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Esoteric Buddhism

by A.P. Sinnett

CONTENTSPrefaceCHAPTER I - Esoteric Teachers Nature of the Present Exposition - Seclusion of Eastern Knowledge - The Arhats and their Attributes - The Mahatmas - Occultists generally - Isolated Mystics - Inferior Yogis - Occult Training - The Great Purpose -Its Incidental Consequences - Present ConcessionsCHAPTER II - The Constitution of Man Esoteric Cosmogony - Where to Begin - Working back from Man to Universe - Analysis of Man - The Seven PrinciplesCHAPTER III -The Planetary Chain Esoteric Views of Evolution - The Chain of Globes - Progress of Man round them - The Spiral Advance - Original Evolution of the Globes - The Lower KingdomsCHAPTER IV -The World Periods Uniformity of Nature- Rounds and Races - The Septenary Law - Objective and Subjective Lives - Total Incarnations - Former Races on Earth - Periodic Cataclysms - Atlantis - Lemuria - The Cyclic LawCHAPTER V - Devachan Spiritual Destinies of the Ego - Karma - Division of the Principles of Death - Progress of the Higher Duad - Existence in Devachan - Subjective Progress - Avitchi - Earthly Connection with Devachan - Devachanic PeriodsCHAPTER VI - Kama Loca The Astral Shell - Its Habitat - Its Nature - Surviving Impulses - Elementals - Mediums and Shells - Accidents and Suicides - Lost PersonalitiesCHAPTER VII - The Human Tide-Wave Progress of the Main Wave - Obscurations - Twilight and Dawn of Evolution - Our Neighbouring Planets - Gradations of Spirituality - Prematurely Developed Egos - Intervals of Re-IncarnationCHAPTER VIII - The Progress of Humanity The Choice of Good or Evil - The Second Half of Evolution - The Decisive Turning-point - Spirituality and Intellect - The Survival of the Fittest - The Sixth Sense - Development of the Principles in their Order - The Subsidence of the Unfit - Provision for All - The Exceptional Cases - Their Scientific Explanation - Justice Satisfied - The Destiny of Failures - Human Evolution Reviewed Esoteric Buddhism by A.P. SinnettCHAPTER IX -Buddha The Esoteric Buddha - Re-Incarnations of Adepts - Buddha’s Incarnation - The Seven Buddhas of the Great Races - Avalokiteshwara - Addi Buddha - Adeptship in Buddha’s Time - Sankaracharya - Vedantin Doctrines - Tsong-kapa - Occult Reforms in TibetCHAPTER X - Nirvana Its Remoteness - Preceding Gradations - Partial Nirvana - The Threshold of Nirvana - Nirvana - Para Nirvana - Buddha and Nirvana - Nirvana attained by Adepts - General Progress towards Nirvana - Conditions of its Attainment - Spirituality and Religion - The Pursuit of TruthCHAPTER XI - The Universe The Days and Night of Brahma - The Various Manvantaras and Pralayas - The Solar System - The Universal Pralaya - Recommencement of Evolution - “Creation” - The Great First Cause - The Eternal Cyclic ProcessCHAPTER XII - The Doctrine Reviewed Correspondences of the Esoteric Doctrine with Visible Nature - Free Will and Predestination - The Origin of Evil - Geology, Biology, and the Esoteric Teaching - Buddhism and Scholarship - The Origins of all Things - The Doctrine as Distorted - The Ultimate Dissolutions of Consciousness - Transmigration - The Soul and the Spirit - Personality and Individuality - Karma Esoteric Buddhism by A.P. SinnettAppendix

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
Size: 160 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

Everyday Buddhism: Real-Life Buddhist Teachings & Practices For Real Change

by Wendy Haylett

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
Size: 259 pages
Free download for Kindle from 21 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.20 / 5
4 reviews

Hit the Road Jack: A wickedly suspenseful serial killer thriller (Jack Ryder Book 1)

by Willow Rose

New series from the Amazon Bestselling author Willow Rose.  Ben is supposed to be in school. It's Monday morning but his parents are still asleep after a night of heavy drinking. Ben Waits patiently, even though he knows he is missing out on today's field trip to the zoo. But, when his black Labrador suddenly runs upstairs and comes down with a finger in his mouth, Ben knows he's not making it to school today at all. Detective Jack Ryder is chaperoning his kids' field trip when he gets the call from the head of the Cocoa Beach Police Department. A body has been found and they need his help. Soon, Jack finds himself up against a killer, a predator who ruthlessly chases women and kills them so they can never leave him. The case soon causes serious consequences for him and his family once the truth is revealed. With her new hero, Jack Ryder, as a loving father and committed detective, a new location in tropical Florida, and a story that moves at an incredible pace, Hit the Road Jack is Willow Rose at the top of her game.

