Friday, January 30, 2009

The Ultimate Lucid Dreamer Manual From Basics To Beyond

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Book: The Ultimate Lucid Dreamer Manual From Basics To Beyond by Mark Van De Keere

Have you ever had a flying dream where you ecstatically soared through the air over breathtaking views as the wind raced warmly against your face? Have you ever dreamed you were swimming with friends on a beautiful tropical island? Imagine your favorite dream. Did you enjoy the experience any less because it was a dream? Even though it was a dream, the experience itself was still amazingly fulfilling.

Now, imagine if you had known that you were dreaming while you were dreaming. Imagine the thrill of being totally aware and fully conscious while dreaming and capable of experiencing anything that your heart desires. The ability to maintain full awareness while dreaming is most commonly referred to as lucid dreaming, and this manual will provide you with all the tools that you will need to develop this natural ability. Before delving into the topic it would be a great idea to contemplate all the benefits and possibilities that lucid dreaming has to offer.

This manual is a journey of self-discovery and self-empowerment. The path begins with you and within you. Throughout your journey you will not only learn how to dream lucidly but you gain a better understanding of yourself along the way. Your travels will be influenced by all the factors that affect you in your waking life so by developing your dreaming side you will be cultivating a better waking self as well.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

The Goals Of Zoroastrianism

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Man's life, according to Zoroastrianism, is a moral struggle, not a search for knowledge or enlightenment. He is put on the Earth to affirm and approve the world, not to deny it, not to escape from it. Salvation is found in obedience to the will of Ahura Mazda as revealed and taught by His prophet, Zoroaster. Man has but one life. He also has the freedom to choose between good and evil, the latter being embodied in Angra Mainyu who rebelled against God. At death, each is judged and consigned to his deserved abode.

Zoroastrians hold truth as the greatest virtue, followed by good thoughts, words and deeds. They value the ethical life most highly. Though there will be a resurrection of the dead, a judgment and a kingdom of heaven on Earth, followed by punishment of the wicked, all sins will be eventually burned away and all of mankind will abide forever with Ahura Mazda. Hell, for the Zoroastrian, is not eternal.

The goal of Zoroastrianism is to be rewarded with a place in heaven where the soul will be with God, called Ahura Mazda, sharing His blessed existence forever.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Jaon Three Tier Universe

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Jains acknowledge a three tier universe, consisting of an upper, middle and the lower worlds. The universe is eternal and indestructible. It has no creator and it is indestructible. From time to time some aspects of it however may undergo changes. The upper world is known as siddhasila, inhabited by eternally free and pure souls, who remain permanently in a state of pure bliss and peace. The middle world is inhabited by embodied beings such as humans, plants, animals and beings with inert bodies (inanimate objects), subject to the law of karma. The lower world is inhabited by beings, passing through various stages of punishments for the sin they incurred upon earth. They return to our world of embodied souls when their punishment is complete. Jains view the world in which we live to be full of misery and suffering and the souls that inhabit it are not free because they are attached to matter or substance and vulnerable to the inflow of karmic matter. As the Akaranaga Sutra describes, the living world of ours is afflicted, miserable, difficult to instruct, and without discrimination. In this world full of pain, the individual beings suffer by their different acts.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Mystics Of Islam

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Book: The Mystics Of Islam by Reynold Nicholson

THE title of this book sufficiently explains why it is included in a Series 'exemplifying the adventures and labours of individual seekers or groups of seekers in quest of reality.' Sufism, the religious philosophy of Islam, is described in the oldest extant definition as 'the apprehension of divine realities,' and Mohammedan mystics are fond of calling themselves Ahl al-Haqq, 'the followers of the Real.' {Al-Haqq is the term generally used by Sufis when they refer to God.} In attempting to set forth their central doctrines from this point of view, I shall draw to some extent on materials which I have collected during the last twenty years for a general history of Islamic mysticism--a subject so vast and many-sided that several large volumes would be required to do it anything like justice. Here I can only sketch in broad outline certain principles, methods, and characteristic features of the inner life as it has been lived by Moslems of every class and condition from the eighth century of our era to the present day. Difficult are the paths which they threaded, dark and bewildering the pathless heights beyond; but even if we may not hope to accompany the travelers to their journey's end, any information that we have gathered concerning their religious environment and spiritual history will help us to understand the strange experiences of which they write.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Complete Idiot Guide To Taoism

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Book: The Complete Idiot Guide To Taoism by Brandon Toropov

You-re no idiot, of course. You know Taoism is one of the world-s oldest religions, based on simplicity and balance. However, you may not know it has important parallels with modern Western life: health, ecology, even in such pop culture icons as Luke Skywalker and The Beatles.But you don-t have to sit at the feet of a Taoist master to learn how the Taoist tradition has enlightened seekers throughout the centuries! The Complete Idiot-s Guide- to Taoism will show you exactly why Taoist principles appeal to people from every walk of life! In this Complete Idiot-s Guide-, you get:--The history of the Daode Jing, the world-s shortest core religious text, and Laozi, its mysterious author.--The teachings of Zhuangzi, the often-overlooked master sage of Taoism.--An explanation of ying-yang and what it represents.

