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Teachings of the Tao

by Eva Wong

"The Tao that can be spoken of is not the real Way," reads a famous line from the Tao-te-ching. But although the Tao cannot be described by words, words can allow us to catch a fleeting glimpse of that mysterious energy of the universe which is the source of life. The readings in this book are a beginner's entrée into the vast treasury of writings from the sacred Chinese tradition, consisting of original translations of excerpts from the Taoist canon. Brief introductions and notes on the translation accompany the selections from the classics; books of devotional and mystical Taoism; texts of internal alchemy; stories of Taoist immortals, magicians, and sorcerers; ethical tracts; chants and rituals; and teachings on meditation and methods of longevity.

Teachings of the Torah: Weaving Jewish History with the Christian Faith

by Zondervan

Explore your twenty-first-century culture in light of the first-century world of Jesus. Teachings of the Torah allows you to study the first five books of the Bible through the eyes of a first-century disciple by exploring the text from the viewpoint of those who have also wrestled with and wondered about the Word of God. It invites you into the questions, stories, and interpretations –both ancient and modern –that prove the Bible is a living book. Experience these foundational books of the Bible through this in-depth study tool brought to you in a stunning full-color interior that includes photographs, maps, and illustrations. Features include: The Torah, the first five books of the Bible, in the clear, accessible NIV translation Word studies illuminate Hebrew words and explore their meanings Study notes expound on the Scripture and incorporate writings from early church writers, rabbis, and extra-biblical sources. These notes offer up commentary and ask thought-provoking questions about the text and the Bible times in which they were written. Book introductions and outlines for each book of the Bible “Addressing the Text Articles" delve deeper into select passages of Scripture “Day in the Life Articles” illustrate what daily life was like for people in Bible times Foreword from pastor and author Ed Dobson

Teachings of Tibetan Yoga: An Introduction to the Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Exercises of the Tibetan Religion [Illustrated Edition]

by Garma C. C. Chang

The author-translator of this book was born in China of aristocratic parentage some fifty years ago. In early youth he became the disciple of a Buddhist Guru in a part of China near Tibet. His Guru sent him to Tibet to further his training. After eight years in Tibetan monasteries, six of them under one Guru, he went to school in the West to study animal husbandry and bring his knowledge hack to Tibet. The Communist victory in China and the Communist invasion of Tibet cut him off from returning. His devotion to Tibetan Buddhism is now expressed by translating into English its hitherto unknown teachings.This Book is an extremely concentrated introduction to the mental, physical, and spiritual exercises of Tibetan Buddhism, emphasizing the practice of Yoga exercises. The key to its understanding is the learning of Dumo--the generating of internal heat in one's body.Dumo's special meaning for Tibetan Yoga flows from the profoundly anti-ascetic and anti-pessimistic doctrine of Tantric Buddhism. The author means precisely what he says when he explains that opposites are also inseparable unities and that the best example of this is that the human body-mind can be made into the body of Buddha. Sexual bliss can become divine bliss.This work will both introduce the reader to the tranquility of yoga and, at the same time, lead him to explorations in the field of erotic mysticism.Richly illustrated throughout.

Teachings of Zen

by Thomas Cleary

Zen Buddhism emerged in China some fifteen centuries ago and remained the most dynamic and influential spiritual movement in Asia for more than a millennium. Though the teachings of the first Zen masters are sometimes considered innovation, they were actually a return to the core of Buddhist teaching and to an understanding of the importance of the personal experience of enlightenment. This anthology presents talks, sayings, and records of heart-to-heart encounters to show the essence of Zen teaching through the words of the Zen masters themselves. The selections have been made from the voluminous Zen canon for their accessibility, their clarity, and above all their practical effectiveness in fostering insight.

