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Buddhism
J. Isamu Yamamoto
0310489121
Mar 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
In the second half of the twentieth century, the failure of Enlightenment rationalism and the spiritual bankruptcy of Western materialism have opened the door for Eastern religions, especially the nontheistic religions that promise enlightenment and peace of mind. Any major bookstore today has copies of the I Ching, the Tao Te Ching, and books on Taoism, Zen, and other forms of Buddhism. This volume and the volume on Hinduism in this series together present a comprehensive overview of Eastern religions, their views, and their impact on contemporary North America. This book includes - A concise introduction to Eastern religions - An overview of the movement's theology -- in their own words - A biblical response - Tips for witnessing effectively - A bibliography with sources for further study - A chart comparing the...


Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom
Taro Gold
0740714465
April 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Brief nuggets of Eastern wisdom from 20-something model and writer Taro Gold are available in the tiny, well-designed Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom. Most of the book's thoughts on happiness are Gold's own, interspersed with quotations from Nichiren, Confucius, Lao Tzu and Soka Gakkai leader Josei Toda. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Arun Gandhi, Founder Gandhi Center for Nonviolence and Grandson of Mahatma Gandi
"This book will enlighten and ennoble the reader."

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Hinduism and Other Eastern Religions
Trevor Barnes
0753458810
Aug 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
World Faiths: Hinduism and Other Eastern Religions explores the major religions of the Eastern world, including Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. From Hindu gods and goddesses to life in a Buddhist monastery, it reveals the origins of each religion, the key elements of its belief systems, and the appeal of Eastern religions to the West.

About the Author
Trevor Barnes is an award winning presenter of many BBC Television documentaries on the subject of religion, as well as BBC World Service news broadcasts, radio shows, and live chat shows. He is also the author of several books including The Wounded City, a book about the people of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a biography of Terry Waite, Man With A Mission.


I Once Was a Monkey : Stories Buddha Told
Jeanne M. Lee (Illustrator)
0374335486
March 31, 1999
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A monkey that takes refuge in the ruins of Buddha's temple during a monsoon sets the stage for these finely honed retellings of six Jatakas, or birth stories. As the monkey's eyes adjust to the light, he discovers he is in the company of a lion, turtle, jackal and dove, and a statue of "the Enlightened One" begins to speak. In each tale, Buddha assumes a different shape to impart his message of peace, attentiveness, tolerance and respect. Lee (The Song of Mu Lan) effortlessly and subtly weaves Buddhist practices and principles into her evenly paced tales. Each story is a study in brevity and restraint yet, like Buddha, conveys enormous empathy. For instance, after a heron, in a deceptive ploy, consumes all the fish in a lake, a crab outwits him then makes his way back to the water, "weeping all the while for his...


Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse
0553208845
December 1981
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
In the shade of a banyan tree, a grizzled ferryman sits listening to the river. Some say he's a sage. He was once a wandering shramana and, briefly, like thousands of others, he followed Gotama the Buddha, enraptured by his sermons. But this man, Siddhartha, was not a follower of any but his own soul. Born the son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha was blessed in appearance, intelligence, and charisma. In order to find meaning in life, he discarded his promising future for the life of a wandering ascetic. Still, true happiness evaded him. Then a life of pleasure and titillation merely eroded away his spiritual gains until he was just like all the other "child people," dragged around by his desires. Like Hermann Hesse's other creations of struggling young men, Siddhartha has a good dose of European angst and stubborn...


Advice from the Lotus-Born: A Collection of Padmasambhava¿s Advice to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and Other Close Disciples
Padmasambhava
9627341207
December 1996
Paperback
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Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse
1590302273
January 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.

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In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the...


Separated Brethren
William J. Whalen
193170905X
Sept 2002
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Bring Me the Rhinoceros : And Other Zen Koans to Bring You Joy
John Tarrant
1400047641
October 19, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Bring Me the Rhinoceros is an unusual guide to happiness and a can opener for your thinking. For fifteen hundred years, Zen koans have been passed down through generations of masters, usually in private encounters between teacher and student. This book deftly retells fourteen traditional koans, which are partly paradoxical questions dangerous to your beliefs and partly treasure boxes of ancient wisdom. Koans show that you don’t have to impress people or change into an improved, more polished version of yourself. Instead you can find happiness by unbuilding, unmaking, throwing overboard, and generally subverting unhappiness. John Tarrant brings the heart of the koan tradition out into the open, reminding us that the old wisdom remains as vital as ever, a deep resource available to anyone in any place or...


