Posted on | November 10, 2014 | No Comments
Food for Thought – Eighteen talks on the training of the heart is an introduction to the Buddhist practice of training the heart. It is taken from the talks of Phra Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo, a teacher in the Thai forest tradition of meditation, and is called Food for Thought because it invites the reader to fill in the spaces suggested by the talks—to reflect on how the images and teachings they contain relate to one another and to one’s own situation in life. Two of the talks included here, ‘Quiet Breathing’ and ‘Centered Within,’ briefly describe a technique of breath meditation aimed at giving rise to a centered and discerning state of mind. The rest of the talks deal with how to use such a state of mind in dealing with the problems of life: the day-to-day problems of anger, anxiety, disappointment, etc., and the larger problems of aging, illness, and death. This is a book concerned less with the techniques of meditation than with its meaning and worth: the questions of why should one train the heart to begin with, what personal qualities are involved in its training, and how to make the best use of it as it becomes trained. Download it here (51 pages/260 kb):
Posted on | October 19, 2014 | No Comments
Realizing Change – Vipassana Meditation in Action by Ian Hetherington was published in 2003 by the non-profit organization Pariyatti. Vipassana is an ancient meditation technique of India. The Buddha discovered it, attained full enlightenment using it and made it the essence of this teaching, which spread throughout the Indian subcontinent and then on to neighboring countries. For five hundreds years Vipassana flourished in India but then eventually it became polluted and was lost there. However, in Burma (now Myanmar) a chain of devoted teachers maintained the theory and the practice of the technique from over the centuries. This books give both an introduction to the meditation technique, practical guidance and it contains essays on how the practises are implemented in different walks of modern life. Download Realizing Change – Vipassana Meditation in Action here (253 pages/:4.1MB):
Posted on | October 16, 2014 | No Comments
Parables Of Rama By Swami Rama Tirtha is here presented in the fourth revised and enlarged version. The special feature of the speeches and writings of Swami Rama Tirtha is that in order to make the tough, knotty and serious subject of Vedanta easily understandable by common man, he has taken recourse to narrating popular stories and suitable parables wherever necessary. Religious literature of practically all the religions abounds in such type of instructive and interesting parables. There are altogether 171 stories with morals, given in 27 chapters. Download the free pdf ebook here (628 pages/2MB):
Posted on | October 15, 2014 | No Comments
Handful of Leaves an anthology from the Digha Nikaya of the Pali Canon is translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff). The suttas selected and translated here for these volumes were chosen for the interest they might hold for a person intent on understanding and practicing the Buddhist teachings, or Dhamma. Some have been chosen for their detailed discussions of basic doctrines; others, for the vivid stories or similes they use to illustrate those doctrines. Although they constitute only a small portion of the Sutta Pitaka, taken together they present a fairly comprehensive picture of the Pitaka’s essential teachings. Unfortunately only volume I and III are available at the moment, please let me know if you have information about volume II and IV.
Posted on | October 14, 2014 | No Comments
Dialogues from Upanishads or Knowledge of Self) by Swami Sivananda was published in 1936. The books focuses on dialogues from the Upanishads which deals with Jnana or Knowledge of the Self. These topics are hard to decipher from the original texts but are here presented in a more lucid manner. Especially the dialogues between Uddalaka and Svetaketu in Chandogya Upanishad and the ones between Yajnavalkya and Raja Janaka in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad are highly instructive and contains advanced lessons on subjects such as non-duality.
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Posted on | October 11, 2014 | 1 Comment
Stories of Indian Saints Volume I+II (in one book) is the translation of the Indian classic by Mahapati’s Marathi, Bhaktavihaya. Mahipati was a Brahman born in Ahmednagar in 1715. He became interested in the lives of those who had given up their secular lives and he began to collect and write down the biographies of the Bhaktas (those who with love and devotion worships God). This book is the result of a life of research and inquiry into the lives of extraordinary men. Download Stories of Indian Saints Volume I+II here (549 pages/20 MB):
Posted on | September 30, 2014 | No Comments
The Sublime Attitudes (brahmaviharas) are the Buddha’s primary heart teachings — the ones that connect most directly with our desire for true happiness. They’re the qualities of heart that motivated the Buddha to find awakening and then to teach the path of awakening to others. At the same time, they function as part of the path itself. This means that the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings—its “head” aspect—has to be understood in terms of these heart qualities. At the same time, though, these heart qualities have to be understood in terms of the “head” teachings on how cause and effect, in our actions, can bring about genuine happiness. Only when head and heart are brought together in this way can the path yield its full results.
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Posted on | September 28, 2014 | No Comments
Life and Teachings of Tukaram, written J. Nelson Fraser and J.F. Edwards was initially published in India in 1922. Saint Tukaram (believed born in 1577) was brought up as a farmer near Pune in Maharashtra, India. He is known mainly for his poetry in praise for the aspect of Vishnu, Vithobe and involvement in the Bhakti Movement, a hindu reform movement challenging the caste system and limitations on religious and educational practices established by leading castes. Many translations of Tukaram were done by Mahatma Gandhi in Yerwada Central Jail between 15-10-1930 to 28-10-1930. This book is both a biography and an introduction to Tukaram’s art and teaching.
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Posted on | September 25, 2014 | No Comments
The Buddha’s path consists of three trainings: training in heightened virtue; in heightened mind, or concentration; and in heightened discernment. Although all three are essential for Awakening, the Buddha often singled out the second training for special attention. Ajaan Lee does the same in the talks translated here.
In previous collections of Ajaan Lee’s talks, the main focus has been on technique. Here the focus is more on attitudes to bring to the practice of concentration. In some cases, Ajaan Lee shows the importance of concentration by exploring its role in the path of practice as a whole. Download The Heightened Mind here (92 pages/1 MB):
Posted on | August 10, 2014 | No Comments
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.
Posted on | August 9, 2014 | 3 Comments
The 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!
Posted on | August 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
Concentration 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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