Teachings on Love

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Weaving together traditional stories, personal experiences, and a deep understanding of the Buddha's way of mindful living, Thich Nhat Hanh provides step-by-step practices that foster understanding and intimacy in any relationship and extend our love even to those that cause us pain. Teachings on Love is a treasure-trove of guidance for couples, co-workers, or friends who wish to nourish the gift and strength of their relationships and deal creatively with their weaknesses and difficulties. We all yearn to experience a love that is deeper and more joyful. Teachings on Love provides a time-tested path that anyone can follow to nurture the deepest love in ourselves and others.With a new introductory chapter by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Teacup and the Skullcup: Where Zen and Tantra Meet

by David Schneider Chogyam Trungpa Judith L. Lief

The Teacup and the Skullcup is made up of edited transcripts from two seminars that Chögyam Trungpa gave near the beginning of his North American teaching career in 1974--one in Barnet, Vermont, and one in Boston--called "Zen and Tantra." Although Trungpa Rinpoche belonged to the tantra tradition, he acknowledged the strength and discipline gained from Zen influence. Through these talks you can see his respect for the Zen tradition and how it led to his using certain Zen forms for his public meditation hall rituals. He discusses the differences in style, feeling, and emphasis that distinguish the two paths and shows what each one might learn from the other.Also included are Trungpa Rinpoche's commentary on the Ten Oxherding Pictures and an essay he composed in memory of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, a close friend with whom he continually exchanged ideas for furthering buddhadharma in America.

The Teaming Church: Ministry in the Age of Collaboration

by Robert C. Crosby

A committee is not the same thing as a team. To become a great team, a group must have a goal that is deeply challenging, a leader who is creatively empowering, and a willingness to work within a collaborative community that honors the Bible. The Bible is full of examples of great things accomplished through teaming leaders. Scripture also provides a compelling model from which church communities and teams can learn to live and serve in light of the "Divine Team" - the Trinity. Author Robert C. Crosby provides several innovative ways in which biblical teams reflect the workings and nature of the Trinity and thus the image of God. Revealing what he calls "The Four C's of Great Teams" - The Character, The Carrot, The Coach, and The Context - Crosby shows how successful teams reach their goals more effectively. Conversely, he also addresses the "Four Fatal Teaming Errors" and how to avoid unnecessary, time-consuming missteps. This book provides biblical motivations, vivid examples, and practical approaches for creating a teaming culture in any faith community. Crosby, a leader who has built teams as a senior pastor, youth leader, and university administrator, is now training and mentoring a new generation of pastors and leaders.

A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe

by Marcelo Gleiser

For millennia, shamans and philosophers, believers and nonbelievers, artists and scientists have tried to make sense of our existence by suggesting that everything is connected, that a mysterious Oneness binds us to everything else. People go to temples, churches, mosques, and synagogues to pray to their divine incarnation of Oneness. Following a surprisingly similar notion, scientists have long asserted that under Nature's apparent complexity there is a simpler underlying reality. In its modern incarnation, this Theory of Everything would unite the physical laws governing very large bodies (Einstein's theory of relativity) and those governing tiny ones (quantum mechanics) into a single framework. But despite the brave efforts of many powerful minds, the Theory of Everything remains elusive. It turns out that the universe is not elegant. It is gloriously messy. Overturning more than twenty-five centuries of scientific thought, award-winning physicist Marcelo Gleiser argues that this quest for a Theory of Everything is fundamentally misguided, and he explains the volcanic implications this ideological shift has for humankind. All the evidence points to a scenario in which everything emerges from fundamental imperfections, primordial asymmetries in matter and time, cataclysmic accidents in Earth's early life, and duplication errors in the genetic code. Imbalance spurs creation. Without asymmetries and imperfections, the universe would be filled with nothing but smooth radiation. A Tear at the Edge of Creation calls for nothing less than a new "humancentrism" to reflect our position in the universal order. All life, but intelligent life in particular, is a rare and precious accident. Our presence here has no meaning outside of itself, but it does have meaning. The unplanned complexity of humankind is all the more beautiful for its improbability. It's time for science to let go of the old aesthetic that labels perfection beautiful and holds that "beauty is truth. " It's time to look at the evidence without centuries of monotheistic baggage. In this lucid, down-to-earth narrative, Gleiser walks us through the basic and cutting-edge science that fueled his own transformation from unifier to doubter--a fascinating scientific quest that led him to a new understanding of what it is to be human.

