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.. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:01:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 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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Concentration and Meditation http://www.holybooks.com/concentration-and-meditation/ http://www.holybooks.com/concentration-and-meditation/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 16:50:37 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=5919 Concentration and Meditation SivanandaConcentration and Meditation was written by Swami Paramananda (1884–1940) and published in USA in 1912. He was a practitioner and teacher of vedanta. He was a pupil of the better known Swami Vivekananda and he became a member of the Ramakrishna order on his seventeenth birthday. A few years later he assisted in establishing the first vedanta center in USA. It still exists today. In Concentration and Meditation he outlines the fundamental mindset necessary in order to initiate meditation: 

“As long as we identify ourselves with conditions, we suffer ; but when we cease to identify ourselves with these passing conditions, we never really suffer.”

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Meditations VOL I-V by Thanissaro Bhikkhu http://www.holybooks.com/meditations-vol-i-v-by-thanissaro-bhikkhu/ http://www.holybooks.com/meditations-vol-i-v-by-thanissaro-bhikkhu/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 22:13:07 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=5903 MeditationsMeditations VOL I-V by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) in an impressive collection of dhamma talks held at the Metta Forest Monastery over years on a range of topics. The talks are very readable for both the experienced monk and the layman. As the foreword to the fifth volume states: the Buddha himself taught the Dhamma in very simple terms. And all the teachings derived from a few very basic, very commonsensical principles. You might call it wisdom for dummies: the kind of wisdom that comes from looking at what’s actually going on in your life, asking some very basic questions, and applying a few very basic principles to solve your big problems.

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With each and every breath – A guide to meditation http://www.holybooks.com/with-every-breath-guide-meditation/ http://www.holybooks.com/with-every-breath-guide-meditation/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:12:22 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=5898 With each and every breath With each and every breath –  A guide to meditation by Thanissaro Bhikku. The meditation techniques taught in this book are skills aimed at solving the mind’s most basic problem: the stress and suffering it brings on itself through its own thoughts and actions. Even though the mind wants happiness, it still manages to weigh itself down with mental pain. In fact, that pain comes from the mind’s misguided efforts to find happiness. Thanissaro states that meditation helps to uncover the reasons for why the mind does this and, in uncovering them, helps you to cure them. In curing them, it opens you to the possibility of genuine happiness, a happiness you can rely on, a happiness that will never change or let you down.

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