This Is It

and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience

Author: Alan W. Watts

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307784320

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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Six revolutionary essays exploring the relationship between spiritual experience and ordinary life—and the need for them to coexist within each of us. With essays on “cosmic consciousness” (including Alan Watts’ account of his own ventures into this inward realm); the paradoxes of self-consciousness; LSD and consciousness; and the false opposition of spirit and matter, This Is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience is a truly mind-opening collection.

Die Neuerfindung des Erfolgs

Weisheit, Staunen, Großzügigkeit – Was uns wirklich weiter bringt

Author: Arianna Huffington

Publisher: Riemann Verlag

ISBN: 3641143446

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Erfolg ist mehr als Geld und Macht. Warum Geld und Macht als Erfolgsfaktoren ausgedient haben. Wenn wir langfristig erfolgreich sein wollen, müssen wir das Konzept »Erfolg« neu definieren. Arianna Huffington, Mitbegründerin der Huffington Post, einem der am schnellsten wachsenden Medienunternehmen der Welt, zeigt: Zu lange haben wir Erfolg anhand der Kriterien Geld und Macht definiert – die Folgen sind epidemische Wachstumsraten von stressbedingten Erkrankungen. Arianna Huffington stellt den »dritten Weg« vor, dessen Erfolgsquotient auf Wohlbefinden, Weisheit, Staunen und Großzügigkeit beruht. Sie zieht die neuesten Erkenntnisse der Wissenschaft heran, um darzulegen, was heute nottut: nichts weniger als eine Revolution unserer Kultur, unseres Denkens, unserer Arbeit und unserer Lebensweise.

Beat Sound, Beat Vision

The Beat spirit and popular song

Author: Laurence Coupe

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847796265

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This book reveals the ideas behind the Beat vision which influenced the Beat sound of the songwriters who followed on from them. Having explored the thinking of Alan Watts, who coined the term 'Beat Zen', and who influenced the counterculture which emerged out of the Beat movement, it celebrates Jack Kerouac as a writer in pursuit of a 'beatific' vision. On this basis, the book goes on to explain the relevance of Kerouac and his friends Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder to songwriters who emerged in the 1960s. Not only are new, detailed readings of the lyrics of the Beatles and of Dylan given, but the range and depth of the Beat legacy within popular song is indicated by way of an overview of some important innovators: Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Donovan, the Incredible String Band, Van Morrison and Nick Drake.

Spiritual, but not Religious

Understanding Unchurched America

Author: Robert C. Fuller

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198033547

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Nearly 40% of all Americans have no connection with organized religion. Yet many of these people, even though they might never step inside a house of worship, live profoundly spiritual lives. But what is the nature and value of unchurched spirituality in America? Is it a recent phenomenon, a New Age fad that will soon fade, or a long-standing and essential aspect of the American experience? In Spiritual But Not Religious, Robert Fuller offers fascinating answers to these questions. He shows that alternative spiritual practices have a long and rich history in America, dating back to the colonial period, when church membership rarely exceeded 17% and interest in astrology, numerology, magic, and witchcraft ran high. Fuller traces such unchurched traditions into the mid-nineteenth century, when Americans responded enthusiastically to new philosophies such as Swedenborgianism, Transcendentalism, and mesmerism, right up to the current interest in meditation, channeling, divination, and a host of other unconventional spiritual practices. Throughout, Fuller argues that far from the flighty and narcissistic dilettantes they are often made out to be, unchurched spiritual seekers embrace a mature and dynamic set of basic beliefs. They focus on inner sources of spirituality and on this world rather than the afterlife; they believe in the accessibility of God and in the mind's untapped powers; they see a fundamental unity between science and religion and an equality between genders and races; and they are more willing to test their beliefs and change them when they prove untenable. Timely, sweeping in its scope, and informed by a clear historical understanding, Spiritual But Not Religious offers fresh perspective on the growing numbers of Americans who find their spirituality outside the church.

Character Strengths and Virtues

A Handbook and Classification

Author: Christopher Peterson,Martin E. P. Seligman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198037330

Category: Psychology

Page: 816

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"Character" has become a front-and-center topic in contemporary discourse, but this term does not have a fixed meaning. Character may be simply defined by what someone does not do, but a more active and thorough definition is necessary, one that addresses certain vital questions. Is character a singular characteristic of an individual, or is it composed of different aspects? Does character--however we define it--exist in degrees, or is it simply something one happens to have? How can character be developed? Can it be learned? Relatedly, can it be taught, and who might be the most effective teacher? What roles are played by family, schools, the media, religion, and the larger culture? This groundbreaking handbook of character strengths and virtues is the first progress report from a prestigious group of researchers who have undertaken the systematic classification and measurement of widely valued positive traits. They approach good character in terms of separate strengths-authenticity, persistence, kindness, gratitude, hope, humor, and so on-each of which exists in degrees. Character Strengths and Virtues classifies twenty-four specific strengths under six broad virtues that consistently emerge across history and culture: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Each strength is thoroughly examined in its own chapter, with special attention to its meaning, explanation, measurement, causes, correlates, consequences, and development across the life span, as well as to strategies for its deliberate cultivation. This book demands the attention of anyone interested in psychology and what it can teach about the good life.