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Size: 454 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.50 / 5
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Buddhist Scriptures

by E.J. Thomas

Genre: Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
Size: 117 pages
Free download for Kindle from 17 February 2020 onward  

Seeds of Enlightenment: Grow with Peace of Mind, Boundless Love, and Lasting Happiness

by Jayan Edirisinghe

This is a guide containing ageless wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings for your well-being and enlightenment. It reveals how sacred teachings can be integrated into your daily life to transform your discomforts and challenges into spiritual enlightenment. Practicing the teachings of the Buddha, in the midst of our modern world difficulties is a transformational journey, a great accomplishment. It is the most enlightening skill we can develop in life. The insights from this book will show you how the ancient wisdom can be incorporated into your peace of mind, boundless love and lasting happiness.

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
Size: 111 pages
Free download for Kindle from 17 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.90 / 5
60 reviews


by Munish Markan

Laughter is the best medicine. What if, one day, you meet a laughing Buddha. Here is one. Rishi Anand, a student of philosophy is in search of universal principles which make the human life fulfilling. His quest to know the secret of joy, prosperity, peace of mind, happiness and Enlightenment propels him to carry out journeys, within and without. His three friends act as cosmic jokers caring damn about anything smelling spiritual. Their only creed is laughter. Their interaction with each other provides a fertile ground for humor to sprout. They carry out a journey to an Ashram in the holy city of Haridwar, India. The journey and the stay there is a comical saga which brings out the worldly wisdom and spiritual message at common meeting point. It also exposes the rot which has set in the conventional approach to religion. Rishi also visits USA and learns there the basic principles of effective living and core management skills. His search for Enlightenment lands him in the company of a University Professor whose words of wisdom clear the mental cobwebs and also teaches him how to meditate. Rishi practices these meditation techniques even in the thick of routine life without being noticed by anyone. Professor also unravels the timeless wisdom to the world by delivering high powered lectures in an unconventional manner. The lectures address the most fundamental questions bothering intelligent humans involving deep undercurrents of emotions like sin, guilt, charity, pain and suffering etc.. Prof. adopts a scientific approach to subtle psychological issues concerning ordinary humans and highlights the importance of awareness in day to day life. Rishi also falls in love with a girl Meera and their love story transports the reader to another world. Essentially, it is one of those spiritual books to read which uses humor and wisdom to uncover the mystery surrounding abstract spiritualism. The book offers deep insights into the timeless principles to lead a meaningful and purposeful life. A journey from piece of mind to peace of mind.

Genre: Humour, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, New Age, Other Eastern Religions, Spirituality, Self-Help & Counselling, Self-Help, Teen & Young Adult
Size: 172 pages
Free download for Kindle from 17 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Little Book of Buddhist Mindfulness & Concentration (The Little Books on Buddhism 5)

by Eric Van Horn

The Little Book on Buddhist Mindfulness & Concentration builds on the basic Buddhist practice that is described in the previous books in this series. This Little Book begins by describing the practice of mindfulness.

The word “mindfulness” has been greatly distorted in its imported, Western version. It is usually taught as something like “non-judgmental awareness” or “non-reactive attention.” But the Pali word for “mindfulness” literally means ”keeping something in mind,” not “attention.” Further, when the Buddha did teach “attention” he taught “wise attention,” which means attending to qualities of the mind that are skillful.

The Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness are taught most extensively in two discourses: “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness” and “Mindfulness of Breathing.” This book describes the practices in both of these discourses.

The practice of “right mindfulness” leads to “right concentration.” The Buddha defined right concentration as “jhana,” or “meditative absorption.” The qualities of mindfulness and concentration reinforce each other. Greater mindfulness leads to greater concentration and greater concentration leads to greater mindfulness.

These practices of mindfulness and concentration constitute Phase Two of Buddhist practice. They lead to serenity, calm, tranquility, and greater wisdom. Ultimately, if they are mastered they lead to Awakening, to freedom from stress and suffering, to transcendent happiness.

