This new updated edition of How the Swans Came to the Lake includes much new information about recent events in Buddhist groups in America and discusses such issues as spiritual authority, the role of women, and social action.
Rick Fields (1942–1999) is the author of several books, including Chop Wood, Carry Water and The Code of the Warrior. He has served as the editor of The Vajradhatu Sun, an international journal of Buddhism (now Shambhala Sun), and as the editor-at-large of Tricycle: A Buddhist Review.
That's easy for the Dalai Lama to say--but for the rest of us, understanding this mysterious, multilayered faith can be very difficult. With this updated and revised edition of the classic Buddhist primer, you can delve into the profound principles of nonviolence, mindfulness, and self-awareness. From Tibetan Buddhism to Zen, you'll explore the traditions of all branches of Buddhism, including:
The life of Buddha and his continuing influence throughout the worldA revealing survey of the definitive Buddhist texts What the Sutras say about education, marriage, sex, and deathFaith-fueled social protest movements in Tibet, Burma, and elsewhere Buddhist art, poetry, architecture, calligraphy, and landscaping The proven physiological effects of meditation and other Buddhist practicesThe growing impact of Buddhism on modern American culture
In this guide, you'll discover the deceptively simple truths of this enigmatic religion. Most important, you learn how to apply the tenets of Buddhism to your daily life--and achieve clarity and inner peace in the process.
Buddhism, one of the world's most widely practiced religions, isa fascinating yet complex eastern religion that is rapidlyspreading throughout western civilization. What does it mean to bea Buddhist? What are the fundamental beliefs and history behindthis religion? Buddhism For Dummies explores these questionsand more in this updated guide to Buddhist culture. You'll gain anunderstanding of the origins of this ancient practice and howthey're currently applied to everyday life.
Whether you're a searcher of truth, a student of religions, orjust curious about what makes Buddhism such a widely practicedreligion, this guide is for you. In plain English, it defines theimportant terms, explains the key concepts, and explores in-depth awide range of fascinating topics.New and expanded coverage on all the schools of Buddhism,including Theravada, Tibetan, and MahayanaThe continuing relevance of the Dalai LamaUpdated coverage on daily observances, celebrations, styles,practices, meditation, and more
Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world's religionsengaging and accessible to everyone, Buddhism For Dummies isyour essential guide to this fascinating religion.
Drawn from the archives of major Zen centers in America and interviews with some of the most seminal figures of American Zen, including Philip Kapleau, Bernie Glassman, Gary Snyder, and Walter Nowick, One Bird, One Stone presents the notable encounters between teachers and students, the moments of insight and wisdom, the quotable quotes, and the humor of Zen as it has flowered in America over the last one hundred-plus years.
Murphy, a Zen student and an accomplished writer, conducted numerous personal interviews and distilled over one hundred pithy stories. He covers Zen masters Suzuki, Maezumi, Seung Sahn, Robert Aitken, and Philip Kapleau along with earnest students Gary Snyder, Alan Watts, and Philip Whalen and others.
Reach Your Zen Moment!
The latest edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Buddhism updates one of Alpha Books's most successful books in the religion/spirituality category, providing extensive information on both understanding the teachings and schools of Buddhism and incorporating the tenets of Buddhism into everyday life. It also includes additional information on Buddhism's effect on popular arts and sciences, the continuing relevance of the Dalai Lama, and an annotated bibliography.
- With Buddhism as one of America's fastest growing religions, the audience continues to renew itself
- Covers all four schools of Buddhism: Zen,Tibetan, Pure Land, and Insight Meditation, which are not in competitors' books
- For thousands of years, Buddhism has been a source of inner peace and security for millions
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