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The Dharma of Mind Transmission: Zen Teachings of Huang-po

The great Chan Master, whos Dharma-name, was Hsi Yun, resided below Vulture Peak on Huang-po Mountain, which is in Kao-An County in Hung-Chou. He was a major disciple of Tsao-Chi, the Sixth Patriarch, and the Dharma- son of Pai-Chang. He admired the Supreme Mahayana Vehicle and sealed it without words, teaching the transmission of Mind only and no other Dharma whatsoever. He held that both Mind and substance are void and that the interrelationships of phenomena are motionless.     

Author Name :Dharmaweb

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The Theology of the Book of Jeremiah

The present study focuses on the theology of the Book of Jeremiah. That theology revolves around themes familiar from Israel's covenantal faith, especially the sovereignty of YHWH expressed in judgment and promise. The outcome of this theological nexus of context, person, and tradition is a book that moves into the abyss and out of the abyss in unexpected ways.     

Author Name :Walter Brueggemann

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The End of Reason: A Response To The New Atheists

The End of Reason is a clear and powerful response to the utter bankruptcy of Harriss New Atheism as it explains the true nature of God, the foundation for evil in the world, and the basis of true morality.     

Author Name :Ravi K. Zacharias

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The Upanishads

Included are the 12 classical upanishads: Chandogya, Kena, Aitareya, Kaushitaki, Isa, Katha, Mundaka, Taittiriyaka, Brhadaranyaka, Svetasvatara, Prasna, Maitriyana. Fully annotated with a 160-page introduction and analysis by Professor Muller, distinguished Indologist.     

Author Name :F. Max Muller

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An Introduction to Hua-Yen Buddhism

The Hua-yen doctrine shows the entire cosmos as a single nexus of conditions in which everything simultaneously depends on, and is depended on by, everything else. Seen in this light, then, everything affects and is affected by, more or less immediately or remotely, everything else; just as this is true of every system of relationships, so is it true of the totality of existence. In seeking to understand individuals and groups, therefore, Hua-yen thought considers the manifold as an integral part of the unit and the unit as an integral part of the manifold; one individual is considered in terms of relationships to other individuals as well as to the whole nexus, while the whole nexus is considered in terms of its relation to each individual as well as to all individuals.     

Author Name :Thomas F. Cleary

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A Theologico Political Treatise

Spinoza critiques organized religion and religious intolerance, and puts forward the heretical ideas that faith should be analyzed using reason. He believes secular governments should be given precedence over religious ones. Rational examination of the Old Testament to show that freedom of thought and speech is consistent with the religious life. True religion consists in practice of simple piety, independent of philosophical speculation. Also unfinished essay on theory of government founded on common consent. One of Spinozas most important works. R. Elwes translation.     

Author Name :Benedict de Spinoza

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The Texts of Taoism vol 2

Volume 2 of sacred writings of mystical Chinese religion reveal Tao, the way the key to living an obstacle-free life. Based on wu-wei, taking no unnatural action, it would make individual existence like the flow of water with no obstacles to impede. Famed Sinologist here offers standard English version of major Taoist writings.     

Author Name :James Legge

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The Texts of Taoism, Volume 1

Volume 1 of sacred writings of mystical Chinese religion reveal Tao, the way the key to living an obstacle-free life. Based on wu-wei, taking no unnatural action, it would make individual existence like the flow of water with no obstacles to impede. Famed Sinologist here offers standard English version of major Taoist writings.     

Author Name :James Legge

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Tao Teh King

Lao-Tzes Tao Teh King illuminates The Tao: a guiding principle of the universe and all within it. By exploring the nature of dualities and complements, Lao-Tze dissects strength and weakness; presence and absence; life and death. The Tao Teh King has served as a foundation for centuries of philosophy and wisdom.     

Author Name :James Legge

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Book of Rites Part 2

The Book of Rites, literally the Record of Rites, is one of the Five Classicsconstituting the core of the traditional Confucian canon. It described the social forms, administration, and ceremonial rites of the Zhou Dynasty as it and its history was known in the Spring and Autumn Period. From its position in the Confucian canon, it is also known as the Classic of Rites; some modern scholars believe this was the original title before it was changed by Dai Sheng.     

Author Name :James Legge

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Book of Rites Part 1

The Book of Rites, literally the Record of Rites, is one of the Five Classicsconstituting the core of the traditional Confucian canon. It described the social forms, administration, and ceremonial rites of the Zhou Dynasty as it and its history was known in the Spring and Autumn Period. From its position in the Confucian canon, it is also known as the Classic of Rites; some modern scholars believe this was the original title before it was changed by Dai Sheng.     

Author Name :James Legge

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The Shu King, Shih King and Hsiao King

These are key texts of Confucianism, the traditional state religion of feudal China. These are some of the few Chinese texts which survived a disasterous book-burning in 213 B.C.E. by the Emperor Ch'in Shih Huang. Although three of four of these books are traditionally attributed to Confucius it has been established that he did not write a single word of them; they were written down by his students after his death. The Analects come closest to an actual exposition of his philosophy. These works were put into their present form by Chu Hsi in the late twelfth century C.E. T     

Author Name :James Legge

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Judaism : A Guide to Judaism

The Faith Guides for Higher Education, published in 2006, aim to give information to staff in the higher education sector on how best to support students with a variety of religious beliefs.     

Author Name :Lavinia Cohn-Sherbok

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Bhagavad GitaThe Book of Life

The Bhagavad Gita is a lifetime study, and it is extremely beneficial to read at least one chapter a day. Its meanings are virtually infinite, so that new things will be continually found within its seven hundred verses. Equally important is the Gitas ability to continually point us in the right direction spiritually. Further, it conveys to us the necessary perspective for success in spiritual life. Although it presents the clearest philosophical principles, even more it provides us with the practical means for cultivation of higher consciousness.     

Author Name :Swami Sivananda Saraswati

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The Christ Conspiracy

Controversial and explosive, this book marshals an enormous amount of startling evidence that the religion of Christianity and Jesus Christ were created by members of various secret societies, mystery schools and religions in order to unify the Roman Empire under one state religion! This powerful book maintains that these groups drew upon a multitude of myths and rituals that already existed long before the Christian era and reworked them into the story the Christian religion presents today -- known to most westerners as the Bible. Acharya makes the case that there was no actual person named Jesus but that several characters were rolled into one mythic being, inspired by the deities Mithras, Heracles/Hercules, Dionysus and many others of the Roman Empire.     

Author Name :A. Acharya, Acharya S.

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The dark side of Christian history

THE DARK SIDE OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY The dark side of Christian history can help us understand the severing of our connection with the sacred. It can teach us of the most insidious and damaging slavery of all: the control of people through dictating and containing their spirituality. This ignored side of history can illuminate the ideas and beliefs which foster the denigration of human rights, the intolerance of difference, and the desecration of the natural environment. Once recognized, we can prevent such beliefs from ever wreaking such destruction again. When we understand how we have come to be separated from the divine, we can begin to heal not only the scars, but the very alienation itself.     

Author Name :Helen Ellerbe

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Religion in Public Life: Must Faith Be Privatized?

In societies in which there are many conflicting beliefs, the place of religion is a growing political issue. Should all religions be equally welcomed in the public square? Favouring one religion over others may appear to be a failure to treat all citizens equally, yet for citizens in many countries their Christian heritage is woven into their way of life. Whether it is the issue of same-sex marriages, the right of French schoolgirls to wear Islamic headscarves, or just the public display of Christmas trees, all societies have to work out a consistent approach to the public influence of religion.     

Author Name :Roger Trigg

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The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (or the Pharisee and the Tax Collector), is a parable of Jesus that appears in only one of the Canonical gospels of the New Testament. According to Luke 18:9-14, a Pharisee, obsessed by his own virtue, is contrasted with a tax collector who humbly asks God for mercy.     

Author Name :John Bunyan

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The Hidden Christ

These letters from Blumhardt to his son-in-law, a missionary in China, turn the traditional concept of Christian mission on its head. For Blumhardt, the gospel of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with religion. There is no need to bring Christianity to people. What they need is the good news Jesus promised--liberty for the oppressed and help for the poor. In fact, as Blumhardt sees it, the "unchurched" and the "heathen," and especially the oppressed, already belong to Christ, and he is at work in their hearts before we arrive. Jesus did not come to found churches, but to set in motion a movement of the Spirit that will encompass nations and lead to peace and social justice. "No longer religion against religion, but justice against sin, life against death." Blumhardt writes from a passionately moved heart, hastily jotting down thoughts with little regard for the choice of words or the skillful marshalling of ideas. It is not a matter of theology, but of daring something in faith, of experimenting, and of finding new ways for Gods kingdom to advance.     

Author Name :Christoph Blumhardt

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The aim of this work is to present, in a comprehensive way, the traditional Jewish conception of the ideal life for individuals, as well as for nations. The problems taken up in the book are discussed, not from a theological viewpoint, but rather from that of the prophecies of the prophets as interpreted by the rabbis. The doctrines concerning God, Torah, Israel, Messiah, the future world and so forth, are, therefore, referred to, only where they are directly related to the subject of an ideal life in the ideal era to come. For my main problem is to reconstruct an ideal social life on earth as pictured by the rabbis of old.     

Author Name :MICHAEL HIGGER, Ph. D.

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Websters paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned readings in English courses. By using a running English-to-Portuguese thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of The Jerusalem Sinner Saved; or Good News for the Vilest Men by John Bunyan was edited for three audiences. The first includes Portuguese-speaking students enrolled in an English Language Program (ELP), an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program, an English as a Second Language Program (ESL).     

Author Name :John Bunyan

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Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Composed and published while John Bunyan (1628-1688) was in prison for his religious principles, Grace Abounding is an extraordinary spiritual autobiography. It was written in an age when religious radicalism was regarded as socially subversive, and is a haunting, often harrowing and ultimately inspiring account of his inner life: his long struggle with and eventual triumph over doubt and despair, his spiritual regeneration and his subsequent emergence as a preacher and writer of great imaginative power.     

Author Name :John Bunyan

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The book deals with spirituality.     

Author Name :Charles Kingsley

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What is Islam?

This book explains basic introduction to the fundamental beliefs and practices of the Islamic faith. An attempt has been made to be as concise as possible, but with the hope that the reader will be encouraged to study Islam in more depth     

Author Name :Jamaal Zarabozo

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God the Known and God the Unknown

Published in 1917, this volume is based on a series of articles published by Butler in the 1870s and revised by him prior to his death. Here Butler sets forth his conception of the divine, as a evolutionary force that encompasses all living things and tends toward ever-greater unity and self-awareness.     


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Although educated and trained for a career in the clergy, Samuel Butler began to harbor serious doubts about his vocation and Christian morals in general at an early age. Although he addressed these issues in earnest debate with his colleagues and family members, Butler's confusion only worsened over time. He began to explore his concerns about Victorian-era hypocrisy in writing, penning a series of philosophically minded novels and social satires.     

Author Name :Samuel Butler

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Letters of George Borrow to the British and Foreign Bible Society

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.     

