is a extraordinary compilation of the oral and written teachings of the overdue Kalu Rinpoche - who used to be referred to as "a beacon of proposal" by means of the Dalai Lama. A grasp of meditation and chief of the Shangpu Kagyu college of Tibetan Buddhism, Kalu Rinpoche taught with an inviting, playful and lucid kind that used to be only one common manifestation of his personal profound awareness. the lessons provided in Luminous Mind are rapid and timeless.

As the Dalai Lama notes in his foreword, Luminous Mind covers "the complete diversity of Buddhist perform from the elemental research of the character of the brain as much as its final refinement within the teachings of Mahamudra." This anthology of Kalu Rinpoche's writings and oral teachings resonates together with his knowledge and compassion.

Comparing Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche with Milarepa, the best mediation grasp Tibet has ever recognized, His Holiness the Dalai Lama extols the writer of Luminous brain as a "beacon of notion" for non secular practitioners of all traditions. Noting that "there were few like him prior to or since," His Holiness urges us to delve into this amazing anthology of the overdue Kalu Rinpoche's crucial directions in order that we might come across "the complete variety of Buddhist perform from the fundamental research of the character of the brain as much as its final refinement within the teachings of Mahamudra." Drawn from either his lucid writings and his eloquent oral shows, this unparalleled e-book lays naked the entire grandeur of Kalu Rinpoche's legacy. whilst, the light phrases and playful tales of this grasp of meditation are packed with a intensity of readability and heat that may in basic terms come up from a profound awareness of either knowledge and compassion.

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Download E-books The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality PDF

By Bernard Faure

Is there a Buddhist discourse on intercourse? during this leading edge learn, Bernard Faure finds Buddhism's paradoxical attitudes towards sexuality. His remarkably large diversity covers the total geography of this faith, and its lengthy evolution from the time of its founder, Xvkyamuni, to the premodern age. The author's anthropological method uncovers the inherent discrepancies among the normative teachings of Buddhism and what its fans practice.

Framing his dialogue on the most widespread Western thinkers of sexuality--Georges Bataille and Michel Foucault--Faure attracts from assorted reservoirs of writings, comparable to the orthodox and heterodox "doctrines" of Buddhism, and its monastic codes. almost untapped mythological in addition to criminal assets also are used. The dialectics inherent in Mahvyvna Buddhism, particularly within the Tantric and Chan/Zen traditions, looked as if it would enable for better laxity or even inspired breaking of taboos.

Faure additionally bargains a historical past of Buddhist monastic existence, which has been buffeted via anticlerical attitudes, and through makes an attempt to control sexual habit from either inside and past the monastery. In chapters dedicated to Buddhist homosexuality, he examines the way this sexual habit was once concurrently condemned and idealized in medieval Japan.

This ebook will charm specifically to these drawn to the cultural heritage of Buddhism and in premodern jap tradition. however the tale of ways one of many world's oldest religions has confronted one in every of life's maximum difficulties makes interesting examining for all.

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Download E-books Kar Glin Zi Khro: A Tantric Buddhism Concept (Cnws Publications) PDF

By Henk Blezer

The purpose of the examine offered during this book is to elucidate the conceptual background of 2 parts which are trendy in Tibetan tantrism (Buddhist and "Bon"). The learn zooms in on qualitative representations of various degrees of human cognizance as they're met with in descriptions of so-called intermediate states (bar do-s) and likewise on extra quantitative "mappings" of the human brain, illustration through a composite association, a bunch of peaceable and wrathful deities (zhi ba dang khro bo'i lha tshogs, in brief, zhi khro). point of interest of this research into speculations in regards to the thoughts bar do and zhi khro is the foundation and improvement of 1 particular bar do or intermediate nation, the bar do of (the war of words with) truth because it is (chos nyid kyi bar do, in "Bon"-tradition referred to as bon nyid or zhi khro bar do), during which those strategies look in conjunction. Speculations relating to this intermediate nation are it seems that quite past due advancements that may be localized in a particular method of tantric thought and perform referred to as "Great Perfection" (rDzogs chen), present in general one of the previous sect of Tibetan Buddhism (rNying ma pa-s) and the so-called "Bon"-traditions of Tibet. "Bon"-traditions couldn't be absolutely lined within the study provided right here, investigations concerning those hugely attention-grabbing traditions are in growth and may be released in a next paintings.

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Download E-books The Buddha's Way of Happiness: Healing Sorrow, Transforming Negative Emotion, and Finding Well-Being in the Present Moment PDF

Discover the secrets and techniques to Happiness and Well-Being

The pleasure you're feeling after listening to excellent news or reaching a aim is fleeting, yet real happiness-that is, the nice and cozy feeling of deep contentment and joy-is lasting, and it may be yours in each second. The Buddha's means of Happiness is a advisor to placing apart your anxieties in regards to the destiny, regrets concerning the prior, and relentless longing to alter your existence for the higher, and awakening to the enjoyment of living.

With this publication as your consultant, you will determine the obstacles to happiness you create on your personal existence and use the eightfold direction of Buddhist psychology to enhance your skill to understand the small, pleased moments that ensue each day. those workouts, meditations, and urban ways to working towards happiness and healthiness are drawn from mindfulness, "no self," and different historical Buddhist insights, lots of which were confirmed potent by way of trendy psychologists and researchers. With the data that happiness is a behavior you could undertake like all different, take step one down this deeply pleasurable direction in your life's journey.

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Download E-books The Concealed Essence of the Hevajra Tantra: With the Commentary Yogaratnamala PDF

By G.W. Farrow, I Menon

The treatise consists of discourses among the Bhagavan Buddha and his disciple Vajragarba, and contains discourses among the Bhagavan and his consort. The Hevajra Tantra, like different Buddhist Sutras and Tantras, commences with the Nidanavakyam--evam maya srutam (Thus have I heard). this can be the resource for the disclose of the Upaya, The capability, the modes of perform.

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Download E-books Chan Buddhism in Ritual Context (Routledgecurzon Studies in Asian Religion) PDF

The essays during this quantity try to position the Chan and Zen culture of their ritual and cultural contexts, a variety of features heretofore mostly (and unduly) overlooked. specifically, they convey the level to which those traditions, regardless of their declare to strong point, have been indebted to bigger traits in East Asian Buddhism, equivalent to the cults of icons, relics and the monastic robe.
The e-book emphasises the significance of formality for a formal figuring out of this allegedly anti-ritualistic kind of Buddhism. In doing so, it deconstructs the Chan/Zen 'rhetoric of immediacy' and its ideological underpinnings.

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