In this down-to-earth book, ben connelly sure-handedly guides us through the intricacies of Yogacara and the richness of the “Thirty Verses. Dedicating a chapter of the book to each line of the poem, he lets us thoroughly lose ourselves in its depths. Vasubandhu’s “thirty verses” lay out a path of practice that integrates the most powerful of Buddhism’s psychological and mystical possibilities: Early Buddhism’s practices for shedding afflictive emotional habit and the Mahayana emphasis on shedding divisive concepts, the path of individual liberation and the path of freeing all beings, the path to nirvana and the path of enlightenment as the very ground of being right now.
Although yogacara has a reputation for being extremely complex, the “thirty verses” distills the principles of these traditions to their most practical forms, a master, and this book follows that sense of focus; it goes to the heart of the matter—how do we alleviate suffering through shedding our emotional knots and our sense of alienation? This is a great introduction to a philosophy, and a work whose influence reverberates throughout modern Buddhism.
Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara: A Practitioner's Guide #ad - . Thirty verses on consciousness only, ” or “Trimshika, comprehensive, ” is the most concise, and accessible work by this revered figure. This was the yogacara movement, and it continues to have great influence in modern Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. In fourth-century india one of the great geniuses of Buddhism, Vasubandhu, sought to reconcile the diverse ideas and forms of Buddhism practiced at the time and demonstrate how they could be effectively integrated into a single system.
Living Yogacara: An Introduction to Consciousness-Only BuddhismWisdom Publications #ad - Yogacara served as the basis for the development of the doctrines of karma and liberation in many other schools. In this refreshingly accessible study, Tagawa Shun'ei makes sense of Yogacara's subtleties and complexities with insight and clarity. Yogacara buddhism was unable to sustain the same level of popularity as other Buddhist schools in India, and East Asia, Tibet, but its teachings on the nature of consciousness profoundly impacted the successive developments of Buddhism.
He shows us that yogacara masters comprehend and express everyday experiences that we all take for granted, yet struggle to explain. The yogacara view is based on the fundamental truth that there is nothing in the realm of human experience that is not interpreted by and dependent upon the mind. Yogacara is an influential school of Buddhist philosophy and psychology that stems from the early Indian Mahayana Buddhist tradition.
Living Yogacara: An Introduction to Consciousness-Only Buddhism #ad - Eloquent and approachable, Living Yogacara deepens the reader's understanding of the development of Buddhism's interpretation of the human psyche.
The Dhammapada Penguin ClassicsPenguin #ad - One of the best-known and best-loved works of buddhist literature, the Dhammapada forms part of the oldest surviving body of Buddhist writings, and is traditionally regarded as the authentic teachings of the Buddha himself, spoken by him in his lifetime, and memorized and handed on by his followers after his death.
A collection of simple verses gathered in themes such as 'awareness', instructional and mind-clearing, 'fools' and 'old age', the Dhammapada is accessible, with lessons in each verse to give ethical advice and to remind the listener of the transience of life. Valerie roebuck's new translation is accompanied by an introduction examining the language of the Dhammapada, its status as literature and the school of Buddhist teaching from which it comes.
The Life of the Buddha Penguin ClassicsPenguin Classics #ad - With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
A blueprint for a life of mindfulness, dedicated to the easing of suffering both for oneself and for othersThe story of Shakyamuni Buddha’s epic journey to enlightenment is perhaps the most important narrative in the Buddhist tradition. Tenzin chögyel’sthe life of the buddha, composed in the mid–eighteenth century and now in a vivid new translation, is a masterly storyteller’s rendition of the twelve acts of the Buddha.
The Life of the Buddha Penguin Classics #ad - Chögyel’s classical tale seamlessly weaves together the vast and the minute, the earthly and the celestial, reflecting the near-omnipresent aid of the gods alongside the Buddha’s moving final reunion with his devoted son, Rahula. The life of the buddha has the power to engage people through a deeply human story with cosmic implications.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou's Classic Zen PoemWisdom Publications #ad - His book delivers a wealth of information on the context and content of this eighth-century work, calm, as well as directly evokes the poem’s themes of simple living, and a deep sense of connection to all things. Ben connelly’s inside the Grass Hut unpacks the timeless poem and applies it to contemporary life.
Line by line, connelly shows how the poem draws on and expresses elements from the thousand years of Buddhist thought that preceded it, expands on the poem’s depiction of a life of simple practice in nature, and tells stories of the way these teachings manifest in modern life. Connelly, like shitou before him, proves himself adept at taking profound and complex themes from Zen and laying them out in a practical and understandable way.
Eminently readable, inside the grass Hut shows the reader a path of wholehearted engagement—with the poem, thoroughly illuminating, and with the world. Enter the mind and practice of Zen: apply the insights of one of Zen's classic poems to your life--here and now. Destined to become a trusted, dog-eared companion.
Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou's Classic Zen Poem #ad - Shitou xiqian’s “song of the grass roof hermitage” is a remarkably accessible work of profound depth; in thirty-two lines Shitou expresses the breadth of the entire Buddhist tradition with simple, vivid imagery. Each pithy chapter focuses on a single line of the poem, letting the reader immerse himself thoroughly in each line and then come up for air before moving on to the next.
Destined to become a trusted, dog-eared companion.
The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and CommentaryCounterpoint #ad - This promises to become an essential text for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding or knowledge of Zen. Zen’s first patriarch, gave a copy of this text to his successor, Bodhidharma, Hui-k’o, and told him everything he needed to know was in this book. In the words of chinese zen masters, these two teachings became known as have a cup of tea” and taste the tea.
This is the first translation into english of the original text used by Bodhidharma, which was the Chinese translation made by Gunabhadra in 443 and upon which all Chinese Zen masters have relied ever since. In addition to presenting one of the most difficult of all Buddhist texts in clear English, explanations and notes, Red Pine has also added summaries, including relevant Sanskrit terms on the basis of which the Chinese translation was made.
The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary #ad - Passed down from teacher to student ever since, this is the only Zen sutra ever spoken by the Buddha. Although it covers all the major teachings of mahayana buddhism, it contains but two teachings: that everything we perceive as being real is nothing but the perceptions of our own mind and that the knowledge of this is something that must be realized and experienced for oneself and cannot be expressed in words.
The lankavatara Sutra is the holy grail of Zen. Having translated the diamond sutra and the Heart Sutra, and following with The Platform Sutra, Red Pine now turns his attention to perhaps the greatest Sutra of all.
Han Feizi: Basic Writings Translations from the Asian ClassicsColumbia University Press #ad - Han feizi 280?-233 B. C. A prince of han, or legalist, was a representative of the Fa-chia, school of philosophy and produced the final and most readable exposition of its theories. Ironically, eventually sent han feizi to prison, the ruler most influenced by Han Feizi, the king of Qin, where he later committed suicide.
His handbook for the ruler deals with the problems of strengthening and preserving the state, the way of the ruler, the use of power, and punishment and favor. Trenchant, and cynical, sophisticated, Han Feizi has been read in every age and is still of interest today when people are more than ever concerned with the nature and use of power.
The Four Books: The Basic Teachings of the Later Confucian Tradition Hackett ClassicsHackett Publishing Company, Inc. #ad - Since the four books with zhu xi's commentary served as the basic textbook for Chinese schooling and the civil service examinations for more than seven hundred years, this book illustrates as well the nature of the standard Chinese educational curriculum. It guides the reader through zhu xi's influential interpretation of the Four Books, through the genre of commentary, showing how Zhu, gave new coherence and meaning to these foundational texts.
