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How To Attain Enlightenment

Author : James Swartz
ISBN : 9781591810940
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Enlightenment has been eagerly sought for generations as a means to remove the limitations that compromise one's happiness. Vedanta, the science of self-inquiry, has been described as the grandfather of all enlightenment traditions. James Swartz explains and unfolds the methods of Vedanta in his direct style, while unravelling the myths and mysteries behind the enlightened state. But this book does not simply present one more set of spiritual techniques; it presents a comprehensive body of knowledge and practice that has successfully directed the inquiry into the nature of reality by untold thousands of enlightened beings. The author starts from the point of view of any individual seeking happiness and logically walks the seeker through the whole spiritual path. The book explains how self-inquiry affects the lives of those who practice it, including its effects on personality, relationships, and the mind. The book considers the qualifications necessary for enlightenment, as well as the obstacles encountered on all spiritual paths, and unfolds proven methods. The ancient teachings of Vedanta, once available only to those who could receive them directly from the sages of India, are now accessible to anyone with a hunger for freedom and enlightenment.

Socrates And The Enlightenment Path

Author : William Bodri
ISBN : 9781609254049
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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The basis of Western thought and, indeed, our educational system can be attributed to the Greek philosophers: Plato, Socrates, Aristotle. One of Socrates--most enduring concepts, the importance of self-knowing and self-perfection (know thyself), has been echoed throughout Western literature and has many reverberations within Eastern thought. William Bodri shows that Socrates had attained a spiritual stage called samadhi, satisfying the requirements specified in Buddhist systems of one who had attained enlightenment. Bodri points to the comparisons and contrasts between East and West, illuminating both Buddhist and Socratic thought. Using Socrates as an example, Bodri calls for the broadening of our Western ideas of learning to encompass spiritual knowing.

Becoming Enlightened

Author : Dalai Lama
ISBN : 9781416565840
Genre : Religion
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The renowned spiritual leader outlines an accessible approach to the pursuit of enlightenment that draws on traditional Buddhist meditative practices, in a step-by-step guide that includes coverage of such topics as embracing a positive attitude and overcoming suffering. 150,000 first printing.

Striving To Attain Enlightenment

Author : Pankaj Kumar
ISBN : 9781946869937
Genre : Self-Help
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The book is a collection of essays about how one can attain enlightenment and overcome a personal crisis. The essays will enable a reader to think over questions concerning his life and draw his/her own conclusions. They will assist the process of introspection and solving of personal problems. Each essay can be read independently. Among the topics covered are writing for personal growth, how books can change lives, mantra meditation and walking. The book stresses that a moderate amount of work is good for us. The perspectives of thinkers on contemporary issues are given. Then there are essays on the art of writing and journalism. The chapters on psychology would benefit anyone facing a personal crisis, but they are not intended to be a substitute for professional care. The book grew out of the author's reading, journal writing, meditation and interactions with thinkers and saints. Ultimately, a man or woman has to make efforts himself to attain enlightenment and what a book can do is offer the motivation to carry on. The great philosophical truths remain the same over the centuries, but what this book does is to present them in simple, clear language suitably adapted for the present times.

The Essence Of Enlightenment

Author : James Swartz
ISBN : 1591812771
Genre : Philosophy
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The counterintuitive, radical message of Vedanta, the ancient science of self-inquiry, is that reality is non-dual consciousness. What this means and how it benefits people in their quest for freedom from limitation is the subject of this inspirational book. In an accessible style, James Swartz's new book develops teachings introduced in his popular first one, How to Attain Enlightenment, covering topics such as values and the enlightened person, dharma and the essence of enlightenment, and the relationship between consciousness, the individual, and the total. Demystifying enlightenment, Swartz makes Vedanta understandable to all.


