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The Little Books on Buddhism (8 Book Series)
From Book 1: The Little Book of Buddhist Meditation is designed to help you establish a regular meditation practice. It is based on the Buddha's original teachings. You will be guided step-by-step through establishing a posture, and basic meditation techniques like breath counting, sweeping, the practice of loving-kindness, walking meditation, and the use of "gathas", or short poems. There is also an explanation of chanting and how this can be used to establish the beginning of a sitting, to bring the mind into the present moment, and to reinforce the Buddha's teachings. There is also a description of what to do when problems occur, and how to establish a regular routine. This guide is intended to help you develop a sense of well-being, calm, serenity, and confidence, for a foundation that will serve you for many years to come.
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release date: Jun 16, 2017
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The Ultimate Guide to Chakras
"What is a Chakra?

A chakra is a gathering of “like energy” that forms into a cone shape and resides within the seven major cavities of the physical body. Each body cavity has its own energy field and in that energy field resides a major chakra center.

Each major chakra center processes energy. This energy supports the organs associated with its particular body cavity. Each chakra center inter-communicates with all the chakra centers and comprises the comprehensive chakra energy system. The chakra energy system overall supports the wellness of the spiritual energy field. The spiritual energy field works in conjunction with the physical body.

Together, these are the elements that support the body-mind-spirit connection, which in turn, brings wellness and the potential to live an empowered life."
release date: Jun 05, 2014
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Western Lights: A Collection of Essays on Buddhism
“Personal experience has proven that my body has to do nothing short of screaming to get my attention. In my mid-thirties I was working sixty plus hours per week. I loved the opportunity, I wanted the money, but then came the back spasms…. And that was the alarm that I needed. The lightening had struck. It was time for change.”

Andrew Furst
W e s t e r n L i g h t s

BUDDHISM is an ancient eastern tradition steeped in the culture of India, China, Tibet, Thailand, Korea, and Japan. It’s still acquiring its form and voice in the west. For Americans to benefit from its wisdom, it needs to find a place in our hearts and minds.

Western Lights is a collection of essays from the viewpoint of a Western Buddhist teacher. It speaks about Eastern concepts like karma, hope, attachment, and amptiness from a personal perspective and in terms familiar to Americans. They’re grounded in subject matter familiar to Americans like politics, science, psychology, heaven, and nature.

I hope to help the reader find a personal connection to this ancient tradition and discover what it has to say about the challenges of contemporary life.
INTRODUCTION
This collection of short essays was gleaned from my first foray into writing— blogging for the Buddhist Meditation Group at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading.
To those looking for insight on the path to writing a book, this was my route. In many ways, this book is a selfish venture. It has allowed me to see how everything and everyone are the Buddha teaching me. Writing has also allowed me to see my mind, mostly its cluttered nature, and to both adore it and strive to discipline it.
The blog has steered most recently onto the themes of naturalness, rhythms, and insights available in everyday life. I’ve strived to dust off the dry academic and culturally oriental tenets of this precious 2,500-year-`old religion and bring it to life. I’ve tried to do this by putting it through the agitator of the frenetic beat of western life and the wringer of the western reductionist mind.
The attempt is to take the familiar and spin it on its head in the hopes that I lure you, shake up your world view, and leave you with a little to chew on.

1 What is the Single Most IMPORTANT Teaching?
I had the opportunity to speak with students at Middlesex Community College in Bedford Massachusetts. I was invited by the professor to speak to a class on world art and literature about Buddhism. There were several delightfully engaged students.
One of them posed the following question:
Could you expand upon how Pure Land Buddhism differs from other schools? And what is its single most important teaching?
Answer: Pure Land Buddhism rests on three pillars: FAITH, VOWS, PRACTICE.