Author Name :George Henry Borrow

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Letters of George Borrow to the British and Foreign Bible Society

It is a collection of letters send by George Borrow to the british and Foreign bible society.     

Author Name :George Borrow

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The New Politics of Islam is a timely study of Islam in international relations. In detailing both theory and practice, it approaches Islam both as a norm of policy-making and a discourse of policy- presentation. Its primary empirical investigation is centred on the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a unique pan-Islamic international regime consisting of fifty-seven member states. Work- ing from the premise that contemporary Islam cannot be adequately understood without considering classical Islam, this book highlights the normative narrative of classical pan-Islamism and its implications for the foreign policies of contemporary states in the Middle East and South Asia.     

Author Name :Naveed S. Sheikh

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The Death of Christian Britain

The Death of Christian Britain examines how the nations dominant religious culture has been destroyed. Callum Brown challenges the generally held view that secularization was a long and gradual process dating from the industrial revolution. Instead, he argues that it has been a catastrophic and abrupt cultural revolution starting in the 1960s. Using the latest techniques of gender analysis, and by listening to people's voices rather than purely counting heads, the book offers new formulations of religion and secularization.     

Author Name :Callum G. Brown

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From the ruins of the ancient seaside city of Acco, to the small but archaeologically important town of Yokneam, Fifty Major Cities of the Bible provides readers with a comprehensive guide to the ancient cities that played a vital role in the world from which the Bible originated.     

Author Name :John C. H. Laughlin

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Fifty Key Christian Thinkers provides both valuable information and stimulating debate on the lives and work of fifty of the most important Christian theologians. This guide provides an overview of Christian theology from the emergence of the faith 2000 years ago to the present day.     

Author Name :Peter McEnhill and George Newlands

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Archaeology and the Bible

This book challenges readers to consider whether archaeology explains the Bible.     

Author Name :John C. H. Laughlin

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Early Buddhist Metaphysics

Early Buddhist Metaphysics provides a philosophical account of the major doctrinal shift in the history of early Theravada tradition in India: the transition from the earliest stratum of Buddhist thought to the systematic and allegedly scholastic philosophy of the Pali Abhidhamma movement. Entwining comparative philosophy and Buddhology, the author probes the Abhidhamma's metaphysical transition in terms of the Aristotelian tradition and vis--vis modern philosophy, exploits Western philosophical literature from Plato to contemporary texts in the fields of philosophy of mind and cultural criticism.     

Author Name :Noa Ronkin

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Philosophy of Religion provides an account of the central issues and viewpoints in the philosophy of religion but also shows how such issues can be rationally assessed and in what ways competing views can be rationally assessed. It includes major philosophical figures in religious traditions as well as discussions by important contemporary philosophers. Keith Yandell deals lucidly and constructively with representative views from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.     

Author Name :Keith E. Yandell

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Divinity and maximal greatness

Divinity and Maximal Greatness stands in the notable tradition of perfect-being theology. This book examines the divine nature in terms of maximal greatness. It investigates each attribute associated with maximal greatness - omnipotence, omniscience, perfect goodness, eternity, and beauty, arguing that maximal greatness is necessary and sufficient for divinity.     

Author Name :Daniel Hill

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Live Zen

Osho speaks on incidences in the work and play between an assortment of Zen masters and their disciples. Each discourse culminates in a specially designated joke-telling time. This series also sees the introduction of the powerful new No-mind Meditation conducted by Osho.     

Author Name :Osho

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Krishna: The Man and His Philosophy

Krishna is utterly incomparable, he is so unique. Firstly, his uniqueness lies in the fact that although Krishna happened in the ancient past he belongs to the future, is really of the future. Man has yet to grow to that height where he can be a contemporary of Krishna's. He is still beyond man's understanding; he continues to puzzle and battle us. Only in some future time will we be able to understand him and appreciate his virtues. And there are good reasons for it.     

Author Name :Osho

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The Supreme Doctrine

Discourses on the Kenopanishad. Speaking to his first Western disciples, Osho comments on these ancient Vedic scriptures and also answers questions about using the intellect, transcending the duality of sex, the role of the Master in the spiritual journey of the disciple, psychoanalysis, and his chaotic meditation techniques.     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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Just Like That

With humor and sensitivity Osho brings traditional Sufi stories into the 20th century, revealing the hidden dimensions of Sufism. He distinguishes between need and desire, expertise and existential experience, and talks on the nature of the ego, the importance of trust and the stages of growth in one's evolution. Set out in poetic format, each discourse features beautiful photographs of the Sufi meditation technique of whirling.     

Author Name :Osho

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The White Lotus

Discourses on Fragmentary Notes of Bodhidharmas Four Disciples. In this book Osho explains the teachings of Bodhidharma and the Buddha-Mind. "Speaking on Bodhidharma is just like speaking about myself." -Osho     

Author Name :Osho

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Just Around the Corner

Hans means God's gracious gift, Ananto means infinite. The full name will mean God's infinite gracious gift. Life has no beginning and no end. It is eternity, and that is God's gift. God has given himself in the gift, because life is God. All that is needed is a certain awakening in your heart so you can see it, feel it, taste it, touch it. The gift has been waiting and waiting for you for thousands of years, but you have been asleep, as everybody has been.     

Author Name :Osho

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The Secret of Secrets, Vol 2

Talks on Lu-Tsus The Secret of the Golden Flower Osho shows how a meditator can tell whether he is on the right track. Includes Taoist Golden Light meditation technique     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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The Secret of Secrets, Vol 1

In these unique discourses Osho unravels the many technical terms used by Lao Tzu's predecessor, the Chinese mystic Lu Tsu and explains his meditation techniques. He outlines the qualities of animus and anima - our male and female energies - as delineated by Lu Tsu, and explains the importance of their relationship inside each individual. Throughout these discourses there is a sense of urgency, the urgency of a scientist who sees the technology available but not being implemented. For Osho religion is not speculative but essentially experiential, an experiment as scientific as the outer, objective science.     

Author Name :Osho

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The Secret

Osho uses a delightful selection of Sufi tales to impart the essence of the path of love. And "the secret"? The goal itself is the source, the seeker is the sought.     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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The Rebel

A handbook for the man of the future, The Rebel is a comprehensive guide to Osho as a planetary visionary. In his responses to seekers'questions he dissects virtually every institution and traditional belief of society, and proposes a truly radical approach to overthrowing the past in order to make way for the future. A fiery exploration of the essential characteristics found in the authentic seekerthe rebel.     

Author Name :Osho

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The Rainbow Bridge

Michael means one who is godlike, and anando means blissful. One is basically divine because all is divine. To exist is to be divine, to be alive is to be divine, to breathe is to be divine. Hence trees are divine and the rocks and the birds and the people -- whatsoever is. Divinity is another name of isness     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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The Psychology of the Esoteric

First published as The Inward Revolution, this book's content is exactly that. These are some of Osho's earliest talks given to relatively small groups in the early '70s. Beginning where Western psychology leaves off, they are like road maps for the path beyond the known. His words aim toward the ultimate awakened state penetrating to the very core of the reader's consciousness.     

Author Name :Osho

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The True Sage

Ten discourses on Hasidism, in which Osho responds to a story from The Tales of Hasidism by Matin Buber, and to questions submitted by disciples and seekers. This book is a mixture of light-hearted stories and the penetrating understanding of a true sage. Like the Hassids, Osho's own emphasis is on playfulness and celebration : "Judaism has produced one of the most essential lines of mystics, the Hassids... It is one of the most beautiful ways to find oneself and to find the reality of existence."     

Author Name :Osho

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Hari Om Tat Sat

Responding to a wide variety of questions, Osho gives straight talk on touchy subjects, including a full coverage of the global crisis. This series takes a no-nonsense look at the controversial implications of homosexuality and the future of artificial intelligence. Osho is as compassionate, lyrical and funny as ever about relationships, our need to be special, and the newcomer's bewilderment over the apparent contradiction between freedom and having a master. All of Osho is here from heart to hammer.     

Author Name :Osho

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What Is, Is, What Aint, Aint

This will be your new name and the end of the old life and the beginning of the totally new. Let it be totally new. Sometimes a thing is new, but not totally new -- then it doesn't work. Then it is just a modification of the old, a continuity with the past. Only the discontinuous works -- absolute discontinuity with the past; only that is radical     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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The Mahageeta, Vol 1

We are embarking on a rare journey. Man has many scriptures, but none comparable to the Gita of Ashtavakra. Before it the Vedas pale, the Upanishads speak with a weak voice. Even the Bhagavad Gita does not have the majesty found in the Ashtavakra Samhita it is simply unparalleled.     

Author Name :Osho

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The Perfect Master Vol 1&2

The discourses in this series were given in Pune, India, between June 21 and July 10, 1978. Osho explores the Sufi masters' intimate communion with their disciples: Finding a master, satsang with a master, and true innocence. He sheds light on the master-disciple relationship, false masters, dropping knowledge and ego.     

Author Name :Osho

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The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha

Osho calls the incomparable Dhammapada sutras of Buddha, "the book of books." He explains that these sutras are concerned with aspects of man's unawareness, and that Buddha's whole message is concerned with the raising of our consciousness. Entering into The Dhammapada with Osho is to enter into a deep friendship of enlightened masters. These sutras were compiled by Buddha's disciples to contain the essence of all his teachings. This was the last turning of the Wheel of Dharma, 2,500 years ago. Osho's commentaries on these sutras set the Wheel of Dharma in motion again.     

Author Name :osho

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The Ultimate Alchemy

Osho observes that this Upanishad is one of the most beautiful and also one of the most neglected. He also points out that commentators usually are either on the path of love or the path of knowledge. But the commentator on this particular Upanishad is unique in being neither. Osho is perh' the first person to discuss these sutras in such a way that the reader can feel a sense of oneness beyond the apparent contradictions. He talks on philosophy as a bridge between science and religion, different dimensions of listening, the role of doubt, the way to know whether one has transcended sex, the difference between projections and authentic feelings, and much more. He also explains how his words are a response to, not a commentary on these sutras.     

Author Name :Osho

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The Way of Tao, Volume 1

Those who have known, not by words, not by scriptures but by actually living life, from amongst those very few, Lao Tzu is one. And from amongst those yet fewer persons, who having known, have ceaselessly endeavoured to reveal what they have known, Lao Tzu is one. But the very first experience of those enlightened ones, who have tried to express what they have known is, that: whatever is expressible is not Truth. That which can assume form, invariably loses its spiritual power     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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The Wisdom of the Sands, Vol 2

Osho describes one of the stories within this collection of his commentaries on Sufi stories as belonging to the "very foundation of religious consciousness." Deceptively simple, these tales have a deeper, underlying significance, as Osho makes manifest. They are not for those who want entertainment, but for those who seek illumination.     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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The Wisdom of the Sands, Vol 1

Osho indicates the significance of this series of discourses on Sufism by saying that it has no explanation for existence, rather, it is a way into the mysteries of existence. Hence, the stories that he comments on in this volume do not carry a philosophical message, but are a gesture towards a world beyond philosophy.     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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The Zen Manifesto: Freedom From Oneself

"Zen has nothing to do with the mind... It is the lion's roar. And the greatest thing that Zen has brought into the world is freedom from oneself." Osho. The Zen Manifesto is a collection of the last discourses of Osho with his last publicly spoken words. In this culmination of his insights into Zen he makes it clear that the West's comprehension of Zen is still confined to intellectual appreciation. To prove it, Osho takes on such respected members of the Western Zen establishment as D.T. Suzuki, Thomas Merton, Paul Reps, Alan Watts and Nancy Wilson-Ross.     

