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Conversations with the Buddha

Paper, 454 Pages
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Conversations with the Buddha originated in a series of talks given at the Buddha Center in 2014-2015 by Tseten Thokmey, the Buddhist name of Alexander Duncan. This book examines the 34 suttas of the Digha Nikaya, the first book of the Sutta Pitaka, comprising the oldest extant introduction to the teachings of Siddattha Gotama the Buddha. Unlike sectarian exegetes, who preselect passages to support their particular theories, Thokmey excludes nothing, collating all relevant texts in order to arrive at a comprehensive evaluation of the whole dharma from a non-sectarian, universalist perspective. Second edition includes eight suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya as a supplement, for a total of 42 dharma talks. “Like listening to the Buddha speak.” Also available in cloth.

 Conversations with the Buddha

Hardcover, 454 Pages
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Conversations with the Buddha originated in a series of talks given at the Buddha Center in 2014-2015 by Tseten Thokmey, the Buddhist name of Alexander Duncan. This book examines the 34 suttas of the Digha Nikaya, the first book of the Sutta Pitaka, comprising the oldest extant introduction to the teachings of Siddattha Gotama the Buddha. Unlike sectarian exegetes, who preselect passages to support their particular theories, Thokmey excludes nothing, collating all relevant texts in order to arrive at a comprehensive evaluation of the whole dharma from a non-sectarian, universalist perspective. Second edition includes eight suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya as a supplement, for a total of 42 dharma talks. “Like listening to the Buddha speak.” Deluxe cloth edition consists of red linen cloth cover with gold stamp and matte dust jacket. Also available in paper.

Fundamental View

Paperback, 200 Pages
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Fundamental View is a series of talks presented to the members of the Buddha Center in the summer and fall of 2013. Fundamental View weaves together the suttas of the Buddha into an original philosophical essay that seeks to explore early Buddhist thought by means of a close analysis of the texts, meticulously thought out yet holistically interpreted. Fundamental View explores universal underlying patterns of meaning that are difficult to discount and cast valuable light on how Buddhist thought originated, from a perspective that is open-minded yet lucidly critical and critically relevant. Also available in hardcover.

Fundamental View

Hardcover, 200 Pages
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Fundamental View is a series of talks presented to the members of the Buddha Center in the summer and fall of 2013. Fundamental View weaves together the suttas of the Buddha into an original philosophical essay that seeks to explore early Buddhist thought by means of a close analysis of the texts, meticulously thought out yet holistically interpreted. Fundamental View explores universal underlying patterns of meaning that are difficult to discount and cast valuable light on how Buddhist thought originated, from a perspective that is open-minded yet lucidly critical and critically relevant. Also available in paperback.

Theragatha

Hardcover, 462 Pages
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Bhikkhu Sujato has published 6 books on early Buddhist thought. His groundbreaking new translation of the Theragatha is a collection of poetry of the early elder monks. The poems are presented in clear modern English, without recourse to hybrid idioms or technical obscurities, while retaining the symbolic depth and enthusiasm of the original teachings. It is approachable by laypersons and scholars alike, and deserves close study from anyone desiring to thoroughly understand the tenor of early Buddhist teaching. The poems are arranged from shortest to longest, with each section named after the number of stanzas in each poem, except for the final chapter. Of the translation, Bhikkhu Sujato writes, “My aim was to make a translation that is first and foremost readable, so that this astonishing work of ancient spiritual insight might enjoy the wider audience it so richly deserves.” Note: Copyright pertains to front and back cover and internal page design, including fonts, font sizes, page layout, etc.

The Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts

Paperback, 158 Pages
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The book is essentially a collection of short articles that gather much of what we know about the historical background of Early Buddhism into one place. We believe that the debate on the authenticity of the texts in academic circles has been badly skewed by an unscientific emphasis on extreme scepticism, and it is time for the pendulum to swing back.

The Secret Wisdom of 666

Paperback, 241 Pages
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Vilified by the British tabloid press as “The Wickedest Man in the World,” Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) became a legend in his own lifetime. Decades ahead of his time, Crowley was a wealthy libertine, poet and intellectual who spent a fortune of £100,000 in the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. Reviled during his lifetime as a monster, Crowley’s reputation for evil has diminished as the social mores of Victorian England recede. But the legend of the Beast 666, the Wickedest Man in the World, persists, with the surprising result that it has spawned a Crowley cult of rock stars and fans who are more attracted to the legend than to Crowley himself! Of course, these are the ones that attract the most media attention. Unfortunately, this sensationalistic popularization of Crowley masks the real depth and range of Crowley’s attainments. Secret Wisdom of 666 strips away the legend and reveals Crowley in a completely new light. 666 is an inspired work of Thelemic hermeneutics. Also available in hardcover.

