Sunday, December 28, 2008
Imee Ooi - Collection
Imee Ooi is a Malaysian music producer, composer, arranger and vocalist who produces chants Buddhist mantras and dharanis (typically from the Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan or Mandarin language). She is also the musical director and composer of two highly-acclaimed stage musicals, Siddhartha and Above Full Moon.
Prajnaparamita_Hridaya_Sutram (Single ver.)
Prajna-paramita Hrdaya Sutram (alt. ver.)
Ratana Sutta - 01. the lection of gem (pali version)
Ratana Sutta - 02. favonian victory lection(pali version)
The Great Compassionate Mantra
The_Chant_of_Metta (eng. ver.)
Format: mp3 ~128 kbps, Size: 251 Mb
Ajahn Geoffrey (Thanissaro Bikkhu) - Dhamma Talks
Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) (1949 - ) is an American Buddhist monk of the Thai forest kammatthana tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he traveled to Thailand, where he studied meditation under Ajahn Fuang Jotiko, himself a student of the late Ajahn Lee.
He was ordained in 1976 and lived at Wat Dhammasathit, where he remained following his teacher's death in 1986. In 1991 he traveled to the hills of San Diego County, U.S., where he helped Ajaan Suwat Suwaco establish Wat Mettavanaram (Metta Forest Monastery). He was made abbot of the monastery in 1993. His long list of publications includes translations from the Thai, Ajaan Lee's meditation manuals; Handful of Leaves, a four-volume anthology of sutta translations; The Buddhist Monastic Code, a two-volume reference handbook for monks; Wings to Awakening; and (as co-author) the college-level textbook, Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction.
Bryan Kest's Power Yoga
Anyone wanting to get in shape like the stars need go no further than Bryan Kest's videos. Kest teaches wildly popular yoga classes in Santa Monica, California--so popular that stars like Rhea Perlman, David Duchovny, and Elisabeth Shue willingly sweat alongside the hoi polloi in Kest's packed, ancient loft studio. If you don't happen to be in the neighborhood, not to worry: Kest's yoga videos are nearly as good as being there. Volume 1: Energize is a beginner level class that nonetheless is smartly designed to provide challenges for all levels of users. Kest's Jersey-boy voice at first seems in contrast to the serene environment and inner-peace objectives, but it gradually becomes soothing and hypnotic in its own right. Stretches and strengthening moves are alternated with just enough repose to keep even first timers on track. After mastering Vol. 1, practitioners can go on to Volume 2: Tone or Volume 3: Sweat to further challenge themselves. As long as you keep in mind Kest's personal mantra--"If you're doing the best you can, you're doing this class perfectly"--you and this video should have many satisfying years of workouts together.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Sharanam: Sacred Chants of Devotion - Sudha and Maneesh De Moor
The enchanting voice of Sudha and the meditative compositions of Maneesh de Moor bring to us serenity with this new release of Sanskrit devotional Chants. Sharanam means to 'take refuge in' or to 'surrender to' - to bow at the feet of that which is our Creator, our Guide and our True Essence. This music is an offering to that Divine Presence which is everywhere, in and around us..
Sudha's voice is soft and pure with a touch of innocence, which pairs well with Maneesh de Moor's Asian - inspired backdrops of keyboards and light percussion.The music is gentle and introspective, offering a deep, resonant atmosphere for peaceful contemplation, meditative Yoga and healing work.
APE & Cue Music Formats
part 2 ~ part 3
Satori (Music For Yoga And Meditation) - Riley Lee
Riley Lee is one of the Western world's leading experts and artists on the shakuhachi, an ancient Japanese flute. In the new millennium, there are several artists performing on ritualistic instruments like the Tibetan singing bowls and bells, the didgeridoo, cedar flutes, pan pipes, and the shakuhachi. Only a handful of artists were creating music in this style. Gabriel Lee - no relation - accompanies Riley on the koto, a 13-string Japanese zither. This is remarkable acoustic ambience. The shakuhachi has a distinct texture and the atmospheres are unique, although there is a vague similarity to the texture of a Native American flute..
The CD's liner notes define satori as "the indescribable experience of sudden, intuitive spiritual realization." That may be, yet unless you are a serious student of yoga or a fan of its ancient musical traditions, you may struggle to reach such a state while listening to these improvisations for shakuhachi flute and koto. Satori, originally recorded in 1983, seems best suited to serious - minded yoga practitioners and those who prefer to adorn their meditative states with only the most minimal of audio embellishments. For such people, this disc could be the answer to prayers...