Author Name :Osho

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Blessed Are the Ignorant

Deva means divine, and agyana means ignorance; divine ignorance. And this has to be understood. All knowledge is superfluous. Knowledge as such is superfluous. And all knowledge creates only an illusion that we know -- we don't know. You can live with a man your whole life, and you can think that you know him -- and you don't know him. You can give birth to a child, and you can think you know him -- and you don't know him.     

Author Name :osho

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The Zero Experience

Prem means love, rupesh means god of the form -- the full name will mean god of the form of love, god of love. And once you recognise something in you, it starts happening; that is the miracle. If you think of yourself as being depressed, you remain depressed. If you think of yourself as being unhappy, you remain unhappy. It is only a turning in your thought: you can become happy just by deciding to be happy     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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Be Realistic: Plan for a Miracle

That is the greatest calamity that can happen to a relationship when two persons settle for adjustment. And if you are long enough in a dif?cult relationship, what can you do? You have to adjust. Then you settle for something that is not worthwhile. You drop all the romance of life and all poetry. Your life will lose all signi?cance and grandeur. It will become very ordinary, very mundane... in fact, profane. It will lose the dimension of the sacred.     

Author Name :Osho

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And Now, And Here

Discourses by an Indian sectarian religious leader.     

Author Name :Osho

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Above All, Don't Wobble

Discourses of an Indian sectarian leader.     

Author Name :Osho

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

[A sannyasin leaving for the West says: I feel deep gratitude for all that has happened to me since I've been here.] I know.... Much will be happening, much more, and gratitude prepares the way. Feel as grateful to existence as possible -- for small things, not only for great things... just for sheer breathing. We don't have any claim on existence, so whatsoever is given is a gift. If it is not given we don't have any court for appeal.     

Author Name :Osho

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Theologia Mystica

Osho says of these letters by Dionysius, first bishop of Athens, to his disciple Timothy: "His whole book is written with a disguise, as if it is a treatise on theology; mysticism is just somewhere by the side, secondary, not primary. Hence the name Theologica Mysticaas if mysticism is only a consequence of getting deep into the world of theology. Just the reverse is the case."     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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This Is It

Deva means divine and gupta means secret -- divine secret. And the divine secret is that there is no secret in it! The divine secret is the open secret. It is very obvious -- it is not far away, it is not distant. It is close-by, it is within, it is you... it is your very core. We go on missing god because we go on looking far away. We are searching for god with a telescope, hence we go on missing. A telescope is good to see things which are far away, but if you start looking for things through the telescope which are not far away, which are very close by, you will miss them...     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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A Cup of Tea

This is a collection of 365 letters written by Osho to seekers and friends. These letters have a rare and beautiful quality as Osho recalls incidents from his own life, tells stories and parables and reflects on the nature of truth and the journey of a seeker. Anyone drawn to truth will treasure this book - the perfect bedside companion, to be savored one cup at a time. It is an excellent introduction to the wisdom of this extraordinary man, and all will find encouragement and inspiration within its pages.     

Author Name :Osho

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This Very Body the Buddha

Of these verses that comprise the song of the 17th-century mystic, Hakuin, Osho comments, "It is a very small song, but a great gift. This is a song of meditation. If meditation is without a song, it is dull and dead. You will find this song and its meaning only when you are singing and dancing, when the music of life has overtaken you."     

Author Name :Osho

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This, This, A Thousand Times This: The Very Essence of Zen

Through his commentaries on anecdotes about Zen masters Osho reiterates that Zen is not for the mass-mind but only for the individual who is unconcerned with the dictates of the status quo. Further, Zen is for those intelligent enough to understand the limitations of the intellect and ready to recognize the significance of intuition in the world of mysticism. Throughout, Osho keeps bringing the reader back to the moment, to this, as the only reality.     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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Turn On, Tune In and Drop the Lot

Samvad means communion. Man is living as an island, and that's from where all misery arises. Down the centuries man has been trying to live independently from existence. That is not possible in the very nature of things. Man can neither be independent nor dependent. Existence is a state of interdependence: everything depends on everything else. There is no hierarchy, nobody is lower and nobody is higher. Existence is a communion, an eternal love affair     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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Turning In

In these eight talks, each of which is based on the sayings of a different enlightened Zen master, Osho gives detailed explanations of the Zen method of meditation, "turning in." He outlines the development of man's mind, and emphasizes that meditation is essential not only for the growth of the individual, but ultimately for the survival of the planet.     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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Unio Mystica, Vol 2

In his commentary on Hakim Sanai's verses, Osho invites the reader to participate in an experience that could be life transforming. He alternates discourses on these verses with his responses to questions from disciples and other seekers about asceticism, love, intelligence, aloneness and living in a community, and the theory of relativity.     

Author Name :Osho

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Unio Mystica, Vol 1

Osho says that if he were to select only two books from the whole world, The Hadiqa: The Walled Garden of Truth, on the 12th-century Persian Hakim Sanai, would be one of them. Hadiqa is the essence of the path of love. Hakim Sanai was the prime minister of a powerful king who dropped everything to walk the path of love. And in Osho's understanding, Hakim Sanai catches the very soul of Sufism. This volume features ten discourses in which Osho speaks on these exquisite verses. In alternate discourses Osho answers questions from seekers including: Why is it so difficult to be silent? How is one to know if sannyas is good? Why do we need a master? How to move from sexuality to love? What is creativity?     

Author Name :Osho

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Until You Die

Osho revitalizes the well-known Sufi stories of Idries Shah in an enjoyable introduction to both Sufism and Osho's vision. In this new journey, towards the heart, Osho speaks of the need to "die to the ego" - the only the barrier to being oneself and to eternal life.     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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Vedanta: Seven Steps to Samadhi

These seven steps to enlightenment are keys of wisdom, step-by-step instructions handed down from the unnamed ancient seers. In this series of nine discourses Osho discusses these timeless sutras from the Akshya Upanishad, transforming their archaic language into the language and context of the 20th-century seeker.     

Author Name :Osho

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra

An in-depth and practical explanation of the 112 meditation techniques of Shiva, on which the science of Tantra is based. Conveniently arranged according to different senses and chakras, there are step-by-step meditation techniques for every man, woman and child. Techniques include: watching the gap between two breaths; watching one's moods; being aware of oneself as the one who senses; focusing attention on the third eye; making love without a partner. Meditation techniques for every possible facet of day-to-day life and an invaluable companion for every meditator.     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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Walk Without Feet, Fly Without Wings and Think Without Mind

In this powerful meeting between Osho, his disciples and other seekers, Osho speaks on parents and children, trust and surrender, love and jealousy, sex and pornography; play and creativity, desirelessness, enlightenment and belief in God.     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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walking in zen sitting in zen

In an especially lighthearted series of discourses Osho talks on the rare Zen master, Yoko, and explains why meditation is not just a daily discipline but a lifetime love-affair. He also answers questions from seekers on chaos, sex and spiritual awakening.     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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When the Shoe Fits

Osho is unique amongst commentators in that he does not offer yet another intellectual treatise on principles, but rather relates the situations of a few thousand years ago to our situation here and now. His great affinity with Chuang Tzu is obvious as he talks on Zen as a religious system only in so far as it is a practical means by which we may understand the conditionings of the mind, and in so doing, transcend. And then the shoe will always fit!     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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Yakusan : Straight to the Point of Enlightenment

A collection of five discourses given just a year before Osho left his body, this book begins with a challenge to Rajiv Gandhi to either act on his idealistic political speeches or spare us the torture. It contains much for those trying to "be in the world and not of it."     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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You Ain't Seen Nothin Yet

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet: Initiation Talks Between Master and Disciple (given Between March 1 and 31, 1979 at the Shree Rajneesh Ashram, Poona, India)     

Author Name :Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt

In Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt Osho comments on our religious and social conditioning through the vibrant stories of ancient Zen. Like the colorful Zen masters that he celebrates, Osho shocks us into recognizing this moment, here now. Zen literally means meditation, and at the end of each of talk Osho guides us through a scientifically designed meditative technique so we too can experience the emptiness that lies at the heart of each Zen story.     

Author Name :Osho

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Zen: The Mystery and The Poetry of the Beyond

Extemporaneous talks given by the author at the Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune, India.     

Author Name :Osho

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Zen: The Quantum Leap from Mind to No-Mind

Oshos extraordinary talks on Zen are recognized works of genius, studied in Zen monasteries and universities and throughout the world. His inspiring books cover everything from the wisdom of the worlds mystics to answers to intensely personal questions about meditation and the inner search. His unique authenticity touches the reader in a way no other can. Self-transformation, explains Osho, can only happen when we make a conscious jump from mind to no-mind, from the ego to our inner being. The Zen stories he comments on in this book are about real people to whom this has happened. Oshos twenty-first century Zen technique is to speak on these stories in such a way that we are transported from the head to the heart, and then from the heart to silence.     

Author Name :Osho

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Zen: The Special Transmission

This series of talks provides a wonderful, living introduction to the true phenomenon of Zen as Osho brings to life the inherent and timeless wisdom of traditional Zen stories - describing the time of Zen as an era when simplicity of life was a cultural reality. Today, humanity is caught up in the mad complexity of the mind, and as never before, there is an urgent need to rediscover simplicity and innocence of Zen.     

Author Name :Osho

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Zen: Zest, Zip, Zap and Zing

Osho responds to questions on everything from a childs right to privacy to the very purpose of life, but as he answers each question, he keeps nudging the reader back to the essential point of Zen: living here and now with total awareness. Questioners concerns are always addressed, but at the same time Osho skillfully shows us how these very preoccupations can keep us from simply being ourselves. When it comes to responding to academic or pseudo-spiritual questions, heads are hit far harder and such inquiries dismissed as games of the ego, holy cow dung! Between the lines Osho offers a constant invitation to live life to the full, and to take its challenges head-on and with a sense of humor which he himself demonstrates with superb style throughout this book.     

Author Name :Osho

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Zen: The Solitary Bird Cuckoo Of The Forest

Extemporaneous talks given by the author at the Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune, India.     

Author Name :Osho

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Redeeming Nietzsche

Best known for having declared the death of God, Nietzsche was a thinker thoroughly absorbed in the Christian tradition in which he was born and raised. Yet while the atheist Nietzsche is well known, the pious Nietzsche is seldom recognized and rarely understood. Redeeming Nietzsche examines the residual theologian in the most vociferous of atheists.     