The Gift: Poems by Hafiz The Great Sufi Master
Based On Work by Hafiz
0140195815
August 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Hafiz, a secret Sufi, came to prominence in his day as a writer of love poems. That love transformed into an all-consuming passion for union with the divine. In The Gift, Daniel Ladinsky bestows on us the impassioned yet whimsical strains of Hafiz's ecstasy. Never forced or awkward, Ladinsky's Hafiz whispers in your ear and pounds in your chest, naming God in a hundred metaphors. I once asked a bird,
"How is it that you fly in this gravity
Of darkness?"
She responded,
"Love lifts
Me." Like Fitzgerald's version of Khayyam's Rubaiyat, the language of The Gift strikes a contemporary chord, resonating in the reader's mind and then in the heart. Ladinsky's language is plain, fresh, playful--dancing with an expert cadence that invites and surprises. If it is true, as Hafiz says, that a poet...


Islam and the West
Bernard Lewis
0195090616
October 27, 1994
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In this collection of essays, Lewis (Professor Emeritus of Near East Studies, Princeton) is concerned with relations between the Islamic and European civilizations. Lewis, well known for his myriad works on the Middle East (most recently, Race and Slavery in the Middle East , Oxford, 1990), focuses on perceptions and reactions to intercultural contact and the problems that preclude understanding. In 11 essays, he explores questions of patriotism, economics, and linguistics. In part, this collection is a skillful rebuttal to the attack by Edward Said ( Orientalism , LJ 11/1/78) and others against Western scholarship, motives, and interpretations of the Middle East, which challenged savants such as Lewis himself. A work of sound scholarship; highly recommended.- Paula I. Nielson, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los...


Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story
Jonny Zucker
0764126709
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Books in the Festival Time series describe the activities of typical families as parents and children celebrate some of their culture’s major holidays. Attractive color illustrations on every page will appeal to younger children. The simply yet delightfully told stories describe the festivities while giving children background information about holidays in many different cultures. A two-page spread at the back of each book contains information for parents, and includes suggestions on ways to communicate the holiday’s meaning to kids. Diwali is the Hindu five-day festival of lights that welcomes in the lunar new year. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin, or Aasho, which occurs in October or November, depending on the lunar calendar. During the...


The Essential Basho
Matsuo Basho
1570622825
March 30, 1999
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
One of Japan's most famous poets, B asho (1644-94) spent much of his life writing as he traveled around Japan. Here Hamill, a poet and translator of Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and Latin, presents sensitive and beautiful translations from B asho's most famous work, Narrow Road to the Interior, along with Travelogue of Weather-Beaten Bones, The Knapsack Notebook, Sarashina Travelogue, and a large selection of haiku. The Japanese original is included in Romanization. In the excerpts, B asho combines prose descriptions of his route with poems by himself and by friends. Many of the poems are grounded in a sense of place ("The winds that blow/ through South Valley Temple/ are sweetened by snow"), some reflect on life ("It's good now and then/ to go out snow-viewing/ until I tumble"), but most depict nature, his favorite...


The Pilgrim's Progress
John Bunyan
0486426750
February 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the most powerful dramas of Christian faith ever written, this captivating allegory of man's religious journey in search of salvation follows the pilgrim as he travels an obstacle-filled road to the Celestial City. Along the way, he is confronted by monsters and spiritual terrors, among them Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. An enormously influential seventeenth-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language.


The Islamic World : Past and Present 3-Volume Set
John L. Esposito
0195165209
May 13, 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up–This comprehensive encyclopedia is the only one on the subject written specifically for teens. It contains more than 300 entries, ranging in length from a few paragraphs to several pages; many black-and-white photos; color inserts; numerous sidebars, including definitions of unfamiliar terms; an extensive bibliography; and (in each volume) a chronology, glossary, and list of "People and Places." The material is accessible, browsable, and current; topics treated include religion and history ("Prayer," "Prophets," "Crusades"), culture and customs, and political and social issues ("Architecture," "Clothing," "Intifadah," "Taliban," "Sexuality"). Unfortunately, the set also has a few problems. There is inconsistency in personal entries; some individuals are listed under first names (Malcolm X,...


Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse
081120068X
June 1957
Paperback
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Book Review
In the shade of a banyan tree, a grizzled ferryman sits listening to the river. Some say he's a sage. He was once a wandering shramana and, briefly, like thousands of others, he followed Gotama the Buddha, enraptured by his sermons. But this man, Siddhartha, was not a follower of any but his own soul. Born the son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha was blessed in appearance, intelligence, and charisma. In order to find meaning in life, he discarded his promising future for the life of a wandering ascetic. Still, true happiness evaded him. Then a life of pleasure and titillation merely eroded away his spiritual gains until he was just like all the other "child people," dragged around by his desires. Like Hermann Hesse's other creations of struggling young men, Siddhartha has a good dose of European angst and stubborn...


Afghan Wars: And the North-West Frontier 1839-1947
Michael Barthorp
0304362948
October 28, 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
It was the most fought after frontier ever, immortalized in poetry by Kipling: from the 1830s to Indian independence in 1947, British forces engaged in almost-constant battle with the most implacable guerrillas in history. The Afghan mountain tribes were fiercely independent, and for years plundered the north Indian plain...until the English arrived. Then, in a strange war, the British alternated between paying the Afghans subsidies to quell their raiding and launching punitive military expeditions. Nonetheless, a grudging respect for the enemy and a concern to stick by unwritten codes of conduct governed this hundred-years war. From The Lives of a Bengal Lancer to Carry On Up the Khyber, these confrontations have been a rich source of inspiration for novelists and filmmakers-and here the true story is told in a unique...


Holy Bible: From the Ancient Eastern Text
George Mamishisho Lamsa (Translator)
0060649232
July 1985
Paperback
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Book Description
This handsome new edition of the authoritative English translation of the Aramaic (Syriac) Old and New Testaments--the language of Jesus--clarifies difficult passages and offers fresh insight on the Bible's message.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)

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Kingdom of the Golden Dragon
Isabel Allende
0060589442
May 2005
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Buddhist monk Tensing and his disciple, Prince Dil Bahadur, are journeying through the Himalayan peaks in search of healing plants when they come face to face with a tribe of once-fierce Yetis. These legendary half-human, half-ape monsters inhabit a lush valley heated by thermal pools and hot springs and are unaware that it's the toxic minerals in the water that has weakened them and slowed their rate of reproduction. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Alexander Cold; his intrepid writer/explorer grandmother, Kate; and his soul mate, Nadia Santos, daughter of the guide who led Kate and Alex on their previous expedition into the South American rain forest, described in City of the Beasts (HarperCollins, 2002),are off on a new International Geographic expedition. They are headed for the Kingdom of the Golden...


Living Zen, Loving God
Ruben L.F. Habito
0861713834
March 25, 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Perhaps one of the most radically healing acts available to humanity today is to bridge the distance between the world's major religions-helping devotees discover their common spiritual ground instead of fuel for their political conflicts. Habito may not see himself as a revolutionary, but his humble life calling-to illuminate the commonalities between Zen Buddhism and Christianity-seems a profound gift. As a native of the Philippines, he began his spiritual training as a contemplative Jesuit priest in Japan. Later he became a pupil of Buddhism under renowned teacher Koun Yamada Roshi. This offering is specifically aimed at the Christian community, helping readers expand their experience of Christ through the teachings of Buddha. For instance, he compares the Zen teachings of dying to ego-attachments in order to...


Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others
Stephanie Dalley (Editor)
0192835890
September 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
These tales from the ancient civilizations of the "fertile crescent" stand alongside the Odyssey and the Arabian Nights in being popular with an international audience at the dawn of recorded history. Here are myths of the Creation and of the Flood, as well as the fascinating Epic of Gilgamesh, a story of heroic failure in a moment of human weakness.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Our Most Dear Friend: An Illustrated Bhagavad-gita for Children
Jean Vishaka Griesser
1887089047
January 1996
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Ages 5^-8. The Bhagavad-gita, one of the holy writings of the Hindu religion, is presented here as a story that will be accessible to children. It begins in long-ago India when Arjuna Pandava is about to fight a war and asks Lord Krishna for aid and advice. Krishna, the supreme Lord, plays the part of a chariot driver and describes to Pandava the workings of the spiritual world: "When your service to Me never stops and is done only for My pleasure, and when you are friendly to every living being, I will lead you from this world of birth and death." Krishna describes the soul's presence in every living thing, how all living things are part of the Creator, and introduces reincarnation (though not by that name). The eye-catching art is an amalgam of traditional Hindu artwork and modern photography. These montages can be...

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