APE & Cue Music Formats
part 1 ~ part 2
Joy Is Now - Guru Ganesha Singh & Snatam Kaur
Dynamic and joyful innovations demonstrating the infintely divine nature of musical possibilities. Joy is Now features compelling duets and kirtan call - response between Guru Ganesha and Snatam Kaur, whose unforgettable voices create a counterpoint of masculine and feminine, strength and sweetness, earth and ether. Guru Ganesha's signature guitar work enters new raag / jazz influenced realms in a sparkling conversation with a diverse ensemble of classical Indian insruments including sitar, sarod, esraj, flute and Indian violin...
The Way of the White Clouds - Lama Anagarika Govinda
The classic narrative of a spiritual pilgrimage to Tibet, with a new introduction by Robert Thurman.
Lama Anagarika Govinda was one of the last foreigners to journey through Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950. A devoted Buddhist and a spokesman for Tibetan culture, Govinda's luminous and candid account is a spectacular and gloriously poetic story of exploration and discovery, and a sensitive and lucid interpretation of Tibetan traditions. Robert Thurman's perceptive new introduction to the volume places Govinda's writings in historical context and opens a new door on understanding Tibet, Buddhism, and the life of a remarkable man who, as Thurman remarks, is "undoubtedly one of the West's greatest minds of the twentieth century, a member of the pantheon that includes Einstein, Heisenberg, Wittgenstein, Solzhenitsyn, Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama."
The Story of Chinese Zen - Huai-Chin Nan, Nan Huai-Chin
Nan presents the development of Zen thought in China as influenced by Chinese culture?meaning primarily literature and politics?and also highlights the influence of Taoism and Confucianism on the particular form Buddhism took there. Nan is at his best when discussing specific Zen teachings. But he often does not present enough background on Chinese history and literature to enable the reader easily to follow his thoughts on their influence. Also, Nan's preference is clearly for Mahayana Buddhism over Theravada, which he refers to with the pejorative term Hinayana (lesser vehicle). The book would be best used along with other books that present Chinese history, such as Heinrich Dumoulin's two-volume Zen Buddhism: A History of India and China (Macmillian, 1988-89). Recommended as a thorough presentation of several aspects of Zen in China, as long as the library has some books on Chinese history to provide background.
The Story of Chinese Zen begins with the premise that the climate during Shakyamuni's founding of Buddhism in India ultimately influenced the differences behind Hinayana and Mahayana thought, practice, and methods of seeking realization. From there - beginning with its transmission to China - Master Nan outlines the Zen School, exploring influences on the development of Zen before the early T'ang dynasty, different means of studying Zen and pursuing "the heart and goal of Zen". He explores the relationship between Zen and neo-Confucianism and the inseparability of religion and Zen from Chinese literature and philosophy, especially Taoism.
The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga: Paths to A Mature Happiness
In a manner never before published, this book presents both Buddhism and Yoga and relates them to contemporary Western psychology. Although existing books begin with advanced concepts, such as emptiness or egolessness, The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga begins with very basic concepts and avoids the exotic and so called "mystical" notions. Levine emphasizes the goals of Buddhism and Yoga and the methods they employ to achieve those goals.
This book is divided into four sections. The first deals with Buddhism, the second with Yoga, and the third describes aims and practices in Western clinical psychology. The fourth section is a workshop on handling anger. The central lesson of the first three sections is that one can improve one's life by changing one's self. This fourth section applies this lesson and the methods of the three preceding sections to handling one's own anger. Overall the book is rich with Eastern tales and illustrative anecdotes. These concrete examples vividly illuminate the general conceptual presentation.
Levine shows not only the basic concerns of Buddhism and Yoga and how intensely practical their methods are but how these concerns and methods relate to those of modern Western psychology. Application to daily living is emphasized throughout.
The Zen in Modern Cosmology
According to Modern Cosmology, our Universe came from a primordial state 13.7 billion years ago, with no matter and very little energy. In other words, it was almost empty. Where do the stars and galaxies, and everything else in the present universe come from then? This captivating book provides an answer to this question, and explains the observations and evidence behind the assertion of an almost empty primordial universe. Aimed at a general audience, it assumes no prior knowledge of astronomy or physics. The emptiness of the primordial universe is reminiscent of the emptiness in Zen Buddhism. The similarities and differences of these two forms of emptiness are explored.
Introducing Buddha - Jane Hope
Introducing Buddha describes the life and teachings of the Buddha. Author Jane Hope shows that enlightenment is a matter of experiencing the truth individually and by inspiration which is passed from teacher to student. The book explains the practices of meditation, Taoism and Zen. It goes on to describe the role of Buddhism in modern Asia and its growing influence on Western thought.
