Peaks and Lamas by Marco Pallis
Marco Pallis (1895-1989) was a member of the Traditionalists, a group of writers who believed in the ‘Perennial Wisdom’ of all religions. In later life he worked for the Tibet Society housing many refugees in his London flat witnessing the strange and magic culture of the Tibetan refugees
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 Review:Entangled Life
How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures” by...
Peter Glynne Jones reviews this book from biologist Merlin Sheldrake (son of Rupert), on the fascinating world of fungi. A book that challenges our sense of who we are and what we think our role in this life may be.
The Gateway Interviews: Dr Sam van Schaik
Head of The Endangered Archive Programme at The British Library, London
We discuss Dr Schaik's new book Buddhist Magic and take in along the way, the history of the Dunhuang complex, its library and the prevalence of Zen in Tibet up to the late medieval period.
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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