Tearfund and the Quest for Faith-Based Development (Routledge Research in Religion and Development)

by Dena Freeman

This book gives an in-depth analysis of the role of faith in the work of Tearfund, a leading evangelical relief and development NGO that works in over 50 countries worldwide. The study traces the changing ways that faith has shaped and influenced Tearfund’s work over the organisation’s 50-year history. It shows how Tearfund has consciously grappled with the role of faith in its work and has invested considerable time and energy in developing an intentionally faith-based approach t relief and development that in several ways is quite different to the approaches of secular relief and development NGOs. The book charts the different perspectives and possibilities that were not taken and the internal discussions about theology, development practices, and humanitarian standards that took place as Tearfund worked out for itself what it meant to be a faith-based relief and development organisation. There is a growing academic literature about religion and development, as well as increasing interest from development ministries of many Northern governments in understanding the role of religion in development and the specific challenges and benefits involved in working with faith-based organisations. However, there are very few studies of actual faith-based organisations and no book-length detailed studies showing how such an organisation operates in practice and how it integrates its faith into its work. In documenting the story of Tearfund, the book provides important insights into the practice and ethos of faith-based organisations, which will be of interest to other FBOs and to researchers of religion and development.

Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand

by Duncan Mccargo

Since January 2004, a violent separatist insurgency has raged in southern Thailand, resulting in more than three thousand deaths. Though largely unnoticed outside Southeast Asia, the rebellion in Pattani and neighboring provinces and the Thai government's harsh crackdown have resulted in a full-scale crisis. Tearing Apart the Land by Duncan McCargo, one of the world's leading scholars of contemporary Thai politics, is the first fieldwork-based book about this conflict. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the region, hundreds of interviews conducted during a year's research in the troubled area, and unpublished Thai-language sources that range from anonymous leaflets to confessions extracted by Thai security forces, McCargo locates the roots of the conflict in the context of the troubled power relations between Bangkok and the Muslim-majority "deep South." McCargo describes how Bangkok tried to establish legitimacy by co-opting local religious and political elites. This successful strategy was upset when Thaksin Shinawatra became prime minister in 2001 and set out to reorganize power in the region. Before Thaksin was overthrown in a 2006 military coup, his repressive policies had exposed the precariousness of the Bangkok government's influence. A rejuvenated militant movement had emerged, invoking Islamic rhetoric to challenge the authority of local leaders obedient to Bangkok. For readers interested in contemporary Southeast Asia, insurgency and counterinsurgency, Islam, politics, and questions of political violence, Tearing Apart the Land is a powerful account of the changing nature of Islam on the Malay peninsula, the legitimacy of the central Thai government and the failures of its security policy, the composition of the militant movement, and the conflict's disastrous impact on daily life in the deep South. Carefully distinguishing the uprising in southern Thailand from other Muslim rebellions, McCargo suggests that the conflict can be ended only if a more participatory mode of governance is adopted in the region.

Tears in a Bottle

by Sylvia Bambola

Becky Taylor, a young woman burdened by great expectations, is lying on a cold recovery table in an abortion clinic when she hears a man's voice, then gunshots. She holds her breath and lies perfectly still behind the curtain. When the gunman is finished, Becky is the only one left alive in the clinic. This act brings together two strangers who both seek answers to life's most wrenching questions, mainly: Are God's love and mercy big enough for every sin? The answer transforms multiple lives.

