What the Buddha Never Taught: A 'Behind the Robes" Account of Life in a Thai Forest Monastery

By Tim Ward

There continues to be a spot within the jungles of Thailand, the place you could go away all of it behind... A cult vintage and bestseller within the Nineties, What the Buddha by no means Taught is a funny “behind the gowns” account of lifestyles inside of one of many strictest jungle monasteries in Southeast Asia. In Pahnanachat, the priests hold the 227 ideas laid down by means of the Buddha, together with refraining from all killing. yet how does a overseas monk do something about cobra within the outhouse, or the temptation of a Mars Bar in his begging bowl? discover, during this newly reincarnated twentieth anniversary version, with a brand new advent by means of the writer and a brand new foreword by means of Wade Davis.

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Buddhism: A Short History (Short Religion)

By Edward Conze

In this authoritative advisor, one of many world's such a lot uncommon students of Buddhism offers a compact precis of the tradition’s improvement, from the time of the Buddha to the twentieth century exile of the Dalai Lama. protecting all of the Buddhist colleges from Maháyána to Zen, this complete, concise learn is broadly stated because the vintage creation to the heritage of the Buddhist culture, excellent for college students and readers alike. Edward Conze studied Indian and comparative philosophy on the universities of Bonn and Hamburg.

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The Ceasing of Notions: An Early Zen Text from the Dunhuang Caves with Selected Comments

One of the writings from the Dunhuang Caves, came across within the mid-twentieth Century, are the Zen an identical of the lifeless Sea Scrolls--ancient texts unknown for hundreds of years. The Ceasing of Notions is one such textual content. It takes a distinct shape: a discussion among imaginary figures, a grasp and his disciple, during which the disciple tenaciously pursues the master's pity utterances with follow-up questions that propel the discussion towards ever extra profound insights. And those questions turn out to be the reader's own. Soko Morinaga brings alive this compact and marvelous textual content together with his personal vibrant commentary.

This quantity additionally contains a beneficiant choice from Morinaga's acclaimed autobiography, Novice to grasp: An Ongoing Lesson within the volume of my very own Stupidity.

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Jataka Tales of the Buddha: An Anthology, Volume 2

By Ken Kawasaki, Visakha Kawasaki

Be aware: ninety nine% convinced that this is often retail (found on what.cd) yet as I didn't collect it at once I won't record it as such.

This quantity, the second one of 3, includes ninety one tales. the total anthology includes 217 of the unique 547 Jātakas. this isn't a brand new translation from the Pali, yet relatively a retelling of the tales in sleek English.

Originally translated in English firstly of the 20th century, those stories tackle new lifestyles during this fascinating retelling. while many contemporary collections have awarded the Jatakas as fables for kids, right here the authors have preserved even more of the unique drama, in order that they are appropriate for readers of every age.

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Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans

Zen koans are tales of exchanges among Zen masters and their disciples in the mean time of enlightenment or near-enlightenment. those tales have lengthy interested Western readers as a result of their knowledge, humor, and enigmatic caliber. Drawing on over 30 years of perform and instructing, Richard Shrobe (himself a well-known Zen grasp) has chosen 22 circumstances from The Blue Cliff Record and Wu-men-kuan that he reveals deeply significant and priceless for meditation perform. In Elegant Failure, he offers a wealth of history info and private anecdotes for every koan that aid to light up its that means with out detracting from its paradoxical nature. As Shrobe reminds us, "The major center of Zen educating is the naked bones of what's there. In a undeniable feel, embellishing a narrative takes clear of the important instructing: do not decorate something, simply be with it because it is."

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Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist

By Hee-Jin Kim

Eihei Dogen, the founding father of the japanese department of the Soto Zen Buddhist institution, is taken into account one of many world's such a lot awesome spiritual philosophers. Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist is a entire creation to the genius of this fabulous philosopher. This thirteenth-century determine has a lot to coach us all and the questions that drove him have regularly been on the middle of Buddhist practice.

At the age of 7, in 1207, Dogen misplaced his mom, who at her dying earnestly requested him to develop into a monastic to hunt the reality of Buddhism. we're informed that during the midst of profound grief, Dogen skilled the impermanence of all issues as he watched the incense smoke ascending at his mother's funeral provider. This left an indelible effect upon the younger Dogen; later, he may emphasize repeatedly the intimate courting among the need for enlightenment and the attention of impermanence. His lifestyle wouldn't be a sentimental flight from, yet a compassionate figuring out of, the insupportable truth of existence.

