Category: Buddhism

By Takafumi Hirose

Shin Buddhism: An Introduction by way of Takafumi Hirose

This is an easy and transparent creation to Shin Buddhism, or Jodo Shinshu, a college of jap Buddhism based via a clergyman named Shinran (1173-1263). even if this faculty has Japan's biggest Buddhist following, led by way of the Honganji (east) and Hongwanji (west) Temples, used to be transported overseas via jap immigrants, and have become the root of the Buddhist church buildings of the US, the Buddhist Temples of Canada, Jodo Shinshu Brazil, and natural Land Buddhism in Europe, it isn't in addition recognized within the remainder of the realm as another colleges of Buddhism, due to a scarcity of readable literature approximately it.

Without utilizing pointless Buddhist jargon, this booklet introduces the essence of Shin Buddhism in undeniable daily English, for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Shin Buddhism is a wide-open educating with none parts of mysticism or secrecy. because the unique teachings of Siddhārtha Gautama (Buddha) traveled thorough many countries and cultures over centuries, they grew to become occasionally educational, occasionally mysterious, and infrequently localized by way of soaking up neighborhood cultures, traditions, and superstitions. Shin Buddhism is an try and extract the genuine essence of Buddha's unique teachings from non-Buddhist and provisional or instrumental Buddhist teachings.

This publication has 5 distinct features:

First, it makes use of minimum Buddhist jargon. It makes use of daily language commonplace to dull English audio system. this manner, the reader doesn't want any history wisdom on Buddhism. someone can decide up this ebook and browse it via with out getting misplaced in a labyrinth of Buddhist terminology.

Second, the publication takes a comparative strategy instead of a doctrinal procedure. even though the book's basic objective is to provide an explanation for and make clear Shin Buddhism to Shin Buddhists in English-speaking nations, the e-book can be readable via non-Buddhists. this can be transparent even in bankruptcy titles, which use common phrases rather than phrases extraordinary to Buddhism. This publication can for this reason be favored not just via Buddhists but additionally via a person else drawn to faith, together with scholars of comparative religion.

Third, it makes common references to the Christian Bible, in particular to  the Gospels. One subject of this ebook is universality. It argues that long-lived religions have yes common features which are appropriate at any aspect in background and in anyplace and society. to illustrate this, the e-book charges a few passages from the Gospels to provide an explanation for convinced strategies in Buddhism. in the end, the writer hopes for this ebook to turn into a bridge among the 2 nice religions of the realm, Christianity and Buddhism, whose adherents should still learn about one another to teach appreciate to one another.

Fourth, the booklet is dotted with tales and analogies to make sure recommendations more uncomplicated to appreciate. as well as Buddhist tales, a number of cultural facets and people traditions of Japan are mentioned, and historic details supplied; as a result, readers additionally seize glimpses of jap tradition and society in the course of the book.

Finally, a short precis is gifted in a discussion on the finish of so much chapters. even supposing the full publication is written in colloquial English, the dialogues function less complicated and clearer experiences of bankruptcy subject matters, featuring Buddhist responses to questions in black-and-white phrases instead of mysterious and imprecise terms.

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By Jetsun Taranatha,Comité Padmakara

Le Soleil de los angeles Confiance raconte l. a. vie et l'Eveil de Siddhartha Gautama, le Bouddha, mais aussi l. a. façon extraordinaire dont se forma l. a. communauté des êtres qui suivirent son exemple.
Cette hagiographie compilée à partir de textes anciens était particulièrement recommandée comme resource d'inspiration par de grands maîtres tibétains comme Dudjom Rinpoché, Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoché et Kangyour Rinpoché. Elle montre remark un easy être humain peut, en soutenant l. a. juste aspiration par l’effort approprié, dépasser l'absurdité de naître uniquement pour vieillir, être malade et mourir. autrement dit remark l’être humain a le pouvoir de ne plus répéter l’erreur égoïste et les gestes du corps, de l. a. parole et de l’esprit qui provoquent los angeles souffrance et en perpétuent les reasons.

Le Soleil de los angeles confiance de Jetsun Taranatha, écrivain et mystique tibétain des XVIe-XVIIe siècles, est une « vie du Bouddha » originale à maints égards. Illuminée autant par son sujet que par le kind de l’auteur. Les pratiquants du Theravada aussi bien que du Mahayana reconnaîtront leur voie dans cette oeuvre compilée à partir des assets anciennes.

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By Brad Warner

In 2003 Brad Warner released his first ebook Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster video clips and the reality approximately fact. this isn't that ebook! Hardcore Zen used to be a groundbreaking examine Zen Buddhism throughout the eyes of a Western punk rocker dwelling in Japan who turned an ordained monk whereas operating for a corporation that made affordable monster videos. during this new sequel, Hardcore Zen moves back, Brad returns to his roots and offers a glimpse into a few of his early writings that shaped the foundation for that ebook. those essays, often from a long-defunct web site Brad produced within the early 2000s, shape a photo of the genesis of Brad’s first e-book. Brad has supplied new introductions and afterwords to every essay in addition to a whole bankruptcy written for Hardcore Zen that didn't make the ultimate lower, plus an editorial approximately his studies on the corporation he used to be operating for while the ebook was once written. jointly they make a useful assortment for an individual attracted to Brad’s writing in addition to these drawn to his specified approach of providing the undying truths of Zen in a modern idiom.

