Drawing on his knowledge and long practice of Buddhism, the author reflects on four lines representing fundamental principles of the Zen or Ch'an school of Buddhism. He sets out to communicate the essence of each, and to indicate how its meaning can be applied to Western conditions.
Using a system established by the ancestors of the Rinzai tradition of Zen, this book presents specific meditation practices in a practical and engaging way that will enable readers to live a grounded, strong, energetic life.
Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and conflicting information that Buddhist texts give about the life and teaching of the Buddha. Discussing the social and political background of India in Buddha's time, and traces the development of his thought. He assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its relevance.
Here in this inspirational book are the Dalai Lama's thoughts on:The nature and meaning of mysticismHow we can live lives infused with mystical experienceHow mysticism can result in both personal and social change.
With this historical introduction to Buddhism, the authors aim to portray the thoughts and actions of the followers of Buddha. The book covers ritual, devotionalism, doctrine, meditation, practice, and institutional history.
In 1997, Emma Slade was taken hostage in a hotel room on a business trip to Jakarta. Over the ensuing months the trauma following the event took hold. Realising her view on life had profoundly changed she embarked upon a journey, discovering the healing power of yoga and, in Bhutan, opening her eyes to a kinder, more peaceful way of living.
Provides the insight and tools we need to incorporate the practice of mindfulness into our waking moments. This title helps us transcend the mad rush of our days and discover that within the here and now, in the small rituals of our daily lives, we have the ability to experience inner peace and happiness.
The Dalai Lama sees himself first and foremost as a human being, secondly as a monk and thirdly as the former political leader of Tibet. In this book, we read many hitherto unknown stories from his childhood, his formation as a monk and his gradual development as a leader of his people.
Examining the historical development of Buddhism and its presence today, this guide covers: principal traditions; practices and beliefs; ethical guidelines and philosophy; religious texts; and, community. It is suitable for students and interested readers wanting to familiarise themselves with the Buddhist faith.
Explains the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan tradition. This book includes not only an introduction to the practice of meditation but also advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion, and how to bring them help of a spiritual kind.
In 1819 a Hungarian scholar set off on a 30 year odyssey in search of his own identity and origins in the Magyar people. He ended up in Ladakh, where, through a bizarre sequence of events, he found himself decoding the mysteries of Tibetan culture for the British government.
The English poet, philosopher, and literary critic William Empson considered 'The Face of the Buddha' to be one of his finest works and was heartbroken when he lost the only copy in the wake of World War Two. Its recent rediscovery means the book can now be offered for the very first time exactly as he intended.
Written by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker Sogyal Rinpoche, this book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It includes an introduction to the practice of meditation, as well as advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion.
This edition offers a new translation of a selection of the Buddha's most important sayings reflecting the full variety of material: biography of the Buddha, narrative, myth, short sayings, philosophical discourse, instruction on morality, meditation, and the spiritual life. It provides an excellent introduction to Buddhist scripture.
Bringing together ancient wisdom and contemporary thinking on the subject of mindfulness, this book provides a practical foundation for understanding the principles of mind/body awareness. It introduces tools for sustaining authentic wellbeing, it helps us to take control of our lives, de-stress and find peace and happiness in this frantic world.
Though canonized as a saint and a fully enlightened buddha, the eleventh-century Ra Lotsawa's life story presents a darker path than those taken by Siddhartha Gautama or Milarepa. This book presents an account of one of the most colourful and memorable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.
Tsoknyi Rinpoche's story is an unusual one: as a rebellious young man, he fled a monastery to marry and raise a family, then returned to Nepal and has since become a preeminent Tibetan Buddhist teacher. This book offers Rinpoche's history as an example of how to lead a compassionate life, regardless of status, tradition or circumstances.
Explains the path to achieving Zen, a balance between the body and the mind. Based on the result of the author's quest to learn archery in the hands of Japanese Zen masters, this book presents an account of one man's journey to complete abandonment of 'the self' and the Western principles that we use to define ourselves.
Features the Dalai Lama's message that compassion is essential for individuals and for the world. This title suggests we pay close attention to the way we respond to everything around us, and explains how caring for others can be a profound source of happiness on an individual level, which can then be extended outward in wider and wider circles.
The book examines how the Chinese made use of raw material imported from India and added some seasoningsA" peculiar to China and developed their own recipesA" about how to construct the ideas of Buddhism.
Offers prayers and meditations from one of the greatest spiritual traditions of the world, Buddism. This title is divided into four colour-coded groups of cards, organised according to theme: Truth & Awareness, Love & Compassion, Peace & Happiness, and Insight & Meditations. It incorporates a built-in card-holder to facilitate reading.
Zen master, peace activist and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. He offers commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories to show how deep meditative presence is available.
Features tools which comprise of teachings, exercises and reflections which can be applied to everyday life. These tools draw on the Buddhist tradition to guide us along a progressive path of ethics, meditation and wisdom in the context of our day-to-day living.