Wie ist es wirklich, als strenggläubiger Muslim, Jude, Christ, Hindu oder Buddhist durchs Leben zu gehen? Wie fühlt sich das vom Aufstehen bis zum Schlafengehen an? Christian Schwab hat die fünf Weltreligionen einem gründlichen Praxistest unterzogen. Jeweils einen Monat lang lebte er streng nach den Regeln des Islams, des Judentums, des Christentums, des Hinduismus und des Buddhismus. In seinem lehrreichen und witzigen Buch erzählt er, wie es ihm dabei erging, was die Religionen unterscheidet - und was sie gemeinsam haben: Sie nehmen sich alle ein bisschen zu ernst.
Believers is a scientist´s answer to attacks on faith by some well-meaning scientists and philosophers-a firm rebuke of the ´´Four Horsemen´´: Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. Melvin Konner, who was raised as an Orthodox Jew but has lived his adult life without such faith, explores the psychology, development, brain science, evolution and genetics of the religious impulses we experience. He views religious people with a sympathetic eye; his own upbringing, his apprenticeship in the trance dance religion of the African Bushmen and his friends in Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and other faiths have all shaped his perspective. He concludes that religion does much good as well as undoubted harm and that for at least a large minority of humanity, the belief in things unseen neither can nor should go away.
An exploration into the lives of people who embrace two or more religious traditions, and what this growing community tells us about change in our society Named a best book of 2018 by Library Journal In the United States, we often assume religious and spiritual identity are pure, static, and singular. But some people regularly cross religious boundaries. These ´´spiritually fluid´´ people celebrate complex religious bonds, and in the process they blur social categories, evoke prejudice, and complicate religious communities. Their presence sparks questions: How and why do people become spiritually fluid? Are they just confused or unable to commit? How do we make sense of them? When One Religion Isn´t Enough explores the lives of spiritually fluid people, revealing that while some chose multiple religious belonging, many more inherit it. For many North Americans, the complicated legacies of colonialism are part of their family story, and they may consider themselves both Christian and Hindu, or Buddhist, or Yoruban, or one of the many other religions native to colonized lands. For some Asian Americans, singular religious identity may seem an alien concept, as many East Asian nations freely mix Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, and other traditions. Some African American Christians are consciously seeking to reconnect with ancestral spiritualities. And still other people are born into religiously mixed families. Jewish-Christian intermarriage led the way in the US, but religious diversity here is only increasing: almost four in ten Americans (39 percent) who have married since 2010 have a spouse who is in a different religious group. Through in-depth conversations with spiritually fluid people, renowned scholar Duane Bidwell explores how people come to claim and be claimed by multiple religious traditions, how spiritually fluid people engage radically opposed truth claims, and what this growing population tells us about change within our communities.
Yantra Yoga, the Buddhist parallel to the Hathayoga of the Hindu tradition, is a system of practice entailing bodily movements, breathing exercises, and visualizations. Originally transmitted by the mahasiddhas of India and Oddiyana, its practice is nowadays found in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism in relation to the Anuttaratantras, more generally known under the Tibetan term trulkhor, whose Sanskrit equivalent is yantra. The Union of the Sun and Moon Yantra (Phrul ´khor nyi zla kha sbyor), orally transmitted in Tibet in the eighth century by the great master Padmasambhava to the Tibetan translator and Dzogchen master Vairochana, can be considered the most ancient of all the systems of Yantra, and its peculiarity is that it contains also numerous positions which are also found in the classic Yoga tradition. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, one of the great living masters of Dzogchen and Tantra, started transmitting this profound Yoga in the seventies and at that time wrote this commentary, which is based on the oral explanations of some Tibetan yogins and siddhas of the twentieth century. All Western practitioners will benefit from the extraordinary instructions contained in this volume.
This book examines the religious lives of young adults growing up in inter-religious families in India. It explores complex questions of identity, social background, and religion in twenty-first-century India. The volume studies the religious commitments of young adults, analyses the identity formation process for a critical age group, and discusses the interpersonal dynamics within inter-religious families. Drawing on real life stories of mixed heritage - Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, and Parsi - this volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of psychology, education, sociology and social anthropology, religious studies, politics, and other interdisciplinary studies.
