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ESSENTIAL CHAN BUDDHISM: The Character and Spirit of Chinese Zen

ESSENTIAL CHAN BUDDHISM: The Character and Spirit of Chinese Zen

By: Jun, Guo
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Essential Chan Buddhism is the rare unearthing of an ancient and remarkable Chinese spiritual tradition. Master Guo Jun speaks through hard-won wisdom on Chan's spiritual themes familiar to Western readers, such as mindfulness and relaxation in meditation, as well as profound, simply expressed teachings and insightful explorations of religious commitment. Essential Chan Buddhism filters formal spiritual practices through the lens of mundane and everyday life activities. The work captures the lyrical beauty and incantatory style of Guo Jun's spoken English from the talks he gave at a fourteen-day retreat near Jakarta in 2010 and in subsequent conversations with his editor Kenneth Wapner. This value-priced hardcover edition is both a distinctive addition to Buddhist collections and a thoughtful gift for anyone looking for spiritual guidance.

Chan master Guo Jun is one of a new breed of international teachers taking the world's great wisdom traditions into the twenty-first century. He is currently abbot of Mahabodhi Monastery in Singapore and teaches internationally. Chan master Sheng Yen's youngest dharma heir, he served as abbot of his Pine Bush, New York, retreat center from 2005 to 2008. A native of Singapore, Guo Jun received his full monastic ordination in Taiwan. He is a lineage holder and successor in Chan as well as the Xianshou and Cien schools of Chinese Buddhism. Essential Chan Buddhism is his first book.

Kenneth Wapner's Peekamouse Books is a book packager and editor. Clients include Bantam, Tarcher/Putnam, Ballantine, and Doubleday. He is well known for his work on Rabbi Jesus, Bones of the Master, and The Zen of Creativity.

ESSENTIAL CONFUCIUS TR CLEARY

ESSENTIAL CONFUCIUS TR CLEARY

By: Cleary, Thomas
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A deluxe paperback edition: Thomas Cleary's brilliant translation of the sayings of Confucius presented in the order of the 64 classic I Ching hexagrams.
ESSENTIAL HUAINANZI

ESSENTIAL HUAINANZI

By: Li King of Huainan, An
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Compiled in the second century B.C.E, the Huainanzi clarifies a crucial period in the development of Chinese conceptions of the cosmos, human nature, and the social order. Outlining "all that a modern monarch needs to know," the text emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and mental discipline, attributing successful rule to a balance of broad knowledge, diligent application, and penetrating wisdom.

In 2010, the editors of this volume completed the first complete English-language translation of the Huainanzi, opening exciting new pathways in the study of philosophy, Asian studies, political science, and Asian literature. This abridgement contains essential selections from each of the Huainanzi's twenty-one chapters and adds a new introduction and chapter descriptions. The text represents a remarkable synthesis of Daoist classics, such as the Laozi and the Zhuangzi; works associated with the Confucian tradition, such as the Changes, the Odes, and the Documents; and a range of other foundational philosophical and literary works, from the Mozi to the Hanfeizi. The abridgement preserves the Huainanzi's special rhetorical features, such as its parallel prose, verse, and unique compositional techniques. For decades, Western scholars overlooked the Huainanzi's sophisticated structure, creative content, and rich historical value, yet all that changed with the translation of the full text. Designed for classroom use and general readers, The Essential Huainanzi continues to increase awareness of this brilliant work and change our understanding of early Chinese history.

ESSENTIAL KARATE BOOK W/DVD

ESSENTIAL KARATE BOOK W/DVD

By: Lund, Graeme
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From the first enthusiastic kiai in the dojo to the solemn black belt presentation ceremony, students learn that karate is all about fitness, confidence, discipline and respect. The Essential Karate Book is an in-depth reference that will assist students and instructors as they plot their course through karate instruction with 20 chapters covering practically every aspect of karate. A major strength of the book is the large number of diagrams provided in addition to the photographs. This is a comprehensive general karate reference for Western audiences.
ESSENTIAL LUTHER

