The Embossed Tea Kettle & other stories by Hakuin Zenji
Following a life-threatening sickness Hakuin was advised to take up a new practice by a mountain mystic. This practice not only cured his sickness but, so Hakuin claimed, gave him great health benefits. As a result Hakuin advocated this for his students so that they could practice more intensely.
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa
Chögyam Trungpa's spent many years living and teaching in the west. His seminal work ‘Cutting through Spiritual Materialism’ was an attempt to address the cultural and practical difficulties that westerners experienced with Buddhist practice.
Book Extracts: ‘Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp'
Torei Enji Zenji, comments Daibi Zenji pub. The Zen Centre London 1989
The sword of Shiya is so sharp that it cuts through a hair blown across it. Twenty years of honing it! The arm that cuts down Buddhas and patriarchs. Kanzan snatched that sword.
Book Extract: Contemplative Science:
Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge by B. Alan Wallace
In this extract Alan Wallace explores the question, why Western science is disposed against a science of introspective investigation. This lack, he argues, means that complementary epistemologies are not open for examination.
Book Extract:The Myth of Redemptive Violence by Walter Wink
The story that the rulers of domination societies told each other and their subordinates is what we today might call the Myth of Redemptive Violence. It enshrines the belief that violence saves, that war brings peace, that might makes right. It is one of the oldest continuously repeated stories in the world. Here...
Divination, Healing, and Enchantment through the Ages, By Sam van Schaik
Sam van Schaik is head of the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library. In this book he shows how the use of magic has been used to help spread the influence of Buddhism in Asia. His previous books include Tibetan Zen & The Spirit of Zen.
By Wu Ch’êng-ên, tr. Arthur Waley
This classic of Chinese literature from the 16th century was a satire on courtly life at the imperial palace as well as a political statement on the rivalries between Taoism and Buddhism. It also contains deep truths about human nature and shows the author's own sincere faith.
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