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Living from the Heart

Posted on | November 23, 2014 | No Comments

Living from the heartLiving from the Heart by Nirmala was written in 2008 and it is presented here with the kind permission of the author. Living from the Heart consists of three pieces exploring living from the spiritual Heart. Part One offers simple ways to drop awareness into the Heart and thereby shift into a more open, allowing perspective. It goes on to explore dropping awareness into the belly and ultimately into the larger spiritual Heart, which includes the mind, heart and belly. It turns out it doesn’t matter what you experience, what matters is where you experience it from. Part Two, The Heart’s Wisdom, explains how the Heart is a wise guide to the truth. The truth is whatever opens your Heart and quiets your mind. This definition cuts through any confusing ideas and beliefs to the direct source of wisdom and guidance available in your own Heart. Part Three, Love Is for Giving, points to the true source of love in your own Heart. The essence of love is the spacious, open attention of our awareness. It touches everything but doesn’t impose or make demands. Surprisingly, this awareness, or love, is experienced most fully when you give it to others, not when you get it from others. Download Living form the Heart here (147 pages/600 KB):

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The Buddha – The Social-Revolutionary Potential of Buddhism

Posted on | November 19, 2014 | No Comments

The Buddha - The Social-Revolutionary Potential of BuddhismThe Buddha – The Social-Revolutionary Potential of Buddhism is written by Trevor Oswald Ling. He was born in England in 1920 and during The Second World War he went to India to become a Baptist clergyman. Instead he became a student of Sanskrit, Pali and Classical Indian Literature and he had a distinguished academic career in India and England. This book was written with the intention to shake its readers into awareness of the social-revolutionary potential of Buddhism. It has two major themes. Firstly it argues that the Buddha’s message is intrinsically social, political and progressive. Secondly it implies that the message of the Buddha despite of the age, it offers us a workable guidance towards the future. Download the book here:

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Fistfull of Sand & The Light of Discernment

Posted on | November 18, 2014 | No Comments

Fistfull of Sand Fistfull of Sand & The Light of Discernment are based on teachings by Phra Ajaan Suwat Suvaco. The first part, Fistfull of Sand was given during a two week retreat in 1989 with about 100 people. Throughout the retreat, Ajaan Suwat led small group interviews in the afternoon and then met with all the gathered retreatants in the evening, either to give a Dhamma talk or to answer questions. It was all recorded and transcribed in this book. This edition of Fistful of Sand also includes the talk, “The Strategy of a Peaceful Mind,” and the collection of Ajaan Suwat’s talks, The Light of Discernment, that was printed in his honor after his death on April 5, 2002. Download the book here (79 pages/612 KB):

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Approaching the Dhamma

Posted on | November 16, 2014 | No Comments

Approaching the DhammaApproaching the Dhamma is a serie of essays from the foremost scholars in Buddhism and especially the buddhist practices of Southeast Asia.  In three parts the book describes in a number of academic essays “Interpretation and Understanding”, “Ritual and Cosmology” and “Rebirth and Mental Culture. Approaching the Dhamma a is a collection of essays in honor of the late Godwin Samararatne. Although he was involved in various scholarly works, Godwin became best known as a meditation teacher, a role into which he grew over a prolonged period of time during the 1970s. Download Approaching the Dhamma here:

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Sufis of Sindh by Jotilal Jotwani

Posted on | November 15, 2014 | No Comments

Sufis of Sindh The ideal of futuwwa, or brotherhood, which was at the basis of many associations devoted to the spread of ‘purity, generosity, service of neighbouror stranger” in the pre-Islamic Arabia seems to have been adhered to the Arabian mystics before the end of the second century or in the beginning of the ninth century A.D. These mystics came to be called Sufis. The etymology of the term “Sufi” is not certain. According to some scholars, the word is connected with safi, the pure. The more general view refers it to suf or coarse wool, as these mystics used to wear woollen garments. The Sufis, being in the general framework of the shari ‘ah, the correct practice of the Quranic beliefs, followed different individual paths, or tariqah, for their spiritual endeavour. These individual differences clearly shows in this book portraying a number of Sufis from the Sindh region. The author, Dr. Jotwani was considered as one of the great research scholars of Sindhi language in India and Pakistan. He had received many awards for his literary works. Download Sufis of Sindh here (228 pages/12 MB):

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Daily Reflections – Advice from Khen Rinpoche Geshe Thubthen Chonyi

Posted on | November 14, 2014 | No Comments

Daily ReflectionsThis book then is a compilation of Khen Rinpoche’s opening remarks and motivations at a five year study program launched at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, an affiliate of the FPMT, in August 2003 at the request of its spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. These teachings offer valuable advice related to our Dharma studies and practice: how to check whether our practices are Dharma, the need for study and constant reflection on the Buddha’s teachings, and how to overcome our afflictions and problems so that we can truly benefit others. Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi has been the resident teacher of Amitabha Buddhist Centre since October 1999. He was born in Nepal in 1962 and was ordained by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1974 at the age of twelve. Khen Rinpoche holds a Geshe Lharampa degree, which is the highest Tibetan Buddhist doctorate awarded to monks from Sera Je Monastic University. Download the free ebook here (68 pages/1.8 MB):

