Buddhist Meditation Books

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Kundalini: Path to Higher Consciousness
Kundalini: Path to Higher Consciousness
  • Publisher : Orient Paperbacks
  • By : Gopi Krishna
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 1993
  • Pages : 203
  • Weight : 180 gm
  • Size : 7 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8122201504
  • ISBN-13: 978-8122201505
'Kundalini represents the cosmic vital energy lying dormant in the human body, coiled around the base of the spine, like a serpent, asleep... When roused, Kundalini rises through the sushumna, the hairline duct rising through the spinal cord, like a streak of lightning carrying with her the vital energy of the body, to join her divine spouse Shiva in the last or seventh center in the brain'. The book, Kundalini, is an xtraordinary autobiographical account of what happens in the body and mind when Kundalini gets aroused. It describes the dangers and difficulties of the spiritual path and the intense pressure it can exert on the physical body. The practice involves classic poses, breath, coordination of breath and movement, meditation.

About the Author

Gopi Krishna was born into a family of Kathak dancers. His maternal grandfather Pandit Sukhdev Maharaj was a teacher of Kathak and his aunt Sitara Devi was a Kathak dancer who has performed around the world. When he was 11 years old, Gopi Krishna began training under his grandfather. He also learned from Shambhu Maharaj. In addition to Kathak, Gopi Krishna learned Bharatanatyam from Mahalingam Pillai and Govind Raj Pillai.[1] Despite suffering from chronic asthma he continued to expand his dance repertoire,[2] receiving the title of "Nataraj" (King of Dancers) at the All Bengal Music Conference at the age of 15.[1] In 1952, 17 year old Gopi Krishna became one of the youngest choreographers in Hindi film history when he was hired to choreograph dances for Madhubala in Saqi.[2] In 1955, he appeared in his first film Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje. In the film he played Girdhar, a talented young dancer whose love for his partner jeopardizes his dancing career. The film was
successful and helped to revitalize public interest in classical dance.[1] He also choreographed many films like Grahasti (1963), Dastaan, Mehbooba, Umrao Jaan, Naache Mayuri (1986) and The Perfect Murder.[3] During the 1960s and 70s, he toured India's border posts, entertaining soldiers with Sunil Dutt's Ajanta Arts Cultural
Troupe.[2] Gopi Krishna later established the Nateshwar Bhavan dance academy and the Nateshwar Nritya Kala Mandir.[2] In 1975 the Indian government awarded him India's fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri. He set a world record for the longest continuous Kathak dance at 9 hours and 20 minutes
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Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism
Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism

Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism discusses the context and contents of the Theravada teachings on love, sympathy, and the collective meditative set of four sublime attitudes (brahmavihara) universal love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. The presentation is based upon the first four of the five collections of Buddha's discourses, a stylistically homogeneous compilation of the earliest strata of Theravada scripture compiled before 350 B.C. After discussing the Pali material relevant to these topics in the first five chapters of this work, the author includes a detailed examination and critique of their position in Chapter Six. His concern is with the motives to social action as well as the psychological and soteriological import of the Theravada teachings on love, sympathy, and the sublime attitudes. Only through seeing these facets can the unique vision of Theravada Buddhism be appreciated.


  • Product Code: BK11559
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   January 1, 2008
  • Pages  :   128
  • Weight   :   220 gm.
  • Size   :   8.4 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Cover   :   Paperback
  • Auther :   Harvey B. Aronson
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN: 8120814037, 978-8120814035
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Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry - The Diamond Healing
Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry - The Diamond Healing

Tibetan medicine is a confluent trinity of the Indic, Hellenic and Sinic traditions of medicine wherein the spatial tangents have met and harmonized. The Diamond Healing illuminates the living order of Tibetan wisdom to bring a universal frame of reference to replace the broken image of mechanical notions of the 19th century.

