Light Within

Author: Laurence Freeman
Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
ISBN: 1853118672
Format: PDF, Docs
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The Benedictine monk and writer, Laurence Freeman, took over the mantle of John Main after his death in 1982 and continues the work that he began, teaching Christians from all traditions the simplest way of prayer - meditation. It is simple in that it requires no words, yet encountering God without the safety barrier of our own thoughts and ideas is to open ourselves to total transformation. This collection of talks on Christian meditation is full of practical advice and great spiritual insights in equal measure. It shows how discovering the presence of Christ within through meditative prayer can give shape and purpose to everything we do and are: our actions, emotions, fears, longings, failings and dreams. As John Main taught, the point of this kind of prayer is to allow God's presence to become not just a reality, but the reality of our lives.

A History of Prayer

Author: Roy Hammerling
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004171223
Format: PDF
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Ancient prayers exist in a rich variety of often unexamined forms, and so they require a comprehensive study. This volume includes diverse scholars, who reveal the wondrous breadth of prayerful religious traditions from the first to the fifteenth centuries.

Fully Alive

Author: John Main OSB
Publisher: Canterbury Press
ISBN: 1848255594
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Fully Alive is a new, previously unpublished collection of talks by one of the 20th century’s most influential spiritual teachers: the Benedictine monk, John Main OSB, who reintroduced the practice of contemplative prayer to the church in the West – lost since the era of the Desert Fathers. While living as a monk in India, he was struck by the meditative quality of Eastern religions and sought to introduce the prayer of silence into his own Benedictine tradition. In what was a radical move at the time, he created an open monastic community where lay people came to learn meditative prayer. This, like his other bestselling books, is made up of the simple and inviting talks that drew hundreds of groups right up to his death in 1982. Today, through the worldwide network he founded (the World Community for Christian Meditation) and other emerging groups like Young and Contemplative, many people continue to discover the transformative power of being silent before God.

Prayer and Meditation

Author: Jesus Christ (Spirit)
Publisher: Summit University Press
ISBN: 9780916766191
Format: PDF
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A combination of Christian mysticism and Eastern meditation. Teaches the art of unceasing communion with God and the way of higher meditation to open the heart. 18 Chinese-style prints of great spiritual masters.

Peaceful Death Joyful Rebirth

Author: Tulku Thondup
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834824980
Format: PDF, Docs
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Buddhism teaches that death can be a springboard to enlightenment—yet for all but the most advanced meditators, it will be the gateway to countless future lives of suffering in samsara. Tulku Thondup wrote this guide to help us heal our fear and confusion about death and strengthen our practice in anticipation of this transition, and to help us realize the enlightened goal of ultimate peace and joy—not only for death and rebirth, but for this very lifetime. In simple language, he distills a vast range of sources, including scriptures, classic commentaries, oral teachings, and firsthand accounts. The book includes: • An overview of the dying process, the after-death bardo states, and teachings on why, where, and how we take rebirth • Accounts by Tibetan "near-death experiencers" (delogs), who returned from death with amazing reports of their visions • Ways to train our minds during life, so that at death, all the phenomena before us will arise as a world of peace, joy, and enlightenment • Simple meditations, prayers, and rituals to benefit the dead and dying • Advice for caregivers, helpers, and survivors of the dying This edition includes an audio program providing guided instructions by the author on how to visualize Amitabha Buddha in the Pure Realm; how to receive his blessings; how to visualize transforming your body into light and sound at the time of death; how to share the blessings with compassion for all sentient beings; and how to rest in oneness. By becoming intimate with this practice while we're alive, we can alleviate our fear of death, improve our appreciation of this life, and prepare for death in a very practical way, while planting the seeds for rebirth in the Pure Land.

The Kingdom of God Is Within You

Author: Leo Tolstoy
Publisher: Xist Publishing
ISBN: 1681956829
Format: PDF, Docs
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Turn the Other Cheek “Satan can never be driven out by Satan. Error can never be corrected by error, and evil cannot be vanquished by evil. ” - Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is Within You In The Kingdom of God is Within You, Tolstoy urge the readers to look within themselves to find the answers to questions of morality and shows them why they must reject any sort of violence, even that sanctioned by the state or the church. This book is a startling read which is still relevant today. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes