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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, 04 February 2015 17:45

Naked Awareness

Naked Awareness - Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen — by Karma Chagme - with commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, translated by B. Alan Wallace

Unusually elegant synthesis of the leading Tibetan approaches to Buddhist meditation.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 13:16

A Spacious Path to Freedom

A Spacious Path to Freedom - Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga — by Karma Chagme, with commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, translated by Alan B. Wallace.

This manual of Tibetan meditation simply and thoroughly presents the profound Dzogchen and Mahamudra systems of practice. It is incomparable introduction to the actual practice of higher meditative instructions.

Monday, 02 February 2015 20:04

Great Secret of Mind

The Great Secret of Mind - Special Instructions on the Nonduality of Dzogchen — by Tulku Pema Rigtsal, translated by Keith Dowman

Weaving in personal stories and everyday examples, Pema Rigtsal leads the reader to see that all phenomena are the spontaneous display of mind, a magical illusion, and yet there is something shining in the midst of experience that is naturally pure and spacious.

Monday, 02 February 2015 12:29

Adornment of the Middle Way

The Adornment of the Middle WayShantarakshita's Madhyamakalamkara With Commentary by Jamgon Mipham

In this work, Shantarakshita synthesized the views of Madhyamaka and Yogacara - the two great streams of Mahayana Buddhism. This was the last great philosophical development of Buddhist India.

Sunday, 01 February 2015 14:54

Introduction to the Middle Way

Introduction to the Middle WayChandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara

This work presents an adventure into the heart of Buddhist wisdom through the Madhyamika, or Middle Way - teachings, which are designed to take the ordinary intellect to the limit of its powers and then show that there is more.

Saturday, 31 January 2015 22:18

Practice of Mahamudra

The Practice of Mahamudra — The Teachings of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche

Explanation of the five stages of Mahamudra. Probably the clearest presentation of Mahamudra meditation practice available in English.

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