Weaving ancient sources and modern understanding into a compelling narrative, Gautama Buddha places his birth around 484 BCE, his Enlightenment in 449 BCE and his death in 404 BCE, a century later than the traditional dates. Vishvapani Blomfield examines Gautama's words and impact to shed fresh light on his culture, his spiritual search and the experiences and teachings that led his followers, to call him "The Awakened One."
Placing Gautama in a credible historical setting without assuming that he was really just an ordinary person, this book draws on the myths and legends that surround him to illuminate the significance of his life. It traces Gautama's investigations of consciousness, his strikingly original view of life and his development of new forms of religious community and practice.
This insightful and thought-provoking biography will appeal to anyone interested in history and religion, and in the Buddha as a thinker, spiritual teacher and a seminal cultural figure. Gautama Buddha is a gripping account of one of history's most powerful personalities.
“The dhamma that the
Buddha delineated is only a map detailing various paths. We, as the travelers,
must carefully examine and understand the map….This is comparable to the
necessity of a flashlight while traversing an unknown trail in the dark. The
course is littered with various intersections and signs, each pointing to a
different destination. Some intersections lead to apayabhumi (hell realms), heaven, or
nibbana (ultimate enlightenment). If all of this is understood, difficulties will be absent in
Paradigm Shift was Venerable Acariya Thoon
Khippapanyo’s penultimate book authored before attaining ultimate enlightenment on November 11, 2008
at Wat Pa Ban Koh in Udon Thani,
was the book Acariya Thoon was most proud of because of its comprehensive and
These are questions that plagued King Pasendi after he had a series of odd and perplexing dreams. None of his wise advisors could satisfactorily decipher their meaning. So, King Pasendi turned to the wisest of all men, the Buddha.
In this book, Venerable Acariya Thoon Khippapanyo tells of how the Buddha interpreted King Pasendi’s dreams. Acariya Thoon also explains how these prophecies will affect us in the future.
See for yourself if these predictions are still to take shape or have already occurred.
We all experience the ups and downs of relationships—the fun of dating, the pain of breaking up, the demands of serious partnerships, and the ache of loneliness. But we often forget that they affect not only our love lives, but our spirits as well.
With Love Dharma you will discover how to use your romantic triumphs and tragedies to achieve personal peace and happiness, develop more satisfying connections with others, and share yourself without losing yourself. Author Geri Larkin teaches that the difficult and joyous moments of our love lives are truly opportunities to continue our spiritual journey