ESSENTIAL LUTHER

By: Luther, Martin
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"This is a wonderful anthology. Its texts not only span the whole of Luther's reforming career, but also cover the theological, political, and social issues that mattered most to him and his age. Best of all, the original integrity of the texts remains perceptible, even when abridged. This valuable collection will be a great teaching tool and also a most useful resource for anyone interested in Luther or the Protestant Reformation." --Carlos Eire, Yale University, author of Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 (Yale University Press)

CONTENTS:

Thematic Table of Contents
General Introduction
1. Preface to the Complete Edition of the Latin Writings (1545)
2. Disputation on the Power of Indulgences (The Ninety-Five Theses) (1517)
3. Sermon on Indulgence and Grace (1518)
4. Disputation Held at Heidelberg (1518)
5. To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation (1520)
6. The Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520)
7. On the Freedom of a Christian (1520)
8. Preface to the New Testament (1522)
9. Preface to the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans (1522)
10. On Married Life (1522)
11. On Secular Authority: To What Extent It Must Be Obeyed (1523)
12. That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew (1523)
13. Against the Heavenly Prophets Concerning Images and the Sacrament (1525)
14. Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants (1525)
15. The Bondage of the Will (1525)
16. The German Mass and Order of Divine Service (1526)
17. How Christians Should Regard Moses (1527)
18. Concerning Rebaptism (1528)
19. Hymns (pre-1529)
20. On the War against the Turks (1529)
21. The Small Catechism (1529)
22. Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians (1535)
23. The Schmalkald Articles (1537)
24. Letter to Landgrave Philipp of Hesse (1539)
25. On the Jews and Their Lies (1543)
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

ESSENTIAL REINHOLD NIEBUHR

ESSENTIAL REINHOLD NIEBUHR

By: Niebuhr, Reinhold
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Theologians, ethicist, and political analyst, Reinhold Neiburh, was a towering figure of twentieth-century religious thought. In this important book, the best of Neiburh's essays have been brought together for the first time. Selected, edited, and introduced by Robert McAffee Brown - a student and friend of Nieburh's and himself a distinguished thoelogian - the works included here testify to the brilliant polemics, incisive analysis, and deep faith that characterized the whole of Neibuhr's life.
ESSENTIAL SERMONS, COMMENTARIES, TREATISE AND DEFENSE

ESSENTIAL SERMONS, COMMENTARIES, TREATISE AND DEFENSE

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"The very imposing and very welcome Classics of Western Spirituality(TM) series...should be in every theological collection of any depth." Ardin Newsletter Meister Eckhart: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense translated and introduced by Edmund Colledge, O.S.A. and Bernard McGinn; preface by Huston Smith "...it is necessary that all things be bathed in the blood of Christ and led back into the Father through the Son's meditation, just as the Father does all things through the Son; and so the flowing back will correspond to the flowing out." Meister Eckhart (c.1260-1327) The thought of Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1327), Dominican philosopher and spiritual master, is among the most daring and difficult in the history of Western mysticism. Thoroughly grounded in the Scholastic method of his day and steadfastly loyal to the Church, Eckhart's love of speculation, paradox, and the apophatic way, nevertheless, resulted in the controversial condemnation of certain of his teachings by papal bull in 1329. His doctrines of detachment, the return of the soul to God, and the birth of the Son in the soul have continued to perplex his critics and nourish his disciples through the ages. This volume, based on the critical Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft edition of Eckhart's works, represents the first time that his technical Latin writings and more popular German sermons and treatises have appeared together in English. +
ETHICS

ETHICS

By: Bonhoeffer, Dietrich
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The Christian does not live in a vacuum, says the author, but in a world of government, politics, labor, and marriage. Hence, Christian ethics cannot exist in a vacuum; what the Christian needs, claims Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is concrete instruction in a concrete situation. Although the author died before completing his work, this book is recognized as a major contribution to Christian ethics.

The root and ground of Christian ethics, the author says, is the reality of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. This reality is not manifest in the Church as distinct from the secular world; such a juxtaposition of two separate spheres, Bonhoeffer insists, is a denial of God's having reconciled the whole world to himself in Christ. On the contrary, God's commandment is to be found and known in the Church, the family, labor, and government. His commandment permits man to live as man before God, in a world God made, with responsibility for the institutions of that world.

