Sunday, September 13, 2009
Medicine Buddha - Jonathan Goldman
Medicine Buddha is one of the definitive chant and healing CDs. Jonathan Goldman, a harmonics pioneer and chant master, has created an ultimate meditation atmosphere. This disc features "Medicine Buddha Suite" (33 minutes and 12 seconds), with three movements, and "Heart of Wisdom Sutra" (28 minutes and 34 seconds). These long-form compositions are perfect for deep holistic journeys to the inner self. Goldman's overtone work goes straight to listeners' souls. He uses traditional acoustic meditation instruments (bells, bowls, and flutes), chants, overtone vocals, tuning forks, and subtle synths and guitars. His Tibetan chants are deep in both style and power. The repetition, while not mechanical, places this disc firmly in the minimalist arena. That is one of Goldman's strong points, especially on this disc. Listeners can use this as a meditation experience, background ambience, or journeys to outer space. It is effective in many arenas. The disc will appeal to fans of Thea Surasu, Life in Balance, Klaus Wiese, Xumantra, and Deuter.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Chants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart - Steven Halpern
Timeless Tibetan Buddhist prayers and chants to bless, illumine and awaken all beings are updated with meditative hip-hop rhythms and funkified bass.
American Buddhist meditation teacher Lama Surya Das and Steven Halpern join spiritual and musical visions to create a unique version of healing music that brings us home to the inner peace, wholeness and spiritual well-being that is our birthright.
Ancient Tibetan Buddhist prayers and chants to bless, illumine and awaken the heart of Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. Energized with modern grooves, electric bass, keyboards and guitar. More and more people in the West are discovering the healing power of sacred chants and mantras. Whether you chant along or just listen, you'll find this recording works on many levels. 'These are the chants and prayers that I use in my personal meditations. They can help open the third ear and delight the third eye with inner vision, cosmic sound, primordial bliss and divine light.
Cutting Through Fear - Tsultrim Allione
Within the ancient teachings of Tibetan Buddhism lies a meditation tradition for facing - and dissolving - our greatest fears and attachments in life. Now one of contemporary Buddhism's most experienced and respected teachers, Tsultrim Allione, adapts this practice to the challenges unique to our time, on Cutting through Fear. Based on the traditional Tibetan practice of Chud (literally "to cut"), this method was developed by a legendary Tibetan yogini, Machig Lapdron, almost 1,000 years ago and is practiced within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. To this day, Chud is still used in Tibet to treat mental and physical illness and as a path to awareness. On Cutting through Fear, Tsultrim Allione shares the fascinating history of this practice, and interprets it especially for Western students of meditation and psychology. Drawing from root visualization practices, Tsultrim Allione shares a four-step process that can help you meet and release what the ancient Tibetans called "demons" - the fears, obsessions, illnesses, and hopes that can be faced and dissolved with this powerful meditation technique. We all encounter the demons of addiction, compulsion, anger, and other difficult emotions, too often as a daily event. Now we have a rare and useful tool to stop struggling against them, and instead liberate them, with Cutting through Fear.
This Moment Is the Perfect Teacher - Pema Chodron
New audio CD from Pema Chodron and read by her. Here, she presents the heart of the transformative spiritual Tibetan practice of Lojong, or mind training.
Lojong is a powerful Tibetan Buddhist practice which is especially useful for training the mind to work with the challenges of everyday living. It teaches our hearts to soften, reframes our attitude toward difficulty, and allows us to discover a wellspring of inner strength. In this recorded retreat, Pema Chodron introduces the Lojong teachings and explains how we can apply them to any situation in our life - because, as she says, "every moment is an opportunity for awakening."
In addition to the revolutionary Lojong teachings offered here, Pema Chodron also leads a guided Tonglen meditation, a practice aimed at developing courage and cultivating compassion for ourselves and others.
Dalai Lama Collection
A collection of nine audio books with teachings from the Dalai Lama.
Dalai Lama - Art of Happiness at Work
Dalai Lama - Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment
Dalai Lama - The Art Of Happiness
Dalai Lama - The Meaning of Life
Opening the Eye of New Awareness
Speeches and Teachings (Australia Tour 2002)
The Path to Enlightenment
The Way to a Meaningful Life - How to Practice
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet's Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India
While accompanying eight high–spirited Jewish delegates to Dharamsala, India, for a historic Buddhist–Jewish dialogue with the Dalai Lama, poet Rodger Kamenetz comes to understand the convergence of Buddhist and Jewish thought. Along the way he encounters Ram Dass and Richard Gere, and dialogues with leading rabbis and Jewish thinkers, including Zalman Schacter, Yitz and Blue Greenberg, and a host of religious and disaffected Jews and Jewish Buddhist.
Kamenetz, a poet and a Jew, was invited to attend and write about a historical meeting between a delegation of American Jews and a group of Tibetan Buddhists that included the Dalai Lama. This interfaith get-together was inspired, in part, by the increasing number of Jews who have become Buddhists as well as the Dalai Lama's perception of Jews as "survival experts." The Dalai Lama felt that the Jews, experts in exile and the preservation of faith and practice, would offer advice and comfort; participating rabbis were intrigued by the surprising similarities between the two religions, including esoteric traditions and a profound awareness of suffering. Kamenetz not only chronicles the resultant discussions, which proved to be enlightening and emotional, but also profiles a number of Jewish Buddhists, including Allen Ginsberg and Ram Dass. As his investigation throws his own beliefs and assumptions into high relief, Kamenetz is amazed and humbled by the intensity and altruism of Buddhism. Kamenetz defines and comments upon these complex matters with skill, personableness, and a welcome dash of levity.
