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The four books

Posted on | February 3, 2016 | No Comments

The four BooksThe four books is a collection of confucian root texts. It has been established that none of them has been written by Confucious (K’ung-tzu, 551-479 B.C.E.) but rather compiled by his students after his dead. However, The four books, are considered the closest we come to the original teaching of Confucious. If you were to seek a position in the Chinese empire you would have to pass  a civil service exmination, that required that you had read the four books.

The collection consists of the works: Confucian Analects, The great learning, The doctrine of the mean, and The works of Mencius. This edition has both the original Chinese text and the English translation. This edition was translated and edited by James Legge. Download the book here (41 MB / 603 pages):

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The Book of Soyga

Posted on | February 3, 2016 | No Comments

20140704aThe Book of Soyga also known as Aldaraia sive Soyga vocor or Soyga: the book that kills was written in the 16th-century and apparently lost until it was found at the British Library in 1994. The work consists of several books  Liber Aldaraia, Liber Radiorum and Liber decimus septimus and a number of minor books. Together they form a treatise of magic and what makes i mysterious is 40 thousand randomly distributed letters set up in schemes. The scholar and adviser to Queen Elizabeth John Dee owned The Book of Soyga and he spend years trying to decode the letters. He even had consultations through a medium with the Archangel Uriel in order to get hints for his project. Others have suggested a special connection to the Voynich Manuscript. For a brief history of the book read this article Soyga: the book that kills. The Book of Soyga was written in Latin and this edition has both the original Latin text and the English translation by Jane Kupin, who begins the book with the words: Knowledge has no enemy other than ignorance. Download the book here (572 pages/2.6 MB)

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Rohonc Codex

Posted on | January 28, 2016 | No Comments

Rohonc Codex PDF coverThe Rohonc Codex is a illustrated, handwritten manuscript in some ways similar to the The Voynich Manuscript and other mysterious, encoded texts from the European Middle Ages. Not a single word has been decoded from the Rohonc Codex, though many have tried. Year-long studies have been made and experts in encryption have worked on the case. What is especially intriguing is that many of the failed attempts to solve the puzzle concludes that the scripts regularities strongly suggest a meaning.

The Rohonc Codex is kept at Hungarian Academy of Sciences, this PDF is a complete copy generated from a microfilm. The author, origin and date of the work remains a mystery. Download the Rohonc Codex here (9.75 MB / 448 pages):

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Zr + 4HCl → ZrCl4 + 2H2 U + 3F2 → UF6 by Roberto Altmann

Posted on | January 25, 2016 | No Comments

Roberto Altmann cartoon Zr + 4HCl → ZrCl4 + 2H2  U + 3F2 → UF6  is a psychedelic cartoon by Cuban Roberto Altmann, created in 1970. It is shown here as an addition to our “Bizarre” section. The cartoon is 13 pages long and it is hard to find any meaningful clues about what is going, but it is a beautiful piece of hand drawn art. Download the pdf here (21 MB/13 pages):

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Samadhi in Buddhism

Posted on | January 12, 2016 | No Comments

Samadhi in BuddhismSamadhi in Buddhism is a free ebook on the concepts of Samadhi, the state of a steadfast mind. Samadhi becomes an important art to master for everyone who wishes to take meditation to a deeper level. Well developed Samadhi equals strong concentration which is an importent skill to have whena working on various forms of meditation. At the same time Samadhi is a characteristic useful for other activities such as sports, studies, work and other occupations where a one-pointed mind is purposeful.

Samadhi in Buddhism
E-book on the Buddhist concepts of Samadhi, the state of a steadfast mind.
Written by: Pra Bramgunaborn
Published by: Wat Dhammaram
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in:Ebook

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The Clock of Vipassana has struck

Posted on | January 6, 2016 | No Comments

The clock of Vipassana has struckThe Clock of Vipassana has struck with the subtitle: The Teachings and Writting of Sayagyl U Ba Khin with Commentary by S.N. Goenka is collection of techings on Vipassana mediation. The book was first published in Italy in 1993 and it stresses among other things the importance of pariyatti, the understanding of Dhamma at a theoretical, intellectual level. This helpful to inspire one to undertake the actual practice of meditation, and to elucidate questions that may arise while one is practicing. This collection of historical and theoretical research has been compiled to respond to this need and to shed light on various aspects of Vipassana mediation.

The Clock of Vipassana has struck
This book stresses among other things the importance of pariyatti, the understanding of Dhamma at a theoretical, intellectual level.
Written by: Sayagyl U Ba Khin
Published by: Vipassana Research Publications
Edition: 1999 first United States Edition
ISBN: 978-1-938754-19-7
Available in:Ebook

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In Simple Terms

Posted on | January 4, 2016 | No Comments

In simple termsIn Simple Terms consists om 108 Dhamma similes by Ajahn Chah. He was a master in the art of using similes to explain points of Dhamma. Sometimes he would make an abstract point clear with a vivid and simple image; sometimes he would tease out the implications of an image in a way that suggested many layers of meaning, offering food for continued thought. In other words, some of his similes provided answers, whereas others provoked questions. Since his death, several collections of similes have been drawn from his Dhamma talks. The present translation is based primarily on a collection compiled by some of his students in 1995, entitled Myan kab cai, klaai kab cit (Like the Heart, Similar to the Mind).

