Explore the three great teachings of the Buddha.* The First Turning of the Wheel: Insight into the nature of suffering - and the way out of it - from the four noble truths and the eightfold path * The Second Turning of the Wheel: Teachings on emptiness from the Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra * The Third Turning of the Wheel: Guidance for practitioners and teachings on awakened Buddha nature In clear language, James William Coleman, professor of sociology at the California Polytechnic State University, guides us through the ancient sutras that preserve the Buddha's message, illuminating their meaning for today's world and tying the Buddha's wisdom together for us. The book concludes with chapters from two great teachers, Reb Anderson from the Zen tradition and Lama Palden from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, on how to use meditation to bring the Buddha's wisdom into our daily lives.
Living with the Monks
By Itzler, Jesse
Bestselling author Jesse Itzler could easily be voted the least likely to sit still. The successful entrepreneur, endurance athlete and father of four only knows one speed: FULL BLAST. He's also one of the most unconventional people you'll ever meet. So, when Jesse felt like the world around him was getting too hectic, he didn't take a vacation or get a massage, he moved into a monastery and gave himself a self-imposed time-out. In LIVING WITH THE MONKS, the follow-up to his New York Times bestselling LIVING WITH A SEAL, Jesse Itzler takes us on a spiritual journey like no other. Jesse doesn't believe in traditional resumes-he believes in life resumes: collecting experiences and creating memories. His life is full of business success and adventure. Jesse went from being a rapper, to starting the world's largest jet card company (and selling it to Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets) to running 100 miles non-stop in under 24 hours, to becoming an owner of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team. And now, it's all about to slow down. Thinking all monasteries are like the ones he sees on TV, Jesse arrives at the New Skete religious community in the isolated and snowy mountains of upstate New York with a shaved head and a suitcase filled with bananas. To his surprise, New Skete monks have most of their hair. They're Russian Orthodox, not Buddhist, and they're also world-renowned German shepherd breeders and authors of dog-training books that have sold in the millions. As Jesse struggles to fit in amongst the odd but lovable monks, cheesecake-making nuns, and the strange professional intern in the cell next to his, self-doubt begins to beat like a tribal drum and he questions his motivation to embark on this adventure, missing his family and phone. But in the end, Jesse discovers the secrets of the monks and their wisdom, the power of shutting off, being alone and taking time to simply think. Equal parts memoir and road map to living a less stressful and more vibrant life, LIVING WITH THE MONKS is an illuminating, entertaining, and unexpected trip for anyone looking to feel calmer and more controlled in our crazy, hectic world.
The Souls of China
By Johnson, Ian
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a revelatory portrait of religion in China today - its history, the spiritual traditions of its Eastern and Western faiths, and the ways in which it is influencing China's future.
The Souls of China tells the story of one of the world's great spiritual revivals. Following a century of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches, and mosques - as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty - over what it means to be Chinese and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality a century ago and is searching for new guideposts.
Ian Johnson first visited China in 1984; in the 1990s he helped run a charity to rebuild Daoist temples, and in 2001 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the suppression of the Falun Gong spiritual movement. While researching this book, he lived for extended periods with underground church members, rural Daoists, and Buddhist pilgrims. Along the way, he learned esoteric meditation techniques, visited a nonagenarian Confucian sage, and befriended government propagandists as they fashioned a remarkable embrace of traditional values. He has distilled these experiences into a cycle of festivals, births, deaths, detentions, and struggle - a great awakening of faith that is shaping the soul of the world's newest superpower.
By Jacobsen, Annie
The definitive history of the military's decades-long investigation into mental powers and phenomena, from the author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain and international bestseller Area 51.
By Kingsland, James
By the longtime Guardian science journalist, a groundbreaking exploration of the science of enlightenment and mental wellness, illuminated by twin perspectives, ancient and modern: the spiritual wisdom of Siddhartha Gautama and the revelations of today's scientists, who are confirming the Buddha's profound insights into the human mind
In the fifth century BCE, in northern India, Siddhartha, the wandering sage who became the Buddha, developed a program, rooted in meditation and mindfulness, for mastering the mind and achieving lasting peace and contentment. Twenty-five centuries later, humans have transformed everything about our world - except our brains, which remain the same powerful yet flawed instruments possessed by our ancestors. What if the solution we seek to the psychological problems of life in the digital age - distraction, anxiety, addiction, loss of deep meaning - had already been worked out by the Buddha in ancient India? Appealing to readers of Eastern wisdom and Jon Kabat-Zinn, as well as to fans of bestsellers by Oliver Sacks and Malcolm Gladwell, acclaimed science writer and practicing Buddhist James Kingsland reveals how scientists are now unlocking the remarkable secrets of Siddhartha's brain.
