Asian Religions, Miscellaneous
Zen Meditation in Plain English
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0861713168
Written in a warm and easily accessible style, the book appeals to anyone with an interest in meditation, Zen, or, as is often the case today, a combination of the two. Zen Meditation in Plain English emphasizes the importance of receiving good instruction and of finding groups to practice with, yet it lays out the necessary steps to practice Zen meditation on your own. The book includes easily followed exercises to help the reader along. An excellent, practical introduction, this book represents the culmination of the search for a clear and insightful path into the philosophy and practice of Zen meditation
Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient
The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness
Paperback ISBN: 1570625182
The emphasis on the mind in meditation can be somewhat misleading: If we pay attention only to mental processes and overlook the experience of the body, we can remain stuck in our heads and not be able to break free of the involuntary thinking that we find so claustrophobic and toxic. This short, practical guide helps us embrace the fact of our embodiment—the experience of the sensations, movements, and gestures of the body—and to realize that mindfulness is the natural state of awareness of a body that has learned how to experience its feeling presence. Johnson takes us through the three primary principles of the posture of meditation: alignment, relaxation, and resilience. He devotes a large part of each chapter to specific practices to help the reader experience different aspects of physical presence. This book is of interest to meditators of all traditions—Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Jews, and others—as well as therapists, bodyworkers, and anyone interested in body-centered psychology and other natural modes of healing.
A Very Short Introduction
Paperback ISBN: 0192853872
Hinduism is practiced by about 80 percent of India's population, and by about 30 million people outside India. But how is Hinduism defined, and what basis does the religion have? In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott provides clear insight into the beliefs and authority of Hindus and Hinduism, and considers the ways in which it has been affected by colonialism and modernity. Knott offers succinct explanations of Hinduism's central preoccupations, including the role of contemporary gurus and teachers in the quest for spiritual fulfillment; and the function of regular performances of the Mahabharata and Ramayana--scriptures which present the divine in personal form (avatara) and provide models of behavior for everyone, from kings and warriors to servants and children, and which focus on the dharma, the appropriate duties and moral responsibilities of the different varna or classes. The author also considers the challenges posed to Hinduism at the end of the twentieth century as it spreads far beyond India, and as concerns are raised about issues such as dowry, death, caste prejudice, and the place of women in Hindu society.
The Essential Ken Wilber
An Introductory Reader
Paperback ISBN: 1570623791
An introduction to the thought of the contemporary American philosopher and psychologist contains brief, lucid passages from his work on such topics as meditation, mysticism, science, and the world's religions. Original. 30,000 first printing.
In Search of the New Era
Paperback ISBN: 0892813059
Nicholas Roerich- prolific artist and writer, reowned 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.
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.