Collected by the author over many years, these stories from the yoga and Zen traditions are the flint and steel that strike a spark that lights up the mind with insights that one should ponder daily to bring to light ever deeper meaning. They may be similar in intent to Zen koans - but they are rather different in content. In many Zen koans, someone says or does something extraordinarily inappropriate, which catches your attention just because it's extraordinary - but afterwards the light from them has to be applied to daily life. In contrast, the stories here are often ordinary incidents from ordinary lives (not that there aren't some extraordinary ones too!) that nevertheless open the mind's eye to the vast potential for realisation and inspiration to be found in daily life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Keeble, Madeleine Brolly, Judith Clark, Gerard McDermott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mybk/000300/bk_mybk_000300_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a lotus-filled lake lives a king of fishes, devoted to the happiness and well-being of all the fish in his realm. But one year the lake and all its inhabitants are endangered by a drought. Desperate, the Fish king appeals to the gods and the forces of nature to send a healthy rain. Through the power of his goodness, the lake is restored and all its creatures are saved.
This book tackles one of the most pressing issues facing the world today-child poverty and what to do about it. In particular, it explores the lives of underprivileged and lower class children in India, peering into inherent societal inequalities. It is the world the author has observed firsthand both through her humanitarian work, extensive travel and her experience as the first Public Engagement Officer at an international NGO (Peace-Child India). She worked with slum communities, children's homes and migrant communities in Bangalore, India. Lotus of the Lake incorporates East-West perspectives on faith and poverty, points of view of the poverty stricken and their life experiences. So often, their thoughts, stories, dreams and desires are overlooked. These are the views the author highlights in her book--deep inner realities that only the poverty-stricken themselves can describe. Gill plans to build a safe, harmonious, and educational home for the poverty-stricken children in Southern India. She eventually hopes to catalyze the construction of such homes in every state within India, Africa and other developing countries such as, Haiti. The homes will act as safe havens for children-protecting them from abuse, poverty, malnutrition and neglect--offering them a world of education and hope.
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Exiled from their father's kingdom, three princes travel to the high mountains of India. While bathing in a lotus-filled lake, two of them are captured by a monster. Demonstrating wisdom and compassion, the third prince saves his brothers and inspires the monster to change his ways.
How often do you hear the story of a man who was immaculately born from within a lotus flower with a thousand petals, in the middle of a lake, having been sent as a meteor from the heart of the Boudha of Boundless light? Lotus-Born is the fabulous story of the mystic, master scholar, and outrageous yogi, Padmasambhava, the Lotus-Born, who grew up an adopted prince, was banished, burned at the stake in a neighboring kingdom, and continued miraculously unscathed, wandering through cemeteries, dancing on corpses, and proceeded to live more than five hundred years. He is regarded by the most sane Tibetans as a real, historical figure, the founder of Buddhism in Tibet where he subjugated demons and taught the Buddha's teachings. The complete story of how Buddhism was planted in Tibet is available in English for the first time with the publication of this book. Lotus-Born is a translation of a biography of the great master recorded in the ninth century by his foremost Tibetan disciple, the princess Yeshe Tsogyal. Many of these biographies were concealed as terma treasures to protect them against the changes of time.