Moving effortlessly between science and scripture, Kingsland charts Siddhartha's spiritual journey and explains how new research by leading neuroscientists and clinical psychologists - many of whom are interviewed in these pages - suggests that mindfulness practice reconfigures our brains to make us sharper, smarter, healthier, and happier, and that it can help treat stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, hypertension, and substance abuse. There have even been hints that meditation can enhance immune function, slow cellular aging, and keep dementia at bay. Featuring six guided meditations, Siddhartha's Brain is a practical and inspiring odyssey of mind and spirit.
"Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think." - Siddhartha
Jesus Among Secular Gods
By Zacharias, Ravi
Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale defend the absolute claims of Christ against modern belief in the "secular gods" of atheism, scientism, relativism, and more. The rise of these secular gods presents the most serious challenge to the absolute claims of Christ since the founding of Christianity itself. The Christian worldview has not only been devalued and dismissed by modern culture, but its believers are openly ridiculed as irrelevant. In JESUS AMONG SECULAR GODS, Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale challenge the popular "isms" of the day, skillfully pointing out the fallacies in their claims and presenting compelling evidence for revealed absolute truth as found in Jesus. This book is fresh, insightful, and important, and faces head on today's most urgent challenges to Christian faith.
Living the Secular Life
By Zuckerman, Phil
David Brooks, The New York TimesAs secularism becomes more prominent and self-confident, its spokesmen have more insistently argued that secularism should not be seen as an absence — as a lack of faith — but rather as a positive moral creed. Phil Zuckerman, a Pitzer College sociologist, makes this case as fluidly and pleasurably as anybody in his book, Living the Secular Life.A Best Book of 2014, Publishers Weekly Over the last twenty-five years, no religion has become the fastest-growing religion in the United States. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people have turned away from the traditional faiths of the past and embraced a moral yet nonreligious—or secular—life, generating societies vastly less religious than at any other time in human history.
By Wenger, Tisa Joy
Religious freedom is so often presented as a timeless American ideal and an inalienable right, appearing fully formed at the founding of the United States. That is simply not so, Tisa Wenger contends in this sweeping and brilliantly argued book. Instead, American ideas about religious freedom were continually reinvented through a vibrant national discourse--Wenger calls it "religious freedom talk--that cannot possibly be separated from the evolving politics of race and empire. More often than not, Wenger demonstrates, religious freedom talk worked to privilege the dominant white Christian population. At the same time, a diverse array of minority groups at home and colonized people abroad invoked and reinterpreted this ideal to defend themselves and their ways of life.
The University of North Carolina Press
The Lutheran Difference
By Engelbrecht, Edward
Overview As Lutherans interact with other Christians, they often find themselves struggling to explain their beliefs and practices. Although many Lutherans have learned the what of the doctrines of the Church, they do not always have a full scriptural foundation to share the why. When confronted with different doctrines or denominations, they sometimes cannot clearly state their faith much less understand the differences.
Because of insecurities about explaining particular doctrines or practices, some Lutherans may avoid opportunities to share what they have learned from Christ and His Word. The Lutheran Difference identifies how Lutherans differ from other Christians and shows from the Bible why Lutherans differ. Such information will prepare Lutherans to share their faith clearly; it will help non-Lutherans understand the Lutheran difference.
This book was written entirely for the lay person but may also serve well as a high school or college religion class text. This resource would be handy for anyone looking for an additional resource beyond Luther's Small Catechism.
What began as a popular 18 booklet Bible Study series, this new work gathers together all the rich content of the series, orders it around the Nicene Creed, and presents it in one accessible volume so readers can access the facts they need.