Making Sense of Religion

A Study of World Religions and Theology

Author: Richard L. Corliss

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498200710

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 1891

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We live in a world with many religious traditions. People in these traditions believe that their religious view of life embodies what is important, true, and real. Their religious views of life, however, differ significantly. They can't all capture equally what is important, true, and real. This book seeks to unravel this dilemma. It rejects two approaches to address the problem: First, the view that one religious view of life is the absolute, unique product of revelation, and second, the view that the foundation of all religious views of life is the same--that they are all the product of religious experiences of the same religious ultimate. This ultimate is sometimes called Being-Itself, sometimes the One. Under the second view, the differences between them are considered cultural. Making Sense of Religion shows us that religious views of life are often radically different, and these differences are not just cultural, but substantive. This book explores the hidden logic beneath the surface of religious views of life that holds them together and helps explain their differences. What follows is a way presenting, comparing, defending, and criticizing religious views of life. This is a type of theology.

Moral Calculations

Game Theory, Logic, and Human Frailty

Author: Laszlo Mero

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461216540

Category: Mathematics

Page: 276

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What does game theory tell us about rational behavior? Is there such a thing as rational behavior, and if so, is it of any use to us? In this fascinating book, renowned Hungarian economist Laszlo Mero shows how game theory provides insight into such aspects of human psychology as altruism, competition, and politics, as well as its relevance to disparate fields such as physics and evolutionary biology. This ideal guide shows us how mathematics can illuminate the human condition.

Die schönen Dinge siehst du nur, wenn du langsam gehst

Author: Haemin Sunim

Publisher: Scorpio Verlag

ISBN: 3958031471

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

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Haemin Sunims Buch ist ein Geschenk an die Menschheit. Schlicht und mit ungeahnter Tiefe zeigt der buddhistische Mönch, wie man dauerhaftes Glück findet in einer Welt, die sich immer rascher verändert. Ob in der Liebe, im Beruf, in unseren Sehnsüchten oder unseren Enttäuschungen – es gibt stets den richtigen Moment, um Pause zu machen, zu staunen, zu vergeben, zu lachen, zu weinen, mitzufühlen und Frieden zu finden. Wie man Achtsamkeit Stunde für Stunde lebt, zeigt Haemin Sunim in ebenso poetischer wie humorvoller Weise. Wunderschön und stimmungsvoll illustriert – ein Buch, das man niemals mehr aus der Hand legen möchte.

Perfekt! Der überlegene Weg zum Erfolg

Author: Robert Greene

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446438203

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

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Wie haben wir Erfolg, ohne verbissen zu sein? Wie schaffen wir es, unser Privatleben und unseren Beruf so miteinander zu verbinden, dass sie sich ergänzen und bereichern? Wie schöpfen wir aus der Fülle, statt uns vom Alltag auffressen zu lassen? Um all diese Fragen geht es in „Perfekt!“, dem neuen Buch von Robert Greene („Power – Die 48 Gesetze der Macht“). Und der Bestseller-Autor aus den USA bietet Lösungen: Mit Beispielen aus der Welt der Literatur und der Geschichte zeigt er, wie wir Schritt für Schritt herausfinden, wo unsere wirklichen Talente liegen und wie wir jene elegante Souveränität erlangen, nach der viele streben, die aber nur wenige erreichen.

The Complete Relaxation Book

A Manual of Eastern and Western Techniques

Author: James Hewitt

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448175593

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

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Stress is a major cause of disease today. This book is a comprehensive guide to the art of relaxation for happiness, health and well-being. Based on over thirty years of study and experience, it offers a unique synthesis of Western therapies and Eastern mysticism. James Hewitt explains how to use practical relaxation techniques such as self-hypnosis and breathing exercises safely and sensibly. He shows how, if used every day, these techniques can help relax tense minds as well as tense muscles, and even open up the possibility of 'peak experiences'. He then focuses on particular Yoga, Zen and other Buddhist methods, offering a range of techniques that will enable readers to relax in the ways that are most suited to their individual temperaments and situations.

