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Noble & True – a collection of essays

Posted on | June 16, 2016 | No Comments

Noble and TrueNoble & True is a collection of essays from the Metta Forrest Monastery.  A main theme is impermanence and how Buddhist are dealing with it. It’s an often-overlooked feature of the Buddha’s teachings that he identified the basis for all our good and skillful qualities as heedfulness—not innate goodness or compassion: heedfulness. To recognize that there are dangers both within and without, that your actions can make the difference between suffering from those dangers and not, and that you’d better get your act together now: This is the heedfulness that makes us generous, wise, and kind. We’re kind not because we’re innately kind. In fact, our minds are so quick to change that they’re not innately anything, good or bad, aside from being aware.

Noble & True
Noble & True is a collection of essays from the Metta Forrest Monastery.
Written by: Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Published by: Metta Forest Monastery
Edition: First
ISBN: Nobe
Available in:Ebook

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Easy Journey to other Planets

Posted on | May 11, 2016 | No Comments

Easy Journey to other PlanetsEasy Journey to other Planets is quite amusing and at the same time rather sad. It intends to document the power of Bhakti Yoga, but the entire basis is an unsubstantiated criticism of modern science. The publisher, the Hare Krishna Movement, still insists that NASA’s moon landing was a fake and that mans inspiration to travel to other worlds can only be attained by the practice of Bhakti yoga. Srila Prabhupada originally wrote Easy Journey to Other Planets in the 1960’s at the height of the Apollo space program and the book is dedicated to “Scientists of the World”. Srila Prabhupada also incorporates the, at that time, newly discovered science of antimatter and he chats away about how nothing of this is new, everything has been discovered in ancient time if you read the Bhagavad Gita the right way.

Easy Journey to other Planets
Srila Prabhupada originally wrote Easy Journey to Other Planets in the 1960’s at the height of the Apollo space program and the book is dedicated to “Scientists of the World”.
Written by: Srila Prabhupada
Published by: haktivedanta Book Trust
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in:Ebook

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From Buddha-to-be to Teacher in the Buddha’s own Words

Posted on | May 5, 2016 | No Comments

From Buddha-to-be to TeacherFrom Buddha-to-be to Teacher in the Buddha’s own Words documents the earliest teachings of the Buddha. Even before his enlightenment the Buddha was teaching and much of these early lectures have not been documented thoroughly in later biographies. Maybe because the post-enlightenment teachings have been emphasized. But Buddha himself would often in his encounters with others refer to his own practice before his Awakening, and his life shortly thereafter. This free PDF e-book presents the early material in a way that will help students familiarize themselves with these episodes from the Buddha’s life and learn how the Buddha himself viewed his practice and his decision to teach. It is not the whole story, and it is not meant to be, but it does present a more or less continuous narrative, and a single voice, and that has certain advantages.

From Buddha-to-be to Teacher in the Buddha’s own Words
This book documents the earliest teachings of the Buddha.
Written by: Anandajoti Bhikkhu
Published by: Anandajoti Bhikkhu
Date Published: 04/01/2016
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in:Ebook

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Belcher Mosaic Glass

Posted on | April 30, 2016 | No Comments

Mosaic WindowI just came across this Public Domain gem. Henry F. Belcher was a master mosaic craftsman and he refined the art in the late 1800′ and gave name to the special Belcher process. This mosaic process makes it possible to create large mosaics with tiny pieces of glass that are both wind and water proof. This book presents the catalogue from Belcher Mosaic Glass Co. with more than 50 amazing images of actual mosaic made by the company.

From the intro:

“All garlanded with carven imageries

Of fruits and flowers, and bunches of knot-grass,

And diamonded with panes of quaint devise,

innumerable of stains and splendid dyes,

As are the tiger-moth’s deep-damask’d heraldries,

And twilight saints, and dim emblazonings,

A shielded scutcheon blush’d with blood of queens and kings.”

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Praises to the Twenty-one Taras

Posted on | April 27, 2016 | No Comments

Praises to the Twenty-one TarasTara is a deity whom all the sects of Tibetan Buddhism has relied upon. Also the ancient Indian masters of the past, such as Atisha, relied on Tara as a special deity. The great Kadampa masters of Tibet, Lama Tsongkhapa and all the lineage gurus relied on Tara. In short, when you look at all the holy beings of the four different traditions—Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyü and Gelug—they had relied on Tara as their special deity. They all received blessings and attainments just by doing the practice of the female Bodhisattva Tara. This book is a guide on how to use and understand the twenty-one verses of the Praises to the Twenty-one Taras.

Praises to the Twenty-one Taras
The four different traditions—Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyü and Gelug—they had relied on Tara as their special deity
Written by: Khensur Rinpoche & Lama Lhundrup RigseL
Published by: Amitabha Buddhist Centre
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-981-07-2090-2
Available in:Ebook

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The Inner Life and the Tao-Teh-King

Posted on | April 25, 2016 | No Comments

The Inner Life and the Tao Teh KingThe Inner Life and the Tao-Teh-King was published in 1912. The work is derived from a set of lectures attempting to present a mystical interpretation of the classic text, the Tao-Teh-King. From the book:

“The book is a series of nature notes; it is nature mysticism. It is a song that comes from nature’s heart and not from any university. It is nature, or spirit made visible. You may also turn the sentence round, and say that the book is spirit showing us invisible nature. Both sentences are true and the study may be begun either by starting in spirit and ending in nature or starting in nature and ending in spirit.”