A Short Meditation
Meditation is the unification of body, breath, and mind. During this brief session I encourage you to leave everything else behind.
Let’s start with the body. Find a comfortable sitting posture or even lie down. You want to be able to relax all the big muscles in your body. Close your eyes or keep them open as you feel most comfortable.
Spend a minute to reacquaint yourself with all your parts. Take a deep inhale in and with a slightly exaggerated exhale, release all the muscles of your body. Sink. Let all of your flesh literally hang off of your bones. For the next five breaths allow this sense of relaxation to deepen, letting go a little more with each exhale.
Nowwe’llsynchronizethebreathandthemind.Youcanchoosetochant silently or out loud (I recommend out loud – think Gregorian Chant). Either way start with a deep inhale. On the exhale, chant Namo Amitofo slowly for the length of the breath.
Inhale again, and exhale Namo Amitofo. If your chanting aloud, use a deep low tone. Feel the vibration from your throat and heart. Allow it to expand up and down your spinal column. If you’re chanting silently, allow the words to permeate through your entire body.
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release date: Feb 06, 2016
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The Little Book of Buddhist Meditation: Establishing a Daily Meditation Practice (The Little Books of Buddhism 1)
The Little Book of Buddhist Meditation is designed to help you establish a regular meditation practice. It is based on the Buddha's original teachings. You will be guided step-by-step through establishing a posture, and basic meditation techniques like breath counting, sweeping, the practice of loving-kindness, walking meditation, and the use of "gathas", or short poems. There is also an explanation of chanting and how this can be used to establish the beginning of a sitting, to bring the mind into the present moment, and to reinforce the Buddha's teachings. There is also a description of what to do when problems occur, and how to establish a regular routine. This guide is intended to help you develop a sense of well-being, calm, serenity, and confidence, for a foundation that will serve you for many years to come.
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release date: Nov 25, 2016
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365 Zen Quotes to Guide Your Life to Happiness and Inner Peace

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The word “Zen” is one of the most popular words used to refer to a state of being at peace or being chill in the midst of many things that are going on in life. It’s also one of the most misunderstood ones. Zen may be formally defined a type school or branch of Japanese meditation called Mahayana Buddhism, which highlights the importance of intuition and meditation.

This book is about renewing your mind on a daily basis simply by meditating on one quote a day for the next 365 days – or one whole year. By meditating upon these quotes everyday, you can gradually change the way you think about life in general and about certain important things in particular. And when you change the way you think about life, you change the way you feel about it. Only then can inner peace and happiness come to you.

I have presented these quotes to you in 4 different stages, which I believe is important for helping you experience deep and lasting inner peace and happiness. These stages are mindfulness, acceptance, peace of mind, and happiness. Each stage has enough daily quotes to meditate and reflect on for 1 quarter or 3 months.

The very first step towards changing your mind is to first be mindful of yourself and the world around you. Then you’ll be able to start accepting life for what it is, which is key towards achieving the last 2 stages: inner peace and happiness. Your ability to experience inner peace is dependent on how much you’re able to accept yourself and the things around you, and the ability to be truly happy is dependent on how at peace you are.

If you’re ready to start changing your mind, let’s get into the art of Zen by meditating on quote daily starting…now!

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release date: Feb 28, 2016
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The Little Book of Buddhist Virtue: The Buddha's teachings on happiness through skillful conduct (The Little Books of Buddhism 2)
In the Buddha’s system of teaching, the foundation for his entire path is the practice of virtue. This includes his instructions on ethics and morality, as well as the often misunderstood teachings on karma. The Little Book of Buddhist Virtue shows the many contexts in which the Buddha described the practice of virtue. These include an endearing discourse to his 7-year-old son Rahula on proper behavior. There is also a discussion of generosity and the five moral precepts, his explanation of virtue as a “gift that we give to the world”, and the virtue division of the Four Noble Truths. The final section describes each of the Ten Perfections – the "pāramīs" (Pāli), or "pāramitās" (Sanskrit) - using stories from the Buddhist folk tales, the Jātaka stories. Most importantly this Little Book shows that ethics and morality is not a burden, but the path to a noble and happy life.
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release date: Aug 07, 2016
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The Little Book of Buddhist Mindfulness & Concentration (The Little Books on Buddhism 5)
The Little Book on Buddhist Mindfulness & Concentration builds on the basic Buddhist practice that is described in the previous books in this series. This Little Book begins by describing the practice of mindfulness.

The word “mindfulness” has been greatly distorted in its imported, Western version. It is usually taught as something like “non-judgmental awareness” or “non-reactive attention.” But the Pali word for “mindfulness” literally means ”keeping something in mind,” not “attention.” Further, when the Buddha did teach “attention” he taught “wise attention,” which means attending to qualities of the mind that are skillful.

The Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness are taught most extensively in two discourses: “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness” and “Mindfulness of Breathing.” This book describes the practices in both of these discourses.

The practice of “right mindfulness” leads to “right concentration.” The Buddha defined right concentration as “jhana,” or “meditative absorption.” The qualities of mindfulness and concentration reinforce each other. Greater mindfulness leads to greater concentration and greater concentration leads to greater mindfulness.