Early Buddhist Metaphysics: The Making of a Philosophical Tradition
This book provides a philosophical account of the major doctrinal shift in the history of early Theravada tradition in India: the transition from the earliest stratum of Buddhist thought to the systematic and allegedly scholastic philosophy of the Pali Abhidhamma movement. Conceptual investigation into the development of Buddhist ideas is pursued, thus rendering the Buddha’s philosophical position more explicit and showing how and why his successors changed it. Entwining comparative philosophy and Buddhology, the author probes the Abhidhamma’s shift from an epistemologically oriented conceptual scheme to a metaphysical worldview that is based on the concept of dhamma. She does so in terms of the Aristotelian tradition and vis-à-vis modern philosophy, exploiting Western philosophical literature from Plato to contemporary texts in the fields of philosophy of mind and cultural criticism.
This book not only demonstrates that a philosophical inquiry into the conceptual foundations of early Buddhism can enhance our understanding of what philosophy and religion are qua thought and religion; it also shows the value of fresh perspectives for traditional Buddhology. Combining philosophically rigorous investigation and Buddhological research criteria, Early Buddhist Metaphysics fills a significant gap in Buddhist scholarship’s treatment of the conceptual development of the Abhidhamma.
The Notion of Ditthi in Theravada Buddhism: The Point of View
The notion of 'view' or 'opinion' (ditthi) as an obstacle to 'seeing things as they are' is a central concept in Buddhist thought. This book considers the two ways in which the notion of views is usually understood. Are we to understand right-view as a correction of wrong-views (the opposition understanding), or is the aim of the Buddhist path the overcoming of all views, even right-view (the no-views understanding)? This book argues that neither approach is correct. Instead, it suggests that the early texts do not understand right-view as a correction of wrong-view, but as a detached order of seeing, completely different from the attitude of holding to any view, wrong or right. Claiming that by the term 'right-view' we should understand an order of seeing which transcends all views, this work is a valuable addition to the study of Buddhist philosophy.
Bell of Tibet - Acama
Peter Hess has specialized in finding and importing genuine singing bowls. The tradition of making them has nearly been lost and the market has been filled with cheaper versions. The harmonies and rhythms of the bowls on this CD are meant to sooth and bring joy to the listener.
Acama - Bell of Tibet - 1998 - PART 1
Acama - Bell of Tibet - 1998 - PART 2
Living Buddha (1994) Soundtrack - Ulrich Bassenge
Clemens Kuby's "Living Buddha" a fascinating document of a rebirth. One person - two lifes.
The film is the document of the rebirth of Gyalwa Karmapa, who died 1981 in Chicago.
After his own prophecy a nomad boy - born in 1985 - was found as his incarnation.
The Soundtrack from Ulrich Bassenge is a part of the fascination of this film.
1. Karmapa Chenpo
2. Khampa Cowboy
3. Abogaga's Play Song
4. Conchshells (The Birth
5. I Had A Vision
7. The Prediction
8. Tibet Boogie (Monk's Picnic)
9. Tsurphu To Rumtek
11. Karmapa Cruisin'
13. Bells Of Karmapa
14. Gyalwa Karmapa
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Buddha Spirit - Anael and Bradfield
Tibetan Buddhist mantras have never sounded as gently serene, nor been as instantly accessible to the Western ear, as in these melodic, original adaptations by Bradfield. Renowned for their healing and spiritual properties, the sacred Sanskrit seed syllables acquire a clear aesthetic dimension here, with Anael’s soaring, exquisite female vocals lifting them to new heights. Set in a pure, meditative backdrop of Tibetan bells, flute, piano and ambient sounds. These mantras conquer time and space, enabling the transcending of physical surroundings to attain a clear, focused state thus empowering each sentient being who awakens in their vibrations...
Shambhala - Various Artists
A place of peace, tranquility and happiness – the mythical kingdom of Shambhala is hidden in the depths of the Himalayas and our hearts. It is said that only those who have attained enlightenment ever reach Shambhala, though many have searched for it following whispers of the “pure land” across Tibet..
Legends say that only the pure of heart can live in Shambhala, enjoying perfect ease and happiness and never knowing suffering, want or old age.. Catch a glimpse of Shambhala with this unique compilationas it carries you away to that legendary land of serenity and bliss with its enchanting melodies and meditative compositions...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Jeff Beal & Nawang Khechog - Tibet- Cry Of The Snow Lion
Music by Jeff Beal and Nawang Khechog and also featuring music by the Monks of Namgyal Monastery. Soundtrack to the film Tibet- Cry Of The Snow Lion.
Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music
Recorded by John Levy in 1971 and released by lyricord in the mid '70s this comprises the second part of Levy's whole enterprise: to capture not only the sacred music of the Tibetan ritual in Bhutan, but all aspects of the native folk music as well ... Full DescriptionJohn Levy was a London enthnomusicologist who took refuge in Tibetan and Bhutan album of ritual and chanting, and features performances on both Tibetan and Bhutanese lutes and fiddles, beautiful folk song and a part of a drama of Tibetan original performed by a troupe of yak and cow herdsmen of eastern Bhutan. The latter is particular compelling the standout performer being Go-Te-Do-Pe, who sings and accompanies himself on the dramnyen ,a Bhutanese lute. His two songs bear an eerie resemblance to the blues of Junior Kimbrough and other Mississippi hill country musicians this is real blues from the top the world.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Zen Poems - Lucien Stryk
This anthology, jointly translated by a Japanese scholar and an American poet, is the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind to appear in English. Their collaboration has rendered translations both precise and sublime, and their selection, which span 1,500 years, from the early T’ang dynasty to the present day, includes many poems that have never before been translated into English. Stryk and Ikemoto offer us Zen poetry in all its diversity: Chinese poems of enlightenment and death, poems of the Japanese masters, many haiku — the quintessential Zen art — and an impressive selection of poems by Shinkichi Takahashi, Japan’s greatest contemporary Zen poet. With Zen Poetry, Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto have graced us with a compellingly beautiful collection, which in their translations is pure literary pleasure, illuminating the world vision to which these poems give permanent expression.
1. Enlightenment Poems of the Chinese Zen Masters (6:39)
2. Death Poems of the Chinese Zen Masters (8:03)
3. Poems of the Japanese Zen Masters (11:58)
4. Poems of the Japanese Zen Masters: Continued (8:00)
5. Shinkichi Takahashi - Contemporary Japanese Master (6:42)
6. Zen Poems of Lucien Stryk (13:45)
Meditation for Optimum Health: How to Use Mindfulness and Breathing to Heal by Andrew Weil
An easy-to-learn meditation guide for achieving optimum mind/body health.
The same ability that helps ordinary people achieve extraordinary success is also the secret to optimizing your lifespan, letting go of stress, and even enhancing your body’s self-healing powers. In Meditation for Optimum Health, you will join best-selling authors Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn for a practical introduction that makes it simple to enjoy the life-changing benefits of meditation – even if you’ve never tried it before.
How does meditation work? Can anybody do it? What do I need to get started? Is it religious? Does it have the power to heal? In alternating sessions, Dr. Weil and Dr Kabat-Zinn give you straight answers to the most common questions about meditation, and dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding this time-honored practice. By learning to cultivate the power of your attention through daily practice, you can harness the full potential of your mind, and use it to enrich every dimension of your life. You will learn how meditation can actually unify your mind and body’s many related functions – and help you start enjoying the best health of your life. Complete with real-life examples, and a proven program of step-by-step meditations to get you started, here is the perfect introduction to the oldest and most effective system for feeling better, naturally.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The Sacred Chants – The Sounds of Tibet and Nepal
Music for relaxing and meditation. It’s a wonderful harmonic compilation to dream and chill out. It’s more traditional than modern music, but influenced by modern sounds. This is really an acoustic journey to Tibet and Nepal. Sometimes you’ll feel like being there… I’m sure, you’ll like it.
Enlightenment Blues - Andre van der Braak
Enlightenment Blues is Andre van der Braak's compelling first hand account of his relationship with a prominent spiritual teacher. It chronicles both the author's spiritual journey and disenchantment as well the development of a missionary and controversial community around the teacher. It powerfully exposes the problems and necessities of disentanglement from a spiritual path.
"Enlightenment Blues is the account of a young man's sincere and protracted struggle to transform his life according to the teachings of the American guru Andrew Cohen. Ruthlessly honest and unsettling, Andre van der Braak gives a vivid first-hand account of an uncompromising experiment in establishing Indian spirituality in a modern Western setting. This story is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the allure and pitfalls of surrendering one's authority in the hope of spiritually transforming the world" Stephen Batchelor, Author Buddhism without Beliefs
"Narrated with the psychological subtlety and drama of a good novel, Enlightenment Blues is a precise, profound dissection of the guru-devotee relationship. It should be required reading for all who are currently engaged in or considering studying under a spiritual teacher." John Horgan, author of Rational Mysticism
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Om Mani Padme Hum - Buedi Siebert
A classically trained flutist, Buedi Siebert could be called a "musician without borders." He collects and plays instruments from all over the world and along with tremendous versatility as a musician, truly has a global consciousness and vision.
