Becoming Bodhisattvas

A Guidebook for Compassionate Action
Author: Pema Chodron
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834841665
Category: Religion
Page: 408
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Best-selling American Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön presents a friendly and encouraging guide to spiritual practice for all those who want to take up the path of the bodhisattva--one who aspires to live life with courage, generosity, patience, fearlessness, and compassion. The Way of the Bodhisattva has long been treasured as an indispensable guide to enlightened living, offering a window into the greatest potential within us all. Written in the eighth century by the scholar and saint Shantideva, it presents a comprehensive view of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition’s highest ideal—to commit oneself to the life of a bodhisattva warrior, a person who is wholeheartedly dedicated to the freedom and common good of all beings. And it has inspired many of the tradition’s greatest teachers, providing a remarkable source of insight on the means by which we may heal ourselves and our troubled world. These essential teachings present the core of the Buddhist path, from cultivating deep-seated confidence to infusing one’s life with selflessness, joyfulness, kindness, and compassion. Pema Chödrön here invites you to journey more deeply into this liberating way of life, presenting Shantideva’s text verse-by-verse and offering both illuminating stories and practical exercises to enrich the text and bring its timeless teachings to life in our world today.

No Time to Lose

A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva
Author: Pema Chödrön
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9781590304242
Category: Religion
Page: 386
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A best-selling American Buddhist nun introduces the traditional spiritual program that guides her own life, laying out a ten-stage path toward becoming a bodhisattva that includes such topics as commitment, awareness, vigilance, patience, and meditation.

The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

An Uncommon Guide to Healing, Insight, and Love
Author: Susan Piver
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416596321
Category: Self-Help
Page: 240
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When a relationship ends, the anguish and disappointment can be devastating. A broken heart is genuinely traumatic. Typical recommendations to keep busy, move on, repair your hidden flaws, and then forget about it may not be helpful. In these pages, Susan Piver reveals that heartbreak actually creates an opportunity for genuine emotional and spiritual transformation, enabling you to emerge on the other side stronger, softer, and capable of loving with renewed confidence. In the years following her own experience, relationship writer Susan Piver searched the world’s wisdom traditions and discovered that heartbreak can be an uncompromising teacher of authenticity, power, and even joy. She shares that wisdom here, with instantaneously recognizable anecdotes, insights, on-the-spot practices, exercises, meditations, and down-to-earth advice that make The Wisdom of a Broken Heart a steadying prescription of solace and encouragement, wisdom and humor during the hardest time of your life. Like an infinitely patient, trusted friend, Piver tells you in a thousand different ways the most important thing to remember and the easiest to forget: “You’re going to be okay.”

Taking the Leap

Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
Author: Pema Chodron
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834821019
Category: Religion
Page: 128
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In this book Pema Chödrön shows us how to break free of destructive patterns in our lives and experience a new sense of freedom and happiness. Drawing on the Buddhist concept of shenpa, she helps us to see how certain habits of mind tend to "hook" us and get us stuck in states of anger, blame, self-hatred, and addiction. The good news is that once we start to see these patterns, we can begin to change our lives for the better. The key is learning a new way of facing the inevitable difficulties and insecurities of our daily lives: we must learn how to stay present and open our hearts. "This path entails uncovering three basic human qualities," explains Pema. "These qualities have always been with us but perhaps have gotten buried and almost forgotten. They are natural intelligence, natural warmth, and natural openness. Everyone, everywhere, all over the globe, has these qualities and can call on them to help themselves and others." This book gives us the insights and practices we can immediately put to use in our lives to awaken these essential qualities. In her friendly and encouraging style, Pema Chödrön helps us to take a bold leap toward a new way of living—one that will bring about positive transformation for ourselves and for our troubled world.

Daily Zen Doodles

365 Tangle Creations for Inspiration, Relaxation and Joy
Author: N.A
Publisher: Ulysses Press
ISBN: 1612433782
Category: Art
Page: 384
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Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials: Enriching Your Practice with Buddhist Psychology


