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Philosophy is not a Luxury

Philosophy is not a Luxury by Jeff Carreira. The philosophical ideas discussed in this book mainly belong to the classical American philosophers Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey. These three minds were the originators of the philosophy called pragmatism, which remains to this day America’s most significant contribution to world philosophy. The essays […]

The Stillness of Being

The Stillness of Being by Viradhammo Bhikku was published in 2005. It consists of teachings based on talks given at different monasteries in the 1980’es. Viradhammo was born in Esslingen in Germany in 1947 and while living in India he discovered Buddhism and met his teacher Samanera Bodhesako. He later travelled to Thailand to become a novice at Wat […]

Right Mindfulness – Memory & Ardency on the Buddhist Path

Right Mindfulness – Memory & Ardency on the Buddhist Path by Thanissaro Bhikku (Geoffry De Graff). A growing flood of books has advanced two theories about the practice of mindfulness (sati). The first is that the Buddha employed the term mindfulness to mean bare attention: a state of pure receptivity—non-reactive, non-judging, non-interfering—toward physical and mental phenomena as they make contact […]

Living from the Heart

Living from the Heart by Nirmala was written in 2008 and it is presented here with the kind permission of the author. Living from the Heart consists of three pieces exploring living from the spiritual Heart. Part One offers simple ways to drop awareness into the Heart and thereby shift into a more open, allowing […]

The Buddha – The Social-Revolutionary Potential of Buddhism

The Buddha – The Social-Revolutionary Potential of Buddhism is written by Trevor Oswald Ling. He was born in England in 1920 and during The Second World War he went to India to become a Baptist clergyman. Instead he became a student of Sanskrit, Pali and Classical Indian Literature and he had a distinguished academic career […]

Fistfull of Sand & The Light of Discernment

Fistfull of Sand & The Light of Discernment are based on teachings by Phra Ajaan Suwat Suvaco. The first part, Fistfull of Sand was given during a two week retreat in 1989 with about 100 people. Throughout the retreat, Ajaan Suwat led small group interviews in the afternoon and then met with all the gathered retreatants in the evening, either […]

Approaching the Dhamma

Approaching the Dhamma is a serie of essays from the foremost scholars in Buddhism and especially the buddhist practices of Southeast Asia.  In three parts the book describes in a number of academic essays “Interpretation and Understanding”, “Ritual and Cosmology” and “Rebirth and Mental Culture. Approaching the Dhamma a is a collection of essays in […]

Sufis of Sindh by Jotilal Jotwani

The ideal of futuwwa, or brotherhood, which was at the basis of many associations devoted to the spread of ‘purity, generosity, service of neighbouror stranger” in the pre-Islamic Arabia seems to have been adhered to the Arabian mystics before the end of the second century or in the beginning of the ninth century A.D. These mystics came to be called […]

Daily Reflections – Advice from Khen Rinpoche Geshe Thubthen Chonyi

This book then is a compilation of Khen Rinpoche’s opening remarks and motivations at a five year study program launched at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, an affiliate of the FPMT, in August 2003 at the request of its spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. These teachings offer valuable advice related to our Dharma studies and practice: how to check whether our practices […]

Purity of Heart – Essays on the Buddhist Path by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Purity of Heart – Essays on the Buddhist Path by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The Buddha never placed demands on anyone’s faith. For people from a culture where the dominant religions do make such demands, this is one of Buddhism’s most attractive features. It’s especially appealing to those who—in reaction to the demands of organized religion—embrace the […]

Food for Thought – Eighteen talks on the training of the heart

Food for Thought – Eighteen talks on the training of the heart is an introduction to the Buddhist practice of training the heart. It is taken from the talks of Phra Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo, a teacher in the Thai forest tradition of meditation, and is called Food for Thought because it invites the reader to fill in the spaces […]

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