The author of the bestseller, Way of the Peaceful Warrior presents an important, practical guide that reveals twelve keys to transform everyday life into a spiritual adventure.
Find inner peace with Everyday Enlightenment by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa This book is an inspirational guide to finding happiness by taking in the beauty right in front of you. Leading Himalayan Buddhist His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa walks with you along your path and teaches you that: - there is peace in recognizing that we are all connected - positive influences are closer than you think - in order to inspire others, you need to find inspiration in your life - what we think, we become Everyday Enlightenment brings ancient wisdom into the modern world. Teaching through stories and example, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa shows you how to let go of your ego and stress, turn anger into compassion, and transform your fears into courage. Cameron Diaz listed Everyday Enlightenment as one of her top 2012 reads: 'We live in such a fast paced world it's easy not to take time to tend to your inner self, but it is necessary to take a moment and be still in mind and body, to be more conscious of the way that we are engaging with the world around us. Using teachings from the Buddhist philosophy, Everyday Enlightenment gives you practical tools to deal with the everyday challenges of being human in our modern society.' The spiritual head of the Drukpa school of Buddhism, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa has taught millions of students worldwide. He is also an active humanitarian, working on projects with celebrities such as Richard Gere and Joanna Lumley. Michelle Yeoh is a global ambassador for his Live to Love initiative, whose core causes include the protection of the environment and spread of education.
Sally Bongers, the distinguished Australian cinematographer, compiled these interviews while researching subjects for a documentary film on Enlightenment. Initially she sought out established spiritual teachers, but her emphasis changed to interviewing ordinary people who had experienced a shift of perception which, in the Eastern tradition, would be called Enlightenment or Liberation. She found men and women who still live their lives much as they had done before the realization, working and living in the everyday world. Seven of their stories were chosen for this book. Hearing these people talk about living with this understanding in the real world (not in an ice-cave somewhere!) confirmed the closeness of it all. These stories make it clear that Enlightenment can “happen” to anyone, regardless of so-called spiritual qualifications.
Propelled by grief following her father's death, a teenager travels from rural Australia to the highlands of Nepal. Her journey brings her closer to peace and leads her to take vows as a Buddhist nun. This work reveals the joy and peace that so many followers of Buddha's teachings have found.
Tao has been built into the foundation of East Asian culture for millennia, and many books have been written to explain it. But Tao cannot fully be explained in words; it can only felt and experienced. Tao is something you live, day by day, moment by moment. It's the omnipresent oneness beyond ephemeral phenomena that expresses itself in everything. New York Times bestselling author Ilchi Lee, an enlightened Tao master from South Korea, has laid out a path to living Tao every day. Along this path, he guides you to an understanding of the meaning of birth, death, and everything in between, building a foundation for living a complete and whole life. The universal principles contained in "Living Tao: Timeless Principles for Everyday Enlightenment" stem from the Korean practice of Sundo, an ancient tradition of mind-body training, as well as Lee's own life experience. With these tangible principles, Ilchi Lee makes this profound topic simple and accessible. "Living Tao" has an unparalleled depth in its simplicity that anyone can absorb and immediately apply. * 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner, Bronze, Body, Mind & Spirit
Identifies frequently misinterpreted words used in religious teachings including "adore," "imagine," "gentle," and "obey," tracing their etymologies to reveal their deeper and hidden meanings. Original. 10,000 first printing.