In Simple Terms
Ajahn Chah was a master in the art of using similes to explain points of Dhamma.
Written by: Ajahn Chah
Published by: Metta Forest Monastery
Edition: Second Edition, Revised
ISBN: None
Available in:Ebook

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The Buddha Smiles

Posted on | November 12, 2015 | No Comments

The Buddha Smiles PDFThe Buddha Smiles is a book about humor used in the early Buddhist teachings in the Pali Canon. The Pali Canon has a reputation for being humorless. And it’s easy to see why. In some of its passages, the Buddha seems to regard humor in a bad light. For instance, in the Wailing Discourse (AN 3:107) he refers to “laughing excessively, showing one’s teeth,” as a form of childishness, and counsels that a monk, when feeling joy in the Dhamma, should simply smile. His instructions to Rāhula in MN 61 note that one shouldn’t tell a deliberate lie, “even in jest.” However, the Canon’s reputation for being devoid of humor is undeserved. Is has a lot of jokes and humor, but a style of humor that can go right past readers in modern cultures where jokes are telegraphed well in advance, and humor tends to be broad. Another reason is that translators often miss the fact that a passage is meant to be humorous, and so render it in a flat, pedantic way. This free PDF e-book will take you on a different journey through the teachings of the Buddha.

The Buddha Smiles
The Canon’s reputation for being devoid of humor is undeserved. Is has humor, but a style of humor that can go right past readers.
Written by: Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)
Published by: Metta Forest Monastery
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in:Ebook

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Yin Chih Wen – The Tract of the Quiet Way

Posted on | October 26, 2015 | No Comments

Yin Chih Wen tract of the quiet wayIt is traditional wisdom of Zen and Chinese Buddhism, insisted upon by Lao Tze and the sages of his school, that the quiet ways of Heaven should be imitated by man. As Heaven lets its sun shine upon good and evil, without discrimination and also without expecting reward or advantages ; so man should do good to his fellows, perform acts of rectitude, of justice, and of mercy, show benevolence and kindness toward all in an impartial spirit without cherishing ulterior motives.

The man who thus imitates “Heaven’s quiet way” in realizing the ideal of heavenly goodness is truly virtuous, and so Yin Chih has also come to denote a condition which may be characterized as, and translated by, “secret virtue,” reminding us of Christ’s injunction not to let our right hand know what the left hand is doing (Matt. vi. 1-4).

In the title of the book the words Yin Chih cover the general idea of the “secret ways” both as they are working in the divine dispensation and in human action, and if either meaning predominates we should say that it is certainly the former—the quiet ways of Heaven which determine the destiny of man and which are described by Shakespeare as “A divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.” —Hamlet, VI, 1-4.

Yin Chih Wen - The Tract of the Quiet Way
As Heaven lets its sun shine upon good and evil, without discrimination and also without expecting reward or advantages ; so man should do good to his fellows.
Written by: Unknown - translated by TEITARO SUZUKI AND DR. PAUL CARUS
Published by: THE OPEN COURT PUBLISHING COMPANY
Edition: First
Available in:Ebook

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Nalinika’s Story or: The Seduction of an Innocent

Posted on | October 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

Nalinikas storyNalinika’s story is a pre-canonical story of the Buddha’s former life. The story is an interesting, but highly improbable, fable: a sage lives alone in the Himalayas, there is semen in the urine he passes, and a deer who happens to eat the grass in that place gets pregnant from it. A human boy is later born to the deer and he is brought up in complete seclusion from mankind, and most importantly, from womankind. The boy’s ascetic power becomes so great that Sakka in his heaven is worried by it and causes a drought to occur in the country and blames it on the boy. He then convinces the King to send his daughter to seduce him and to break his power. The King and his daughter accept Sakka’s reasoning and in good faith – and for the benefit of the country – agree to the plot.

Nalinika's Story or the Seduction of an Innocent
Nalinika’s story is a pre-canonical story of the Buddha’s former life.
Written by: Unknown
Published by: Translated by Ānandajoti Bhikkhu
Edition: 210
ISBN: None
Available in:Ebook

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Seeing the Way VOL. I-II

Posted on | October 21, 2015 | 2 Comments

Seeing the WaySeeing the Way represents the teachings of the first generation of monks and nuns from the international Theravada ‘Forest Tradition’. The book begins with an introduction and dedication to Ajahn Chah and follows on with two sessions of instruction given to Western students. The remainder is a collection of transcribed talks, letters, and essays by 20 teaching monks of this tradition. Some have remained as abbots of monasteries in Thailand; others are now living in England, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. In keeping with the Buddha’s own Teachings, these reflections on Dhamma – the Truth of the Way Things Are – are not intended to be accepted too readily. Neither are they to be rejected. Rather, they are offered for consideration. They are also offered as an on-going expression of gratitude for what has been received – the living example of the Way of Truth itself. For these monks it has been the opportunity to witness the life of a great Master, who awakened the ‘heart of true faith’ in so many. It is sincerely wished that these teachings bring to fruition true happiness, true ‘Refuge’, and true peace in the hearts of those who look into them.

Seeing the Way
Seeing the Way represents the teachings of the first generation of monks and nuns from the international Theravada ‘Forest Tradition’.
Written by: Various Ajans'
Published by: Amaravati Publications
Edition: First
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