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Realism: An Attempt to Trace Its Origin and Development in Its Chief Representatives

Posted on | November 12, 2019 | No Comments

philosopher Syed Zafarul HasanRealism: An Attempt to Trace Its Origin and Development in Its Chief Representatives from 1925 is the primary work by the Pakistani philosopher Syed Zafarul Hasan and his doctoral thesis. Realism has become a classic on the subject of realism and for good reasons. In Philosophical Realism, the view is that the physical world exists independently of the observer – objects have properties regardless of someone labeling, perceiving or naming them. In this book, Syed Zafarul Hasan takes on the task to outline the history of realism from the earliest philosophers to the Age of Reason while dealing with the major problems himself. Syed Zafarul Hasan was the first Muslim Scholar of the Indian sub-continent to secure a Ph.D. from Oxford in Philosophy.

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Capital – A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx – The complete work in four PDF volumes

Posted on | November 8, 2019 | No Comments

Karl Marx Capital PDF Capital – A Critique of Political Economy, also knows as ‘Das Kapital’ – the original German title, by Karl Marx, is probably the most well-known philosophical treatise on politics and economy. Marx was a brilliant economic thinker and I personally often recall his quote ‘If you need something you can’t produce, you must produce something you won’t need’ as a general truth applicable to many situations and discussions. However, what Karl Marx had in insights into the economy he lacked in political and sociology understanding. Marx was certain that his lifelong studies in national economics pointed towards inevitable revolutions worldwide, in which the exploited classes would take over control of societies and build socialistic Utopias. Unfortunately for Marx, his work (and millions of victims), these fallacies became the ideological basis for dictatorship and despots all over the world.

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Bodhinyana by Ven. Ajahn Chah

Posted on | November 5, 2019 | No Comments

Bodhinyana PDF‘Bodhinyana’ was the first collection of talks by Ven. Ajahn Chah to be translated and published by his Western students. Although Ajahn Chah passed away in 1992, the training which he established is still carried on at the Wat Pah Pong monastery in Thailand and its branches. The training usually consists of group meditation twice a day and sometimes a talk by the senior teacher. But the heart of the meditation is the way of life. The monastics do manual work, dye and sew their own robes, make most of their own requisites and keep the monastery buildings and grounds in immaculate shape. They live extremely simply following the ascetic precepts of eating once a day from the alms bowl and limiting their possessions and robes. Scattered throughout the forest are individual huts where monks and nuns live and meditate in solitude, and where they practice walking meditation on cleared paths under the trees. Discipline is strict, enabling one to lead a simple and pure life in a harmoniously regulated community where virtue, meditation, and understanding may be skillfully and continuously cultivated. From the book:

Ajahn Chah’s wonderfully simple style of teaching can be deceptive. It is often only after he is read or heard many times that suddenly our minds are ripe and somehow the teaching takes on a much deeper meaning. His skillful means in tailoring his explanations of Dhamma to time and place, and to the understanding and sensitivity of his audience, was marvelous to see. Sometimes on paper though, it can make him seem inconsistent or even self-contradictory. At such times the reader should remember that these words are a record of a living experience. Similarly, if the teachings may seem to vary at times from tradition, it should be borne in mind that the Venerable Ajahn speaks always from the heart, from the depths of his own meditative experience.

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Zen Anarchy

Posted on | November 2, 2019 | No Comments

Zen Anarchy PDF free e-bookZen Anarchy by Max Cafard. What is the Sound of One hand making a Clenched Fist? Zen is the strictest and most super-orthodox form of Buddhism — and at the same time the most iconoclastic, revolutionary and anarchistic one. The roots of Zen go back to the beginnings of the Buddhist tradition — not to any founding sacred documents or to any succession of infallible authorities, but to the experience that started the tradition: the anarchic mind! Forget the “ism” of Buddhism. It’s not ultimately about doctrines and beliefs. The “Buddha” that it’s named after means simply the awakened mind or somebody, anybody, who happens to “have” that kind of mind. And Zen (or Ch’an, in Chinese) means simply meditation, which is just allowing the mind to be free, wild, awake, and aware. It’s not about the occasional or even regular practice of certain standardized forms of activity (sitting and walking meditation, koan practice, being inscrutable, trying to look enlightened, etc.). Equating meditation with silent sitting is something that Zen simply will not stand for! Zen is also intimately linked to the absurd, but it can’t be reduced to doing and saying absurd things, as in the popular caricature of Zen. Zen is not nihilism but is (like all Buddhism) the Middle Way between hopeless nihilism and rigid dogmatism.

