Laurence Austine Waddell (1854-1938) served in the Indian Medical Service, which took him to Darjeeling, Burma and Tibet. He carried out original field research at Buddhist temples and among the lay population. Highly illustrated, this landmark study of Tibetan Buddhism, its history, doctrine, temples and rituals, first appeared in 1895.
Part travelogue, part experiential spiritual memoir, Kevin Turner takes us to visit with authentic shamans in the steppes and urban centers of modern-day Mongolia. Along the way, the author, a practicing shaman himself, tells of spontaneous medical diagnoses, all-night shamanic ceremonies, and miraculous healings, all welling from a rich culture in which divination, soul-retrieval, and spirit depossession are a part of everyday life. Shamanism, described in the 1950s by Mircea Eliade as "archaic techniques of ecstasy," is alive and well in Mongolia as a means of accessing "nonordinary realities" and the spirit world. After centuries of suppression by Buddhist and then Communist political powers, it is exploding in popularity in Mongolia. Turner gives compelling accounts of healings and rituals he witnesses among Darkhad, Buryat, and Khalkh shamans, and goes on to provide us with his insights into a universal shamanism, principles that lie at the heart of shamanic traditions worldwide. This astounding, inspiring book will appeal to shamans and shamanic therapists, students of Mongolian culture and comparative religion, and fans of off-grid travel memoirs. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Shamanism can be defined as the practice of initiated shamans who are distinguished by their mastery of a range of altered states of consciousness. Shamanism arises from the actions the shaman takes in non-ordinary reality and the results of those actions in ordinary reality. It is not a religion, yet it demands spiritual discipline and personal sacrifice from the mature shaman who seeks the highest stages of mystical development.
Inside Buddhism covers the development, spread, teachings, practices, holy days, and festivals of a religion that began with the life of Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th century B.C. In addition to valuable historical and practical information, this book provides review questions, questions for discussion, key word lists, a test, and an answer key. These features facilitate student assimilation of the fundamentals of a religion practiced by an estimated 324 million people around the globe. Whether your objective is a comprehensive study of Buddhism or a simple overview, this book affords you the opportunity to easily accomplish either one. You will be delighted to observe your students' growing understanding of the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Buddhist religion.
Love, Peace, Compassion, Tolerance, and Understanding Through World Religions
Author: Ram Ramakrishnan
Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.
"Many Paths, One Destination" takes an in-depth look at the religions of the world. From Christianity to Sufism, from Buddhism to Sikhism, Ram Ramakrishnan examines the ideas that shape our views on life, in the hopes that by understanding one another we can find common ground, and eventually, peace.