Download E-books The A to Z of Sikhism (The A to Z Guide Series) PDF

Opposite to well known opinion, there's extra to Sikhism than the exact gown. to start with, there's the emergence of Guru Nanak, the founding father of Sikhism, and the lengthy line of his successors. There are the precepts, many regarding liberation in the course of the divine identify or nam. there's a relatively turbulent background within which the Sikhs have fought to verify their ideals and withstand exterior domination that maintains to this present day. there's additionally, extra lately, the dispersion from the Punjab through the remainder of India and directly to Europe and the Americas.With this emigration Sikhism has develop into significantly much less unique, yet infrequently larger identified to outsiders. This reference is a superb position to profit extra in regards to the faith. It offers a chronology of occasions, a short advent that offers a basic evaluate of the faith, and a dictionary with a number of hundred entries, which current the authorities and different leaders, hint the quite complicated historical past, expound a number of the precepts and ideas, describe some of the rites and rituals, and clarify the that means of diverse similar expressions. All this, in addition to a bibliography, offers readers with an informative and available consultant towards knowing Sikhism.

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Download E-books Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah PDF

Well known for the wonder and straightforwardness of his teachings, Ajahn Chah was once Thailand's best-known meditation instructor. His aura and knowledge encouraged many American and ecu seekers, and assisted in shaping the yank Vipassana neighborhood. This assortment brings jointly for the 1st time Ajahn Chah's strongest teachings, together with these on meditation, liberation from soreness, calming the brain, enlightenment and the 'living dhamma'. every one of these talks have formerly simply been to be had in restricted, inner most versions and the book of Food for the Heart for that reason represents a momentous party: the highly elevated accessibility of his phrases and knowledge. Western lecturers similar to Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield have extolled Chah's teachings for years and now readers can event them at once during this e-book.

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Download E-books Absent Lord: Ascetics and Kings in a Jain Ritual Culture (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) PDF

By Lawrence A. Babb

What does it suggest to worship beings that one believes are thoroughly detached to, and completely past the achieve of, any type of worship whatever? How could the sort of dating with sacred beings impact the spiritual lifetime of a group? utilizing those questions as his aspect of departure, Lawrence A. Babb explores the ritual tradition of image-worshipping Svetambar Jains of the western Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Jainism strains its lineages again to the 9th century B.C.E. and is, besides Buddhism, the one surviving instance of India's historical non-Vedic non secular traditions. it really is identified and celebrated for its systematic perform of non-violence and for the serious rigor of the asceticism it promotes. a different element of Babb's learn is his linking of the Jain culture to the social identification of current Jain communities.

Babb concludes via exhibiting that Jain ritual tradition will be noticeable as a version on pan-Indian ritual styles. In illuminating this little-known spiritual culture, he demonstrates that divine "absence" should be as wealthy as divine "presence" in its chances for informing a non secular reaction to the cosmos.

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Download E-books Tao - A New Way of Thinking: A Translation of the Tao Tê Ching with an Introduction and Commentaries PDF

This unheard of translation of the Tao Tê Ching via chinese language pupil Chung-yuan Chang unearths the genuine knowledge and sweetness of this historic chinese language textual content.

ordinarily attributed to Taoist thinker Lao Tzu, the Tao Tê Ching continues to be correct world wide at the present time, greater than thousand years after it was once written. This translation of the Taoist textual content, with Chang's accompanying commentaries, illuminates the true which means of the Tao Tê Ching and makes this chinese language vintage either available and appropriate to trendy methods of considering, with none relief of the complicated idea inside its pages. Chang Chung-yuan is exclusive in his procedure and his creation and commentaries position the Taoist textual content within the context of Western metaphysics, making connection with Heidegger, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Jung, Plato, Kant and Nietzsche, in addition to shooting the context in which Taoism got here to the West.

Tao: a brand new state of mind may be attention-grabbing to someone with an curiosity in Taoism and may be fairly beautiful to these drawn to comparative philosophy.

