Download E-books An Introduction to Indian Philosophy (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy) PDF

This wide-ranging advent to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous with out being too technical for rookies. via precise explorations of the entire variety of Indian philosophical matters, together with a few metaphilosophical matters, it offers readers with non-Western views on relevant components of philosophy, together with epistemology, common sense, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of faith. Chapters are based thematically, with each one together with feedback for extra analyzing. this gives readers with an educated review while permitting them to target specific issues if wanted. Translated Sanskrit texts are observed through authorial causes and contextualisations, giving the reader an figuring out of the argumentative context and philosophical variety of Indian texts. an in depth word list and a advisor to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the instruments wanted for interpreting and realizing Sanskrit phrases and names. The publication can be an important source for either newcomers and complex scholars of philosophy and Asian experiences.

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Download E-books This Is It: and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience PDF

In six progressive essays, thinker Alan Watts explores the connection among non secular event and traditional life—and the necessity for them to coexist inside of each one people. With essays on “cosmic recognition” (including Watts’ account of his personal ventures into this inward realm); the paradoxes of self-consciousness; LSD and attention; and the fake competition of spirit and subject, This Is It and different Essays on Zen and non secular event is a very mind-opening assortment.

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Download E-books Buddhism in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra PDF

By Sree Padma Holt, A. w. Barber

Supplying views from a individual team of overseas students, this publication presents a multidisciplinary inquiry into many of the kinds of Buddhism that thrived throughout the early centuries of the typical period within the Krishna River Valley components of what's now the trendy kingdom of Andhra Pradesh in India. The participants discover not just the criteria that ended in the increase of Buddhist groups, but in addition the importance of those early Buddhist groups within the unfolding of the higher heritage of Buddhism through the Asian international.

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Download E-books Burning for the Buddha: Self-Immolation in Chinese Buddhism (Kuroda Studies in East Asian Buddhism) PDF

By James A. Benn

Burning for the Buddha is the 1st book-length learn of the idea and perform of "abandoning the body"(self-immolation) in chinese language Buddhism. It examines the hagiographical money owed of all those that made choices in their personal our bodies and locations them in ancient, social, cultural, and doctrinal context. instead of privilege the doctrinal and exegetical interpretations of the culture, which suppose the crucial significance of the brain and its cultivation, James Benn makes a speciality of the ways that the heroic beliefs of the bodhisattva found in scriptural fabrics equivalent to the Lotus Sutra performed out within the realm of spiritual perform at the flooring.

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Download E-books Essential Buddhism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs and Practices PDF

By Jack Maguire

400 million humans name themselves Buddhists this present day. but such a lot Westerners understand little approximately this robust, Eastern-spawned religion. How did it commence? What do its adherents think? Why are such a lot of Westerners attracted to it?
Essential Buddhism responds to those questions and lots of extra, delivering an available, international standpoint at the religion's earlier, current, and destiny. It identifies how the critical options and practices originated and advanced via diversified cultural diversifications into 3 uncomplicated codecs:
* Theraveda (including Vipassana, introduced from Vietnam within the Sixties and together with such practitioners as Jack Kornfield and Jon Kapat-Zinn)
* Mahayana (including Zen Buddhism, initially dropped at the US by way of jap academics after global battle II and popularized by means of Jack Kerouac and Thomas Merton)
* Vajrayana (including Tibetan Buddhism, from the lecturers who fled the chinese language takeover of Tibet within the Nineteen Fifties in addition to the Dalai Lama, and embraced via Allen Ginsberg, Richard Gere, and numerous others)
Essential Buddhism is the only most sensible source for the amateur and the professional alike, exploring the depths of Buddhism's attractiveness and illuminating its tenets and brilliant method of residing. Written within the lucid prose of an established expert storyteller, and entire of Buddhist stories, scriptural prices, old tales, and modern insights, Essential Buddhism is the 1st whole advisor to the religion and the phenomenon.

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Download E-books The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology) PDF

By Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

The vital actors during this publication are a few reclusive forest-dwelling ascetic meditation masters who've been acclaimed as 'saints' in modern Thailand. those saints initially pursued their salvation quest one of the remoted villages of the country's outer edge, yet as soon as well-known as holy males endowed with air of mystery, they turned the radiating centres of a country-wide cult of amulets. The amulets, blessed by way of the saints, are avidly sought by means of royalty, ruling generals, intelligentsia and customary folks alike for his or her alleged powers to persuade the luck of worldly transactions, no matter if political, fiscal, martial or romantic.

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