Author Name :Giles Fraser

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The perfect resource for those wishing to learn more about the Muslim culture, its people and its teachings, Fifty Key Figures in Islam explores the lives and thoughts of fifty influential individuals in Islam and surveys a heritage that spans 1,500 years.     

Author Name :Roy Jackson

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On Belief Thinking in Action

What is the basis of belief in an era when globalization, multiculturalism and big business are the new religion? Slavoj Zizek, renowned philosopher and irrepressible cultural critic takes on all comers in this compelling and breathless new book.     

Author Name :Slavoj Zizek

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The seekers glossary of Buddhism

This is a revised and expanded edition of The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism. The text is a compendium of excerpts and quotations from some 350 works by monks, nuns, professors, scholars and other laypersons from nine different countries, in their own words or in translation. The editors have merely organized the material, adding a few connecting thoughts of their own for ease in reading.     

Author Name :Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundatio

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The Buddhist Unconscious: The Alaya vijnana in the context of Indian Buddhist Thought

This is the story of fifth century CE India, when the Yogacarin Buddhists tested the awareness of unawareness, and became aware of human unawareness to an extraordinary degree. They not only explicitly differentiated this dimension of mental processes from conscious cognitive processes, but also offered reasoned arguments on behalf of this dimension of mind. This is the concept of the 'Buddhist unconscious', which arose just as philosophical discourse in other circles was fiercely debating the limits of conscious awareness, and these ideas in turn had developed as a systematisation of teachings from the Buddha himself. For us in the twenty-first century, these teachings connect in fascinating ways to the Western conceptions of the 'cognitive unconscious' which have been elaborated in the work of Jung and Freud. This important study reveals how the Buddhist unconscious illuminates and draws out aspects of current western thinking on the unconscious mind.     

Author Name :William S Waldron

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ISLAM The Key Concepts

Islam: The Key Concepts is a clear and concise guide to the religion and culture of Islam.     

Author Name :Kecia Ali and Oliver Leaman

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Fifty Key Jewish Thinkers

This book, Fifty Key Jewish Thinkers, was thus designed to fill a gap in the types of introductory book available to students as well as to teachers and more general readers. Inevitably such an overview of Jewish thought must be highly selective, and many important thinkers have been omitted. Yet, the aim of this survey is to introduce readers to some of the most important Jewish thinkers in the history of Judaism from post-biblical times to the present day.     

Author Name :Dan Cohn-Sherbok

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Women, Islam and Everyday Life: Renegotiating Polygamy in Indonesia

This book examines Islam and womens everyday life, focusing in particular on the highly controversial issue of polygamy. It discusses the competing interpretations of the Quranic verses that are at the heart of Muslim controversies over polygamy, with some groups believing that Islam enshrines polygamy as a male right, others seeing it as permitted but discouraged in favour of monogamy, and other groups arguing that Islam implicitly prohibits polygamy. Based on detailed fieldwork conducted in Indonesia, it provides an empirically-based account of womens lived experiences in polygamous marriages, describing the different perceptions of the practice and strategies in dealing with it.     

Author Name :Nina Nurmila

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This is the first book to apply the insights of social psychology in order to understand the religious motivation of the people who constituted the early Buddhist community. It also addresses the more general and theoretically controversial question of how world religions come into being, by focusing on the conversion process of the individual believer.     

Author Name :Torkel Brekke

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Medieval Jewish intellectuals living in Muslim and Christian lands were strongly concerned to recover what they regarded as a 'lost' Jewish philosophical tradition. As part of this project they transmitted and produced many philosophical and scientific works and commentaries, as well as philosophical commentary on scripture, in Judaeo-Arabic and Hebrew, the principal literary languages of medieval Jewry. This volume presents new or revised translations of seven prominent medieval Jewish rationalists: Saadia Gaon, Solomon ibn Gabirol, Moses Maimonides, Isaac Albalag, Moses of Narbonne, Levi Gersonides, Hasdai Crescas and Joseph Albo - including, for the first time in English, the complete Falaquera abridgement of Gabirol's Source of Life. These works range over topics that are both theological (e.g. the creation of the world) and philosophical (e.g. determinism and free choice), but they are characterized by two overarching principles: the unity of truth, and its accessibility to human reason.     

Author Name :Charles Manekin

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Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings

Philosophy in the Islamic world emerged in the ninth century and continued to flourish into the fourteenth century. It was strongly influenced by Greek thought, but Islamic philosophers also developed an original philosophical culture of their own, which had a considerable impact on the subsequent course of Western philosophy. This volume offers new translations of philosophical writings by Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ghazali, Ibn Tufayl, and Ibn Rushd (Averroes). All of the texts presented here were very influential and invite comparison with later works in the Western tradition. They focus on metaphysics and epistemology but also contribute to broader debates concerning the conception of God, the nature of religion, the place of humanity in the universe, and the limits of human reason. A historical and philosophical introduction sets the writings in context and traces their preoccupations and their achievement.     

Author Name :Muhammad Ali Khalidi (Professor.)

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Lessing: Philosophical and Theological Writings

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing is the most representative figure of the German Enlightenment. His defense of Spinoza, who had traditionally been condemned as an atheist, provoked a major controversy in philosophy, and his publication of Reimarus' radical assault on Christianity led to fundamental changes in Protestant theology. This volume presents the most comprehensive collection in English of Lessing's philosophical and theological writings, several of which are translated for the first time.     

Author Name :Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

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The Cabala

1913. Although the Cabala belongs to the past, it demands our attention on account of the interest taken in it by such men as Raymond Lully, John Reuchlin and others. Contents: Name and origin of the Cabala; development of the Cabala in the pre-Zohar period; Book of Zohar or splendor; the Cabala in the post-Zohar period; most important doctrines of the Cabala; Cabala in relation to Judaism and Christianity.     

Author Name :Bernhard Pick

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Kabbalah Revealed: The Ordinary Persons Guide to a More Peaceful Life

This is a clearly-written, user-friendly guide to making sense of the surrounding world while achieving inner peace. Each of the six chapters in this book focuses on a different aspect of the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah, shedding new light on a teaching that has too often been shrouded in mystery and misconceptions. A subtle, yet profound idea weaves the books chapters into a coherent and concrete whole.     

Author Name :Michael Laitman

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The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors Or Christianity Before Christ

The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors (or Christianity Before Christ) is an 1875 book written by Kersey Graves. It asserts that Jesus was not an actual person, but was a creation largely based on earlier stories of deities or god-men saviours who had been crucified, and descended to and ascended from the underworld. The book is often used as a source for many Jesus myth hypothesis writers, including Acharya S, Tom Harpur and John G. Jackson. Its accuracy has been questioned by both Christian and atheist scholars, with the consensus being that the book is unscholarly and unreliable.     

Author Name :Kersey Graves

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Brainwashed from the Cradle to the Grave

Brainwashed from the cradle to the grave is about the spiritual awakening of Ronald H. Ingraham that he shares with the reader through this book. He had been searching for spiritual knowledge, understanding, and the reason and purpose for his and Human existence for almost a half century. It will be hard for many readers to understand and more importantly accept His interpretation of what he found out and accepts from his research into his spiritual roots.     

Author Name :Ronald H. Ingraham

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Talking to Heaven

Talking to Heaven deals with some helpful suggestion for tuning into your own psychic abilities. It offers advice on dealing with grief, making contact with loved ones and opening yourself up to the power of meditation. Part how-to/advice, part autobiography, sprinkled with a variety of interesting contacts, Talking to Heaven will appeal to a wide variety of reading tastes.     

Author Name :James Van Praagh

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Out of the Shadows

So often darkness is associated with evil. Since the term evil has no place in a nature-based religion, we Pagans are forced to look beyond such stereotypes. But what then is "darkness"? Why are so many of us drawn to themes associated with darkness such as death, mystery, wisdom, magic, and the night The goal of this book, which is a culmination of over 16 years of study and practice, is to not only share with you the author's views on Dark Paganism and spirituality, but to encourage you - if not challenge you - to personalize your own belief system. While the first part explores the aspects and spirituality of darkness, the second part of this book discusses the nature and practice of magic by exploring the underlying principles at work.     

Author Name :John J. Coughlin

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An Introduction To Classical Islamic Philosophy

Islamic philosophy is a unique and fascinating form of thought,and particular interest lies in its classical (Greek-in?uenced) period,when many of the ideas of Greek philosophy were used to explore the issues and theoretical problems which arise in trying to understand the Quran and Islamic practice. In this revised and expanded edition of his classic introductory work, Oliver Leaman examines the distinctive features of classical Islamic philosophy and offers detailed accounts of major individual thinkers. In contrast to many previous studies that have treated this subject as only of historical interest, he offers analysis of the key arguments within Islamic phi- losophy so that the reader can engage with themand assess their strengths and weaknesses. His book will interest a wide range of readers in philosophy, religious studies and Islamic studies.     

Author Name :Oliver Leaman

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A Plea For Purity

In A Plea for Purity, Arnold addresses the pain resulting from broken relationships and the misuse of sexual intimacy. He provides fresh biblical insights into critical issues including the sacredness of sex, the struggle against temptation, the decision to remain single or to marry, child rearing, and divorce and remarriage. A Plea for Purity offers hope, healing, and a new beginning to those who have experienced discouragement or failure.     

Author Name :Johann Christoph Arnold

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The Violence of Love

These selections from the sermons and writings of Archbishop Oscar Romero share the message of a great holy prophet of modern times. Three short years transformed Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, from a conservative defender of the status quo into one of the churchs most outspoken voices of the oppressed. Though silenced by an assassins bullet, his spirit and the challenge of his life lives on. This collection of Archbishop Oscar Romeros homilies and other works is meant to facilitate knowing this man of faith and experiencing the power of his words. During his three years as archbishop of San Salvador, scar Romero became known as a fearless defender of the poor and suffering. His work on behalf of the oppressed earned him the admiration and love of the peasants he served, a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, honorary degrees from abroad - and finally, an assassin's bullet on account of his outspokenness. Romero was martyred for his insistence that following Christ cannot be relegated to the spiritual realm. He did not die in vain - the people of Central America say his spirit lives on in them. As their struggle for justice and dignity intensifies, his words take on renewed urgency.     

Author Name :Oscar Romero

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New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

Dr. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, has led a team of anointed leaders to produce the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, which offers a fresh look at the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit. Now, this dynamic Bible is available in two contemporary new styles, both with durable, smooth-textured Leathersoft material. This new edition addresses important issues of Spirit-filled living in the context of solid biblical scholarship. Readers will be glad to see the popular "Word Wealth" feature and the "Kingdom Dynamics" feature throughout the Bible. A new generation of believers seeking to become biblically equipped for kingdom building will eagerly read and embrace the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible.     

