Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist

By Hee-Jin Kim

Eihei Dogen, the founding father of the japanese department of the Soto Zen Buddhist university, is taken into account one of many world's so much awesome non secular philosophers. Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist is a complete advent to the genius of this significant philosopher. This thirteenth-century determine has a lot to coach us all and the questions that drove him have constantly 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 impact upon the younger Dogen; later, he might emphasize again and again the intimate courting among the will for enlightenment and the notice of impermanence. His lifestyle wouldn't be a sentimental flight from, yet a compassionate realizing of, the insupportable fact of existence.

At age thirteen, Dogen obtained ordination at Mt. Hiei. And but, a question arose: "As I learn either the exoteric and the esoteric colleges of Buddhism, they keep that people are endowed with Dharma-nature by way of start. if so, why did the buddhas of every age - absolutely in ownership of enlightenment - locate it essential to search enlightenment and interact in non secular practice?" while it turned transparent that not anyone on Mt. Hiei may possibly supply 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 booklet as formidable as Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist needs to be either academically rigorous and eminently readable to prevail. Professor Hee-Jim Kim's paintings is certainly either.

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By Hee-Jin Kim

Eihei Dogen, the founding father of the japanese department of the Soto Zen Buddhist university, is taken into account one of many world's so much awesome non secular philosophers. Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist is a complete advent to the genius of this significant philosopher. This thirteenth-century determine has a lot to coach us all and the questions that drove him have constantly 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 impact upon the younger Dogen; later, he might emphasize again and again the intimate courting among the will for enlightenment and the notice of impermanence. His lifestyle wouldn't be a sentimental flight from, yet a compassionate realizing of, the insupportable fact of existence.

At age thirteen, Dogen obtained ordination at Mt. Hiei. And but, a question arose: "As I learn either the exoteric and the esoteric colleges of Buddhism, they keep that people are endowed with Dharma-nature by way of start. if so, why did the buddhas of every age - absolutely in ownership of enlightenment - locate it essential to search enlightenment and interact in non secular practice?" while it turned transparent that not anyone on Mt. Hiei may possibly supply 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 booklet as formidable as Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist needs to be either academically rigorous and eminently readable to prevail. Professor Hee-Jim Kim's paintings is certainly either.

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Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi

By Zhengjue

Tranlated by means of Taigen Daniel Leighton and Yi Wu Hongzhi -- the twelfth-century chinese language Zen grasp who used to be predecessor of the recognized thinker Dogen -- is well known in Zen literature as certainly one of its so much artistically sleek stylists. He was once the 1st to articulate silent illumination, the nondual objectless meditation quite often identified to fashionable Zen scholars as "just sitting." formerly on hand in English purely in scattered fragments, Hongzhi's influential educating is right here awarded comprehensively, now not as a historic artifact, yet as a undying and encouraging advisor to religious understanding within the modern global.

Taigen Daniel Leighton presents an informative creation that strains Hongzhi's existence, vital elements of his educating, and his position within the Zen tradition.

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By Zhengjue

Tranlated by means of Taigen Daniel Leighton and Yi Wu Hongzhi -- the twelfth-century chinese language Zen grasp who used to be predecessor of the recognized thinker Dogen -- is well known in Zen literature as certainly one of its so much artistically sleek stylists. He was once the 1st to articulate silent illumination, the nondual objectless meditation quite often identified to fashionable Zen scholars as "just sitting." formerly on hand in English purely in scattered fragments, Hongzhi's influential educating is right here awarded comprehensively, now not as a historic artifact, yet as a undying and encouraging advisor to religious understanding within the modern global.

Taigen Daniel Leighton presents an informative creation that strains Hongzhi's existence, vital elements of his educating, and his position within the Zen tradition.

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Luminous Emptiness: Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead

By Francesca Fremantle

The Tibetan ebook of the useless, a best-seller for 3 a long time, is among the most generally learn texts of Tibetan Buddhism. through the years, it's been studied and adored through Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Luminous vacancy is an in depth consultant to this vintage paintings, elucidating its mysterious strategies, phrases, and imagery. Fremantle relates the symbolic international of the Tibetan booklet of the useless to the reviews of way of life, providing the textual content now not as a scripture for the death, yet as a advisor for the residing.

