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The Craft: A Witch's Book of Shadows
The Craft
A Witch's Book of Shadows
Paperback      ISBN: 1567184464
Celebrate the changing of the seasons and the beauty and power of the Moon, the Stars, and the Sun. Written by a Witch who has spent many years teaching the Craft of Wicca to newcomers, this introductory guide presents everything you need to know for successful witchery, including: ·An essential set of instructions and guidelines for beginning the practice of the Ancient arts ·An overview of Wiccan beliefs, laws, rules, and principles ·Directions for creating and using basic tools of the Craft--athame, wand, cup, pentacle, cauldron, broom, black mirror, and meditation ·Easy-to-follow instructions for altar setup, circle-casting, building power, Deity invocation, and more ·An assortment of miscellaneous spells, chants, and invocations for a variety of purposes Walk the path of the Witch-live in harmony and balance, and discover the sacred within the natural world with The Craft.
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
Fields of Blood
Religion and the History of Violence
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307957047
"From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after Sept 11: That faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness--something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths subscribed around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violencein each of the world's great religions.
Christians Talk About Buddhist Meditation, Buddhists Talk About Christian Prayer
Christians Talk About Buddhist Meditation, Buddhists Talk About Christian Prayer
Paperback      ISBN: 0826414397
This book adopts the format of the editorsÆ previous book, Buddhists Talk about Jesus, Christians Talk about the Buddha. In that book eight scholar-practitioners--four of them Buddhist and four Christian--explored their relationship to the great religious figure of the other tradition. Then the remaining contributors, two from each tradition, addressed themselves, rebuttal fashion, to the views expressed. In the new book the subject is the differences and similarities between Buddhist meditation and Christian prayer. What can a Christian, for example, learn from the mental and physical rigor of Buddhist meditative practice? What can a Buddhist learn from traditional Christian prayer? Can one mix distinct religious identity (Christian) with practice techniques associated with another religion (Buddhist) without compromising the religious specificity of either the identities or the techniques? Christian contributors include Frances S. Adeney, Mary Frohlich, Paul O. Ingram, Ursula King, Terry C. Muck, Yagi Seiichi, and Bardwell Smith. Buddhist contributors include Robert Aitken, Grace Burford, Rita Gross, John Makransky, Ken Tanaka, Robert Thurman, and Taitetsu Unno.
The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion
The Sacred and the Profane
The Nature of Religion
Paperback      ISBN: 015679201x
A noted historian of religion traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times, in terms of space, time, nature and the cosmos, and life itself. Index. Translated by Willard Trask.
In the Tradition of Moses and Mohammed: Jewish and Arab Folktales
In the Tradition of Moses and Mohammed
Jewish and Arab Folktales
Hardcover      ISBN: 1568211279
A collection of Jewish and Arabian tales published together in one volume serves, says its author, as a "metaphor for the coexistence of Arabs and Jews." Dr. Blanche L. Serwer-Bernstein, a psychotherapist and former professor at Boston University, has selected forty Arabian and Jewish folktales that capture the imagination and represent the experiences and wisdom of the cultures out of which they have emerged. The two sets of stories in this book are different in many ways. The customs, humor, and countless details differ from one people to the next. Yet Jews and Arabs, whose imagination and creativity gave birth to these tales, share not only biblical roots but also a remarkable coexistence in Spain during a golden period from 700 to 1000 C.E. This collection is the result of extensive research at the Israel Folklore Archives and in libraries in Jerusalem and Haifa, as well as the New York Public Library and the library of Harvard University. Of the forty tales in this volume, twenty-two are Jewish tales and were taken from literary and oral sources. They include stories of witches and demons, tales of Chelm - legendary city of fools - and folktales told by post-World War II immigrants to Israel from Russia, Iraq, Kurdistan, Poland, Hungary, and elsewhere. The Arabian tales come from many corners of the Arab world and include tales about changes in men, tales of humor and entertainment, and stories that the author describes as reflecting a kaleidoscope of human characteristics. A volume that is educational, entertaining, and inspirational, In the Tradition of Moses and Mohammed is also a prayer, urging us to hope that one day Arab and Jew will live together as peacefully as these tales do.
God: A Human History
God
A Human History
Hardcover      ISBN: 055339472x
From the bestselling author of Zealot and host of the new CNN series Believer comes a fascinating account of humanity’s struggle to make sense of the divine, and how the idea of god, from its prehistoric origins to its emergence as a single divine personality, continues to offer new ways of connecting people of different faiths today.
The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus
The Good Heart
A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus
Paperback      ISBN: 0861711386
The Nobel Peace Prize-winner and world-renowned religious leader of the Buddhists of Tibet offers stirring and insightful comments on well-known passages from each of the four Gospels in a model of inter-religious dialogue. Reprint. LJ. PW. IP.
To Light a Sacred Flame: Practical Witchcraft for the Millennium
To Light a Sacred Flame
Practical Witchcraft for the Millennium
Paperback      ISBN: 1567187218
Provides dozens of spiritual and magical spells, rituals, and exercises
Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
Shamanism
Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
Paperback      ISBN: 0691017794
Describes the beliefs, rituals, and symbols of shamanism and explores its practice in various cultures and influence on religious tradition
Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic Between Buddhism and Christianity
Compassion and Meditation
The Spiritual Dynamic Between Buddhism and Christianity
Paperback      ISBN: 1594772770
Examines how complementary themes in Buddhism and Christianity may serve as a basis for an ecumenical faith, drawing parallels between Zen meditation and the Greek Orthodox practice of Hesychasm, the common values demonstrated by Jesus and the Buddha, and the ways in which each faith can benefit from the other. Original.