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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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Thursday, 12 February 2015 22:40

Elegant Sayings

Elegant SayingsNagarjuna's Staff of Wisdom  and Sakya Pandita's Precious Treasury of Elegant Sayings

The Indian Mahayana master Nagarjuna offers the practical wisdom of the Dharma in witty, thought-provoking, and uplifting verses that apply to all types of life situations. Expressing universal truths that remind us of basic human values, gives profound advice for daily life in truly elegant sayings, that remain readily in the mind.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 07:21

Sun of Wisdom

The Sun of Wisdom - Teachings on the Noble Nagarjuna's Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way  with Mipham's commentary — by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso

Using Nagarjuna's root text and the great modern master Ju Mipham's commentary as a framework - this work explains the most important verse from each chapter in the text in a style that illuminates for modern students both the meaning of these profound teachings and how to put them into practice in a way that benefits both oneself and others.

Monday, 09 February 2015 18:25

Ornament of Reason

Ornament of Reason - The Great Commentary to Nagarjuna's Root of the Middle Way — by Mabja Jangchub Tsondru

The present work contains Nagarjuna's verses on the Middle Way accompanied by Mabja Jangchub Tsondru's famed commentary. Nagarjuna presents a magical method of reasoning, inviting everyone who encounters these lucid and fearless contemplations to follow him on a journey to the heart of transcendent insight.

Sunday, 08 February 2015 19:19

Nagarjuna's Madhymaka

Nagarjuna's Madhymaka - A Philosophical Introduction — by Jan Westerhoff

In this book, Jan Westerhoff offers a systematic account of Nagarjuna's philosophical position. He reads Nagarjuna in his own philosophical context, but he does not hesitate to show that the issues of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy have at least family resemblances to issues in European philosophy.

Sunday, 08 February 2015 12:29

In Praise of Dharmadhatu

Nagarjuna's In Praise of Dharmadhatu - with 3rd Karmapa's commentary

This book explores the scope, contents, and significance of Nagarjuna's scriptural legacy in India and Tibet, focusing primarily on the title work. It also provides an overview of the Third Karmapa's basic outlook, based on seven of his major texts. Very finely tuned synthesis of the two great traditions of Indian mahayana Buddhism - Madhyamaka and Yogacara.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 21:00

Dispeller of Disputes

The Dispeller of Disputes - Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani

A short work by the 2nd-century Indian Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna. In this text, which is written in a lively question-and-answer style he addresses a number of objections (coming both from Buddhists and from non-Buddhists), which have been put forward against his theory of emptiness discussed in his main work - the Mulamadhyamakakarika . Essential work of Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophical literature.

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