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Powerful and Life-Affirming, this watershed volume brings together the voices of pioneers in the field of Buddhist contemplative care from hospices and hospitals to colleges, prisons, and the military. Each first-person essay offers a distillation of the wisdom gained over years of experience, and vividly shows the lived experience of each pastoral worker. The stories told here are sure to inspire-whether you are a professional caregiver or are simply called to serve through caregiving. Quite simply, this is a book that can change lives.
The Buddha's Apprentices explores that territory in greater detail, telling 27 more stories from young Buddhists, including teenagers, and prominent older Buddhist teachers looking back on their own youth.
The authors apply Buddhist principles to modern fantasy writing, including the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and others.
Plumbing the Star Wars universe for spiritual lessons is as old as the first Star Wars film released in 1977. The author of this book looks through a specifically Buddhist lens, using Buddhist philosophy to interpret the characters, plots, and dialogue.
In Essence of the Heart Sutra, the Dalai Lama masterfully unpacks the Heart Sutra so that any reader can benefit from its teachings-teachings meant to help us release ourselves from suffering and live with true compassion. Comprised of his "Heart of Wisdom" talks, originally delivered to thousands of listeners in 2001, the book offers the Dalai Lama's commentary as well as his easy-to-follow overview of Buddhist philosophy that places the sutra within its historical and philosophical context. With additional contributions by scholar and translator Thupten Jinpa, Essence of the Heart Sutra is the authoritative presentation of a text seminal to the world's religious heritage.
In Essence of the Heart Sutra, the Dalai Lama masterfully unpacks the Heart Sutra so that any reader can benefit from its teachings--teachings meant to help us release ourselves from suffering and live with true compassion. Comprised of his "Heart of Wisdom" talks, originally delivered to thousands of listeners in 2001, the book offers the Dalai Lama's commentary as well as his easy-to-follow overview of Buddhist philosophy that places the sutra within its historical and philosophical context. With additional contributions by scholar and translator Thupten Jinpa, Essence of the Heart Sutra is the authoritative presentation of a text seminal to the world's religious heritage. Book jacket.
Hardcore Zen is not your typical "Zen" book. Brad Warner, the young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one -- just like Reality itself. This bold new approach to the Why of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded in the tradition of Zen as it is utterly revolutionary: Warner's voice is hilarious, and he calls on the wisdom of everyone from punk and pop culture icons to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear.
This book will help and inspire those who must live with the challenges posed by any chronic illnesses, and their caregivers: the relentlessness of symptoms; coming to terms with a life of comparative isolation; weathering fear about the future; facing the judgment of others; dealing with the health care system; and, for a spouse, partner, or other caregiver, adapting to so many unexpected and sometimes sudden life changes.
Exploration of mind/body concepts based on a Harvard Medical School symposium.
The autobiography of Soko Morinaga, who started out as an orphan and became a Zen Buddhist monk, the leader of a monastery and head of Hanazono University, a primary training facility for Buddhist monks. Translated by Yamakawa.
Welcome to One City - Population: Everyone - Where everything you do matters: What you wear. What you say. what you think / Ignore / Buy / Don't Buy ... You've lived in One City your whole life, whether you've known it or not.
An introduction to Buddhism, written by the Dalai Lama himself, provides a complete look at the Buddhist philosophies and ideals, as well as the vital necessity of treating others with kindness and compassion.
The story of Prince Siddhartha and how he became Buddha is told here in the lyrical prose that makes for absorbing reading for people of all ages.
Fed up with his suburban teenage life, at age sixteen, Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little more than a copy of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha and enough cash for a surfboard.
Filled with lively anecdotes, Sons of the Buddha tells the early life stories of three master Buddhist preachers from Thailand, each of whom also have followings in Europe and North America. Ajahn Buddhadasa (1906-93), Ajahn Panya (b. 1911), and Ajahn Jumnien (b. 1936), all monks and abbots of monasteries, have been highly influential in Thai society and tireless in their public appearances and exhortations. A preacher must have common sense, know how to turn everyday life experience into Dharma lessons, and assess his audience so that he can make the most of his communications with them. Sons of the Buddha shows how three boys evolved into remarkable embodiments of the "preacher" ideal. Each would affect changes in moral attitudes and Dharma practices, restore Buddhism's social dimension, bridge the divide separating laypeople and monastics, and champion an open-mindedness toward other religions. In these delightful stories, we see what it was that led them to become so fearless and influential.
Teased because of her choice of friends, her Buddhist religion, and her lackluster campaign for class president, Taneesha's fifth-grade school year proves to be disappointing until she learns to make peace with herself and those around her.
This new "little book of wisdom" is chock full of wit, wisdom, and energetic teachings from Lama Yeshe.
The 108 stories in "Who Ordered this Truckload of Dung?" offer thoughtful commentary on everything from love and commitment to fear and pain. Drawing from his own life experience, as well as traditional Buddhist folk tales, author Ajahn Brahm uses over 30 years of spiritual growth as a monk to spin delightful tales that can be enjoyed in silence or read aloud to friends and family.
Introduces the basic beliefs of Buddhism, discusses the practices of loving and kindness, and looks at Vajrayana Buddhism and the path of tantra.
Zen's Chinese Heritage traces twenty-five generations of inlightened Buddhist teachers, supplementing their core teachings with history, biography, and poetry. The result is an intimate and profound human portrait of the enlightened Zen ancients, and an unprecedented look into the depths of the rich cultural heritage. In this new edition with even more valuable material, Ferguson surveys generations of Zen masters, moving chronologically through successive generations of ancestral teachers, supplementing their core teachings with history, biography, and starkly beautiful poetry. In addition to giving the reader the engaging sense of the "family history" of Zen, this uniquely valuable book paints a clear picture of the tradition's evolution as a religious, literary, and historical force.
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