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Tending The Spirits: The Shamanic Experience In Northeastern LaosTending The Spirits: The Shamanic Experience In Northeastern Laos by Findly, Ellison Banks

This study of shamans in northeastern Laos details the call, training, and ritual practice of female and male healers, as well as of male funeral shamans who guide the deceased's spirit to heaven. It is based almost exclusively on interviews with shamans and weavers in mountain and urban villages of Hua Phan province, and draws information almost entirely from the oral tradition of the shamans themselves, illuminating the multivalent complexities of belief and practice as they evolve over time. The relation between the shaman and the weaver is a symbiotic one, with the shaman chanting out visual images in his trance narrative, and the weaver translating what she hears into mythic, hybrid images on the loom. Thus the powerful, transformative ritual textile is born. Unfortunately, Lao-Tai shamanism is today at a cross-roads: global connections and the incursion of things like western medicine may render some of the practices obsolete. The shamans themselves, however - female and male alike - believe that both the healing and funeral traditions can adapt to modern times, and can continue to serve the Tai populace they have benefited for so long.

108 Ways To Grab My Apples 2108 Ways To Grab My Apples 2 by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

Yes, it's time for another grab of the proverbial apple! A modern Tibetan Buddhist spiritual teacher, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has used social media to reach out and inspire many through his profound teachings. In 108 ways to grab my Apples 2, Tsem Rinpoche shares more nuggets of wisdom specially selected from his vast social media output. In his typical direct and down-to-earth style, Tsem Rinpoche dispenses practical advice on everyday matters, such as work, attitudes, responsibility, the environment and kindness amongst others. Most importantly, he guides us how to change our lives for the better - sometimes by simply taking on a different perspective.

Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide To Buddhism And ZenDharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide To Buddhism And Zen by Greenblat, Rodney Alan Musho

Abstract artist and Zen practitioner Rodney Greenblat uses light-hearted narrative and vivid pop art paintings to celebrate the joys of living life from the inside out. Part graphic guide, part personal testimony, part art book, "Dharma Delight" illustrates how seeking the path of compassion and acceptance can be as zany and exuberant as it is profound. It is a happy exploration of Buddhist Enlightenment what it is, where to seek it and how to recognize the perfection in ourselves. A great option for Zen beginners, sutras, Bodhisattvas and jataka tales are presented in a way that's simple, upbeat and fun to read.

Traces Of The Sage: Monument, Materiality And The First Temple Of ConfuciusTraces Of The Sage: Monument, Materiality And The First Temple Of Confucius by Flath, James A.

The Temple of Confucius in Qufu is the definitive monument to the world's greatest sage. Traces of the Sage is the first comprehensive account of the history and material culture of the temple. Following the temple's development through time and across space, it relates architecture to the practice of Confucianism, explains the temple's phenomenal perseverance, and explores the culture of building in China. Other chapters consider the problem of Confucian heritage conservation and development over the last hundred years - a period when the validity of Confucianism has been called into question - and the challenge of remaking Confucian heritage as a commercial enterprise.

Muslims In Western EuropeMuslims In Western Europe by Otterbeck, Jonas; Jorgen Nielsen

This introduction to the story of Muslims in Western Europe describes their early history and outlines the causes and courses of modern Muslim immigration. It explains how Muslim communities have developed in individual countries, their origins, present-day ethnic composition, distribution and organisational patterns, and the political, legal and cultural contexts in which they exist are explored. There is also a comparative consideration of issues common to Muslims in all Western European countries including the role of the family, and the questions of worship, education and religious thought.

Bible And Literature, The: The BasicsBible And Literature, The: The Basics by Jones, Norman W.

The Bible and Literature: The Basics provides an interpretive framework for understanding the significance of biblical allusions in literature - even for readers who have little prior knowledge of the Bible. In doing so, it surveys the Bible's influence on a broad range of English, American, and other Anglophone literatures from a variety of historical periods. This book explains why readers need a basic knowledge of the Bible in order to understand and appreciate key aspects of Anglophone literary traditions.

