Asian Religions, Miscellaneous
The Art of Living
Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S. N. Goenka
Paperback ISBN: 0060637242
Describes te Vipassana technique, a Buddhist approach to developing insight, and discusses how it can be used to solve problems, develop one's potential, and lead a productive life
A Heart As Wide As the World
Stories on the Path of Lovingkindness
Paperback ISBN: 1570624283
A book by a popular Buddhist teacher offers genuine aid and comfort for anyone on the spiritual path, discussing the inevitable ups and downs of meditation practice, the cultivation of wisdom and compassion, and how to incorporate the benefits of meditation into our lives. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent
Paperback ISBN: 0892818700
An exploration of 99 classic myths of India from an entirely non-Western paradigm that provides a fresh understanding of the Hindu spiritual landscape â€¢ Compares and contrasts Indian mythology with the stories of the Bible, ancient Egypt, Greece, Scandinavia, and Mesopotamia â€¢ Looks at the evolution of Indian narratives and their interpretations over the millennia â€¢ Demonstrates how the mythology, rituals, and art of ancient India are still vibrant today and inform the contemporary generation From the blood-letting Kali to the mysterious Ganesha, the Hindu spiritual landscape is populated by characters that find no parallel in the Western spiritual world. Indian Mythology explores the rich tapestry of these characters within 99 classic myths, showing that the mythological world of India can be best understood when we move away from a Western, monotheistic mindset and into the polytheistic world of Hindu traditions. Featuring 48 artistic renderings of important mythological figures from across India, the author unlocks the mysteries of the narratives, rituals, and artwork of ancient India to reveal the tension between world-affirming and world-rejecting ideas, between conformism and contradiction, between Shiva and Vishnu, Krishna and Rama, Gauri and Kali. This groundbreaking book opens the door to the unknown and exotic, providing a glimpse into the rich mythic tradition that has empowered millions of human beings for centuries.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Confucianism
Library ISBN: 0823940802
• Over 2, thoroughly cross-referenced entries listed A–Z describe the major beliefs and practices of Confucianism. • Contents by Subject section categorizes entries thematically: Art, Architecture, and Iconography; Astrology, Cosmology, and Mythology; Biographical Entries; Ceremonies, Practices, and Rituals; Concepts; Geography; Literature and Language; Music; Rulers and Dynasties; Schools and Groups; and Texts. • Black and white photos and illustrations throughout show key geographical sites and provide compelling portraits within Confucianism. • Charts and maps provide additional information. • Appendices provide a timeline of Chinese dynasties and glossaries of Chinese terms transliterated according to the Pinyn and Wade-Giles systems. • 8 1/2 x 11 • Library-bound • 1, pages (5 per volume) • © 25 Confucianism can be defined as the teachings and practices associated with the historical teacher Confucius and his followers from the sixth century bce through the twentieth century. Confucius saw in his own lifetime a world torn by civil strife. He sought to remedy its ills by teaching of a golden age when virtue prevailed. For Confucius, moral order could be brought to the world by emulating the ways of the ancient sage-kings. Fundamentally, his teachings stressed the establishment of proper relations and respect between human beings. Confucius taught that each person had moral responsibilities to those around him or her. One was to develop one’s life, as well as one’s society, into a microcosm of the moral order of the universe itself; that is, the Way of Heaven.Confucianism flourished within China, but also influenced the cultures of Korea, Japan, parts of Southeast Asia, and, recently, the West. This comprehensive, two-volume encyclopedia clearly and effectively defines the major forces of Confucianism and shows us its relevance for the present day. Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. (Columbia University), is a specialist in East Asian religion and philosophy with particular expertise in Confucianism. Professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Professor Taylor has also held a number of administrative positions including director of the Asian Studies Program, chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Interim Dean of the Graduate School and presently Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education. His publications include: The Cultivation of Sagehood as a Religious Goal in Neo-Confucianism: A Study of Selected Writings of Kao P'an-lung (1978); The Holy Book in Comparative Perspective (with F.M. Denny) (1985); The Way of Heaven: An Introduction to the Confucian Religious Life (1986); The Confucian Way of Contemplation: Okada Takehiko and the Tradition of Quiet-Sitting (1988); They Shall Not Hurt: Human Suffering and Human Caring (with J. Watson) (1989); and The Religious Dimensions of Confucianism (199) as well as numerous articles. Howard Choy is a Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature and humanities at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds an M.A. in East Asian languages and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and taught at Stanford University and the University of Colorado at Denver. He has published articles, reviews, and translations in several major scholarly journals. His dissertation is on the rewriting of history in contemporary Chinese fiction.
The Tantric Path to Awakening
Paperback ISBN: 0892818581
â€¢ Explains how the primal energy generated by physical desire can be used to achieve enlightenment â€¢ Reveals the techniques used by Tantric adepts to attain mastery over breath, thought, and all physical processes Nothing can match the explosive energy created in the body by pure desire. For millennia, Tantric adepts have harnessed this force as a means of attaining the summits of the mystical life. The energies fueled by passion are used to nourish the inner flame that burns away the egotistical perception of the mind. Desire explores the subtle techniques of Tantra that enable the seeker to attain the triple mastery of the breath, thought, and the natural processes of the body. Tantrics believe that the body is the temple and divinity lies at its heart. In order to arrive at profound awareness, the body needs to be perfectly tuned and working toward a state of perfect fluidity. Desire reveals many of the secret practices intended for this purpose that have been passed down in the major Tantric treatises such as the Vijnanabhariva Tantra and Ch'an master Chinul's treatise on the Secrets of Cultivating the Mind, including the important techniques of the ritual sexual observances known as Maithuna.
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.
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.