The Tears of a Dragon (Dragons in Our Midst #4)

by Bryan Davis

A vicious evil threatens mankind, and only the dragons can defeat it. With their lives hanging in the balance, Billy and Bonnie lead the dragons into the final battle between the dragons and the slayers.

Tears of Joy for Mothers

by Joe Wheeler

Amidst the hectic pace of parenting, marriage and life, Tears of Joy for Mothers helps mothers escape for short periods of time to let their minds and emotions be swept away by characters and stories they can relate to-deep, heart-felt stories that will move them to tears of joy and appreciation for what God can do in and with their lives. These heart-tugging stories, gathered by America's most beloved story anthologizer, affirm the ultimate value in motherhood and help mothers everywhere grow in their appreciation for life and the children they love. A great gift for Mother's Day or all year round.

Tears of Sadness, Tears of Joy: One Couple’s Journey Through Love, Faith, and Mental Illness

by Jo Vamos Honig

In the summer of 1956, when Jo met charismatic young preacher Bill Vamos at a Vacation Bible School conference, neither could possibly have predicted the decades-long journey they were about to embark on together. It would bolster-and test-their faith in ways they never could have anticipated.

Tears of the Sun

by Al Lacy

Book Four of the Journeys of the Stranger series finds the legendary John Stranger summoned to Apache Junction, Arizona, where a hard-fought land dispute between the local Apache and Zuni Indians has led to the wedding-day kidnapping of the son of Arizona's governor. As terms for his return, the warriors demand weapons that can only escalate the fighting between the tribes, as well as the white men who come to the area looking for gold or-as it's known to the Indians-"Tears of the Sun." Readers will experience the drama and adventure as John Stranger fights to rescue Ben Wheeler and shares the tears of a very different "Son" in a dramatic new installment of the Journeys of the Stranger.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Tebow Time

by Jesse Hines

Tim Tebow is a rising star of the New York Jets, a Heisman Trophy winner, and “America’s Most Popular Athlete” (ESPN). His energetic and unorthodox style of play, his penchant for producing dramatic comeback victories, his unapologetic espousal of the Christian faith, and his gracious demeanor make him a fan favorite. Tebow Time: Insights on Winning from Football’s Rising Star presents quotations from Tim Tebow on varied topics and couples them with an “In Context” analysis from the book’s editor. These quotations are culled from numerous interviews, press conferences, and profile pieces from various points in Tebow’s career, and give fans and critics a deeper insight into who he is and what drives him to excel. With an in-depth introductory essay examining Tebow as an individual, a football player, and a cultural phenomenon, this book will delight fans of this rare and humble football icon. Among the topics Tebow discusses are: Anxiety; Being a Role Model; Belief; Biblical Role Models; Compassion; Controlling Emotions; Dealing with Critics; Decision-Making; Enjoying Life; Eye Black Scriptures; Faith; First Impressions; Fitness; God’s Sovereignty; Handling Fame; Hard Work; How to Improve America; Humility; Integrity; Learning from Failure; Living by Faith; Living with Passion; Most Important Thing in Life; Never Giving Up; Nutrition; Orphans; Preaching; Pride; Pushing Yourself to the Limit; Self-Discipline; Sexual Purity; Sharing the Credit; Spreading the Gospel; Staying Grounded; Supporting Teammates; “Tebowing”; Trash Talking; Victory; Visiting Suffering Fans and much more. “The game doesn’t really matter. I mean, I’ll give 100 percent of my heart to win it, but in the end, the thing I most want to do is not win championships or make a lot of money, it’s to invest in people’s lives, to make a difference. ” —Tim Tebow .

