The Buddha taught a down to Earth wisdom that is still deeply relevant today. This carefully chosen selection of the Buddha's thoughts and teachings, compiled by William Wray, presents one quotation for each day of the year. Each and every quotation brings fresh insights, helping to free us from the deep conditioning of our minds and pointing us towards making revolutionary changes in our lives on a personal, social and spiritual level. The book also contains a stimulating introduction to the Buddha, as well as a short biography and accessible analysis of the discourses. Many of the sayings included here are drawn from the very latest translations of the Buddhist sutras. It is hoped that by reflecting on them on a regular basis, individuals will take significant steps towards enlightenment.
Although Jesus' ministry was brief, the message he preached and the examples he set have become the foundation of a faith that has touched the hearts and minds of millions. Even today, two thousand years after his death, his influence in the world remains undiminished. The Words of Jesus consists of a carefully chosen selection of sayings, one for each day of the year, taken from the words of Jesus himself, and from those who knew him best. Accessible and thought-provoking, this book allows the reader direct access to the thought and teaching of one of the world's most influential and important religious leaders.
The word 'Zen' is considered by many to be an abbreviation for Zen Buddhism. However, today Zen is not tied to any particular group: it is a way of life, discipline and thinking. Zen practitioners use sayings and scriptures to help them uncover the secrets of the universe. The most often used is the Koan, a nonsensical question given to students for meditation. The answer to one of the best-known Koans 'What is the sound of one hand clapping?' is, of course, 'silence', the silence that permeates the universe. And for most of us unattainable without a good deal of practice, here is a treasury of such jewels of thought.