Download E-books The Origins of Om Manipadme Hum: A Study of the Karandavyuha Sutra PDF

By Alexander Studholme

Sets out a historical past of the recognized Buddhist mantra, Om Manipadme Hum, and provides new insights on its meaning.

Om Manipadme Hum, probably the main recognized of all Buddhist mantras, lies on the middle of the Tibetan method and is adored through either layman and lama alike. This publication files the origins of the chant, and provides a brand new interpretation of the which means of Om Manipadme Hum, and encompasses a unique, annotated summary of the Karandavyuha Sutra, commencing up this significant Mahayana Buddhist paintings to a much wider audience.

The Karandavyuha— the earliest textual resource for Om Manipadme Hum—which describes either the compassionate job of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva whose energy the chant invokes, and the legendary story of the quest for and discovery of the chant. via an in depth research of this sutra, Studholme explores the old and doctrinal forces in the back of the looks of Om Manipadme Hum in India at round the center of the 1st millennium C.E. He argues that the Karandavyuha has shut affinities to non-Buddhist puranic literature, and that the belief of Avalokitesvara and his six-syllable mantra is proficient via the perception of the Hindu deity Siva and his five-syllable mantra Namah Sivaya. The sutra displays an old scenario within which the Buddhist monastic institution used to be getting into touch with Buddhist tantric practitioners, themselves inspired by means of Saivite practitioners.

“This compact quantity … could be instantly available, and of significant gain, to either Tibetologists and Tibetophiles alike.” — magazine of the overseas organization of Tibetan Studies

“This booklet presents an excellent instance of the phenomenon of non secular integration, and obviously indicates how Buddhism controlled to combine principles and practices from one other non secular tradition.” — Francis Brassard, writer of the concept that of Bodhicitta in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara

“It used to be attention-grabbing to learn the author's superb insights into the syncretic development of early tantric Mahayana Buddhist fabrics just like the Karandavyuha.” — John J. Makransky, writer of Buddhahood Embodied: assets of Controversy in India and Tibet

Alexander Studholme acquired a Ph.D. from the Centre for Buddhist stories, Bristol college, England.

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Download E-books The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 1: The Four Noble Truths PDF

By Geshe Tashi Tsering

The 4 noble truths are popular because the Buddha's first and so much crucial rationalization of his enlightened realizations. The truths diagnose the human existential crisis--suffering and its origin--and prescribe a solution--cessation and the trail. to appreciate the 4 noble truths is to appreciate Buddhism as a whole.

In The 4 Noble Truths, Geshe Tashi attracts on his a long time of educating in Tibetan Buddhism to light up those truths for a contemporary viewers. His respectful engagement with Buddhists outdoor his personal culture and his insights into Western tradition make this publication fresh. it is going to present even these already familiar with the basics of Buddhism.

The 4 Noble Truths is the 1st of six stand-alone volumes within the starting place of Buddhist notion sequence.

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Download E-books Zen Dictionary PDF

By Ernest Wood

Ernest wooden became interested in Zen after writing his first article at the topic for a Shanghai journal while he used to be in Japan in 1920. This publication offers a transparent photo of Zen principles and background and a biographical account of its development in China and Japan.

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Download E-books Buddhism Is Not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs PDF

By Steve Hagen

“[Hagan’s] booklet will entice readers attracted to what precise Zen perform is meant to be approximately past all of the renowned pictures and colourful stories.”

—Robert M. Pirsig, New York instances bestselling writer of Zen and the artwork of bike Maintenance


Buddhism isn't What you're thinking that is a transparent, direct, and interesting advisor to the main crucial parts of non secular inquiry: realization, purpose, honesty with oneself, compassion, and the will to rouse. A popular Zen instructor, Steve Hagen bargains a necessary hands-on guidebook during which examples from daily life are awarded along tales from Buddhist lecturers prior and current to banish misconceptions and encourage the newcomer and the an expert practitioner alike. Buddhism isn't What You Think—it is either more…and less.

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Download E-books One Buddha is Not Enough: A Story of Collective Awakening PDF

By Thich Nhat Hanh

How will we discover ways to think in ourselves and never simply depend on our religious academics? this query usually at once posed to Thich Nhat Hanh as "Who could be your successor?" was once replied in August of 2009 while over one thousand humans got here to Colorado to spend every week with Zen grasp Thich Nhat Hanh merely to discover he was once within the sanatorium and wouldn’t be capable of lead the retreat. the results of this occasion is One Buddha isn't Enough, a publication on tips on how to develop into your personal instructor and create your personal group the place you may least count on it.

One Buddha isn't really sufficient deals clean and unique perception from rising Buddhist academics on themes reminiscent of easy methods to deal with grief, increase our relations, take care of anger and different robust feelings, and locate happiness within the current second. via letters, tales, poems, calligraphies, and images, Thich Nhat Hanh stocks his specific insights on disorder, health and wellbeing, and assorted therapeutic modalities.