Author Name :Jack Hayford

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Conversations on Purpose for Women

Delve deeper with a Purpose Partner into God's unique purposes for your life. Conversations on Purpose for Women helps you connect the dots between living amidst the details of your life and living God's purposes for your life. Filled with ten life-changing appointments, this companion workbook to the Pathways series helps you and a Purpose Partner coach each other along God's pathway to purpose. A powerful and encouraging tool for personal growth, this guide will help you along your journey toward purpose-filled living. IDEAL FOR USE WITH PATHWAY FOR PURPOSE FOR WOMEN AND PRAYING FOR PURPOSE FOR WOMEN     

Author Name :Katie Brazelton

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The Essentials of the Islamic Faith

Supranormal phenomena such as spiritualism and telepathy * Death and spirit after death * The realm of invisible existence: the spirit and angels * The employment of jinn in different tasks * Questions concerning Destiny and man's free will * The Resurrection * The Holy Qur'an as the Word of God and an undeniable proof for Muhammad's Prophethood Essentials of the Islamic Faith is a selection from some of the speeches M. Fethullah Gulen has given to large audiences over a life-time of dedicated service. In these speeches, he explains the principal elements of Islamic belief - belief in the existence and Unity of God; in Resurrection and the Day of Judgment; in Divine Scriptures and other familiar themes of Islamic discourse. What is special and unique about the presentation of them in this book is that the author is constantly aware of the encroachment (and the seductive appeal) of cultural attitudes which are hostile not to Islam only but to any religious and contemplative way of life.     

Author Name :Fethullah Gulen

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Understanding the Qur'an

The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. In this important new introduction, Muhammad Haleem examines its recurrent themes-- life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, water and nourishment -- and for the first time sets these in the context of the Qur'an's linguistic style. Professor Haleem examines the background to the development of the surahs (chapters) and the ayahs (verses) and the construction of the Qur'an itself. He shows that popular conceptions of Islamic attitudes to women, marriage and divorce, war and society, differ radically from the true teachings of the Qur'an.     

Author Name :Muhammad Abdel Haleem

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Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam

This interdisciplinary study reveals connections between architecture, cosmology, and mysticism. Samer Akkach demonstrates how space ordering in premodern Islamic architecture reflects the transcendental and the sublime. The book features many new translations, a number from unpublished sources, and several illustrations.Referencing a wide range of mystical texts, and with a special focus on the works of the great Sufi master Ibn 'Arabi, Akkach introduces a notion of spatial sensibility that is shaped by religious conceptions of time and space. Religious beliefs about the cosmos, geography, the human body, and constructed forms are all underpinned by a consistent spatial sensibility anchored in medieval geocentrism. Within this geometrically defined and ordered universe, nothing stands in isolation or ambiguity; everything is interrelated and carefully positioned in an intricate hierarchy. Through detailed mapping of this intricate order, the book shows the significance of this mode of seeing the world for those who lived in the premodern Islamic era and how cosmological ideas became manifest in the buildings and spaces of their everyday lives. This is a highly original work that provides important insights on Islamic aesthetics and culture, on the history of architecture, and on the relationship of art and religion, creativity and spirituality.     

Author Name :Samer Akkach

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No god but God

Though it is the fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded in ignorance and fear for much of the West. In No god but God, Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed scholar of religions, explains this faith in all its beauty and complexity. Beginning with a vivid account of the social and religious milieu in which the Prophet Muhammad forged his message, Aslan paints a portrait of the first Muslim community as a radical experiment in religious pluralism and social egalitarianism. He demonstrates how, after the Prophets death, his successors attempted to interpret his message for future generationsan overwhelming task that fractured the Muslim community into competing sects. Finally, Aslan examines how, in the shadow of European colonialism, Muslims developed conflicting strategies to reconcile traditional Islamic values with the realities of the modern world, thus launching what Aslan terms the Islamic Reformation. Timely and persuasive, No god but God is an elegantly written account of a magnificent yet misunderstood faith.     

Author Name :Reza Aslan

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'Islam' Means Peace

From the Crusades to September 11th, the prevalent notion among non-Muslims is that Islam was largely spread by the sword and continues to be defined by violence. In fact, that belief is a distortion of the religion's tradition, of its history, and of the actions and beliefs of countless Muslims around the globe today.     

Author Name :Amitabh Pal

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Was Hinduism Invented?

Drawing on a large body of previously untapped literature, including documents from the Church Missionary Society and Bengali newspapers, Brian Pennington offers a fascinating portrait of the process by which "Hinduism" came into being. He argues against the common idea that the modern construction of religion in colonial India was simply a fabrication of Western Orientalists and missionaries. Rather, he says, it involved the active agency and engagement of Indian authors as well, who interacted, argued, and responded to British authors over key religious issues such as image-worship, sati, tolerance, and conversion.     

Author Name :Brian K. Pennington

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Are Muslims Distinctive?

Are Muslims Distinctive? represents the first major scientific effort to assess how Muslims and non-Muslims differ--and do not differ--in the contemporary world. Using rigorous methods and data drawn from around the globe, M. Steven Fish reveals that in some areas Muslims and non-Muslims differ less than is commonly imagined. Muslims are not inclined to favor the fusion of religious and political authority or especially prone to mass political violence. Yet there are differences: Gender inequality is more severe among Muslims, Muslims are unusually averse to homosexuality and other controversial behaviors, and democracy is rare in the Muslim world. Other areas of divergence bear the marks of a Muslim advantage: Homicide rates and class-based inequities are less severe among Muslims than non-Muslims. Fish's findings have vital implications for human welfare, interfaith understanding, and international relations.     

Author Name :M. Steven Fish

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Islam's Quantum Question

This book is essential reading for all those who wish to understand the relationship between Islam and science from both historical and contemporary perspectives. From Averroes to al-Ghazzali, and from Iqbal to Nasr, the author provides a well-informed survey and critique of the very different ways in which Islamic philosophers and scientists have contributed to the scientific enterprise. Muslims and non-Muslims alike will find that this fascinating overview fills a gap in the current literature on science and religion. Firmly committed to mainstream science, the author gives short shrift to those who attempt to find scientific truths hidden in different verses of the Quran. Instead Prof. Guessoum sees the theistic framework as providing the basis for the intrinsic rationality and coherence of the universe, a framework within which the scientific enterprise can continue to flourish in a way that is consonant with religious belief.     

Author Name :Nidhal Guessoum

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Ritual Worship of the Great Goddess

During a nine-day period every autumn, Hindus in India and throughout the world worship the Great Goddess, Durga-the formidable deity who is loved like a mother. One of the most dramatic and popular of these celebrations is the Durga Puja, a rite noted for its visual pageantry, ritual complexity, and communal participation. In this book, Hillary Peter Rodrigues describes the Bengali style of Durga Puja practiced in the sacred city of Banaras from beginning to end. A romanization of the Sanskrit litany is included along with an English translation. In addition to the liturgical--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.     

Author Name :Hillary Rodrigues

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God and Goodness

Hugh Rice explains why belief in God need not be seen as a strange or irrational belief, but can be a natural extension of our ordinary ways of thinking. He suggests that we should think of God in an abstract way, and he offers a satisfying account of the relationship between God and goodness.     

Author Name :Hugh Rice

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Handbook of Hindu Mythology

Handbook of Hindu Mythology offers a number of pathways by which to approach Hinduism's ever-changing gods and goddesses (e.g., BrahmA, Vishnu, Siva), spiritual verses (such as the vedas), secular epics (including the RAmAyana and the MahAbhArata), myths within myths, devotional and esoteric traditions, psychic and yogic disciplines, and magical practices.With this handbook, readers can explore the history of Hindu mythology, follow a detailed timeline of key episodes and historical events, and look up specific elements of historical or contemporary Hinduism in a beautifully illustrated dictionary section. It is the ideal introduction to the origins of Hinduism, the culture that shaped it from antiquity to the present, and the age-old stories, ideas, and traditions that speak to the human condition as eloquently today as ever.     

Author Name :George M. Williams

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The Difficulty of Being Good

In his new book, Gurcharan Das turns to the "Mahabharata" in order to answer the question, 'why be good?', and discovers that the epic's world of moral haziness and uncertainty is closer to our experience as ordinary human beings than the narrow and rigid positions that define most debate in this fundamentalist age of moral certainty. The "Mahabharata" is obsessed with the elusive notion of dharmaoin essence, doing the right thing. When a hero falters, the action stops and everyone weighs in with a different and often contradictory take on dharma. The epic's characters are flawed, but their incoherent experiences throw light on our familiar dilemmas. Gurcharan Das' best-selling book "India Unbound" examined the classical aim of artha, material well being. This, his first book in seven years, dwells on the goal of dharma, moral well being. It addresses the central problem of how to live our lives in an examined wayoholding a mirror up to us and forcing us to confront the many ways in which we deceive ourselves and others. What emerges is a doctrine of dharma that we can apply to our business decisions, political strategies and interpersonal relationshipsoin effect, to life itself.     

Author Name :Gurcharan Das

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The Guru Question

The spiritual journey is perhaps the most personal experience of our lives--but does that mean we have to go it alone? With The Guru Question, award-winning author Mariana Caplan brings you a unique and much-needed guide for deciding whether you need a dedicated mentor to help illuminate your path to awakening--and if so, how to navigate the deep complexities of the guru-disciple relationship.     

Author Name :Mariana Caplan

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Prasna Marga (Pt. 2)

Prasna Marga is a unique work on astrology, natal and horary, of vital importance to every astrological scholar, practitioner and student. The author, a Nambudari Brahmin of Kerala who wrote this book in 1650 A.D., was a renowned scholar and has culled valuable information from a number of ancient sources. This ancient work, and English translation of which is presented here in simple and elegant English interspersed with copious notes incorporating the author's own experiences, touches on some of the most important aspects of life marriage, children, longevity, death, disease, etc. Part I is an exhaustive treatise on the various aspects of predictive astrology of immense practical utility, which deals not only with the various aspects of Prasna or Horary Astrology, but also with almost the entire range of the forcasting art Jataka of predictive astrology, Muhurta or electional astrology, Parihara or remedial astrology and Nimittas or the science of indications (Omens). Part II is an encyclopaedic work on matters that affect all areas of human life, such as marriage, children, causes of diseases as given in karma vipaka and the remedies, matters relating to deities, rulers, war, natural calamities, travel, rulers war natural calamities, travel, rainfall, digging wells, details for finding underground water, theft cases, dreams and their interpretation as indicators for death of disease and its timing etc.     

Author Name :B. V. Raman

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The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies responds to and celebrates the explosion of research in this interdisciplinary field over recent decades. A one-volume reference work, it provides an introduction to the academic study of early Christianity (c. 100-600 AD) and examines the vast geographical area impacted by the early church, in Western and Eastern late antiquity. It is thematically arranged to encompass history, literature, thought, practices, and material culture. It contains authoritative and up-to-date surveys of current thinking and research in the various subfields of early Christian studies, written by leading figures in the discipline. The essays orient readers to a given topic, as well as to the trajectory of research developments over the past 30-50 years within the scholarship itself. Guidance for future research is also given. Each essay points the reader towards relevant forms of extant evidence (texts, documents, or examples of material culture), as well as to the appropriate research tools available for the area. This volume will be useful to advanced undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as to specialists in any area who wish to consult a brief review of the "state of the question" in a particular area of early Christian studies, especially one different from their own.     