A native of Germany, Siebert has been composing and performing for more than twenty years. He composes music for film and theater, records his own CDs and also produces albums for other musicians. He has toured in concert throughout Europe, the United States, including a performance at Carnegie Hall, and Africa..
One of the most potent mantras, Om Mani Padme Hum contains the entire wisdom of the Buddhist teachings in a single phrase. It is essentially a reminder to oneself that compassion and "benevolent emptiness" can cut through the illusions that create suffering. Here, multi-instrumentalist Buedi Siebert offers four musical interpretations of the mantra, as well as eight other peaceful, meditation - enhancing instrumentals..
Joyful and poignant chanting interspersed with exotic flute, guitar, udu and percussion tracks offer a unique and colorful sacred cleanse for mind and spirit. Om Mani Padme Hum is the most common mantra in Tibet, which may relieve negative karma, accumulate merit, help rescue them from the sea of suffering and achieve enlightenment...
Monday, December 1, 2008
Zen Classics: Formative Texts in the History of Zen Buddhism
This is a companion volume to The Koan and The Zen Canon, by the same editors. The first volume collected original essays on koan collections, recorded sayings of individual masters, histories of major schools, and compilations of monastic regulations. The second focuses on the early history of Zen in China, providing overview assessments of many of the most important canonical texts that set the Zen tradition in motion throughout East Asia. Zen Classics will follow that historical movement, focusing primarily on texts from Korea and Japan that brought this Buddhist movement to fruition. Although enormously diverse in style and structure all of the texts and genres of texts considered here were fundamental to the unfolding of Zen in East Asia. The range of genres reveals the varieties of Zen practice, from rules of daily practice to sermons and meditation manuals. The all new essays in this volume will be contributed by an international team of distinguished scholars of Buddhism. It is aimed at broad audience including college students, Zen practitioners, and scholars of East Asian history, religion, and culture, as well as specialists in Buddhist history.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Zen-Brain Reflections- James H. Austin
"Following his monumental masterpiece Zen and the Brain, James Austin here presents further reflections on the koan 'How do neural mechanisms create enlightened consciousness?' This superb sequel not only reviews the most recent relevant neuroscience research but also stands alone as a readable survey of mind-brain relationships underlying the spectrum of mental states. Austin's unique expertise as a neurologist and Zen practitioner, as well as an articulate writer, makes him the perfect guide to elucidate the profound interrelationships between consciousness, the brain, and the world."
Imee Ooi is a Malaysian music producer, composer, arranger and vocalist who produces chants Buddhist mantras and dharanis (typically from the Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan or Mandarin language). She is also the musical director and composer of two highly-acclaimed stage musicals, Siddhartha and Above Full Moon. Website
The supreme mantra which is able to release all pain to attain the unsurpassed complete perfect enlightenment.
Om Mani Padme Hum
A new age music presentation of this eternal Buddhist chant. Captures your attention from the first note. The gentle vocal soars above eloquent piano melodies with an ethereal choir in the background. The voice floats on a breeze of peace and will carry your worries away.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thanks to lightbearer for this documentary. Its on a new torrent site called China Documentaries and requires registration as its going private but for now is still open so hurry.
Lost Civilizations: Tibet - The End of Time
Isolated within the towering sanctuary of the Himalayas, Tibet developed a culture unique in the history of world civilization. Steeped in the mystical ideals of Buddhism, the Tibetans centered their lives on selfless altruism and the perception of the world as an endlessly repeating cycle of life, death and rebirth. Now, journey to the roof of the world as this real-life Shangri-la collides head-on with the ruthless realities of the modern age. And encounter a civilization that today is not yet lost, but balanced on the verge of collapse, facing what may literally be "The End of Time."
Traversing the highest mountain passes on Earth, enter a kingdom so remote it was virtually unknown to outsiders until recent times. Experience an enigmatic way of life that challenges the very concept of western civilization. Discover how, as the world's last surviving theocracy, Tibetans voluntarily abandoned their warlike past to worship their ruler, the Dalai Lama, as the living manifestation of god on Earth. And witness the outside world's impact on a people totally devoted to the quest for peaceful coexistence, inner knowledge and the ultimate spiritual bliss of nirvana. Above all, see how the great arc of civilization's rise and fall is more than an artifact of history's distant past, but a living process that continues today in this ethereal, otherworldly mountain domain.
