The Power of the Dharma: An Introduction to Hinduism and Vedic Culture offers a concise and easy-to-understand overview of the essential principles and customs of the Hindu tradition. It also provides many insights into the depth and value of the timeless wisdom of Vedic spirituality and reveals why the Dharmic path has survived for thousands of years. Author Stephen Knapp reveals why the Dharma is presently enjoying a renaissance among an increasing number of people who want to explore its teachings and see what its many techniques of self-discovery have to offer. In The Power of the Dharma, you will find: quotes by noteworthy people on the unique qualities of Hinduism; essential principles of the Vedic spiritual path; particular traits, customs, and explanations of Hindu worship; descriptions of the main yoga systems; significance and legends of the colorful Hindu festivals; benefits of Ayurveda, Vastu, Vedic astrology, and gemology; important insights of Dharmic life and how to begin. The Dharmic path can provide you the means for attaining your own spiritual realizations and experiences. This is the power of Dharma's universal teachings which have something to offer everyone
In the distant past, life was pretty harsh - most work was manual labor, medicine was primitive and there was little law & order - the perfect opening to religions that promised an easy afterlife. Life was mocked as sin, "up there" awaited a magical land of plenty. These religions kept us weak, God made in the image of the local King reduced followers down to slaves/servants, down on their knees begging for mercy and seeking pity. This book asks for a paradigm change - are we still weak? Do we still think we can just run away from problems? This book is for the Strong, the Warrior, for those who see Life as a Great Gift from God, God as our Teacher, as we build the paradise right here on Earth and make Her Proud of us! Create & build a great Future for all life on earth. Only Reincarnation gives us such an opportunity.
A study of the Northern Song Chan monk Qisong and his writings on Chan lineage, this book offers new arguments about Buddhist patriarchs, challenges assumptions about Chan masters, and provides insight into the interactions of Buddhists and the imperial court.
Ten Spiritual Dialogues with Dharma Master Hsin Tao
Author: Dharma Master Hsin Tao
Publisher: Balboa Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
If you’re reading this, it’s no accident: It’s time to enjoy some serious Zen enlightenment! There’s no one better to guide you than Dharma Master Hsin Tao, whose very name (“Hsin” means “heart” and “Tao” means “path”) signals what to expect from the spiritual journey you’ll embark on with this book. The contemporary spiritual master delivers a message of “Three Yanas (vehicles), One Dharma.” In doing so, he answers questions such as: • What is the essence of Zen? • What is the wisdom of the Buddha? • How can Zen meditation help you find your true nature of mind? • What are the four stages of developing a modern-day Dharma practice? • How can you feel and develop the power of Zen? In ten spiritual dialogues, the author shares practical advice, Zen techniques, guided meditations, stories, koans, and other gems of wisdom that will guide you through the inner and outer worlds. Bring clarity to your mind, gain a true sense of inner sacredness, and embrace boundless love and profound peace with The Power of Zen Meditation
Proven effective by scientific research and presented here by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth, the practice of Medical Meditation revolutionizes the healing process. By balancing and regenerating the body's ethereal and physical energies through simple meditations, Medical Meditation unites the mind, body, and spirit into a powerful triad. Each Medical Meditation here has a specific physiological effect, targeting afflictions from arthritis to ulcers to cancer. Dr. Khalsa details the five unique attributes that endow this type of meditation with far more power than standard meditation. The combination of special postures and movements; exact positioning of the hands and fingers; particular mantras; specific breathing patterns; and a unique focus of concentration can change your entire biochemical profile, easing you into a calm, healing state. Practiced in conjunction with conventional or alternative medical treatments, cutting-edge Medical Meditation activates the healing force within you.
The Key to Changing the World — from a Global Perspective to a Hyper-Universal Perspective
Author: Sat Dharma
Publisher: Balboa Press
Drawing inspiration and knowledge from a range of cultures and religions, Awakening Power synthesizes ancient and modern knowledge in a format that is easy to read and understand. Offering clear explanations and simple steps for daily life, this book will guide you towards a liberating transformation of the self.
Mindfulness Practices and Spiritual Tools to Transform Your Life
Author: Wayne W. Dyer
Publisher: Hay House
A book of spiritual teachings from international best-selling author and beloved inspirational speaker Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. This book restructures content from audio lectures of Wayne's from the 1990s and 2000s, offering a fresh take on mindfulness and enlightenment. Beloved spiritual teacher Dr. Wayne W. Dyer often shared his thoughts on the path and practice of enlightenment during his writings and presentations. He'd say, "This is not about self-help. It's about self-realization, which is way beyond self-help." In this book, which collects some of his timeless words of wisdom in a new format, the internationally renowned speaker and author offers spiritual tools to transcend your current circumstances and old patterns in order to reach true fulfillment. He will show you how to become genuinely awake, aware of the power you have within to shift your thought processes, release attachments, and tame your ego--to name just a few topics covered in these pages. Wayne will help you understand what an illusion much of life is, so you can see the big picture and spark deep transformation (that is, "the ability to go beyond your form"), resulting in peace and harmony in all areas of your life. He will also take you through the stages of enlightenment, and instruct you in mindfulness practices such as visualization and meditation, ultimately helping you reach a higher consciousness. Indeed, as a result of reading this book, you'll feel as if you are absolutely living in the light, in tune with the magnificence of the Universe . . . and yourself.
