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Taming the Monkey Mind – A Guide to Pure Land Practice

Taming the Monkey Mind – A Guide to Pure Land Practice. Pure Land Buddhism is branch of mahayana Buddhism. In Pure Land practice people focus on buddha in the form of Amitabha, the buddha of infinite life and infinite light. Believers put their faith in Amitabha Buddha and recite his name, confident in the promises he has given to deliver […]

Seeking Buddho by Ajahn Anan Akincano

Seeking Buddho by Ajahn Anan Akincano is an introduction to the Thai Buddhist Forest teachings of Ajahn Anan Akiñcano. These teachings provide both a guide to the fundamentals of meditation practice and also an overview of the entire Noble Path from beginning to end. Both these aspects stress not only the development of samādhi and wisdom, but also the cultivation of […]

Om Yoga Its Theory and Practice by Swami Nirmalananda Giri

Om Yoga Its Theory and Practice by Swami Nirmalananda Giri published in 2006 by Atma Jyoti Press is an introduction to classic yoga as thought in the Bhagavad Gita.  It goes into details on breath and sound in both yoga and meditation. The book also has an extensive glossary. Download it here (113 pages): Om Yoga Its […]

Illumination of the Path to Freedom by His Holiness the First Dalai Lama Gyalwa Gendun Drup

Illumination of the Path to Freedom by His Holiness the First Dalai Lama Gyalwa Gendun Drup (1391-1474), is a commentary to a much older Tibetan classic:  The Treasure House of Knowledge, written by the Master Vasubandhu (350 AD). Dalai Lama starts out with an entertaining discussion about Tibetan versus Sanskrit – Tibet versus India: “If a commentary […]

Echoes From the Gnosis – The Gnosis of the Mind – Six Volumes

Echoes From the Gnosis – The Gnosis of The Mind is written by G. R. S. Mead the first modern scholar of Gnostic tradition. G. R. S. Mead was the private secretary of H. P. Blavatsky and in 1906 he published the first volume of eleven in the series Echoes From the Gnosis. The works are a combination of […]

A Long Sadhana Vajrayogini – The diamond female yogi

A Long Sadhana Vajrayogini – The diamond female yogi. Last April I spend some time at the Tawang Monastary up between Bhutan and the border to Tibet. This is the second largest Buddhist monastary in the world, the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama and the first stop in safe-land for the 14th after his escape […]

The Urantia Papers – The Urantia Book or The Fifth Epochal Revelation

The Urantia Papers also know as The Urantia Book or The Fifth Epochal Revelation is a long and very strange book. It is said to be written sometime between 1924 and 1955 somewhere around Chicago. The author is unknown and there are many speculations about how it was written from sleeping mediums to plain materialization. The story itself […]

Rain on the Nile by Ajahn Amaro

Rain on the Nile by Ajahn Amaro has the subtitle ‘Talks & Travels‘. The book was published by the Abhayagiri Forest Monastery in California in 2009 and it consists of Ajahn Amaro’s, a well-known and well-respected teacher of Buddhism, poems, teachings and itineraries from a travel to Egypt with a group of american Buddhists. Download […]

Bushido the Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazo

Bushido the Soul of Japan is is Inazo Nitobe’s description of the Samurai code, Bushido. Bushido literally translates “the way of the warrior” and it was a widespread philosophy of work, war, art and spirituality which influenced the entire society. Bushido has it´s roots in Zen-Buddhism and the ethic codes of the Japanese chivalry and […]

Hallucinogenic Plants – A Golden Guide

Hallucinogenic Plants was a part of a serie of books and field guides published in the seventies under the name Golden Guides. Hallucinogenic plants were written by Richard Evans Schultes – a founder of modern ethnobotany. The book is a good intro to psychedelics that has been much further explored since it was published, but […]

The Debate of King Milinda

The Debate of King Milinda – The Milinda Pañha is  a famous work of early Buddhist literature, probably compiled in the first century B.C. It presents the core Buddhist doctrines in an attractive and memorable form as a dialogue between a Bactrian Greek king, Milinda, who plays the ‘Devil’s Advocate’ and a Buddhist sage, Nagasena. […]

Supermundane – The Inner Life – Book I-IV

Supermundane -The Inner Life – quadrilogy was written in 1938 by Nicholas Roerich and his wife Helena. From the intro: “Friend, how can we discuss the Supermundane if energy is not yet realized as the foundation of Existence? Many will not understand at all what is meant by this, while others may think that they […]

The Shiva Samhita – A Critical Edition

The Shiva Samthita – A Critical Edition is a translation of the ancient teachings on tantra known as Shiva Samhita. The sanskrit title means “The Collection of Verses of Shiva” and the book is considered the most important root text of Hatha Yoga. It starts out by outlining various methods of liberation and philosophical ideas […]

The Teachings of Ajan Chah – A Collection of Ajan Chah’s Dharma Talks

The Teachings of Ajan Chah –  A Collection of Ajan Chah’s Dharma Talks includes the following eight Dhamma books by Ajahn Chah, more of them are here on the site as single volumes: • Bodhinyana (1982) • A Taste of Freedom (fifth impression – 2002) • Living Dhamma (1992) • Food for the Heart (1992) • […]

The Paradox of Becoming by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Paradox of Becoming was written by Thanissaro Bhikkhu in 2008. The topic of becoming is one of the most important in Buddhas teachings, and it features some major paradoxes. The importance of becoming is evident from the role it plays in the four noble truths, particularly in the second: Suffering are caused by any form […]

The Kindness of Others By Geshe Jampa Tegchok

The Kindness of Others posted with the permission from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. In The Kindness of Others Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Jampa Tegchok explains how we can train our mind away from self-cherishing, the cause of all suffering, and develop compassion, the cause of everything that is good. He bases his explanation on Kadampa Geshe […]

Vedanta-Sutras With the Commentary by Sankaracharya

Vedanta-Sutras With the Commentary by Sankaracharya. The doctrine advocated by Sankaracharya’s comments is the most important and interesting one which has arisen on Indian soil; neither those forms of the Vedânta which diverge from the view represented by Sañkara nor any of the non-Vedantic systems can be compared with orthodox Vedânta in boldness, depth, and […]

The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes

The Sacred Books of the East is an enormous  project undertaken by Max Müller and various authors from 1879 and 1910. The groups work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. It is not possible to buy the complete set of these works, but Google […]

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