This book was my introduction to Taoism, and I am deeply grateful to the authors for writing such a splendid guide to the Way. /The Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism/ starts out by working through the difficulties of defining "Tao" and introducing the reader to the works of Lao-Tzu and Chuang-Tzu, the two sages of Taoism. The book moves on to offer an overview of key Taoist concepts like wu-wei, de, the yin-yang polarity, etc. All of this is done in a relaxed, enjoyable manner, making for a quick and fun read.

This /Idiot's Guide/ also has chapters on Taoist thoughts on nature, skill, and life and death. These chapters illuminate the Taoist perspective on many aspects of life, and do so a lot more effectively than a list of dry, fixed "shall" and "shall not" items would be able to. The book also includes some thought-provoking overviews of the links between Taoism and Christianity, modern physics, popular culture (i.e. The Matrix), and so forth.

This book is not page after page of dogmatic rules on how you should or should not think, or should or should not live. Anyone looking for such things will be disappointed with /The Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism/, and indeed Taoism itself. The authors went to great lengths to provide a cohesive intro to the history of Taoism, as well as the core ideas that make it a viable philosophy (or religion) to this day. I think the main goal when writing this book was to get the reader to actively *think* about life, and how traditional Taoist perspectives match up with the experiences of daily life.

If you're up to the challenge of genuinely thinking about Taoism, and how it can be applied to all aspects of the world, this book will definitely satisfy you. As the authors say in their introduction, "Think of /The Complete Idiot's Guide to Taoism/ as a flashlight; judge its effectiveness by what it helps you see more clearly as you make your own way along the path."

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Modern Shinto

Modern Shinto Cover After World War II, the Allied Occupation separated Shinto and the state and this break was written into the new constitution. So visits by leading politicians to Yasukuni Jinja, which enshrines the Japanese war-dead, are always protested as being provocative by Japan's Asian wartime foes. The emperor issued a statement renouncing all claims to Divinity and the use of Shinto symbols for nationalistic purposes was forbidden. Even today, protests against these and other changes are a favorite rallying call of right-wing extremists.

In addition to the hundreds of festivals, many Shinto Ceremonies play an important part in modern daily life. Many marriages are carried out in shrines, building plots are purified and sometimes even new cars are blessed for safety. In a rite called oharai, the white-clad priest waves a stick with white strips of paper attached to carry out the blessing. Most family homes have a kamidana (god shelf) as well as a Buddist butsudan (Buddha altar). The main teaching centers for Shinto priests are Kokugakuin University in Tokyo and Kogakukan University in Ise.

(One of the most authoritative works on the subject is Shinto: The Way of Japan (1965) by the American educator and clergyman Floyd H. Ross)

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Satanism A Guide To The Awesome Power Of Satan

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Book: Satanism A Guide To The Awesome Power Of Satan by Wade Baskin

This is a handy, comprehensive guide to a wide range of topics relating to the awesome power and cult of Satan, in myriad forms and under many different names, from ancient times to the present. Distilled from hundreds of reliable sources both religious and secular, the entries include men and movements, orders and objects, rites, rituals, incantations, legends, and occult practices that have fascinated the mind of man through the ages.

This book contains facts relating to a host of unorthodox beliefs and irrational acts which have only recently come to light. The simple manner in which even the most abstruse topics are handled will open the mysterious world of darkness to readers with no prior knowledge of the occult and to intrigue and inform those who seek to extend their knowledge of the subject. This lexicon defines all terms in satanic lore and witchcraft as well as offering sketches of prominent figures in the field over the centuries.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Buddhism And The Environment

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"A BIT MORE WISDOM, PLEASE"

Canadian therapist and blogger at Change Therapy Isabella Mori brings up an excellent point: "the wisdom quarterly american buddhist journal features a number of articles on climate change. while they are interesting (for example, an article on climate change in canada's nunavut, formerly known as northwest territories, and another article on how climate change nurtures the growth of diseases) they are reprints from news services, not original articles. it would be interesting to have a commentary on the wisdom quarterly's buddhist views of these world events (i'm thinking of the good work alexander does in this area with his commentaries from a baha'i view.)"

