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Living with the Monks

Living with the Monks

What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus

  • Author: Jesse Itzler
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1478993413
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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Equal parts memoir and road map to living a less stressful and more vibrant life, bestselling author Jesse Itzler offers an illuminating, entertaining, and unexpected trip for anyone looking to feel calmer and more controlled in our crazy, hectic world. Entrepreneur, endurance athlete, and father of four Jesse Itzler only knows one speed: Full Blast. But when he felt like the world around him was getting too hectic, he didn't take a vacation or get a massage. Instead, Jesse moved into a monastery for a self-imposed time-out. In Living with the Monks, the follow-up to his New York Times bestselling Living with a SEAL, Jesse takes us on a spiritual journey like no other. Having only been exposed to monasteries on TV, Jesse arrives at the New Skete religious community in the isolated mountains of upstate New York with a shaved head and a suitcase filled with bananas. To his surprise, New Skete monks have most of their hair. They're Russian Orthodox, not Buddhist, and they're also world-renowned German shepherd breeders and authors of dog-training books that have sold in the millions. As Jesse struggles to fit in amongst the odd but lovable monks, self-doubt begins to beat like a tribal drum. Questioning his motivation to embark on this adventure and missing his family (and phone), Jesse struggles to balance his desire for inner peace with his need to check Twitter. But in the end, Jesse discovers the undeniable power of the monks and their wisdom, and the very real benefits of taking a well-deserved break as a means of self-preservation in our fast-paced world.

In Love with the World

In Love with the World

A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying

  • Author: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche,Helen Tworkov
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
  • ISBN: 0525512551
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it “One of the most inspiring books I have ever read.”—Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart “This book has the potential to change the reader’s life forever.”—George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo At thirty-six years old, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters and the respected abbot of three monasteries. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat, following the ancient practice of holy mendicants. His goal was to throw off his titles and roles in order to explore the deepest aspects of his being. He immediately discovered that a lifetime of Buddhist education and practice had not prepared him to deal with dirty fellow travelers or the screeching of a railway car. He found he was too attached to his identity as a monk to remove his robes right away or to sleep on the Varanasi station floor, and instead paid for a bed in a cheap hostel. But when he ran out of money, he began his life as an itinerant beggar in earnest. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning—and his journey took a startling turn. His meditation practice had prepared him to face death, and now he had the opportunity to test the strength of his training. In this powerful and unusually candid account of the inner life of a Buddhist master, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche offers us the invaluable lessons he learned from his near-death experience. By sharing with readers the meditation practices that sustain him, he shows us how we can transform our fear of dying into joyful living. Praise for In Love with the World “Vivid, compelling . . . This book is a rarity in spiritual literature: Reading the intimate story of this wise and devoted Buddhist monk directly infuses our own transformational journey with fresh meaning, luminosity, and life.”—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge “In Love with the World is a magnificent story—moving and inspiring, profound and utterly human. It will certainly be a dharma classic.”—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart “This book makes me think enlightenment is possible.”—Russell Brand

Leaving Buddha

Leaving Buddha

A Tibetan Monk's Encounter with the Living God

  • Author: Tenzin Lahkpa,Eugene Bach
  • Publisher: Whitaker House
  • ISBN: 1641231033
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 208
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Where Does the Search for Truth Lead? When Tenzin Lahkpa is fifteen years old, his parents give him over to a local temple in Tibet as an offering. Unable to change his fate, he wholeheartedly embraces his life as a monk and begins a quest for full enlightenment through the teachings of Buddhism. From his local monastery to the famed Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, he learns deep mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Yearning to study with the current Dalai Lama, he eventually escapes from China by means of an excruciating, two-thousand-mile, secret trek over the Himalayas—barefoot, with no extra gear, changes of clothing, or money. His dream is realized when he finally sits under the Dalai Lama himself. But his desire to go deeper only grows, leading him to unexpected conclusions…. Follow the fascinating, never-before-told, true story of what causes a highly dedicated Tibetan Buddhist monk to make the radical decision to walk away from the teachings of Buddha and leave his monastery to follow Jesus Christ. Discover the reasons other monks want him dead before he can share his story with others. Leaving Buddha dares to expose the mysterious world of Tibetan Buddhism, with its layered teachings, intricate practices—and troubling secrets. Ultimately, it tells a moving story about the search for truth, the path of enlightenment, and how no one is beyond the reach of a loving God. This gripping narrative will resonate with people from all backgrounds and nations.

