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Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts

Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts

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Being Upright takes us beyond the conventional interpretation of ethical precepts to the ultimate meaning that informs them. Reb Anderson first introduces us to the fundamental ideas of Zen Buddhist practice. Who was Shakyamuni Buddha and what was his central teaching? What does it mean to be a bodhisattva and take the bodhisattva vow? Why should we confess and acknowledge our ancient twisted karma? What is the significance of taking refuge in Buddha, dharma, and sangha? The author explores the ten basic precepts, including not killing, not stealing, not lying, not misusing sexuality, and not using intoxicants. A gifted storyteller, Anderson takes us to the heart of situations, where moral judgments are not easy and we do not have all the answers. With wisdom and compassion, he teaches us how to confront the emotional and ethical turmoil of our lives.
Belief Book

Belief Book

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What is belief and why is it so important? Where did it come from and what does it do? This book answers all of those questions and more! David G. McAfee, an author who studies religions, teamed up with writer and illustrator Chuck Harrison to create The Belief Book. No matter how old or how young you are, this easy-to-read book can help you learn more about religions and gods and beliefs in general. It will also teach you about something called The Scientific Method, which is how we learn new things about the world! By the time you're done reading you will know the answers to some of life's biggest questions, but more importantly, you will see why your questions, and all questions for that matter, are so important. This book is the first in a series of books all about belief, gods, and religion
Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith

Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith

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"A brilliant, wide ranging and powerful series of readings on the possibilities, problems and mysteries of faith. This book belongs on the shelf of every believer--and every serious skeptic." -- Rabbi David Wolpe, author of Why Faith Matters

"This life-giving, faith-filled and hard-nosed collection reveals why, as St. Anselm wrote, true faith always seeks to understand." -- Rev. James Martin, author of My Life with the Saints

From Dr. Francis Collins, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of God, comes the definitive reader on the rationality of faith.

Believe

Believe

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Embrace the gift of faith, the vision of your greatest dreams, and the courage to step into the unknown with Joel Osteen's essential book about the incredible power of belief.

One of the greatest abilities God has given each of us is our ability to believe. When you believe, you ignite the promises of God and the surpassing greatness of His power is released. When you believe, supernatural doors will open, you'll defeat giants, you'll accomplish dreams much bigger than you thought. When you believe, no disappointment, no setback, no injustice, no illness, and no person can stop Him from taking you where He wants you to go.

This compact digest by #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen helps readers stay anchored to hope when they don't see any sign of what they're believing for, to dare to be bold and step into the unknown, to pray big, and to experience the incredible power of believing.

Believers

Believers

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Believers is a scientist's answer to attacks on faith by some well-meaning scientists and philosophers. It is a firm rebuke of the "Four Horsemen"--Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens--known for writing about religion as something irrational and ultimately harmful. Anthropologist Melvin Konner, who was raised as an Orthodox Jew but has lived his adult life without such faith, explores the psychology, development, brain science, evolution, and even genetics of the varied religious impulses we experience as a species.

Conceding that faith is not for everyone, he views religious people with a sympathetic eye; his own upbringing, his apprenticeship in the trance-dance religion of the African Bushmen, and his friends and explorations in Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and other faiths have all shaped his perspective. Faith has always manifested itself in different ways--some revelatory and comforting; some kind and good; some ecumenical and cosmopolitan; some bigoted, coercive, and violent. But the future, Konner argues, will both produce more nonbelievers, and incline the religious among us--holding their own by having larger families--to increasingly reject prejudice and aggression.

A colorful weave of personal stories of religious--and irreligious--encounters, as well as new scientific research, Believers shows us that religion does much good as well as undoubted harm, and that for at least a large minority of humanity, the belief in things unseen neither can nor should go away.

Belonging

Belonging

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This series of books explores what it means to live and worship among the many faiths unique to America's neighborhoods. Each book in the series illuminates the questions Christians have about other faiths such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Baha'i, Zoroastrianism, Afro-Caribbean religions, Native-American religions, Confucianism, and Shinto. Different faiths have different ideals of community, and different kinds of rules. In Belonging Lucinda Mosher explores the vocabulary of America's many religions, the theologies and rituals that create a sense of belonging, and how these religions handle life's stages--welcoming babies, rites of passage for adolescents, initiation, and conversion.

