By Alexander Studholme
Sets out a historical past of the recognized Buddhist mantra, Om Manipadme Hum, and gives new insights on its meaning.
Om Manipadme Hum, might be the main famous of all Buddhist mantras, lies on the center of the Tibetan process and is loved via either layman and lama alike. This e-book records the origins of the chant, and provides a brand new interpretation of the which means of Om Manipadme Hum, and contains a certain, annotated summary of the Karandavyuha Sutra, commencing up this crucial Mahayana Buddhist paintings to a much broader audience.
The Karandavyuha— the earliest textual resource for Om Manipadme Hum—which describes either the compassionate task of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva whose energy the chant invokes, and the legendary story of the quest for and discovery of the chant. via an in depth research of this sutra, Studholme explores the ancient and doctrinal forces in the back of the looks of Om Manipadme Hum in India at round the center of the 1st millennium C.E. He argues that the Karandavyuha has shut affinities to non-Buddhist puranic literature, and that the perception of Avalokitesvara and his six-syllable mantra is trained via the perception of the Hindu deity Siva and his five-syllable mantra Namah Sivaya. The sutra displays an historic scenario during which the Buddhist monastic institution was once entering touch with Buddhist tantric practitioners, themselves inspired through Saivite practitioners.
“This compact quantity … can be instantly obtainable, and of serious profit, to either Tibetologists and Tibetophiles alike.” — magazine of the foreign organization of Tibetan Studies
“This booklet presents a good instance of the phenomenon of spiritual integration, and obviously indicates how Buddhism controlled to combine rules and practices from one other religious tradition.” — Francis Brassard, writer of the concept that of Bodhicitta in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara
“It used to be interesting to learn the author's very good insights into the syncretic development of early tantric Mahayana Buddhist fabrics just like the Karandavyuha.” — John J. Makransky, writer of Buddhahood Embodied: resources of Controversy in India and Tibet
Alexander Studholme got a Ph.D. from the Centre for Buddhist reviews, Bristol collage, England.
By Dalai Lama
Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our notion of who we're and the place we stand on the planet, and of their wake have left an uneasy coexistence: technological know-how vs. faith, religion vs. empirical inquiry. that is the keeper of fact? that's the real route to realizing reality?
After 40 years of research with many of the maximum clinical minds, in addition to a life of meditative, non secular, and philosophic examine, the Dalai Lama offers a super research of why all avenues of inquiry—scientific in addition to spiritual—must be pursued to be able to arrive at an entire photo of the reality. via an exam of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical perception into the character of truth, neurobiology and the research of recognition, the Dalai Lama attracts major parallels among contemplative and medical examinations of reality.
This breathtakingly own exam is a tribute to the Dalai Lama’s teachers—both of technology and spirituality. The legacy of this e-book is a imaginative and prescient of the realm during which our assorted ways to figuring out ourselves, our universe, and each other could be introduced jointly within the provider of humanity.
By Gerry Shishin Wick
The publication of Equanimity includes the first-ever whole English language observation on some of the most cherished vintage collections of Zen instructing tales (koans), making them vividly appropriate to non secular seekers and Zen scholars within the twenty-first century. always emphasizing koans as powerful instruments to find and adventure the private truths of our being, Wick brings the paintings of the koan to lifestyles when you are looking to perform knowledge of their day-by-day lives.
The koan assortment Wick explores here's hugely esteemed as either literature and coaching fabric within the Zen culture, during which koan-study is considered one of paths a practitioner may well take. This assortment is used for education in lots of Zen facilities within the Americas and in Europe yet hasn't ever prior to been on hand with statement from a modern Zen grasp. Wick's Book of Equanimity contains new translations of the preface, major case and verse for every koan, and glossy commentaries at the koans by means of Wick himself.
By Yangzom Brauen
A strong, emotional memoir and a rare portrait of 3 generations of Tibetan ladies whose lives are ceaselessly replaced while Chairman Mao's pink military crushes Tibetan independence, sending a tender mom and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous trip around the snowy Himalayas towards freedom
Kunsang suggestion she may by no means go away Tibet. one of many country's youngest Buddhist nuns, she grew up in a distant mountain village the place, as undefined, she entered the neighborhood nunnery. notwithstanding easy, Kunsang's existence gave her all she wanted: a oneness with nature and a feeling of the religious in all issues. She married a monk, had little ones, and lived in peace and prayer. yet now not for lengthy. there has been a announcing in Tibet: "When the iron chook flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan humans can be scattered like ants around the face of the earth." The chinese language invasion of Tibet in 1950 replaced every thing. while squaddies arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying every little thing of their direction, Kunsang and her relatives fled around the Himalayas merely to spend years in Indian refugee camps. She misplaced either her husband and her youngest baby on that trip, however the destiny held a rare flip of occasions that may ceaselessly switch her life--the arrival within the refugee camps of a classy younger Swiss guy lengthy thinking about Tibet. Martin Brauen will fall immediately in love with Kunsang's younger daughter, Sonam, finally profitable her center and hand, and taking mom and daughter with him to Switzerland, the place Yangzom should be born.
