In this book Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. “Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness.”
Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners, this book offers a range of simple, effective practices for cultivating mindfulness, including awareness of breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech. You Are Here also offers guidance on healing emotional pain and manifesting real love and compassion in our relationships with others.
Alan Watts - Out of Your Mind
In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Out of Your Mind brings readers, for the first time, six of this legendary thinker's most engaging teachings on how to break through the limits of the rational mind and expand your awareness and appreciation of how we can transcend all that is unfolding all around us. Offering answers to generations of spiritual seekers, Alan Watts is the voice for all who search for an understanding of their identity and role in the world. For those both new and familiar with Watts, this book invites us to delve into his favourite pathways out of the trap of conventional awareness: Discover art of the controlled accident what happens when you stop taking your life so seriously and start enjoying it with complete sincerity. Embrace chaos to discover your deepest purpose. How do we come to believe the myth of myself that we are skin-encapsulated egos separate from the world around us and how to transcend that illusion? Find the miracle that occurs when we stop taking life so seriously.
Alan Watts - Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life
Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies, but he’s also recognized as a brilliant commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions as well as a celebrity philosopher who exemplified the ideas — and lifestyle — of the 1960s counterculture. In this compilation of controversial lectures, delivered at American universities throughout the decade, Watts challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture’s most hallowed constructs. Watts treads familiar ground, interpreting Eastern traditions, and also covers new territory, exploring the counterculture’s basis in the ancient tribal and shamanic cultures of Asia, Siberia, and the Americas. In the process, he addresses some of the era’s most important questions: What is the nature of reality? And how does an individual’s relationship to society affect this reality? Filled with his playful, provocative style, the talks show the remarkable scope of a philosopher in his prime, exploring and defining the '60s counterculture as only Alan Watts could.
Rama Dr. Friderick Lenz - Szörföltem a Himaláján
Az itt következő beszámoló himalájai kalandjaimról saját tapasztalataimra épül, amelyeket évekkel ezelőtt Nepálban éltem át. Bár valóságos eseményeken alapulnak, átalakítottam és kiszíneztem azokat. Remélem, hogy a következő oldalakon bemutatott belső és külső élmények elszórakoztatják Önt, Kedves Olvasó, és segítik a megvilágosodáshoz vezető úton.
Alan Watts - This Is It
In six revolutionary essays, philosopher Alan Watts explores the relationship between spiritual experience and ordinary life—and the need for them to coexist within each of us. With essays on “cosmic consciousness” (including Watts’ account of his own ventures into this inward realm); the paradoxes of self-consciousness; LSD and consciousness; and the false opposition of spirit and matter, This Is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience is a truly mind-opening collection.
Sharman Apt Russell - Standing in the Light
"Everything is connected, and the web is holy.” So wrote Marcus Aurelius, the starting point of Sharman Apt Russell’s wise and haunting new memoir about her life as a pantheist. In Standing in the Light, Russell explores the history of this tradition from the Stoic philosophers to the Transcendentalists while reflecting on her own life during a year spent in the mountains and desert of southwestern New Mexico. Nature provides the inspiration for meditations on subjects ranging from Buddhist thought to the death of her father, from global warming to the ineffable loneliness of human experience. With a humane heart, an inquisitive mind, and an astounding fluency of prose, Sharman Apt Russell invites skeptics, scientists, and seekers everywhere to join her in her exploration of the soul of pantheism.
Neale Donald Walsch - Conversations with God I.
Conversations with God Book 1 began a series that has been changing millions of lives for more than ten years. Finally, the bestselling series is now a movie, starring Henry Czerny (The Pink Panther and Clear and Present Danger) and Ingrid Boulting (The Last Tycoon). Produced and directed by Stephen Simon (producer of Somewhere in Time and What Dreams May Come) and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Fox Home Entertainment, the theatrical release is set for October 27, 2006. The movie is the true account of Walsch (played by Cierny), who went from an unemployed homeless man to an "accidental spiritual messenger" and author of the bestselling book.
Sunrjú Szuzuki - Zen szellem, a kezdő szellem
A zen szellem vagy zen attitűd nem más, mint a kezdő szellem. Rácsodálkozó kérdésfeltevés, amely önmagunk mibenlétét kutatja – ez az, amire a zen gyakorlása során mindvégig szükség van. A kezdők szelleme üres, és mentes a tanultak szokásaitól. Tud elfogadni, tud kételkedni, és nyitott minden eshetőségre. Olyan hozzáállás, amely az élet minden területén hasznunkra válik, amely úgy képes a dolgokat látni, ahogy azok vannak. E kezdő szellem az, amely lépésről lépésre és egyetlen időtlen pillanatban megértheti minden dolgok eredetét. A zen gyakorlás e hozzáállásáról szól a könyv minden sora. Fejezeteiben közvetve vagy közvetlenül arról beszél, hogyan tarthatjuk fenn ezt az attitűdöt a meditációnkban és a mindennapi életünkben egyaránt. Ősi módja ez a tanításnak, amely egyszerű és erőteljes nyelven szól, példáit pedig az élet adja. Ez a könyv, amely ma már a zen klasszikusok sorába emelkedett, Sunrjú Szuzuki zen mester Los Altos-i és kaliforniai beszédeiből született. Meditációs gyakorlataik végeztével válaszolt az emberek kérdéseire, bátorította őket a zen gyakorlásában, és segített nekik mindennapi életük problémáinak megoldásában. A könyv minden oldala azzal az örömmel és egyszerűséggel lélegzik, amely egy szabad életet lát és láttat. Szuzuki rósi azt mondja: „Az élet önmaga varázslata." Ez az érzés áthatja az egész könyvet. Amikor figyelmesen olvassuk a szöveget, ugyanaz az állítás vagy gondolatsor egyszerre nyilvánvaló és egyszerű, homályos, zavarba ejtő és megvilágosító. Ez valóban az intenzív, mély és örömteli elmélkedés könyve.