This book explores the ordinary daily routines, behaviours, experiences and beliefs of the Scottish people during a period of immense political, social and economic change. It underlines the importance of the church in post-Reformation Scottish society, but also highlights aspects of everyday life that remained the same, or similar, notwithstanding the efforts of the kirk, employers and the state to alter behaviours and attitudes.Drawing upon and interrogating a range of primary sources, the authors create a richly coloured, highly-nuanced picture of the lives of ordinary Scots from birth through marriage to death. Analytical in approach, the coverage of topics is wide, ranging from the ways people made a living, through their non-work activities including reading, playing and relationships, to the ways they experienced illness and approached death.This volume:*Provides a rich and finely nuanced social history of the period 1600-1800 *Gets behind the politics of Union and Jacobitism, and the experience of agricultural and industrial 'revolution'*Presents the scholarly expertise of its contributing authors in a accessible way*Includes a guide to further reading indicating sources for further study
In his popular book The Germans (1982), Stanford historian Gordon Craig remarked: &"When German intellectuals at the end of the eighteenth century talked of living in a Frederican age, they were sometimes referring not to the monarch in Sans Souci, but to his namesake, the Berlin bookseller Friedrich Nicolai.&" Such was the importance attributed to Nicolai&’s role in the intellectual life of his age by his own contemporaries. While long neglected by students of the period, who tended to accept the caricature of him as a philistine who failed to recognize Goethe&’s genius, Nicolai has experienced a resurgence of interest among scholars reexploring the German Enlightenment and the literary marketplace of the eighteenth century. This book, drawing upon Nicolai&’s large unpublished correspondence, rounds out the picture we have of Nicolai already as author and critic by focusing on his roles as bookseller and publisher and as an Aufk&ärer in the book trade.
Most books on mysticism are written through the author's religious lens and describe the divine only indirectly. Ordinary Enlightenment sees through the lens of everyday life and shows how developing the ability to see with the mystical eye -- to have a direct perception of the divine -- is the key to transforming our lives.This is a mystic's handbook, written from personal experience. It transcends theology and prescribed beliefs and cuts right to direct experience.John C. Robinson treats the mystical experience of God as natural and ordinary. There are no miracles here -- just humans learning to recognize and experience our divine nature.
Examines the influence of Shintoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism on Japanese ethics, with implications for our understanding of various social, economic, and environmental problems.
How do contemporary films depict Buddhists and Buddhism? What aspects of the Buddhist tradition are these films keeping from our view? By repeatedly romanticizing the meditating monk, what kinds of Buddhisms and Buddhists are missing in these films and why? Silver Screen Buddha is the first book to explore the intersecting representations of Buddhism, race, and gender in contemporary films. Sharon A. Suh examines the cinematic encounter with Buddhism that has flourished in Asia and in the West in the past century – from images of Shangri-La in Frank Capra's 1937 Lost Horizon to Kim Ki-Duk's 2003 international box office success Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring. The book helps readers see that representations of Buddhism in Asia and in the West are fraught with political, gendered, and racist undertones. Silver Screen Buddha draws significant attention to ordinary lay Buddhism, a form of the tradition given little play in popular film. By uncovering the differences between a fictionalized, commodified, and exoticized Buddhism, Silver Screen Buddha brings to light expressions of the tradition that highlight laity and women, on the one hand, and Asian and Asian Americans, on the other. Suh engages in a re-visioning of Buddhism that expands the popular understanding of the tradition, moving from the dominance of meditating monks to the everyday world of raced, gendered, and embodied lay Buddhists.
Religions of Modernity challenges the social-scientific orthodoxy that, once unleashed, the modern forces of individualism, science and technology inevitably erode the sacred and evoke the profane. The book's chapters, some by established scholars, others by junior researchers, document instead in rich empirical detail how modernity relocates the sacred to the deeper layers of the self and the domain of digital technology. Rather than destroying the sacred tout court, then, the cultural logic of modernization spawns its own religious meanings, unacknowledged spiritualities and magical enchantments. The editors argue in the introductory chapter that the classical theoretical accounts of modernity by Max Weber, Emile Durkheim and others already hinted at the future emergence of these religions of modernity
Love Dharma offers compassionate guidance and advice, looking at contemporary relationship dilemmas from a Buddhist perspective as expressed in traditional stories of enlightened Buddhist women who lived and loved during the Buddha's lifetime. We all experience the ups and downs of relationships—the fun of dating, the pain of breaking up, the demands of serious partnerships, and the ache of loneliness. But we often forget that they affect not only our love lives, but our spirits as well. With Love Dharma you will discover how to use your romantic triumphs and tragedies to achieve personal peace and happiness, develop more satisfying connections with others, and share yourself without losing yourself. Author Geri Larkin teaches that the difficult and joyous moments of our love lives are truly opportunities to continue our spiritual journey
This comprehensively written book shows us how to use our unconscious mind to re-connect with our powerful inner resources of guidance and wisdom. Through a simple step by step process the book teaches each reader how to rewrite the programmes of the unconscious mind to create powerful and lasting change at any level of our being. At a time when overall levels of happiness seem to be falling, this book moves innovatively away from the tired notions of trying hard to resist negative thinking patterns and shows how anyone can easily and quickly change the programmes of their unconscious mind to effortlessly create greater overall happiness and the life we really want. Influenced by ground breaking discoveries in Mind/Body research each chapter provides simple and practical skills with which to harness the untapped power of our mind and live happier healthier lives.