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Download E-books Reconstructionist Confucianism: Rethinking Morality after the West (Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture) PDF

By Ruiping Fan

Contrasting with traditional Neo-Confucian makes an attempt to recast the Confucian historical past in mild of recent Western values, this booklet bargains a Reconstructionist Confucian venture to reclaim Confucian assets to satisfy modern ethical and public coverage demanding situations. Ruiping Fan argues that well known bills of human items and social justice in the dominant individualist tradition of the West are too insubstantial to direct a lifetime of advantage and a formal constitution of society. in its place, he demonstrates that the ethical insights of Confucian suggestion are accurately these had to fill the ethical vacuum constructing in post-communist China and to deal with related difficulties within the West. The ebook has a intensity of mirrored image at the Confucian culture via a comparative philosophical approach and a breadth of up to date concerns addressed unequalled by way of the other paintings on those themes. it's the first in English to discover not just the recreation to restore Confucianism in modern China, but additionally brings such an activity to undergo upon the real moral, social, and political problems being confronted in twenty first century China. The ebook can be of curiosity to any thinker operating in software of conventional chinese language philosophy to modern matters in addition to any reader attracted to comparative cultural and moral studies.

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Download E-books Zoroastrianism PDF

Zoroastrianism is the least good understand but some of the most very important and engaging of the area religions. Deriving from very old assets, in its wealthy traditions and worship Zoroastrianism has preserved many immensely archaic kinds, relationship again to a interval previous, even, than its personal founding. even supposing the variety of present-day adherents has gotten smaller to quite small dimensions, in its time this religion exerted a profound effect at the improvement of Western faith. together with decisions from unique texts, historic aspect, in addition to considerate research, this paintings introduces the reader to Zoroastrian culture, doctrines, and writings and lines their improvement all the way down to sleek instances.

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Download E-books The Four Foundations of Mindfulness PDF

An absolute crucial of Buddhist idea and practice.

In addition to practitioners of perception meditation, those that interact in different meditation kinds akin to dzogchen, mahamudra, and zazen will locate that The 4 origin of Mindfulness offers new technique of knowing tips to procedure and deepen their very own practices.

The complete nice Discourse is integrated right here, coupled with a superbly transparent remark from the nice scholar-yogi, Venerable U Silananda.

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Download E-books Bagua Daoyin: A Unique Branch of Daoist Learning, A Secret Skill of the Palace PDF

By He Jinghan

The attractive, advanced events of Bagua require an entire life to grasp totally, yet will be practised with major actual and psychological well-being profit at any point. during this hugely illustrated consultant, grasp He, a 5th new release practitioner, introduces the traditional Daoist ideas on which Bagua relies, its position in the chinese language martial arts, and the lifestyle it nurtures. Many pages of photos illustrate a programme of sequences, exhibiting the wonderful thing about the events, and the positions and transitions the practitioner is aiming for.

Bagua Daoyin helps and trains the physique and the brain to advertise stability and concord. The exterior routine are echoed within the inner physique, which promotes the movement of power that ends up in enormously enhanced healthiness, a tranquil and targeted brain, and elevated sturdiness. Practitioners fast document decreased pressure degrees and elevated delight in life.

This totally illustrated advent to Bagua Daoyin might be crucial studying for Bagua, Xingyi and Taiji practitioners in any respect degrees, dancers, and certainly someone drawn to bettering their actual and psychological wellness.

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Download E-books Sistemas taoistas para transformar el estrés en vitalidad PDF

Sólo recientemente ha descubierto l. a. medicina occidental los desastrosos efectos que sobre l. a. salud tiene el estrés y los medios de abordar este problema podemos decir que están todavía en l. a. infancia. El maestro Mantak Chia nos muestra con detalle los angeles vía taoísta para transformar el estrés en vitalidad. los angeles técnica de l. a. meditación inside nos enseña a ponernos en contacto con nuestros órganos internos, a amarlos y a sonreírles, a transformar el estrés y las emociones negativas en creatividad, aprendizaje y fuerza. Y el sistema de los cinco sonidos curativos nos enseña a eliminar los angeles energía estancada, a limpiar los órganos de toxinas y a mantenerlos en óptimo estado.

This publication courses the reader via few easy basic and powerful Taoist practices for reworking detrimental power into confident. one of many practices is the "inner smile" which consists of focusing upon smiling.

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