These practices of mindfulness and concentration constitute Phase Two of Buddhist practice. They lead to serenity, calm, tranquility, and greater wisdom. Ultimately, if they are mastered they lead to Awakening, to freedom from stress and suffering, to transcendent happiness.
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release date: Nov 01, 2016
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The Little Book of Buddhist Awakening: The Buddha's instructions on attaining Enlightenment (The Little Books on Buddhism 8)
The Little Book of Buddhist Awakening looks at the subtle and elusive questions about Awakening, what is also commonly called “Enlightenment.” What does it mean to Awaken? What are the different ways in which the Buddha described the end of the Eightfold Noble Path? What are common misconceptions about Awakening?
Next there is a discussion about how to create the causes and conditions conducive to Awakening. How should you practice? How does individual temperament affect the process of Awakening? How do you practice in a balanced way so that all the different parts of the practice develop together?

Then there is a discussion about the first stage of Awakening, what is called “stream-entry.” What does it mean to “enter the stream?” How did the Buddha define the different stages of Awakening? What are the requisite conditions for moving toward and attaining stream-entry? What are barriers to stream-entry?

Finally there are qualities of mind that put the dedicated meditator on the path to stream entry: dispassion, the still mind, and the “inner observer,” what is also called “mind watching mind.” There is a description of how we fabricate our experience, and how behind that fabrication is a subtle intention.

As our skill as meditators deepens, we see into this causal process, and how our mind takes this process of cause and effect and turns it into a substantial “self.” Over time and with dedication this seeing and understanding leads to cessation, the end of mental fabrication and the end of stress and suffering, to liberation and nirvāṇa.
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release date: Jul 15, 2016
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The Little Book of Buddhist Wisdom (The Little Books on Buddhism 4)
There are many aspects of Buddhism found in most religions. These include ethics and morality, altruism and iconic stories of inspirational people. But The Little Book of Buddhist Wisdom looks at what makes Buddhism unique.

This begins with the most central teaching of Buddhism, The Four Noble Truths. The Four Noble Truths identify our fundamental problem of life and its cause. But more importantly The Four Noble Truths provide the antidote as well, the course of training that leads to greater skill and greater happiness. This path culminates in final release and transcendent knowing.

The law of karma states that our actions have consequences. We are not victims of determinism, random chaos or an external authority. While the law of karma allows for circumstances outside of our control, it focuses us on what we can control. Our destinies are in our hands.

The most complex and subtle of the Buddha’s teachings is that on causation. The teachings on causation describe a universe of every-flowing causes and results, an ocean of experience that changes from moment-to-moment. This is good news because it is the causal nature of life that is the foundation for our ability to evolve, change, become more skilled, and happier.

The final wisdom teaching describes the Three Characteristics of conditioned experience: dukkha (stress, or suffering), impermanence (inconstant and unreliable) and non-self. Most of the difficulty we have in life is because we identify with ever-changing phenomena. To become free from this stress we must release these attachments. This is the way to harmony with life and the universe.

The Little Book of Buddhist Wisdom also looks at two important discourses, one that describes What the Teaching is Not, and one that describes the first step in the Noble Eightfold Path, right view. And finally, there are brief discussions of common Buddhist topics like emptiness, non-duality, Buddha nature, and interconnectedness.
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release date: Nov 10, 2016
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The Little Book of Buddhist Daily Living: The Discipline for Lay People (The Little Books on Buddhism 6)
One of the great challenges for Western Buddhists is how to take a meditation practice and bring it into daily living. Monks and nuns have every aspect of their lives governed by the monastic code, the Vinaya. This makes their lives simpler. The monastic life is optimized for developing the path.

In Asia, traditionally lay Buddhists do not meditate. They followed the Five Ethical Precepts, practice generosity by supporting the monastic Saṇgha, and they go to the temple or monastery on Uposatha Days.

But in the West we have a mode of practice that lies somewhere between the monastic model and the Asian lay model. Western Buddhists are mainly lay people. But we do meditate, and we aspire to many of the life ideals of monks and nuns.

The Little Book on Buddhist Daily Living has discussions on various aspects of life, such as work, caring for our bodies and minds, working with difficult people, how we relate to money, eating, consumption, speech, politics, community, and death. This book also stresses important qualities to cultivate such as kindness, patience, and simplicity.

There is also a look at the Sigālaka Sutta: Advice to Lay People, where the Buddha discusses good friendship, our relationships to parents, spouses, children, and the community of monks and nuns.

The goal is to make Buddhist living a part of every moment of every day. In this way we cultivate the path, becoming happier, more skillful people in the world.
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