Discover why Buddhism is such an astonishingly lively and adaptable religion with this series. In just 12 accessible lectures, you´ll learn how Buddhism transformed the civilizations of India and much of Asia, and has now become a vital part of Western culture. Buddhism´s core philosophy, as you´ll learn, is that nothing is permanent - all is change. With this in mind, you´ll plunge into an introductory look at this faith. You´ll unpack the Buddhist idea that all of life is ´´suffering´´ and that there is no permanent self. You´ll learn about the life story of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, his teaching (Dharma), and his community of disciples (Samgha). You´ll also gain a clear understanding of key Buddhist terms such as nirvana, tantra, mandala, bodhisattva, and Zen; survey the lives of contemporary, well-known Buddhists such as the Dalai Lama; and examine Buddhist responses to some of the fundamental problems of life-responses that share some surprising similarities and differences with those of other faiths such as Christianity or Islam. These lectures are a chance for you to travel around the world and back in time, surveying Buddhism from its origin in India in the 6th or 5th centuries B.C.E. to the present day. It´s a 2,500-year history that will give you a fascinating window into how a faith can grow from a tiny religious community into a movement that spans the globe. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Malcolm David Eckel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000131/bk_tcco_000131_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Buddhism the Religion of No-Religion:Tuttle Publishing Alan Watts
For half of the 20th century, Huston Smith covered the world seeking answers to the supreme questions in life: Why are we here? What do we really want? What does it all mean? From humble village temples to glinting mosques and towering cathedrals, Smith has uncovered the spiritual treasures buried beneath thousands of years of historical and scientific distortions. Now, in his own words, Smith shares the true story of his epic search for the seeds of wisdom in Religions of the World. Huston Smith´s intent is to awaken the fullness of our humanity - to encourage us to break free from the narrow corridors of orthodox theology and awaken us to the values and beliefs that allow us to triumph as people and as cultures. For this is not the story of religious institutions but of the eternal truths that inspire them, as viewed through the eyes of this great scholar, teacher, and author. With Huston Smith as your personal guide, you will examine the defining perspectives within the world´s central religions - the teachings that have touched his own life directly - and learn how these traditions differ while retaining a common interior language that speaks to our highest aspirations. Religions of the World looks beyond information, beyond doctrine and dogma, into the wisdom at the very heart of these great traditions: Taoism, Christianity, Judaism, primal religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Islam. Here is perhaps the greatest story ever told: how religion comes alive and lights the way with a sacred flame, bringing the secret of joy into the darkest corners of the human soul. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Huston Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/true/000740/sp_true_000740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, becoming the prevalent form of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. Over the last twenty-five years Western interest in Mahayana has increased considerably, reflected both in the quantity of scholarly material produced and in the attraction of Westerners towards Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Paul Williams Mahayana Buddhism is widely regarded as the standard introduction to the field, used internationally for teaching and research and has been translated into several European and Asian languages. This new edition has been fully revised throughout in the light of the wealth of new studies and focuses on the religion ´s diversity and richness. It includes much more material on China and Japan, with appropriate reference to Nepal, and for students who wish to carry their study further there is a much-expanded bibliography and extensive footnotes and cross-referencing. Everyone studying this important tradition will find Williams book the ideal companion to their studies.
Buddhism as a Religion:Its Historical Development and Its Present Conditions (Classic Reprint) Heinrich Friedrich Hackmann
This book, designed as a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Western neuroscientists, takes readers on a journey through opposing fields of thought--showing that they may not be so opposing after all. Is the mind an ephemeral side effect of the brain´s physical processes? Are there forms of consciousness so subtle that science has not yet identified them? How does consciousness happen? Organized by the Mind and Life Institute, this discussion addresses some of the most troublesome questions that have driven a wedge between Western science and religion. Edited by Zara Houshmand, Robert B. Livingston, and B. Alan Wallace, Where Buddhism Meets Neuroscience is the culmination of meetings between the Dalai Lama and a group of eminent neuroscientists and psychiatrists. The Dalai Lama´s incisive, open-minded approach both challenges and offers inspiration to Western scientists. This book was previously published under the title Consciousness at the Crossroads.