Eating the Enlightenment offers a new perspective on the history of food, looking at writings about cuisine, diet, and food chemistry as a key to larger debates over the state of the nation in Old Regime France. Embracing a wide range of authors and scientific or medical practitioners—from physicians and poets to philosophes and playwrights—E. C. Spary demonstrates how public discussions of eating and drinking were used to articulate concerns about the state of civilization versus that of nature, about the effects of consumption upon the identities of individuals and nations, and about the proper form and practice of scholarship. En route, Spary devotes extensive attention to the manufacture, trade, and eating of foods, focusing upon coffee and liqueurs in particular, and also considers controversies over specific issues such as the chemistry of digestion and the nature of alcohol. Familiar figures such as Fontenelle, Diderot, and Rousseau appear alongside little-known individuals from the margins of the world of letters: the draughts-playing café owner Charles Manoury, the “Turkish envoy” Soliman Aga, and the natural philosopher Jacques Gautier d’Agoty. Equally entertaining and enlightening, Eating the Enlightenment will be an original contribution to discussions of the dissemination of knowledge and the nature of scientific authority.
After three decades, Taizan Maezumi and Bernie Glassman's On Zen Practice remains the essential Zen primer, offering insight into every aspect of training. Hazy Moon of Enlightenment, the second volume of their classic On Zen Practice series, takes readers to the next level.
Elijah Counts travels through Central Europe in search of identity, integrity and love. Finding all of these in Liliana, a Czech university student, and literally following his dreams, Elijah's path transforms him into a husband, a father, a modern-day mystic, and ultimately a reader of the fabled Akashic Records.
"The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions," said the existentiallist thinker Albert Camus. And no less a philosopher than Woody Allen has wondered:"How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?" "Movies and the Meaning of Life" looks at popular and cult movies, examining their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: What is reality and how can I know it? (The Truman Show, Contact, Waking Life); How do I find myself and my true identity? (Fight Club, Being John Malkovich, Boys Don't Cry, Memento); How do I find meaning from my interactions with others? (Pulp Fiction, Shadowlands, Chasing Amy); What is the chief purpose in life? (American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption); and How ought I live my life? (Pleasantville, Spiderman, Minority Report, Groundhog Day).
Recovery—whether from addictive or compulsive behaviors, codependency, childhood trauma, dysfunction or loss—is not an event to be conquered, but an ongoing process of healing and self-discovery. It requires patience, perseverance, and self-awareness. Putting one foot in front of the other, moment-by-moment and day-by-day, builds courage, self-esteem, and resilience. A key component of staying on the right path is guidance from those who have walked it before. One Foot in Front of the Other gives readers a hand to hold as they face the challenges of living and provides a wellspring of knowledge from which to draw inspiration, and hope. Nationally renowned trauma and recovery expert Dr. Tian Dayton gives readers all the tools they will need on their journey of recovery, just as she has for countless of her own patients. Written in the 'I' format, each page speaks intimately to readers, offering straightforward and user-friendly wisdom through inspired readings. This powerful little book will help readers examine their lives and recapture feelings of gratitude and positivity opening to the grace of self-renewal.
In this remarkable book, John Welshons weaves together his own personal awakening with those of others he’s counseled to create a deeply felt and beautifully expressed primer on dealing with grief. Grieving, says Welshons, offers a unique opportunity to develop deeper and fuller life experiences, to embrace pain in order to open the heart to joy. Written for those who have experienced any kind of loss — death, divorce, or disappointment — this book offers reasonable, reassuring thinking on dealing with the death of loved ones and ourselves, finding the inner gifts that promote healing, and much more. Awakening from Grief takes a rare and compelling positive look at a subject needlessly viewed as one of the most negative in life. This is a persuasive primer on drawing the joy out of grief.