Don’t Take Your Life Personally

Don't Take Your Life Personally by Ajahn SumedhoDon’t Take Your Life Personally

by Ajahn Sumedho

ISBN 13: 978-0946672318
ISBN 10: 0946672318

Buddhist Publishing Group
Published: 2010
Paperback 420 pages

£18.95 / $27.95

Ajahn Sumedho urges us to trust in awareness and find out for ourselves what it is to experience genuine liberation from mental anguish and suffering, just as the Buddha himself did two and a half thousand years ago.

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Mindfulness or awareness is knowing, isn’t it? It is a direct knowing, immanent here and now. It is being fully present, attentive, to this present moment as is. But defining mindfulness tends to make it into something — and then it is no longer mindfulness, is it? Mindfulness is not a thing; it is a recognition, an intuitive awareness. It is awareness without grasping. With this recognition, we have perspective on the conditions that we experience in the present — our thoughts, identities, and the conditioning we have. Concentration, on the other hand, is usually on a form. We choose an object and then put our full attention onto it in contrast to mindfulness which is formless and immeasurable, and does not seek a form. That is why describing mindfulness or awareness leads to the wrong attitude. Terms like ‘wake up’, ‘awakening’ or ‘pay attention’ are not definitions; they are suggestions to trust in this moment, to be present, to be here and now.

Ajahn Sumedho, an American Buddhist monk, practised for ten years in Thailand with the well known monk, Ajahn Chah. He has since spent over thirty years in England and is the founder of the Cittaviveka Forest Monastery in West Sussex and the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire.

His many books include Teachings of a Buddhist Monk.

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Teachings of a Buddhist Monk

Teachings of a Buddhist Monk by Ajahn SumedhoTeachings of a Buddhist Monk

by Ajahn Sumedho

ISBN 13: 978-0946672233
ISBN 10: 0946672237

Buddhist Publishing Group
Published: 1990/2001
Paperback, 148 pages.

£8.95 / $13.95

Modern practical teachings from an American monk living within one of the oldest Buddhist traditions.

Spiritual life is not about becoming someone special but discovering a greatness of heart within us and every being. It is an invitation to inwardly drop our opinions, our views, our ideas, our thoughts, our whole sense of time and ourselves, and come to rest in no fixed position. Ajahn Sumedho invites us all, ordained and lay people alike, to enjoy the freedom beyond all conditions, a freedom from fears, from gain and loss, from pleasure and pain. This is the joy and happiness of the Buddha.

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Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening by Hui HaiZen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

by Hui Hai Translation of the Tun Wu Ju Tao Yao Mên Lun and Tsung Ching Record

ISBN 13: 978-0946672035

ISBN 10: 0946672035

Buddhist Publishing Group Published: 1962, 1987
Paperback, 188 pages. £8.95 / $16.95

Rendered into English by John Blofeld Foreword by Charles Luk This eighth-century classic is a complete translation of Hui Hai’s teachings. He was one of the early Chan/Zen masters (along with Ma Tsu and Huang Po) following on from Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch.

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Sudden Illumination means deliverance while still in this life. How shall I make you understand that? You may be compared to lion cubs, which are genuine lions from the time of their birth; for, with those who undertake to become suddenly illumined, it is just like that. The moment they practise it, they enter the Buddha-stage, just as the shoots put forth by bamboos in spring will have grown to resemble the parent plants without the least difference remaining even before spring has departed. Continue reading

Fingers and Moons

 Fingers and Moons, by Trevor LeggettFingers and Moons

by Trevor Leggett

ISBN 13: 978-0946672073
ISBN 10: 0946672075

Buddhist Publishing Group
Published: 1988, reprint 2011
Paperback, 144 pages.

£10.95 / $16.95

With many varied analogies, stories and incidents, Trevor Leggett points to the truth beyond words, beyond explanations and methods. Indeed, the book itself is like ‘a finger pointing at the moon’.

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Perfect Wisdom: Prajnaparamita Texts

Perfect Wisdom: Prajnaparamita TextsPerfect Wisdom: Prajnaparamita Texts

Translated by Edward Conze

ISBN 13: 9780946672288
ISBN 10: 0946672288

Buddhist Publishing Group
Published: 1973 and 2003
Paperback, 284 pages.

£15.95 / $24.95

The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras (The Short Prajnaparamita Texts) were composed in India between approximately 100 BC and AD 600. Those contained within this volume, of about forty texts, are among the shorter ones; they are also some of the most well known such as The Heart Sutra, Perfection of Wisdom in 500 lines, The Diamond Sutra, and Perfection of Wisdom in 700 lines.

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The Old Zen Master

 The Old Zen Master, by Trevor Leggett
The Old Zen Master

by Trevor Leggett

ISBN 13: 978-0946672073
ISBN 10: 0946672075

Buddhist Publishing Group
Published: 1987, reprint 2010
Paperback 194 pages

£10.95 / $16.95

Stories, parables, and examples have been a favoured way of conveying spiritual insights and truths since time immemorial, and Trevor Leggett was a master at it. He had the knack of pointing out the spiritual implications of practical events which people can relate to.

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