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From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ
From Jesus to Christ
The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ
Paperback      ISBN: 0300084579

In this exciting book, Paula Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission and message in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached. A new introduction reviews the most recent scholarship on Jesus and its implications for both history and theology.

"Brilliant and enjoyable. . . . Magisterial."--G za Verm s, Times Literary Supplement

"Brilliant and lucidly written, full of original and fascinating insights."--Reginald H. Fuller, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"This is a first-rate work of a first-rate historian."--James D. Tabor, Journal of Religion

"Fredriksen confronts her documents--principally the writings of the New Testament--as an archaeologist would an especially rich complex site. With great care she distinguishes the literary images from historical fact. As she does so, she explains the images of Jesus in terms of the strategies and purposes of the writers Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."--Thomas D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor
Sun-Tzu: The Art of Warfare: The First English Translation Incorporating the Recently Discovered Yin-Ch'ueh-Shan Texts
Sun-Tzu: The Art of Warfare
The First English Translation Incorporating the Recently Discovered Yin-Ch'ueh-Shan Texts
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 034536239x
The most widely read military classic in human history, newly translated and revised in accordance with newly discovered materials of unprecedented historical significance.

Fluid, crisp and rigorously faithful to the original, this new text is destined to stand as the definitive version of this cornerstone work of Classical Chinese. Of compelling importance not only to students of Chinese history and literature, but to all readers interested in the art or the philosophy of war.
Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System
Wheels of Life
A User's Guide to the Chakra System
Paperback      ISBN: 0875423205

As portals between the physical and spiritual planes, the chakras offer unparalleled opportunities for growth, healing, and transformation. Anodea Judith's classic introduction to the chakra system, which has sold over 200,000 copies, has been completely updated and expanded. It includes revised chapters on relationships, evolution, and healing, and a new section on raising children with healthy chakras.

Wheels of Life takes you on a powerful journey through progressively transcendent levels of consciousness. View this ancient metaphysical system through the light of new metaphors, ranging from quantum physics to child development. Learn how to explore and balance your own chakras using poetic meditations and simple yoga movements--along with gaining spiritual wisdom, you'll experience better health, more energy, enhanced creativity, and the ability to manifest your dreams.

Praise:
"Wheels of Life is the most significant and influential book on the chakras ever written."-- John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga

Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man
Kundalini
The Evolutionary Energy in Man
Paperback      ISBN: 1570622809

Coiled like a snake at the base of the spine, kundalini is the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being. Once awakened, often through meditation and yoga practices, it rises up the spine and finds expression in the form of spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers, and ultimately, enlightenment.

This is the classic first-person account of Gopi Krishna, an ordinary Indian householder who, at the age of thirty-four, after years of unsupervised meditation, suddenly experienced the awakening of kundalini during his morning practice. The story of this transformative experience, and the author's struggle to find balance amid a variety of powerful physiological and psychic side effects, forms the core of the book. His detailed descriptions of his dramatic inner experiences and symptoms such as mood swings, eating disorders, and agonizing sensations of heat--and of how, with the help of his wife, he finally stabilized at a higher level of consciousness--make this one of the most valuable classics of spiritual awakening available.
Diamond Heart, Book Three: Being and the Meaning of Life
Diamond Heart, Book Three
Being and the Meaning of Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0936713054

We live in a world of mystery, wonder, and beauty. But most of us seldom participate in this real world, being focused rather on the part that is mostly strife, suffering, or meaninglessness. This situation is basically due to our not realizing and living our full human potential. This potential can be actualized by the realization and development of the human essence. The human essence is the part of us that is innate and real, and which can participate in the real world.

The Diamond Heart series is a transcription of talks given by the author in both California and Colorado, for several years. The purpose of the talks is to guide and orient individuals who are engaged in doing the difficult work of realization.
Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation
Seeking the Heart of Wisdom
The Path of Insight Meditation
Paperback      ISBN: 157062805x

In Seeking the Heart of Wisdom Goldstein and Kornfield present the central teachings and practices of insight meditation in a clear and personal language. The path of insight meditation is a journey of understanding our bodies, our minds, and our lives, of seeing clearly the true nature of experience. The authors guide the reader in developing the openness and compassion that are at the heart of this spiritual practice. For those already treading the path, as well as those just starting out, this book will be a welcome companion along the way. Among the topics covered are:

- The hindrances to meditation--ranging from doubt and fear to painful knees--and skillful means of overcoming them
- How compassion can arise in response to the suffering we see in our own lives and in the world
- How to integrate a life of responsible action and service with a meditative life based on nonattachment

Useful exercises are presented alongside the teachings to help readers deepen their understanding of the subjects.
Mentoring: The Tao of Giving and Receiving Wisdom
Mentoring
The Tao of Giving and Receiving Wisdom
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0062512501

Based on the ancient Taoist teachings of balance, presents a new approach to mentoring which helps build a collaborative spirit in the workplace and at home.

Shambhala: In Search of the New Era
Shambhala
In Search of the New Era
Paperback      ISBN: 0892813059

Nicholas Roerich--prolific artist and writer, renowned philosopher, educator, and explorer--relates the remarkable encounters and events of his travels through central Asia and Tibet at the turn of the century. Through his detailed diary notes and the chronicling of legends and parables, he reveals the many facets of the tale of Shambhala, the long-awaited realization of paradise on earth. In Western mythology, Shambhala appears as the mythic land of Shangri-la. In the prophecies of the East, it is seen as both a physical place and the dawning of a New Era of enlightened consciousness. Roerich found signs of the imminent arrival of Shambhala at every juncture of his journey--in the legends of local villagers and within their rock paintings and engravings. In keeping with the ancient traditions, Roerich felt that Shambhala would be attained not inevitably or without effort, but only as a result of "the Noblest and most intensive activity." A living example of this philosophy, he worked unceasingly for peace through culture, believing that "obstacles are only new possibilities to create beneficent energy." Chapters on Tibetan art, the desert cities, subterranean dwellers, and the Great Mother give the reader crystalline glimpses of Roerich's manifold vision and the vast panorama of his life journey toward a new age of human achievement.

The Blooming of a Lotus: Guided Meditation Exercises for Healing and Transformation
The Blooming of a Lotus
Guided Meditation Exercises for Healing and Transformation
Paperback      ISBN: 0807012378

A Buddhist teacher shares his principles and techniques of guided meditation, offering exercises that enhance joy in life, heal loneliness, and provide heightened awareness and insight.

Bhagavad Gita As It Is
Bhagavad Gita As It Is
Paperback      ISBN: 0892131349