Author Name :Susan Ashbrook Harvey, David Hunter

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Religion without Ulterior Motive

An in-depth discussion among Reformed theologians on the thesis that only by a radical option for religion without ulterior motive - even good motives -, true religion can be safeguarded from abuse and be linked to Gods love for man without ulterior motive.     

Author Name :E. A. J. G. Van Der Borght

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The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence

Lost Art of Practicing His Presence defines a new generation of passionate lovers of the Lord Jesus. Within the pages of this book you will be introduced to their hunger and passion. You will experience the collision of religion with reality, theology with thirst, and legalism with extravagant love. Prepare to take your first step into His dwelling place.     

Author Name :James W. Goll

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In this fully revised and updated second edition of his accessible account of systematic Christology, Gerald O'Collins continues to challenge the contemporary publishing trend for sensationalist books on Jesus that are supported neither by the New Testament witness nor by mainline Christian beliefs.This book critically examines the best biblical and historical scholarship before tackling head-on some of the key questions of systematic Christology: does orthodox faith present Jesus the man as deficient and depersonalized? Is his sinlessness compatible with the exercise of a free human will? Does up-to-date exegesis challenge his virginal conception and personal resurrection? Can one reconcile Jesus' role as universal Saviour with the truth and values to be found in other religions? What should the feminist movement highlight in presenting Jesus? This integral Christology is built around the resurrection of the crucified Jesus, highlights love as the key to redemption, and proposes a synthesis of the divine presence through Jesus. Clear, balanced, and accessible, this book should be valued by any student reading systematic theology, anyone training for the ministry in all denominations, as well as interested general readers.     

Author Name :Gerald O'Collins SJ

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The Church in Council

Councils have been of fundamental importance to the historical development of the Catholic Church. From the First Council of Nicaea in 325 CE to the reforming Second Vatican Council of 1962-5, the conciliar movement has more often than not represented the interests and prerogatives of the mass of the faithful: frequently -- especially from medieval times -- as a bulwark against the untrammelled supremacy of the Pope. Norman Tanner is arguably the outstanding scholar of church councils writing in English and his work provides an essential framework to our understanding of the development of Western Catholicism. In this volume, which assembles some of his best work on the topic, he reflects on the legacy of conciliarism, and shows how and why the apostolic spirit of Nicaea was to resurface at Vatican II.     

Author Name :Norman Tanner

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Ethics in Crisis

"Ethics in Crisis" offers a constructive proposal for the shape of contemporary Christian ethics drawing on a new and persuasive interpretation of the ethics of Karl Barth. David Clough argues that Karl Barth's ethical thought remained defined by the theology of crisis that he set out in his 1922 commentary on Romans, and that his ethics must therefore be understood dialectically, caught in an unresolved tension between what theology must and cannot be. Showing that this understanding of Barth is a resource for contemporary constructive accounts of Christian ethics, Clough points to a way beyond the idolatry of ethical absolutism on the one hand, and the apostasy of ethical postmodernism on the other.     

Author Name :David Clough

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Moral Habitat

A work of environmental ethics that looks at how "otherkind"--and humankind--contributes to our moral imagination.     

Author Name :Nancie Erhard

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Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, and the Transformation of Divine Simplicity

Divine simplicity is the idea that, as the ultimate principle of the universe, God must be a non-composite unity not made up of parts or diverse attributes. The idea was appropriated by early Christian theologians from non-Christian philosophy and played a pivotal role in the development of Christian thought.     

Author Name :Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

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Postmodernism and the Ethics of Theological Knowledge

This book establishes the necessary integration of theological knowledge with theological ethics. It does this as a response to the postmodern critique of Christianity, as exemplified in Rorty and Lyotard. They argue that any claim to know God is necessarily tyrannical. Contemporary responses to such postmodern thinking often fail to address adequately the ethical critique that is made. This book redresses that balance by suggesting that our knowedge of God and love of the Other are so intimately connected that we cannot have one without the other. In the absence of love, then, we simply do not know God. Justin Thacker proposes that an effective theological response to postmodernity must address both knowledge and ethics in an integrated fashion as presented in this book.     

Author Name :Justin Thacker

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The Connected Discourses of the Buddha

This is a complete translation of the Samyutta Nikaya, containing all of the important suttas (Discourses of the Buddha) on such key Buddhist concepts as the Four Noble Truths, dependent origination, the seven factors of enlightenment, and the Noble Eightfold Path. The Connected Discourses of the Buddha ranks as one of the most inspiring compilations in the Buddhist canon. Bhikkhu Bodhi's distinguished and precise translation, his insightful introductory materials, and his extensive notes guide the reader through this vast collection of the Buddha's ancient teachings. This is the third title in Wisdom Publications' award-winning Teachings of the Buddha Series, following The Long Discourses of the Buddha and The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. Like its two predecessors, and 2005's anthology of Discourses of the Buddha, this volume belongs in the library of every student of Buddhism.     

Author Name :Bhikkhu Bodhi

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On Buddhism

Six lectures by eminent Buddhist thinker Keiji Nishitani reflecting on Buddhism for the modern world.     

Author Name :Keiji Nishitani

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Buddhist Ethics

The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed a growing interest in Buddhism, and it continues to capture the imagination of many in the West who see it as either an alternative or a supplement to their own religious beliefs. Numerous introductory books have appeared in recent years to cater to this growing interest, but almost none devotes attention to the specifically ethical dimensions of the tradition. For various complex cultural and historical reasons, ethics has not received as much attention in traditional Buddhist thought as it has in the West. Written by Damien Keown, one of the few experts worldwide who specializes in the area, Buddhist Ethics illustrates how Buddhism might approach a range of contemporary moral issues, ranging from abortion to euthanasia, sexuality to cloning, and even war and economics.     

Author Name :Damien Keown

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Mindfulness With Breathing

Any practitioner, after meditating for some time, inevitably wonders what meditation method the historical Buddha Shakyamuni himself used while beneath the Bodhi Tree. Many people understand that prior to his realization, Shakyamuni Buddha studied with many of great yogis of his time, but most do not know what method he ultimately found leads most directly to Nirvana. In Ajhan Buddhadasa Bhikku's book, Mindfulness With Breathing, the Thai meditation master provides practitioners with penetrating insights into the Anapanasati Sutta, the sacred canonical text which many believe is the most direct transmission of Shakyamuni Buddha's breath meditation methods. Combined with a concise translation of the Sutta itself, Mindfulness With Breathing is one of the best guides to Buddhist meditation practice available in the English language.     

Author Name :Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

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Buddhism in India

Text explores 2,500 years of the development of Buddhism, Brahmansim, and caste in India. Provides an account of the historical, social, political, and philosophical aspects of Buddhism; discussing a wide range of important current issues.     

Author Name :Gail Omvedt

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Is Enlightenment Possible?

The arguments are very elegant and tightly formulated. The commentary and annotations are on par with the best Buddhological work now being done.--The Reader's Review     

Author Name :Rgyal-tshab Dar-ma-rin-chen

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The Book of Balance and Harmony

The Book of Balance and Harmony is a classic thirteenth-century anthology of Taoist writings, including essays, conversations, poetry, and songs from the School of Complete Reality. The writings combine the essences of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism into an alchemical elixir teaching Vitality, Energy, and Spirit -- the "three treasures" of Taoism that promise mental and physical well-being.This first translation into English of a major text of Taoism is rered and introduced by Thomas Cleary, who has been called the premier translator of Buddhist and Taoist texts. Among his many published works are original translations of monuments of Oriental spirituality, such as The Flower Ornament Scripture, the most sophisticated and comprehensive of primary Buddhist sourcebooks; The Blue Cliff Record, one of the major literary classics of Zen Buddhism; and Understanding Reality, the definitive classic of Taoist spiritual alchemy.     

Author Name :Thomas Cleary

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Eternity of Sound & Science of the Mantra

The knowledge of Sabd Brahm-Nad Brahm is an important branch of the Indian School of Spirituality. The science and philosophy of Sabd Brahm encompasses the methodology and effects of mantra-jap, prayers, collective chanting and sadhanas of the ved-mantras and that of the Nad Brahm deals with the genesis, expansion and influence of music. The volume 19 of the "Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya Vangmaya" series presents truly rare and detailed information and guidance on this topic. The present book is compiled from the English translation of the first two chapters of this volume that focus on the cosmic dimensions of sound and the science of mantras. Acharya Sharma's elucidation of the esoteric and complex subject matter of Sabd Brahm and Mantras is indeed lucid, logical and scientific. The book also outlines how the modern science could offer multifaceted benefits toward the incessant welfare of human society by constructive investigations in the Science of Mantras.     

Author Name :Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya

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The Concept of Bodhicitta in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara

This book explores an important concept within the Buddhist Mahayana tradition, bodhicitta. This term appears frequently in Sanskrit literature relating to the spiritual practices of the bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism and has been variously translated as "thought of enlightenment" or "desire of enlightenment." Francis Brassard offers a contextual analysis of bodhicitta based on the presuppositions underlying the spiritual practice of the bodhisattva. Since the understanding that emerges involves how one ought to view the process of spiritual transformation, this work contributes to Buddhist psychology and soteriology in particular, and to comparative religions in general. The book surveys the various interpretations of the concept of bodhicitta, analyzes its possible functions in the context of the spiritual path of the aspirant to enlightenment, and discusses an understanding of bodhicitta in the context of the Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara.     

Author Name :Francis Brassard

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Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China

The events of the past half century have led many to conclude that relations between Tibet and China have always been marked by mutual suspicion and acrimony. However, as Gray Tuttle documents in this impressive study, networks of close connection existed between the two nations as recently as the first decades of the 20th century, with Chinese monks studying in Tibetan monasteries and the Panchen Lama performing tantric rituals to protect China from Japanese invasion. If past is in fact prologue, there is much to be learned from a careful reading of the fascinating story that Gray Tuttle tells.     

Author Name :Gray Tuttle

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The Buddhist Theory of Self-Cognition

This highly original work explores the concept of self-awareness or self-consciousness in Buddhist thought. Its central thesis is that the Buddhist theory of self-cognition originated in a soteriological discussion of omniscience among the Mahasamghikas, and then evolved into a topic of epistemological inquiry among the Yogacarins. To illustrate this central theme, this book explores a large body of primary sources in Chinese, Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan, most of which are presented to an English readership for the first time.It makes available important resources for the study of the Buddhist philosophy of mind.     