EVER PRESENT PEACE: PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH

EVER PRESENT PEACE: PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH

By: Desjardins, Arnaud
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When the renowned Christian author and contemplative monk Thomas Merton made his first and legendary trip to Asia in 1968, he carried only a few books with him. One of these, The Message of the Tibetans, was written by a young French documentary- and film-maker and named Arnaud Desjardins.
Ever Present Peace is Desjardins' unique testimony following upon a lifetime of commitment to the spiritual Path. It is also the final work (he died in 2011) of a prolific author (of more than 20 books) and spiritual teacher, in which he summarizes and highlights the core elements of his teaching over the past 40 years.
Arnaud Desjardins was and remains "a Teacher's Teacher" - world-known and deeply-respected by his peers from varied religious traditions for this brilliant and kind presence, and for his spectacular ability to integrate the great dharmic teachings of both East and West.
From 1974 until his death in July 2011, the author followed precisely the instructions of his own guru, Swemi Prajnenpad (a Bengalese master), who asked him to teach in France what he had received - a definitive reversal of the context in his life, which resulted in the condition of unconditional love and "ever present peace." Desjardins' whole life was then committed to this mission and this book is based on his experience as a student, a disciple and as a teacher - a "guru" as the Indian tradition understands this. Arnaud Desjardins tirelessly worked with tens of thousands of individuals and groups, personally and through his writings, helping them to gain insight into the nature of their minds and the ways in which they prevented their true nature from revealing itself.
His legacy draws upon the Gospels of Christianity, the great truths of Buddhism, and the wisdom of his own guru, Sw. Prajnanpad, whose words are elaborated throughout. Yet, despite these several streams of input, they all point to the same message: Peace of mind, heart and body is possible here and now, for any who are willing to aim. . .and then practice. . . in this direction. This book is like a last will and testament, more succinct, perhaps, than previous ones, and eminently passionate. From page to page the author literally begs his readers to follow these simple, clear directives.
Topics include the nature of human suffering; the meaning of love; how peace is lost and how it is found; the advantages of working with a teacher or master, and how this legacy can be simply applied in everyday life.
EXPEDITIONS: AN EARLY BIOGRAPHY OF MUHAMMAD

EXPEDITIONS: AN EARLY BIOGRAPHY OF MUHAMMAD

By: Ibn Rāshid, Maʿmar
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One of the earliest surviving biographies of Prophet Muḥammad, translated into readable, modern English for the first time

The Expeditions
is one of the oldest biographies of the Prophet Muḥammad to survive into the modern era. Its primary author, Maʿmar ibn Rāshid (96-153/714-770), was a prominent scholar from Basra in southern Iraq who was revered for his learning in prophetic traditions, Islamic law, and the interpretation of the Qurʾan. This fascinating foundational seminal work contains stories handed down by Maʿmar to his most prominent pupil, ʿAbd al-Razzāq of Sanaa, relating Muḥammad's early life and prophetic career as well as the adventures and tribulations of his earliest followers during their conquest of the Near East.

Edited from a sole surviving manuscript, the Arabic text offers numerous improved readings over those of previous editions, including detailed notes on the text's transmission and variants as found in later works. This new translation, which renders the original into readable, modern English for the first time, is accompanied by numerous annotations elucidating the cultural, religious, and historical contexts of the events and individuals described within its pages.

The Expeditions represents an important testimony to the earliest Muslims' memory of the lives of Muḥammad and his companions, and is an indispensable text for gaining insight into the historical biography of both the Prophet and the rise of the Islamic empire.

A bilingual Arabic-English edition.

EXPERIENCE: THINKING, WRITING, LANGUAGE, RELIGION

EXPERIENCE: THINKING, WRITING, LANGUAGE, RELIGION

By: Fischer, Norman
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By what narrow path is the ineffable silence of Zen cleft by the scratch of a pen? The distilled insights of forty years, Norman Fischer's Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language, and Religion is a collection of essays by Zen master Fischer about experimental writing as a spiritual practice.