According to the Buddhist view, not anything is everlasting or mounted. the total international of our adventure is continually showing and disappearing at each second. utilizing brilliant and dramatic imagery, the Tibetan ebook of the useless presents the concept that the majority folks live in a dream that may proceed from lifetime to lifetime until eventually we really wake up via changing into enlightened. right here, Fremantle, who labored heavily with Chögyam Trungpa at the 1975 translation of the Tibetan ebook of the useless (Shambhala), brings the services of a life of learn to rendering this interesting vintage extra available and significant to the residing.

Luminous vacancy features in-depth factors of:

   •  The Tibetan Buddhist notions of dying and rebirth
   •  The which means of the 5 energies and the 5 components in Tibetan Buddhism
   •  The psychological and actual event of demise, in keeping with the Tibetan Buddhist culture

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By Francesca Fremantle

The Tibetan ebook of the useless, a best-seller for 3 a long time, is among the most generally learn texts of Tibetan Buddhism. through the years, it's been studied and adored through Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Luminous vacancy is an in depth consultant to this vintage paintings, elucidating its mysterious strategies, phrases, and imagery. Fremantle relates the symbolic international of the Tibetan booklet of the useless to the reviews of way of life, providing the textual content now not as a scripture for the death, yet as a advisor for the residing.

According to the Buddhist view, not anything is everlasting or mounted. the total international of our adventure is continually showing and disappearing at each second. utilizing brilliant and dramatic imagery, the Tibetan ebook of the useless presents the concept that the majority folks live in a dream that may proceed from lifetime to lifetime until eventually we really wake up via changing into enlightened. right here, Fremantle, who labored heavily with Chögyam Trungpa at the 1975 translation of the Tibetan ebook of the useless (Shambhala), brings the services of a life of learn to rendering this interesting vintage extra available and significant to the residing.

Luminous vacancy features in-depth factors of:

   •  The Tibetan Buddhist notions of dying and rebirth
   •  The which means of the 5 energies and the 5 components in Tibetan Buddhism
   •  The psychological and actual event of demise, in keeping with the Tibetan Buddhist culture

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The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness

By Peter Ralston

Over many years of martial arts and meditation perform, Peter Ralston stumbled on a curious and paradoxical truth: that precise wisdom arises from a kingdom of not-knowing. Even the main honest research of self and spirit, he says, is usually sabotaged by way of our tendency to snatch too quick for solutions and ideas as we retreat to the protection of the identified. This "Hitchhiker’s consultant to expertise" offers priceless guideposts alongside an experiential trip for these Western minds predisposed to wandering off to outdated behavior, adored presumptions, and a stubbornly sturdy feel of self. very easily and readability Ralston teaches readers easy methods to observe the history styles that they're frequently too busy, under pressure, or distracted to note. The ebook of now not Knowing issues out the methods humans get caught of their lives and gives readers how to make clean offerings approximately each element in their lives, from a spot of know-how rather than autopilot.

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By Peter Ralston

Over many years of martial arts and meditation perform, Peter Ralston stumbled on a curious and paradoxical truth: that precise wisdom arises from a kingdom of not-knowing. Even the main honest research of self and spirit, he says, is usually sabotaged by way of our tendency to snatch too quick for solutions and ideas as we retreat to the protection of the identified. This "Hitchhiker’s consultant to expertise" offers priceless guideposts alongside an experiential trip for these Western minds predisposed to wandering off to outdated behavior, adored presumptions, and a stubbornly sturdy feel of self. very easily and readability Ralston teaches readers easy methods to observe the history styles that they're frequently too busy, under pressure, or distracted to note. The ebook of now not Knowing issues out the methods humans get caught of their lives and gives readers how to make clean offerings approximately each element in their lives, from a spot of know-how rather than autopilot.