´´This is your wake-up call! You may not have even realized you were sleep-walking. Most of us are most of the time. Awareness is an eye-opener. It´s Anthony de Mello telling you gently but firmly, ´It´s time to get up now.´´´ --Charles Osgood of ´´CBS Sunday Morning´´ and ´´The Osgood File´´ ´´Awareness will be the critical test of American business in the next decade. I call it the ´business of awareness.´´´ --F.X. Maguire, Hearth Communications Group The heart of Anthony de Mello´s bestselling spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello´s words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis. In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace. Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.
Secret Drugs of Buddhism is the first book to explore the historical evidence for the use of entheogenic plants within the Buddhist tradition. Drawing on scriptural sources, botany, pharmacology, and religious iconography, this book calls attention to the central role which psychedelics played in Indian religions. It traces their history from the mysterious soma potion, celebrated in the most ancient Hindu scriptures, to amrita, the sacramental drink of Vajrayana Buddhism. Although amrita used in modern Vajrayana ceremonies lacks any psychoactivity, there is copious evidence that the amrita used by the earliest Vajrayana practitioners was a potent entheogen. It is the nature of this psychedelic form of the sacrament which is the central topic of this book. In particular, Secret Drugs of Buddhism attempts to identify the specific ingredients employed in amrita´s earliest formulations. To this end, the book presents evidence from many countries in which the Vajrayana movement flourished. These include Bhutan, Japan, Mongolia, and Tibet but special attention is given to India, the land of its origin.
Say a Little Prayer (SALP) eröffnet in unserer schnelllebigen Welt einen originellen und zeitgemäßen Zugang zum Spirituellen. Die zehn farbenfrohen Kartensets des renommierten Kreativdirektors Giovanni Bianco (GB65) vereinen spirituelle Traditionen unterschiedlicher Epochen und Regionen und präsentieren die wichtigsten Lehren aus zehn Glaubensrichtungen: Buddhismus, Candomblé, Katholizismus, Konfuzianismus, Hinduismus, Islam, Judentum, Kabbala, Protestantismus und Shinto. Jedes Kartenset besteht aus elf Karten: Eine Karte führt in die Grundsatzlehren der jeweiligen Religion oder Glaubensrichtung ein, die übrigen zehn Karten sind neu gestaltete Gebetskarten, die ein ansprechendes religiöses Bildmotiv mit einem dazu passenden Text oder Glaubenssatz verbinden. Von traditionellen jüdischen Haussegen bis hin zu buddhistischen Lehren für ein friedliches Zusammenleben, von exquisiten islamischen Mustern bis hin zu kabbalistischer Symbolik bieten diese wunderschön gestalteten Karten ausBild und Wort einen inspirierenden Einstieg in unterschiedliche spirituelle Welten rund um den Erdball und schenken dem Betrachter täglich eine Portion Optimismus, Frieden und Freude. Die Karten illustrieren zum Beispiel die erlesene Feinheit islamischer Muster, die unwiderstehliche Schönheit der Hindu-Göttin Durga oder den figurativen Symbolismus der Kabbala. Jede Karte ist ein kleines Kunstwerk und bietet einen inspirierenden Einblick in eine neue spirituelle Welt.SALP ist das Werk des Kreativdirektors Giovanni Bianco und seines New Yorker Studio GB65.
Osamu Tezuka´s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha´s life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha´s ideas; the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha runs away from home, travels across India, and questions Hindu practices such as ascetic self-mutilation and caste oppression. Rather than recommend resignation and impassivity, Tezuka´s Buddha predicates enlightenment upon recognizing the interconnectedness of life, having compassion for the suffering, and ordering one´s life sensibly. Philosophical segments are threaded into interpersonal situations with ground-breaking visual dynamism by an artist who makes sure never to lose his readers´ attention. Tezuka himself was a humanist rather than a Buddhist, and his magnum opus is not an attempt at propaganda. Hermann Hesse´s novel or Bertolucci´s film is comparable in this regard; in fact, Tezuka´s approach is slightly irreverent in that it incorporates something that Western commentators often eschew, namely, humor.