TechGnosis

by Erik Davis Eugene Thacker

How does our fascination with technology intersect with the religious imagination? In TechGnosis--a cult classic now updated and reissued with a new afterword--Erik Davis argues that while the realms of the digital and the spiritual may seem worlds apart, esoteric and religious impulses have in fact always permeated (and sometimes inspired) technological communication. Davis uncovers startling connections between such seemingly disparate topics as electricity and alchemy; online roleplaying games and religious and occult practices; virtual reality and gnostic mythology; programming languages and Kabbalah. The final chapters address the apocalyptic dreams that haunt technology, providing vital historical context as well as new ways to think about a future defined by the mutant intermingling of mind and machine, nightmare and fantasy.From the Trade Paperback edition.ology; programming languages and channeled texts. The final chapters address both apocalyptic and utopian dreams of the future of technology, providing historical context as well as new models for how to think and feel our way through an amazing, confusing, and disturbing time. This new edition features a foreword by Eugene Thacker as well as a new afterword reflecting on surveillance; the current tech bubble; the growth of superheroes, horror, and other "uncanny cultures" online; the growing backlash against technology; and the need to revitalize the cosmic imagination.ContentsIntroduction: crossed wires I imagining technologies II the alchemical fire III the gnostic infonaut IV techgnosis, american-style V the spiritual cyborg VI a most enchanting machine VII cyberspace: the virtual craft VIII the alien call IX datapocalypse X third mind from the sun XI the path is a network Afterword: beyond the boomFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Techniques of Speed Hypnosis

by Harry Arons

How to hypnotize with a snap of the fingers...at a word of command...at a signal...by telephone—quick-as-a-flash! A photo-illustrated expose of the tried-and-tested-techniques of the famous stage hypnotists, doctors, dentists and psychologists for the rapid and instantaneous induction of hypnosis.

Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives

by Celia Deane-Drummond Sigurd Bergmann Bronislaw Szerszynski

The capacity of human beings to invent, construct and use technical artifacts is a hugely consequential factor in the evolution of society, and in the entangled relations between humans, other creatures and their natural environments. Moving from a critical consideration of theories, to narratives about technology, and then to particular and specific practices, Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred seeks to arrive at a genuinely transdisciplinary perspective focusing attention on the intersection between technology, religion and society and using insights from the environmental humanities. It works from both theoretical and practical contexts by using newly emerging case studies, including geo-engineering and soil carbon technologies, and breaks open new ground by engaging theological, scientific, philosophical and cultural aspects of the technology/religion/nature nexus. Encouraging us to reflect on the significance and place of religious beliefs in dealing with new technologies, and engaging critical theory common in sociological, political and literary discourses, the authors explore the implicit religious claims embedded in technology.

Technologies of Religion: Spheres of the Sacred in a Post-secular Modernity (Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society)

by Sam Han

Bringing together empirical cultural and media studies of religion and critical social theory, Technologies of Religion: Spheres of the sacred in a post-secular modernity investigates powerful entanglement of religion and new media technologies taking place today, taking stock of the repercussions of digital technology and culture on various aspects of religious life and contemporary culture more broadly. Making the argument that religion and new media technologies come together to create "spheres"—environments produced by an architecture of digital technologies of all sorts, from projection screens to social networking sites, the book suggests that prior social scientific conceptions of religious worship, participation, community and membership are being recast. Using the case of the strain of American Christianity called "multi-site," an emergent and growing church-model that has begun to win favor largely among Protestants in the last decade, the book details and examines the way in which this new mode of religiosity bridges the realms of the technological and the physical. Lastly, the book situates and contextualizes these developments within the larger theoretical concerns regarding the place of religion in contemporary capitalism. Technologies of Religion: Spheres of the sacred in a post-secular modernity offers an important contribution to the study of religion, media, technology and culture in a post-secular world.

Tee Tee la gatita Zen y los misterios de la vida

by Pietro Grieco

Leer este libro es adentrarse al misterio milenario de vivir con un gato zen y suave ahora, y la eterna Esfinge mirando al futuro. <P><P>Cómo una persona, de querer aniquilar a todos los gatos, pasa a establecer una relación íntima y única con un animal, que se convierte en su maestro Zen. Con él aprende a escuchar y entender un nuevo lenguaje. <P>Logra experiencias nunca pensadas, excepcionales, hermosas, de un amor casi místico.