At age thirteen, Dogen acquired ordination at Mt. Hiei. And but, a question arose: "As I research either the exoteric and the esoteric faculties of Buddhism, they preserve that humans are endowed with Dharma-nature by way of beginning. if that is so, why did the buddhas of every age - unquestionably in ownership of enlightenment - locate it essential to search enlightenment and interact in non secular practice?" whilst it turned transparent that nobody on Mt. Hiei may well provide a passable resolution to this non secular challenge, he sought somewhere else, ultimately making the treacherous trip to China. This used to be the real starting of a lifetime of relentless wondering, perform, and instructing - an immensely inspiring contribution to the Buddhadharma.

As you may think, a e-book as bold as Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist needs to be either academically rigorous and eminently readable to be successful. Professor Hee-Jim Kim's paintings is certainly either.

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Becoming Kuan Yin: The Evolution of Compassion

By Stephen Levine

In his lengthy profession as a poet, Buddhist instructor, non secular consultant, and author, Stephen Levine has replaced our knowing of demise and demise. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine's first new ebook in lots of years, he turns to the legend of Kuan Yin, the Bodhistitva commemorated via East Asian Buddhists for her compassion.

In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine stocks the story of Miao Shan, born centuries in the past to a merciless king who sought after her to marry a filthy rich yet uncaring guy. this is often the tale of the way Miao Shan refused to persist with the trail her father had in brain and, as an alternative, turned Kuan Yin, the 1st said woman Buddha who watches over the death and those that paintings with them.

Levine weaves jointly tale and perform and is helping readers notice their very own countless ability for mercy and compassion below tricky situations. This publication can have resonance for Kuan Yin's hundreds of thousands of followers.

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The World of Tibetan Buddhism: An Overview of Its Philosophy and Practice

With attribute humility, His Holiness the Dalai Lama starts this landmark survey of the complete Buddhist direction by means of asserting, "I imagine an summary of Tibetan Buddhism for the aim of offering a entire framework of the trail might end up priceless in deepening your realizing and practice." during this e-book, the Dalai Lama supplies a presentation that's either concise and profound, obtainable and fascinating. As readers discover Tibetan Buddhism extra totally than ever ahead of, they are going to locate in His Holiness an excellent pal and authority.

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The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma (English and Chinese Edition)

By Bodhidharma, Red Pine

A fifth-century Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma is credited with bringing Zen to China. even supposing the culture that strains its ancestry again to him didn't flourish till approximately 200 years after his demise, this present day hundreds of thousands of Zen Buddhists and scholars of kung fu declare him as their non secular father.

While others seen Zen perform as a purification of the brain or a level so that it will ideal enlightenment, Bodhidharma equated Zen with buddhahood and believed that it had a spot in daily life. rather than telling his disciples to purify their minds, he pointed them to rock partitions, to the routine of tigers and cranes, to a hole reed floating around the Yangtze.

This bilingual variation, the one quantity of the good teacher's paintings at present on hand in English, provides 4 teachings of their entirety. "Outline of perform" describes the 4 all-inclusive behavior that bring about enlightenment, the "Bloodstream Sermon" exhorts scholars to hunt the Buddha by way of seeing their very own nature, the "Wake-up Sermon" defends his premise that the main crucial approach for achieving enlightenment is beholding the brain. the unique chinese language textual content, offered on dealing with pages, is taken from a Ch'ing dynasty woodblock edition.

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Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction (Critical Issues in World and International History)

By Peter D. Hershock

Among Buddhist traditions, Zen has been remarkably winning in garnering and maintaining curiosity outdoors the Buddhist homelands of Asia, and “zen” is now a part of the worldwide cultural lexicon. This deeply educated booklet explores the heritage of this enduring jap tradition—from its beginnings as a sort of Buddhist idea and perform imported from China to its reinvention in medieval Japan as a strength for non secular, political, and cultural switch to its function in Japan’s include of modernity. Going deeper, it additionally explores Zen in the course of the studies and teachings of key people who formed Zen as a convention devoted to the embodiment of enlightenment via all. through bringing jointly Zen’s institutional and private dimensions, Peter D. Hershock bargains readers a nuanced but available advent to Zen in addition to special insights into concerns that stay proper this present day, together with the inventive tensions among globalization and localization, the interaction of politics and faith, and the chances for integrating social transformation with own liberation.

Including an creation to the elemental teachings and practices of Buddhism and an account in their unfold throughout Asia, Public Zen, own Zen deftly blends ancient aspect with the felt reports of Zen practitioners grappling with the which means of human agony, own freedom, and the mixing of social and non secular growth.

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