Raised in a Conservative Jewish family, Fischer embraced the twin practices of Zen Buddhism and innovative poetics in San Francisco in the early 1970s. His work includes original poetry, descriptions of Buddhist practice, translations of the Hebrew psalms, and eclectic writings on a range of topics from Homer to Heidegger to Kabbalah. Both Buddhist priest and participant in avant-garde poetry's Language movement, Fischer has limned the fertile affinities and creative contradictions between Zen and writing, accumulating four decades of rich insights he shares in Experience.

Fischer's work has been deeply enriched through his collaborations with leading rabbis, poets, artists, esteemed Zen Buddhist practitioners, Trappist monks, and renowned Buddhist leaders, among them the Dalai Lama. Alone and with others, he has carried on a deep and sustained investigation into the intersection of writing and consciousness as informed by meditation.

The essays in this artfully curated collection range across divers, fascinating topics such as time, the Heart Sutra, God in the Hebrew psalms, the supreme "uselessness" of art making, "late work" as a category of poetic appreciation, and the subtle and dubious notion of "religious experience." From the theoretical to the revealingly personal, Fischer's essays, interviews, and notes point toward a dramatic expansion of the sense of religious feeling in writing.

Readers who join Fischer on this path in Experience can discover how language is not a description of experience, but rather an experience itself: shifting, indefinite, and essential.

EXPERIENCES OF PLACE

EXPERIENCES OF PLACE

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Place and orientation are important aspects of human experience. Place evokes geography and culture and conjures up history and myth. Place is not only a particular physical location but an idea, a mental construction that captures and directs the human relationship to the world.

The distinguished contributors to this volume invite us to reflect on the significance of places, real and imagined, in the religious traditions they study and on how places are known, imagined, remembered, and struggled for. Whether looking at the ways myth and ritual reinforce the Yoruba's bond to the land or at Australian Aboriginal engagements with the origins of the created world, exploring Hildegard of Bingen's experience of heaven or myths of the underworld in contemporary American millennialism, listening to oral narratives of divine politics and deserted places of Rajasthan or investigating literal and literary images of the Promised Land, these essays underscore that place is constructed in the intersection of material conditions, political realities, narrative, and ritual performance.

EXPLORING KARMA & REBIRTH

EXPLORING KARMA & REBIRTH

By: Nagapriya
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Every Buddhist should read it --David Loy
An excellent introduction --Stephen Batchelor
Cogent, knowledgeable, and penetrating--Norman Fischer

Clarifies, examines and considers these two important but often misunderstood Buddhist doctrines. Offers an imaginative reading of what the teachings could mean for us now.

FACE OF WATER: A TRANSLATOR ON BEAUTY AND MEANING IN THE BIBLE

FACE OF WATER: A TRANSLATOR ON BEAUTY AND MEANING IN THE BIBLE

By: Ruden, Sarah
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In this dazzling reconsideration of the language of the Old and New Testaments, acclaimed scholar and translator of classical literature Sarah Ruden argues that the Bible's modern translations often lack the clarity and vitality of the originals. Singling out the most famous passages, such as the Genesis creation story, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Beatitudes, Ruden reexamines and retranslates from the Hebrew and Greek, illuminating what has been misunderstood and obscured in standard English translations. By showing how the original texts more clearly reveal our cherished values, Ruden gives us an unprecedented understanding of what this extraordinary document was for its earliest readers and what it can still be for us today.
FAIREST OF THEM ALL

FAIREST OF THEM ALL

By: Tatar, Maria
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"With her trademark brio and deep-tissue understanding, Maria Tatar opens the glass casket on this undying story, which retains its power to charm twenty-one times, and counting."
--Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

The story of the rivalry between a beautiful, innocent girl and her cruel and jealous mother has been endlessly repeated and refashioned all over the world. The Brothers Grimm gave this story the name by which we know it best, and in 1937 Walt Disney sweetened their somber version to make the first feature-length, animated fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Since then, the Disney film has become our cultural touchstone--the innocent heroine, her evil stepmother, the envy that divides them, and a romantic rescue from domestic drudgery and maternal persecution. But each culture has its own way of telling this story of jealousy and competition. An acclaimed folklorist, Maria Tatar brings to life a global melodrama of mother-daughter rivalries that play out in unforgettable variations across countries and cultures.

