The Principles Underlying the Construction of a Course in Philosophy of Religion for Undergraduates (Classic Reprint): Margaret Gibson Hummel
Psychology, Religion And Healing - A Critical Study Of All The Non-Physical Methods Of Healing, With An Examination Of The Principles Underlying Them And The Techniques Employed To Express Them, Together With Some Conclusions Regarding Further Investigati: Leslie Weatherhead
As human beings, we strive to make life go smoothly for ourselves and others, but that is expecting from the world something it cannot give. Ajahn Brahm, the bestselling author of Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? and Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, presents in this new work wisdom for learning to abandon the headwind of false expectations and follow instead the path of understanding in order to find true joy within. By releasing our attachment to past and future, hope and fear, we can settle into the stillness underlying all our thoughts and discover the bliss of the present moment.
Maitreya´s Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena distinguishes the illusory phenomenal world of sa?sara produced by the confused dualistic mind from the ultimate reality that is mind´s true nature. The transition from the one to the other is the process of ´´mining for wisdom within delusion.´´ Maitreya´s text calls this ´´the fundamental change,´´ which refers to the vanishing of delusive appearances through practicing the path, thus revealing the underlying changeless nature of these appearances. In this context, the main part of the text consists of the most detailed explanation of nonconceptual wisdom-the primary driving force of the path as well as its ultimate result-in Buddhist literature. The introduction of the book discusses these two topics (fundamental change and nonconceptual wisdom) at length and shows how they are treated in a number of other Buddhist scriptures. The three translated commentaries, by Vasubandhu, the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, and Gö Lotsawa, as well as excerpts from all other available commentaries on Maitreya´s text, put it in the larger context of the Indian Yogacara School and further clarify its main themes. They also show how this text is not a mere scholarly document, but an essential foundation for practicing both the sutrayana and the vajrayana and thus making what it describes a living experience. The book also discusses the remaining four of the five works of Maitreya, their transmission from India to Tibet, and various views about them in the Tibetan tradition.
Revealing the underlying unity of all religions was a central mission of Yogananda´s work. In his teachings and writings, Yogananda explained the fundamental truths and similarities of Hinduism and Christianity. To increase understanding and clarity of this aspect of Yogananda´s mission, Swami Kriyananda has written two books, Rays of the Same Light and The Promise of Immortality: The True Teaching of the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. In this recording, Swami speaks deeply about this very important subject.Treasures Along the Path produces a different talk by Swami Kriyananda every month. For more information about Treasures Along the Path, please visit www.treasuresalongthepath.org. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/clar/000027/sp_clar_000027_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A number attempts to provide a rational basis for religious sentiment are clearly stated and carefully critiqued, most of them being shown to fail. At the same time, it is argued that the legitimacy of religious sentiment is in no way undermined by such failings, since any outlook whose legitimacy depends on the outcome of logical or empirical inquiry is for that very reason a non-religious outlook. And the reason for this is not that a religious outlook is a stubbornly irrational one. It is that the false historical and cosmological doctrines that religions require their followers to accept are mere foils. In believing, for lack of a better word, that Christ walked on water, one is accepting Christ´s teachings; one is not actually accepting the obvious falsehood that some man walked on water. Unless one´s acceptance of these teachings took the form of quasi-acceptance of obvious fictions, one´s acceptance of them would be as fragile and as motivationally inert as any other reason-based belief. By the same token, because the falsehood in question is invariably of a patently infantile kind, one´s acceptance of it represents an existential commitment on one´s part to a certain way of life. These obvious truths are lost on philosophers of religion, given their tendency to take all statements literally and their consequent failure to give due to weight to unstated contextual information. In general, so the present work demonstrates, philosophers who have examined religion have succeeded only studying projections of their own brittle rationalism, which, it seems, merely cloaks an underlying desire to return to the very pieties these same philosophers claim to spurn. This is not to say that religious belief is not to be analyzed, but rather that it falls within the bailiwick not of the logician, but of the psychoanalyst. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clive Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066184/bk_acx0_066184_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Will current generations live to see Armageddon? Are there really sinister forces at work, encouraging its imminent arrival? If so, who exactly are they? In his latest investigative book, Michael Baigent takes us to the assembly hall of the UN, the boardrooms of major businesses and powerful lobbying groups, the cabinet meetings of world leaders, the ranches of cattle breeders, the churches of the faithful, and the narrow winding streets of modern Jerusalem, revealing to us the many diverse, public, and clandestine figures behind a perilous messianic agenda. By unveiling truly bizarre alliances, revisiting centuries-old ghostly events still haunting the birthplaces of religion, unraveling complex threads of history to discern the difference between myth and prophecy, and providing a thorough explication of the religious texts underlying all of this madness in the context of the times in which they were written, Baigent presents a very different view of the past, present, and future than that perpetuated by many loose interpretations of scripture. What are faith force multipliers? Which members of the U.S. military top brass have fought to employ them? Which world leader belongs to a secret messianic society called the Hojjatieh? What is the Chalcedon Foundation? And what is the correlation between its tenets, those of sharia law, and the fulfillment of end-time prophecies? The answers to these questions and others will intrigue, mystify, and enrage you, whether you´re a person of faith or a staunch secularist. But the author´s goal is not simply to shock the reader - it is to help diffuse the time bomb that has been set by the hard-liners of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In the end, Baigent asks these questions to deliver an urgent message: that spiritual yearning is actually a deep and personal issue of awareness, one that can bring hope and tolerance to the world, rather than the self-superiority and control that are bo... 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/001973/bk_harp_001973_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Osho sees Zen not as a historical spiritual tradition but as the future spirituality of a humanity that has matured to the point that people no longer need religions controlled by priesthoods and based on fearful superstitions that cripple people´s innate intelligence and divide them from one another. This series of talks offers a deeper understanding of the underlying differences between Eastern and Western approaches to religion and the nature of consciousness. It´s a beautiful introduction to a world where each individual has the capacity for an instant and profound understanding of existence and a rebirth of the trust in life that each of us is born with. Dang Dang Doko Dang represents the sound of the drum beaten by a Zen master in an existential lesson for a disciple. As well as symbolizing the poetic quality of Zen, the title represents the special flavor of this collection of Osho´s commentaries on well-known Zen stories. This volume is part of the Osho Classics series and also includes Osho´s responses to questions about the meditation technique of Zazen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Osho. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/osho/000014/sp_osho_000014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nine out of ten Japanese claim some affiliation with Shinto, but in the West the religion remains the least studied of the major Asian spiritual traditions. It is so interlaced with Japanese cultural values and practices that scholarly studies usually focus on only one of its dimensions: Shinto as a ´´nature religion´´, an ´´imperial state religion´´, a ´´primal religion´´, or a ´´folk amalgam of practices and beliefs´´. Thomas Kasulis´ fresh approach to Shinto explains with clarity and economy how these different aspects interrelate. As a philosopher of religion, he first analyzes the experiential aspect of Shinto spirituality underlying its various ideas and practices. Second, as a historian of Japanese thought, he sketches several major developments in Shinto doctrines and institutions from prehistory to the present, showing how its interactions with Buddhism, Confucianism, and nationalism influenced its expression in different times and contexts. In Shinto´s idiosyncratic history, Kasulis finds the explicit interplay between two forms of spirituality: the ´´existential´´ and the ´´essentialist´´. Although the dynamic between the two is particularly striking and accessible in the study of Shinto, he concludes that a similar dynamic may be found in the history of other religions as well. Two decades ago, Kasulis´ Zen Action/Zen Person brought an innovative understanding to the ideas and practices of Zen Buddhism, an understanding influential in the ensuing decade of philosophical Zen studies. Shinto: The Way Home promises to do the same for future Shinto studies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dean Sluyter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003302/bk_acx0_003302_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.