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release date: Jun 22, 2017
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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 22, 2017
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Modern Buddhism (3 Book Series)
From Book 1: Introduction and Encouragement

This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The author says: “Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time.” So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

Volume 1 Sutra explains how to practise basic Buddhist compassion and wisdom in daily life. Covering topics such as What is Buddhism?, Buddhist Faith, The Preciousness of our Human Life, What does our Death Mean?, What is Karma?, The Four Noble Truths & Training in Love and Compassion, this volume shows how we can transform our lives, improve our relationships with others and look behind appearances to see the way things really are.

Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: “May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life.”

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Living in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that reveal the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings. He has also founded over 1,100 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups around the world.

Library Journal Review

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso “is a prolific and respected author,” according to Library Journal, and in Modern Buddhism, “he again presents the thought of the Buddha in an especially accessible manner.” Library Journal calls Gyatso’s 21st book “elegantly stated” and “a delight.”
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by: Sun Tzu
release date: Dec 11, 2015
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The Art of War (Chiron Academic Press - The Original Authoritative Edition)
THE ART OF WAR (Chinese: 孫子兵法; pinyin: Sūnzĭ bīngfǎ) is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician, and kindred to the Realpolitik of his time, termed in China as Legalism. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. It is commonly thought of as a definitive work on military strategy and tactics. It has been the most famous and influential of China's Seven Military Classics, and "for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name." It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.

Beyond its military and intelligence applications from earliest days to the present time, THE ART OF WAR has been applied to many fields well outside of the military. Much of the text is about how to fight wars without actually having to do battle: it gives tips on how to outsmart one's opponent so that physical battle is not necessary. As such, it has found application as a training guide for many competitive endeavors that do not involve actual combat. There are business books applying its lessons to office politics and corporate strategy. Many companies make the book required reading for their key executives. The book is also popular among Western business management, who have turned to it for inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive business situations. It has also been applied to the field of education. The Art of War has been the subject of law books and legal articles on the trial process, including negotiation tactics and trial strategy.
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.
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: Sep 15, 2017
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The Analects of Confucius (Wisehouse Classics Edition)
The Analects (literally: “Edited Conversations”), also known as the Analects of Confucius, is a collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius and his contemporaries, traditionally believed to have been compiled and written by Confucius’ followers. It is believed to have been written during the Warring States period (475 BC–221 BC), and it achieved its final form during the mid-Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). By the early Han dynasty the Analects was considered merely a "commentary" on the Five Classics, but the status of the Analects grew to be one of the central texts of Confucianism by the end of that dynasty.

During the late Song dynasty (960-1279) the importance of the Analects as a philosophy work was raised above that of the older Five Classics, and it was recognized as one of the “Four Books”. The Analects has been one of the most widely read and studied books in China for the last 2,000 years, and continues to have a substantial influence on Chinese and East Asian thought and values today. They were very important for Confucianism and China’s overall morals.
release date: Jun 08, 2017
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Zen: Beginner’s Guide to Understanding & Practicing Zen Meditation to Become Present (Zen Buddhism, Zen Meditation, Zen Habits, Meditation for Beginners)

“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” ― Alan W. Watts

★Free your mind from worry and begin living in the now. Unlock the power of Zen and transform yourself into a present, mindful individual.★

In life, there seems to be an endless list of reasons to worry: money, health, safety, success, well-being, the future, etc. While many of us worry about any number of things, the truth is that this worry actually interferes with our ability to remain in the present.

When we start to confront these monetary or physical distractions we begin to make room for the simple joys around us. Through the Zen Philosophy, we can remove worry and become truly present--Free to enjoy our lives and experience true happiness.

Introducing Zen: Beginner’s Guide to Understanding & Practicing Zen Meditation to Become Present, a comprehensive guide to the history of Zen and how its principles can be applied to help you live your best life. From the brilliant mind of Zen expert and meditation specialist Michael Williams, this book will illustrate the paths we can take to eliminate worry and achieve Zen.

Here’s what to expect in the guide:

  • The history of Zen

  • An explanation of Zen philosophy and its practices

  • How to embrace the Zen state of mind

  • The four noble truths of Zen philosophy

  • The Eightfold Path to Zen

  • The effects of suffering and how to overcome it

  • Tools for accomplishing true zen

  • How to maintain a positive attitude

  • And much, much more!

Achieving Zen is no easy task and requires daily dedication and mindful determination to practice its many forms. With the help of this guidebook, you’ll be transformed into a more patient, present, cognisant person with much more room in your life for happiness and gratitude.

If you’re ready to make real, positive changes in your life, then you are already one step closer to achieving Zen. Start eliminating the clutter of an unhappy, fast-paced life today and grab your copy of Zen: Beginner’s Guide to Understanding & Practicing Zen Meditation to Become Present!

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by: Atem
release date: Jun 15, 2017
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Confucius: A Smile from Eternity
“When Tsze sat himself down upon a big rock, he said to the Earth:
‘Why is it that you are always so hard to manage?’
And the Earth said to Tsze:
‘Because the Great One created me so that you might learn your lessons.’”

Confucius is the Latin name of the great Chinese philosopher Chung-Fu-Tsze. As the Chinese empire was crumbling, Confucius used his erudition and great wisdom to establish order amidst the political and social chaos.

He believed in the integrity of law and tradition, and that inner knowledge had to be activated so that virtue, order, and harmony could be suffused into society. For centuries his philosophy has been the foundation of Chinese society.

His wisdom is reflected in this series of channelled quotes that capture the humour, profundity, and exquisite simplicity of existence.

“The greatest lessons are learned in the stillness of one’s own self.”
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release date: May 17, 2012
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The Art of War
This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
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release date: Dec 21, 2013
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The Essence of Buddhism
This book describes the basic principles of Buddhism. Much has been written about Buddhism and how to practice it. Readers will have no difficulty finding hundreds of books on the topic. This book simply focuses on the essence of Buddhism, as expressed in the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path.

Buddhism is not a religion as such; it does not propose an external God. It does not seek to replace a person’s existing religious beliefs, only to supplement them. The Buddha, in all likelihood, would rather his followers describe themselves simply as Followers of The Way.
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