Today’s globalized society faces some of humanity’s most unprecedented social and environmental challenges. Presenting new and insightful approaches to a range of these challenges, the timely volume before you draws upon individual cases of exemplary leadership from the world’s Dharma traditions—Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The volume's authors refer to such exemplary leaders as “beacons of Dharma,” highlighting the ways in which each figure, via their inspirational life work, provide us with illuminating perspectives as we continue to confront cases of grave injustice and needless suffering in the world. Taking on difficult contemporary issues such as climate change, racial and gender inequality, industrial agriculture and animal rights, fair access to healthcare and education, and other such pressing concerns, Beacons of Dharma offers a promising and much needed contribution to our global remedial discussions. Seeking to help solve and alleviate such social and environmental issues, each of the chapters in the volume invites contemplation, inspires action, and offers a freshly invigorating source of hope.
This is the first book to examine war and violence in Sri Lanka through the lens of cross-cultural studies on just-war tradition and theory. In a study that is textual, historical and anthropological, it is argued that the ongoing Sinhala-Tamil conflict is in actual practice often justified by a resort to religious stories that allow for war when Buddhism is in peril. Though Buddhism is commonly assumed to be a religion that never allows for war, this study suggests otherwise, thereby bringing Buddhism into the ethical dialogue on religion and war. Without a realistic consideration of just-war thinking in contemporary Sri Lanka, it will remain impossible to understand the power of religion there to create both peace and war.
Jain Dharma is a long awaited title, one which followers of the religion have often sought in vain but who can now fully enjoy and use in their day-to-day spiritual lives. All too frequently other volumes dedicated to the study of Jainism available in libraries and bookshops are inaccessible to religious practitioners themselves, as these texts are mostly authored by scholars and designed essentially for academic use. Alternatively, other books on the religion written from the perspective of Jainism are not always found to be sufficiently comprehensive in a way that practitioners can easily digest. It is for these reasons - a necessary attempt to bridge this gap - that this present work has been constructed. Throughout the book a sincere attempt is made at all times faithfully to disclose the essence of what Mahavir Swami taught and promulgated, with careful attention given to how he boldly and courageously paved the way for ending the suffering of all sentient beings, ensuring the emancipation of all souls. Moving away from the mainstream traditions dominant during his day in order to create a path that held no bar to any individual and indeed embraced everyone, Mahavir Swami understandably attracted many enthusiastic followers - both ascetic and lay - followers who quickly formed themselves into a distinct and vibrant community. It is also because the transformational message he preached, one which Mahavir Swami himself directly embodied, that the tradition he forged continues to have enormous appeal today, and it is this very message as well as its application that Jain Dharma celebrates. As such, the book is at once an important new resource on Jainism and essential reading for all its practitioners.
Whether defined by family, lineage, caste, professional or religious association, village, or region, India's diverse groups did settle on a concept of law in classical times. How did they reach this consensus? Was it based on religious grounds or a transcendent source of knowledge? Did it depend on time and place? And what apparatus did communities develop to ensure justice was done, verdicts were fair, and the guilty were punished? Addressing these questions and more, A Dharma Reader traces the definition, epistemology, procedure, and process of Indian law from the third century B.C.E. to the middle ages. Its breadth captures the centuries-long struggle by Indian thinkers to theorize law in a multiethnic and pluralist society. The volume includes new and accessible translations of key texts, notes that explain the significance and chronology of selections, and a comprehensive introduction that summarizes the development of various disciplines in intellectual-historical terms. It reconstructs the principal disputes of a given discipline, which not only clarifies the arguments but also relays the dynamism of the fight. For those seeking a richer understanding of the political and intellectual origins of a major twenty-first-century power, along with unique insight into the legal interactions among its many groups, this book offers exceptional detail, historical precision, and expository illumination.
A practical guide to simple daily techniques for rapid spiritual progress • Explores 11 time-tested methods for spiritual advancement and how you only need to include 7 each day for spiritual growth and personal enlightenment • Includes wisdom from spiritual masters from nearly every religion, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and more • Offers routines, tips, and tricks to keep you on track, mantras for success and sacred connection, and exercises to apply these spiritual lessons in your everyday life Enlightenment means becoming a light unto yourself. But how does one get on the path to enlightenment? In this practical spiritual guide, Simon Chokoisky shares 11 time-tested yet simple daily techniques to help you find your spiritual path, or “dharma,” no matter what your spiritual background--be it Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, or Agnostic. He explains how everyone has a unique learning style as well as a spiritual style--your “Dharma type”--and how the Dharma method allows you to pick any seven of the 11 methods described in the book to practice. You can even change them daily, all based on your unique needs. And by holding to the 7/11 “rule” daily, you’ll soon find yourself on the road to rapid spiritual progress and personal enlightenment. In this book, the author explains how he distilled these 11 spiritual techniques from centuries of methods used by spiritual masters from around the world. He details the 5 different Dharma types and provides personality tests to determine your type. He provides routines, tips, and tricks to keep you on track as well as thoughtful exercises to help you apply spiritual principles in your everyday life. He explores how to apply the commandments of the Judeo-Christian tradition, the Yoga Yamas and Niyamas, and the Buddhist 8-fold path based on your Dharma type. He discusses the power of sound and how to use mantras for success and sacred connection. He also explains the best ways to purify your body and mind as well as how to create a “standing wave” of spiritual power to recharge yourself anytime during the day. Showing how spirituality is inherent in each of us and is abundant, free, and easy to cultivate, the author reveals how you can best cultivate your spiritual light and share it with the world.
A collection of three hundred koans compiled by Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, this book presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on his profound teachings and their relevance for modern Western practitioners of Zen. Following the traditional format for koan collections, John Daido Loori Roshi, an American Zen master, has added his own commentary and accompanying verse for each of Dogen’s koans. Zen students and scholars will find The True Dharma Eye to be a source of deep insight into the mind of one of the world’s greatest religious thinkers, as well as the practice of koan study itself.