The Reluctant Buddhist

Author: William Woollard
Editor: Grosvenor House Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781906210359
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This book is about Buddhism, and the pursuit of happiness. The author takes us on an intensely personal journey into the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, which has now been embraced by many millions of people around the world. It is not in any way about a remote, abstract, inaccessible, philosophy. It is about Buddhism in daily life; about learning in a wholly practical way, how to build a better and happier life for yourself, and for those whom your life touches, no matter what the circumstances. You don't have to conform to a specific lifestyle. You don't have to be especially knowledgeable or dedicated or indeed religious in any way. Nichiren Buddhism teaches the extraordinary truth that happiness is not a matter of chance or accident, but essentially, a matter of choice, and that we can all learn how to make that choice.

The Reluctant Buddhist

Author: Kristina Schoorl
ISBN: 9781973832805
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Mattea is a 42 year-old writing teacher who has just finished her first novel. When she sees an article about a local author's book reading, she decides to attend. Something eerie and inexplicable happens there which changes the direction of her life. Raven Rules is the story of this two-year journey in her life.

The Heavenly Backflip

Author: J.C. Amberchele
Editor: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1626257779
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J.C. Amberchele is a remarkably eloquent writer; the sixty-one succinct chapters of The Heavenly Backflip draw on conversations with fellow inmates and Buddhist group members and cover topics such as the nature of enlightenment, the Headless Way, the direct and the progressive path and the various concepts of Buddhism. Interspersed with these are taut chapters of prose informed by his own first-hand experience of Awakening. This is the Perennial Philosophy brought fully to life within the confines of a prison environment. This third book by Amberchele is made up of short chapters of alternating prose and dialogues with fellow prison inmates. A voracious reader and long-time Buddhist practitioner, his search found its conclusion in The Headless Way approach devised by Douglas Harding. As well as being an exposition of the Perennial Philosophy, Amberchele answers, via the dialogues, questions which come up along the path leading the reader towards a very practical seeing of one’s Original Face. Altogether, a concise, profound and exuberant text on the nature of identity.

The Reluctant Heretic

Author: Rev. Lucifer VanDevender
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1664174486
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The Reluctant Heretic is a work of nonfiction. It is not theoretical or speculative. I do express opinions and evaluations based on my own research, study, and experience. In those cases you should consider them opinions I believe to be factual. I have taken very little poetic license whilst writing this book. The Reluctant Heretic is a distillation of the wisdom and knowledge I’ve gained over a lifetime. It is applied spiritual philosophy. It is what I use in my everyday life to be happier, more successful, and improve my relationship with others. I believe you’ll find the information in this book interesting and helpful. Life is a Journey, not a destination. Enjoy the ride. Love, Lucifer

Architects Of Buddhist Leisure

Author: Justin Thomas McDaniel
Editor: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 082487675X
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Buddhism, often described as an austere religion that condemns desire, promotes denial, and idealizes the contemplative life, actually has a thriving leisure culture in Asia. Creative religious improvisations designed by Buddhists have been produced both within and outside of monasteries across the region—in Nepal, Japan, Korea, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Justin McDaniel looks at the growth of Asia’s culture of Buddhist leisure—what he calls “socially disengaged Buddhism”—through a study of architects responsible for monuments, museums, amusement parks, and other sites. In conversation with noted theorists of material and visual culture and anthropologists of art, McDaniel argues that such sites highlight the importance of public, leisure, and spectacle culture from a Buddhist perspective and illustrate how “secular” and “religious,” “public” and “private,” are in many ways false binaries. Moreover, places like Lek Wiriyaphan’s Sanctuary of Truth in Thailand, Suối Tiên Amusement Park in Saigon, and Shi Fa Zhao’s multilevel museum/ritual space/tea house in Singapore reflect a growing Buddhist ecumenism built through repetitive affective encounters instead of didactic sermons and sectarian developments. They present different Buddhist traditions, images, and aesthetic expressions as united but not uniform, collected but not concise: Together they form a gathering, not a movement. Despite the ingenuity of lay and ordained visionaries like Wiriyaphan and Zhao and their colleagues Kenzo Tange, Chan-soo Park, Tadao Ando, and others discussed in this book, creators of Buddhist leisure sites often face problems along the way. Parks and museums are complex adaptive systems that are changed and influenced by budgets, available materials, local and global economic conditions, and visitors. Architects must often compromise and settle at local optima, and no matter what they intend, their buildings will develop lives of their own. Provocative and theoretically innovative, Architects of Buddhist Leisure asks readers to question the very category of “religious” architecture. It challenges current methodological approaches in religious studies and speaks to a broad audience interested in modern art, architecture, religion, anthropology, and material culture.

