By Jeff Bridges, Bernie Glassman
“[A] really tremendous booklet approximately buddies speaking in regards to the stable life.” —Huffington publish
Zen grasp Bernie Glassman compares Jeff Bridges’s iconic position within the large Lebowski to a Lamed-Vavnik: one of many males in Jewish mysticism who're “simple and unassuming,” and “so reliable that as a result of them God we could the realm pass on.” Jeff places it otherwise. “The beauty of the Dude is that he’d consistently quite hug it out than slug it out.”
For greater than a decade, Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges and his Buddhist instructor, popular Roshi Bernie Glassman, were shut pals. Inspiring and sometimes hilarious, The Dude and the Zen grasp captures their freewheeling discussion and noteworthy humanism in a ebook that reminds us of the significance of doing solid in a tricky international.
Those clever and humorous tales were an concept to non secular perform for greater than twelve centuries, quite for all those that keep on with the Buddhist direction as laypeople. Layman P’ang (740–808) was once a service provider and relatives guy who at some point positioned all his cash and possessions in a ship and sunk it in a river, in order that he may dedicate his lifestyles to the learn of the dharma. His spouse, son, and daughter joined him enthusiastically on his new direction, taking on a joyfully itinerant existence jointly as they traveled from temple to monastery throughout southern China. This selection of anecdotes and verses concerning the enlightened layman and his kin has turn into an everlasting Zen vintage.
By Amartya Sen
In 16 associated essays, Nobel Prize--winning economist Amartya Sen discusses India's highbrow and political historical past and the way its argumentative culture is essential for the good fortune of its democracy and secular politics. The Argumentative Indian is "a bracing sweep via elements of Indian background and tradition, and a tempered research of the hugely charged disputes surrounding those subjects--the nature of Hindu traditions, Indian id, the country's large social and financial disparities, and its present position on this planet" (Sunil Khilnani, Financial Times, U.K.).
By Patrul Rinpoche
A favourite of Tibetans—and of the Dalai Lama himself— The phrases of My ideal instructor is a realistic consultant to the non secular practices universal to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. it's the vintage remark at the initial practices of Longchen Nyingthig, a cycle of teachings of the Nyingmapa tuition. Patrul Rinpoche makes his topic available via a wealth of news, quotations, and references to way of life, giving the textual content all of the existence and surroundings of a compelling oral instructing.
This moment, revised version (of the booklet initially released through HarperSanFrancisco in 1994) is the results of an in depth and painstaking comparability of the unique Tibetan textual content with the English translation by way of the Padmakara Translation team. the hot variation additionally contains translations of a postface to the textual content written a century in the past for the 1st revealed Tibetan variation by way of the 1st Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and a brand new preface by means of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
By John S. Strong
Ddhisms: An advent represents a singular means of offering the total of the Buddhist culture in its team spirit and multiplicity. transparent in its motives, replete with tables and recommendations for additional interpreting, it's going to entice scholars, but even be of curiosity to students for a few of its methods of viewing the Buddha, his teachings, and the Buddhist neighborhood during the ages.The quantity starts off with an overview-introduction to the numerous features of Buddhism by way of surveying the modern day temples that exist in Lumbini, the Buddha’s birthplace. It then recounts not just the tale of the Buddha’s existence, however the ways that next Buddhist traditions sought to beat the absence of the Buddha, after his dying. Turning to Buddhist Doctrine, it expands the thought of the center option to depict the way within which Buddhism either kept away from or integrated the extraordinary teachings extant in India in its time. It then is going directly to convey how the topic of the center manner additionally is helping us comprehend the transition to later faculties of Buddhist notion. eventually, it examines the institution and nature of Buddhist group lifestyles earlier than happening to teach its improvement within the very varied environments of Thailand, Japan, and Tibet.Throughout, the writer doesn't hesitate to lace his reasons with own anecdotes and insights accumulated in the course of over 40 years of learning Buddhism and vacationing and residing in Buddhist international locations.
Whether chanted as devotional prayers, intoned opposed to the risks of the wilds, or invoked to heal the ailing and produce ease to the lifeless, incantations have been pervasive positive factors of Buddhist perform in overdue medieval China (600–1000 C.E.). fabric incantations, in varieties equivalent to spell-inscribed amulets and stone pillars, have been additionally vital to the non secular lives of either priests and laypeople. In centering its research at the chinese language fabric tradition of those deeply embodied varieties of Buddhist ritual, The physique Incantatory unearths histories of practice―and logics of practice―that have formerly remained hidden.
Paul Copp examines inscribed stones, urns, and different items unearthed from nameless tombs; spells carved into pillars close to mountain temples; and manuscripts and prints from either tombs and the Dunhuang cache. targeting significant Buddhist spells, or dharani, and their embodiment of the incantatory logics of decoration and unction, he makes step forward claims concerning the value of Buddhist incantation perform not just in medieval China but additionally in crucial Asia and India. Copp's paintings vividly captures the variety of Buddhist perform between medieval clergymen, ritual healers, and different contributors misplaced to background, providing a corrective to debts that experience overemphasized elite, canonical materials.
By Kenji Miyazawa
although it truly is approximately most unlikely to visualize, occasions of non-public hindrance and upheaval are possibilities for self-reinvention and heightened inventive expression. even if you're therapeutic from a severed dating, experiencing a task loss, or dealing with one other anxious existence transition, you could renew your energy and locate new ardour and function after issues fall apart.
Wise brain, Open Mind deals a robust three-step mindfulness method of assist you navigate instances of undesirable switch, rediscover your internal good of creativity, and flow ahead with ardour and function. This booklet combines ideas drawn from modern mind-body techniques, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness, inventive considering, and optimistic psychology to teach you ways to faucet into your presents and create a realistic plan for private transformation that can assist you go through the demanding situations you face. you are going to learn how to conquer the 5 universal obstacles which may be retaining you from real success and happiness. ultimately, you can still embody your conditions, using them to create a renewed own imaginative and prescient and welcome new percentages and bigger creativity into your life.
By Barbara Crossette
For greater than one thousand years Tibet, Sikkim, Ladakh, and Bhutan have been the santuaries of Tantric Buddhism. yet within the final 1/2 this century, geopolitics has scoured the panorama of the Himalayas, and merely the reclusive country of Bhutan is still actual to Tantric Buddhism. As she travels via Bhutan and its pals, Crossette introduces readers to an international that has emerged from the center a long time basically to discover itself peering into the abyss of modernity.