Religion & Spirituality

Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato

Describes a Platonic personal spirituality based on reason that is readily accessible to people today. Michael LaFargue presents an important and accessible aspect of Plato’s legacy largely overlooked today: a variety of personal spirituality based on reason and centered on virtue. Plato’s Virtue-Forms are transcendent in their goodness, ideals that Platonists can use to improve character and become like God so far as is humanly possible. LaFargue constructs a model of inductive Socratic reasoning capable of acquiring knowledge of these perfect Virtue-Forms, then scales back claims about these Forms to what can be supported by this kind of reasoning

Life Is Meditation - Meditation Is Life

A practical guide and map to the Anapanasati Sutta and Loving-Kindness Meditation (The Brahmaviharas). A new look at the practice of Mindfulness as it is taught only from the sutta texts of the Majjhima Nikaya. Bhante Vimalaramsi has found a step in the practice that has been left out. After 20 years of meditation practice with teachers in Burma, not satisfied, Bhante went to a cave and spent three months, with a cobra for company, and studied the original texts and practiced. Amazing and very different results arose for him. He was stunned to go deeper faster than he had ever experienced. Awakening was real.

Nos, Book of the Resurrection

Nos, Book of the Resurrection is the magical masterpiece by Miguel Serrano. It is his personal journey of Initiation which shapes epiphanies into words. In this book Serrano speaks of those things which no one speaks of. It is the story of Wotan, the story of Apollo, the story of Lucifer. NOS is the song of the Minnesinger, the Troubadour, and the Cathar. The quest for the Holy Graal has never been made so clear. Don Serrano relates to us a Lost Love, an Eternal Love that is the answer to the riddle of the Eternal Return. NOS was written for the one who as of yet has not been satisfied with the answers that have been given. Hyperborea/Thule is revealed. Atlantis is found. The Beloved Valkyrie, along with the White Gods are rediscovered.

Cops’ True Stories Of The Paranormal: Ghost, UFOs, And Other Shivers

Best selling author of over 50 books, retired cop Loren W. Christensen asked men and women in uniform--police officers, sheriff deputies, SWAT,command, correction officers, and MPs--to convey their experiences with the paranormal. These are veteran officers that have been there and done that, but on one occasion they were confronted with the unexplained ...Here are some of the stories told within:Close Encounters of the Second KindVanishedTrappedEyesDead Man WalkingDead Man's CaneA Touch of ThanksThe SnitchThe WarningThe LightThe CoupleWrong NumberGhost PrisonerTower 7Hospital MorgueCoffee and CupsThe StabberThe Faceless MannequinWhite EagleThe Man in the WindowStrange PlaceForest Lawn CemeteryScratchesA Sign in Twisted MetalHe Pulled The Trigger Four Times

The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies innovatively combines the ways in which scholars from fields as diverse as philosophy, psychology, religious studies, literary studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and economics have integrated the study of Sikhism within a wide range of critical and postcolonial perspectives on the nature of religion, violence, gender, ethno-nationalism, and revisionist historiography. A number of essays within this collection also provide a more practical dimension, written by artists and practitioners of the tradition

Schools of Qur’anic Exegesis: Genesis and Development

Qur’anic exegesis has become the battleground of political Islam and theological conflict among various Muslim schools of thought. Using comparative and contrastive methodology, examples from the Qur'an are investigated in the light of various theological views to delineate the birth, development and growth of Qur'anic exegesis.

Don’t Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master

A Radical but Reverent Paraphrasing of Dogen’s Treasury of the True Dharma Eye“Even if the whole universe is nothing but a bunch of jerks doing all kinds of jerk-type things, there is still liberation in simply not being a jerk.” — Eihei Dogen (1200–1253 CE)The Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) is a revered eight-hundred-year-old Zen Buddhism classic written by the Japanese monk Eihei Dogen. Despite the timeless wisdom of his teachings, many consider the book difficult to understand and daunting to read. In Don’t Be a Jerk, Zen priest and bestselling author Brad Warner, through accessible paraphrasing and incisive commentary, applies Dogen’s teachings to modern times

Tending Brigid’s Flame: Awaken to the Celtic Goddess of Hearth, Temple, and Forge

Filled with rituals, exercises, and meditations, Tending Brigid's Flame presents the beloved Celtic goddess through three aspects of her sacred flame:Hearth: The Welcoming Flame opens the door to receive Brigid into your home, to protect and make sacred all the activities of everyday life. Food magic, hospitality, and house-blessing are some of the ways Brigid keeps your home fires burning.Temple: The Devotional Flame explores Brigid's allies, seasons, symbols, and sacred places.

Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between

With his one-of-a kind blend of autobiography, pop culture, and plainspoken Buddhism, Brad Warner explores an A-to-Z of sexual topics — from masturbation to dating, gender identity to pornography. In addition to approaching sexuality from a Buddhist perspective, he looks at Buddhism — emptiness, compassion, karma — from a sexual vantage. Throughout, he stares down the tough questions: Can prostitution be a right livelihood? Can a good spiritual master also be really, really bad? And ultimately, what's love got to do with any of it? While no puritan when it comes to non-vanilla sexuality, Warner offers a conscious approach to sexual ethics and intimacy — real-world wisdom for our times.

Summoning the Gods

Neo-paganism is the attempt to revive the polytheistic religions of old Europe. But how? Can one just invent or reinvent an authentic, living faith? Or are modern neo-pagans just engaged in elaborate role-playing games? In SUMMONING THE GODS, Collin Cleary argues that the gods have not died or forsaken us so much as we have died to or forsaken them. Modern civilization-including much of modern neo-paganism-springs from a mindset that closes man off to the divine and traps us in a world of our own creations.

The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an

The Qur'an is the inimitable and direct Word of God. It was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over twenty-three years, who faithfully transmitted it to humanity in the seventh century. Since then the text and meaning of the Qur'an has been preserved, word for word, exactly as it was fourteen hundred years ago. It is a Book of Guidance for all mankind with a central message of God's Oneness. Yet, it has several layers of meaning and beauty that are easily lost in translation.

Ghosts: A Haunted History

From that cheerful puff of smoke known as Casper to the hunkiest potter living or dead, Sam Wheat, there is probably no more iconic entity in supernatural history than the ghost. And these are just recent examples. From the earliest writings such as the Epic of Gilgamesh to today’s ghost-hunting reality TV shows, ghosts have chilled the air of nearly every era and every culture in human history. In this book, Lisa Morton uses her scholarly prowess—more powerful than any proton pack—to wrangle together history’s most enduring ghosts into an entertaining and comprehensive look at what otherwise seems to always evade our eyes

 

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