The Secret Wisdom of 666

Hardcover, 241 Pages
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Vilified by the British tabloid press as “The Wickedest Man in the World,” Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) became a legend in his own lifetime. Decades ahead of his time, Crowley was a wealthy libertine, poet and intellectual who spent a fortune of £100,000 in the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. Reviled during his lifetime as a monster, Crowley’s reputation for evil has diminished as the social mores of Victorian England recede. But the legend of the Beast 666, the Wickedest Man in the World, persists, with the surprising result that it has spawned a Crowley cult of rock stars and fans who are more attracted to the legend than to Crowley himself! Of course, these are the ones that attract the most media attention. Unfortunately, this sensationalistic popularization of Crowley masks the real depth and range of Crowley’s attainments. The Secret Wisdom of 666 strips away the legend and reveals Crowley in a completely new light. 666 is an inspired work of Thelemic hermeneutics. Also available in softcover.

They Laugh at Us Here

Paperback, 101 Pages
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Babaji Bob Kindler says, Stockwell’s poetry is “… frank and revealing into the heart of a devotee of Mother Kali and Sri Ramakrishna. Books such as this demonstrate both the value and the efficacy of time spent in spiritual pursuits – a singular pastime that is fast becoming rare in this day and time.” Carol Stockwell’s poetic debut depicts a delightfully energetic, modern search for God, and the difficulty of reconciling the language of the old religions with modern spiritual aspirations. Stockwell has glimpsed the sublime tenants, and has brought back with her shining, laughing testimonials of a world more childlike and free.

Buddhist Self-Ordination: A Dharma Strategy for the West

Paperback, 60 Pages
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This booklet explores the Dharma Transmission to the West from its origin in 1908 with the First Buddhist Mission to the West to the arrival of today’s Asian immigrant teachers and schools, and asks the fundamental question: What is the right relationship between the DTW and the West? Is the West merely a passive receiver of dharma, or will the DTW transform Buddhism itself? The author seeks for the answer in Buddhist history, and finds it in the Mahayana rite of self-ordination, which he presents in a close English paraphrase of the Tibetan rite together with an essay on the relationship between the Mahayana precepts and the Vinaya.

Khatas

Paperback, 44 Pages
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Khata is the common Tibetan term for a fine silk scarf that is given or exchanged as a token of friendship and respect. They are also thrown during spiritual celebrations. When given to a lama it is returned, charged with the power of holiness. This editon is revised (2013). Hear it read by the author on Archives.

Excrescence of Bacchus

Paperback, 41 Pages
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Alexander Duncan’s second book of poems builds on the metaphysical and Buddhist themes of Khatas, originally published by Chroniker Press at the beginning of 2012. Excrescence of Bacchus is a frank and passionate exploration of the mind of the poet, which ranges widely from the pop music of Tom Waits to the bankruptcy of Western civilization to love and sex to morality, mortality, immortality, and the eternal quest for the self. Simultaneously lyrical and cerebral, radical and traditional, spiritual and carnal, Excrescence of Bacchus explores the enduring spirit of art and artistry in the face of the dehumanization and mediocrity of contemporary “man.” Thirty years in the making, Duncan is a major new voice in Canadian poetry. Both a warning and a promise, Excrescence of Bacchus is a testament to the enduring power of the human spirit that, like life itself, and despite all odds, comes to fruition in the most surprising and inhospitable environments.

Epitome of the Pali Canon

Paperback, 256 Pages
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This book is an authorized reprint of Wikipedia articles pertaining to the Pali Canon, the oldest collection of Buddhist scriptures. Included are articles on Pali, the Early Buddhist Schools, and many suttas and other parts of the Vinaya, Sutta, and Abhidhamma Pitakas. This book presents a comprehensive and in depth overview of the Pali Canon in a convenient collection.

The Science of Getting Rich Centenary Edition

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The Science of Getting Rich Centenary Edition

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Wallace Wattles (b. 1860) embarked upon a uniquely American journey into the roots of his own failures. In 1908, three years before his passing at the age of 51, Wattles achieved his goal of personal financial success, and wrote The Science of Getting Rich. He also ran for office as a Christian socialist in 1908 and 1911 and left behind a daughter, Florence, who wrote: “His life was truly THE POWERFUL LIFE, and surely we can say, at least in Elwood, ‘The name of him who loved his fellow men led all the rest.'” Read now The Science of Getting Rich that inspired the film The Secret. Apply its principles to your own life, for the text of this little book is as timeless and clear as it was when it was first written a hundred years ago. Alexander Duncan has added a foreword in which he explores the world view of Wallace Wattles from the perspective of developments in the science of mind since Wattles’s death (only available in this special Centenary Edition published by Chroniker).

The Science of Getting Rich Centenary Edition

Paperback, 114 Pages
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Wallace Wattles (b. 1860) embarked upon a uniquely American journey into the roots of his own failures. In 1908, three years before his passing at the age of 51, Wattles achieved his goal of personal financial success, and wrote The Science of Getting Rich. He also ran for office as a Christian socialist in 1908 and 1911 and left behind a daughter, Florence, who wrote: “His life was truly THE POWERFUL LIFE, and surely we can say, at least in Elwood, ‘The name of him who loved his fellow men led all the rest.'” Read now The Science of Getting Rich that inspired the film The Secret. Apply its principles to your own life, for the text of this little book is as timeless and clear as it was when it was first written a hundred years ago. Alexander Duncan has added a foreword in which he explores the world view of Wallace Wattles from the perspective of developments in the science of mind since Wattles’s death (only available in this special Centenary Edition published by Chroniker).