Internal Alchemy by Livia Kohn, Robin R. Wang

By Livia Kohn, Robin R. Wang

Inner alchemy (neidan) has been the dominant process of Daoist religious perform because the tune dynasty, while it was once outlined because the advanced integration of a number of sorts of Daoist self-cultivation. Its practitioners rework physique energies into sophisticated degrees of spirit and natural cosmic being, hoping to discover illumination through returning to the elemental order of the cosmos and within the technique reconcile physiological education with highbrow hypothesis. Bringing jointly the easiest paintings of top students within the box, this ebook offers, for the 1st time in English, a radical and simply obtainable advent to this significant culture. The publication starts with a a common survey of the physique cultivation equipment that shape the spine of inner alchemy and an research of its knowing of the human physique and the terminology it employs. subsequent, it offers the historic improvement of the culture with its significant colleges and a close dialogue of key innovations, corresponding to brain, internal nature, and future. Following this, shows specialize in particular practices, akin to the emergence of the spirit throughout the most sensible of the pinnacle, the activation of inner visions in Thunder Ritual, the sexual comingling of energies in duo-cultivation, and the physique visions and transformative suggestions hired by means of girls. the quantity additionally includes contributions at the modern program of inner alchemy in China and the West. It concludes with comparative stories on Kundalini Yoga and Hermeticism.

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Open Boundaries: Jain Communities and Cultures in Indian by John E. Cort

By John E. Cort

Open limitations presents a brand new viewpoint on Jainism, one of many oldest but least-studied of the world’s dwelling religions. Ten closely-focused stories examine the interactions among Jains and non-Jains in South Asian society, with special reports of yoga, tantra, aesthetic conception, erotic poetry, theories of kingship, goddess worship, temple ritual, polemical poetry, spiritual ladies, and historiography. Viewing the Jains inside of a South Asian context leads to a strikingly various portrait from the traditional versions represented in either conventional Western and Indian scholarship.

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China's Last Empire: The Great Qing (History of Imperial by William T. Rowe

By William T. Rowe

In a brisk revisionist heritage, William Rowe demanding situations the traditional narrative of Qing China as a decadent, inward-looking nation that did not continue speed with the fashionable West. the good Qing was once the second one significant chinese language empire governed through foreigners. 3 powerful Manchu emperors labored diligently to safe an alliance with the conquered Ming gentry, even though a lot of their social edicts—especially the requirement that ethnic Han males put on queues—were fiercely resisted. As advocates of a “universal” empire, Qing rulers additionally accomplished an important enlargement of the chinese language realm over the process 3 centuries, together with the conquest and incorporation of Turkic and Tibetan peoples within the west, sizeable migration into the southwest, and the colonization of Taiwan. regardless of this geographic diversity and the accompanying social and financial complexity, the Qing excellent of “small executive” labored good whilst outdoors threats have been minimum. however the nineteenth-century Opium Wars pressured China to turn into a participant in a predatory overseas contest regarding Western powers, whereas the devastating uprisings of the Taiping and Boxer rebellions signaled an pressing desire for inner reform. complete state-mandated alterations through the early 20th century weren't sufficient to carry again the nationalist tide of 1911, yet they supplied a brand new origin for the Republican and Communist states that may stick to. This unique, thought-provoking historical past of China’s final empire is a must-read for figuring out the demanding situations dealing with China this present day. (20091204)

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Sistemas taoistas para transformar el estres en vitalidad by Mantak Chia, Mantik Chia

By Mantak Chia, Mantik Chia

S?lo recientemente ha descubierto l. a. medicina occidental los desastrosos efectos que sobre los angeles salud tiene el estr?s y los medios de abordar este problema podemos decir que est?n todav?a en los angeles infancia. El maestro Mantak Chia nos muestra con detalle l. a. v?a tao?sta para transformar el estr?s en vitalidad. l. a. t?cnica de l. a. meditaci?n inside nos ense?a a ponernos en contacto con nuestros ?rganos internos, a amarlos y a sonre?rles, a transformar el estr?s y las emociones negativas en creatividad, aprendizaje y fuerza. Y el sistema de los cinco sonidos curativos nos ense?a a eliminar los angeles energ?a estancada, a limpiar los ?rganos de toxinas y a mantenerlos en ?ptimo estado. This ebook courses the reader via few simple uncomplicated and potent Taoist practices for reworking unfavourable power into optimistic. One of the practices is the "inner smile" which contains focusing upon smiling.

