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Acvaghosha’s Discourse on the Awakening of Fait in the Mahayana

Posted on | October 2, 2019 | No Comments

Awakening of Faith Buddhist PDF bookAcvaghosha’s Discourse on the Awakening of Fait in the Mahayana. Acvaghosha is a treasured philosopher of Buddhism. His treatise on The Awakening-of Faith is recognized by all Northern Buddhist schools and sects as orthodox and used even to-day in Chinese translations as a text-book for the instruction of Buddhist priests. The original Sanskrit text has not been found as yet, and if it should not be discovered somewhere in India or in one of the numerous libraries of the Buddhist viharas, it would be a great loss; for then our knowledge of Acvaghosha’s philosophy would remain limited to its Chinese translation. This book is the translation done by Teitaro Suzuki that was first published in 1900.

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CONSCIOUSNESS ENLARGED

Posted on | September 27, 2019 | No Comments

Consciousness Enlarged free Buddhist PDF e-book

Consciousness Enlarged is the second edition of the transcript of a course on consciousness, Citta, as laid out in Abhidhammatthasangaha, the traditional primer on Abhidhamma in the Theravada Buddhist world. It was given by the Burmese Sayadaw U Thittila in England, probably in 1983. The Sayadaw, then in his 87th year, gave a comprehensive verse-by-verse explanation of the material. In its masterly explanations, conversational tone, and lucid style it is a sound introduction to the subject, and—by Abhidhamma standards—a fun read. Sayadaw was one of the very few learned Burmese Monks who spoke English and also traveled abroad in the 20th Century. This second, revised edition was published in 2019.

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Posted on | September 25, 2019 | No Comments

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The Eye of Discernment

Posted on | September 24, 2019 | No Comments

The eye of Discernment free PDF bookThe Eye of Discernment is an anthology of teachings from Phra Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo. He outlines his thoughts especially about the methods of meditation he taught for years in Thailand. For instance, he points out that there is no sharp division between the practice of tranquility meditation and insight meditation. He also emphasizes the role played by experimenting and using one’s powers of observation in developing meditation as a skill. The Eye of Discernment was compiled and translated to English by Thanissaro Bhikku and the book was first published in 2003.

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Tantric Texts Series 1-22 Complete PDF works of Sir John Woodroffe

Posted on | September 23, 2019 | 1 Comment

Tantric Texts is the impressive, near complete22 volume collection of tantric root texts compiled, edited and commented by Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe) from 1915 to 1953. The works have only been printed once in their complete form, by Agamanusandhana Samiti, Calcutta, and they are practically impossible to find in print. There is however a 4.000-page compilation with translations of the Sanskrit material available from Amazon. Find it here: https://amzn.to/2OgbgZT

Please consider that the works below are huge files, some larger than 120MB. Interesting for English readers are only the long introductions and comments on key tantric concepts, most of the works are printed in Sanskrit. We have a number of more readable books by Sir John Woodroffe here on the site, do a search.

Tantric Texts 1 Tantrabhidhana – Panchanana Bhattacharya 1937

Tantric Texts 2 Shatchakranirupanam And Padukapanchakam 1913

Tantric Texts 3 Prapachasaratantram (This volume is reprinted as 18 & 19)

Tantric Texts 4 Kulachudamani Tantra – Girish Chandra Vedantatirtha 1915

Tantric Texts 5 Kularnava Tantra – Taranatha Vaidyaratna 1917

Tantric Texts 6 Kalivilasatantram by Parvati Charana Tarkatirtha 1917

Tantric Texts 7 Shri Chakrasambhara Buddhist Tantra 1919

Tantric Texts 8 Tantrarajatantra Part 1 – Lakshmana Shastri 1919

Tantric Texts Series 09 Karpuradi Stotra – Vimalananda Swami 1953

Tantric Texts 10 Kamakalavilasa of Punyanandanatha 1953

Tantric Texts 11 Kaula and other Upanishads Commentary by Bhaskararaya 1922 

Tantric Texts 12 Tantrarajatantra Part 2 1926

Tantric Texts Series 13 Mahanirvana Tantra Commentary by Hariharananda 1929

Tantric Texts 14 Kaulavalinirnayah Of Jnanananda Paramahamsa 1928

Tantric Texts 15 Brahmasamhita 5th Chapter Vishnu Sahasranama Sankarabhashya 1928

Tantric Texts 16 Sarada Tilaka Tantra Part 1 1933

Tantric Texts 17 Sharadatilakatantram of Lakshmana Desikendra Part 2 (not available)

Tantric Texts 18 Prapanchasara Tantra of Shankaracharya vol 1 1919

Tantric Texts 19 Prapanchasara Tantra of Shankaracharya vol 2 1935

Tantric Texts 20 Chidgagana Chandrika – Swami Trivikrama Tirtha 1937

Tantric Texts 21 Tara Bhakti Sudharnava – Panchanan Bhattacharya 1940

Tantric Texts 22 Sataratna Sangraha with Sataratnollekhani – Panchanan Sastri 1944

 

Copernicus and his world

Posted on | September 17, 2019 | No Comments

The Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus started the scientific revolution. Before Copernicus, Galileo was jailed and Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for stating that Earth revolves around the sun. Copernicus knew they were right, but hesitated for thirty-six years before daring to print his observation. His books were listed on the church’s Index of banned books. Martin Luther the rebellious monk of Wittenberg, said about Copernicus: “The new astrologer who would prove that the earth moves, not the sky and the firmament, sun, and moon. The fool would like to reverse the whole art of astronomy! But it says in the Holy Writ that Joshua bade the sun stand still, not the earth!”

