Monday, June 30, 2008

Zen Effects: The Life of Alan Watts

Heres 2 great ebooks from cimapro. Enjoy!

Popular Zen philospher Watts, whose bestsellers on oriental mysticism helped create a counterculture, privately insisted that he was a rogue, a fake and entertainer. Without either glorifying or sensationalizing Watts, this superb, intimately detailed biography assesses the impact of a flawed guru, the shy English-born scholar who, by the "summer of love" in 1967, had become a flower child brimming with confidence and flowing hair. Heavy drinking fueled by a gnawing sense of loneliness, three marriages replete with sexual adventures, writing and lecturing to support his seven children marked the life of a very human sage who seems an odd mixture of wisdom and childishness. Watts sought to reawaken Christians to the "innerness" of their religion; he also believed that assimilating Asian wisdom could help Westerners heal their schizoid mentality. Furlong ( Merton: A Biography shows how his ideas evolved and suggests their relevance for a new generation of readers.


Buddhism Plain and Simple - Steve Hagen

Buddhism Plain and Simple - Steve Hagen
You might want to digest this book slowly, a few pages at a time. Although Zen teacher Steve Hagen has a knack for putting the philosophy of Buddhism in a "plain and simple" package, it may take a while to sink in. There is so much there. Seeing reality, realizing the wisdom of the self, breaking free of dualistic thinking--this is pretty heady stuff. Thankfully, Hagen passes it along in the form of examples from life, psychological tidbits, and stories from Buddhist teachers past and present. And when it clicks in, it can be life-transforming. Hagen explains this shift in outlook and how the fundamental way we look at the world affects everything we do. As an outline, Hagen follows the basic teachings of the Buddha, and we see that, rather than dogmatic truths, they are reminders for us as we reconsider the life we have taken for granted for so long. As it turns out, Buddhism is life, plain and simple.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Indian Meditation - (Mind over Matter) -Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock

Far from being a meditation album, ‘Indian Meditation’ is a compilation of quieter titles, even serene, than we find among Mind Over Matter works. Including two new titles ‘Brahman’ and ‘Varanasi Morning’, the other titles were digitally remastered and differently cut, adding a richer and consistent texture compared to the original works.

A beautiful intro, like a sun rising, introduced ‘Brahman’. On floating synthetic pads a soft Mellotron deludes our thoughts on chords impregnated with an astral softness. A superb flute accompanies a swaying movement which charms by its serenity and its depth. Originally on MoM’s ‘Trance ‘n’ Dance’-CD ‘Mahatma’ is definitely richer and denser. On a sensual and hypnotic tempo, with a bewitching bass, a piano filters its soft solitary chords, coiled in the hollow of an exquisite Mellotron flute. Of suave synthetic layers to the depths of enveloping violins add a depth melancholic to this superb title.

‘Varanasi Morning’ opens one chimerical day on crickets which bask in the fresh morning dew on superb breaths of ethereal flutes which come from Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock’s Mellotron – a beautiful title which bathes in a consistent atmosphere with the presence of the virtual violins.

‘La Vie’ is another unrecognizable title with the digital remastering improvements. A French man’s voice recites esoteric psalms, on a suave and hypnotic tempo, a little like ‘Mahatma’. The keys of keyboard are clear and scintillating on a superb guitar, a beautiful Mellotron and felted tablas.

‘Mountains of Karma’ is crossed by a windy flute which blows among thunders, a soft movement with tribal spirit on scattered and crystalline keys. A bewitching sitar initiates a light rhythm which dandled on a superb flute and exotic tablas.

A beautiful feminine voice sings a tribal anthem ‘Sri Ram’ which is agitated a little more, but always in the lighter touch mood.

‘Northstar’ is a superb atmospheric title where the synthetic layers are juxtaposed in a harmonious depth. And what could be better than ‘The Silence’ to enclose an opus in homage to peace, a long floating movement where intense drones emerge from abyssal depths of a long timeless sleep.