Adyashanti - Being Alone
Are you ready to lose your world? Because true awakening will not fit into the world as you imagine it or the self you imagine yourself to be. Reality is not something that you integrate into your personal view of things. Reality is life without your distorting stories, ideas, and beliefs. It is perfect unity free of all reference points, with nowhere to stand and nothing to grab hold of. It has never been spoken, never been written, never been imagined. It is not hidden, but in plain view. Cease to cherish opinions and it stands before your very eyes.
What Buddhists Believe - Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda
This expanded 4th edition of "What Buddhists Believe" answers many questions which are asked about Buddhism by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. There are so many misconceptions regarding superstitions and misinterpretations which are associated with this noble religion that it has become imperative to explain the Teachings in a manner which has contemporary relevance.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Lullaby For The Moon : Japanese Music For Koto And Shakuhachi
Featured here are the works of several modern composers writing for the koto and shakuhachi.
For anyone unfamiliar with these instruments, which are basic staples in Japanese music: The koto is a plucked-string instrument with silk strings and movable bridges to manipulate the pitch, played with finger picks. The shakuhachi is a magnificent flute made from the bottom of a stalk of bamboo, including the root. It takes two decades to master this instrument, which can play scales and microtones. The sound of air through bamboo is unlike any other instrument.
In combination, the koto and shakuhachi are magnificent and these compositions (including some variations on "Sakura," a very familiar theme in Japanese music) are premium quality, falling together like some act of nature.
One of the reviews below likened this music to the sound of rain falling on leaves; for some reason I think of snowfall (especially with 'Komoriuta,' which you can listen to above).
No matter. This is a delicious introduction to Asian music, and a fine entree for connoisseurs.http://www.4shared.com/file/64308407/b997c8df/VA_LullabyForTheMoon1.html
Japanese Melodies For Flute And Harp - Jean Pierre Rampal
This is an album of favorite Japanese melodies in a "East Meets West" atmosphere. Rampal seems as comfortable in this setting as he is in any other. His appreciation for both the people and the music comes through in this pairing of flute and harp. The album was recorded in France with special arrangements made by the composer Akio Yashiro. There are no notes concerning the cover art, but it is a wonderful work in the traitional Japanese style. Muted colors and simple lettering, it works very well.
The study of the religion of Daoism has flourished over the last decade in China, Japan and the West. A new generation of scholars has appeared who are rewriting our understandings of Daoism, which is perceived to be 'China's indigenous high religion'. Daoism in History brings together essays by some of the leading scholars from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, France, Italy and the US, thus presenting new and important research in the field. These essays honour one of the pioneers of Daoist Studies, Emeritus Professor Liu Ts'un-yan. His essay "Was Celestial Master Zhang a Historical Figure?", a major work, which addresses one of the pivotal questions in the entire history of Daoism is the final essay in this book. A Chinese character glossary as well as a bibliography and index conclude the book.
The field of Daoist studies is now recognised as one of the most vital areas of research in Chinese history and the history of religions. Daoism in History is a major contribution to the area.
Routledge | 2006-05-01 | ISBN: 0415348528 | 290 pages | PDF | 17,5 MB
Friday, November 21, 2008
Teachings on Love - Thich Nhat Hanh
Learn how complete awareness can open the door to lasting transformation in work, worship, love, and all other areas of your life. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's acclaimed theory of mindfulness explores ways to shine the light of awareness into our intimate relationships. He examines Buddhism's 4 basic qualities of authentic love - kindness, compassion, joy, and freedom. By looking deeply into ourselves and our loved ones, these qualities blossom effortlessly within our hearts and souls, spiritually nourishing us and everyone around us. Thich Nhat Hanh skillfully weaves together traditional stories, personal experiences, step-by-step instructions, and core concepts, making Teachings on Love a time-proven journey towards finding the miracle and self-fulfillment of authentic love.
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - Chogyam Trungpa
The now classic Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism is the record of two series of lectures given by Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970-71. "First discussed are the various ways in which people involve themselves in spiritual materialism, the many forms of self-deception into which aspirants may fall. After this tour of the sidetracks along the way, the broad outlines of the true spiritual path are discussed. The approach presented is a classical Buddhist one—not in a formal sense, but in the sense of presenting the heart of the Buddhist approach to spirituality. Although the Buddhist way is not theistic, it does not contradict the theistic disciplines. Rather the differences between the ways are a matter of emphasis and method. The basic problems of spiritual materialism are common to all spiritual disciplines.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
JINANANDA: The Middle Way - the Story of Buddhism
General interest in Buddhism has never been higher. The story and teachings of a man who lived 2500 years ago have a special resonance for us today, perhaps because he taught a way of life that was not based on belief in a creator god but rather on personal experience. 'Test my words for yourself,' he said.