Cracked Open

Author: J.C. Amberchele
Editor: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1626257264
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This book is a collection of reflections and observations about life before and after I came to prison, as currently seen from the perspective of this Awake Emptiness at my core. I am profoundly grateful to the late Douglas Harding and his friends for helping me to see Who I Really Am, and to thus break the bonds of contraction and confusion that defined my criminal past. Truly without deserving it, I have been blessed with the miracle of inner freedom, the turnaround of turnarounds, what Harding referred to as the no-meter path to heaven. This book is about living and failing to live the awakened life, and how discovering one's Emptiness—one's divinity—is the difference between the two, which, as it turns out, were never two to begin with. As Harding often said, you cannot fix yourself from the level of the self. Only the One who is Other and yet not other, who is both No-thing and Everything, who is at the very heart of you as Who You Really Are, can transform your life.

The Almighty Mackerel And His Holy Bootstraps

Author: J.C. Amberchele
Editor: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1626257701
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Perhaps if something is said over and over a hundred different ways, it will finally sink in. And perhaps not. But if it is seen just once.... This book is an offering by the Absolute; an expression of a realization ultimately had by no one. Part I is comprised of 15 essays. The dialogues in Part II are based on conversations with five other incarcerated men over a period of four years. The author is indebted to these men, and to the English philosopher and spiritual teacher Douglas E. Harding for the awareness exercises and many of the terms presented in this book, and for his unique and incomparable expression of non-dual wisdom.

The Reluctant Landlord

Author: Linda A. Wills
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595504558
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When a dancer from the city takes over her husband's rental property business in small town America, the results are preordained chaos. What started out as a small side business for author Linda Wills morphed into a full-time job that lasted more than twenty years. In The Reluctant Landlord, Wills describes how she grew from being a novice in real estate into a competent general contractor overseeing several crews. Honest, funny, and self-disclosing, Wills delivers the straight story on how the rental property business works warts and all. More than a how-to book, it's a how-not-to-guide to educate those considering becoming landlords. Presenting both the pros and cons and successes and failures of rental management, The Reluctant Landlord covers every aspect of the business from the initial purchase to renovating and selling. In story format, Wills introduces many of the interesting characters and situations she encountered in twenty years. From the eccentric Hendon family to the Buddhist monk to Mrs. Lamar and her cats, The Reluctant Landlord portrays the human element of rental management and shows how one woman transitioned from dancing to dirt.

The Reluctant Prophets

Author: Stephen Blaha
Editor: Pingree-Hill Publishing
ISBN: 0759663041
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Buddhist Voices In School

Author: Sue Erica Smith
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9462094160
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TCSE-Smith, blurb (final 9 August 2013) There are 400 million Buddhists in the world. Buddhists in Australia make up 3% of the population. So why have Buddhists had so little to say about educating youth? And, can Buddhism survive in Australia without educating youth? Sue Smith in Buddhist Voices in School answers why Buddhists are reluctant to ‘go public’ on education, and how Buddhism has much to offer the critical area of enhancing the wellbeing of young people. Here she distinguishes spiritual education from religion. Using case studies of Buddhist classes in primary schools Smith shows how a community adapted Buddha-Dharma to fit with contemporary education. The book describes how Social and Emotional Learning, inquiry and experiential approaches to education fit well with the intentions of Buddhism. In these classes students learned to meditate and explored ethics through a lively selection of Jataka tales. Voices from a Buddhist community, state school teachers, parents and also students inform the narrative of this book. It is the students themselves that reveal over time how they have developed calm, focus, kindness, resilience and better ability to make choices through their participation. The author concludes that the principles and techniques used in this program make potent contributions to current pedagogy. This book will be of great value to educators, academics and all those who have interest in Buddhism and who care about how children are educated.

