Asian Religions, Miscellaneous
The Story of Buddhism
A Concise Guide to Its History and Teachings
Paperback ISBN: 0060099275
An enlightening historical survey of Buddhism illuminates the great variety of teachings, schools, and practices associated with the religion, and traces the historical development of Buddhism throughout diverse cultures. Reprint.
The Jade Emperors Mind Seal Classic
The Taoist Guide to Health, Longevity, and Immortality
Paperback ISBN: 0892811358
The Jade Emperor's Mind Seal Classic teaches that one can attain immortality through the cultivation of the three treasures of Taoism: ching (sexual and physical energy), qi (breath and vital energy), and shen (spirit and mental energy). Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Chinese culture, Stuart Alve Olson demonstrates the practical application of these texts in contemporary life.
Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy
Paperback ISBN: 0415173639
Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy provides an extensive glossary of the main terms and concepts used in Eastern philosophy. The book includes definitions of philosophical ideas linked to the national traditions of Persia, the Islamic world, Japan, Korea, India, China, Tibet, and including concepts from Zoroastrianism, Sufism, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Islam, Shintoism, and Buddhism. Each entry includes a guide for further reading and critical analysis, is cross-referenced with associated concepts and is in easy-to-use A-Z format.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
An Inquiry into Values
Paperback ISBN: 0060958324
A republication of the New Age classic blends ancient and Eastern philosophy and follows a man's cross-country motorcycle trip with his adolescent son during which they explore the pain, joy, and possibilities of life in the modern world. Original. of his former, uninstitutionalized self. Reprint.
Tibet's Ancient Religion
Hardcover ISBN: 0834805170
Tibet, the highland beyond the Himalayas, seems permeated with an atmosphere of living spirituality. Here in ancient times the religion of Bön was widespread, marked by shamanistic practices and a pronounced cult of the dead. Until well into the eighth century, Bön was the dominant religion and culture on the roof of the world; it is in essence the belief system of ancient Tibet. From the second half of the eighth century onward, Bön was superseded by Buddhism, which had traveled north from India, and the two religions came to influence each other in both doctrine and ritual. In spite of the eventual dominance of Buddhism through its position as the state religion, however, a reformed Bön school has been able to assert itself down to the present. Its tradition continues to remain alive in a few monasteries as well as in visible signs of Tibetan popular religion, including prayer flags and spirit traps, temple and mountain circumambulations, death and marriage rites, oracle techniques, and countless religious rituals. In fact, it may be reasonably asserted that Tibetan culture cannot be completely understood without a knowledge of Bön practices. This book takes the reader to secluded monasteries and sacred sites of the Bön religious community. With its thoroughly informed text and more than 200 photographs of Bön monasteries, lamas, and sacred sites, most undocumented until now, this volume introduces the myths and culture of ancient Tibet. The preface, written by the spiritual head of all Bönpo, confers additional authority on the work, while its notes, maps, index, and an extensive bibliography make it essential reading for anyone with an interest in Tibet or eastern religions.