We're thrilled our Canadian readers are astute observers. Q: Why does WQ reprint articles? A: We want to make sure the news is out there. Q: Why does WQ not comment from a Buddhist point of view? A: Sometimes it's enough that people become aware of important issues even without comment. (Of course it does beg the question, "How are we ever going to win a "Blogisattva Award" if we don't comment? "Wink. How will we ever reach the commentarial heights of Blogography? How will we get a booth at Blogworld?) Here, then, is the missing commentary.

The environment is a Buddhist issue. If the personal is political, then the regional is religious.

Implicit in all this is a valid question, "Well then what is Wisdom Quarterly's Buddhist view on the matter?"

It is interesting to note that the Buddha never spoke of one's welfare and benefit without mentioning two other considerations. In addition to taking one's own health, happiness, and gain into account, the other person involved must be taken into account. Moreover, beyond that, the welfare and benefit of "both" is to be considered. Who? What is this third consideration if the first two have already been covered?

It's possible that it's a rhetorical flourish (idiomatic Prakrit, Magadhi, Pali, Sanskrit, or whatever regional dialect the Buddha spoke in the kingdom of Magadha). More likely, however, "both" refers to the environment, community, society, the "whole," as it were. It is not enough that we benefit ourselves, which we must do but never at the expense of others. It would be worse (yes "worse", not equal or better) to benefit only the other person directly involved. Martyrdom is not wisdom. Wisdom is finding a win-win angle in every situation.

Just as the native Americans considered seven subsequent generations in their decisions, Buddhists consider the other person directly involved AND the environment, that is, those not directly involved. "Others" means those indirectly involved, strangers in the community, the people you're not likely to meet but whom you are having an impact on.

What we as Americans decide has an effect on far flung regions of the continent: the Nunavut in Canada feel the impact of our daily decisions. I can live with dirtier air; my neighbor may not like the sting or the fact that I'm shaving a few months off his/her life. But acid rain and Arctic warming for the Nunavut?

Taking the whole into consideration, I would do everything I could to keep our (everyone's) environment clean.

Mori was specific in asking for a little more climate change wisdom:

* WHAT DO YOU/I/WE TAKE FROM ALL THIS?

We want a sustainable environment. And by "we," we don't just mean Engaged Buddhists.

* NONDUALITY AND DUALITY


Duality (or the idea of separation and independence from constituent conditions like the aggregates or our interdependence with others) is a pernicious misperception, a lingering distortion. Confident that we are all one -- united by our wish for happiness (or at least non-suffering), survival, and fulfillment if nothing else -- we improve and everyone else simultaneously improves whenever we take everyone into consideration. We are part of that everyone; in other words the wish "May all living beings be well and happy" always also includes us.

* THE PERSONAL AND THE POLITICAL


We coined a new phrase adding to the American-English lexicon, "THE REGIONAL IS RELIGIOUS." Personal decisions affect the body politic. Regional decisions affect religion as it is practiced. If something is a disservice to anyone, is anyone else really benefiting?

* WATER AND ICE


Clean ice is wonderful and crucial for the health of the planet; dirty water we have enough of.

* WHAT WOULD [THE] BUDDHA DO?

The historical Buddha (Siddhartha the former Sakyan prince who abandoned the world and its disputes) would bring his neighbors together in amity, as he repeatedly attempted when the Sakyan clan was going to be massacred for having insulted a neighboring tribe in provincial ancient India, or when he attempted to settle a river water dispute, or when he cleaned up the environment after a severe famine (all good sutras to cover in the future).

* WHAT IS [THE] BUDDHA DOING?

Those formations (aggregates) by which "the Buddha" was formerly designated (though they were at all times radically impermanent, thoroughly incapable of satisfying, and void of identity) are no longer in play. Maitreya, the "buddha-"to-come, who now resides in a superordinate plane above the human (we hesitate to say "heaven," which is misleading) and not in southern Nepal, has something more to offer the world than recycling and environmentalism.

But it is interesting to note that when "Buddha Boy" (aka, Ram Bahadur Bomjon or Palden Dorje) emerged from his prolonged meditation and allegedly complete fast to speak to the world, his principal concern was the state of the world: "Murder, violence, greed, anger, and temptation have made the human world a desperate place. A terrible storm has descended upon the human world. And this is carrying the world towards destruction. There is only one way to save the world and that is through Dharma (spiritual practice)." (See the WQ translation of his entire speech).

In closing, what we choose individually and personally does not remain private. It affects the world around us, first perhaps benefiting our immediate circles but soon extending out to encompass farflung and unseen worlds, even village life in distant Nunavut, which means "our land" but does not refer simply to the Arctic Archipelago or the human world. What would the Inuk think of our decisions or our proximate neighbors, the Dows and the Joneses, for that matter? It's something to consider.

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