"Fascinating...A strange, beguiling history of stories about beauty, jealousy, and maternal persecution."
--Wall Street Journal

"Is the story of Snow White the cruelest, the deepest, the strangest, the most mythopoeic of them all?...Tatar trains a keen eye on the appeal of the bitter conflict between women at the heart of the tale...a feast of rich thoughts...An exciting and authoritative anthology from the wisest good fairy in the world of the fairy tale."
--Marina Warner

"The inimitable Maria Tatar offers us a maze of mothers and daughters and within that glorious tangle an archetype with far more meaning than we imagine when we say 'Snow White.'"
--Honor Moore

"Shocking yet familiar, these stories...retain the secret whisper of storytelling. This is a properly magical, erudite book."
--Literary Review

FAIRY TALES FOR THE DISILLUSIONED: ENCHANTED STORIES FROM THE FRENCH DECADENT TRADITION

FAIRY TALES FOR THE DISILLUSIONED: ENCHANTED STORIES FROM THE FRENCH DECADENT TRADITION

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A new collection of subversive French fairy tales

The wolf is tricked by Red Riding Hood into strangling her grandmother and is subsequently arrested. Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella do not live happily ever after. And the fairies are saucy, angry, and capricious. Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned collects thirty-six tales, most newly translated, by writers associated with the decadent literary movement that flourished in late nineteenth-century France. These enchanting yet troubling stories reflect the concerns and fascinations of a time of great political, social, and cultural change. Recasting well-known favorites from classic French fairy tales, as well as Arthurian legends and English and German tales, these decadent fairy tales feature perverse settings and disillusioned perspectives, underlining such themes as the decline of civilization, the degeneration of magic and the unreal, gender confusion, and the incursion of the industrial. Complete with an informative introduction, biographical notes for each author, and explanatory notes throughout, these subversive tales will entertain and startle even the most disenchanted readers.

FAIRY TALES TR NUNNALLY

FAIRY TALES TR NUNNALLY

By: Andersen, Hans Christian
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*Includes "The Little Mermaid," now a major motion picture from Disney starring Halle Bailey and directed by Rob Marshall*

The famous tales of Hans Christian Andersen--some of the best-known fairy tales in the world--in a sparkling translation by award-winning translator Tiina Nunnally

A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, featuring flaps, deckled edges, and specially commissioned cover art by acclaimed cartoonist Anders Nilsen

Hans Christian Andersen was the profoundly imaginative writer and storyteller who revolutionized literature for children. He gave us the now standard versions of some traditional fairy tales--with an anarchic twist--but many of his most famous tales sprang directly from his imagination. The thirty stories here range from exuberant early works such as "The Tinderbox" and "The Emperor's New Clothes" through poignant masterpieces such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling" to more subversive later tales such as "The Ice Maiden" and "The Wood Nymph."

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

FAITH

FAITH

By: Salzberg, Sharon
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In this beautifully written work, one of America's most beloved meditation teachers offers discerning wisdom on understanding faith as a healing quality. Through the teachings of Buddha and insight gained from her lifelong spiritual quest, Salzberg provides us with a road map for cultivating a feeling of peace that can be practiced by anyone of any tradition.
FAITH ON EARTH

FAITH ON EARTH

By: Niebuhr, H Richard
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This important book makes available the last major unpublished writings of H. Richard Niebuhr, one of the leading American theologians of this century. Edited by the author's son, this powerful and moving book represents Niebuhr's most accessible, systematic, and detailed statement on faith.
FALL OF ARTHUR

FALL OF ARTHUR

By: Tolkien, Christopher
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The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur, king of Britain, may well be regarded as his finest and most skillful achievement in the use of Old English alliterative meter, in which he brought to his transforming perceptions of the old narratives a pervasive sense of the grave and fateful nature of all that is told: of Arthur's expedition overseas into distant heathen lands, of Guinevere's flight from Camelot, of the great sea battle on Arthur's return to Britain, in the portrait of the traitor Mordred, in the tormented doubts of Lancelot in his French castle.

