Sunday 19 January 2020

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Buddhism

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, 29 January 2015 05:40

Women of Wisdom

Women of Wisdom — by Tsultrim Allione

This book explores and celebrates the spiritual potential of all women, as exemplified by the lives of six Tibetan female mystics. These stories of great women who have achieved full illumination, overcoming cultural prejudices and a host of other problems which male practitioners do not encounter, offer a wealth of inspiration to everyone on the spiritual path.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:01

Buddhism for Beginners

Buddhism for Beginners — by Thubten Chodron

This user’s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions - beginning with "What is the essence of the Buddha's teachings?" - and provides simple answers in plain English. This is an ideal first book on the subject for anyone, but it's also a wonderful resource for seasoned students.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 09:54

Introduction to Tantra

Introduction to Tantra - The Transformation of Desire — by Lama Thubten Yeshe

According to Buddhism, every human being has the potential to achieve profound and lasting happiness. And according to the tantric teachings of Buddhism, this remarkable transformation can be realized very quickly if we utilize all aspects of our human energy - especially the energy of our desires.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:58

Life of Gampopa

The Life of Gampopa — by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart - introduced by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa

Here is the first complete life story of Gampopa - foremost disciple of Milarepa and a forefather of the Kagyu lineages. Compiled from numerous Tibetan biographies, this comprehensive and inspiring rendition highlights the extraordinary details of Gampopa's meditative experiences and presents direct insights into the practice and realisation of Mahamudra.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 06:06

Jewel Ornament of Liberation

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation - The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings — by Gampopa

A masterwork of Tibetan Buddhism. This text has provided the backbone of study particularly in the Kagyu tradition – covering the initial entry into the path and continuing through finding a spiritual master, teachings on impermanence, karma, bodhicitta, Buddha nature, six perfections, bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood and the activities of Buddha.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:09

Penetrating Wisdom

Penetrating Wisdom - The Aspiration of Samantabhadra — by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

This is a book of teachings on the Buddhist paths of Dzogchen and Tantra by an innovative Tibetan master who is both authoritative and modern. Basing himself on The Aspiration of Samantabhadra  - a proclamation in the Buddhist tantras of the Buddha Samantabhadra - Ponlop Rinpoche illuminates the philosophy and meditation practices of Dzogchen.

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