Far-reaching in its implication and drastically encouraging, One Buddha isn't Enough is a real expression of yank Buddhism: all of us already comprise all of the perception and knowledge we want. we're surrounded via the folks who can assist us on our trip. occasionally all it takes is a get up name to remind us of what we're able to.

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Download E-books No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life PDF

By Thich Nhat Hanh

"[Thich Nhat Hanh] indicates us the relationship among own, internal peace and peace on earth." --His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Nominated via Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize, Thich Nhat Hanh is one in every of today’s top assets of knowledge, peace, compassion and comfort.

With hard-won knowledge and fresh perception, Thich Nhat Hanh confronts a subject matter that has been pondered through Buddhist clergymen and nuns for twenty-five-hundred years— and a question that has been reflected by means of virtually somebody who has ever lived: what's loss of life?

In No dying, No Fear, the acclaimed instructor and poet examines our recommendations of dying, worry, and the very nature of life. via Zen parables, guided meditations, and private tales, he explodes conventional myths of the way we are living and die. Thich Nhat Hanh indicates us how to stay a existence unfettered through worry.

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Download E-books The Journey to the West, Volume 2 (Revised Edition) PDF

By Wu Cheng'en

Anthony C. Yu’s translation of The trip to the West, at first released in 1983, brought English-speaking audiences to the vintage chinese language novel in its entirety for the 1st time. Written within the 16th century, the adventure to the West tells the tale of the fourteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Xuanzang, considered one of China’s most famed spiritual heroes, and his 3 supernatural disciples, looking for Buddhist scriptures. all through his trip, Xuanzang fights demons who desire to devour him, communes with spirits, and traverses a land riddled with a mess of hindrances, either genuine and fantastical. An event wealthy with hazard and pleasure, this seminal paintings of the chinese language literary canonis through turns allegory, satire, and fantasy.

With over 100 chapters written in either prose and poetry, The trip to the West has continuously been a sophisticated and tough textual content to render in English whereas conserving the lyricism of its language and the content material of its plot. yet Yu has effectively taken at the job, and during this re-creation he has made his translations much more actual and available. The explanatory notes are up-to-date and augmented, and Yu has extra new fabric to his advent, in keeping with his unique learn in addition to at the most modern literary feedback and scholarship on chinese language non secular traditions. He has additionally modernized the transliterations integrated in every one quantity, utilizing the now-standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization procedure. maybe most vital, Yu has made adjustments to the interpretation itself which will make it as specific as possible.

One of the nice works of chinese language literature, The trip to the West isn't just worthwhile to students of japanese faith and literature, yet, in Yu’s based rendering, additionally a pride for any reader.

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Download E-books Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen's Shobogenzo PDF

By Shohaku Okumura

Dogen, the thirteenth-century Zen grasp who based the japanese Soto college of Zen, is popular as one the world's so much impressive non secular geniuses. His works are either richly poetic and deeply insightful and philosophical, pointing to the never-ending depths of Zen exploration. And nearly accurately due to those evidence, Dogen is usually tricky for readers to appreciate and entirely appreciate.

Realizing Genjokoan is a finished advent to the lessons and procedure of this nice philosopher, taking us on a radical guided journey of crucial essay-Genjokoan-in Dogen's seminal paintings, the Shobogenzo. certainly, the Genjokoan is considered the top of Dogen's writings, encompassing and encapsulating the essence of the entire remainder of his work.

Our travel advisor for this trip is Shohaku Okumura, a popular instructor in his personal correct, who has committed his lifestyles to translating and instructing Dogen.

This quantity additionally comprises an creation to Dogen's lifestyles from Hee-Jin Kim's vintage, Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist, with up-to-date annotations by means of Okumura.

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Download E-books A Guide to the Deities of the Tantra (Meeting the Buddhas) PDF

A consultant to the Deities of the Tantra is an interesting perception right into a topic that has captivated the mind's eye of many yet continues to be mysterious and unique to all yet a few.

Tantric deities? who're they and what do they do?

This quantity specializes in the deities whose mantra recitation and colourful visualizations lie on the center of the Tantra. We meet goddesses of knowledge, the prince of purity, the lotus-born guru Padmasambhava, and dakinis— wild-haired ladies who dance within the flames of freedom. All, the peaceable and the wrathful alike, urge the reader to damage via to knowledge, stating the genuine nature of truth with uncompromising vigor.

Devoid of popular culture misperceptions, this advisor is a window into the occasionally mysterious global of Buddhist Tantra. Vessantara explores the foremost features of the Tantra during this magical fusion of the sensible and the imaginative—giving us an immediate perception in into the poetry and the facility of the Tantra.

A much-published and well-respected Buddhist writer, meditator, and instructor, Vessantara is a senior member of the Western Buddhist Order. He holds a specific love for Tibetan Buddhism and is recognized as a good storyteller. this is often one in all 3 volumes taking a look at Buddha figures within the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

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