Harold The Reluctant Christmas Tree

Author: Jeff Geller
Editor: Sdp Publishing
ISBN: 9781733821421
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Have you ever felt different or alone in a crowd? We are all special and see things from unique perspectives. This can sometimes lead you down your own path and adventure. Harold was born on a Christmas tree farm, and unlike the other trees who would love to be selected by a family on Christmas, he would rather stay put on the farm. Join Harold and his friends of every religion--including Buddhist beavers, Taoist squirrels, Unitarian owls, African chipmunks, Native American woodpeckers, even a visit from Hershel the Jewish Reindeer, and of course Christmas trees--as they work together to help Harold become his own holiday tree and make the farm a better place for the future. Truly a holiday book for everyone!

The Man Who Takes Care Of My Soul

Author: Sigari Luckwell
Editor: Balboa Press
ISBN: 1504306716
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During Sigari Luckwells fifth birthday party at home in Ickenham, England, the man who cared for her soul knocked on the door of her heart and invited her to dance. As she witnessed freedom from boundaries and merged with everything and everyone around her, Luckwell knew deep insideeven at such a young agethat she had just experienced something powerful and lasting. In her second volume of poetry, Luckwell presents thirty-two new poems inspired by that space of merging that has revisited her during many moments of her own choosing. From a poet in Dublin to a macaw that has escaped from a local fish and chip shop, Luckwell offers a glimpse into a wide range of emotions while encouraging others to weep with the asylum seeker, laugh with an aging man eating Irish Whiskey ice cream, and rage at the brainwashing of beautiful young men while they are groomed to inflict terror. In this moving collection, a seasoned poet challenges others to look at life from a different perspective and to ultimately celebrate life as we find it.

The Reluctant Jew

Author: Michael Grossman
Editor: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781467075152
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Even if you are agnostic or hard-core atheist there is a dazzling, thought-expanding, bright side to religion you may have overlooked. Living a spiritual life in the tradition of the Jewish faith, does not mean mindless adherence to outdated dogma. Judaism, instead, can be a source of exhilarating wonder, an inspiration to justice, and an impetus to ever increasing knowledge. Nowadays, even many who profess to be the most pious among us realize that when asked, What is God?, they must answer logically, even scientifically, to be persuasive. Theyre aware that any religion, to be convincing, other than to die-hard adherents, can not be at odds with reason and blindly insist only it speaks the truth. The field, therefore, is wide open. Each of us can attempt to journey towards a concept of God that makes sense, celebrates the discoveries of science, and will, hopefully, imbue the traveler with wonderment at the astonishing beauty in the world that too often lays hidden from us. Join Michael Grossman in his journey to the heart of Judaism, which places much more emphasis on "what people do" than on "what they believe," and in the process, an understanding of all the worlds great faiths.

The Reluctant Tuscan

Author: Phil Doran
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 1448131022
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Rising From The Mist in the sun-blushed hills of Tuscany is Il Piccolo Rustico, a 300-year-old stone farmhouse that Nancy Doran dreams of lovingly restoring into an idlyllic home. All her husband Phil can see is a crumbling money pit that, as far as dreams go, is more of a nightmare. Reluctantly leaving behind high -octane, air-conditioned Los Angeles where he lives and works as a writer-producer, Phil is uprooted to a strange country intoxicated by O sole mio, virgin olive oil and oak-aged Chianti. The local village reveals itself to be a hive of seething passions, secrets and age-old blood feuds, and the newcomers find that life is not all strolls around town during the passagiato and relaxing under the awnings of picturesque cafes. Beset by a rift of exasperating challenges - from the cunning tricks of the Pinatore family to an infuriating Byzantine Italian bureaucracy - it is only with an inspired touch of the 'Inner Italian' that Phil and Nancy finally manage to soften the hearts of their neighbours and are embraced by the community.

Handsome Nanda

Editor: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479820415
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Nanda has it all: youth, money, good looks and a kittenish wife who fulfills his sexual and emotional needs. He also has the Buddha, a dispassionate man of immense insight and self-containment, for an older brother. When Nanda is made a reluctant recruit to the Buddha's order of monks, he is forced to confront his all-too-human enslavement to his erotic and romantic desires. Dating from the second century CE, Ashva·ghosha’s Handsome Nanda portrays its hero’s spiritual makeover with compassion, psychological profundity, and great poetic skill. Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation For more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit