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years - What I Learned While Editing My Life
After writing a successful memoir, Donald Miller's life stalled. During what should have been the height of his success, he found himself unwilling to get out of bed, avoiding responsibility, even questioning the meaning of life. But when two movie producers proposed turning his memoir into a movie, he found himself launched into a new story filled with risk, possibility, beauty, and meaning. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years chronicles Miller's rare opportunity to edit his life into a great story, to reinvent himself so nobody shrugs their shoulders when the credits roll. Through heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Donald Miller takes readers through the life that emerges when it turns from boring reality into meaningful narrative. Miller goes from sleeping all day to riding his bike across America, from living in romantic daydreams to fearful encounters with love, from wasting his money to founding a nonprofit with a passionate cause. Guided by a host of outlandish but very real characters, Miller shows us how to get a second chance at life the first time around. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is a rare celebration of the beauty of life.
Dalai Lama XIV - The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace
A beautiful and unique new package of this wonderful collection of inspirational thoughts on life, death and rebirth, giving the reader an intimate personal portrait of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his own words. A perfect gift, this book shows us how to embrace love and compassion in our everyday lives. This is a wonderful collection of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's thoughts on a wide range of important subjects, including the world today, the different world views of faith, science and religion and the nature of life, death and rebirth. The first section of the book is autobiographical, providing an intimate personal portrait of the Dalai Lama in his own words, discussing his studies, the invasion of Tibet, his meeting with Mao and his views on everything from travelling in China to his perspective on Gandhi. This attractively packaged book will inspire readers with its teachings on love, compassion and how to nurture peace in everyday life.
Carl Gustav Jung - The undiscovered self
Written three years before his death, The Undiscovered Self combines acuity with concision in masterly fashion and is Jung at his very best. Offering clear and crisp insights into some of his major theories, such as the duality of human nature, the unconscious, human instinct and spirituality, Jung warns against the threats of totalitarianism and political and social propaganda to the free-thinking individual. As timely now as when it was first written, Jung's vision is a salutary reminder of why we should not become passive members of the herd.
Brennan Manning - The Ragamuffin Gospel
As Christians today, we often focus on spiritual achievement, beating ourselves up when we don't perform the way we think we should. We believe in God's grace - in theory. But, somehow, we can't manage to apply it to our day-to-day lives. The truth is, we can't earn God's acceptance, any more than we can earn our salvation. Yet. He gives it to us, willingly - no matter who we are or what we have done. We are all ragamuffins. Each of us comes beat-up, burnt-out, ragged and dirty to sit at our Father's feet. And there He smiles upon us - the chosen objects of His "furious love".
Paul Harrison - Elements of Pantheism
Do you feel a deep sense of belonging and wonder in a forest or by the ocean? Are you speechless with awe when you see the Milky Way strewn with stars? Do you find it hard to conceive of a divinity separate from the beauty of nature or the power of the universe? Then you are probably a pantheist. The heart of Pantheism is reverence for Nature and the Universe. It offers a vibrant alternative to theism and atheism, with a joyful and accepting approach to life on this earth. Pantheism dates back to the very first Greek philosophers, and was the religious viewpoint of many famous thinkers and artists, including Marcus Aurelius, Spinoza, Wordsworth, Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, Einstein, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The dominant religious approach of the nineteenth century, pantheism is seeing a modern revival as the underlying world view of the environmental movement, of leading scientists, and of nature-revering paganism. This accessible, clear and authoritative handbook is the only available introduction to the history, theory and practice of Pantheism.
James Robbins - Build a Better Buddha
These days, the search for self-actualization and liberation can be rather overwhelming. With so many spiritual systems and teachings readily available, many of us feel confused and intimidated. We want to find just the "right" system or teacher--but how? In this book, James Robbins guides you beyond the seeming complexities and idiosyncrasies of various beliefs and traditions, redirecting you toward a few, simple truths common to all paths of realization. In doing so, Robbins helps you recognize and distill the core teachings of both traditional and non-traditional paths into your own unique way. With this book you learn that you already have everything you need to expand your conscious awareness, recognize where you are on your path, and fully experience the profound beauty of life and the world we live in--right here, right now.
Shauna Niequist - Present Over Perfect
LIVE A LIFE OF MEANING AND CONNECTION Instead of pushing for perfection A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything. Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth. Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection. Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us. In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.
