Practicing the Jhanas: Traditional Concentration Meditation as Presented by the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw

By Stephen Snyder

this can be a transparent and in-depth presentation of the conventional Theravadin focus meditation referred to as jhāna perform, from authors who've practiced the jhānas in retreat less than the suggestions of 1 of the nice dwelling meditation masters, Pa Auk Sayadaw. The authors describe the concepts and their effects, in keeping with their very own adventure.

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The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics)

The Bhagavad Gita is an early epic poem that recounts the dialog among Arjuna the warrior and his charioteer Krishna, the manifestation of God. within the moments sooner than a good conflict, the discussion units out the real classes Arjuna needs to discover ways to switch the result of the warfare he's to struggle, and culminates in Krishna revealing to the warrior his precise cosmic shape, counselling him to go looking for the common perfection of existence. starting from directions on yoga postures to dense ethical dialogue, the Gita is likely one of the most crucial Hindu texts, in addition to serving as a pragmatic advisor to residing well.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable by means of introductions and notes by means of exclusive students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy

By Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver-Zercher

Praise for Amish Grace

"A tale our polarized nation must pay attention: it truly is nonetheless grace that saves."—Bill Moyers, Public Affairs Television

"In an international the place repaying evil with evil is nearly moment nature, the Amish remind us there is a greater method. In simple and lovely prose, Amish Grace recounts the Amish witness and connects it to the center in their spirituality."—Sister Helen Prejean, writer, lifeless guy Walking

"Faced with the infamous Amish aversion to exposure, reporter after reporter grew to become to the resolution one query: How may well the Nickel Mines Amish so simply, so thoroughly, forgive? whereas the textual content presents a close account of the tragedy, its good looks lies in its discovery of forgiveness because the crux of Amish tradition. by no means preachy or treacly, it indicates a bigger meditation greater than apt in our time."—Philadelphia Magazine

"This balanced presentation . . .blends heritage, present review of yankee society, and an exam of what builds neighborhood right into a seamless tale that info the shootings whereas it probes the non secular ideals that resulted in such speedy forgiving. Recommended." —Library Journal

"Professors Kraybill, Nolt, and Weaver-Zercher have written an exceptional book—a version of transparent, forceful writing a couple of tragedy and its aftermath. they've got an seen affection for the Amish but ask tricky questions, weigh contradictions, and discover conundrums comparable to how a loving God may perhaps allow schoolgirls to be massacred." —National Catholic Reporter

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story

By Donald Miller

After writing a profitable memoir, Donald Miller's existence stalled. in the course of what must have been the peak of his luck, he came upon himself unwilling to get away from bed, warding off accountability, even wondering the that means of lifestyles. but if motion picture manufacturers proposed turning his memoir right into a motion picture, he came upon himself embarked on a brand new tale full of hazard, threat, attractiveness, and meaning.

A Million Miles in 1000 Years chronicles Miller's infrequent chance to edit his existence right into a nice tale, to reinvent himself so no one shrugs their shoulders while the credit roll. via heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Donald Miller takes readers throughout the existence that emerges whilst it turns from dull fact into significant narrative.

Miller is going from snoozing all day to using his motorcycle throughout the USA, from residing in romantic daydreams to anxious encounters with love, from losing his funds to founding a nonprofit with a passionate reason. Guided by way of a number of outlandish yet very actual characters, Miller exhibits us easy methods to get a moment likelihood at lifestyles the 1st time round. A Million Miles in 1000 Years is a unprecedented party of the great thing about life.

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Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality

Yoga periods and Zen meditation, New-Age retreats and nature mysticism—all are a part of an ongoing spiritual experimentation that has strangely deep roots in American background. Tracing out the country’s Transcendentalist and cosmopolitan non secular impulses over the past centuries, Restless Souls explores America’s abiding romance with spirituality as religion’s significant other. Now in its moment variation, together with a brand new preface, Leigh Eric Schmidt's attention-grabbing booklet offers a wealthy account of the way this open-road spirituality constructed in American tradition within the first position in addition to a sweeping survey of the liberal non secular pursuits that touted it and ensured its persevered vitality.

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Back To a Future for Mankind: BioGeometry

This first-ever released selection of writings through Dr. Ibrahim Karim displays the holistic essence of his worldview. Dr Karim is the founding father of the technological know-how of BioGeometry within the early Nineteen Seventies. BioGeometry is the technology that makes use of shapes, shades, movement and sound to urge concord into the delicate power characteristics of our environment. on the middle of this concord is a sophisticated strength caliber present in the transcendental facilities of the forming means of nature and is the most caliber in sacred energy spots of humanity that supply a non secular measurement to the undying monuments erected because the sunrise of humanity. together with his event as an architect and a scientist Dr. Karim has synergized facets of Pythagorean Harmonics, sophisticated strength sciences, Radiesthesia, Geobiology, construction Biology, Sacred structure & glossy wave theories to provide a brand new Physics of caliber from which the technology of BioGeometry emerged. *BioGeometry bridges technology and spirituality to provide a traditional concord into the surroundings. *BioGeometry offers a manageable resolution in remodeling the standard of the impact that electromagnetic radiation has on residing platforms. winning tasks in Switzerland in collaboration & acknowledgment of Swiss experts end up its potency to take our sleek technology into the longer term. *BioGeometry presents new suggestions to Earth Radiation, that's a significant overall healthiness possibility if no longer said within the position and layout of our structures. * a brand new energy-quality-based research of the nice Pyramid in Giza, unearths new wisdom at the leading of the wonders of the area and at the essence of the good historical Egyptian civilization.

