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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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Studies in Japanese Buddhism

Posted on | February 26, 2016 | 3 Comments

Studies in Japanese BuddhismStudies in Japanese Buddhism. When Buddhism was introduced into Japan in the sixth century it had passed from India into the lands east of the Caspian Sea and then turned to the east, spreading through China and Korea, and all the time gathering up all that it found on its way. For example, its canonical writings by this time had assumed the dimension of a good sized library containing upward of 5000 books. The contents of these books, written during a period of a thousand years and by peoples of various stages of civilization, are naturally very varied and often flatly contradictory even in matters fundamental. For the Buddhism and Japan has perhaps more in it that is contradictory to the religion of the Buddha than what is in agreement with it. In fact Northern Buddhism, considered from almost any standpoint, embraces a wider latitude of teachings and practices than any other religious system. This book seeks to describe the complexity and history of Japanese Buddhism.

Studies in Japanese Buddhism
This book seeks to describe the complexity and history of Japanese Buddhism.
Written by: August Karl Reischauer
Published by: The Macmillan Company
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in:Ebook

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The four books

Posted on | February 3, 2016 | No Comments

The four BooksThe four books is a collection of confucian root texts. It has been established that none of them has been written by Confucious (K’ung-tzu, 551-479 B.C.E.) but rather compiled by his students after his dead. However, The four books, are considered the closest we come to the original teaching of Confucious. If you were to seek a position in the Chinese empire you would have to pass  a civil service exmination, that required that you had read the four books.

The collection consists of the works: Confucian Analects, The great learning, The doctrine of the mean, and The works of Mencius. This edition has both the original Chinese text and the English translation. This edition was translated and edited by James Legge. Download the book here (41 MB / 603 pages):

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The Book of Soyga

Posted on | February 3, 2016 | No Comments

20140704aThe Book of Soyga also known as Aldaraia sive Soyga vocor or Soyga: the book that kills was written in the 16th-century and apparently lost until it was found at the British Library in 1994. The work consists of several books  Liber Aldaraia, Liber Radiorum and Liber decimus septimus and a number of minor books. Together they form a treatise of magic and what makes i mysterious is 40 thousand randomly distributed letters set up in schemes. The scholar and adviser to Queen Elizabeth John Dee owned The Book of Soyga and he spend years trying to decode the letters. He even had consultations through a medium with the Archangel Uriel in order to get hints for his project. Others have suggested a special connection to the Voynich Manuscript. For a brief history of the book read this article Soyga: the book that kills. The Book of Soyga was written in Latin and this edition has both the original Latin text and the English translation by Jane Kupin, who begins the book with the words: Knowledge has no enemy other than ignorance. Download the book here (572 pages/2.6 MB)

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