But what lies behind those distinctive images of the Buddha, seated with unshakeable poise, with eyes half-closed and a slight smile? How did Buddhism develop, from the austere style which governed the life of the yellow-robed monks in ancient India to the more colourful, even magical expression of Tibet? And where does Zen fit in?
In The Middle Way. Jinananda. a Western-born Buddhist, divides the subject into The Three Jewels - The Buddha (a life of the historical figure), The Dharma (an account of the fundamental teachings) and The Sangha (the disciples, both lay and monastic throughout the world). With extracts from some of main sutras, Jinananda explains the key concepts that lie behind a system of thought and behaviour which, like the universe itself, is continuously expanding.
Bon Po Hidden Treasures - Jean-Luc Achard
New Bon promises to become an important focus of interest among academic Tibetologists in the coming years. This unique, first-ever English-language volume on Tibet's New Bon religion (14th century onwards) contains the full catalogue of the collected rediscovered teachings revealed by bDe chen gling pa, an important Bon po master of the second part of the 19th century in Eastern Tibet. Belonging to a later period of development within the various lineages of New Bon, bDe chen gling stands as an essential link between this tradition and that of the Ris med movement of the late 19th century.
You Are the Eyes of the World - Longchenpa
An introduction to the Dzogchen teachings by one of the greatest Nyingma masters, demonstrating how everyday experience is in actuality nothing more than the dance of awareness.
Longchenpa's Jewel Ship: a Guide to the Meaning of Pure and Total Presence, the Creative Energy of the Universe`, presents a method for discovering awareness everywhere, all the time. This book does not discuss how to turn ordinary life off, it does not describe how to create beautiful spiritual experiences, but it does show how to live within the source of all life - the unified field where experience takes place. It includes an introduction by Namkhai Norbu.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
6 Paramitas - Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Wangdak
Lobsang Tenzin Geshe Wangdak, Khensur Rinpoche, was born in 1934 in the Kham province in Tibet. At age ten he entered Ba Zingon Monastery there. At 18, Rinpoche journeyed to central Tibet and joined the Loseling College at Drepung Monastery near Lhasa, where he studied until 1959. In 1960, after fleeing to India, he resumed his studies at Buxa, where a temporary monastery was established. In 1970, he moved to the newly relocated Drepung Monastic University in Mundgod, south India. After two years of intensive study and practice he moved to Sarnath, studying there until 1977.
Rinpoche returned to Drepung to take his Geshe exams, and his scholastic achievement eaned him the Geshe Lharampa degree. Soon after completing his Geshe exams, he was invited to teach at Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, India, where he was senior teacher for 14 years, teaching both sutra and tantra. While at Namgyal, Rinpoche received initiations and teachings of tantric practices of all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
In 1991, he was appointed Abbot of the monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama, a position he held until 1994. In 1995, His Holiness appointed Khensur Rinpoche Abbot and Senior Resident Teacher at Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, NY. He retired from Ithaca in 1998, and now resides at the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center in Middletown, Connecticut.
Dharma Talks - Venerable Hue Can
Before her ordination Emily Thai obtained a degree in library studies in Western Australia. She then ran a library education service for migrant students and was also a children’s librarian. Later she became co-ordinator of the Ethnic Child Care Resource Unit Inc., running many workshops relating to early childhood education. After returning to Vietnam in 1997, Venerable practised with the Buddhist master the Most Venerable Thich Than Tu who gave her the name of Hue Can, meaning “Root of Wisdom”. Since then Venerable has practised Thien Vietnam. She is the Abbess of Thien Tu Tue Can (also known as Sunyata Community and Meditation Centre) nunnery which is the only one that practices Vietnamese meditation in Western Australia and welcomes people of all nationalities to meditation, weekend retreats and Dharma talks. She has given Dharma talks in Singapore, Malaysia, America, Korea and India. Recently, Venerable Hue Can co-authored the book “Stories of Thien: Vietnamese Buddhist Meditation” with Nick Mills. More talks here
Chinmaya Dunster - Yoga Lounge
This CD has been labelled "a sitar lover’s gem," and, "East Indian music as its expressive best, coaxing sultry, seductive moods from an array of memorable tunes. Chill out music perfect for yoga movement or enjoying warm nights where there is something exotic in the air!"
