the bodhi tree grows in l a tales of a buddhist monk in america

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The Bodhi Tree Grows In L A

Author : Bhante Walpola Piyananda
ISBN : 9781590305683
Genre : Religion
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Truth is regularly stranger than fiction for the abbot of a Buddhist temple that happens to be situated right in the far-from-tranquil inner city. Here are the adventures of Bhante Walpola Piyananda, abbot of a Theravada Buddhist meditation center in Los Angeles, California. Whether he's talking a dangerously unbalanced man out of buying a gun, confronting a naked woman in his Dharma hall, helping reform gossipers and gamblers, or simply teaching meditation, Bhante is ever unflappable, and his teaching is always heartfelt, warm, and wise. To Bhante, every experience is an opportunity for learning and appreciating the Dharma, or the Buddha's teachings, and he is never at a loss for the perfect parable for the occasion. His stories are peppered with traditional Buddhist lessons, blessings, and morality tales, which he explains with clarity and zeal. But he also reflects on social and political issues and events such as the racial tension in his neighborhood after the Rodney King trial or the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan.

Book Review Index 2009

Author : Dana Ferguson
ISBN : 1414419120
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Saffron Days In L A

Author : Bhante Walpola Piyananda
ISBN : 9780834828810
Genre : Religion
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In this delightful memoir, Bhante Walpola Piyananda, a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka, shares his often amusing, often poignant experiences of life in America. Whether he's reasoning with a group of confrontational punks on Venice Beach, bridging the gap between a rebellious teenager and her traditional parents, explaining to an errant Buddhist that the concept of "non-attachment" does not justify irresponsibility, or dealing with a nude sunbather at a meditation retreat, no situation—no matter how sticky—manages to affect Bhante's unflappable calm or his phenomenal ability to find the right parable for the moment. Bhante Walpola Piyananda, who is abbot of a Buddhist meditation center in L.A., has met and counseled a wide range of people—the disenfranchised of society, couples dealing with relationship issues, American Buddhists trying to reconcile their practice with their very Western lifestyles, recent immigrants struggling to assimilate but also maintain their traditional values. His stories reveal the complicated, joyous, painful, baffling, and inspiring aspects of the human condition and the power of true compassion.

Saffron Days In L A

Author : Bhante Walpola Piyananda
ISBN : IND:30000078352170
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Provides the story and experiences of Piyananda, a Theravadan Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka who came to Los Angeles over twenty five years ago to establish a Buddhist center.

Zen Confidential

Author : Shozan Jack Haubner
ISBN : 9780834829053
Genre : Religion
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These hilarious essays on life inside and outside a Zen monastery make up the spiritual memoir of Shozan Jack Haubner, a Zen monk who didn’t really start out to be one. Raised in a conservative Catholic family, Shozan went on to study philosophy (becoming de-Catholicized in the process) and to pursue a career as a screenwriter and stand-up comic in the clubs of L.A. How he went from life in the fast lane to life on the stationary meditation cushion is the subject of this laugh-out-loud funny account of his experiences. Whether he’s dealing with the pranks of a juvenile delinquent assistant in the monastery kitchen or defending himself against claims that he appeared in a porno movie under the name "Daniel Reed" (he didn’t, really) or being surprised in the midst of it all by the compassion he experiences in the presence of his teacher, Haubner’s voice is one you'll be compelled to listen to. Not only because it’s highly entertaining, but because of its remarkable insight into the human condition.

The Buddha In Your Mirror

Author : Woody Hochswender
ISBN : 9781938252013
Genre : Self-Help
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While the notion that “happiness can found within oneself” has recently become popular, Buddhism has taught for thousands of years that every person is a Buddha, or enlightened being, and has the potential for true and lasting happiness. Through real-life examples, the authors explain how adopting this outlook has positive effects on one’s health, relationships, and career, and gives new insights into world environmental concerns, peace issues, and other major social problems.

The New Buddhism

Author : James William Coleman
ISBN : 0195152417
Genre : Philosophy
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In our multicultural society, faiths formerly seen as exotic have become attractive alternatives for people seeking more satisfying spiritual lives. This is especially true of Buddhism, which is the focus of constant media attention--thanks at least in part to celebrity converts and the popularity of the Dalai Lama. Following this recent trend in the West, author James Coleman argues that a new and radically different form of this ancient faith is emerging. Exploring the appeal of this exotic faith in postmodern society and questioning its future in a global consumer culture, The New Buddhism provides a thorough and fascinating guide to Western Buddhism today.

Zen And The Brain

Author : James H. Austin
ISBN : 0262260352
Genre : Medical
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Aldous Huxley called humankind's basic trend toward spiritual growth the "perennial philosophy." In the view of James Austin, the trend implies a "perennial psychophysiology" -- because awakening, or enlightenment, occurs only when the human brain undergoes substantial changes. What are the peak experiences of enlightenment? How could these states profoundly enhance, and yet simplify, the workings of the brain? Zen and the Brain presents the latest evidence. In this book Zen Buddhism becomes the opening wedge for an extraordinarily wide-ranging exploration of consciousness. In order to understand which brain mechanisms produce Zen states, one needs some understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the brain. Austin, both a neurologist and a Zen practitioner, interweaves the most recent brain research with the personal narrative of his Zen experiences. The science is both inclusive and rigorous; the Zen sections are clear and evocative. Along the way, Austin examines such topics as similar states in other disciplines and religions, sleep and dreams, mental illness, consciousness-altering drugs, and the social consequences of the advanced stage of ongoing enlightenment.

Women In Buddhism

Author : Diana Y. Paul
ISBN : 0520054288
Genre : History
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"In seeking to explore the interrelationships between, and mutual influence of, varieties of sexual stereotypes and religious views of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, Women in Buddhism succeeds in drawing our attention to matters of philosophical importance. Paul examines the 'image' of women which arise in a number of Buddhist texts associated with Mahayana and finds that, while ideally the tradition purports to be egalitarian, in actual practice it often betrayed a strong misogynist prejudice. Sanskrit and Chinese texts are organized by theme and type, progressing from those which treat the traditionally orthodox and negative to those which set forth a positive consideration of soteriological paths for women. . . . In Women in Buddhism, Diana Paul may be forcing our consideration of the problem of female enlightenment. Thus the main purport and accomplishment of her scholarship is revolutionary."--Philosophy East and West

The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying

Author : Sogyal Rinpoche
ISBN : 9781448116959
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Written by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker Soygal Rinpoche, this highly acclaimed book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It includes not only a lucid, inspiring and complete introduction to the practice of meditation but also advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion, and how to bring them help of a spiritual kind. But there is much more besides in this classic work, which was written to inspire all who read it to begin the journey to enlightenment and so become 'servants of peace.'

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