Author Name :Zhihua Yao

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Buddhahood Embodied

To enter the Mahayana Buddhist path to enlightenment is to seek both to become free from our dualistic, deluded world and to remain actively engaged in that world until all others are free. How are these two apparently contradictory qualities to be embodied in the attainment of buddhahood (dharmakaya)? How can one's present practice accomplish that? These questions underlie a millennium-old controversy over buddhahood in India and Tibet that centers around a cherished text, the Abhisamayalamkara. Makransky shows how the Abhisamayalamkara's composite redaction, from Abhidharma, Prajnaparamita, and Yogacara traditions, permitted its interpreters to perceive different aspects of those traditions as central in its teaching of buddhahood. This enabled Indians and Tibetans to read very different perspectives on enlightenment into the Abhisamayalamkara, through which they responded to the questions in startlingly different ways. The author shows how these perspectives provide alternative ways to resolve a logical tension at the heart of Mahayana thought, inscribed in the doctrine that buddhahood paradoxically transcends and engages our world simultaneously. Revealing this tension as the basis of the Abhisamayalamkara controversy, Makransky shows its connection to many other Indo-Tibetan controversies revolving around the same tension: disagreements over buddhahood's knowledge, embodiment, and accessibility to beings (in Buddha nature and through the path). Tracing the source of tension to early Mahayana practice intuitions about enlightenment, the author argues that different perspectives in these controversies express different ways of prioritizing those practice intuitions.     

Author Name :John J. Makransky

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The Scriptures of Won Buddhism

Won Buddhism, one of the major religions of modern Korea, was established in 1916 by Pak Chung-bin (1891-1943), later known as Sot'aesan. In 1943 Sot'aesan published a collection of Buddhist writings, the Correct Canon of Buddhism (Pulgyo chongjon), which included the doctrine of his new order. Four years later, the second patriarch, Chongsan (1900-1962), had the order compile a new canon, which was published in 1962. This work, translated here as The Scriptures of Won Buddhism (Wonbulgyo kyojon), consists of the Canon (a redaction of the first part of the Pulgyo chongjon) and the analects and chronicle of the founder known as the Scripture of Sot'aesan. The present translation incorporates critical tenets from the 1943 Canon that were altered in the redaction process and offers persuasive arguments for their re-inclusion.     

Author Name :Bongkil Chung

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Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping New York Times bestselling novel about the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed y those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. Face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer will, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment.Although we recognize Buddha today as an icon of peace and serenity, his life story was a tumultuous and spellbinding affair filled with love and sex, murder and loss, struggle and surrender. From the rocky terrain of the material world to the summit of the spiritual one, Buddha captivates and inspiresultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and ourselves.     

Author Name :Deepak Chopra

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Domesticating the Dharma

Western scholarship has hitherto described the assimilation of Buddhism in Korea in terms of the importation of Sino-Indian and Chinese intellectual schools. This has led to an overemphasis on the scholastic understanding of Buddhism and overlooked evidence of the way Buddhism was practiced "on the ground." Domesticating the Dharma provides a much-needed corrective to this view by presenting for the first time a descriptive analysis of the cultic practices that defined and shaped the way Buddhists in Silla Korea understood their religion from the sixth to tenth centuries. Critiquing the conventional two-tiered model of "elite" versus "popular" religion, Richard McBride demonstrates how the eminent monks, royalty, and hereditary aristocrats of Silla were the primary proponents of Buddhist cults and that rich and diverse practices spread to the common people because of their influence.Drawing on Buddhist hagiography, traditional narratives, historical anecdotes, and epigraphy, McBride describes the seminal role of the worship of Buddhist deities--in particular the Buddha Uakyamuni, the future buddha Maitreya, and the bodhisattva Avalokiteuvara--in the domestication of the religion on the Korean peninsula and the use of imagery from the Maitreya cult to create a symbiosis between the native religious observances of Silla and those being imported from the Chinese cultural sphere. He shows how in turn Buddhist imagery transformed Silla intellectually, geographically, and spatially to represent a Buddha land and sacred locations detailed in the Avatasaka Sutra (Huayan jing/Hwaom kyong). Emphasizing the importance of the interconnected vision of the universe described in the Avatasaka Sutra, McBride depicts the synthesis of Buddhist cults and cultic practices that flourished in Silla Korea with the practice-oriented Hwaom tradition from the eight to tenth centuries and its subsequent rise to a uniquely Korean cult of the Divine Assembly described in scripture.Given its ground-breaking approach, Domesticating the Dharma will be important not only for students and scholars of Korean history and religion and East Asian Buddhism, but also more generally for historians interested in how aspects of patronage, ritual procedures, and devotional display demonstrate overarching similarities between diverse religious traditions.     

Author Name :Richard D., II McBride

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Indian Esoteric Buddhism

Despite the rapid spread of Buddhism the historical origins of Buddhsit thought and practice remain obscure.This work describes the genesis of the Tantric movement and in some ways an example of the feudalization of Indian society. Drawing on primary documents from sanskrit, prakrit, tibetan, Bengali, and chinese author shows how changes in medieval Indian society, including economic and patronage crises, a decline in women`s participation and the formation of large monastic orders led to the rise of the esoteric tradition in India.     

Author Name :Ronald Davidson

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism

This is the book for anyone wishing a simple, direct, and comprehensive survey of Buddhism. Told from a pragmatic American Buddhist perspective - and with loving speech and frequent drops of humor - emphasis is placed on diverse schools (Vipassana, Zen, Pure Land, Tibetan) within Buddhism as well as on Buddhism within diverse contexts, such as Christianity, Judaism, human relations, work, food, arts, the modern world (war, race, gender, ecology, nihilism, etc.).     

Author Name :Gary Gach

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Haunting the Buddha

Early European histories of India frequently reflected colonialist agendas. The idea that Indian society had declined from an earlier Golden Age helped justify the colonial presence. It was said, for example, that modern Buddhism had fallen away from its original identity as a purely rational philosophy that arose in the mythical 5th-century BCE Golden Age unsullied by the religious and cultural practices that surrounded it. In this book Robert DeCaroli seeks to place the formation of Buddhism in its appropriate social and political contexts. It is necessary, he says, to acknowledge that the monks and nuns who embodied early Buddhist ideals shared many beliefs held by the communities in which they were raised. In becoming members of the monastic society these individuals did not abandon their beliefs in the efficacy and the dangers represented by minor deities and spirits of the dead. Their new faith, however, gave them revolutionary new mechanisms with which to engage those supernatural beings. Drawing on fieldwork, textual, and iconographic evidence, DeCaroli offers a comprehensive view of early Indian spirit-religions and their contributions to Buddhism-the first attempt at such a study since Ananda Coomaraswamy's pioneering work was published in 1928. The result is an important contribution to our understanding of early Indian religion and society, and will be of interest to those in the fields of Buddhist studies, Asian history, art history, and anthropology.     

Author Name :Robert DeCaroli

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The Kalachakra Tantra

Associated with the promotion of world peace, the Kalachakra or "Wheel of Time" tantra is one of the most detailed and encompassing systems of theory and practice within Tibetan Buddhism. Kalachakra Tantra contains a complete translation of the Kalachakra initiation ritual as conferred by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Toronto in April 2004, along with his commentary, and a comprehensive introduction by Professor Jeffrey Hopkins that explores the Kalachakra's rich symbolism, meaning, and history. The book also includes the Six-Session Yoga.     

Author Name :the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

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Against the Stream

Buddha was a revolutionary. His practice was subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened point of view went against the norms of his dayin his words, "against the stream." His teachings changed the world, and now they can change you too.Presenting the basics of Buddhism with personal anecdotes, exercises, and guided meditations, bestselling author Noah Levine guides the reader along a spiritual path that has led to freedom from suffering and has saved lives for 2,500 years. Levine should know. Buddhist meditation saved him from a life of addiction and crime. He went on to counsel and teach countless others the Buddhist way to freedom, and here he shares those life-changing lessons with you. Read and awaken to a new and better life.     

Author Name :Noah Levine

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Stories Of The Quraan

Here we are with the book Stories of the Quran by AI-Hafiz Isma` il Ibn Katheer Ad- Dimashqi (May Allah rest his soul), taking a tour throughout the stories mentioned in the Glorious Qur an pertaining to which Allah the Almighty says: {Indeed in their stories, there is a lesson for men of understanding}. (Yusuf, 111) Yes, in order to find admonition, lessons and exemplary models! This book of ours handles the stories that are cited in the Glorious Quran, gathered from the book titled, Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah (The Beginning and the End). The book also covers a number of stories that were not included in Al- Bidayah wan-Nihayah, such as that of Harut and Marut. Also, stories of Allahs Prophets and Messengers (Peace be upon them all) are not included here as they are already detailed in Ibn Katheers other book Stories of the Prophets.     

Author Name :Imam Hafiz Ibn Kathir

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The Early Versions of the New Testament

This study describes all the versions of the New Testament made before A.D. 1000, providing an account of the scholarly investigation, textual analysis and progress of research on each version.     

Author Name :Bruce M. Metzger

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Dictionary of Angels

The result of sixteen years of research in Talmudic, gnostic, cabalistic, apocalyptic, patristic, and legendary texts, the classic reference work on angels is beautifully illustrated and its reissue coincides with the resurgence of belief in angels in America.     

Author Name :Gustav Davidson

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David Edwards provides a sensitive critique which is helpful to those with no specialist knowledge and satisfying to the theologically educated.     

Author Name :Geoffrey Edwards

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An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations

Relations between Christians and Jews over the past two thousand years have been characterised to a great extent by mutual distrust and by Christian discrimination and violence against Jews. In recent decades, however, a new spirit of dialogue has been emerging, beginning with an awakening among Christians of the Jewish origins of Christianity, and encouraging scholars of both traditions to work together. An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations sheds fresh light on this ongoing interfaith encounter, exploring key writings and themes in Jewish-Christian history, from the Jewish context of the New Testament to major events of modern times, including the rise of ecumenism, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the creation of the state of Israel. This accessible theological and historical study also touches on numerous related areas such as Jewish and interfaith studies, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, international relations and the political sciences.     

Author Name :Edward Kessler

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The Jewish Bible and the Christian Bible

This wide-ranging handbook presents an overview of our current knowledge on the history of the Bible. Divided into three parts, it shows how the collections of canonical and apocryphal books were formed, explains the transmission and translation of the Bible.     

Author Name :Julio C. Trebolle Barrera

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Oxford Bible Atlas

The Oxford Bible Atlas is an outstanding guide to the geography, history and archaeology of the Holy Land throughout biblical history, from Exodus to the New Testament. Lavishly printed in full-color on fine, sturdy paper and uniquely affordable, the Oxford Bible Atlas Fourth Edition is a perfect guide for history buffs and students of the Bible.     

Author Name :Adrian Curtis

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Historical Dictionary of Jesus

Jesus of Nazareth is arguably the most famous and influential human being who has ever lived on earth. In the Historical Dictionary of Jesus, author Daniel J. Harrington delves into the ancient literary sources about Jesus, modern methods of approaching these sources, the major events in Jesus' life, persons and places associated with him, the form and content of his teachings, what can be said about his death and the claim that he was raised from the dead, and the contributions of major modern scholars to the quest of the historical Jesus. The book consists of three parts: an introduction to the major topics pertaining to Jesus as a historical figure; a cross-referenced dictionary containing 400 entries on a range of topics, including things Jesus did and said, ancient sources of historical data, and modern scholarship and interpretation; and a bibliography listing some of the most important books related to Jesus and the world in which he lived. This concise and objective reference work provides a clear and accurate introduction to the study of Jesus as a historical figure.     