Many tales lie hidden until eventually the suitable individual arrives to inform them. In rescuing the tale of her now 90-year-old inspirational grandmother and her mom, Yangzom Brauen has given us a booklet choked with love, braveness, and triumph,as good as permitting us a unprecedented and brilliant glimpse of existence in rural Tibet ahead of the arriving of the chinese language. most significantly, notwithstanding, ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS is a testomony to 3 robust, decided ladies who're associated by way of an unbreakable family members bond.
By Robert E. Buswell Jr.
Offering a accomplished review of 1 of Asia's most vital non secular and social forces, the Encyclopedia of Buddhism describes the Buddhist international view, uncomplicated teachings and practices of Buddhism, in addition to its assorted colleges and sects. as well as containing entries on Buddhist scriptures, artwork, structure, saints, demons, monastic orders, fairs, rites and ceremonies, this 2-vol. set explores the historical past of Buddhism, the various varieties it has taken in numerous elements of the realm, and the way Buddhism has combined with different religions like Shinto, Confucianism, Daoism and Christianity.
With every one web page that includes a quote, word, tale, koan, haiku, or poem, Zen Companion combines the sensation and structure of a meditation booklet with 2,500 years of wisdom-from Lao-tzu and Groucho Marx, William Carlos Williams and The Little Prince, D. T. Suzuki and Walker Percy, the Buddha and the Bible, Einstein and Gertrude Stein. it is a get together of instinct: "If a guy needs to be certain of the line he treads on, he needs to shut his eyes and stroll within the dark"-St. John the move. Individuality: "Do no longer search to stick with within the footsteps of the boys of previous; search what they sought."-Basho. basic nature: "Among twenty snowy mountains/The in basic terms relocating thing/Was the attention of the blackbird."-Wallace Stevens. Childlike spontaneity: "Goodnight stars. Goodnight air."-Margaret clever Brown. Irreverent paradox: "Wakuan complained whilst he observed an image of bearded Bodhidharma: 'Why hasn't that fellow a beard?'" And in particular, the straightforward excitement of lifestyles lived within the second. "Chop wooden, hold water."
By Tulku Thondup Rinpoche
In all religions, sacred texts and items have seemed miraculously. one of the so much outstanding of those revelatory traditions is the terma culture of Tibetan Buddhism. Termas usher in a clean chance for the renewal of non secular perform. the following Tulku Thondup Rinpoche tells the tale of the terma culture initiated by way of Padmasambhava, the ninth-century saint who demonstrated Buddhism in Tibet.
6th century B.C. used to be outstanding for the spiritual
unrest and highbrow ferment in lots of nations. In China
we had Lao Tzu and Confucius, in Greece Parmenides and
Empedocles, in Iran Zarathustra, in India Mahavira and the
Buddha. In that interval many amazing lecturers worked
upon their inheritance and built new issues of
The Purnima or full-moon day of the month of Vaisakha
is attached with 3 vital occasions within the lifetime of the
Buddha—birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. it's the
most sacred day within the Buddhist calendar. in response to the
Theravada Buddhism, the Buddha’s parinirvana happened in
544 B.C.1 notwithstanding the several colleges of Buddhism have
their self reliant platforms of chronology, they've got agreed
to ponder the full-moon day of may well 1956 to be the 2,500th
anniversary of the mahaparinirvana of Gautama the Buddha.
This ebook offers a quick account of the tale of Buddhism in
the final 2,500 years
By Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Strengthening, calming, and stabilizing the brain is the basic first step in achieving approximately any objective. starting to be up American with a Tibetan twist, Sakyong Mipham talks to Westerners as not anyone can: in idiomatic English with tales and knowledge from American tradition and the good Buddhist lecturers. Turning the brain Into an Ally permits a person to accomplish peace and readability of their lives.