This work is the magnum opus of bucke's career, a project that he researched and wrote over many years. in it, bucke described his own experience, that of contemporaries (most notably whitman, but also unknown figures like "c.p."), and the experiences and outlook of historical figures including buddha, jesus, paul, plotinus, muhammad, dante, francis bacon, and william blake. bucke developed a theory involving three stages in the development of consciousness: the simple consciousness of animals; the self-consciousness of the mass of humanity (encompassing reason, imagination, etc.); and cosmic consciousness -
Excerpt: "This is the story of a phenomenon. I will begin by calling him simply that, rather than `holy man', `mystic', or `saint'; all emotive words with mixed associations which may attract some readers, repel others."
'you must learn not what people round you consider good or bad, but to act in life as your conscience bids you' for twenty years, the spiritual teacher gurdjieff journeyed through central asia and the middle east. part travelogue, part adventure, part spiritual guide, meetings with remarkable men vividly describes his encounters with the people who aided his search for knowledge: his father, a bard, who handed down to him tales of wonder and magic; a russian prince dedicated to the truth; a persian dervish who taught him a new
The diamond sutra, composed in india in the fourth century ce, is one of the most treasured works of buddhist literature and is the oldest existing printed book in the world. it is known as the diamond sutra because its teachings are said to be like diamonds that cut away all dualistic thought, releasing one from the attachment to objects and bringing one to the further shore of enlightenment. the format of this important sutra is presented as a conversation between the buddha and one of his disciples. the sutra
In his definitive introduction to zen buddhism, alan watts explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion to western readers. with a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity. watts saw zen as “one of the most precious gifts of asia to the world,” and in the way of zen he gives this gift to readers everywhere.
A thorough presentation of tibetan esoteric principles, foundations of tibetan mysticism is one of the most valuable books ever written on the subject. lama angarika govinda spent over 20 years of his life as a member of the kargyutpa order. studying at the feet of masters in tibetan hermitages and monasteries, his direct experience has given him a clear insight into much that has remained totally obscure to the world. this work, regarded as a classic of tibetan mysticism, explains the esoteric principles of mantra and clarifies the differences between
This classic teaching by a tibetan master continues to inspire both beginners and long-time practitioners of buddhist meditation. chögyam trungpa rinpoche shows that meditation extends beyond the formal practice of sitting to build the foundation for compassion, awareness, and creativity in all aspects of life. he explores the six activities associated with meditation in action—generosity, discipline, patience, energy, clarity, and wisdom—revealing that through simple, direct experience, one can attain real wisdom: the ability to see clearly into situations and deal with them skillfully, without the self-consciousness connected with ego.
A buddhist holy man whose songs have been sung and studied since the twelfth century, milarepa exchanged a life of sin and maliciousness for one of contemplation and love, eventually reaching—according to his disciples—the ultimate state of enlightenment. his thousands of extemporaneously composed songs communicate complex ideas in a simple, lucid style. this volume features the best and most highly esteemed of the religious leader's songs of love and compassion that include lessons on the negative aspects of ambition and the importance of finding inner peace. in addition, he stresses
Book summary of hindu mysticism the india-china border question is a subject on which a great deal of authentic and original material is available in the form of maps, documents, treaties, official correspondence, and exhaustive reports by the two governments concerned. but the vastness of this material and the complexity of the question make it difficult for the lay reader to get at the main points of the argument. g.n. rao has attempted here, in a small compass, a clear and lucid analysis of the nature of evidence involved, the
In this "strange little book" that grew out of the author's experiences living in an experimental commune during the early '70s, "capital" has replaced "land" as the key to human economy. now is the time for human energy to replace both capital and land as the essential human possession, with which all other things can be achieved.