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Buddhist books

The Old Zen Master

At the beginning you have to take up a koan riddle. One such is this: ‘What is your true face before father and mother were born’. For one facing the turbulence of life and death, such a koan clears away the sandy soil and opens up the golden treasure which was there from the beginning, the ageless root of all things…

Understanding Karma and Rebirth

Rebirth and reincarnation are generally accepted realities in the East and have been since ancient times. What the next life will be is usually the question rather than whether it will be. In the West, on the other hand, we have our own religious and secular beliefs which usually do not include living another life, or at least not in this world or in this way…

Son master Chinul

Sentient beings deceive themselves through their own actions. They themselves per­ceive that “this is an ordinary man,” “this is a saint,” “this is oneself,” “this is someone else,”…

Let Go of Fire, by Ajahn Sumedho

The human habit of clinging to desire is ingrained. We in the West think of ourselves as sophisticated and educated, but when we really begin to see what is going on in our minds, it is rather frightening-most of us are horribly ignorant…