Zen in der Kunst des Bogenschiessens

Author: Eugen Herrigel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783596160976

Category:

Page: 191

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Verlagsinfo: Zen in der Kunst des Bogenschießens wurde für viele Leser zu einem Schlüsselerlebnis. Wer das Geheimnis der kunstlosen Kunst des Bogenschießens beherrscht, der entdeckt auch die Kunst des Lebens. Der Zen-Weg, das Buch, das die Eigenart des Zen, seine meditative Praxis, seine Beziehung zu den Künsten und seine Bedeutung für den Westen behandelt, gehört zu den inspirierendsten Schriften der Zen- Literatur aus westlicher Feder. - Eugen Herrigel, geboren 1884 in Lichtenau bei Kehl, gestorben 1955 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 1924 folgte der in Heidelberg lehrende Philosoph dem Ruf an die Universität in Sendai, Japan. Die Begegnung mit dem Zen-Buddhismus sollte sein Leben grundlegend verändern und ihn nach seiner Rückkehr nach Deutschland (1929, an die Universität Erlangen) zum entscheidenden Wegbereiter dieser Denkweise und Lebensauffassung im Westen werden lassen.

Out of Your Mind

Tricksters, Interdependence, and the Cosmic Game of Hide and Seek

Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 9781622037520

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 248

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"In order to come to your senses," Alan Watts often said, "you sometimes need to go out of your mind." Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West, this former Anglican priest and self-described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers for the spiritual and philosophical delights of Asia and India. For the first time in print, Out of Your Mind brings readers some of Watts' pinnacle teachings for expanding our awareness and appreciation of the Great Game unfolding all around us. Born from recordings of Alan Watts' captivating live presentations and adapted by his son and archivist Mark Watts, this new book captures the true scope of this incomparable teacher in action. Follow this brilliant and lively thinker down the cosmic rabbit hole as he explores what happens when we transcend the illusion of being a skin-encapsulated ego, how embracing chaos can reveal our deepest purpose, the miracle that occurs when we stop taking life so seriously, and much more.

Zen and the Birds of Appetite

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811219720

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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Merton, one of the rare Western thinkers able to feel at home in the philosophies of the East, made the wisdom of Asia available to Westerners. "Zen enriches no one," Thomas Merton provocatively writes in his opening statement to Zen and the Birds of Appetite--one of the last books to be published before his death in 1968. "There is no body to be found. The birds may come and circle for a while... but they soon go elsewhere. When they are gone, the 'nothing,' the 'no-body' that was there, suddenly appears. That is Zen. It was there all the time but the scavengers missed it, because it was not their kind of prey." This gets at the humor, paradox, and joy that one feels in Merton's discoveries of Zen during the last years of his life, a joy very much present in this collection of essays. Exploring the relationship between Christianity and Zen, especially through his dialogue with the great Zen teacher D.T. Suzuki, the book makes an excellent introduction to a comparative study of these two traditions, as well as giving the reader a strong taste of the mature Merton. Never does one feel him losing his own faith in these pages; rather one feels that faith getting deeply clarified and affirmed. Just as the body of "Zen" cannot be found by the scavengers, so too, Merton suggests, with the eternal truth of Christ.

Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine - E-Book

Author: Marc S. Micozzi

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 1437727050

Category: Medical

Page: 624

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Focusing on emerging therapies and those best supported by clinical trials and scientific evidence, Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine describes some of the most prevalent and the fastest-growing CAM therapies in use today. Prominent author Dr. Marc Micozzi provides a complete overview of CAM, creating a solid foundation and context for therapies in current practice. Coverage of systems and therapies includes mind, body, and spirit; traditional Western healing; and traditional ethnomedical systems from around the world. Discussions include homeopathy, massage and manual therapies, chiropractic, a revised chapter on osteopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, naturopathic medicine, and nutrition and hydration. With its wide range of topics, this is the ideal CAM reference for both students and practitioners! An evidence-based approach focuses on treatments best supported by clinical trials and scientific evidence. Coverage of CAM therapies and systems includes those most commonly encountered or growing in popularity, so you carefully evaluate each treatment. Global coverage includes discussions of traditional healing arts from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Longevity in the market makes this a classic, trusted text. Expert contributors include well-known writers such as Kevin Ergil, Patch Adams, Joseph Pizzorno, Victor Sierpina, and Marc Micozzi himself. Suggested readings and references in each chapter list the best resources for further research and study. New, expanded organization covers the foundations of CAM, traditional Western healing, and traditional ethnomedical systems from Asia, Africa, and the Americas, putting CAM in perspective and making it easier to understand CAM origins and contexts. NEW content includes legal and operational issues in integrative medicine, creative and expressive arts therapies, ecological pharmacology, hydration, mind-body thought and practice in America, osteopathy, reflexology, South American healing, traditional medicines of India, and Unani medicine. Revised and updated chapters include aromatherapy, classical acupuncture, energy medicine, biophysical devices (electricity, light, and magnetism), massage and touch therapies, traditional osteopathy, reflexology, vitalism, and yoga. New research studies explain how and why CAM therapies work, and also demonstrate that they do work, in areas such as acupuncture, energy healing, and mind-body therapies. Expanded content on basic sciences includes biophysics, ecology, ethnomedicine, neurobiology, and pschoneuroimmunology, providing the scientific background needed to learn and practice CAM and integrative medicine. Expanded coverage of nutrition and hydration includes practical information on Vitamin D and healthy hydration with fluid and electrolytes.