Interwoven with interviews and personal stories, Belonging is intended for interfaith education of all kinds. A quick guide to each religion, a glossary, and recommended reading are included.

Beloved Disciple in Conflict?: Revisiting the Gospels of John and Thomas

Beloved Disciple in Conflict?: Revisiting the Gospels of John and Thomas

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Was the Gospel of John written in critical response to the Gospel of Thomas, an early collection of Jesus's sayings? Or was it directed to the Christians among whom Thomas originated? Ismo Dunderberg challenges these views, arguing that the two gospels were written at about the same time but without knowledge of each other. He also offers a thorough discussion of the identity and functions of the enigmatic Beloved Disciple in the Gospel of John, throwing new light on this figure by comparing it to other `beloved' disciples of Jesus in early Christian literature.
Best Buddhist Writing 2008

Best Buddhist Writing 2008

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A thought-provoking collection of the most notable, enjoyable, and insightful Buddhism-inspired literature published in the last year. The Best Buddhist Writing 2008 includes:

- Short meditative practices for peace from Thich Nhat Hanh
- Sylvia Boorstein on how equanimity supports kindness
- Kate Wheeler on meditating in a cave in India
- Norman Fischer on how all language is a form of prayer
- Aidan Delgado on being a Buddhist conscientious objector in Iraq
- "Dharma punk" Noah Levine on learning how to forgive
- Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche on cultivating compassion through training the mind
- The Dalai Lama on the mythical "self"
- Sister Chan Khong's memoir of campaigning for peace and social justice during the Vietnam War era alongside her teacher Thich Nhat Hanh
- Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, on the importance of a "beginner's mind"
- Pema Chodron on choosing peace rather than conflict
- Bhikkhu Bodhi, Darlene Cohen, Shinzen Young, and Reginald Ray on the valuable lessons of pain
- "Prince of the Ascetics," a short story by Charles Johnson
- Natalie Goldberg on koan practice
- And much more

Best Buddhist Writing 2009

Best Buddhist Writing 2009

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A treasury of the most notable, profound, and thought-provoking Buddhism-inspired writing published in the last year.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2009 includes:

- An interview with novelist Tom Robbins


- Guiding principles for a new ecospirituality from Thich Nhat Hanh


- Jack Kornfield on basic human goodness


- Pico Iyer's portrait of the Dalai Lama

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Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle on a couple's journey through Alzheimer's disease

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The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on the true, enlightened nature of mind

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Wendy Johnson on bringing the beginner's mind to gardening

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A mindfulness practice from Pema Chodron to help us wake up to the world around us

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Joan Halifax on approaching death with fearlessness and compassion

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Peggy Rowe-Ward and Larry Ward with stories, meditations, and exercises for experiencing love in a new and deeper way

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Natalie Goldberg on the art of writing personal memoir

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Dzigar Kongtrul on our search for happiness

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Sharon Salzberg on overcoming passion, aggression, and ignorance in our relationships

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Stephanie Kaza on making environmentalism a spiritual path, not just a change in lifestyle

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Meshuga-wisdom from Rabbi Rami Shapiro

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John Welwood on how we can use our relationships for profound spiritual growth

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And much more

Best Buddhist Writing 2010

Best Buddhist Writing 2010

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Here is this year's installment in the series Publishers Weekly says "does a great service by highlighting views and themes as they modulate with each passing year." The Best Buddhist Writing 2010 is an eclectic, inspiring collection of writings from the Buddhist perspective. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America's leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, the essays, articles, and interviews in this anthology offer an entertaining mix of writing styles and reflect on a wide range of issues.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2010 includes:

- A question and answer session between children and Thich Nhat Hanh
- Stan Goldberg on becoming a hospice volunteer, shortly after his own diagnosis of prostate cancer

- Buddhist author and death-row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters on experiencing a few unexpected hours of freedom