Genre: Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
Size: 111 pages
Free download for Kindle from 16 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Four Seals of Dharma

by Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche

the fundamental doctrines of Buddhism: impermanence, suffering, no-self and nirvana

Genre: Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
Size: 142 pages
Free download for Kindle from 14 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.60 / 5
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Time Surfing Sample: An exclusive introductory sample

by Paul Loomans

An introductory sample to Time Surfing. Who has time these days? Any moments that haven’t already been accounted for are swallowed up by smartphones, social media and working into the evening hours. But stress also comes from within; if you learn to time surf you will rediscover calm in your life.This book will inspire and guide you to choose peace as a basis for carrying out all your daily activities, whether at work or in the home. The approach is based on a step-by-step method called Time Surfing, which consists of seven simple and easy-to-learn instructions backed with targeted tips and techniques.Routed in Zen Buddhism, the emphasis is very much on making the most of the time you have rather than trying to control time itself. Suitable for everyone, Time Surfing is based on your natural behaviour; the more you apply the instructions the easier it becomes. The instructions will feel instinctive, and will make it possible for you to surf over the waves of time. You will learn that you can trust your intuition when it comes to choosing what to do. As a result, your actions are not only inspired but also very effective. The focus you experience will be relaxed and unforced. But, more than anything else, an inner sense of calm will arise.Time Surfing has proven popular in the business world. Companies and occupational health organisations such as Delta Lloyd, the Trimbos Instituut and De Persgroep are introducing their employees to the Time Surfing techniques.

Genre: Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, New Age, Self-Help & Counselling
Size: 176 pages
Free download for Kindle from 14 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.50 / 5
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Buddhism for Beginners: 2 Books in 1 (Buddhism for Beginners & Zen Buddhism for Beginners)

by Emerald Moon

Book 1: Buddhism for BeginnersBuddhism has been around for thousands of years, but it was not until recently when people all over the world have started to gain interest in it once more. Perhaps, it is because they are drawn to the teachings of Buddhism that center on themes, such as living life in moderation, letting go of desires and being compassionate towards others. The physical and mental benefits gained from such Buddhist practices as meditation, yoga and mindfulness may have also contributed to its popularity. Yet, as people slowly begin to introduce Buddhist principles into their lifestyle, many of their questions regarding this ancient way of life still need simple answers. If you are someone who wants to know more about Buddhism and how you can incorporate its principles into your daily life, then this book is for you. In this book you will find:What is Buddhism? Is it a religion?Who was Siddhartha Gautama? Was he a human or a deity? What do the Four Noble Truths mean? What is the Noble Eightfold Path? What are reincarnation, nirvana, and karma? Why is Theravada Buddhism different from Mahayana Buddhism? Is Zen also a kind of Buddhism? What exactly is mindfulness? How do you meditate? What are the different ways to meditate? Is it possible to practice Buddhist principles without becoming a Buddhist? How do you become a practicing Buddhist? Do you need to be baptized? Whether you are a beginner to the concepts of Buddhism, or someone who conducted research and would like to deepen your understanding of the concept, this book will provide you with answers in a no-frills way.Book 2: Zen Buddhism for BeginnersZen Buddhism is one school of Buddhism that arose from the Mahayana school of Buddhism. There are three main schools of Buddhism today, with several smaller schools that have adapted the principles and pathways of the major three. Zen is the Japanese form of Ch’an Buddhism, which began in China and eventually spread to the island of Japan. As a form of Buddhism, you are asked to use seated meditation to reach enlightenment, as well as to follow six paramitas or principles to achieve an awakened state. Zen Buddhism is a book for beginners that explores various topics to help you decide if it is the right school of Buddhism for you to follow and gain enlightenment from. In this book you will find:The history of BuddhismAn understanding of BuddhismHow to practice Zen BuddhismHow to find a mentorHow to apply Zen to your daily lifeZen-approved meditationsA glossary of important termsYou are not promised to reach an awakening or Nirvana, but to understand more about the concept and the meditation it took the original Buddha to gain Buddhahood. Your path may be quick or slow to gaining Nirvana, but it is your journey—not one that anyone can provide for you—although, it is one masters can help you discover. So what are you waiting for? Take action, not now, but right now, and grab your copy, today!

Genre: Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, New Age
Size: 102 pages
Free download for Kindle from 14 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Buddhist and Islamic Orders in Southern Asia: Comparative Perspectives