The Reluctant Messenger Of Science And Religion

Author: Stephen W. Boston
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595268218
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Science teaches evolution. Genesis describes creation. Christianity, Judaism, and Sufism teach resurrection. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism teach reincarnation. The Reluctant Messenger of Science and Religion resolves these paradoxes. Chester and Lydia meet in a debate. One wins. One loses. Neither are ever the same. Lydia discovers a secret from her past that destroyed her family. She tries to ignore it, but her nightmares won't let her. Chester's greed for gold and revenge lead him to ancient knowledge which the powers of darkness fight to suppress. When the information last came to light, thousands died. Somehow, Chester must safely reveal it to the world. "This is the most inspirational story I have ever read! Honest!" Clint Hoadley re:

Handbook Of Research On Transformative Online Education And Liberation Models For Social Equality

Author: Kurubacak, Gulsun
Editor: IGI Global
ISBN: 1609600479
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"This book focuses on the societal, social, political, economic and philosophical perspectives of transformative models and how digital learning communities foster critical reflections and perspective change, building a better understanding on how online educators/designers/tutors/learners can talk about injustice and inequality to a virtual group"--Provided by publisher.

The History Of Mahabodhi Temple At Bodh Gaya

Author: K.T.S. Sarao
Editor: Springer Nature
ISBN: 9811580677
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This book offers an overview of the emergence of Bodh Gayā as a sacred site within Gayā Dharmakṣetra. It contextualizes the different encounters, incidents, and legends connected to the Buddha’s experiences shortly before and after he attained Bodhi – when, spiritually speaking, he was extremely lonely and was trying to carve a place for himself in the highly competitive Gayā Dharmakṣetra. Further, the book examines the role of various personalities and institutions contributed towards the emergence of Mahābodhi Temple. It incorporates a wealth of research on the role of the Victorian Indologists as well as the colonial administrators, the Giri mahants, and Anagārika Dharmapāla, to understand the material milieu pertaining not only to its identity but also access to spiritual resources as its conservation and development. This book is an indispensable read for students and scholars of history, cultural studies, and art and architecture as well as practitioners of Buddhism and Hinduism.

Birth In Buddhism

Author: Amy Paris Langenberg
Editor: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1315512521
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Recent decades have seen a groundswell in the Buddhist world, a transnational agitation for better opportunities for Buddhist women. Many of the main players in the transnational nuns movement self-identify as feminists but other participants in this movement may not know or use the language of feminism. In fact, many ordained Buddhist women say they seek higher ordination so that they might be better Buddhist practitioners, not for the sake of gender equality. Eschewing the backward projection of secular liberal feminist categories, this book describes the basic features of the Buddhist discourse of the female body, held more or less in common across sectarian lines, and still pertinent to ordained Buddhist women today. The textual focus of the study is an early-first-millennium Sanskrit Buddhist work, "Descent into the Womb scripture" or Garbhāvakrānti-sūtra. Drawing out the implications of this text, the author offers innovative arguments about the significance of childbirth and fertility in Buddhism, namely that birth is a master metaphor in Indian Buddhism; that Buddhist gender constructions are centrally shaped by Buddhist birth discourse; and that, by undermining the religious importance of female fertility, the Buddhist construction of an inauspicious, chronically impure, and disgusting femininity constituted a portal to a new, liberated, feminine life for Buddhist monastic women. Thus, this study of the Buddhist discourse of birth is also a genealogy of gender in middle period Indian Buddhism. Offering a new critical perspective on the issues of gender, bodies and suffering, this book will be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience, including researchers in the field of Buddhism, South Asian history and religion, gender and religion, theory and method in the study of religion, and Buddhist medicine.


Author: Adam Brown
Editor: Zen Mastery
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"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again." - Buddha Milliоnѕ of реорlе fоllоw Buddhiѕt ѕtudiеѕ but thеrе аrе ѕtill mаnу реорlе in thе Western сulturе thаt are unfаmiliаr with Buddhiѕm. It iѕ a rеligiоn thаt dates bасk thоuѕаndѕ оf уеаrѕ аnd hаѕ helped mаnу people overcome their ѕuffеring and has taught соuntlеѕѕ others hоw tо hеlр еnd thе suffering of their fellow mаn. This religion саn seem diffiсult to undеrѕtаnd whеn уоu firѕt bеgin but if уоu tаkе thе timе tо learn the basic tеnаntѕ, thеn уоu саn find your own hаррinеѕѕ аnd ѕеnѕе оf ѕеlf-fulfillmеnt thаt many miѕѕ in lifе. This book will be the start of your journey!