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Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy

By The Cowherds

The doctrine of the 2 truths--a traditional fact and an final truth--is crucial to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology. the 2 truths (or realities), the excellence among them, and the relation among them is known variously in numerous Buddhist faculties and is of specified significance to the Madhyamaka tuition. the basic rules are articulated with specific strength through Nagarjuna (2nd--3rd century CE) who famously claims that the 2 truths are similar to each other, and but specified. the most influential interpretations of Nagarjuna's tricky doctrine derives from the observation of Candrakirti (6th century CE). whereas a lot recognition has been dedicated to explaining the character of the last word fact in view of its detailed soteriological function, much less has been paid to realizing the character of traditional fact, that is frequently defined as "deceptive," "illusion," or "truth for fools." yet traditional fact is still fact. This ebook accordingly asks, "what is correct approximately traditional truth?" and "What are the results of an realizing of traditional fact for our lives?"

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By The Cowherds

The doctrine of the 2 truths--a traditional fact and an final truth--is crucial to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology. the 2 truths (or realities), the excellence among them, and the relation among them is known variously in numerous Buddhist faculties and is of specified significance to the Madhyamaka tuition. the basic rules are articulated with specific strength through Nagarjuna (2nd--3rd century CE) who famously claims that the 2 truths are similar to each other, and but specified. the most influential interpretations of Nagarjuna's tricky doctrine derives from the observation of Candrakirti (6th century CE). whereas a lot recognition has been dedicated to explaining the character of the last word fact in view of its detailed soteriological function, much less has been paid to realizing the character of traditional fact, that is frequently defined as "deceptive," "illusion," or "truth for fools." yet traditional fact is still fact. This ebook accordingly asks, "what is correct approximately traditional truth?" and "What are the results of an realizing of traditional fact for our lives?"

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A Clear Mirror: The Visionary Autobiography of a Tibetan Master

By Traktung Dudjom Lingpa

Own memoirs will not be unusual in Tibetan Buddhism, yet A transparent replicate offers an strange edition: 3 degrees of non secular teachings, conveying outer, internal, and sophisticated elements of knowledge, that supply readers complete entry to the wealthy lifetime of considered one of Vajrayana Buddhism’s most valuable figures. Dudjom Lingpa (1835–1904) was once a Tibetan visionary and nice Perfection grasp, or tertön, a revealer of non secular treasures referred to as terma hidden within the Earth and within the minds of disciples. Dujdom Lingpa is popular for his revelations on “refining perception” or Nang Jang, and, via dream yoga, trance, and visions, for transmitting the “mindstream” of a few enlightened religious beings, akin to Sri Singha, Saraha, Vajradhara, and Manjushri, whose knowledge he got and stocks during this booklet.

A transparent replicate
reveals what excessive lamas regard as such a lot sacred and intimate: religious evolution through the lens of an innermost visionary lifestyles. Lingpa recounts every one step of his personal enlightenment process—from studying the best way to meditate to the top tantric practices—as he skilled them. A transparent reflect is a religious experience that still accommodates daily meditation suggestion, designed for the lay reader in addition to the extra pro practitioner, during this evocative unique translation.

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By Traktung Dudjom Lingpa

Own memoirs will not be unusual in Tibetan Buddhism, yet A transparent replicate offers an strange edition: 3 degrees of non secular teachings, conveying outer, internal, and sophisticated elements of knowledge, that supply readers complete entry to the wealthy lifetime of considered one of Vajrayana Buddhism’s most valuable figures. Dudjom Lingpa (1835–1904) was once a Tibetan visionary and nice Perfection grasp, or tertön, a revealer of non secular treasures referred to as terma hidden within the Earth and within the minds of disciples. Dujdom Lingpa is popular for his revelations on “refining perception” or Nang Jang, and, via dream yoga, trance, and visions, for transmitting the “mindstream” of a few enlightened religious beings, akin to Sri Singha, Saraha, Vajradhara, and Manjushri, whose knowledge he got and stocks during this booklet.

A transparent replicate
reveals what excessive lamas regard as such a lot sacred and intimate: religious evolution through the lens of an innermost visionary lifestyles. Lingpa recounts every one step of his personal enlightenment process—from studying the best way to meditate to the top tantric practices—as he skilled them. A transparent reflect is a religious experience that still accommodates daily meditation suggestion, designed for the lay reader in addition to the extra pro practitioner, during this evocative unique translation.

