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.. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:55:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 The Skill of Release http://www.holybooks.com/the-skill-of-release/ http://www.holybooks.com/the-skill-of-release/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:56:25 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=6198 The Skill of ReleaseThe Skill of Release – Teachings of Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo.This book is written to be read for reflection, a little at a time. Many of the short passages, in particular, will reveal their meaning after repeated thought. Some of the passages will challenge many current ideas on how a Dhamma practitioner ought to communicate. As Ajaan Lee cautioned his listeners, Dhamma teachings should not be accepted or rejected right off hand. Instead, they should be listened to with an open mind and then put to the test in experience to see if they can help uncover unwitting preconceptions. The Skill of Release consists of teachings on two major themes. The first, which has provided the book with its title, is Ajaan Lee’s frequent portrayal of Buddhism as a skill. This skill involves mastery not only of the techniques of meditation, but also of adroit ways of viewing the world and events in daily life so that one can gain freedom from the burdens that the unskillful mind places on itself. This approach culminates in what he calls the skill of release, the awareness that brings about the mind’s total liberation. The second theme concerns the central role that breath meditation plays in developing this skill. For Ajaan Lee, Buddhist doctrines show their true meaning only when one refers them to the practice of keeping the breath in mind. Download The Skill of Release here (68 pages/1 MB):

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Philosophy is not a Luxury http://www.holybooks.com/philosophy-is-not-a-luxury/ http://www.holybooks.com/philosophy-is-not-a-luxury/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:19:09 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=6191 Philosophy is not a LuxuryPhilosophy 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 represent a general progression of thought, each building upon the last. They are suggested to be read as complete in themselves in order to see what questions and avenues for further inquiry they open up for you. Each essay is a snapshot, a glimpse into an extraordinary perspective on reality. They are seeds for contemplation, starting points for your own inquiry.

Jeff Carreira is the director of education at the nonprofit organization EnlightenNext. In that position he creates and organizes a global network of spiritual and philosophical education programs. Download his book here (52 pages/6.6 MB):

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The Stillness of Being http://www.holybooks.com/the-stillness-of-being/ http://www.holybooks.com/the-stillness-of-being/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:57:55 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=6176 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 Mahathat in 1973 and took bhikkhu ordination the following year at Wat Pah Pong with Ajahn Chah. After four years in Thailand, he went to Canada to visit his family in 1977 and he was asked by Ajahn Chah to join Ajahn Sumedho at the Hampstead Vihara in London. Later, he was involved in the establishment of both the Chithurst and Harnham monasteries in the UK. In 1985 he moved to New Zealand, where he lived for 10 years, setting up Bodhinyanarama monastery. Download The Stillness of Being here (97 pages/320 Kb):

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Message from Shivette about Holybooks.com http://www.holybooks.com/hello-from-shivette/ http://www.holybooks.com/hello-from-shivette/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:28:28 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=6178  

 

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Right Mindfulness – Memory & Ardency on the Buddhist Path http://www.holybooks.com/right-mindfulness-memory-ardency-on-the-buddhist-path/ http://www.holybooks.com/right-mindfulness-memory-ardency-on-the-buddhist-path/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:39:03 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=6171 Right Mindfulness 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 at the six senses. The second theory is that the cultivation of pure attention alone can bring about the goal of Buddhist practice. The premise of this book is that these approaches are highly questionable and seriously misleading. The main aim of this book is to show that the practice of mindfulness is most fruitful when informed by the Buddha’s own definition of right mindfulness and his explanations of its role on the path. As he defined the term, right mindfulness (samma-sati) is not bare attention. Instead, it’s a faculty of active memory, adept at calling to mind and keeping in mind instructions and intentions that will be useful on the path. Download Right Mindfulness here (178 pages/1.2 MB):

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