Posted on | April 15, 2016 | No Comments
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 and reaches a state wherein diversity is perceived as unity, and all distinctions cease. Hope is no more, there is nothing unfulfilled; ambition has no aim, for all things are attained; and effort has no use, for necessity has ceased.
Then follows the question, Can one attain liberation for oneself alone? Laotze says No. Buddha says No. Christ says No. Not one of all the great Teachers and Saints ever desired or thought of such beatitude for himself alone. Indeed, it seems to be a law of spiritual evolution that the nearer one comes to the attainment of spiritual bliss the less he desires it for himself alone.
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Posted on | April 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
Here is the most complete list you will find on the Internet of Fjodor Dostojevskij’s (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) works as free pdf e-books. The most important main works are here, but I am still searching for a number of short stories, letters and the novels The Landlady, The Adolescent and the unfinished Netochka Nezvanova. This post will be updated when I find them. A solution is to convert some .txt-versions into pdf, but it takes time. Please let me know if you find or have versions ready for use. The files below vary from a few hundred Kb to 30 Mb.
The most complete colection of Fyodor Dostoevskys works in print might be this one http://amzn.to/1Wt7rgU
Posted on | April 1, 2016 | No Comments
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 theme of this book is Bodhicitta, the aspiration to attain enlightenment. He discusses the importance of Bodhicitta along with other practices and the historical aspects of Bodhicitta.
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Posted on | March 31, 2016 | 1 Comment
Joyful Parents, Successful Children by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche was published in 2015. It contains guidance for Buddhist parents on parenthood, but it does not only provides the Dharma context for how children should be brought up but also contains many helpful suggestions of how we can introduce simple Dharma practices to our children. Rinpoche explains exactly how parents should go about planning how to raise their children, by teaching their children how to generate a good heart and the Seven Foundations for Happiness and Peace (kindness, rejoicing, patience, forgiveness, apologising, contentment and courage) and by guiding them in virtuous actions while they are still young.
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Posted on | February 26, 2016 | 3 Comments
Studies in Japanese Buddhism. When Buddhism was introduced into Japan in the sixth century it had passed from India into the lands east of the Caspian Sea and then turned to the east, spreading through China and Korea, and all the time gathering up all that it found on its way. For example, its canonical writings by this time had assumed the dimension of a good sized library containing upward of 5000 books. The contents of these books, written during a period of a thousand years and by peoples of various stages of civilization, are naturally very varied and often flatly contradictory even in matters fundamental. For the Buddhism and Japan has perhaps more in it that is contradictory to the religion of the Buddha than what is in agreement with it. In fact Northern Buddhism, considered from almost any standpoint, embraces a wider latitude of teachings and practices than any other religious system. This book seeks to describe the complexity and history of Japanese Buddhism.
Posted on | February 3, 2016 | No Comments
The four books is a collection of confucian root texts. It has been established that none of them has been written by Confucious (K’ung-tzu, 551-479 B.C.E.) but rather compiled by his students after his dead. However, The four books, are considered the closest we come to the original teaching of Confucious. If you were to seek a position in the Chinese empire you would have to pass a civil service exmination, that required that you had read the four books.
The collection consists of the works: Confucian Analects, The great learning, The doctrine of the mean, and The works of Mencius. This edition has both the original Chinese text and the English translation. This edition was translated and edited by James Legge. Download the book here (41 MB / 603 pages):
Posted on | February 3, 2016 | No Comments
The Book of Soyga also known as Aldaraia sive Soyga vocor or Soyga: the book that kills was written in the 16th-century and apparently lost until it was found at the British Library in 1994. The work consists of several books Liber Aldaraia, Liber Radiorum and Liber decimus septimus and a number of minor books. Together they form a treatise of magic and what makes i mysterious is 40 thousand randomly distributed letters set up in schemes. The scholar and adviser to Queen Elizabeth John Dee owned The Book of Soyga and he spend years trying to decode the letters. He even had consultations through a medium with the Archangel Uriel in order to get hints for his project. Others have suggested a special connection to the Voynich Manuscript. For a brief history of the book read this article Soyga: the book that kills. The Book of Soyga was written in Latin and this edition has both the original Latin text and the English translation by Jane Kupin, who begins the book with the words: Knowledge has no enemy other than ignorance.
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Posted on | January 28, 2016 | 1 Comment
The Rohonc Codex is a illustrated, handwritten manuscript in some ways similar to the The Voynich Manuscript and other mysterious, encoded texts from the European Middle Ages. Not a single word has been decoded from the Rohonc Codex, though many have tried. Year-long studies have been made and experts in encryption have worked on the case. What is especially intriguing is that many of the failed attempts to solve the puzzle concludes that the scripts regularities strongly suggest a meaning.
The Rohonc Codex is kept at Hungarian Academy of Sciences, this PDF is a complete copy generated from a microfilm. The author, origin and date of the work remains a mystery. Download the Rohonc Codex here (9.75 MB / 448 pages):
Posted on | January 25, 2016 | No Comments
Zr + 4HCl → ZrCl4 + 2H2 U + 3F2 → UF6 is a psychedelic cartoon by the Cuban artist Roberto Altmann, created in 1970. It is shown here as an addition to our “Bizarre” section. The cartoon is 13 pages long and it is hard to find any meaningful clues about what is going, but it is a beautiful piece of hand drawn art. Download the pdf here (21 MB/13 pages):
Posted on | January 12, 2016 | No Comments
Samadhi in Buddhism is a free ebook on the concepts of Samadhi, the state of a steadfast mind. Samadhi becomes an important art to master for everyone who wishes to take meditation to a deeper level. Well developed Samadhi equals strong concentration which is an importent skill to have whena working on various forms of meditation. At the same time Samadhi is a characteristic useful for other activities such as sports, studies, work and other occupations where a one-pointed mind is purposeful.
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Posted on | January 6, 2016 | No Comments
The Clock of Vipassana has struck with the subtitle: The Teachings and Writting of Sayagyl U Ba Khin with Commentary by S.N. Goenka is collection of techings on Vipassana mediation. The book was first published in Italy in 1993 and it stresses among other things the importance of pariyatti, the understanding of Dhamma at a theoretical, intellectual level. This helpful to inspire one to undertake the actual practice of meditation, and to elucidate questions that may arise while one is practicing. This collection of historical and theoretical research has been compiled to respond to this need and to shed light on various aspects of Vipassana mediation.
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