Although extremely quiet, ‘Indian Meditation’ is not completely a floating or atmospheric album. To the limit, it can be a sublime ambient album without the monotony of atonics movements. It’s a superb collection of soft ethereal moments which evolve with sensitivity on slow rhythms. An opus in homage to quietude, to serenity, brilliantly developed on the unique softness of the Mellotron with thousand nostalgic breaths of the German virtuoso, Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock.

It is a superb opus which will please the friends of beautiful calm and harmonious music. ‘Indian Meditation 2’ is now available and should be good as this one.

Ayurveda - Art of Being

Ayurveda - Art of Being (2001)

Under a timeless South Asian sky, fingers expertly probe flesh, bones and hands. Healer Brahmanand Swamigal is practicing Ayurveda, the "science of life", one of the oldest holistic medical systems in the world. Originating in India more than 5000 years ago, and spreading to Tibet, China and Japan, this uncanny intersection of science, medicine and magic is only now receiving serious study in the West. Shot over three years on three continents, Pan Nalin's AYURVEDA: THE ART OF BEING is both a breathless globe trotting travelogue that's "fascinating to watch" (Variety) and a deeply spiritual testament to the power of Ayurvedic medicine.

Founded on the belief that human disease is cured by restoring an imbalance of individual life energies, Ayurveda supports diverse forms of treatment. Scenes of dreamlike resonance, where “the camera itself seems to be smiling beatifically” (New York Times), demonstrate both the power of Ayurveda and the commitment of its acolytes. Intuitively manipulating nerves that can either cure or kill, a healer displays amazingly intimate pressure point mastery. One wizened practitioner grinds precious stones into priceless medicinal powders while another shrugs off payment and brusquely dispenses treatment like a crusty country doctor.

Whether documenting the catastrophic loss of potentially cancer curing herbs or detailing the mounting scientific evidence supporting Ayurveda's efficay, AYURVEDA: THE ART OF BEING retains an affecting sense of wonder. In the end, the film simply and persuasively observes that "Hope is nature's way of enabling us to survive so that we can discover nature itself."

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
In a way, we are like the blind man who was asked to touch separate parts of an elephant -- and then attempt the nearly impossible task of describing the totality of the creature he was touching. In this classic work Alan Watts shows us that we are all somewhat blind to the greater reality of the world around us. Our limited perception only allows us to sense isolated pieces of life and keeps us from fully understanding how those pieces go together, and from understanding our relationship to the universe and to our fellow human beings. Most importantly, this perception keeps us from fully understanding ourselves.

The Book sparkles with warmth and wisdom, brilliantly blending and synthesizing Eastern and Western thought. This is the very essence of Alan Watts' philosophy, derived from his years of study and spiritual exploration. The Book is a guide to life, a way to remove impediments to our spiritual vision so that we can experience greater harmony and fulfillment. This program is narrated by Ralph Blum, bestselling author of The Book of Runes.

Shambhala - Sacred Path of the Warrior

Shambhala - Sacred Path of the Warrior
In this practical guide to enlightened living, Chögyam Trungpa offers an inspiring vision for our time, based on the figure of the sacred warrior. In ancient times, the warrior learned to master the challenges of life, both on and off the battlefield. He acquired a sense of personal freedom and power—not through violence or aggression, but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. The Japanese samurai, the warrior-kings of Tibet, the knights of medieval Europe, and the warriors of the Native American tribes are a few examples of this universal tradition of wisdom. With this book the warrior's path is opened to contemporary men and women in search of self-mastery and greater fulfillment. Interpreting the warrior's journey in modern terms, Trungpa discusses such skills as synchronizing mind and body, overcoming habitual behaviors, relaxing within discipline, facing the world with openness and fearlessness, and finding the sacred dimension of everyday life. Above all, Trungpa shows that in discovering the basic goodness or human life, the warrior learns to radiate that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others. The Shambhala teachings—named for a legendary Himalayan kingdom where prosperity and happiness reign—thus point to the potential for enlightened conduct that exists within every human being. "The basic wisdom of Shambhala," Trungpa writes, "is that in this world, as it is, we can find a good and meaningful human life that will also serve others. That is our true richness."