- Jan Chozen Bays on eating mindfully

- Norman Fischer contemplates the death of his best friend

- Meditation instructions from Tibetan teacher Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

- Sylvia Boorstein on the deep human connection that emerges when we engage with the joy and suffering of others

- Carolyn Rose Gimian on the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's advice to "smile at fear"

- Gaylon Ferguson on recognizing our natural wakefulness

- Pema Chodron on being open to the opportunities that arise when we experience pain and discomfort in our lives

- Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on finding joy in the midst of life's difficulties

- Steve Silberman's account of love, prejudice, Buddhism, and marriage

- Mary Pipher on moving past despair

- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on meditation that directs our thoughts and intentions in a positive direction

- Jaimal Yogis on his misguided attempt to use Zen to improve his surfing

- Lauren Fraser on the Zen-inspired cooks who have influenced the way we cook and eat

- And much more

Best Buddhist Writing 2011

Best Buddhist Writing 2011

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A thought-provoking mix of the most notable and insightful Buddhism-inspired writing published in the last year.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2011 includes:

- Karen Miller's story of love, marriage, and dishes
- Joanna Macy on the First Noble Truth and healing from the legacy of Chernobyl
- Brian Haycock's taxi ride on the Dharma Road
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama's manifesto on tolerance
- Dzogchen Ponlop on the rebel buddha inside you
- An adoption love story by Leza Lowitz
- Ira Sukrungruang's humorous meditation on death
- Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel on finding the courage to live in reality as it is
- Susan Piver on the wisdom of a broken heart
- Thich Nhat Hanh on healing the wounded child within
- Matthieu Ricard's answer to the question: why meditate?
- Rick Bass on the lessons of the Gulf oil spill
- Pico Iyer's insider's look at the heart of the Dalai Lama
- And much more

Best Buddhist Writing 2012

Best Buddhist Writing 2012

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A treasury of the most notable, profound, and thought-provoking Buddhist-inspired writing published in the last year.

The Best Buddhist Writing 2012 includes:


- His Holiness the Dalai Lama on cultivating a universal ethic of kindness
- Sharon Salzberg on getting your meditation practice started
- Pema Chödrön on how to smile at fear
- The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi on analyzing global problems through the lens of traditional Buddhist teachings
- Bruce Rich on the enlightened model of government of the Buddhist monarch King Ashoka
- Thich Nhat Hanh on fidelity in loving relationships
- Michael A. Stusser's determined--and hilarious--effort to speak--and tweet--no evil
- Norman Fischer on a new and more open understanding of language
- Barry Boyce's fascinating survey of the life and teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
- Michael Stone and David Loy on the basic questions raised by the Occupy Wall Street movement
- Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche's explanation of the meditation practice of kusulu, the pinnacle of simplicity and relaxation
- Nancy Baker on the powerful and useful energy behind anger
- Diane Ackerman on living with her beloved husband's Alzheimer's disease
- Yangzom Brauen's moving account of her grandmother and mother's escape from Tibet following the Chinese invasion
- And much more

Best Buddhist Writing 2013

Best Buddhist Writing 2013

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An eclectic and thought-provoking collection of Buddhist and Buddhist-inspired writings on a wide range of issues published in North America during 2012.
The collection includes writings by Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joseph Goldstein, Natalie Goldberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Dzongsar Khyentse, Sakyong Mipham, Norman Fischer, Philip Moffitt, Karen Miller, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Kay Larson, and Lodro Rinzler, among others. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America's leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, this anthology offers an entertaining mix of writing styles and reflects on a wide range of issues from a Buddhist point of view.
Best Spiritual Writing 2010