New Threat, The: From Islamic MilitancyNew Threat, The: From Islamic Militancy by Burke, Jason

In this book, renowned expert and prize-winning reporter Jason Burke provides the clearest and most comprehensive guide to Islamic militancy today. From Syria to Somalia, from Libya to Indonesia, from Yemen to the capitals of Europe, Islamic militancy appears stronger, more widespread and more threatening than ever. Drawing on almost two decades of frontline reporting as well as a vast range of sources, from intelligence officials to the militants themselves, renowned expert Jason Burke cuts through the mass of opinion and misinformation to explain dispassionately and with total clarity the nature of the threat we now face. He shows that Islamic militancy has changed dramatically in recent years.

Roots Of Religious Extremism, The: Understanding The Salafi Doctrine Of Al-Wala' Wal Bara'Roots Of Religious Extremism, The: Understanding The Salafi Doctrine Of Al-Wala' Wal Bara' by Mohamed Bin Ali

One of the issues in contemporary Islamic thought which has attracted considerable attention amongst Muslim scholars and within the Muslim community is the valid and appropriate attitude of Muslims to relationships with non-Muslims. A major source of confusion and controversy with regards to this relationship comes from the allegation that Muslims must reserve their love and loyalty for fellow Muslims, and reject and declare war on the rest of humanity - most acutely seen through the Islamic concept of Al-Wala' wal Bara' (WB) translated as "Loyalty and Disavowal", which appears to be central in the ideology of modern Salafism. This book investigates the dynamics and complexities of the concept of WB within modern Salafism and aims to understand the diverse interpretation of this concept; and how modern Salafis understand and apply the concept in contemporary religious, social and political settings.

50 Questions Every Graduate Must Answer50 Questions Every Graduate Must Answer by Burnett, Eric

You might have thought you left behind the world of high anxiety testing the moment you donned your commencement robe and cap, and accepted your diploma on a stage far, far away. Ahhh…the naivete of youth. But as you will walk deeper into the adult world, you will realize that it will be life's questions that will truly kick you in the arse. Using stories from history, psychology, economics, literature, and a lifetime of answering incorrectly, Eric Burnett throws out the key questions all graduates must face, while giving them the ammunition they'll need to choose wisely. Along the way, he might leave you second-guessing a few of the choices you've already made, while spurring you to ponder what questions didn't make the cut.

In Love With DeathIn Love With Death by Satish Modi

Death is the inevitable fate of every single person on earth. How do we accept the inevitability of our own death? Industrialist and philanthropist Satish Modi is a member of one of the most influential and affluent families in India. Yet despite privilege and success, he discovered happiness was not synonymous with wealth-and the secret to a meaningful life begins with a fresh understanding of death. This moving, powerful, thought-provoking work based on his own reflections as well as the experiences of people from all walks of life. The result is a fascinating book that teaches us that whoever we are and whatever our aspirations in this life, it is important for each and every one of us to accept our own passing. In doing so, we free ourselves to live as fully as possible, guided by the principles of goodness, love, and compassion.

Concept Of The Buddha, The: Its Evolution From Early Buddhism To The Triyaka TheoryConcept Of The Buddha, The: Its Evolution From Early Buddhism To The Triyaka Theory by Guang Xing

Guang Xing gives an analysis of one of the fundamental Mahayana Buddhist teachings, namely the three bodies of the Buddha, the Trikaya Theory, which is considered the foundation of Mahayana philosophy. He examines how and why the philosophical concept of three bodies was formed, particularly the Sambhogakaya, which is the Buddha to be worshipped by all Mayahanists. Written in an accessible way, this work is an outstanding research text for students and scholars of Mayahana Buddhism and anyone interested in Buddhist philosophy.

How Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis Of The Early TeachingsHow Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis Of The Early Teachings by Gombrich, Richard F.

Written by one of the world's top scholars in the field of Pali Buddhism, this new and updated edition of How Buddhism Began, discusses various important doctrines and themes in early Buddhism. It takes 'early Buddhism' to be that reflected in the Pali canon, and to some extent assumes that these doctrines reflect the teachings of the Buddha himself. Two themes predominate. Firstly, the author argues that we cannot understand the Buddha unless we understand that he was debating with other religious teachers, notably Brahmins. The other main theme concerns metaphor, allegory and literalism. This accessible, well-written book is mandatory reading for all serious students of Buddhism.