Author : Sirshree
ISBN : 9788184151558
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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ATTAINING COMPLETE ENLIGHTENMENT The very purpose of man’s life is Enlightenment – the realization of our oneness with the Universal Consciousness through the experience of our essential nature. Self Realisation is just the beginning. Being stabilized in the experience of supreme unbroken bliss, the qualities of the Self are expressed through the human body. Thus the journey of Complete Enlightenment is from Self Realisation to Self Stabilisation to Self Expression. This book is a definitive guide on various questions that a seeker on the quest for enlightenment has. What is enlightenment? How can it be attained? What are the paths and the roadblocks? What are the missing links? The completeness to Enlightenment is provided by the five sections of this book, viz. The Meaning – WHAT is Enlightenment? The Major block – WHEN is it attained? The Methods – HOW to attain it? The Magnificent State – WHERE does it lead to? This book also throws light on prevalent beliefs about Enlightenment. We need not wait until ‘death or a Judgment day’ in the hope of deliverance. The Self can be experienced now! This book unfolds this supreme possibility of our life.

Steps On The Path To Enlightenment

Author : Lhundub Sopa
ISBN : 9781614290308
Genre : Religion
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Geshe Lhundub Sopa's Steps on the Path to Enlightenment is a landmark commentary on what is perhaps the most elaborate and elegant Tibetan presentation of the Buddhist path, Tsongkhapa's monumental Lamrim Chenmo. In this third volume of five, readers are acquainted with the bodhisattva's path and the altruistic desire to make service to others the driving force of spiritual development. It begins with an explanation of what distinguishes the Mahayana practitioner from other Buddhists and goes on to describe the nature of bodhichitta. Geshe Sopa then provides a detailed commentary on the two methods to develop this awakening attitude: the techniques of sevenfold cause-and-effect and exchanging self and other. While bodhichitta's significance in Mahayana Buddhism is universally known, Geshe Sopa illustrates how bodhichitta can motivate a devoted practitioner toward complete enlightenment and how this is accomplished through the performance of the bodhisattva perfections. Whether engaged in a scholarly study or personal practice of the Lamrim Chenmo, Geshe Sopa's guiding voice leads readers to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the bodhisattva way.

Buddhist Faith And Sudden Enlightenment

Author : Sung-bae Park
ISBN : 0873956737
Genre : Religion
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Buddhist Faith and Sudden Enlightenment explains how sudden enlightenment occurs through the awakening of patriarchal faith. This is the non-dual affirmation that one is already Buddha as opposed to the doctrinal, dualistic faith that one can become Buddha. The essence of the presentation is that patriarchal faith forms the basis for sudden enlightenment in Zen meditation. For the practitioner, this book establishes the Zen method of mind-cultivation on a higher level by introducing a new understanding of awakening right faith. Included is extensive material on the history of faith in Buddhism with the main attention devoted to Ch'an (Zen) and Hua-yen. There are also substantial discussions of Buddhist antecedents to these schools and of the Pure Land School. This is the first book in English to examine the central role of faith in Mahayana Buddhism. The author's approach develops from his personal experiences as a son (Zen) monk of the Chogye order, which was heavily influenced by the integration of meditation and scriptural study established by Chinul.

The Great Treatise On The Stages Of The Path To Enlightenment

Author : Tsong-Kha-Pa
ISBN : 9781559398718
Genre : Religion
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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Tib. Lam rim chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world’s treasury of sacred literature. The author, Tsong-kha-pa, completed it in 1402, and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. Because it condenses all the exoteric sūtra scriptures into a meditation manual that is easy to understand, scholars and practitioners rely on its authoritative presentation as a gateway that leads to a full understanding of the Buddha’s teachings. Tsong-kha-pa took great pains to base his insights on classical Indian Buddhist literature, illustrating his points with classical citations as well as with sayings of the masters of the earlier Kadampa tradition. In this way the text demonstrates clearly how Tibetan Buddhism carefully preserved and developed the Indian Buddhist traditions. This second of three volumes covers the deeds of the bodhisattvas, as well as how to train in the six perfections.

The Path To Enlightenment

Author : Dalai Lama
ISBN : 155939904X
Genre : Religion
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One of the most accessible introductions to Tibetan Buddhism ever published.

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