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Beyond language and reason, Mysticism in Indian Buddhism

By Ilkka Pyysiainen

The purpose of this research is to enquire the which means of mysticism in Indian
Buddhism. This activity is entire via a religion-phenomenological
analysis attempting to relate the guidelines expressed in Buddhist texts to
certain human methods of experiencing one's being-in-the-world. Underlying
this method is a view of spiritual texts as "tracks" of assorted forms of
human stories, mystical and otherwise.
Mystical studies are right here understood opposed to the heritage of
Heidegger's and Gadamer's thought of a linguistic foundation of human fact. In
mystical adventure, this foundation is transcended, and truth is experienced
without the bounds of language and discursive considering. : A Comparative examine of significant Traditions from the 12th via 19th Centuries

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By Ilkka Pyysiainen

The purpose of this research is to enquire the which means of mysticism in Indian
Buddhism. This activity is entire via a religion-phenomenological
analysis attempting to relate the guidelines expressed in Buddhist texts to
certain human methods of experiencing one's being-in-the-world. Underlying
this method is a view of spiritual texts as "tracks" of assorted forms of
human stories, mystical and otherwise.
Mystical studies are right here understood opposed to the heritage of
Heidegger's and Gadamer's thought of a linguistic foundation of human fact. In
mystical adventure, this foundation is transcended, and truth is experienced
without the bounds of language and discursive considering. : A Comparative examine of significant Traditions from the 12th via 19th Centuries

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Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

By David Chadwick

Shunryu Suzuki is understood to numerous readers because the writer of the trendy religious vintage Zen brain, Beginner's Mind.  This so much influential instructor comes vividly to existence in Crooked Cucumber, the 1st complete biography of any Zen grasp to be released within the West.  To make up his intimate and engrossing narrative, David Chadwick attracts on Suzuki's personal phrases and the thoughts of his scholars, buddies, and family.  Interspersed with formerly unpublished passages from Suzuki's talks, Crooked Cucumber inspires a down-to-earth lifetime of the spirit.  Along with Suzuki we will be able to give you the option to "practice with mountains, bushes, and stones and to discover ourselves during this vast world."

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By David Chadwick

Shunryu Suzuki is understood to numerous readers because the writer of the trendy religious vintage Zen brain, Beginner's Mind.  This so much influential instructor comes vividly to existence in Crooked Cucumber, the 1st complete biography of any Zen grasp to be released within the West.  To make up his intimate and engrossing narrative, David Chadwick attracts on Suzuki's personal phrases and the thoughts of his scholars, buddies, and family.  Interspersed with formerly unpublished passages from Suzuki's talks, Crooked Cucumber inspires a down-to-earth lifetime of the spirit.  Along with Suzuki we will be able to give you the option to "practice with mountains, bushes, and stones and to discover ourselves during this vast world."

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In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint

By Peggy McCracken

The attention-grabbing account of ways the tale of the Buddha used to be remodeled into the legend of a Christian saint.

the tale of Saint Josaphat, a prince who gave up his wealth and state to keep on with Jesus, was once probably the most well known Christian stories of the center a while, translated right into a dozen languages, and brought up by means of Shakespeare within the service provider of Venice. but Josaphat is just remembered this day due to the similarities of his lifestyles to that of the Buddha.

In seek of the Christian Buddha is determined opposed to the backdrop of the alternate alongside the Silk street, the Christian payment of Palestine, the unfold of Islam, and the Crusades. It lines the trail of the Buddha’s story from India and indicates the way it advanced, adopting information from each one tradition in the course of its sojourn. those early cases of globalization allowed not just items but additionally wisdom to circulation among assorted cultures and round a lot of the world.

Eminent students Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Peggy McCracken display how religions born millions of miles aside shared principles in the course of the centuries. They discover astounding convergences and divergences among those faiths on matters together with the that means of dying, the matter of hope, and their view of girls. Demonstrating the impressive energy of this story, they ask now not how tales movement between religions yet how religions move between stories.

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By Peggy McCracken

The attention-grabbing account of ways the tale of the Buddha used to be remodeled into the legend of a Christian saint.

the tale of Saint Josaphat, a prince who gave up his wealth and state to keep on with Jesus, was once probably the most well known Christian stories of the center a while, translated right into a dozen languages, and brought up by means of Shakespeare within the service provider of Venice. but Josaphat is just remembered this day due to the similarities of his lifestyles to that of the Buddha.

