Friday 24 May 2019

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Shakyamuni

Do not believe in anything
simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in anything
simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.

Do not believe in anything
simply because it is found written in your religious books.

Do not believe in anything
merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

Do not believe in traditions
because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

~ The Buddha [Kalama Sutra]

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Manly P. Hall

Manly P. Hall 1929
Manly Palmer Hall
(18 March 1901 - 29 August 1990)

A world-renowned authority on philosophy, comparative religion and the esoteric doctrines of antiquity.

Founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the ensoulment of all arts, sciences, and crafts.

He was a Canadian-born author and mystic.

He is perhaps most famous for his work -
The Secret Teachings of All Ages — An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy , published in 1928 at the age of 26, which is widely regarded as his magnum opus.

On 8th December 1973, he was recognized as a 33 degree Mason (the highest honor conferred by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite) - at a ceremony held at PRS - despite never being initiated into the physical craft.

In his over 70-year career, Mr. Hall authored more than 150 books and essays, and delivered over 8000 lectures in the U.S. and abroad, in his multi-faceted role as a teacher of the universal laws through which the creating principle manifests itself.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 07:39

From Here to Enlightenment

From Here to Enlightenment - An Introduction to Tsongkhapa's Classic Text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment — by Dalai Lama

Tsongkhapa's "Great Treatise" is one of the great classics of world spirituality. An encyclopedic work, it guides the reader from the contemplations of the novice to the most sublime meditations of the expert. This text distills all of the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:15

Ornament of the Middle Way

The Ornament of the Middle Way (Madhyamakalamkara) - A Study of the Madhyamaka Thought of Shantarakshita — by James Blumenthal

This work is among the most important Mahayana Buddhist philosophical treatises to emerge on the Indian subcontinent. It is considered to be the quintessential exposition, or root text, of the school of Buddhist philosophical thought known in Tibet as Yogacara-Svatantrika-Madhyamaka.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 20:52

Universal Vehicle

The Universal Vehicle Discourse Literature (Mahayanasutralamkara) — by Maitreya & Asanga, with commentary by Vasubandhu

Translated from Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Chinese - the present work contains a fully annotated, critical English rendition of the Discourse Literature along with its commentary (bhasya) by Asanga's brother - Vasubandhu.

Saturday, 21 February 2015 20:38

Uttara Tantra Shastra

The Uttara Tantra - A Treatise on Buddha Nature — A Commentary on The Uttara Tantra Shastra of Asanga - by Thrangu Rinpoche

A translation of the root text and a commentary of Maitreya's and Asanga's classic text, explaining Buddha nature. The Uttara Tantra is one of the main texts of the Mahayana path. It establishes that there is Buddha-nature in all sentient beings.

Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:09

Buddha Nature

Buddha Nature - The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra — by Arya Maitreya via Asanga

This is one of the Five Treatises said to have been dictated to Asanga by the Bodhisattva Maitreya. Presents the Buddha's definitive teachings on how we should understand this ground of enlightenment and clarifies the nature and qualities of buddhahood.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 23:29

Realm of Awakening

The Realm of Awakening - A Translation and Study of the Tenth Chapter of Asanga's Mahayanasangraha — by Paul J. Griffiths & John P. Keenan

One of the foundational documents of the Yogacara school of Mahayana Buddhism. It presents the systematic thinking of one of the greatest early Buddhist theoreticians on the nature of the Buddha.

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