500-year anniversary cover art featuring the likenesses of the great Lutheran reformers: Martin Chemnitz, Jacob Andreae, Philip Melanchthon, and of course, Martin Luther A new preface essay on how American churches are changing or staying the same in the twenty-first century, based on research from the Alban Institute, the Barna Group, and on-site visits to congregations of the eight major denominational families Additional content on the mission of God, the fall and original sin, homosexuality and biblical teaching, Luther s theology of the cross, church fellowship, and the kindest way to handle accusations in the church (Matthew 18 explained and applied) More than thirty cross-references to the second edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church A fifty-page summary and hope-filled update of Bergendoff s Church of the Lutheran Reformation, tracing Lutheran history from the Reformation to the present A subject index allowing speedy access to over 700 pages of inspiring content and facts
The Amish Book of Prayers for Women
By Stoll, Esther
Everyones prayer closet could use a cool breath of fresh air once in a while Whether you need to talk with God about your joys or your sorrows simple pleasures or heartrending pain youll find new inspiration in these brief prayers from the heart of a young Amish wife and mother They touch on topics from parenting and household responsibilities to personal character and the wonderful attributes of God Simple direct and brimming with heartfelt devotion--qualities long admired in the Plain people--these prayer starters will calm your heart guide your thoughts and lead you into a peaceful sense of Gods presence
Harvest House Publishers
Crash the Chatterbox
By Furtick, Steven
Crashing the chatterbox = Overpowering lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement with the promises of God.
"I used to think that someone who struggled with the kinds of weaknesses I deal with daily was useless to God. I felt so often like I was drowning in internal dialogue I couldn't control. It had been the soundtrack of my life for as long as I could remember.
Yet everything changed when I began to realize God has given us the ability to choose the dialogue we believe and respond to. And once we learn how, we can switch from lies to truth as deliberately as we can choose the Beatles over Miley Cyrus on satellite radio.
This is the key to pressing ahead and doing God's will anyway, even as you are bombarded with thoughts, feelings, and even facts about why you can't do it.
I'm now awakening to the reality that we can access the power of God's promises to constantly crash the system of our broken beliefs. I'm learning how to overpower the shouts of the Enemy by bending my ear to the whisper of God's supernatural truths about my identity in Him and His strength in me." -STEVEN FURTICK, from Crash the Chatterbox
Includes discussion questions for individuals or groups.
Inside your head and heart is a chatterbox. Its lies are keeping you from realizing your God-given potential. But what can you do about them?
The Voice You Listen to Will Determine the Future You Experience
In Crash the Chatterbox, Pastor Steven Furtick focuses on four key areas in which negative thoughts are most debilitating: insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement. He asks, "What great deeds are in danger of remaining undone in your life because of lies that were planted in your past or fears that are looming in your future?"
With personal stories, inspiring examples, and practical strategies, Pastor Furtick will show you how to silence the lies and embrace the freeing affirmation of God.
Learn how to live out God's truth no matter what is going on in your life or thoughts.
Learn how to crash the chatterbox ... and hear God's voice above all others.
By Reed, Ralph
"The ultimate answer to what ails America." - from the Foreword by Gov. Mike Huckabee In Awakening, Reed provides practical steps and a bold plan that will restore America to greatness. Find out how you can be part of the awakening that will re-energize Americans to effective citizenship and renew our core values of faith, personal responsibility, and liberty. Such an awakening can happen today - and it begins with us.
The Friends of Jesus
By Kingsbury, Karen
America's favorite inspirational novelist and #1 New York Times bestselling author offers a richly told tale about six of Jesus' closest friends and companions, bringing biblical truths to life in this captivating continuation of her Life-Changing Bible Study series.In our everyday lives, friends are the people whom we spend the most time with, go through struggles with at times, and who know us best. Each of Jesus' friends - Peter, John, Matthew, Judas, Mary Magdalene, and Lazarus - traveled with Jesus and were part of His daily ministry, and each has a compelling story to tell. There were some who would question or doubt Him ... and one would even betray Him. Kingsbury brings these fascinating personalities to life in ways that will not only help bring you closer to the truths found in Scripture, but also to Christ.
By Morris, Robert
An important reminder on what keeps us from being truly free Jesus said ldquoAll authority in heaven and on earth has been given to merdquo Matthew As believers we have Christ and never need to be afraid Yet itrsquos also true that we are not immune to the effects of evil Christ has conquered sin and death but in his infinite wisdommdashfor reasons that are often difficult for us to understandmdashevil is still permitted to exist Even if wersquore saved and trust in Christ we may still find areas in which we just canrsquot get victory Maybe itrsquos a sin wersquove confessed again and again or a constant struggle with depression anger or lust These long-imbedded patterns of shameful living continue to entangle us day after day month after month and even year after year In TrulynbspFreenbspbest-selling author Robert Morris invites us into a glorious truthmdashthat the promise of being set free from the slavery of sin is a promise to be set freenbspcompletely Although evil is real and Christians can be oppressed by it we have the promise that the one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world John Jesus saves us trains us to resist the power of evil and delivers us from anything that holds us back With Jesus we can be truly free forever.