Unhappily, The Fall of Arthur was one of several long narrative poems that Tolkien abandoned. He evidently began it in the 1930s, and it was sufficiently advanced for him to send it to a very perceptive friend who read it with great enthusiasm at the end of 1934 and urgently pressed him, "You simply must finish it!" But in vain: he abandoned it at some unknown date, though there is evidence that it may have been in 1937, the year of publication of The Hobbit and the first stirrings of The Lord of the Rings. Years later, in a letter of 1955, he said that he "hoped to finish a long poem on The Fall of Arthur," but that day never came.Associated with the text of the poem, however, are many manuscript pages: a great quantity of drafting and experimentation in verse, in which the strange evolution of the poem's structure is revealed, together with narrative synopses and significant tantalizing notes. In these notes can be discerned clear if mysterious associations of the Arthurian conclusion with The Silmarillion, and the bitter ending of the love of Lancelot and Guinevere, which was never written.
FEMININE SPIRIT

FEMININE SPIRIT

By: Bundesen, Lynne
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Using a variety of analytical and descriptive tools, this nondenominational, innovative, and solid approach to the Bible goes deeply into biblical text to uncover new insights about who God is. It provides a fresh and insightful way for women to read the Bible outside the patriarchal framework that has predominated, going beyond stereotypes and male-centered traditional teachings to illuminate how women can better relate both to the Bible and to God.
FENG SHUI: SEEING IS BELIEVING: ESSENTIAL GEOMANCY FOR BEGINNERS AND SKEPTICS

FENG SHUI: SEEING IS BELIEVING: ESSENTIAL GEOMANCY FOR BEGINNERS AND SKEPTICS

By: Ludrup, Jampa
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In this pithy and practical handbook, Ven. Jampa Ludrup lays out the fundamentals of feng shui without any of the opaque mysticism that sometimes clouds the practice. The aim of this book, he writes, is to help you have more happiness in your life. Through his easy-to-understand instructions, diagrams, and photos, Ludrup illustrates how simple alterations to the layout of your home can vastly improve specific areas of your life-romance, prosperity, health, or whatever is troubling you. With nothing more than this book and a good compass, you can rearrange your house, your fortune, and your life.

The book comes with a handy pocket-sized chart that you can carry with you to job interviews or first dates - any important events - so that you can be confident that you will be able to achieve the best possible outcome.

FIELDS OF BLOOD: RELIGION AND THE HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

FIELDS OF BLOOD: RELIGION AND THE HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

By: Armstrong, Karen
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A sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence--from the New York Times bestselling author of The History of God - "Elegant and powerful.... Both erudite and accurate, dazzling in its breadth of knowledge and historical detail." --The Washington Post

In these times of rising geopolitical chaos, the need for mutual understanding between cultures has never been more urgent. Religious differences are seen as fuel for violence and warfare. In these pages, one of our greatest writers on religion, Karen Armstrong, amasses a sweeping history of humankind to explore the perceived connection between war and the world's great creeds--and to issue a passionate defense of the peaceful nature of faith.

With unprecedented scope, Armstrong looks at the whole history of each tradition--not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism. Religions, in their earliest days, endowed every aspect of life with meaning, and warfare became bound up with observances of the sacred. Modernity has ushered in an epoch of spectacular violence, although, as Armstrong shows, little of it can be ascribed directly to religion. Nevertheless, she shows us how and in what measure religions came to absorb modern belligerence--and what hope there might be for peace among believers of different faiths in our time.

FINDING OUR TRUE HOME

FINDING OUR TRUE HOME

By: Nhat Hanh, Thich
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Finding Our True Home presents a new definitive translation of the Amitabha Sutra along with Thich Nhat Hanh's first commentary on one of the most practiced forms of Buddhism in the world, the Pure Land school.

Introduced in the Buddha's own lifetime, Pure Land practice puts us in touch with the beauty in our own world and brings us the security, solidity, and freedom we need in order to truly enjoy it. Realizing that Buddha is within us, we see that the Pure Land (paradise) is here and now, rather than in the future. Finding Our True Home will open a new Dharma door to many students of meditation.

