The Complete Idiot s Guide to Understanding Buddhism

Author: Gary Gach
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1592572774
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Reference

An introduction to the teachings, concepts, schools, and practices of Buddhism explains the creation of the Buddhist universe, life of the Buddha, and enlightenment as a path to freedom from suffering.

Idiot s Guides Buddhism 3rd Edition

Author: Gary Gach
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101105818
Release Date: 2009-06-02
Genre: Philosophy

Reach Your Zen Moment! The latest edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Buddhism updates one of Alpha Books's most successful books in the religion/spirituality category, providing extensive information on both understanding the teachings and schools of Buddhism and incorporating the tenets of Buddhism into everyday life. It also includes additional information on Buddhism's effect on popular arts and sciences, the continuing relevance of the Dalai Lama, and an annotated bibliography. - With Buddhism as one of America's fastest growing religions, the audience continues to renew itself - Covers all four schools of Buddhism: Zen,Tibetan, Pure Land, and Insight Meditation, which are not in competitors' books - For thousands of years, Buddhism has been a source of inner peace and security for millions Download a sample chapter.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Zen Living

Author: Eve Adamson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101199084
Release Date: 2000-12-11
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

As an adult who leads a busy life, you have to deal with the stresses of home, work, and family. The Buddhist idea of Zen seeks to help you reduce stress so that you can remain calm when conflicts arise. This book begins with the basics, telling you what Zen is and how you can use it to deal with the situations that come up in your fast-paced life.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to World Religions

Author: Brandon Toropov
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1592572227
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Religion

Presents an overview of the world's major religions, and answers questions about the history, rituals, celebrations, structure, holy documents, and deities of major and lesser-known religions.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Understanding Einstein

Author: Gary Moring
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1592571859
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Science

Offer a basic introduction to physics and explains Einstein's scientific theories in laymen's terms, including his theory of general relativity and exploration of quantum mechanics.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to World Religions 4th Edition

Author: Brandon Toropov
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101514764
Release Date: 2011-05-03
Genre: Religion

The updated guide to differences - and similarities - of faiths around the world. In this revised and updated edition of the popular guide to the many faiths followed around the world, modern and ancient religions are extensively covered as well as New Thought religions. This edition also now features a chapter on Sikhism, more coverage of religious extremism in the 21st century, a new chapter on the afterlife, and additional online resources making it the most up-to-date volume available. ? Outdoes the competition with more chapters on current and ancient religions ? Appeals to students, theologists, and those generally interesting in religions around the world.

Becoming Kuan Yin

Author: Stephen Levine
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 9781609259198
Release Date: 2013-09-01
Genre: Philosophy

In his long career as a poet, Buddhist teacher, spiritual advisor, and writer, Stephen Levine has changed our understanding of death and dying. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine’s first new book in many years, he turns to the legend of Kuan Yin, the Bbodhistitva venerated by East Asian Buddhists for her compassion. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine shares the tale of Miao Shan, born centuries ago to a cruel king who wanted her to marry a wealthy but uncaring man. This is the story of how Miao Shan refused to follow the path her father had in mind and, instead, became Kuan Yin, the first acknowledged female Buddha who watches over the dying and those who work with them. Levine weaves together story and practice and helps readers discover their own infinite capacity for mercy and compassion under difficult circumstances. This book will have resonance for Kuan Yin's millions of followers.

Chan Buddhism

Author: Peter D. Hershock
Publisher: Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd
ISBN: 0824827805
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Religion

Chan Buddhism has become paradigmatic of Buddhist spirituality. Known in Japan as Zen and in Korea as Son, it is one of the most strikingly iconoclastic spiritual traditions in the world. This succinct and lively work clearly expresses the meaning of Chan as it developed in China more than a thousand years ago and provides useful insights into the distinctive aims and forms of practice associated with the tradition, including its emphasis on the unity of wisdom and practice; the reality of "sudden awakening"; the importance of meditation; the use of "shock tactics"; the centrality of the teacher-student relationship; and the celebration of enlightenment narratives, or koans. Unlike many scholarly studies, which offer detailed perspectives on historical development, or guides for personal practice written by contemporary Buddhist teachers, this volume takes a middle path between these two approaches, weaving together both history and insight to convey to the general reader the conditions, energy, and creativity that characterize Chan. Following a survey of the birth and development of Chan, its practices and spirituality are fleshed out through stories and teachings drawn from the lives of four masters: Bodhidharma, Huineng, Mazu, and Linji. Finally, the meaning of Chan as a living spiritual tradition is addressed through a philosophical reading of its practice as the realization of wisdom, attentive mastery, and moral clarity.

