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The Discourse about the Great Emancipation

Posted on | May 31, 2014 | No Comments

The Great Emancipation

The Discourse about the Great Emancipation is a a newer translation of Mahāparinibbānasutta from the Pali Canon, the Sutta 16th, being the standard Theravada text on the last part of the life of the Buddha and his death. The discourse consists of both historical details and descriptions of advice for meditation techniques, directly given by the Buddha. It is one of the longest discourses from the Canon and it is here The Buddha makes preparations for the preservation of his teaching.

The Discourse about the Great Emancipation is the first of nine books to be posted here in the coming weeks on the topic of meditation instructions in English from the Pali Canon. Download The Discourse about the Great Emancipation here (200 pages/1.6 MB):

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The Life of the Buddha according to the Pali Canon

Posted on | May 25, 2014 | No Comments

The Life of the Buddha PDF ebookThe Life of the Buddha according to the Pali Canon consists of direct translations from the Pali Canon (Tipitaka) collected by the Theravada monk Bhikku Nanamoli. Many of these translations have been published in Buddhist periodicals during 1954-56 in Sri Lanka. Pali is an language with only one function, to preserve the Buddha´s teachings. It is quite similar to Sanskrit and share the feature that it is not spoken or used for anything else. The Pali Canon are about 1.600 years old, but we can be pretty confident that the scriptures have remained unaltered since then. The Life of the Buddha according to the Pali Canon outlines the biography of the Buddha directly from the verses of the Pali Canon.

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An Ancient Path by Paul R. Fleischman

Posted on | May 18, 2014 | No Comments

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An Ancient Path is a collection of transcribe talks by Paul R. Fleischman which he has given in Europe and in the US. The talks stand side by side, all having the same center, reached from different angles. The Boston talk was to mental health professionals in the USA. The Freiberg talk was given to “Mindfulness” researchers in Germany. The Madrid talk was given in a hospital, and the Vienna talk was given to an audience with a pre-existing, intellectual knowledge of Buddhism. – In Ghent Paul was asked to speak to an University audience with at more philosophical background.

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On the Writings of the Insane

Posted on | May 17, 2014 | No Comments

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On the Writings of the Insane is a peculiar inquiry into the mind of hospitalized and medicated patients at the Cambridgeshire County Asylum. It was written by the Medical Superintendent G. Mackenzie and published in 1870. The book seeks to decipher the patients handwritten notes and drawings, and contrary to what one might believe he does so very respectfully. On the Writings of the Insane is illustrated with the patients drawings and notes. Download it here (54 pages/2.5 MB):

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Cultivating Inner Peace

Posted on | May 14, 2014 | No Comments

Cultivating Inner Peace

Cultivating Inner Peace was written to animate in readers a myth of possibility, to inspire through  captivating biographical images, to evoke sympathetic realignment rather than to convince. The people whose stories are told in this books don´t represent spiritual homogeneity. They can’t necessarily be considered on the way to mystical union; nor are are most on the direct path to Nirvana. Representing diverse levels of attainment of inner peace, most aren’t perfect examples of the entire process, and are often emblematic of only one or two aspects. As Christians, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Transcendentalists and atheists they had different philosophies or theologies and were riding on different conveyances, but all of them camped for a year or a lifetime in the pinewoods of peace. No mere ideology can cup it, because the cultivation of inner peace is the activation of an atmosphere.

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Kamma and the end of Kamma by Ajahn Sucitto

Posted on | May 10, 2014 | No Comments

Kamma and the end of Kamma Ajahn Sucitto

Kamma and the end of Kamma evolved evolved out of the works of Ajahn Sucitto at Cittaviveka Monastery exploring the relevance of the Buddha’s teachings on kamma to the practice of meditation. In brief, when you know how Kamma works, and you have the skills and tools to deconstruct the programs of consciousness, you can stop doing samsara. In greater detail, the Buddha’s teaching is a guide to sustained action in both external and internal domains, in which practice in the external domain – that of effecting a moral and responsive life – sets the guidelines, and encourages the skills, to clarify the inner domain. Causal factors, such as mindfulness, investigation, concentration and equanimity, can then bring around the effect of abolishing the patterning of the outflows. What remains is a functioning body and mind for this life span, and an awareness that doesn’t participate in the dynamic of further birth.

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The Hasheesh Eater – Being the Passage from the Life of a Pythagorean

Posted on | April 24, 2014 | No Comments

The Hasheesh Eater

The Hasheesh Eater with the subtitle: Being the Passage from the Life of a Pythagorean is a classic in psychedelic literature. It was publishes in 1857 by the author Fitz Hugh Ludlow and it became at huge success. At that time cannabis was both a legal and widely unknown substance. This book led to a public interest in psychedelics and even to the first ventures into modern commercial medical marijuana.

Fitz Hugh Ludlow writes on his own personal experiences with the drug, which he ingested orally in huge doses. The result is a series of records of vivid and detailed visions somewhat similar to the works of authors such as  William S. Burroughs and Hunter S. Thompson. Download The Hasheesh Eater here (378 pages/12.9 MB):

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Clearing the Path – Writings of Nanavira Thera

Posted on | April 21, 2014 | No Comments

Clearing the path

Clearing the Path by Nanvira Thera helps the reader to a point of view that is different from his customary frame of reference. An early step in accomplishing this change is the abandonment of specific mistaken notions about the Buddha’s teaching and about the nature of experience. This initial change in specific views may lead to a change in point-of-view, where one comes to understand experiences from a perspective different from what one has been accustomed to—a perspective in which intention, responsibility, context, conditionality and related terms will describe the fundamental categories of one’s perception and thinking—and which can lead to a fundamental insight about the nature of personal existence. Such a change of attitude seldom occurs without considerable prior development, and this book is intended to serve as a tool in fostering that development. Download Clearing the Path here (588 pages/3.7 MB):

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That Compassionate Touch of Ma Anandamayee by Narayan Chaudhuri

Posted on | April 20, 2014 | No Comments

That Compassionate Touch of Ma AnandamayeeThat Compassionate Touch. Ma Anandamayee was initially known as a strange village girl in what was then East Bengal (now Bangladesh), She grew up to be known as the miraculously compassionate Mata Anandamayee -Mother of Joy. Her acts of love and compassion to those around as well as away from Her have become almost a legend.

This book is partly a compilation of miraculous incidents depicting Ma Anandamayee’s compassion for her children and partly a narration of miracle-laden incidents witnessed by the author. Besides being the only one of its kind amongst other books published so far about her, this book is written by one who has known her for over three decades and who was the Managing Editor of the prestigious journal Ananda Varta which is published from Mata Anandamayee Ashram in Varanasi, India.

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The Art of Living

Posted on | April 19, 2014 | 4 Comments

The art of living

The Art of Living – Vipassana means “insight” in the ancient Pali language of India. It is the essence of the teaching of the Buddha, the actual experience of the truths of which he spoke. The Buddha himself attained that experience by the practice of meditation, and therefore meditation is what he primarily taught. His words are records oft his experiences in meditation, as well as detailed instructions on how to practice in order to reach the goal he had attained, the experience of truth. This is widely accepted, by the problem remains of how to understand and follow the instructions given by the Buddha. While his words have been preserved in texts of recognized authenticity, the interpretation of the Buddha´s meditation instructions is difficult without the context of a living practice. Vipassana is a simple and instructive method to develop a daily, living practice. Download The Art of Living here (164 pages/: 2.8 MB)

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