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Yoga for Strength - Rodney Yee

Yoga for Strength
In the first 10 minutes of this 75-minute video, expert yoga teacher Rodney Yee performs a truly stunning flow series that will motivate you and leave your muscles itching to work. The lesson begins with variations of sun salutations and poses such as the dog pose, triangle pose, and others. In the second, more intense sequence, Yee leads the bridge, shoulder stand, warrior, and balancing poses, his narration soothing and his technique inspiring. Very difficult poses, such as the crane pose and pendulum pose, comprise the end of the set. This session is not recommended for those new to yoga because it is quite strenuous; students should first be familiar with the vinyasas to ensure that the poses are reached and held correctly. Yoga Journal's Yoga Practice for Strength is an exceptional workout that will build stamina, power, and confidence

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dalai Lama - Arising from flames

Dalai Lama - Arising from flames

In September, 1993, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to an audience of 5000 in Tucson, Arizona on the overcoming of anger through patience. This is an audio recording of this important teaching, entirely in the Dalai Lama's own words. The Dalai Lama speaks of positive and negative desire and how through training we can reduce anger and hatred and increase love and forgiveness. Negative emotions are harmful not only for you but for the society and for the future of the whole world. He speaks of the possibility for change and transformation and of how in the changing of society, first must come the change of the individual. The Dalai Lama talks of the many methods for sustaining a calm mind and tells how in his own difficult circumstances he does so.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Awakening the Buddha Within - Lama Surya Das

If you dropped the Buddha into a modern metropolis, would he come off sounding like a 16th-century morality play or more like a drive-time disc jockey? Lama Surya Das doesn't spin platters for a living, but he does have a hip delivery that belies his years of sheltered training in Buddhist monasteries. In Awakening the Buddha Within, he borrows a time-tested bestseller format for a 2,500-year-old tradition that comes off as anything but ancient. With the "Five T's of Concentration," the question of "need or greed," and the story of the monk who bares his backside to prove a point, Surya Das invokes a path of wisdom that is as accessible and down-to-earth as a worn pair of loafers. It's not an easy path--it demands thought, effort, and discipline. But Surya Das is there for you, lighting the way to wisdom training, coaxing you into ethics training, and laying out step by step the path of meditation training. And if that's not enough to get you to live in the now, consider these words of the enlightened lama: "You must be present to win."

Friday, June 13, 2008

Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path - Thubten Chodron

The lamrim (stages of the path) presentation of Buddhist teachings has become a core topic of study at many Buddhist centers in the West. For busy practitioners, the lamrim gives a concise and easily graspable picture of the Buddhist path. Best-selling author Thubten Chodron has a unique ability to present these teachings. In this volume, she provides clear explanations of the stages of the path, while the mp3 files on the accompanying CD contain guided meditations on each of the topics covered in the text.

The meditation teachings of lamrim, says Buddhist teacher Thubten Chodron, are like ready-made clothes that are easy to wear--they're systematized so that we can "wear" them right away, so we can learn and practice them in an organized fashion. Lamrim can be translated in various ways: "stages of the path," "steps on the path," or "gradual path." "Gradual path" reminds us that the process of transforming the mind, unlike so many other things in our hurry-up society, is a slow and thoughtful one.

Krishnamurti - A Different Kind of Intelligence

A Different Kind of Intelligence" set of 6 single DVDs

Heres a fine set of Krishnamurti DVD talks.

A Different Kind Of Intelligence: What Can We Do in this World?

If we are not committed to any ideology what is our natural response to all the horror going on? As human beings living in this world with our families, our children what is our action, our responsibility? What are we? Why do we behave like this? Is there anything ultimate, any existence without cause? Will that enquiry tell me what I am to do?

The analyser is the result of his past memories, experiences, knowledge but is the analyser separate from the analysed? Am I different from my envy?

DVD English 75 minutes First DVD Edition Produced by KFT


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

Buddha's Lost Children (2006)

Thanks to Uday for pointing this great film out!