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By Iida

"Facets of Buddhism" is a set of essays written via one of many pre-eminent jap students within the fields of Buddhism and comparative faith. the 10 essays are loosely associated jointly by means of the typical subject matters of based co-origination (pratitya-samutpada); of the influence of Madhyamika and Yogacara rules on eastern literature and tradition; and of the tensions and harmonies among various spiritual traditions and varied Buddhist sects. The paintings offers entry to quite a lot of jap scholarly alternate and opinion, a lot of which has previously been on hand simply in jap; bargains a presentation of different chinese language, Tibetan, and jap interpretations of significant passages from classical Indian Buddhist texts; and offers a comparability of meditation ideas defined by means of Indian, chinese language and Tibetan writers. Drawing on his studies in the course of an extended and exceptional profession as a instructor and student, Professor Iida offers insights into where of girls and the female precept in Buddhism, the convergence of people ideals and philosophical Buddhism in Japan, the increase of the trendy eastern Buddhist sects and, via a comparability of Buddhist, Christian and Sufi-Yogic practices and glossy psychology, the adaptation, similarities and interdependence of different faiths of humankind.

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By Torkel Brekke

Why did humans in North India from the fifth century BC decide to depart the realm and sign up for the sect of the Buddha? this is often the 1st publication to use the insights of social psychology so one can comprehend the spiritual motivation of the folks who constituted the early Buddhist group. It additionally addresses the extra common and theoretically debatable query of the way global religions come into being, via concentrating on the conversion means of the person believer.

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By Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,Orgyen Tobgyal,Dzongsar Jamyang,Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche,Khenpo Sonam Phuntsok

An biography of 1 of the main impressive Tibetan Buddhist masters of the 20th century.

The premier torchbearer of the ecumenical Rime circulate, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959) committed his lifestyles to the research, perform, and propagation of all of the colleges and lineages which are jointly often called Tibetan Buddhism. The staggeringly lengthy record of teachings he acquired and transmitted in flip testifies to the intensity of his appreciation of all facets of the Dharma, and the roster of his eminent scholars finds how his impressive effect transcended sectarian boundaries.

the 1st 1/2 this quantity offers casual tales by means of a lot of Chökyi Lodrö’s academics, scholars, associates, and kin, gathered by means of Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche and translated right here into English for the 1st time. Intimate, humorous, and completely down-to-earth, those stories—supplemented via sixty-one photographs—paint a young photo of the fellow at the back of the nice grasp, introducing readers to the characters and occasions in his lifestyles, and particularly the demanding situations he confronted residing below the chinese language profession of Tibet.

the second one part contains an English translation of the religious biography, or namtar, by way of Dilgo Khyentse, certainly one of Chökyi Lodrö’s closest and such a lot marvelous scholars. within the technique of recounting the lifestyles and liberation of his belovèd guru, Dilgo Khyentse finds how he observed Chökyi Lodrö because the Buddha within the flesh and gives, basically, a blueprint of the total route to enlightenment.

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By Wes "Scoop" Nisker

Wes “Scoop” Nisker is an award-winning broadcast journalist and commentator, a well known Buddhist meditation instructor, a most sensible promoting writer and an enthralling performer. In How to be an Earthling, Wes attracts on his various studies providing a set that brims with the perception, humor and knowledge he's recognized for.

Compiling for the 1st time, Wes’ most sensible recognized essays in addition to a variety of contemporary and not ahead of released paintings, Wes takes readers on either a cultural trip (a journey in the course of the sixties, throughout the sleek environmental move, the surge of Buddhism to the West) and a extra own one, exploring the inducement at the back of humanity’s look for non secular enlightenment.

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By Paul Waldau

This new examine appears to be like at how non-human animals were seen within the Buddhist and Christian spiritual traditions. the idea that of speciesism, coined in 1970 as an analogy to racism and mentioned virtually completely inside of philosophical circles, is used to discover very simple questions on which animals, human or another way, have been major to early Buddhists and Christians. Drawing on scriptures and interpretive traditions in Christianity and Buddhism, Waldau argues that judgements approximately human moral tasks in either religions are deeply rooted in old understandings of where of people on the planet and our relations with different animals in an built-in cosmos. His research bargains students and others drawn to the bases for moral judgements new insights into Christian and Buddhist reasoning approximately animals in addition to what every one may need to supply to the present discussions approximately animal rights and environmental ethics.

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By Dale S. Wright

This e-book is the 1st to interact Zen Buddhism philosophically on the most important concerns from a standpoint that's trained by way of the traditions of western philosophy and faith. It specializes in one well known Zen grasp, Huang Po, whose recorded sayings exemplify the spirit of the 'golden age' of Zen in medieval China, and at the transmission of those writings to the West. the writer makes a daring try and articulate a post-romantic realizing of Zen appropriate to modern international tradition. whereas deeply sympathetic to the Zen culture, he increases severe questions about the categories of claims that may be made on its behalf.

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By Ogyen Trinley Dorje Karmapa

Plucked from a humble nomad kinfolk to turn into the chief of 1 of Tibet’s oldest Buddhist lineages, the younger 17th Karmapa attracts on undying values to create an pressing ethic for today’s worldwide community. 

We have consistently been, and may consistently be, interconnected—through relatives, neighborhood, and shared humanity. As our planet adjustments and our global grows smaller, it's important we not just realize our connections to each other and to the earth but additionally start actively operating jointly as interdependent contributors to create a really worldwide society.

The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is uniquely located to lead us during this procedure. Drawing on years of in depth Buddhist education and a passionate dedication to social concerns, he teaches how we will be able to circulation from a simply highbrow realizing to an absolutely lived event of connection. via first seeing, then feeling, and eventually residing those connections, we will turn into greater brokers of social and moral change. 

The Karmapa exhibits us how gaining emotional understanding of our connectedness can essentially reshape the human race. He then publications us to motion, exhibiting step-by-step how we will be able to swap the way in which we use the earth’s assets and will proceed to raised our society. In transparent language, the Karmapa attracts connections among such probably far-flung concerns as patron tradition, loneliness, animal safety, and self-reliance. within the method, he is helping us circulation past thought to sensible and optimistic social and moral change.

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