Charlie Hedges - Getting the Right Things Right
"What would you like to have accomplished in your lifetime?" is the question posed by the author on page 8 of this wonderfully insightful book. He uses the rest of the book to answer the question. On page 10 he offers a summary that really places the whole issue in context. "The life we desire deep in our being is the one we were created to have, consistent with the way God made us. That's where we'll find the kind of significance we're after." As the discussion progresses, he talks more about one will encounter along the way. For example, on complexity, he observes "Only at the edge of chaos can complex systems flourish." Three common elements found in any book of this nature are included; perseverance, desire, and hard work. They are necessary for the fulfilled life. Passion is another common theme. When a person works with passion, it makes a positive difference on those touched by the work. On self-examination, he encourages readers to discover the passion burning within them. What is it that you are uniquely qualified to offer by the way you were made with your talents, gifts, abilities, and insights? One's giftings identifies them at their core. He has a particularly strong section on dreams. "All your dreams and longings are vital, even the illogical ones--maybe especially the illogical ones--because your dreams are trying to reveal to you very important pieces of who you are" (p. 106). He talks about how breakthrough discoveries start with "crazy dreamers." Dreamers are encouraged to find like minded people with whom to share their visions and goals. Plans are the vehicles by which dreams become real. Small steps lead to the destiny of dreams being fulfilled. Annual goals are advocated. This book is full of spiritual advice which is practical. For Charlies Hedges, all spiritual advice is practical.
Ismeretlen szerző - Korean Cultural Heritage IV
Our Survery of Korean lifestyles begins with Professor Kang Shin-pyo's article on traditional life. Kang considers the basis of Korean culture and customs: the relationship between the individual and the community; the Korean concept of nature; Korea's syncretistic religious and philosophical tradition; and the importance of family throughout Korean history.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Psychology of Awakening
The Buddhist view of the mind - how it works, how it goes wrong, how to put it right - is increasingly being recognised as profound and highly practical by scientists, counsellors and other professionals. In The Psychology of Awakening, this powerful vision of human nature, and its implications for personal and social life, are for the first time brought to a wider audience by some of those most influential in exploring its potential for the way we live today. These include: David Brazier Jon Kabat Zinn Francisco Varela Joy Manne Geshe Thubten Jinpa Mark Epstein Gay Watson Maura Sills Guy Claxton Stephen Batchelor Deeply relevant, accessible and authoritative, The Psychology of Awakening will be of interest to all those who wish to understand the workings of their minds a little better and who are also seeking new ways of mastering the challenges - personal, professional and cultural with which modern life confronts us all.
Jed McKenna - Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment
THE MARK OF A TRUE MASTER is that he can express a subject of the utmost complexity with uncanny simplicity. Jed McKenna is such a master, and spiritual enlightenment is his subject. His first book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, was an instant classic and established him as a spiritual teacher of startling depth and clarity. Now, his second book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, takes us on a fascinating tour of the enlightened state — what it is and what it's not, who's there and who's not, how to get there and how to get somewhere better. Delightful surprises abound, including the dramatic unveiling of perhaps the greatest spiritual masterpiece of all time — long hidden in plain view and well known to all. Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Mark Twain and U.G. Krishnamurti all appear, and a student from the first book returns to share her Spiritual Autolysis journals. Also surprising are the author's gentle efforts to guide the reader away from enlightenment toward a more desirable and accessible state. Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged, Missing me one place, search another, I stop somewhere, waiting for you. — Walt Whitman — Jed McKenna's books aren't for everyone. They're for people who are tired of the spiritual merry-go-round and ready to confront the unadorned reality of the awakening process. If you like your teachers with all the spiritual trimmings and trappings, Jed may not be right for you, but when you're ready to jump off the merry-go-round and begin your journey, Jed McKenna is the guy you want to see standing there — waiting for you.
Láma Anagarika Govinda - Buddhist Reflections
Editorial Reviews From Library Journal Grouped into four parts--"The World and Its Interpretation," "The Inward Path," "Art as Creative Meditation," and "The Meeting of East and West"--these essays by a Westerner who became a Tibetan monk and Buddhist scholar combine thought with feeling, insight with wide-ranging compassion. An introductory essay provides background about the Buddha and Buddhism so that the 19 subsequent essays are accessible and convey profound thought in clear language with analogies helpful to Westerners. Govinda's most exciting essays deal with consciousness and transcendence as echoed in other religions and in Teilhard de Chardin's ideas of a conscious cosmos. Recommended for large public, academic, and seminary libraries. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. Language Notes Text: English (translation) Original Language: German
Ursula Groll - Swedenborg And New Paradigm Science
Ursula Groll relates the metaphysical thought of Emanuel Swedenborg to current New Paradigm science, especially to the interface of science and spirituality. By providing extensive excerpts from Swedenborg's works and drawing parallels between his visionary insights and the works of philosophers and physicists such as David Bohm, Fritjof Capra, Rupert Sheldrake, and Albert Einstein, Groll shows how Swedenborg's voyage of discovery led him increasingly from the great to the small, from the outer to the inner, until he discovered the mirror of the universe, the seat of the Divine as the source of truth.