Author Name :Daniel J. Harrington

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Biblical Mysteries

In this book you can explore many puzzling biblical mysteries.     

Author Name :Lonely Soul

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Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Those with an interest in Buddhism will welcome this new book by Stephen Batchelor, former monk and author ofAlone With OthersandThe Awakening of the West. But those who are just discovering this increasingly popular practice will have much to gain as well-for Buddhism Without Beliefs serves as a solid, straightforward introduction that demystifies Buddhism and explains simply and plainly how its practice can enrich our lives. Avoiding jargon and theory, Batchelor concentrates on the concrete, making Buddhism accessible and compelling and showing how anyone can embark on this path-regardless of their religious background.     

Author Name :Stephen Batchelor

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The Making of Buddhist Modernism

This book should be essential reading for anyone currently involved with the practice of Buddism in America. The author does a superb job of explaining the connection between our heritage of the philosophies of the Enlightenment and Romanticism and Buddhism. The book cleared up for me the odd blending of modern science and neo-romantic (new-age) ideas espoused by many American Buddist teachers. It also clearly explicates the differences between many Asian practices of Buddhism and the modern emphasis on or perhaps even over emphasison meditation. I am a Buddhist and I highly recommend this thoughtful, erudite exposition by David McMahan.     

Author Name :David L. McMahan

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The Buddha

In this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance. Well-paced and informative, this introduction will enlighten not only those who study Buddhism and comparative religion but anyone intrigued by the remarkable philosophy of one of the greatest religious thinkers.     

Author Name :Michael Carrithers

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Buddhism in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra

Offering perspectives from a distinguished group of international scholars, this book provides a multidisciplinary inquiry into the various forms of Buddhism that thrived during the early centuries of the common era in the Krishna River Valley areas of what is now the modern state of Andhra Pradesh in India. The contributors explore not only the factors that led to the rise of Buddhist communities, but also the significance of these early Buddhist communities in the unfolding of the greater history of Buddhism throughout the Asian world.     

Author Name :Sree Padma Holt and A. w. Barber

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Buddhism and Dalits

The most compassionate feature of Buddhism was its adoption of Dalits as its own and rendering service to uplift them on par with generality. Dr. Ambedkar, the 14th Dalai Lama, Yen. Thich Nhat Hanh, Sulak Sivaraksha and alike belonged to this social stream of Buddhism. They have always espoused the cause of the most degraded and downtrodden sections of society and set them free from the thraldom of social slavery, economic exploitation, educational backwardness and political subjugation. Out of 14 million Dalits in India none falls above ultra peor or poverty line poor. As such they suffer from poverty including deprivation of food, income and employment and, being socially disadvantaged group Dalits suffer from backwardness in education, discrimination in employment. atrocities and suppression in social, cultural and religious matter. Needless to stress that compared to SCs and STs, let alone OBCs and General Category the Buddhist group in Maharashtra has greatest incidence of poverty. No radical change is possible without Dalit participation in the midst of capitalist privatized corporate market economy neglecting human labour and its contribution for new products and new order of humanity.     

Author Name :C.D. Naik.

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Smith and Novak respectfully cover the essential teachings, practices, and historical development of Buddhism in all its rich variety. Beginning with the life and legend of the Buddha, Buddhism explores core Buddhist doctrines such as the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, nirvana, and emptiness. The authors go on to discuss the split between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, the continued divisions of Mahayana into Pure Land, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism, and the confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism in India. The second half of the book follows the global migration of Buddhism and its continuing diversification and development in the West, especially in America. This compelling work by two great scholars -- a legendary teacher and his long-time student and colleague -- is the most insightful, up-to-date, and accessible introduction to this great and immensely appealing religious tradition available today.     

Author Name :Huston Smith, Philip Novak

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With such bestsellers as A History of God and Islam, Karen Armstrong has consistently delivered "penetrating, readable, and prescient" (The New York Times) works that have lucidly engaged a wide range of religions and religious issues. In Buddha she turns to a figure whose thought is still reverberating throughout the world 2,500 years after his death. Many know the Buddha only from seeing countless serene, iconic images. But what of the man himself and the world he lived in? What did he actually do in his roughly eighty years on earth that spawned one of the greatest religions in world history? Armstrong tackles these questions and more by examining the life and times of the Buddha in this engrossing philosophical biography. Against the tumultuous cultural background of his world, she blends history, philosophy, mythology, and biography to create a compelling and illuminating portrait of a man whose awakening continues to inspire millions.     

Author Name :Karen Armstrong

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Deeper Insights Into the Illuminati Formula

What he has to say is pretty spooky. Even spookier is that it coincides with what I have heard, seen and read in many other places. My biggest criticism is that sometimes it seems that Springmeier tends to think that if they're people Christian they are probably bad guys. However he is really not that narrow. He freely admits that the Christian church has been manipulated by the Illuminati. He is really a historian and tells stories that will blow your mind.     

Author Name :Fritz Springmeier & Cisco Wheeler

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Codex Magica

Codex Magica is awesome in its scope and revelations. It contains over 1,000 actual photographs and illustrations. You'll see with your own eyes the world's leading politicians and celebritiesincluding America's richest and most powerfulcaught in the act as they perform occult magic. Once you understand their covert signals and coded picture messages, your world will never be the same. Destiny will be made manifest. You will know the truth and everything will become clear.     

Author Name :Texe Marrs

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Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code

Ehrman separates fact from fiction, the historical realities from the flights of literary fancy. Readers of The Da Vinci Code who would like to know the truth about the beginnings of Christianity and the life of Jesus will find this book riveting.     

Author Name :Bart D. Ehrman

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Miracles of Prophet Muhammed

This book discusses some of the extraordinary incidents that supports Muhammad's prophethood, and his divine mission of calling people to Islam with references to authenticated resources.     

Author Name :Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

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An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology

An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology is a lucid, intelligible, and authentic introduction to the foundations of Buddhist psychology. It provides comprehensive coverage of the basic concepts and issues in the psychology of Buddhism, and thus it deals with the nature of psychological inquiry, concepts of the mind, consciousness and behavior, motivation, emotions and percentile, and the therapeutic structure of Buddhist psychology. For the third edition, a new chapter on the mind-body relationship and Buddhist contextualism has been added.     

Author Name :Padmasiri De Silva

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All sages are mysteries to the rest of mankind, but perhaps the most mysterious was the sage Lao Tse whose teachings inspired the religion of Taoism. Born in the Hunan province around 604 B.C., he eventually became historian and librarian of the Emperors royal library at the Court of Chow. Loving solitude, he was rarely seen, but he met the great Confucius at least once, inspiring him to say about Lao Tse: This day I have seen a dragon. Birds have wings to fly with, fish have fins to swim with, wild beasts have feet to run with. For feet there are traps, for fins nets, for wings arrows. But who knows how dragons surmount wind and clouds into heaven? Those who know and comprehend the teachings of Lao Tse know howand do.     

Author Name :Swami Nirmalananda Giri

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Comparative Theology

Drawing upon the author's three decades of work in comparative theology, this is a pertinent and comprehensive introduction to the field, which offers a clear guide to the reader, enabling them to engage in comparative study.The author has three decades of experience of work in the field of comparative theology and is ideally placed to write this book Today's increasing religious diversity makes this a pertinent and timely publication Unique in the depth of its introduction and explanation of the discipline of 'comparative theology' Provides examples of how comparative theology works in the new global context of human religiosity Draws on examples specific to Hindu-Christian studies to show how it is possible to understand more deeply the wider diversity around us. Clearly guides the reader, enabling them to engage in comparative study     

Author Name :Francis Xavier Clooney, S.J.

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Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives

Bringing together leading scholars, this new volume explores the history and changing meanings of the categories 'science' and 'religion'; the role of publishing and education in forging and spreading ideas; the connection between knowledge, power and intellectual imperialism; and the reasons for the confrontation between evolution and creationism among American Christians and in the Islamic world. A major contribution to the historiography of science and religion, this book makes the most recent scholarship on this much misunderstood debate widely accessible.     

Author Name :Dixon Thomas, Cantor Geoffrey, Pumfrey Stephen

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Quran - The Final Testament - Authorized English Version

This is God's final message to humanity. All of God's prophets have come to this world, and all the scriptures have been delivered. The time has come to purify and consolidate all the messages delivered by God's prophets into one message, and to proclaim that henceforth, there is only one religion acceptable to God, "Submission" (3:19, 85). "Submission" is the religion whereby we recognize God's absolute authority, and reach an unshakeable conviction that God ALONE possesses all power; no other entity possesses any power that is independent of Him. The natural result of such a realization is to devote our lives and our worship absolutely to God ALONE. This is the First Commandment in all the scriptures, including the Old Testament, the New Testament, and this Final Testament.     

Author Name :Dr. Rashad Khalifa

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Great Women of Islam

There are good examples in the lifestyle of the Mothers of the believers and women Companions especially for the Muslim women. It is necessary for all of us to study the Seerah of these noble and fortunate women. Besides the Mothers of the believers, the compiler of the book has included the description of those sixteen women who had been given the good news of the paradise in this world by Prophet Muhammad.     

Author Name :Mahmood Ahmad Ghadanfar

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All About Hinduism

ALL ABOUT HINDUISM is intended to meet the needs of those who want to be introduced to the various facets of the crystal that is Hinduism.     

Author Name :Swami Sivanananda

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Seeking After The Kingdom

This ebook includes five devotionals that will encourage you and build your faith. Topics covered include prospering where you are planted, seeing from heaven's perspective, the power of the Word, the importance of prayer and how nothing is impossible for God. Let these devotional messages be your five smooth stones (1 Samuel 17:40). Use them to take down the giants in your life.     

Author Name :Jaye E.Seay

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God According to God: A Physicist Proves We've Been Wrong About God All Along

In God According to God, Schroeder presents a compelling case for the true God, a dynamic God who is still learning how to relate to creation. The key to God's action in the world, according to Schroeder, can be found in a well-known verse in Exodus that is typically translated "I am that which I am." Schroeder's correction that it should be translated "I will be that which I will be" reveals a God that changes to fit the ever-changing wor     


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Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatryis recommended reading for residents in psychiatry, postgraduates in theology, psychology and psychology of religion, researchers in psychiatric epidemiology and trans-cultural psychiatry, as well as professionals in theology, psychiatry and psychology of religion     

Author Name :Peter J. Verhagen ,Driss Moussaou,John L. Cox, Juan J. Lpez-Ibor, Herman M. van Praag

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Heaven and Hell

This version was edited and revised utilizing the French original (Nouvelle Edition conforme a LEdition Originale - Union Spirite Francaise et Francophone) by the Editorial and Publishing Department of the Spiritist Group of New York (SGNY) and the Spiritist Alliance for Books (SAB) team.     

Author Name :A. Kardec

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