FINGERPRINTS OF GOD: Search for the Science of Spirituality

FINGERPRINTS OF GOD: Search for the Science of Spirituality

By: Hagerty, Barbara Bradley
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The New York Times bestseller that explores the startling discoveries that science is making about faith.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty's new book, Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife, is out now from Riverhead Books

Is spiritual experience real? Or is it a delusion? When we pray, what happens? Can science explain God? In Fingerprints of God, National Public Radio religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty attempts to answer these and other vexing questions about the science of spiritual experience. Along the way she tells the story of her own intriguing spiritual evolution, delves into the discoveries science is making about how faith affects our brains and explores what near-death experiences reveal about the afterlife. The result is a rich and insightful examination of what science is learning about how and why we believe.

FIRST MUSLIM: THE STORY OF MUHAMMAD

FIRST MUSLIM: THE STORY OF MUHAMMAD

By: Hazleton, Lesley
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The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited--and remade.

Lesley Hazleton's new book, Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto, is out now from Riverhead Books.

Muhammad's was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality.

Hazleton's account follows the arc of Muhammad's rise from powerlessness to power, from anonymity to renown, from insignificance to lasting significance. How did a child shunted to the margins end up revolutionizing his world? How did a merchant come to challenge the established order with a new vision of social justice? How did the pariah hounded out of Mecca turn exile into a new and victorious beginning? How did the outsider become the ultimate insider?

Impeccably researched and thrillingly readable, Hazleton's narrative creates vivid insight into a man navigating between idealism and pragmatism, faith and politics, nonviolence and violence, rejection and acclaim. The First Muslim illuminates not only an immensely significant figure but his lastingly relevant legacy.

FIRSTLIGHT

FIRSTLIGHT

By: Kidd, Sue Monk
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From the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and the new novel The Book of Longings comes a thoughtful, revelatory book of writings on self and spirit

Before she won an international readership with her novels, Sue Monk Kidd was best known for her smart, passionate spiritual writings. Now many of those early stories and essays (most of which first appeared in Guideposts) are collected in one volume, organized around thirteen spiritual motifs. In Firstlight, Kidd charts her emergence as a writer and seeker; reflects on her roles as wife, mother, daughter, nurse, and artist; and assesses what she has learned in settings as far-flung as Africa and her own home. The result is an intimate, uplifting book, filled with moments of recognition and discovery.

FIVE GOSPELS

FIVE GOSPELS

By: Funk, Robert W
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Did Jesus claim to be the Messiah?
Did he promise to return and usher in a new age?
How did Jesus envision the Kingdom of God?

The Five Gospels answers these questions in a bold, dynamic work that will startle traditional readers of the Bible and rekindle interest in it among secular skeptics. In 1985 the Jesus Seminar, comprising a distinguished group of biblical scholars, was founded by Robert W. Funk. They embarked on a new translation and assessment of the gospels, including the recently discovered Gospel of Thomas. In pursuit of the historical Jesus, they used their collective expertise to determine the authenticity of more than fifteen hundred sayings attributed to him. Their remarkable findings appear in this book.

FIVE MEGILLOTH HEBREW & ENGLISH

FIVE MEGILLOTH HEBREW & ENGLISH

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These six short books of the Bible are a literature unto themselves. Each is a poetic, religious, and literary treasure. Included are Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, the Book of Lamentations, and the Book of Jonah.
FLASH OF LIGHTNING IN DARK OF NIGHT: Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

FLASH OF LIGHTNING IN DARK OF NIGHT: Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

By: Dalai Lama
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Compassion is the guiding principle of the bodhisattvas, those who vow to attain enlightenment in order to liberate all sentient beings from the suffering and confusion of imperfect existence. To this end, they must renounce all self-centered goals and consider only the well-being of others. The bodhisattvas' enemies are the ego, passion, and hatred; their weapons are generosity, patience, perseverance, and wisdom.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is considered to be a living embodiment of this spiritual ideal. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama presents here a detailed manual of practical philosophy, based on The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara), a well-known text of Mahayana Buddhism written by Shantideva. The Dalai Lama explains and amplifies the text, alluding throughout to the experience of daily life and showing how anyone can develop bodhichitta, the wish for perfect enlightenment for the sake of others. This book will surely become a standard manual for all those who wish to make the bodhisattva ideal a living experience.