In seek of the Christian Buddha is determined opposed to the backdrop of the alternate alongside the Silk street, the Christian payment of Palestine, the unfold of Islam, and the Crusades. It lines the trail of the Buddha’s story from India and indicates the way it advanced, adopting information from each one tradition in the course of its sojourn. those early cases of globalization allowed not just items but additionally wisdom to circulation among assorted cultures and round a lot of the world.

Eminent students Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Peggy McCracken display how religions born millions of miles aside shared principles in the course of the centuries. They discover astounding convergences and divergences among those faiths on matters together with the that means of dying, the matter of hope, and their view of girls. Demonstrating the impressive energy of this story, they ask now not how tales movement between religions yet how religions move between stories.

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The Trauma of Everyday Life

By Mark Epstein

Trauma doesn't simply take place to some unfortunate humans; it's the bedrock of our psychology. loss of life and affliction contact us all, yet even the typical sufferings of loneliness and worry are nerve-racking. In The Trauma of daily Life well known psychiatrist and writer of Thoughts with no Thinker Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational capability of trauma, revealing the way it can be utilized for the mind’s personal development.

Western psychology teaches that if we comprehend the reason for trauma, we'd stream earlier it whereas many attracted to japanese practices see meditation as a method of emerging above, or distancing themselves from, their such a lot tricky feelings. either, Epstein argues, fail to acknowledge that trauma is an indivisible a part of existence and will be used as a lever for development and an ever deeper figuring out of switch. once we regard trauma with this angle, knowing that affliction is common and with out common sense, our ache connects us to the area on a extra primary point. the way in which out of soreness is thru it.
 
Epstein’s discovery starts in his research of the lifetime of Buddha, seeking to how the dying of his mom trained his direction and teachings. The Buddha’s religious trip might be learn as an expression of primitive pain grounded in adolescence trauma. but the Buddha’s tale is just one of many in The Trauma of daily Life. right here, Epstein appears to be like to his personal adventure, that of his sufferers, and of the various fellow sojourners and academics he encounters as a psychiatrist and Buddhist. they're alike basically in that they percentage in trauma, huge and small, as we all do. Epstein unearths all through that trauma, if it doesn’t wreck us, wakes us as much as either our minds’ personal potential and to the pain of others. It makes us extra human, worrying, and clever. it may be our best instructor, our freedom itself, and it truly is to be had to we all.

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By Mark Epstein

Trauma doesn't simply take place to some unfortunate humans; it's the bedrock of our psychology. loss of life and affliction contact us all, yet even the typical sufferings of loneliness and worry are nerve-racking. In The Trauma of daily Life well known psychiatrist and writer of Thoughts with no Thinker Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational capability of trauma, revealing the way it can be utilized for the mind’s personal development.

Western psychology teaches that if we comprehend the reason for trauma, we'd stream earlier it whereas many attracted to japanese practices see meditation as a method of emerging above, or distancing themselves from, their such a lot tricky feelings. either, Epstein argues, fail to acknowledge that trauma is an indivisible a part of existence and will be used as a lever for development and an ever deeper figuring out of switch. once we regard trauma with this angle, knowing that affliction is common and with out common sense, our ache connects us to the area on a extra primary point. the way in which out of soreness is thru it.
 
Epstein’s discovery starts in his research of the lifetime of Buddha, seeking to how the dying of his mom trained his direction and teachings. The Buddha’s religious trip might be learn as an expression of primitive pain grounded in adolescence trauma. but the Buddha’s tale is just one of many in The Trauma of daily Life. right here, Epstein appears to be like to his personal adventure, that of his sufferers, and of the various fellow sojourners and academics he encounters as a psychiatrist and Buddhist. they're alike basically in that they percentage in trauma, huge and small, as we all do. Epstein unearths all through that trauma, if it doesn’t wreck us, wakes us as much as either our minds’ personal potential and to the pain of others. It makes us extra human, worrying, and clever. it may be our best instructor, our freedom itself, and it truly is to be had to we all.

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