Teen Mom: You’re Stronger Than You Think

by Tricia Goyer

Everything changes the day you discover you're going to be a mom. It's not just yourself that you think about—you have a child to care for, too. While you wouldn't trade your child for the world, some days are just hard. Baby-daddy drama, dealing with your parents, and worries about school, work, and your future slam you. Your friends can't relate to your little family, and you wonder if God has turned His back on you, too. Tricia Goyer understands. A mom at age 17, Tricia remembers what it felt like to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. She's also been the coordinator of a teen mom support group for over twelve years, and she's cheered on many young moms—from all walks of life—through their journey. In Teen Mom, Tricia pours out her heart and shares advice for the hard things you face. She also longs to provide encouragement, reminding you that you can be the mom your child deserves—not in your own strength, but in the strength God provides.

Teenage Boys

by Bill Beausay

It's Time to Show Up for Your Son in a Big Way. A teenage boy's world is a dynamic, unpredictable place. That's why stringent parenting "techniques" don't always bring about the results we expect. Though we know there's a lot riding on our ability to wisely parent teenage sons, it's hard to know the best way to proceed-and parents are often overwhelmed by the challenge. But now, in this fun and down-to-earth guide, Bill Beausay offers six fresh principles that can help you overcome your fears and powerfully shape the man inside your teenage boy. BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOUR TEENAGE SON. You know that you need to be involved in your son's life. But just being there physically isn't enough. Parents who enjoy the most success in raising teen boys are present in dramatic, colorful, in-your-face ways. Teenage Boys! Will help you discover how you can develop a clear, do-able plan that will significantly impact your teen's life-and your own. NOW WITH ANSWERS TO THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKEDQUESTIONS ABOUT PARENTING TEEN BOYS.EXPANDED TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT MATTER MOST TO TEENAGE BOYS AND THEIR PARENTS. INCLUDES ADVICE FOR TWO-PARENT FAMILIES, SINGLE PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AND STEPPARENTS. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Teenage Girls: Exploring Issues Adolescent Girls Face and Strategies to Help Them

by Ginny Olson

Girls are more than just sugar and spice. We’ve all figured that out. What we haven’t figured out completely is how they’re wired, why they do the things they do, how the world around them affects their choices and opinions, and what that means for youth ministry—until now. In Teenage Girls, you’ll find advice from counselors and veteran youth workers, along with helpful suggestions on how to minister to teenage girls. Each chapter includes discussion questions to help you and other youth workers process the issues your own students face and learn how you can help them and mentor them through this tumultuous time. In addition to the traditional issues people commonly associate with girls, such as eating disorders, self-image issues, and depression, author Ginny Olson will guide you through some of the new issues on the rise in girls’ lives. You’ll understand more about issues related to: Family • Addiction • Emotional well-being • Mental health • Physical welfare • Sexuality • Spirituality • Relationships

Teenage Guys: Exploring Issues Adolescent Guys Face and Strategies to Help Them

by Steven Gerali

Youth workers need to fully understand the inner workings and development of adolescents in order to really meet their needs. In Teenage Guys, Dr. Steve Gerali presents the stages of development that adolescent guys go through, providing stories from his own experiences in ministry and counseling as well as practical research findings to equip youth workers (both male and female) to more effectively minister to teenage guys. With advice from counselors and veteran youth workers, you’ll find helpful suggestions on how to minister to teenage guys and their families. Each chapter includes discussion questions to help you and other youth workers process the issues your own students face and learn how you can help them and mentor them through this tumultuous time. In addition to concepts like mentoring and rites of passage, Dr. Gerali also walks readers through the seven areas of development young guys go through. You’ll understand more about: • Cognitive development • Identity formation • Social development • Emotional development • Physiological development • Sexological maturation • Faith formation

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