Good Karma

Author: Thubten Chodron
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 083484026X
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Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally lead away from suffering and toward happiness—in short, to create good karma. Thubten Chodron offers a commentary on one of the great Tibetan Buddhist poems, The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, which shows, clearly and practically, how to eliminate the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression and to create the causes of joyful liberation for oneself and all others.

Karma

Author: Traleg Kyabgon
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 083480090X
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The Buddha’s teaching on karma (literally, "action") is nothing other than his compassionate explanation of the way things are: our thoughts and actions determine our future, and therefore we ourselves are largely responsible for the way our lives unfold. Yet this supremely useful teaching is often ignored due to the misconceptions about it that abound in popular culture, especially oversimplifications that make it seem like something not to be taken seriously. Karma is not simple, as Traleg Kyabgon shows, and it’s to be taken very seriously indeed. He cuts through the persistent illusions we cling to about karma to show what it really is—the mechanics of why we suffer and how we can make the suffering end. He explains how a realistic understanding of karma is indispensable to Buddhist practice, how it provides a foundation for a moral life, and how understanding it can have a transformative effect on the way we relate to our thoughts and feelings and to those around us.

Karma

Author: Jeffrey Armstrong
Publisher: Mandala Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781601091062
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Karma, says Jeffrey Armstrong, is not about retribution, vengeance, punishment, or reward. Karma simply deals with what is. The effects of all deeds actively create past, present, and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one's own life, and for the pain and joy one brings to others. This small, powerful book explores the “Law of Karma” — central in Hinduism, Ayyavazhi, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism — from both a historical and a spiritual perspective, and explains how to tap it to enrich and enlarge one’s experience of the world.

Don t Believe Everything You Think

Author: Thubten Chodron
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834828383
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It can be hard for those of us living in the twenty-first century to see how fourteenth-century Buddhist teachings still apply. When you’re trying to figure out which cell phone plan to buy or brooding about something someone wrote about you on Facebook, lines like "While the enemy of your own anger is unsubdued, though you conquer external foes, they will only increase" can seem a little obscure. Thubten Chodron’s illuminating explication of Togmay Zangpo’s revered text, The Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, doesn’t just explain its profound meaning; in dozens of passages she lets her students and colleagues share first-person stories of the ways that its teachings have changed their lives. Some bear witness to dramatic transformations—making friends with an enemy prisoner-of-war, finding peace after the murder of a loved one—while others tell of smaller lessons, like waiting for something to happen or coping with a minor injury.

Karma and Creativity

Author: Christopher Chapple
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 079149876X
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The conception of karma in the religious traditions of India has prompted numerous interpretations, many of which equate karma with notions of fate. Karma and Creativity presents a perspective on karma that emphasizes the efficacy of human activity in bringing about desired results--from upholding societal order to the attainment of spiritual liberation. Karma is examined in light of several classical Indian texts. Special attention is given to the concept of mind-only in both Hinduism and Buddhism. The study focuses on the positive approach to action first learned by the sage Vasisin the Mahabharata and then taught by him to Sri Rama in the Yogavasis. It concludes with an exploration of the theological and ethical implications of action and creativity.

Wise Teacher Wise Student

Author: Alexander Berzin
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1559397489
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The relationship between a teacher and student can be a most rewarding and life-enhancing experience, yet it can also be fraught with problems and misunderstandings. For Westerners working with Eastern teachers, the difficulties can be compounded by cultural differences, language barriers, and divergent expectations. Wise Teacher, Wise Student examines the teacher-student relationship as it is understood in the Tibetan Buddhist context. The author surveys a wide spectrum of situations, exploring the causes of potential pitfalls. In illuminating the sources of misunderstandings, he offers methods to heal wounds and encourage healthy relationships.

The Art of Happiness

Author: Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781573221115
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Drawing on more that 2,500 years of Buddhist tradition and teaching, the spiritual leader demonstrates how to confront the negative emotions, stresses, and obstacles of everyday life in order to find the source of inner peace.

A Gift of Happiness

Author: Gill Farrer-Halls
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 9780740740602
Format: PDF, Mobi
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We can unlock the potential for happiness and satisfaction that lies within each of us by becoming aware of our mental processes and then applying discriminating wisdom to all our actions of body, speech, and mind." -Kathleen McDonald A Gift of Happiness is part of an inspirational series that delivers greater understanding, harmony, and enlightenment for all who journey through life. Each volume of the series, which also includes A Gift of Awakening and A Gift of Inner Peace, combines author Gill Farrer-Halls's Buddhist-focused concepts with British artist Robert Beer's exquisite color illustrations inspired by the natural world. Book jackets boast an eye-catching translucent cover with metallic inks. A Gift of Happiness invites readers to find their true and joyful selves, while opening their hearts to lasting peace through the laws of karma. The book examines traditional Buddhist concepts such as purification, acceptance, selflessness, and nonattachment, addressing the true meaning of happiness and how it can be realized. Practical exercises, uplifting lessons, and proactive meditations make this a helpful and thorough guide to the subject.

Lillian Too s Basic Feng Shui

Author: Lillian Too
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780958711333
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Too distills the essence of the practise and explains in simple terms how feng shui can improve anyone's life.

Moral Issues in Six Religions

Author: William Owen Cole
Publisher: Heinemann
ISBN: 9780435302993
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Written by practising members of the six major world religions, this is a multi-faith approach to social and moral issues, for students aged 14-16. The variety of opinions, problems and differing points of view are designed to help students understand the issues and enable them to develop and express their own views and opinions. The many activities include discussion topics for group and class work.