Buddha's Lost Children (2006)
Buddha's Lost Children is a feature-length documentary film about a Thai Buddhist monk who - armed only with his faith and skills and master boxer skills - wages an inspirational battle to help orphaned children, fight drug abuse, and preserve a vanishing way of life

Check out the filmmakers website as well. He is donating part of the proceeds to the Monastery in this film.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns & Encountering Naked Reality - Pema Chodron

Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns & Encountering Naked Reality - Pema Chodron
An urge comes up, we succumb to it, and it becomes stronger. We reinforce our cravings, habits, and addictions by giving in to them repeatedly. Pema Chödrön guides us through this "sticky feeling" and offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, soften our hearts toward others, and ourselves and live a more peaceful life in the fullness of the present moment.
Pema Chödrön is an American bhikshuni, or Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. Since her ordination in 1974, Ane Pema ("Ane" is a Tibetan honorific for a nun) has conducted workshops, seminars, and meditation retreats in Europe, Australia, and throughout North America. She is the director of Gampo Abbey, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in North America. Pema Chödrön is also an acharya (master teacher) in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

DECODING THE PAST: Tibetan Book Of The Dead

DECODING THE PAST: Tibetan Book Of The Dead
Based on the Buddhist belief in reincarnation, the Book of the Dead is a guidebook for the dead: a map of the afterlife that includes encounters with gods, demons and one's own future parents at the moment of conception. Written in the eighth century, its description of the Tibetan afterlife bears an uncanny similarity to modern stories of the near-death experience. Written by a mysterious Indian sage, the text was lost for centuries and kept hidden in the remote peaks of the Himalayas. Indeed, the book was not even translated into English until the twentieth century when it was proclaimed the ideal guide to the spiritual life by everyone from Carl Jung to Timothy Leary. Interviews with Tibetan Lamas, American scholars, and practicing Buddhists bring this powerful and mysterious text to life. The programme culminates in a computer graphic recreation of the journey of the soul from death, through the terrors and trials of the afterlife, to rebirth into a new life.

Part 1 | Part 2

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Arukihenro - Walking Pilgrims (2006)

Arukihenro - Walking Pilgrims (2006)
For a great number of people the main motive for undertaking a pilgrimage consists in the journey itself - wandering along a path leading away from the familiar place and at the same time leading towards oneself. This constant quest and the continuous enhancement of the daily experience, in whatsoever form, seem to be a central need of each human being. The road movie and documentary film"Arukihenro" focuses on this need in relation to the lives of today's Japanese wandering pilgrims. It shows their motives, aims and desires on a very personal level along the 88 Temples' Pilgrimage that circles the Japanese island of Shikoku. Directed by anthropologist Tommi Mendel, the film was shown at festivals throughout 2007 in France, Estonia, Norway, UK, Brazil, Serbia and Slovenia. Japanese with Hard English Subs.

Alan Watts Teaches Meditation

Meditation is the way in which we come to feel our basic inseparability from the whole universe.

Alan Watts has become known as the West's foremost interpreter of Eastern thought, and one of the most original philosophers of this century. Fortunately for us, he is also witty, articulate, insightful, very entertaining, and a pleasure to listen to.

Alan Watts is also featured demonstrating the relationship of music and sound to meditation through the use of gongs, instruments, and the recitation of a mantra. The demonstration is designed to give the listener the opportunity to experience a mantra meditation with Alan Watts and a group of friends who were brought together especially for this recording.

The Inner Art of Meditation - Jack Kornfield

This excellent production opens a door to the Buddhist path of vipassana, or insight meditation, as it is called in the Western world. Jack Kornfield's known to be a deep and gentle teacher and an honest man. These personal qualities, as well as his humor and accepting attitude, are all present to the listener in this recording, which was made during a five-week meditation class. After an introductory talk, Kornfield teaches the meditation techniques. There are long periods of silence as members of the class try the techniques. These are very interesting and inviting silences; the listener is aware of Kornfield's directing presence throughout and is moved to join the class in practice. The question-and-answer periods at the end of each session also draw the listener into the class. Listeners will want to hear this fine production again and again.