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Purity of Heart – Essays on the Buddhist Path by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Posted on | November 13, 2014 | No Comments

Purity of heartPurity of Heart – Essays on the Buddhist Path by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The Buddha never placed demands on anyone’s faith. For people from a culture where the dominant religions do make such demands, this is one of Buddhism’s most attractive features. It’s especially appealing to those who—in reaction to the demands of organized religion—embrace the view of scientific empiricism that nothing deserves our trust unless it can be measured against physical data. In this light, the Buddha’s famous instructions to the Kalamas are often read as an invitation to believe, or not, whatever we like.

Don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, “This contemplative is our teacher.” When you know for yourselves that, “These mental qualities are skillful; these mental qualities are blameless; these mental qualities are praised by the wise; these mental qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare and to happiness”—then you should enter and remain in them. (AN III.65)

Pointing to this passage, many modern writers have gone so far as to say that faith has no place in the Buddhist tradition, that the proper Buddhist attitude is one of skepticism. Download the free ebook here:

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Food for Thought – Eighteen talks on the training of the heart

Posted on | November 10, 2014 | No Comments

Food for Thought Food for Thought – Eighteen talks on the training of the heart is an introduction to the Buddhist practice of training the heart. It is taken from the talks of Phra Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo, a teacher in the Thai forest tradition of meditation, and is called Food for Thought because it invites the reader to fill in the spaces suggested by the talks—to reflect on how the images and teachings they contain relate to one another and to one’s own situation in life. Two of the talks included here, ‘Quiet Breathing’ and ‘Centered Within,’ briefly describe a technique of breath meditation aimed at giving rise to a centered and discerning state of mind. The rest of the talks deal with how to use such a state of mind in dealing with the problems of life: the day-to-day problems of anger, anxiety, disappointment, etc., and the larger problems of aging, illness, and death. This is a book concerned less with the techniques of meditation than with its meaning and worth: the questions of why should one train the heart to begin with, what personal qualities are involved in its training, and how to make the best use of it as it becomes trained. Download it here (51 pages/260 kb):

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Realizing Change – Vipassana Meditation in Action by Ian Hetherington

Posted on | October 19, 2014 | No Comments

Realizing ChangeRealizing Change – Vipassana Meditation in Action by Ian Hetherington was published in 2003 by the non-profit organization Pariyatti. Vipassana is an ancient meditation technique of India. The Buddha discovered it, attained full enlightenment using it and made it the essence of this teaching, which spread throughout the Indian subcontinent and then on to neighboring countries. For five hundreds years Vipassana flourished in India but then eventually it became polluted and was lost there. However, in Burma (now Myanmar) a chain of devoted teachers maintained the theory and the practice of the technique from over the centuries. This books give both an introduction to the meditation technique, practical guidance and it contains essays on how the practises are implemented in different walks of modern life. Download Realizing Change – Vipassana Meditation in Action here (253 pages/:4.1MB):

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Parables Of Rama By Swami Rama Tirtha

Posted on | October 16, 2014 | No Comments

Parables Of Rama By Swami Rama TirthaParables Of Rama By Swami Rama Tirtha is here presented in the fourth revised and enlarged version. The special feature of the speeches and writings of Swami Rama Tirtha is that in order to make the tough, knotty and serious subject of Vedanta easily understandable by common man, he has taken recourse to narrating popular stories and suitable parables wherever necessary. Religious literature of practically all the religions abounds in such type of instructive and interesting parables. There are altogether 171 stories with morals, given in 27 chapters. Download the free pdf ebook here (628 pages/2MB):

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Handful of Leaves VOL I and II

Posted on | October 15, 2014 | No Comments

Handful of leaves Handful of Leaves an anthology from the Digha Nikaya of the Pali Canon is translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff). The suttas selected and translated here for these volumes were chosen for the interest they might hold for a person intent on understanding and practicing the Buddhist teachings, or Dhamma. Some have been chosen for their detailed discussions of basic doctrines; others, for the vivid stories or similes they use to illustrate those doctrines. Although they constitute only a small portion of the Sutta Pitaka, taken together they present a fairly comprehensive picture of the Pitaka’s essential teachings. Unfortunately only volume I and III are available at the moment, please let me know if you have information about volume II and IV.

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Dialogues from Upanishades by Swami Sivananda

Posted on | October 14, 2014 | No Comments

Dialogues From The Upanishads by Swami SivanandaDialogues from Upanishads or Knowledge of Self) by Swami Sivananda was published in 1936. The books focuses on dialogues from the Upanishads which deals with Jnana or Knowledge of the Self. These topics are hard to decipher from the original texts but are here presented in a more lucid manner. Especially the dialogues between Uddalaka and Svetaketu in Chandogya Upanishad and the ones between Yajnavalkya and Raja Janaka in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad are highly instructive and contains advanced lessons on subjects such as non-duality.

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