In this engaging volume, daniel gardner explains the way in which the Four Books--Great Learning, Analects, Mencius, and Maintaining Perfect Balance--have been read and understood by the Chinese since the twelfth century. Selected passages in translation are accompanied by Gardner's comments, which incorporate selections from the commentary and interpretation of the renowned Neo-Confucian thinker, Zhu Xi 1130-1200
The Four Books: The Basic Teachings of the Later Confucian Tradition Hackett Classics #ad - This study provides an ideal introduction to the basic texts in the Confucian tradition from the twelfth through the twentieth centuries.
Being-Time: A Practitioner's Guide to Dogen's Shobogenzo UjiWisdom Publications #ad - It is all-inclusive, all-elusive, ultimately healing, and eternal. To really understand and fully embrace this point is to live in a radically different world—a world of awakening, inclusion, and love. If this text causes you to doubt your most cherished concepts about your life, it will have done its work.
From the foreword by norman fischer being-time thoroughly explores Dogen’s teaching on how we practice as Buddhas by understanding the relationship between being and time as it is—and as we perceive it to be. In this book, as does no other book I know of, Shinshu Roberts does full justice, to Dogen’s words.
Being-Time: A Practitioner's Guide to Dogen's Shobogenzo Uji #ad - Using dogen’s shobogenzo uji the true dharma eye, shinshu roberts offers a twofold analysis of this teaching: the meaning of the text and practice with the text, Being-Time, giving examples how we apply Dogen’s complex teaching to our daily lives. . A tour-de-force guide to zen master Dogen’s most subtle and sophisticated philosophical premises: that being and time are inseparable.
Impermanence is time itself, being itself—yet time and being are not at all as we imagine them to be. She offers interpretation of uji only after careful consideration and marshaling of many sources—and offers simple everyday examples to illustrate points that seem at first abstruse. In uji, being itself, Dogen teaches that time itself, is luminous awakening.
Zen master dogen frames the teaching on impermanence explicitly as a teaching about time—and all of Dogen’s profoundly poetic teachings flow from his seminal understanding of time, as expressed in Uji Being-Time, the famous—and famously difficult—essay in his masterwork, Shobogenzo.
The Mountains and Waters Sutra: A Practitioner's Guide to Dogen's "Sansuikyo"Wisdom Publications #ad - What does it mean for mountains to walk? how are mountains an expression of Buddha’s truth, and how can we learn to hear the deep teachings of river waters? Throughout this luminous volume, we learn how we can live in harmony with nature in respect and gratitude—and awaken to our true nature. Shohaku okumura—renowned for his translations of and magisterial teachings on Dogen—guides the reader through the rich layers of metaphor and meaning in “Sansuikyo, ” which is often thought to be the most beautiful essay in Dogen’s monumental Shobogenzo.
His wise and friendly voice shows us the questions Dogen poses and helps us realize what the answers could be. An indispensable map of a classic Zen text. Mountains and waters are the expression of old buddhas. So begins “sansuikyo, ” a masterpiece of poetry and insight from Eihei Dogen, ” or “Mountains and Waters Sutra, the thirteenth-century founder of the Soto school of Zen.
Understanding Our Mind: 51 Verses on Buddhist PsychologyParallax Press #ad - Vietnamese zen master thuong Chieu said, "When we understand how our mind works, the practice becomes easy. ". A finalist for the 2001 nautilus award, understanding Our Mind, is Thich Nhat Hanh’s profound look at Buddhist psychology with insights into how these ancient teachings apply to the modern world.
Based on the fifty verses on the nature of consciousness taken from the great fifth-century Buddhist master Vasubandhu and the teachings of the Avatamsaka Sutra, embracing, Thich Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognizing, and looking deeply into the nature of our feelings and perceptions.
Understanding Our Mind: 51 Verses on Buddhist Psychology #ad - Presenting the basic teachings of buddhist applied psychology, where every kind of seed is planted—seeds of suffering, anger, happiness, Understanding Our Mind shows us how our mind is like a field, and peace. The quality of our life depends on the quality of the seeds in our mind. If we know how to water seeds of joy and transform seeds of suffering, love, then understanding, and compassion will flower.