by R. Michael Feener

Over the last few decades historians and other scholars have succeeded in identifying diverse patterns of connection linking religious communities across Asia and beyond. Yet despite the fruits of this specialist research, scholars in the subfields of Islamic and Buddhist studies have rarely engaged with each other to share investigative approaches and methods of interpretation. This volume was conceived to open up new spaces of creative interaction between scholars in both fields that will increase our understanding of the circulation and localization of religious texts, institutional models, ritual practices, and literary specialists.The book’s approach is to scrutinize one major dimension of the history of religion in Southern Asia: religious orders. “Orders” (here referring to Sufi ṭarīqas and Buddhist monastic and other ritual lineages) established means by which far-flung local communities could come to be recognized and engaged as part of a broader world of co-religionists, while presenting their particular religious traditions and their human representatives as attractive and authoritative to potential new communities of devotees. Contributors to the volume direct their attention toward analogous developments mutually illuminating for both fields of study. Some explain how certain orders took shape in Southern Asia over the course of the nineteenth century, contextualizing these institutional developments in relation to local and transregional political formations, shifting literary and ritual preferences, and trade connections. Others show how the circulation of people, ideas, texts, objects, and practices across Southern Asia, a region in which both Buddhism and Islam have a long and substantial presence, brought diverse currents of internal reform and notions of ritual and lineage purity to the region. All chapters draw readers’ attention to the fact that networked persons were not always strongly institutionalized and often moved through Southern Asia and developed local bases without the oversight of complex corporate organizations.Buddhist and Islamic Orders in Southern Asia brings cutting-edge research to bear on conversations about how “orders” have functioned within these two traditions to expand and sustain transregional religious networks. It will help to develop a better understanding of the complex roles played by religious networks in the history of Southern Asia.

Genre: History, Asia, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Islam
Size: 230 pages
Free download for Kindle from 13 February 2020 onward  

Therigatha - Book of Verses of Elder Bhikkhunis: Free Download on July 15 and 31, August 15 and 31, and September 15

by Anagarika Mahendra

The present book, Therīgāthā, belongs to the Pāḷi Tipiṭaka, the authorized recension for Theravāda. Therīgāthā is perhaps unique in the world spiritual literature in that it contains verses exclusively by liberated women, and is likely the earliest such compendium.The Elder Bhikkhunis (therī in Pāḷi), whose verses (gāthā) and spontaneous utterances are collected herein, represent a cross-section of the contemporary Indian society: here we find princesses and paupers, socialites and peasants, teens and senior citizens, single and married, reputable housewives and courtesans, high-class society and down-trodden ones, mothers with children and mothers who have lost children, disputation experts and quiet ones – singing songs of joy and gratitude; and extolling the Buddha, Dhammā, and Saṅghā. And the thing that unites them all? They all realized the ultimate – the cessation of lust, hate, and delusion; the liberation; the end of the cycle of becoming. The verses themselves are so powerful that they can be used as a subject of meditation to reflect on the sufferings inherent in the round of existence and generate the desire to be free. In this book, both Pāḷi originals and English translations are provided so it’s easier for those who want to learn Pāḷi or just read the translations. A full Pāḷi-English Glossary, detailed Endnotes, and other indices will help the interested reader to learn more about the elder bhikkhunis, their circumstances, and their strivings.

Genre: Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, New Age
Size: 339 pages
Free download for Kindle from 12 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.20 / 5
8 reviews

How To Live In The Present Moment, 2.0 - Let Go Of The Past & Stop Worrying About The Future (Self Help, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Self Esteem & Emotional ... Mindfulness, Conscious Purpose

by Matt Morris

This #1 Best-Selling guide for letting go of the past, not worrying about the future, and stepping into the beautiful land of the PRESENT MOMENT will set your body and mind free. It will take you to a place where you'll find peace, joy, and perpetual happiness with it's step-by-step guide as life coach Matt Morris dives deep into his and his students' personal struggles, showing the reader how to overcome them with the Power of the Present Moment.

Past events haunt all of us and the future weighs heavy. Our what ifs, maybes, and not good enoughs paralyze us and prevent us from enjoying what we have right in front of us – the beauty of a sunset, accolades for a successful project, the smell of freshly baked bread, a good friend. We accept our past as who we are, and yet, we would all like to break out of that mold and truly enjoy life for what it is.

How To Live In The Present Moment, Version 2.0 will gently guide you through breaking the shackles of your debilitating thought patterns of the past and future and give you the tools to live in the Present Moment.

The methods I describe will lead you through the unknown jungle of self-doubt and I will show you how you can forgive yourself and those around you so that you can move on to become who you truly are NOW, not who you were yesterday. I discuss how you can meaningfully plan for your future without getting bogged down in trying to predict what might happen.

So take my hand and let’s stroll down the path of self-discovery and celebrate the true and happy new you – the you who has been waiting patiently in the wings for you to discover how to live in the Present Moment and thus discover true happiness.

It is time to break out of your self-imposed jail sentence to experience freedom of your body and mind using the power of the Present Moment!