Best Spiritual Writing 2010

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The renowned nonfiction annual makes its Penguin debut
For more than a decade, Philip Zaleski has collected into a single volume the best spiritual essays and poetry of the year. "The Best Spiritual Writing 2010," featuring essays by John Updike and Diane Ackerman, poems from Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney and Pulitzer Prize-winner Louise Gluck, and personal reflections by Richard Rodriguez and Leon Wieseltier, is sure to expand on the series' already wide recognition and reach the growing audience of readers searching for unsurpassed spiritual writing.
Contributors include:
Mary Jo Bang, Jane Hirshfield, Melissa Range, Rick Bass, Paula Huston, Pattiann Rogers, David Berlinski, Pico Iyer, Amanda Shaw, Joseph Bottum, Charles Johnson, Master Sheng Yen, Nicholas Carr, Jon D. Levenson, Floyd Skloot, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Philip Levine, Meir Soloveichik, Billy Collins, Wilfred M. McClay, Richard Wilbur, Chrisi Cox, Richard John Neuhaus, Seamus Heaney, Robert Pinsky"
Best Spiritual Writing 2011

Best Spiritual Writing 2011

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A trove of well-wrought, luminous, soul-bracing gifts. -Thomas Lynch (on the 2010 edition)

With selection chosen from a vast range of journals and magazines, The Best Spiritual Writing 2011 gathers the finest pieces of spiritual writing to appear in American publications during the past year. The collection offers an opportunity to read intimate and thought-provoking work, ranging from poetry to short fiction to memoir to essay, by some of the nation's most esteemed writers, including Rick Bass, Philip Yancey, Terry Teachout, Robert D. Kaplan, and many others. As Phyllis Tickle said of last year's edition, there is enough here to feed the hungry heart for years to come.

Best Spiritual Writing 2012

Best Spiritual Writing 2012

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Penguin's yearly offering of outstanding essays and poetry on faith and spirituality.

Every year, the acclaimed Best Spiritual Writing series offers readers the opportunity to explore the most intriguing work on spirituality published in the past year. Featuring a splendid and varied selection, The Best Spiritual Writing 2012 is an elegant collection that gathers intimate, thought-provoking work by some of the nation's most esteemed writers, including Philip Yancey, Richard Rodriguez, and Robert Bly. Culled from a wide range of journals and magazines, these spiritual perspectives are expressed in pieces as diverse as the sources from which they've come. A favorite of book clubs, this makes a perfect gift for the holidays or special occasions.

Best Spiritual Writing 2013

Best Spiritual Writing 2013

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A new volume of the critically acclaimed spiritual writing series, with an introduction by bestselling author Stephen Prothero

Boasting an impressive selection of personal essays, articles, and poems by today's leading luminaries, "The Best Spiritual Writing 2013" captures our nation's spiritual pulse and offers readers an opportunity to explore the most nourishing writings on spirituality published in the past year. As in previous editions, Philip Zaleski draws from a wide range of journals and magazines to build an anthology of stimulating works by some of the nation's most esteemed writers such as Adam Gopnik, Edward Hirsch, and Melissa Range. The result is a book, ideal for gift giving, that will appeal to religious thinkers, atheists, and people of all faiths and beliefs.

Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

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Are you tired of living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Do you find yourself unable to say no even when you should? Are you stuck under the weight of endless demands and responsibilities? The good news is: it doesn't have to be this way.

In The Best Yes, New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst guides you through the insightful lessons she's learned about what it means to live out the purpose that God has in store for you. Lysa demonstrates the incredible power of two words--yes and no--and the way that these simple, daily decisions can shape the story of our lives.

Lysa has learned firsthand that there's a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. Drawing from applicable scriptures and her own personal experiences, Lysa teaches us that if we know and believe that God has a plan for each of us, we'll live it out--serving as living proof of His never-ending grace and kindness.

Throughout The Best Yes, Lysa will give you the practical tools you need to:

  • Stop people-pleasing by embracing a biblical understanding of love
  • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no
  • Overcome the agony of hard choices by grounding your decisions in wisdom
  • Grow closer to God as you sharpen your own discernment
  • Learn to be intentional with your time, your choices, and yourself
  • Incorporate the Best Yes as a filter for your daily decision making
  • If we take time to slow down and rise above the rush of the world's endless demands, we can rest assured that God's wisdom will help us make decisions that will still be good tomorrow. No matter what season of life you find yourself in, you deserve the chance to make decisions that bring out the best you.