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Female Ascetics in Hinduism by Lynn Teskey Denton

By Lynn Teskey Denton

Woman Ascetics in Hinduism offers a shiny account of the lives of ladies renouncers—women who surrender the realm to stay ascetic non secular lives—in India. the writer methods the research of woman asceticism by means of targeting good points of 2 dharmas, religiously outlined methods of lifestyles: that of woman-as-householder and that of the ascetic, who, for varied purposes, falls open air the area of householdership. the results of fieldwork carried out in Varanasi (Benares), the booklet explores renouncers’ social and private backgrounds, their associations, and their methods of existence. delivering a first-hand examine and an insightful research of this little-known global, this hugely readable e-book may be integral to these drawn to lady asceticism within the Hindu culture and women’s religious lives all over the world.

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The Sin of the Calf: The Rise of the Bible's Negative by Youn Ho Chung

By Youn Ho Chung

The dating of the biblical culture to golden calf worship looks fullyyt adverse. within the Torah and the publication of Kings, harsh feedback is wielded opposed to the golden calf the Israelites made within the desert (Exod 32; Deut 9:7-10:11) and the calves erected by way of Jeroboam ben Nebat (1 Kgs 12:26-33) at Dan and Bethel in the course of his reign over the Northern country of Israel.

Hence, the query arises to whether Jeroboam honestly manage the golden calves with a purpose to dollar the postulates of the Israelite faith of his time; that's, used to be Jeroboam's golden calf rather intended to trap Israel into worship of alternative gods or idolatry?

 

The learn into the history and elements which stimulated unfavourable attitudes in the direction of the Golden Calf will supply an perception as to while prohibition of pictures within the Israelite faith turned crystallized and the way it used to be crucial in proclamation of the monotheism of YHWH.

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Zen Effects: The Life of Alan Watts (Skylight Lives) by Monica Furlong

By Monica Furlong

The first and purely full-length biography of 1 of
the such a lot charismatic religious innovators of the 20 th century.

Through his greatly well known books and lectures, Alan Watts (1915-1973) did extra to introduce jap philosophy and faith to Western minds than any determine earlier than or due to the fact that. Watts touched the lives of many. He used to be a renegade Zen instructor, an Anglican priest, a lecturer, an educational, an entertainer, a pacesetter of the San Francisco renaissance, and the writer of greater than thirty books, together with The means of Zen, Psychotherapy East and West and The Spirit of Zen.

Monica Furlong Watts's travels from his birthplace in England to the San Francisco Bay sector the place he eventually settled, undertaking in-depth interviews along with his kinfolk, colleagues, and intimate associates, to supply an research of the highbrow, cultural, and deeply own impacts in the back of this actually amazing life.

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Debating the Dasam Granth by Robin Rinehart

By Robin Rinehart

The Dasam Granth is a 1,428-page anthology of various compositions attributed to the 10th Guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh, and a subject matter of significant controversy between Sikhs. the talk stems from significant concerns: a considerable component to the Dasam Granth relates stories from Hindu mythology, suggesting a disconnect from normative Sikh theology; and an extended composition entitled Charitropakhian tells a number of hundred particularly image tales approximately illicit liaisons among women and men. Sikhs have debated no matter if the textual content merits prestige as a "scripture" or could be learn as an alternative as "literature." Sikh students have additionally lengthy debated even if Guru Gobind Singh in truth authored the total Dasam Granth. a lot of the secondary literature at the Dasam Granth specializes in this authorship factor, and regardless of an ever-growing physique of articles, essays, and books (mainly in Punjabi), the controversy has no longer moved ahead. The to be had manuscript and different historic facts don't supply conclusive solutions relating to authorship. the talk has been so acrimonious from time to time that during 2000, Sikh chief Joginder Singh Vedanti issued a directive that Sikh students no longer touch upon the Dasam Granth publicly in any respect pending a committee inquiry into the problem. Debating the Dasam Granth is the 1st English language, book-length serious learn of this arguable Sikh textual content in lots of years. in accordance with study at the unique textual content within the Brajbhasha and Punjabi languages, a severe analyzing of the secondary literature in Punjabi, Hindi, and English, and interviews with students and Sikh leaders in India, it bargains a radical creation to the Dasam Granth, its historical past, debates approximately its authenticity, and an in-depth research of its most vital compositions.

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