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Radical Compassion: Shambhala Publications Authors on the Path of Boundless Love

What is compassion? Much more than just being nice, compassion is about looking deeply at ourselves and others and recognizing the fundamental goodness we all share. It’s about opening up to the vulnerable space inside every one of us and letting our barriers down. And it’s about daring to be present to ourselves and others...

Zen Prayers For Repairing Your Life

Tai Sheridan’s ‘Zen Prayers’ addresses what is unsettled within you and cultivates integrity and virtue. Zen prayer includes intimacy with the ground of Being, making yourself whole through honest self-reflection, clarifying your deepest spiritual intentions, wishing for the welfare of the world, and affirming the essential goodness of people and life. Prayer can release you...

Buddhism For Beginners: Learn The Way Of The Buddha & Take Your First Steps On The Noble Path

A Beginner’s Guide To Understanding & Practicing Buddhism Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest spiritual traditions — having existed for more than 2500 years. It’s currently practiced by more than 480 million people all across the globe. While countless religions have been abandoned through the centuries, the insights and practices of Buddhism are still...

Oh Dear Happiness! The lost treasure of contentment

This story is about a man called Ramesh and his greed for money. Ramesh lives in a remote village. His father is a farmer who earns little. Since his childhood, Ramesh hated being poor. Things take a turn when his father dies. He owes his father’s death to their extreme poverty. His father’s death forces...

The Essence of Buddhism

This book describes the basic principles of Buddhism. Much has been written about Buddhism and how to practice it. Readers will have no difficulty finding hundreds of books on the topic. This book simply focuses on the essence of Buddhism, as expressed in the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path. Buddhism is not a...

Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom – Volume 1 Sutra

Introduction and Encouragement This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The author says: “Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all...

The Zen Wheel of Life Mantra: A Song of Luminous Wisdom and Love

Zen Priest and Poet Tai Sheridan’s Wheel of Life Mantra is a poetic expression of the Bhavacakra, an ancient mandala that presents the most significant wisdom teachings of Buddhism. It is used to contemplate the causes and conditions of suffering, and as a guide to non-dual wisdom, loving kindness, compassion, and equanimity. The Wheel is...

Beyond Anger: How to Hold On to Your Heart and Your Humanity in the Midst of Injustice

In July 2013, multiple bombs exploded in Bodh Gaya, India, in and around the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage site, the Mahabodhi temple that marks the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment. In response, Shambhala Publications offers this free eBook consisting of excerpts from some of our books from a variety of Buddhist traditions that encapsulate values...

Mounataatparyam: A new Indian text on Mahayana Buddhism

New Indian text on Mahayana Buddhism dealing with subjects like shunyata (emptiness), nairatmaya (non-self), vijnaana maatra (consciousness only) and dharma (virtue, ethics, morals etc) – especially in the context of the Atman theory propounded by the Advaita school of Vedanta which is the most dominant school of philosophy in India.

Rice Eyes: Enlightenment in Dogen’s Kitchen

A poetic presentation of Dogen’s essay Tenzo Kyokun, Instructions to the Cook, by Zen Priest and Poet Tai Sheridan. ‘Rice Eyes’ is a metaphor for the non-dual world, the essential Buddhist experience of oneness. Dogen uses the role of Tenzo, or head cook, to demonstrate how to live, work, and experience a spiritual life that...

Jataka Tales: Volume 2: Folk Tales of the Buddha’s Previous Lives

The Jātaka Tales are the Buddhist equivalent of Aesop’s Fables. They are morality stories. In the Buddhist cultures of that time, these were the stories that children grew up hearing. They were the popular entertainment of their time. Families would gather together in the evening after the day’s work was done and share these tales....

Metaphor and Literalism in Buddhism: The Doctrinal History of Nirvana (Oxford Centre for Buddist Studies)

Soonil Hwang studies the doctrinal development of nirvana in the Pali Nikaaya and subsequent tradition and compares it with the Chinese aagama and its traditional interpretation. He clarifies early doctrinal developments of Nirvana and traces the word and related terms back to their original metaphorical contexts, elucidating diverse interpretations and doctrinal and philosophical developments in...

The Secret of Secrets ( interview with the deadman ) 1 Part

This is the first part of the incredible interview to Uncle Max. Uncle Max was a mysterious, unknown and powerfull western mystic, who died 4 years ago. This first work is part of a project called “The testament of Uncle Max”. Nobody has ever been so frank, trustful in the other people’s comprehension, and exhaustive...

Secrets of True Happiness

Poet-Philosopher and Zen Priest Tai Sheridan’s ‘Secrets of True Happiness’ is a short, simple, and straight forward guide to becoming Truly Happy by living wisely. When you are truly happy you can be at ease in the world as a Buddha in Blue Jeans: a person of presence, openness, love, and benefit. Topics include True...

Relax, You’re Going to Die

A contemporary and contemplative spiritual exploration of Death, by best selling author, Poet-philosopher, and Zen priest Tai Sheridan, Ph.D. Beneath the surface, many anxieties, worries, and fears are associated with death. ‘Relax, You Are Going To Die’ is an invitation to examine your relationship with death and your ability to live with grace and dynamic...

The Little Book of Buddhist Mindfulness & Concentration (The Little Books on Buddhism 5)

The Little Book on Buddhist Mindfulness & Concentration builds on the basic Buddhist practice that is described in the previous books in this series. This Little Book begins by describing the practice of mindfulness. The word “mindfulness” has been greatly distorted in its imported, Western version. It is usually taught as something like “non-judgmental awareness”...

The Bare Bones Dhammapada: Big Mind Big Love

The well loved Dhammapada is one of the oldest Buddhist texts on walking the path of enlightenment, love, integrity, and kindness. It contains four hundred twenty-three aphorisms attributed to Buddha, although they were most likely compiled by many. Poet and Zen priest Tai Sheridan transforms the original using contemporary and minimalistic images that cut to...

Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom – Volume 2 Tantra

Introduction and Encouragement This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (the Kindle Store sets the minimum price at 99 cents and also additional taxes are added in many countries). The author says: “Through reading and...

An Introduction to the Way of the Buddha: Buddhism for Beginners

An Introduction to the Way of the Buddha: Buddhism for Beginners Do you want to learn about Buddhism but don’t have the time? Are you confused about the Buddhist religion and don’t know where to start? Do you want to get a feel about the Buddhist religion before you take it further? Look no further,...

The Little Book of Buddhist Virtue: The Buddha’s teachings on happiness through skillful conduct (The Little Books of Buddhism 2)

In the Buddha’s system of teaching, the foundation for his entire path is the practice of virtue. This includes his instructions on ethics and morality, as well as the often misunderstood teachings on karma. The Little Book of Buddhist Virtue shows the many contexts in which the Buddha described the practice of virtue. These include...

The Little Book of the Life of the Buddha (The Little Books on Buddhism 3)

In the centuries that followed the Buddha’s death there were many fanciful and mythologized accounts of his life. Unfortunately these stories gained traction, and even today movies and television programs are often based on these accounts. The Little Book of the Life of the Buddha goes back to the original sources in order to reconstruct...