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Posted on | October 31, 2019 | No Comments

An Introduction to Mahayana BuddhismAn Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism. Buddhism is divided into two great schools, Mahayana and Hinayana. Both systems originated in India, but since the former predominates in China, Japan, Nepal, Japan, in a modified form, in Tibet and Mongolia, while the latter is confined almost exclusively to Ceylon, Burma, and Siam, they are often, and rather incorrectly, known as Northern and Southern Buddhism. Mahayana is again divided into unreformed and reformed branches, the unreformed branch being found all over Eastern Asia, while the reformed branch has its center in Japan. Roughly, we may compare these divisions of Buddhism to those of the principal Occidental faiths. Hinayana, or the earlier and more primitive form of Buddhism, correlates to Judaism; Unreformed Yahiyana to Catholicism, and Reformed Mahayana to Protestantism. An Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism describes the foundations of Buddhism and how it spread and divided into local schools inspired and compared to various other systems of beliefs and religions.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Posted on | October 21, 2019 | No Comments

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man PDFA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel by James Joyce. The book was published in 1916 by B. W. Huebsch, but the work had been published from 1914 to 1915 as a serial in the English literary magazine The Egoist. Joyce had difficulties finding a publisher who believed in the project but the Novel was later received with positive criticism and laid the foundation of his later works. Readers of Ulysses will find that many ideas for complex storytelling here, were initially experimented with in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

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Acvaghosha’s Discourse on the Awakening of Fait in the Mahayana

Posted on | October 2, 2019 | No Comments

Awakening of Faith Buddhist PDF bookAcvaghosha’s Discourse on the Awakening of Fait in the Mahayana. Acvaghosha is a treasured philosopher of Buddhism. His treatise on The Awakening-of Faith is recognized by all Northern Buddhist schools and sects as orthodox and used even to-day in Chinese translations as a text-book for the instruction of Buddhist priests. The original Sanskrit text has not been found as yet, and if it should not be discovered somewhere in India or in one of the numerous libraries of the Buddhist viharas, it would be a great loss; for then our knowledge of Acvaghosha’s philosophy would remain limited to its Chinese translation. This book is the translation done by Teitaro Suzuki that was first published in 1900.

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Posted on | September 27, 2019 | No Comments

Consciousness Enlarged free Buddhist PDF e-book

Consciousness Enlarged is the second edition of the transcript of a course on consciousness, Citta, as laid out in Abhidhammatthasangaha, the traditional primer on Abhidhamma in the Theravada Buddhist world. It was given by the Burmese Sayadaw U Thittila in England, probably in 1983. The Sayadaw, then in his 87th year, gave a comprehensive verse-by-verse explanation of the material. In its masterly explanations, conversational tone, and lucid style it is a sound introduction to the subject, and—by Abhidhamma standards—a fun read. Sayadaw was one of the very few learned Burmese Monks who spoke English and also traveled abroad in the 20th Century. This second, revised edition was published in 2019.

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Posted on | September 25, 2019 | No Comments

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The Eye of Discernment

Posted on | September 24, 2019 | No Comments

The eye of Discernment free PDF bookThe Eye of Discernment is an anthology of teachings from Phra Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo. He outlines his thoughts especially about the methods of meditation he taught for years in Thailand. For instance, he points out that there is no sharp division between the practice of tranquility meditation and insight meditation. He also emphasizes the role played by experimenting and using one’s powers of observation in developing meditation as a skill. The Eye of Discernment was compiled and translated to English by Thanissaro Bhikku and the book was first published in 2003.

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