Philip Melanchthon, the Praeceptor Germaniae, wrote:
“Our eyes hear witness against Copernicus. Sensual perception speaks against him, the authority of the Bible speaks against him, and the one-thousand-year consensus of learned men. Therefore he is absurd.”

Copernicus and his World is the rich biography of Nicolaus Copernicus and also an important historical document about the clash between science and religion. This version of the book is the scanned English translation published in 1945.

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The Basic Principles Of The Fuchiyado Meditation The Samurai Blowgun Martial Art

Posted on | September 9, 2019 | No Comments

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The Basic Principles Of The Fuchiyado Meditation The Samurai Blowgun Martial Art is written by Shri Krishan Puri in 2011. The book describes the historical and religious background for the ancient blowgun practice Fukiya, a disciplined, precise and deadly martial art mastered by only a few dedicated monks.

Today, in Japan, Fukiya is like a national sport where thousands of people practice it regularly from the youngest to the oldest age. It is a sport to measure the best shots and points, with ranks and trophies.

The modern practice of Fukiya includes some of the philosophies of Kyudo, Yoga, TaiTai-chi, Qi gong and other martial arts in a new form. All the ethic aspects have the goal to achieve good health and consciousness of the spiritual nature of all things.

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The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

Posted on | July 23, 2019 | 1 Comment

The Science of Getting Rich

The Science of Getting Rich. Some months ago the successful ‘Rich Dad’ author Robert Kiyosaki was in Copenhagen and during a couple of days, he drew full houses and sold a lot of books to local fans. Every decade it seems has its own “how-to-get-rich author”. I remember those books from the 90´about how to visualize your way to fortunes and later the ‘Law of Attraction’ book series, which for sure made the author Michael J. Losier very rich. As for so many other subjects I was delighted the other day to see that again, there is nothing new under the sun. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles was published in 1910. He was a part of the New Thought movement of writers, who shared a set of beliefs about metaphysics and positive thinking. The author outlines a practical way of attaining wealth by spiritual discipline and refers to the ‘The monistic theory of the universe—the theory that One is All, and that All is One’. He argues that one Substance manifests itself as the seeming many elements of the material world. He believes this concept to be of  Hindu origin and to be the foundation of all the Oriental philosophies, and of those of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Schopenhauer, Hegel, and Emerson. From the book:

This book is pragmatical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not a treatise upon theories. It is intended for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money; who wish to get rich first and philosophize afterwards. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the time, the means, nor the opportunity to go deeply into the study of metaphysics, but who want results and who are willing to take the conclusions of science as a basis for action, without going into all the processes by which those conclusions were reached.

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The Creation of God

Posted on | July 3, 2019 | No Comments

The Creation of GodThe Creation of God by Dr. Jacob Hartmann was published in 1893 and is a major atheist work of the time. Being a doctor, Jacob Hartmann outlines the science of biology and life on planet earth and concludes that nothing here really needs the presence of a God or any divine powers. Furthermore, he studies the scriptures from a political viewpoint and makes the case that the creation of the biblical God was merely a national and political necessity of the time. From the book:

Has not the time arrived for a grand and human reformation? For new methods of teaching, for new and more accurate ideas, for a more precise knowledge of the natural, for instructions in absolute facts, for a more thorough understanding of natural laws, for a broader comprehension of man himself and his surroundings, for an abandonment of all the supernatural subterfuge, ignorance, and superstition, of religious fables, miracles, false theories, and misleading doctrines as to God, with their immense sacrifice of human life.

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The Forerunner by Kahlil Gibran

Posted on | July 2, 2019 | No Comments

The Forerunner: His Parables and PoemsThe Forerunner by Kahlil Gibran is a collection of mythic short stories and poems. ‘The Forerunner: His Parables and Poems.’ was published in 1920 by Knopf. It consists of twenty-three parables, one in which a king abandons his kingdom for the forest; another in which a saint meets a brigand and confesses to committing the same sins as the bandit; and a third in which a weathercock complains about the wind blowing in his face. The volume closes with a speech, “The Last Watch,” for the people of a sleeping city. Here is the short poem titled Tyranny:

THUS sings the She-Dragon that guards the seven caves by the sea:
“My mate shall come riding on the waves. His thundering roar shall fill the earth with fear, and the flames of his nostrils shall set the sky afire. At the eclipse of the moon we shall be wedded, and at the eclipse of the sun I shall give birth to a Saint George, who shall slay me.”
Thus sings the She-Dragon that guards the seven caves by the sea.

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