Stepping Out of Self-Deception

The Buddha's Liberating Teaching of No-Self

Author: Rodney Smith

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834822962

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Anatta is the Buddhist teaching on the nonexistence of a permanent, independent self. It’s a notoriously puzzling and elusive concept, usually leading to such questions as, "If I don’t have a self, who’s reading this sentence?" It’s not that there’s no self there, says Rodney Smith. It’s just that the self that is reading this sentence is a configuration of elements that at one time did not exist and which at some point in the future will disperse. Even in its present existence, it’s more a temporary arrangement of components rather than something solid. Anatta is a truth the Buddha considered to be absolutely essential to his teaching. Smith shows that understanding this truth can change the way you relate to the world, and that the perspective of selflessness is critically important for anyone involved in spiritual practice. Seeing it can be the key to getting past the idea that spirituality has something to do with self-improvement, and to accessing the joy of deep insight into reality.


A Paradigm Shift of the Heart

Author: Rodney Smith

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829630

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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What is enlightenment? Rodney Smith’s answer to that elusive question offers an explanation not only of the radical shift in perception that the word enlightenment connotes, but of the entire topography of the journey from beginning to end, of the multiple ways we undermine the very growth we seek, and of the awakened life that ultimately arises out of the new consciousness.

Step Out of Your Story

Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life

Author: Kim Schneiderman

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608682323

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 209

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Every life is an unfolding story and how individuals tell their story matters. Recent Stanford and Columbia University studies showed that how we view the story of our lifeshapes the life itself. Who are the heroes and villains? Where does the plot twist and how are conflicts resolved? Whether we are considering how a job was lost, a relationship clicked, or a dream deferred, we have the ability to empower ourselves or turn ourselves into hapless victims. Kim Schneiderman knows the power of story as both a therapist and a writer. Her clients often tell their stories in ways that keep them stuck but when they employ the storytelling techniques here, they view their lives as works in progress, become powerful narrators, and understand big picture storylines in ways that allow them to easily develop their own character, shape their actions and relationships, and create fulfilling happy endings.”

Lessons from the Dying

Author: Rodney Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861718917

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

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Are a person's perceptions and values altered when facing the end of life? Do the dying see the world in a way that could help the rest of us learn how to live? This book takes us into the lessons of the dying. Through the words and circumstances of the terminally ill, we become immersed in their wisdom and in our own mortality. The dying speak to us in direct and personal ways, pointing toward a wise and sane way to live. In everyday language we can all understand, Rodney Smith extends the conversation about death to people of all ages and states of health. Through exercises and guided meditative reflections at the end of each chapter, the lessons of the dying become a blueprint for our own growth.

The Art of Self-Deception

Author: William Kronick

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1456762117

Category: Art

Page: 224

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Before turning to novel-writing, William Kronick enjoyed a long career as both a documentary and theatrical filmmaker. As writer-director, his highlyacclaimed Network Specials ranged from the National Geographic's Alaska! to six Plimpton! entertainments to Mysteries of the Great Pyramid. In thefeature arena, he directed the comedy, The 500 Pound Jerk, and the Second Unit on such major productions as King Kong (1976), Flash Gordon and others.His first novel, The Cry of Sirens (2004) was followed by Cooley Wyatt, then N. Y. / L. A. All three explore, in the framework of morality tales, thedynamics of authentic artistic talent, celebrity and commerce in our modern culture. Each one centers on a violent act involving a physical or moralcrime committed by the protagonist; both he and the reader must decide what represents appropriate justice. His fourth novel, All Stars Die, tells oftwo lovers for whom morality is not the issue, but their dark secrets are. The Art of Self-Deception returns to the themes of Mr. Kronick's first three novels.
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The Self Delusion

The Surprising Science of Our Connection to Each Other and the Natural World

Author: Tom Oliver

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 147461177X

Category: Science

Page: 304

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We are much more connected to nature and each other than it seems. We perceive ourselves as autonomous, discrete individuals with an unchanging inner self that persists throughout our lifetime, but this is an illusion. On a physical, psychological and cultural level, we are all much more intertwined than we know: we cannot use our bodies to define our independent existence because most of our 37 trillion cells have such a short lifespan that we are essentially made anew every few weeks; the molecules that make up our bodies have already been component parts of countless other organisms, from ancient plants to dinosaurs; we are more than half non-human, in the form of bacteria, fungi and viruses, whose genes influence our moods and even manipulate our behaviour; and we cannot define ourselves by our minds, thoughts and actions, because these mainly originate from other people - the result of memes passing between us, existing before, after and beyond our own lifespans. Professor of Ecology Tom Oliver makes the compelling argument that although this illusion of individualism has helped us to succeed as a species, tackling the big global challenges ahead now relies on our seeing beyond this mindset and understanding the complex connections between us. THE SELF DELUSION is an explosive, powerful and inspiring book that brings to life the overwhelming evidence contradicting the perception we have of ourselves as independent beings - and why understanding this may well be the key to a better future.

