HolyBooks.com - download free ebooks http://www.holybooks.com Download holy books, sacred texts and spiritual PDF ebooks in full length for free. Download the Bible, The Holy Quran, ancient Asian texts and thousands of free pdf ebooks on yoga, buddhism, magic, meditation, self-improvement and many other catagories. Remember to bookmark and tell your friends.. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:26:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Sublime Attitudes http://www.holybooks.com/the-sublime-attitudes/ http://www.holybooks.com/the-sublime-attitudes/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:06:50 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=5990 The Sublime Attitudes The Sublime Attitudes (brahmaviharas) are the Buddha’s primary heart teachings — the ones that connect most directly with our desire for true happiness. They’re the qualities of heart that motivated the Buddha to find awakening and then to teach the path of awakening to others. At the same time, they function as part of the path itself. This means that the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings—its “head” aspect—has to be understood in terms of these heart qualities. At the same time, though, these heart qualities have to be understood in terms of the “head” teachings on how cause and effect, in our actions, can bring about genuine happiness. Only when head and heart are brought together in this way can the path yield its full results.

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Life and Teachings of Tukaram http://www.holybooks.com/life-and-teachings-of-tukaram/ http://www.holybooks.com/life-and-teachings-of-tukaram/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:25:17 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=5975 Life And Teachings Of TukaramLife and Teachings of Tukaram, written J. Nelson Fraser and J.F. Edwards was initially published in India in 1922. Saint Tukaram (believed born in 1577) was brought up as a farmer near Pune in Maharashtra, India. He is known mainly for his poetry in praise for the aspect of Vishnu, Vithobe and involvement in the Bhakti Movement, a hindu reform movement challenging the caste system and limitations on religious and educational practices established by leading castes. Many translations of  Tukaram were done by Mahatma Gandhi in Yerwada Central Jail between 15-10-1930 to 28-10-1930. This book is both a biography and an introduction to Tukaram’s art and teaching.


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The Heightened Mind by Ajaan Lee http://www.holybooks.com/heightened-mind-ajan-lee/ http://www.holybooks.com/heightened-mind-ajan-lee/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:32:38 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=5958 The Heightened Mind The Buddha’s path consists of three trainings: training in heightened virtue; in heightened mind, or concentration; and in heightened discernment. Although all three are essential for Awakening, the Buddha often singled out the second training for special attention. Ajaan Lee does the same in the talks translated here.

In previous collections of Ajaan Lee’s talks, the main focus has been on technique. Here the focus is more on attitudes to bring to the practice of concentration. In some cases, Ajaan Lee shows the importance of concentration by exploring its role in the path of practice as a whole. Download The Heightened Mind here (92 pages/1 MB):

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Beyond Coping – A Study Guide on Aging, Illness, Death, & Separation http://www.holybooks.com/beyond-coping-study-guide-aging-illness-separation/ http://www.holybooks.com/beyond-coping-study-guide-aging-illness-separation/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:01:06 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=5932 Beyond Coping Beyond Coping with the subtitle: A Study Guide on Aging, Illness, Death, & Separation consist of five passages derived from the Pali Canon. The book gives specific advice on how to deal with problems of aging, etc. The Buddha’s teachings on kamma provide an important underpinning for how problems of pain and illness can be approached. Thus some of the passages focus on how practicing the Dhamma can cure a person of illness, whereas others focus on how the Dhamma can ensure that, even though a person may die from an illness, the illness will make no inroads on the mind.

You will also in the last passage find examples on how the Buddha and his disciples skillfully negotiated the problems of aging, illness, death, and separation.

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The Basic Method of Meditation by Ajahn Brahmavamso http://www.holybooks.com/method-meditation/ http://www.holybooks.com/method-meditation/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 23:26:59 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=5928 The Basic Method of MeditationThe Basic Method of Meditation by Ajahn Brahmavamso is a guide to getting started with meditation practice. Unlike many of the books here it is for the absolute beginner. Ajahn Brahmavamso writes in the foreword that meditation is the way to achieve letting go: In meditation one lets go of the complex world outside in order to reach the serene world inside. In all types of mysticism, in many traditions, this is known as the path to the pure and powerful mind. The experience of this pure mind, released from the world, is very wonderful and blissful. Often with meditation there will be some hard work at the beginning, but be willing to bear that hard work knowing that it will lead you to experience some very beautiful and meaningful states. They will be well worth the effort!

It is a law of nature that without effort one does not make progress. Whether one is a layperson or a monk, without effort one gets nowhere, in meditation or in anything. Effort alone, though, is not sufficient. The effort needs to be skilful. This means directing your energy just at the right places and sustaining it there until its task is completed. Skilful effort neither hinders nor disturbs you, instead it produces the beautiful peace of deep meditation.

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