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Breakthrough in Samatha Meditation and Vipassana Meditation

Posted on | April 21, 2016 | No Comments

Breakthroug in samatha vipassanaBreakthrough in Samatha Meditation and Vipassana Meditation introduces the readers to the proper way of undertaking Samatha-Vipassanā as taught by the Buddha, developing the right concentration and penetrating into the ultimate realities called “Paramatthas” defining each ultimate reality precisely by its characteristic, function, manifestation and nearest cause, investigating the causal relations of Dependent Arising (Paṭiccasamuppāda) that beautifully describes the round of rebirth, and contemplating all mentality and materiality (nāma-rūpa), causes and effects, internal and external, pertaining to the past, the present and the future, as impermanent (anicca), painful (dukkha) and not-self (anatta) in various ways.

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The Book of the Simple Way

Posted on | April 15, 2016 | No Comments

LaotzeThe Book of the Simple Way is translation of the original text of the Tao-Teh-King published in 1904. Here are some lines from the discussions in the introduction:

By acting while separating oneself from action, and by reaching the fruit of action without desiring it, man ceases to identify himself with good or evil in the world and reaches a state wherein diversity is perceived as unity, and all distinctions cease. Hope is no more, there is nothing unfulfilled; ambition has no aim, for all things are attained; and effort has no use, for necessity has ceased.

Then follows the question, Can one attain liberation for oneself alone? Laotze says No. Buddha says No. Christ says No. Not one of all the great Teachers and Saints ever desired or thought of such beatitude for himself alone. Indeed, it seems to be a law of spiritual evolution that the nearer one comes to the attainment of spiritual bliss the less he desires it for himself alone.

The Book of the Simple Way - Tao-Teh-King
The Book of the Simple Way is translation of the original text of the Tao-Teh-King published in 1906.
Written by: Lao-Tze, 老子
Published by: Philip Wellby
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in:Ebook

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Fjodor Dostojevskij – complete works

Posted on | April 4, 2016 | 1 Comment

Fyodor_Mikhailovich_Dostoyevsky_1876Here is the most complete list you will find on the Internet of Fjodor Dostojevskij’s (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) works as free pdf e-books. The most important main works are here, but I am still searching for a number of short stories, letters and the novels The Landlady, The Adolescent and the unfinished Netochka Nezvanova. This post will be updated when I find them. A solution is to convert some .txt-versions into pdf, but it takes time. Please let me know if you find or have versions ready for use. The files below vary from a few hundred Kb to 30 Mb.

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The Brothers Karamazov

Poor Folk

Notes from the Underground

Letters of Fyodor Michailovitch Dostoevsky to his Family and Friends

Crime and Punishment

White Nights And Other Stories

The Possessed

The Idiot

The Gambler

The Eternal Husband

The Dream of a Riciculus Man

An Honest Thief

The Double

The Crocodile

The Insulted and the Injured

Buried Alive

Gentle Spirit

Bobok From Somebody’s Diary

A Little Hero

Mr Prohartchin

A Novel in Nine Letters

The Peasant Marey

Polzunkov

An Unpleasant Predicament

A Christmas Tree and a Wedding

The House of the Dead

The Heavenly Christmas Tree

Another Mans Wife

A Faint Heart

The most complete colection of Fyodor Dostoevskys works in print might be this one http://amzn.to/1Wt7rgU

 

How to generate Bodhicitta

Posted on | April 1, 2016 | No Comments

How to generate BodhicittaHow to generate Bodhicitta by Ribur Rinpoche is an extraction of teachings from 1997 when he held a three and a half month of training. Ribur Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1923 and recognized as the incarnation of Lama Kunga Osel, a great scholar who spend his last 12 years in strict solitary retreat. The theme of this book is Bodhicitta, the aspiration to attain enlightenment. He discusses the importance of Bodhicitta along with other practices and the historical aspects of Bodhicitta.

How to generate Bodhicitta
An extraction of teachings from 1997 by Ribur Rinpoche
Written by: Ribur Rinpoche
Published by: Amitabha Buddhist Centre
Edition: First
ISBN: 981-04-1335-1
Available in:Ebook

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Joyful Parents, Successful Children

Posted on | March 31, 2016 | No Comments

 Joyful Parents succesful childrenJoyful Parents, Successful Children by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche was published in 2015. It contains guidance for Buddhist parents on parenthood, but it does not only provides the Dharma context for how children should be brought up but also contains many helpful suggestions of how we can introduce simple Dharma practices to our children. Rinpoche explains exactly how parents should go about planning how to raise their children, by teaching their children how to generate a good heart and the Seven Foundations for Happiness and Peace (kindness, rejoicing, patience, forgiveness, apologising, contentment and courage) and by guiding them in virtuous actions while they are still young.

Joyful Parents, Successful Children
Guidance for Buddhist parents on parenthood
Written by: Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
Published by: Amithabha Buddhist Centre
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-981-09-5272-3
Available in:Ebook

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