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Arts & Literature, Professionals & Academics, Specific Groups, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Counselling, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, New Age, Science & Maths, Health & Fitness, Alternative Medicine, Personal Health, Self-Help
Size: 153 pages
Free download for Kindle from 10 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.20 / 5
18 reviews

The Awakened Ape: A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living

by Jevan Pradas

What secrets do Amazonian tribes, Himalayan hermits, and enlightened monks know about health and happiness that have been lost to the world today?In The Awakened Ape Jevan Pradas uses evolutionary psychology to hack the human mind and body to answer the question: "How can we enjoy life to the fullest?" The results, while unexpected, are completely backed by science.Perpetually bored, anxious, fatigued and overweight, modern society has failed to deliver the happiness it promised. The remedy, Jevan argues, is in a unique synthesis of a Paleolithic lifestyle and Buddhist meditation.A sprawling journey, featuring Jevan's adventures with naked Amazonian tribes and retreats with enlightened monks to learn the secrets of optimal well-being, The Awakened Ape will teach you how to achieve deep states of bliss. All while shaping your body into the fit and healthy animal millions of years of evolution programmed you to be.You will learn: How to meditate -- from instructions for the absolute beginner to techniques for deep states of ecstasy and awakeningHow to eat the optimally healthy diet for both physical and mental healthHow to train the attention span so you can be focused and efficient all day longHow to exercise so that is fun, enjoyable, and something you look forward toHow to get rid of the habit of negative thinking in just one weekHow to live like a caveman in the modern world in order to get the most out of your geneticsHow to properly go to the bathroom (Yes, you have been doing it wrong)And much, much, more..*Finalist for Next Generation's Health and Wellness Book of the Year in 2018*

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Science & Maths
Size: 291 pages
Free download for Kindle from 08 February 2020 onward  

Nirvana Express: Journal of a Very Brief Monkhood

by S.P. Somtow

Novelist, composer and conductor Somtow Sucharitkul (who writes books under the name S.P. Somtow) had an extraordinary epiphany while driving downthe California coast. At almost 50 years of age, having spent very little time in his native Thailand, he was seized by an overwhelming desire to enter a Buddhist monastery. This is the story of that journey, full of surprises, culture shock, discoveries, humor and spirituality. Visions, dreams, comedy, philosophy, wisdom and superstition mingle in an unforgettable fusion.

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
Size: 255 pages
Free download for Kindle from 07 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.10 / 5
4 reviews

Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom - Volume 1 Sutra

by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Introduction and EncouragementThis eBook Modern Buddhism  The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (the Kindle Store sets the minimum price at 99 cents and also additional taxes are added in many countries). The author says: Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time. So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.Volume 1 Sutra explains how to practise basic Buddhist compassion and wisdom in daily life. Covering topics such as What is Buddhism?, Buddhist Faith, The Preciousness of our Human Life, What does our Death Mean?, What is Karma?, The Four Noble Truths & Training in Love and Compassion, this volume shows how we can transform our lives, improve our relationships with others and look behind appearances to see the way things really are.Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life.About the AuthorGeshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Living in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that reveal the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddhas Sutra and Tantra teachings. He has also founded over 1,100 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups around the world.Library Journal ReviewGeshe Kelsang Gyatso is a prolific and respected author, according to Library Journal, and in Modern Buddhism, he again presents the thought of the Buddha in an especially accessible manner. Library Journal calls Gyatsos 21st book elegantly stated and a delight.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
Size: 120 pages
Free download for Kindle from 03 February 2020 onward  

365 Daily Buddhist Thoughts: Inspiring and life-changing teachings from the Buddha and Buddhist masters for every day of the year

by Sirius Rising

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, New Age
Size: 391 pages
Free download for Kindle from 01 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
4 reviews

The Monastery Rules: Buddhist Monastic Organization in Pre-Modern Tibet (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Berthe Jansen

At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. The Monastery Rules discusses the position of the monasteries in pre-1950s Tibetan Buddhist societies and how that position was informed by the far-reaching relationship of monastic Buddhism with Tibetan society, economy, law, and culture. Jansen focuses her study on monastic guidelines, or bca’ yig. The first study of its kind to examine the genre in detail, the book contains an exploration of its parallels in other Buddhist cultures, its connection to the Vinaya, and its value as socio-historical source-material. The guidelines are witness to certain socio-economic changes, while also containing rules that aim to change the monastery in order to preserve it. Jansen argues that the monastic institutions’ influence on society was maintained not merely due to prevailing power-relations, but also because of certain deep-rooted Buddhist beliefs.  

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Other Practices
Size: 309 pages
Free download for Kindle from 31 January 2020 onward  

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