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Pure Meditation - Pema Chodron
For thirteen hundred years, Tibetans have been practicing shamtha/vipashyana (peaceful dwelling/insight): a profound form of meditation that illuminates and purifies the obstacles to spiritual realization. Tibetan Buddhists today regard shamatha/vipashyana as both the fundamental and the most advanced spiritual practice of all.
On Pure Meditation, Pema Chödrön - the beloved American-born nun known for her bestselling book When Things Fall Apart - takes you step by step through this timeless and elegant meditative form. You will learn the posture that helps you relax your mind, how to use your own breath as a reminder to return to the present moment, and what to do with the many thoughts and emotions that arise during your meditation sessions. A straightforward, authoritative resource for students at all levels, Pure Meditation is a definitive guide to the authentic Tibetan Buddhist meditation that has brought its practitioners relaxation, peace of mind, and deeper awareness for hundreds of years.
Radical Self Acceptance - Tara Brach
Tara Brach is the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C. She is a practicing clinical psychologist, a lay Buddhist priest, and the author of the forthcoming book In the Shadow of the Buddha.
In the same tradition as such bestselling authors as Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg, Insight Meditation teacher Tara Brach has cultivated one of the largest and most active Buddhist meditation communities in the Eastern United States. Wiith Radical Self-Acceptance, this gifted guide brings her enthusiasm and depth of experience to a wide new arena of listeners for the first time.
"Imagine what it would be like to be without anxiety about your imperfections," begins Brach. Employing her skills in two worlds, this clinical psychologist and meditation instructor takes on what she considers to be the most difficult and pervasive challenge to Westerners today: the suffering caused by our feelings of unworthiness and deficiency.
Here, Brach teaches the specific practices we need to become more mindful and compassionate toward the "unforgivable" parts within ourselves "and how to free ourselves from "the prison of shame and self-aversion." Practical and supportive, Radical Self-Acceptance marks the debut of one of the most capable new voices today on the marriage between Eastern meditation and Western psychology.
The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine - Tsultrim Allione
The Tibetan Buddhist tradition carries carries exotic tales about fearless female "sky dancers" or "wisdom dakinis" who dance in limitless space and act as messengers, guides, and protectors. These five dakinis manifest the feminine wisdom energy, bringing strength, power, and transformation to our lives. On The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine, Tsultrim Allione — one of the first women to be ordained a Buddhist nun over 30 years ago — guides listeners through 12 rich, image-filled sessions of meditations and visualizations to learn how to embody these archetypes of enlightenment and experience their transformative powers.
Lama Tsultrim Allione, M.A., is author of the National Bestseller: Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, as well as Women of Wisdom, a groundbreaking book on the lives of great women Tibetan practitioners. She is also author of various audio programs on Feeding Your Demons and other Buddhist topics. Lama Tsultrim was given the international Outstanding Woman in Buddhism award for 2009 in Thailand. She was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdrön, and was offered her throne and relics at Machig’s monastery in Tibet, Zangri Khangmar. She was also recognized in Nepal by Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche who holds the Chöd lineage from Tingri Langkhor.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Going on Being: Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and Psychotherapy - Mark Epstein
Before he began training as a psychiatrist, Mark Epstein immersed himself in Buddhism through influential teachers such as Ram Dass, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield. Buddhism's positive outlook and the meditative principle of living in the moment profoundly influenced his study and practice of psychotherapy. Going on Being is an intimate chronicle of Epstein's formative years as well as a practical guide to how a Buddhist understanding of psychological problems can help anyone change for the better. Epstein gives readers a deeply personal look into his life, thoughts, fears, and hopes, while detailing the influences that have shaped his worldview. Inspiring in its honesty and humility, Going on Being is a compassionate, brilliant look at how uniting the worlds of psyche and spirit can lead to a new way of seeing reality.
The Holy Land Reborn. Pilgrimage and the Tibetan Reinvention of Buddhist India
A major contribution to the study of Buddhism, this book describes changes in Tibetan constructs of India over the centuries, ultimately challenging largely static views of the sacred geography of Buddhism in India. Author investigates how Tibetans have maintained a ritual relationship to India, particularly by way of pilgrimage, and what it means for them to consider India as their holy land.
Focusing on the Tibetan creation and recreation of India as a destination, a landscape, and a kind of other, in both real and idealized terms, Huber explores how Tibetans have used the idea of India as a religious territory and a sacred geography in the development of their own religion and society. In a timely closing chapter, Huber also takes up the meaning of India for the Tibetans who live in exile in their Buddhist holy land.
CHO-GA: Tantric and Ritual Music of Tibet
An anthology of Buddhist chants and hymns recorded at Tibetan monasteries in Northern India and Nepal during the years 1969 and 1970, Represented here are the tantric monasteries of Gyuto and Gyumed, the three great Gelugpa monastic institutions of Drepung, Ganden and Sera, and the Namgyal Dratsang, the private monastery of the Dalai Lama.