Faith, Authority And The Malays: The Ulama In Contemporary SingaporeFaith, Authority And The Malays: The Ulama In Contemporary Singapore by Saat, Norshahril

This book examines the nature of religious life among the Malays of Singapore by researching into the nature of religious elite and the basis of their authority or legitimacy. It examines the social-historical background of the ulama, their family roots, education, career paths, elements of thinking, and various forms of contribution towards enriching the religious lives of the Malays. While furnishing useful information on the institutionalization and administration of Islam in contemporary Singapore, the author raises many pertinent questions on the religious lives of the Malays and Muslims in contemporary Singapore, as well as their relations with the wider world of Islam and Muslims elsewhere.

First And Last Revelations Of The Qur’An, TheFirst And Last Revelations Of The Qur’An, The by Louay Fatoohi

In the written Qur'an, known as "mushaf," the chapters are not arranged in the chronological order of their revelation, so the first and last verses in the mushaf are not the first and last revealed verses, respectively. There are a number of hadiths and historical reports about which verses and chapters were revealed first and last. This book examines the credibility of each report, evaluates the views of scholars, and presents its own conclusions. Focused on the subject of the first and last revelations of the Qur'an, this book is by far the most comprehensive and complete study of this area of the Sciences of the Qur'an.

Popular Hinduism: The Religion Of The MassesPopular Hinduism: The Religion Of The Masses by O'malley, L. S. S.

Originally published in 1935, this volume provides a discussion of the structures of belief and practice in popular Hinduism. Taking into account the complexity of Hinduism, and its position as a composite religion of many diverse elements, the text goes on to find certain common elements which draw together its various aspects. The relationship between Hinduism and social organisation is also considered, with detailed discussion regarding the importance of the caste system. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in historical interpretations of Hinduism and religious studies in general.

Introduction To Hinduism, AnIntroduction To Hinduism, An by Flood, Gavin D.

This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. It traces the development of Hindu traditions from their ancient origins, through the major deities of Visnu, Siva and the Goddess, to the modern world. Hinduism is discussed as both a global religion and a form of nationalism.

Defining Hinduism: A ReaderDefining Hinduism: A Reader by Llewellyn, J.E. (Ed.)

Defining Hinduism is concerned not only with what Hinduism is, but also with what it has been and with the history of the religion and of the term 'Hinduism.' The book is composed of nine essays originally published over a ten-year period between 1991 and 2001 written by some of the most influential and interesting scholars working on the religions of South Asia today. These essays are put into context by a comprehensive general introduction as well as individual introductions to each of the three parts.

Contemporary HinduismContemporary Hinduism by Kumar, P. Pratap (Ed.)

Most overviews of Hindu belief and practice follow a history from the ancient Vedas to today. Such approaches privilege Brahmanical traditions and create a sense of Hinduism as a homogenous system and culture, and one which is largely unchanging and based solely on sacred texts. In reality, modern Hindu faith and culture present an extraordinary range of dynamic beliefs and practices. This book aims to capture the full breadth of the Hindu worldview as practised today, both in the sub-continent and the diaspora. Global and regional faith, ritualised and everyday practice, Brahmanical and non-Brahmanical belief, and ascetic and devotional traditions are all discussed.

Studying Hinduism: Key Concepts And MethodsStudying Hinduism: Key Concepts And Methods by Mittal, Sushil; Gene Thursby (Eds.)

This book is an indispensable resource for students and researchers wishing to develop a deeper understanding of one of the world's oldest and most multifaceted religious traditions. Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, leading scholars in the field, have brought together a rich variety of perspectives which reflect the current lively state of the field. Studying Hinduism is the result of cooperative work by accomplished specialists in several fields that include anthropology, art, comparative literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology. Through these complementary and exciting approaches, students will gain a greater understanding of India's culture and traditions, to which Hinduism is integral. The book uses key critical terms and topics as points of entry into the subject, revealing that although Hinduism can be interpreted in sharply contrasting ways and set in widely varying contexts, it is endlessly fascinating and intriguing.

Passion, Perseverance & Prayer: Life Is Meant To Be Glorious And Happy, Each Moment Of Every DayPassion, Perseverance & Prayer: Life Is Meant To Be Glorious And Happy, Each Moment Of Every Day by Ruprell, Pooja

Contemporary life often feels like a daily, all consuming, overwhelming grind, getting in the way of a peaceful, loving and healthy existence. But there is another way. Passion, Perseverance and Prayer is all about everyday guidance and inspiration, juxtaposing the personal with the profound. It is a story, a diary and a guide. The 52 inspirational, weekly readings encourage us to find beauty, shine with our own special light, and muster the courage to carry on through tough times.