Verses From The Center

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 110166309X
Size: 19,24 MB
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The understanding of the nature of reality is the insight upon which the Buddha was able to achieve his own enlightenment. This vision of the sublime is the source of all that is enigmatic and paradoxical about Buddhism. In Verses from the Center, Stephen Batchelor explores the history of this concept and provides readers with translations of the most important poems ever written on the subject, the poems of 2nd century philosopher Nagarjuna.


Author: Lilian Silburn
Editor: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780887068003
Size: 14,45 MB
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Kundalini's power lies dormant in humans until it is awakened. The awakened Kundalini expresses the primal divine impulse and ultimately joins the individual with the divine. The development of the book parallels the development of the Kundalini within. Part One exposes the awakening and unfolding of the Kundalini; Part Two describes the piercing of the energy centers and the stages of ascent through the body; and Part Three examines Kundalini's relation to sexual expression. The book provides a deep understanding of Tantra and of the underlying purpose of Tantracism. The author carefully considers the Caryakrama practices of sexual expression as a means of awakening and controlling Kundalini. Silburn draws together passages from the Trika, Krama, and Kaula systems ranging through Abhinavagupta and Lalla and provides both translation and commentary for them. Chapters on the Chakras, the Nadis, and on mantras further elucidate the topic and lead to a forceful conclusion: Kundalini is the source of ultimate human knowledge and power.

The New Encyclopedia Of Southern Culture

Author: Glenn Hinson
Editor: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807898554
Size: 11,78 MB
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Southern folklife is the heart of southern culture. Looking at traditional practices still carried on today as well as at aspects of folklife that are dynamic and emergent, contributors to this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examine a broad range of folk traditions. Moving beyond the traditional view of folklore that situates it in historical practice and narrowly defined genres, entries in this volume demonstrate how folklife remains a vital part of communities' self-definitions. Fifty thematic entries address subjects such as car culture, funerals, hip-hop, and powwows. In 56 topical entries, contributors focus on more specific elements of folklife, such as roadside memorials, collegiate stepping, quinceanera celebrations, New Orleans marching bands, and hunting dogs. Together, the entries demonstrate that southern folklife is dynamically alive and everywhere around us, giving meaning to the everyday unfolding of community life.

A Philosophy Of Emptiness

Author: Gay Watson
Editor: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780233256
Size: 20,31 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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We often view emptiness as a negative condition, a symptom of depression, despair, or grief—an assessment furthered by authors like Franz Kafka or the existentialists, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Offering an alternative view, A Philosophy of Emptiness reclaims these hollow feelings as a positive and even empowering state, an antidote to the modern obsession with substance and foundation. Digging through early and non-Western philosophy, Gay Watson uncovers a rich history of emptiness. She travels from Buddhism, Taoism, and religious mysticism to the contemporary world of philosophy, science, and art practice. Though most Western philosophies are concerned with substance and foundation, she finds that the twentieth century has seen a resurgence of emptiness and offers reasons why such an apparently unappealing concept has attracted modern musicians, artists, and scientists, as well as preeminent thinkers throughout the ages. Probing the idea of how a life without foundation might be lived—and why a person might choose this path—A Philosophy of Emptiness links these concepts to contemporary ideas of meditation and the mind, presenting a rich and intriguing take on the concept of emptiness and the history of thought.

Prayers From The Bible In Classic Verse

Author: James Vasquez
Editor: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1449727786
Size: 13,22 MB
Format: PDF
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This collection presents forty-five poems in classic verse, including the major prayers in the Bible, serving as models of prayer for Christians and others in today’s world. These prayers were addressed to God in times of severe personal trial, in victory and defeat, in uncertainty and thankfulness. The historical context of each prayer is included in an introductory paragraph for each prayer. The prayers express virtually all the needs of people today along with praise to God for his many benefits.

Give My Poor Heart Ease Enhanced Ebook

Author: William Ferris
Editor: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807899720
Size: 13,45 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
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Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, folklorist William Ferris toured his home state of Mississippi, documenting the voices of African Americans as they spoke about and performed the diverse musical traditions that form the authentic roots of the blues. Now, Give My Poor Heart Ease puts front and center a searing selection of the artistically and emotionally rich voices from this invaluable documentary record. Illustrated with Ferris's photographs of the musicians and their communities and including a CD of original music and a DVD of original film, the book features more than twenty interviews relating frank, dramatic, and engaging narratives about black life and blues music in the heart of the American South. Here are the stories of artists who have long memories and speak eloquently about their lives, blues musicians who represent a wide range of musical traditions--from one-strand instruments, bottle-blowing, and banjo to spirituals, hymns, and prison work chants. Celebrities such as B. B. King and Willie Dixon, along with performers known best in their neighborhoods, express the full range of human and artistic experience--joyful and gritty, raw and painful. In an autobiographical introduction, Ferris reflects on how he fell in love with the vibrant musical culture that was all around him but was considered off limits to a white Mississippian during a troubled era. This magnificent volume illuminates blues music, the broader African American experience, and indeed the history and culture of America itself. The enhanced ebook edition includes: * Almost 2 hours of video clips and interviews scattered throughout the text * An hour of original music, also imbedded throughout the text * Concludes with the full DVD of original film and full CD of original music Watch the video below to see a demonstration of the the features of this enhanced ebook:

Armageddon Now

Author: Jim Willis
Editor: Visible Ink Press
ISBN: 157859300X
Size: 19,42 MB
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Who knew that doomsday would be so hot? Environmental disasters, Ebola outbreaks, the popularity of reality television, and strife in the Middle East, may all be signs that time has come today. Weak and ailing after the end of the Cold War and the financial spree of the nineties, the timeless notion that the end is near is once again exerting a powerful influence on pop culture, politics, religion, and Mel Gibson. Omens and prophecies, asteroids collisions and nuclear war, oil crises and global warming, fire or ice, bang or whimper, asteroid or alien, act of God or human folly, Armageddon Now: The End of the World A to Z is all over doomsday prophecies. From alpha to omega, it is packed with 200 entries and 100 illustrations. Satan, saints, survivalists, and evangelical preachers known for their views on Biblical prophecies receive their due. In the end, the end has never been so thoroughly covered as in Armageddon Now. It's the last word for the end user. So, don't be left behind. Save yourself by buying this book.

The Oxford Book Of Children S Verse In America

Author: Donald Hall
Editor: Oxford Books of Verse
ISBN: 0195067614
Size: 10,34 MB
Format: PDF
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A collection of American poems written for children or traditionally enjoyed by children, by such authors as Longfellow, Poe, Eugene Field, Langston Hughes, Dr. Seuss, and Jack Prelutsky.

The Twinning Verse Three

Author: Justin R. Cary
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 1475954379
Size: 17,79 MB
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Two years have passed since the fall of the Cerulean School and the return of Lucas Allcraft. Mya VanVargott. A powerful Fabricantress searching for a way to save both her world and her brother. Michael Smith. A powerful Magican whose choices have led him down a path from which, perhaps, he cannot return. Serafina. Earth's twin world-now at the brink of destruction. The epic third and final verse of The Twinning trilogy concludes with sinister twists and unexpected turns as Michael, Mya and all those who have shared in their journey come face to face with an ultimate and terrifying truth.

Holding Center When I Don T Know What To Do

Author: Christopher Alan Anderson
Editor: First Edition Design Pub.
ISBN: 1622871308
Size: 11,29 MB
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What to do?--Our task will be to define a center anew that can hold things together when everything is falling apart. We must know why the center is the center to hold ourselves together.