Yoga Now: 30-minute Core Workout
This 50-minute program is intended for use after doing the 'Yoga Now: 30-minute Core Workout' for a few weeks. Or, if you feel ready or have done yoga before, and you want to jump start your results right from the beginning, you may want to try this Accelerated Workout sooner. When you get to the accelerated level of the Yoga Now system, your body starts to do things you won't believe. You will actually feel your body become stronger, leaner and more sculpted.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Again my thanks to Smokey for more wonderful ebooks.
CONSCIOUSNESS AT THE CROSSROADS: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Brain Science and Buddhism
Organized by the Mind and Life Institute, this discussion addresses some of the most troublesome questions that have driven a wedge between Western science and religion. Consciousness at the Crossroads resulted from meetings of the Dalai Lama and a group of eminent neuroscientists and psychiatrists. Is the mind an ephemeral side-effect of the brain's physical processes? Are there forms of consciousness so subtle that science has not yet identified them? How does consciousness happen? The Dalai Lama's incisive, clear approach and open-minded pursuit of knowledge both challenges and offers inspiration to Western scientists.
Magic and Mystery in Tibet - Alexandra David-Neel
David-Neel's trailblazing travels were driven by curiosity and deep-seated Buddhist spirituality... Her writings blend descriptions of extraordinary psychic exercises and Bon sorcery... with accounts of the wonders and rigours of early 20th-century travel in remote regions.
A fascinating account of the spiritual training of Tibetan monks and mystics… an intriguing book… A true travel classic that will enchant thinkers and adventurers alike.
One of the most remarkable and influential female travellers of all time, delves into the mysterious world of Tibetan Buddhism… Her lucid prose and insightful observations will captivate readers throughout, opening the door to a different kind of reality.
Break Through Difficult Emotions - Shinzen Young
Difficult Emotions? Try These Meditations -
For the first time, Shinzen Young teaches specific meditation practices for transforming anger, grief, resentment – any emotion that makes your life difficult. In four easy-to-follow exercises, you will learn how to: Deconstruct any emotion into its harmless components • Identify the location, shape, and flow of your emotions • "Melt" frozen emotions into their natural, fluid state • Contact body sensations – the gateway to emotional liberation • Untangle mental confusion by "watching" your thoughts; and much more. The first meditation system for gaining freedom from harmful emotions – by escaping into them.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Wonders of the Natural Mind, New Edition: The Essence of Dzogchen in the Native Bon Tradition of Tibet
My thanks to Smokey for these great books.
Wonders of the Natural Mind, New Edition: The Essence of Dzogchen in the Native Bon Tradition of Tibet
Based on the fundamental Zhang Zhung Nyan Gyud, a Bon text, the author presents the main points of Dzogchen, its relation to various systems within Bon, and some reflections on Dzogchen in the West. Although the Dzogchen teachings are principally familiar to Westerners through the teachings of the Nyingma school, they also survive in the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. In offering these teachings Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche provides the reader with a vivid and engaging portrait of Bon culture as he interweaves the teachings with his personal life story.
The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep - Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
This book gives detailed instructions for dream yoga, including foundational practices done during the day. In the Tibetan tradition, the ability to dream lucidly is not an end in itself, rather it provides an additional context in which one can engage in advanced and effective practices to achieve liberation. Dream yoga is followed by sleep yoga, also known as the yoga of clear light. It is a more advanced practice where the goal is to stay conscious during deep sleep, when the gross mind and senses cease to operate and subtle mind is actualised. Most Westerners do not even consider this depth of awareness a possibility, yet it is well known in Tibetan Buddhist and Bon traditions.
Sacred Tibetan Chants from the Great Prayer Festival - Tibetan Monks Of Drepung Loseling Monastery
An ample and well-written text details the purpose behind these ritual chants, among which a rare cycle is heard in its entirety. The remoteness of Tibet created and preserved a musical practice which is absolutely unique. For those familiar with Tibetan chanting, it will be a welcome offering to hear the chanting from this once-vital monastery. Once being the keyword, as the text underscores the genocide and destruction vented on the peaceful Tibetean nation by the occupying Chinese, a horrific tragedy which continues... The monastery, or better, its survivors, went into exile in India.
Sacred Chants of Shiva: From the Banks of the Ganges - Craig Pruess
Sacred Chants of Shiva. 6 tracks, Shiva Manas Puja/Bhavanyastakam/Shivoham/Atmastakam/Lingashtakam/Om Nama Shiva. Inspiration and guidance by Sri Ravi Shankar.