Among all the experiences of the Buddha, perhaps his eye-to-eye encounter with an actual terrorist is the one most relevant and vital for those of us caught in the binds of the early 21st century. By telling the tale of the pitiless blood-splattered Angulimala, Satish Kumar reminds us that when the Buddha deliberately and compassionately faced real fear, the fear in that real face evaporated. This revised edition includes a new Prologue, 'Talking to Terrorists', in which Satish Kumar discusses how we can best deal with the phenomenon of international terrorism.
Author and spiritual ecologist Satish Kumar explains the concepts which are found in his latest book; he believes that spirituality must be a part of our ordinary, everyday existence: it needs to be implicitly present in business, politics, farming, cooking—and in our relationships. To illustrate this, he draws on the Indian Ayurvedic tradition which characterises the mind as having three gunas, or primary qualities: sattva (characterised by calmness, clarity and purity), rajas (energy and passion), and tamas (dullness and ignorance)
In a simple yet paradoxically profound way, Michael Singer takes the reader on a journey that begins with consciousness tethered to the ego, and ends having taken us beyond our myopic, contained self-image to a state of inner freedom and liberation.
Gandhi advised 'You must be the change you wish to see in the world'. Today there's a growing movement of people who are standing up and taking action to create a positive change. 28 pioneers, social entrepreneurs, activists and campaigners working in many fields tell us how and why they are bringing positive change.
Drawing on reason to explain the intangible and the emotional, he Desmond Morris offers a thought-provoking exploration of the various myths and realities of all kinds of happiness - from the blissful state of the lover, to the sensual happiness of the hedonist and even the high reached by the drug dealer. the insight in this book will enable you to understand the importance of contentment in your life.
M. Scott Peck discusses the nature of loving relationships: how to recognise true compatibility; how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become one's own person and how to be a more sensitive parent.
A Mythic Life presents Jean Houston's real story and her true teaching. Here she draws on her personal history and vast cultural knowledge to show how we can experience in our own lives the greater human story that is revealed in key myths and discover our true potential.
Satish Kumar draws on his personal experience of making pilgrimages and also his understanding of the spiritual traditions of both East and West. The book takes the form of conversations about both the inner and outer aspects of pilgrimage. If we want to tread the pilgrim’s path, we need to go beyond ideas of good and evil, and to be dedicated to our quest to our natural calling. We need to shed not only our unnecessary material possessions, but also our burdens of fear, anxiety, doubt and worry. Being on a pilgrimage doesn’t necessarily mean travelling from one place to another: it means a state of mind, a state of consciousness, a state of fearlessness.
In Return from Death, Margot Grey, a psychologist of humanistic orientation who practices psychotherapy in London, presents a report of her research into near-death experiences (NDE’s) and a discussion of their significance. The book is divided in two parts. In Part One, Grey discusses NDE phenomenology; in Part Two, she discusses after-effects of the experience.
This book deals fundamentally with cosmology although throughout the text several sciences are mentioned, such as: physics, mathematics, neurology, and philosophy. It deals with a wide variety of philosophical problems, such as the nature of God, miracles, free will, time, and consciousness. Davis seeks to explain the changing roles of religion and science, and the way in which physics is giving insights into what were once considered solely religious or philosophical questions.