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Where Has Oprah Taken Us? The Religious Influence of the World's Most Famous Woman

By Stephen Mansfield

New York Times best-selling writer, Stephen Mansfield, lines the interesting and influential lifetime of Oprah Winfrey, profiling her quest for religious enlightenment?a well-publicized trip that includes a caravan of specialists, mystics, and gurus?all claiming to have a prescription for internal peace and private wellbeing and fitness. Mansfield exhibits how Oprah's tale matches into our higher cultural event and divulges why her non secular discoveries have resonated so loudly in modern pop culture. In so doing, he sheds wanted gentle at the risks of a non secular trip fueled exclusively via a hope for self-actualization.

In the top, we discover that the tale of Oprah is, actually, the tale of us?of a iteration looking desperately for whatever significant to think in.

"Wow. Stephen Mansfield unearths the Oprah tale no different dares to tell?and with a two-edged sword that rightly divides the reality from the lies." ?STAR PARKER, nationally syndicated columnist and media commentator 

"As a lens can concentration all of the sunlight into one searing spot of incandescence, Where Has Oprah Taken Us? focuses the vastness of pop culture throughout the lens of Oprah's extraordinary existence to deliver us this towering and insightful tale. Stephen Mansfield bargains us an unvarnished account of Winfrey's lifestyles (and our personal religious wandering) advised graciously and irresistibly. you'll be extremely joyful, disturbed, and astounded, yet eventually encouraged and uplifted." ?RABBI DANIEL LAPIN, American Alliance of Jews and Christians

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Teachings of the Santería Gods: The Spirit of the Odu

The 1st e-book to discover the sacred myths of Santería

• contains greater than a hundred myths, tales, and histories concerning the odu and the orishas

• Reassembles the oral fragments from the African diaspora into coherent tales

• Demonstrates that the African peoples, in particular the Yoruba, have been deeply religious

At the middle of the diloggún--the sacred divination approach of Santería--are the sacred tales referred to as the patakís, narratives whose topics are as strong and proper this day as they have been within the minds of the traditional Yoruba who safeguarded them. every one patakí is hooked up to at least one or extra of the sixteen odu, the critical inventive forces of Santería. a few recount the lives of orishas on the earth, others the lives of people in heaven, and a few inform of the odu themselves, for even they as soon as walked the earth as mortals.

The first ebook to discover those historic African tales in English, Teachings of the Santería Gods recounts greater than a hundred of those sacred parables, together with many tales reassembled from the oral culture of the African diaspora. starting from production myths to what occurs while a love potion works a ways too good, those tales percentage the knowledge and spirituality of the Yoruba humans of historic Africa and shape the dwelling, oral bible of 1 of the world’s fastest-growing faiths.

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Thick Face, Black Heart: The Warrior Philosophy for Conquering the Challenges of Business and Life

By Chin-Ning Chu

Chin-Ning Chu is likely one of the world's premiere specialists on Asian enterprise psychology, a widespread visitor on "Larry King reside" and different high-profile television exhibits. Now he exhibits how one can observe old chinese language army knowledge to the aggressive global of industrial this present day. "Could turn into the imagine and develop wealthy of the 1990s".--Success journal.

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Sacred Teachings)

“A terrific translation, packed with modern perception but luminous with everlasting truth.”—Jacob Needleman

The Yoga Sutras have been solid of their current shape in India round the 3rd century b.c. Yoga is from the Sanskrit root that means “union,” and a sutra is a thread or aphoristic verse. the elemental questions “Who am I?” “Where am I going?” “What is the aim of life?” are requested by way of each one new iteration, and Patanjali’s solutions shape one of many oldest and such a lot brilliant religious texts on the earth. He explains what yoga is, the way it works, and precisely the right way to purify the brain and allow it settle into absolute stillness. This stillness is our personal Self. it's the integral flooring for Enlightenment, that is the last word target of all our aspirations.

Alistair Shearer’s lucid creation and magnificent translation, totally protecting Patanjali’s jewel-like type, deliver those historic yet important teachings to people who search the trail of self-knowledge today.

Bell Tower’s sequence, Sacred Teachings, bargains crucial religious classics from all traditions. might every one publication develop into a relied on significant other at the means of fact, encouraging readers to review the knowledge of the a while and positioned it into perform every day.

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