Author: Karen Kissel Wegela
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393709973
Category: Psychology
Page: 304
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A basic guide for all therapists to incorporating simple Buddhist principles for optimal therapy effectiveness. Both Western psychotherapy and the Buddhist spiritual path are journeys toward increased self-awareness, understanding, and well-being. By drawing on the Buddhist psychological teachings, Contemplative Psychotherapy provides a deeper, richer approach to client work, one that can greatly enhance and expand a clinician’s therapeutic repertoire. While much has been written recently about mindfulness in psychotherapy and the underlying theory of Buddhist psychology, no book has yet been written that explains to therapists how to apply these teachings in their day-to-day clinical work with clients. This book will answer that need. Karen Kissel Wegela, a leading practitioner and teacher of contemplative psychotherapy, eloquently walks readers through the foundational concepts of this approach and its specific clinical practices, providing lucid guidance on what Buddhist psychology means in the context of therapy work and how to practice it. As Wegela explains, five basic competencies underlie all that a contemplative therapist does: (1) being present and letting be, (2) seeing clearly and not judging, (3) recognizing and appreciating differences, (4) connecting with others and cultivating relationship, and, finally, (5) acting skillfully and letting go. Having a personal mindfulness-awareness practice helps therapists to develop these competencies, and this book offers a step-by-step description of how to establish such a practice. The book explores the nuances of contemplative therapy practice, beginning with creating genuine therapeutic relationships and learning how to recognize “brilliant sanity”—not only psychopathology—in our clients, and goes on to consider sowing the seeds of mindfulness, making skillful use of mindlessness practices, investigating emotions, cultivating compassion, and working with anger. Filled with client vignettes and practical guidance in an eminently wise, openhearted tone, Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials makes the increasingly popular pairing of Buddhist psychology with traditional therapy accessible for any clinician, putting readers and their clients in better touch with the present moment—their bodies, emotions, and minds—for more enduring change.

Lovescapes, Mapping the Geography of Love

An Invitation to the Love-Centered Life
Author: Duncan S. Ferguson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1620321335
Category: Religion
Page: 308
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Lovescapes introduces the reader to the various meanings and manifestations of love and its many cognates such as compassion, caring, altruism, empathy, and forgiveness. It addresses how love and compassion have been understood in history and the religions of the world. It goes on to explore the ways that our environments and heredity influence our capacity to love and suggests ways to cultivate love and compassion in one's life. The book shows how the values of love and compassion are integral to finding humane solutions to the daunting problems we face as individuals, as a human family, and as an earth community--a world in crisis. Lovescapes has the following features: -Describing how love is the essence of the divine, and therefore the ground of reality -Understanding the meaning of love and its place in our lives -Learning how love and compassion have been understood across history, culture, and tradition -Gaining insight about how to increase our capacity to love and show compassion -Discerning how love and compassion can be applied in all aspects of our lives, in the regions where we live, and in our global setting.

A Little Book of Love

Heart Advice on Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and Our World
Author: Moh Hardin
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834827530
Category: Religion
Page: 160
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In the Buddhist tradition, love is not just a feeling but a way of being present with ourselves and others. This book offers practical advice on how to cultivate love, how to deepen it, and how to let it flower in our lives. We may feel great love for our partners, our children, and our friends, but how do we put that love into action so that others are nurtured by it? And what about loving ourselves? How can we develop greater self-acceptance and self-compassion? Meditation teacher Moh Hardin offers key insights and practices from the Buddhist tradition for deepening our relationships and finding true fulfillment in our lives. Topics include: • Simple Buddhist practices for awakening the heart • How and why to become your own best friend • Finding freedom from destructive patterns in relationships • Listening and speaking with love • Loving and letting go Hardin ultimately introduces the inspiring idea of becoming a "bodhisattva warrior," a person who commits to living open-heartedly and working to ease the suffering of the world. Written with unusual clarity, simplicity, and warmth, this little book contains a wealth of wisdom and guidance that could change your life.

Exploring the Spirituality of the World Religions

The Quest for Personal, Spiritual and Social Transformation
Author: Duncan S. Ferguson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 144116054X
Category: Religion
Page: 264
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This book is an insightful guide to the diverse ways that religious faith is practiced and spirituality is understood. Discussing contemporary issues such as post-modernism and the emergence of a "new paradigm," the new realities of geopolitics, globalization and global warming, this book explores the importance of religion in people's lives to provide direction in the society today. This book demonstrates the common quest among the world religions for a deeper and more profound spirituality. Describing the spiritual pathways of the various world religions, it assesses the ways that the beliefs, values and practices of these traditions can be life-giving, leading to personal and social responsibility and transformation, but also sometimes harmful and divisive, even used for dangerous purposes. Promoting constructive engagements between the world's religions, this book will connect social justice and ethical engagements with core religious practices and spiritualities. This is an ideal introductory text for students of world religions, spirituality and interfaith relations, broadening their understanding of these lived faiths.

