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Ganadharavada

Ganadharavada is an important philosophical book, which gives an insight into a number of problems of Indian philosophy from different points of view. It features profound discussions between different schools. For instance we find references to controversies and divergent views in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Jaina Agamas and the Buddhist Pitakas from an ancient time […]

Theory of Karman in Indian Thought

The problem of suffering and diversity of human nature is a great riddle which has been discussed widely in the eastern spiritual traditions for thousands of years. This book, the Theory of Karman in Indian Thought, outlines how the different schools have worked with the problem of Karma from the Upanishads, the Tantric sects to […]

The Zen of Love

The Zen of Love with the subtitle Discover your own awakened heart, is a spiritual guidebook explaining the inexplicable: how the unified vision of self-realization interfaces with the world of separation and duality, or how the One of Unity and the many of separation merge through the power and presence of Love. In down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is language, […]

Buddhism Of Tibet Or Lamaism

Buddhism Of Tibet Or Lamaism is a classic work on Tibetan Buddhism as practiced by its monks and hermits. For many years this was the most adequate source of reliable information about Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism in the western world. The author, Major L. A. Waddell, learned the Tibetan language in order to fulfill his project […]

Transmutation of Personality through Preksha Meditation

Transmutation of Personality through Preksha Meditation. Preksha meditation is one of the ways in which that immortal beauty may be observed according to the spiritual way of the Jain tradition. The word ‘preksha’ is generally used in the sense of seeing; but here it is meant as a special technique, which takes the meditator from the […]

Sanmati Tarka or The Logic of the True Doctrine

Sanmati Tarka or The Logic of the True Doctrine is classic philosophical work on logic.  It was originally written by Siddhasēna Divākara in Sanskrit, then translated to Gujarati and to English. Siddhasēna Divākara was a fifth century CE monk, who was also known “Lamp-maker”, because of his great works on philosophy and epistemology in the early […]

Perception of Psychic Colours

Perception of Psychic Colours is a book about Preksa Dhyana, a technique of meditation for attitudinal change, behavioural modification and integrated development of personality. It is based on the wisdom of ancient Jain philosophy and has been formulated in terms of modern scientific concepts. The different methods of Preksa Dhyana (i.e. perception) include svasa-preksa, (perception of breathing), sarira-preksa […]

Kularnava Tantra

Kularnava Tantra is a main work in the Tantric tradition. The book teaches the Tantric rituals in great details and propounds the basic philosophy of Tantrism, revealing the best aspects of Saktism. The Kularnava Tantra also teaches the doctrine of duties, incorporating the laws of Manu, the Bhagavadgita, and sermons of the Buddha. Besides the […]

Samayasara or Nature of Self

Samayasara or Nature of Self is a classic Jain discussion about the nature of the self and its relation to karma and moksha, meaning ultimate liberation or enlightenment. It was originally written more than 2.000 years ago, but this version has an introduction with comparisons between views and ideas about self in Christian, ancient Greek and […]

Starting Out Small

Starting Out Small by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu builds upon talks that Ajaan Lee gave to groups of people while they were meditating. Ajaan Lee  covers the questions that occur to people new to meditation. -Why meditate? How should I meditate? And why in that particular way? —and in his own style he provided not only straightforward answers to […]

Dhamma Verses – Dhammapada A Book of Ethical Teachings

The Dhammapada is probably the most popular book in the Pāḷi Canon, and has had innumerable translations into most modern languages. The timeless ethical teachings contained in these verses are still considered relevant to people’s lives, and they are presented as a guide to living well. Together with the commentarial stories that accompany the verses, along […]

A Heart Released

A Heart Released is a record of passages from the thai monk Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera sermons, made during the years 1944-45 by two monks who were staying under his guidance, and edited by a third monk, an ecclesiastical official who frequently visited him for instruction in meditation. The unusual style of Phra Ajaan Mun’s sermons may be explained in […]

Gifts He Left Behind

Gifts he left behind is the legacy of the thai monk Ajaan Dune Atulo. He was born on October 4, 1888. At the age of 22 he ordained in the provincial capital. Six years later, disillusioned with his life as an uneducated town monk, he left to study in Ubon Ratchathani. He abandoned his studies and took up the […]

Noble & True – a collection of essays

Noble & True is a collection of essays from the Metta Forrest Monastery.  A main theme is impermanence and how Buddhist are dealing with it. It’s an often-overlooked feature of the Buddha’s teachings that he identified the basis for all our good and skillful qualities as heedfulness—not innate goodness or compassion: heedfulness. To recognize that there are dangers both […]

From Buddha-to-be to Teacher in the Buddha’s own Words

From Buddha-to-be to Teacher in the Buddha’s own Words documents the earliest teachings of the Buddha. Even before his enlightenment the Buddha was teaching and much of these early lectures have not been documented thoroughly in later biographies. Maybe because the post-enlightenment teachings have been emphasized. But Buddha himself would often in his encounters with others […]

Praises to the Twenty-one Taras

Tara is a deity whom all the sects of Tibetan Buddhism has relied upon. Also the ancient Indian masters of the past, such as Atisha, relied on Tara as a special deity. The great Kadampa masters of Tibet, Lama Tsongkhapa and all the lineage gurus relied on Tara. In short, when you look at all the holy beings of the four […]

The Inner Life and the Tao-Teh-King

The Inner Life and the Tao-Teh-King was published in 1912. The work is derived from a set of lectures attempting to present a mystical interpretation of the classic text, the Tao-Teh-King. From the book: “The book is a series of nature notes; it is nature mysticism. It is a song that comes from nature’s heart and not […]

Breakthrough in Samatha Meditation and Vipassana Meditation

Breakthrough in Samatha Meditation and Vipassana Meditation introduces the readers to the proper way of undertaking Samatha-Vipassanā as taught by the Buddha, developing the right concentration and penetrating into the ultimate realities called “Paramatthas” defining each ultimate reality precisely by its characteristic, function, manifestation and nearest cause, investigating the causal relations of Dependent Arising (Paṭiccasamuppāda) that beautifully describes the round of rebirth, and […]

The Book of the Simple Way

The Book of the Simple Way is translation of the original text of the Tao-Teh-King published in 1904. Here are some lines from the discussions in the introduction: By acting while separating oneself from action, and by reaching the fruit of action without desiring it, man ceases to identify himself with good or evil in the world […]

How to generate Bodhicitta

How to generate Bodhicitta by Ribur Rinpoche is an extraction of teachings from 1997 when he held a three and a half month of training. Ribur Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1923 and recognized as the incarnation of Lama Kunga Osel, a great scholar who spend his last 12 years in strict solitary retreat. The […]

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