Touching the Infinite

A New Perspective on the Buddha's Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Author: Rodney Smith

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834841185

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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A prominent Insight Meditation teacher explores the profound implications of the traditional Buddhist teaching on the four areas to which mindfulness is applied as a means to liberation. Awakening manifests through the application of mindfulness to four areas: body, feelings, mind, and dharmas. Buddhists of all the traditions share this principle found in the Satipatthana Sutta, which has been expounded upon since the time of the Buddha himself. Rodney Smith challenges us to hold this teaching up against our own experience, and in doing so to discover the inherent interconnection of all Four Foundations. They are revealed to be a sequential path leading the practitioner from the world of form to the joyous perception of the formless. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness thus serve as a road map for any genuine spiritual path.

The Stepping Out in Faith

Author: John Ortberg,Kevin Harney,Sherry Harney

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780310249320

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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The OTC curriculum kit has 7-9 lessons. This second kit covers the historical books and includes everything you need to preach 7 sermons (that’s less than $30 per week!). Lesson titles: · Joshua: The Law of the First Step · The Old Testament and Holy War · Identifying Spiritual Entropy · Intercepting Spiritual Entropy · Samuel: Learning to Listen to God · Saul: Where Is Your Confidence? · Finding Jesus in the Old TestamentContents: • Teacher’s Guide containing material from Ortberg’s weekly teachings for pastors and/or teachers • Discussion Guide focusing on specific passages from the Old Testament, designed for weekly or bi-weekly use and including leader’s notes • DVD and VHS Video presenting an OTC “vision-casting” message from Ortberg, a promotional piece for churches, and creative elements to use during the OTC message • CD-ROM providing 7 PowerPointÆ presentations for use with each of the OTC messages. It also contains 40 FAQ sheets answering tough questions from the Old Testament for use on your Website or to be printed in hard copy • Audio Sermons CD containing 7 messages preached by John OrtbergIn addition to the kit, 2 other resources are available: • Implementation Guide for starting the entire Old Testament Challenge • Taking the Old Testament Challenge reading guide

The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa: Volume Six

Glimpses of Space; Orderly Chaos; Secret Beyond Thought; The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Commentary; Transcending Madness; Selected Writings

Author: Chogyam Trungpa

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821552

Category: Religion

Page: 640

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The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa brings together in eight volumes the writings of one of the first and most influential and inspirational Tibetan teachers to present Buddhism in the West. Organized by theme, the collection includes full-length books as well as articles, seminar transcripts, poems, plays, and interviews, many of which have never before been available in book form. From memoirs of his escape from Chinese-occupied Tibet to insightful discussions of psychology, mind, and meditation; from original verse and calligraphy to the esoteric lore of tantric Buddhism—the impressive range of Trungpa's vision, talents, and teachings is showcased in this landmark series. Volume Six contains advanced teachings on the nature of mind and tantric experiences. Chögyam Trungpa's commentary on the Tibetan Book of the Dead explains what this classic text teaches about human psychology. Transcending Madness presents a unique view of the Tibetan concept of bardo. Orderly Chaos explains the inner meaning of the mandala. Secret Beyond Thought presents teachings on the five chakras and the four karmas. Glimpses of Space consists of two seminars: "The Feminine Principle" and "Evam." In the article "Femininity," the author presents a playful look at the role of feminine energy in Buddhist teachings. "The Bardo," based on teachings given in England in the 1960s, has not been available in published form for many years.


Opt Out of Delusion, Tune In to Truth

Author: Josh Korda

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614293066

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 6785


A three-step guide to recovery from addiction to consumerism, self-deception, and life as you thought it had to be. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Josh Korda left his high-powered advertising job—and a life of drug and alcohol addiction—to find a more satisfying way to live. In Unsubscribe, he shares his three-step guide to recovery from addiction to consumerism, self-deception, and life as you thought it had to be. (1) Reprioritize your goals, away from a materialist vocation toward a fulfilling avocation (2) Understand yourself and your emotional needs (3) Connect authentically with others, leading to secure relationships and true community. Revolutionary, compassionate, and filled with wonderfully practical exercises, Josh will help you lead a more authentic, more fulfilling life.