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The Star Spangled Buddhist

Author : Jeffrey Ourvan
ISBN : 9781626364394
Genre : Religion
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Approximately four million Americans claim to be Buddhist. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of Americans of various faiths read about Buddhism, are interested in its philosophical tenets, or fashionably view themselves as Buddhists. They’re part of what’s been described as the fastest-growing religious movement in America: a large group of people dissatisfied with traditional religious offerings and thirsty for an approach to spirituality grounded in logic and consistent with scientific knowledge. The Star Spangled Buddhist is a provocative look at these American Buddhists through their three largest movements in the United States: the Soka Gakkai International, Tibetan/Vajrayana Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism. The practice of each of these American schools, unlike most traditional Asian Buddhist sects, is grounded in the notion that all people are capable of attaining enlightenment in “this lifetime.” But the differences are also profound: the spectrum of philosophical expression among these American Buddhist schools is as varied as that observed between Reformed, Orthodox, and Hasidic Judaism. The Star Spangled Buddhist isn’t written from the perspective of a monk or academic but rather from the view of author Jeff Ourvan, a lifelong-practicing lay Buddhist. As Ourvan explores the American Buddhist movement through its most popular schools, he arrives at a clearer understanding for himself and the reader about what it means to be—and how one might choose to be—a Buddhist in America.

Why I Am A Buddhist

Author : Stephen T. Asma
ISBN : 1612830412
Genre : Philosophy
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Profound and amusing, this book provides a viable approach to answering the perennial questions: Who am I? Why am I here? How can I live a meaningful life? For Asma, the answers are to be found in Buddhism. There have been a lot of books that have made the case for Buddhism. What makes this book fresh and exciting is Asma’s iconoclasm, irreverence, and hardheaded approach to the subject. He is distressed that much of what passes for Buddhism is really little more than “New Age mush.” He asserts that it is time to “take the California out of Buddhism.” He presents a spiritual practice that does not require a belief in creeds or dogma. It is a practice that is psychologically sound, intellectually credible, and esthetically appealing. It is a practice that does not require a diet of brown rice, burning incense, and putting both your mind and your culture in deep storage. In seven chapters, Asma builds the case for a spiritual practice that is authentic, and inclusive. This is Buddhism for everyone, especially for people who are uncomfortable with religion but yearn for a spiritual practice.

Christianity Before Christ

Author : John G. Jackson
ISBN : 1614278482
Genre : Religion
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2015 Reprint of 1938 Edition. Full Facsimile of the original edition. Not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This early pamphlet is Jackson's first discussion of this important topic, one that he would go on to elaborate upon for the remainder of his life. In it he expounds upon his Afrocentric view that most great ideas had their origin in Africa, especially Egypt. Was there Christianity before Christ? Dr. Jackson explores African culture and reveals how the elements that went into the makings of Christianity did in fact exist thousands of years before the religion 'Christianity' was officially established.

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

Author : Geri Larkin
ISBN : 9780307808134
Genre : Religion
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A humorous and honest collection of Buddhist wisdom from a Western beginner'­s perspective. Instead of promising a straight and clear path to enlightenment, author and teacher Geri Larkin shows us that even stumbling along that path can lead to self-discovery and awakening, especially if we prize the journey and not the destination. With candor, affection, and earthy wisdom, Larkin shares her experiences as a beginning and continuing Buddhist. This spirituality classic shows any seeker that it's possible to stumble, smile, and stay Zen through it all. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Domestication Of Plants In The Old World

Author : Daniel Zohary
ISBN : 9780199549061
Genre : Science
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Reviews the origin and spread of cultivation in southwest Asia, Europe, and northeast Africa, from the very earliest beginnings. This new edition incorporates recent findings from molecular biology and extensive new archaeological data about the spread of agriculture within the region.

The Lady Her Lover And Her Lord

Author : T. D. Jakes
ISBN : NWU:35556028775740
Genre : Religion
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A noted pastor and author of the best-selling Woman, Thou Art Loosed! shares a message of hope and faith that empowers women to restore their relationships--with themselves, their men, and God--without the repercussions of the past. Reprint.

Foods That Cause You To Lose Weight

Author : Neal Barnard, M.D.
ISBN : 9780062652737
Genre : Health & Fitness
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No more counting calories—discover the foods that take the weight off and keep it off with this revolutionary plan. Did you know that certain foods have an incredible negative calorie effect that actually melts fat? This revolutionary approach, outlined by Neal Barnard, M.D., and proven effective by thousands of men and women who have tried it, can bring about the permanent weight control every diet promises but seldom delivers. Find out how, by following the negative calorie plan, you can: Boost your metabolic rate Burn calories more effectively Lower dangerous cholesterol levels Enjoy better health—and protect your heart Eat the delicious foods you love—in the quantities you want Watch the pounds disappear—without stressful dieting or the temptation to binge Dr. Barnard also provides delicious negative calorie recipes that use foods most people already have in their home cupboards. Easy, effective, and satisfying, Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight will bring about the permanent weight control every diet promises but seldom delivers.

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