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The Illuminated Sketchbook of Stephan Scriber

The Illuminated Sketchbook of Stephan Scriber anno 1494. This is a surprisingly well preserved sketchbook by Stephan Scriber, a monk from South-West Germany. This book is considered a playground for ideas for his work as illustrator. This gives an interesting insight into how ideas and layouts for illuminated manuscripts were tried out and skills developed in production of late-gothic […]

Vision of the Dhamma – A Collection of Buddhist Writing in English by Bhikky P. A. Payutto

Vision of the Dhammawith the subtitle: A Collection of Buddhist Writing in English is the summary of the teachings and wisdom of Bhikkhu P. A. Payutto. He is a highly revered monk and eminent scholar, he is also widely respected as an eloquent preacher and authoritative writer, with thousands of Dhamma talk recordings and hundreds of books on Buddhism to his […]

A Honed and Heavey Axe

A Honed and Heavey Axe – Samatha and Vipassana in Harmony by Ajahn Chandako. Imagine you need to chop down a dead tree with an axe. To be successful the axe will have to be both sharp and reasonable heavy. But where does sharpness end and weight begin? It is clear that even with great effort neither using […]

A swift pair of messengers by Bhikkhu Sujato

A swift pair of messengers by Bhikkhu Sujato aims to clarify the meaning and function of samatha and vipassana in Buddhist meditation. Much has been written on this topic, yet a cloud of confusion persists. Time and again the suttas indicate that key aspects of vipassana, especially impermanence, must be understood in terms of dependent origination – how […]

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta – The Great Discourse on the Wheel of Dhamma by Mahsi Sayadaw

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta – The Great Discourse on the Wheel of Dhamma by Mahsi Sayadaw also known as the Dharmacakra Pravartana Sūtra is a central discourse in which the Buddha addresses five monks who attended to him just before to his final liberation. The Buddha instructs the monks not pursue either of two extremes: worldly pleasures or painful […]

The Practice of the Wild – Essays by Gary Snyder

The Practice of the Wild – Essays by Gary Snyder was published in 1990 and they stand as a cornerstone of Gary Snyder’s work and thought. Gary Snyder was a beat poet who turned to Zen and became a serious practitioner of traditional Japanese Zen Buddhism. These essays presented here have already become a modern classic and a […]

Babylonian Talmud Complete VOL I-X

Babylonian Talmud VOL I-X in English is a massive work spanning 3.225 pages in total. This English translation was finished and published in 1918 and remains the authoritative version of the The Talmud Bavli. It consists of documents compiled over the period of Late Antiquity (3rd to 5th centuries) and it reached its final form in the 7rd […]

The Natural State in the Words of U.G Krishnamurti by Peter Maverick

The Natural State ia an anthology of U.G.’s conversations, taken from many sources. It offers some of the most startling and penetrating of U.G.’s words in short, easy to read paragraphs. The selections link together various statements of U.G.’s in a way that creates a sense of cohesiveness. The overall effect of the book can stun the reader into […]

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