Beginne, wo du bist

Eine Anleitung zum mitfühlenden Leben
Author: Pema Chödrön
Publisher: Aurum Verlag
ISBN: 3899018877
Category: Philosophy
Page: 212
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Der Grund, warum wir unser Herz so oft verschließen, liegt darin, dass wir nicht wirklich offen für uns selbst sind. Große Teile von uns selbst sind uns so unwillkommen, dass wir jedes Mal davonlaufen, wenn sie auftauchen. Und so schaffen wir es nie, wirklich voll und ganz anwesend zu sein. Dich nur wenn wir bereit sind, voll und ganz zu uns selbst zu stehen und uns selbst niemals im Stich lassen, sind wir in der Lage, auch anderen Menschen beizustehen und ihnen unsere Hilfe mit einem offenen Herzen anzubieten.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit


Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
Category: History
Page: 528
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Sinnvoll zu betrachten

die Lebensweise eines Bodhisattvas
Author: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783908543107
Category: Bodhisattvas
Page: 548
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Siddhartha


Author: Hermann Hesse
Publisher: Re-Image Publishing
ISBN: 3961647771
Category: Fiction
Page: 103
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Der Roman spielt im 6. Jahrhundert vor Christus in Indien und handelt von einem jungen Brahmanen namens Siddhartha und seinem Freund Govinda. Von seinem Vater und anderen Priestern lernt dieser über die Veden, deren philosophische Gedanken, religiöse Gebote und Anleitungen zu Gebeten und Ritualen. Weil er sieht, wie diese trotz heiliger Waschungen und Gebete zur Reinigung von den Sünden nicht aus dem Samsara entkommen, widmet er sein Leben der Suche nach dem Atman, dem All-einen, das in jedem Menschen ist.

Die Worte meines vollendeten Lehrers

ein Leitfaden für die vorbereitenden Übungen der "Herzessenz der weiten Dimension" des Dzogchen
Author: O-rgyan-'jigs-med-chos-kyi-dbaṅ-po (rDza dPal sprul.)
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783924195724
Category:
Page: 571
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Das Herz des Kosmos

die Weisheit des Lotos-Sutra
Author: Thích-Nhất-Hạnh
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783451284687
Category:
Page: 284
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Buddhismus im Alltag

Freiheit finden jenseits aller Dogmen
Author: Steve Hagen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783442216956
Category:
Page: 286
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Deutsche Erstveröffentlichung

Bekenntnisse eines ungläubigen Buddhisten

Eine spirituelle Suche
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Ludwig
ISBN: 3641038979
Category: Religion
Page: 368
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Die alte Weisheit Buddhas für die Welt von heute An den Buddhismus muss man nicht »glauben« – und schon gar nicht an Wiedergeburt und Nirwana: Der international bekannte Buddhist und Bestsellerautor Stephen Batchelor befreit die fernöstliche Weisheitslehre vom religiösen Überbau und beweist eindringlich, dass sie vor allem eine praktische Anleitung für ein authentisches Leben im Hier und Jetzt ist. Sein neues Buch ist die spannende Geschichte einer lebenslangen Sinnsuche. Sie wird nicht nur Buddhisten faszinieren, sondern alle »Ungläubigen« auf der Suche nach Orientierung. Als Jugendlicher landet Stephen Batchelor Anfang der 70er Jahre eher zufällig in Indien und entdeckt den Buddhismus. Mit 21 wird er Mönch und beschäftigt sich intensiv mit verschiedenen Formen des tibetischen und des Zen-Buddhismus. Doch bald kommen ihm Zweifel, denn die im Buddhismus so zentrale Vorstellung der Wiedergeburt ist seinem westlich geprägten Denken nicht zugänglich. Batchelors tiefe Glaubenskrise und seine Auseinandersetzung mit dem historischen Buddha bringen ihn zu der Überzeugung, dass man für die zeitlose Weisheit des Buddhismus Worte und Ausdrucksformen finden muss, die auch im Westen verstanden werden. Für ihn ist er keine Religion, sondern der Weg zu einem achtsamen, mitfühlenden Denken und Handeln in einer leiderfüllten Welt – ein Weg, der uns auch heute noch bereichern und erfüllen kann. Stephen Batchelors Geschichte inspiriert alle, für die stetiges Zweifeln und die Auseinandersetzung mit religiösen Dogmen untrennbar mit Erkenntnis und mit Spiritualität verbunden sind. Die packende Geschichte einer Sinnsuche – nicht nur für Buddhisten.