Posted on | September 27, 2015 | 1 Comment
Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki is a book of instruction about how to practice Zen, about Zen life, and about the attitudes and understanding that make Zen practice possible. For any reader, the book will be an encouragement to realize his own nature, his own Zen mind. Zen mind is one of those enigmatic phrases used by Zen teachers to make you notice yourself, to go beyond the words and wonder whatyour own mind and being are. This is the purpose of all Zen teaching—to make you wonder and to answer that wondering with the deepest expression of your own nature. The calligraphy on the front of the binding reads nyorai in Japanese or tathagata in Sanskrit. This is a name for Buddha which means “he who has followed the path, who has returned from suchness, or is suchness, thusness, is-ness, emptiness, the fully completed one.”
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Posted on | September 25, 2015 | No Comments
In order to make it easier to find books here on holybooks.com I have added three new categories of books: Bizarre, Tantra and Radical Liberation. Earlier this year I added Biographies, Literature, Complete Works and Reference. I hope this all makes sense and will help you navigate the site more conveniently.
Posted on | September 22, 2015 | 1 Comment
Still Flowing Water is a collection of eight dhamma talks given by Ajahn Chah in the late 1970’s. The talks were transcribed and translated in 2013 by Thanissaro Bhikku. From the book:
Have you ever seen flowing water? Have you ever seen still water? If your mind is peaceful, it’s kind of like still, flowing water. Have you ever seen still, flowing water? [Laughs] There! You’ve only seen still water and flowing water. You’ve never seen still, flowing water. Right there, right where your thinking can’t take you: where the mind is still but can develop discernment. When you look at your mind, it’ll be kind of like flowing water, and yet it’s still. It looks like it’s still, it looks like it’s flowing, so it’s called still, flowing water. That’s what it’s like. That’s where discernment can arise.
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Posted on | September 2, 2015 | No Comments
Compendium Rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per Celeberrimos Artis Magistros. Anno 1057. Noli me tengere – is the complete title of this obscure work, it translates to something like: “A rare summary of the entire Magical Art by the most famous Masters of this Art”. Despite the year mentioned in the title, scholars suggest that the book was written much later, in 1775. Compendium Rarissimum is about demonology and it is handwritten in both German and Latin. Most readers will enjoy the 31 colorful illustrations and three pages of magical and cabbalistic signs and sigils, etc, others might have a weakness for a book with a “Do not touch!” marked on its cover. Download it here:
Posted on | July 28, 2015 | No Comments
A Dhammapada for Contemplation is a version of the Buddhist classic, the Dhammapada; it is not a line-by-line translation but a free rendering that aims to communicate the living spirit of the text, unencumbered by rigid adherence to formal exactness. The intention of the author, Ajahn Munindo, was to present a contemporary version of the text for readers to use in their investigation of the Way.
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Posted on | July 27, 2015 | No Comments
The Atthakavagga is a collection of short sutras of which some might precede Buddhism itself. In the Buddhist scholarly tradition Atthakavagga have been placed in a subdivision of the Sutta Nipāta, a section of teachings brought directly as they were orally given by the Buddha. This version is the handwritten, but still easy to read, and most recent English translation by Pannobhasa Bhikku from 1999. Atthakavagga is highly concerned with concepts such as non-attachment and it is here we see the first examples of paradoxes as a means of teaching in Buddhism.
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Posted on | June 18, 2015 | 2 Comments
The Epic of Gilgamesh is a manuscript more than 3.000 years old. It was carved in 12 tablets by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia. More of the stories in Gilgamesh have close relationship to the Christian Bible. For example the Garden of Eden and Noah´s Flood seems to derive from the Epic of Gilgamesh. It has also inspired Homers works, parts of the Iliad for instance.
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Posted on | May 25, 2015 | No Comments
Ajahn Chah was a master at using the apt and unusual simile to explain points of Dhamma in a memorable way, sometimes to answer questions, sometimes to provoke them. He was especially talented at exploiting the open-ended nature of the simile—in which some similarities are relevant and others are not—using a particular image to make one point in one context, and a very different point in another. This book is a companion to In Simple Terms, an earlier collection of similes drawn from Ajahn Chah’s transcribed talks. Here, the majority of the passages come from a compilation made by Ajahn Jandee Kantasaro, one of Ajahn Chah’s students, entitled Khwaam Phid Nai Khwaam Thuuk (What’s Wrong in What’s Right). The title of this compilation is taken from a phrase that Ajahn Chah often used to describe the misuse of correct knowledge. Ajahn Jandee, in his introduction, illustrates the principle by telling of a man he once encountered who used the teaching on inconstancy to justify the fact that he never cleaned his truck. Read more
Posted on | May 10, 2015 | 1 Comment
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is one of the oldest Upanishads, it is estimated that it was compiled about 2.700 years ago from much older, now lost, material . Brihadaranyaka Upanishad means “Upanishad of the great forests” and it centers around the fundamentals of the Atman, Soul or Self. It is in the Brihadaranyaka we first see the written conceptualization of Karma and non-duality. The work consists of six chapters dealing with such comprehensive themes as the Vedic theories of the creation of the Universe to metaphysical, spiritual and psychological matters.
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Posted on | May 10, 2015 | 2 Comments
Parayanavagga or The Way to the Beyond is a controversial part of the Pali Canon, some of the earliest known written Buddhist texts. Research indicates that Parayanavagga might even be the oldest part of the Pali Canon. The suttas is a record of conversations between the Buddha and sixteen Brahmin meditaton masters which resulted in their awakening. Parayanavagga is radical in the sense that it stresses the overall importance in non-attachment to all views and ideas, and at the same time it rejects asceticism. This is the fourth way of Theraveda Buddhism, one could be led to think, since the texts describes spiritual transformation as a process out folding in the midst of everyday life of the practitioner. Read more
Posted on | May 8, 2015 | 2 Comments
Stories of Norse Gods And Heroes by Annie Klingensmith consists of 20 chapters, each a story from the Norse mythology. The stories are translated from the original source, the Icelandic Eddas, which were compiled in the 13 century from much older written and orally transmitted material. The book has some fine illustrations and a vocabulary and it is a good and readable introduction to the Norse mythology. Read more« go back — keep looking »