Contemplating Reality

Author: Andy Karr
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834823761
Release Date: 2007-04-10
Genre: Religion

This book is for intermediate and advanced Buddhist practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding by joining practice with study of traditional ideas. It introduces the reader to contemplations that investigate a series of views of reality as they evolved in the Buddhist tradition. These views are explained in plain English, with contemporary metaphors and examples to bring out their meaning for modern Buddhists. Quotations from both historical and living meditation masters and scholars are presented as examples of key principles. Topics include: • Egolessness • Appearances and reality • Methods of investigation • Enlightenment • Tenets of different schools through the centuries • The root of compassion • The origin of thoughts Guided exercises encourage the reader to trust in experiential understanding through deep contemplation of complex concepts. The book is structured as a guide for the reader’s journey. For more information on the author, Andy Karr, visit his blog at For more information about this book, please visit

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Understanding Islam 2nd Edition

Author: Yahiya Emerick
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101097427
Release Date: 2004-11-02
Genre: Religion

An up-close and up-to-date look at an often misunderstood faith. This completely revised and updated guide explores the tenets of the Qu'ran (A.K.A 'Koran'), examines the history of the religion and its relationship to Christianity and Judaism, and features an expanded section on the true story behind 'jihad'. It explores Islamic views on war and terrorism, including the Muslim perspective on the tragic events of September 11, and the subsequent U.S. presence in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Excellent sales for the 1st Editrion. Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, with more than six million devoted followers. Features an expanded section on women in Islam, including their status within the Taliban, and the Islamic practice of polygamy.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Eastern Philosophy

Author: Jay Stevenson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0028638204
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: Philosophy

You're no idiot, of course. You know Eastern philosophy encompasses many countries and concepts, but when it comes to breaking down the basics—to discuss with others or for your own enlightenment—you can't tell Confucius from Krishna. Don't nix nirvana just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Eastern Philosophy is an extensive, reader-friendly guide that maps out the terrain along the various paths of knowledge. In this Complete Idiot's Guide®, you get:

What Book

Author: Gary Gach
Publisher: Parallax Press
ISBN: 9780938077923
Release Date: 1998-05-01
Genre: Poetry

Now in its third printing, this visionary project received the 1999 American Book Award. Topics included the Three Jewels, pacifism, engagement, innovation, nature, song, and silence. What Book? contains forms ranging from picture poems and calligraphy, guided meditations, and rambling journals, to conceptual and performance art, arias, and haiku.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Mindfulness

Author: Anne Ihnen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1592577679
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Whether you can meditate or not, you can always be mindful! Mindfulness embraces a Buddhist concept of living in the moment. Using mindfulness for everyday living is a powerful tool for adding meaning to life, for solving problems both physical and emotional, and for increasing self-awareness. When a person lives mindfully, he or she is open, honest, and active-there is no room for passivity or holding back. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Mindfulnessis a complete guide for the many people turning to mindfulness as a balancing force in their lives as a way to cope with bombarding information, anxiety, stress, and pressure in their 24-hour, real-time days. Increasing studies of mindfulness techniques show that they can reduce physical pain and alleviate stress, and those techniques can be practiced anywhere-at home, at school, or at work. Mindfulness is more than mediation, and you don't have to be a Zen master to practice it!

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Hinduism 2nd Edition

Author: Linda Johnsen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101052570
Release Date: 2009-05-05
Genre: Religion

A new look at an ancient religion. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Hinduism, Second Edition, contains updated and expanded information on how the religion developed from its very fragmented origins, the basic Hindu beliefs, and the multiple Hindu deities, as well as the sociological aspects of the religion including ethics, sacraments, dietary habits, the caste system, and much more. ? Hinduism is the third-largest religion in the world, with over 765 million followers worldwide ? Updated information on the state of Hinduism today ? An exploration of the Hindu paths to enlightenment including karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, tantra and laya yoga ? Expanded information on the Hindu Reformation

Buddhism 101

Author: Arnie Kozak
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781507204344
Release Date: 2017-08-01
Genre: Religion

Learn everything you need to know about Buddhism in this clear and straightforward new guide. Buddhism was founded thousands of years ago, and has inspired millions of people with its peaceful teachings. Buddhism 101 highlights and explains the central concepts of Buddhism to the modern reader, with information on mindfulness, karma, The Four Noble Truths, the Middle Way, and more. Whether you’re just looking to understand Buddhism or explore the philosophy in your own life and own journey to Enlightenment, this book gives you everything you need to know!