The book will usher in a new understanding of Indo-Tibetan medicine. It summons its intrepid readers to explore further shores of this
transcendent system, which is a holistic approach viewing the individual as a healthy being in body and mind while disease indicates a disturbance of this homeostasis. Tibetan medicine treats the individual as a whole in which the physical and trans-physical faculties combat the disequilibrium of his total being. Contemporary science has gone a long way to establish that the universe is non-material, matter is energy, space is real and processes are as valid as facts, and that the principle of complementa-rity validates the subjective content of human experience.

Tibetan medicine is a unique and holistic system of healing. It has been continuously practiced for over a thousand years, but has still to take its place in the history of medicine as we know it in the West.

This volume presents for the first time a comprehensive introduction to the arcane Tibetan art of healing. The author has provided a well-documented, original and detailed study of Tibetan psychiatry, the world`s oldest system of medical psychiatry. Translated here--for the first time in English--are three fascinating chapters about mental illness from the rGyud-bzhi, the ancient and most important Tibetan medical work. Reproductions of the rare Tibetan texts are also included. Supplementing these translations are extensive explanations of Tibetan psychiatric theory and treatment drawn from the author`s research and interviews with Tibetan refugee doctors in India and Nepal. Great care has been taken to identify over 90 pharmacological substances used in Tibetan psychiatric medicines, and these are listed in an appendix along with their English and Latin
botanical names.

Deeply researched and clearly written, this work will be of interest to both scholars and general readers in the fields of Buddhist studies, holistic healing, Oriental medicine, transpersonal psychology, ethnopsychiatry and medical anthropology.


 "Based on the holistic Buddhist concept of mind-body, Tibetan medicine is a system of psycho-cosmo-physical healing whose philosophy and healing techniques have much to offer towards the world-wide campaign against disease." TENZIN CHOEDHAR, Personal Physician to H.H. The Dalai Lama

"...a well organized and exceptionally clear introduction to this complex and seemingly esoteric healing system. The book lays special emphasis on the Tibetan medical approach to mental illness-a form of illness for which it has proven particularly successful..."-Yoga Journal

"...the most comprehensive summary of this tradition yet to appear in the English language... an intelligent, balanced, thorough synthesis of information..." - ReVision Magazine

"...intriguing book...Ms. Clifford's thoroughly researched, well-written account would strengthen any library." - Venture Inward

"...an authoritative work on one branch of Ayurvedic medicine." - American Health

"...an important introduction to a rapidly disappearing Eastern medical tradition." - Choice

"...serves to fill a long-felt lacuna in the literature of Asian medicine." - The Johns Hopkins University Pres Bulletin

"This volume presents for the first time a comprehensive introduction to the arcane Tibetan art of healing." - American Journal of Acupuncture

"A very useful book for health practitioners, psychologists and psychiatrists." - International Journal of Humanities & Peace, 1991

"This work presents a clear introduction of this seemingly complex and esoteric system of health." - The Beacon, Nov.-Dec. 1990

  • Product Code: BK8364
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   April 30, 2003
  • Pages  :   288
  • Weight   :   450 kg.
  • Size   :   8.5" x 5.7" x 1" inches
  • Auther :   Terry Clifford
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN: 8120812050, 978-8120812055
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Development in Meditation and State of Consciousness: Zen Brain Reflections
Development in Meditation and State of Consciousness: Zen Brain Reflections

This sequel to the widely read Zen and the Brain continues James Austin's explorations into the key interrelationships between Zen Buddhism and brain research. In Zen-Brain Reflections, Austin, a clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practi-tioner, examines the evolving psycho-logist, researcher, and Zen practi-tioner, examines the evolving psycho-logical processes and brain changes associated with the path of long-range meditative training. Austin draws not only on the latest neuroscience research and new neuroimaging studies but also on Zen literature and his personal experience with alternate states of consciousness.

  • Product Code: BK11555
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   September 30, 2008
  • Pages  :   586
  • Weight   :   1.270 kg.
  • Size   :   9.6 x 7.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Cover   :   Hardcover
  • Auther :   James H. Austin
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN: 8120833481, 9788120833487

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