Report from Calabria

Report from Calabria

A Season with the Carthusian Monks

  • Author: A Priest
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1681497816
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 160
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Devoted to silence, prayer, and austere simplicity, the Carthusian monks guard their solitude jealously and rarely allow visitors to live with them. The author of this book, however, was privileged to spend four months with the Carthusian community in Calabria, Italy, the resting place of the founder of their order, Saint Bruno. The American priest followed the daily regimen of the monks and wrote to family and friends in order to share his experiences and insights. His engaging and informative letters are presented in this book along with professional four-color photographs provided by the monastery. Report from Calabria describes and illustrates the distinctive features of the Carthusian way of life as they were encountered by the author. Historical background and excerpts from the writings of Saint Bruno round out the priest's experiences. The contemplative vocation-bracing and yet deeply human-comes alive in this vivid account of very little happening yet a lot going on.

Living With The Boomers

Living With The Boomers

  • Author: Herbert Mahrdt Korra
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1483634906
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 24
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What is a Lhasa Apso? The breed came to the United States during the 1930‛s. Several different American visitors to Tibet fell in love with the terrier breed named for their place of origin. Lhasa, the capital of Tibet was the major city for the Tibetan breed. The city of Lhasa was a center for the religion of the area – Buddhism. The monks each adopted a terrier type dog and the name of the city was soon attached to this breed. Thus the name Lhasa Apso came into being. Lhasa‛s are a small dog averaging 17 lbs and tend to live long lives. 20 year life spans are not unusual. They have beautiful fl owing coats which require much brushing and cleaning. The long hair helped to protect the Lhasa‛s in the severe winter of the Himalayas. Lhasa‛s make good companion dogs. They seem to understand their heritage and are a proud dog. Fiercely loyal to their masters as well. Their keen sense of hearing make them an excellent Watch Dog. They like to play and generally enjoy younger children. Sometimes Lhasa‛s can be a bit mischievous. On occasion when the Lhasa goes too far, it is best to talk in a gentle way to correct his error. When you swat him with a newspaper, he will tend to fi ght back. I discovered this early in my relationship with Boomer.

Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk

The Life and Times of an American Original

  • Author: Robin Kelley
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1439190496
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 608
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The first full biography of legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk, written by a brilliant historian, with full access to the family's archives and with dozens of interviews. Thelonious Monk is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist’s struggle to “make it” without compromising his musical vision. It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history in the twentieth century. To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster; to his detractors, he was temperamental, eccentric, taciturn, or childlike. His angular melodies and dissonant harmonies shook the jazz world to its foundations, ushering in the birth of “bebop” and establishing Monk as one of America’s greatest com­posers. Elegantly written and rich with humor and pathos, Thelonious Monk is the definitive work on modern jazz’s most original composer.

A Monk's Guide to Happiness

A Monk's Guide to Happiness

Meditation in the 21st century

  • Author: Gelong Thubten
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1473696690
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 256
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The Sunday Times bestseller 'Thubten is a very generous and kind monk who writes with the lived honesty and humour of someone who has experienced the wisdom he shares. His writing is full of inspiration but also the pragmatism needed to form a sustainable practice. His book clearly illustrates why we all need meditation and mindfulness in our lives.' - Benedict Cumberbatch What is the secret to being happy? Does happiness come from outside us or do we need to look within? Can meditation help? Gelong Thubten has worked with everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to Ruby Wax and Benedict Cumberbatch. In his warm and engaging debut book he explores the nature of happiness and explains how to bring meditation into our busy 21st-century lives with simple yet effective exercises. Gelong Thubten, Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author, has always been fascinated by the question of happiness. In his youth he tried to find it through living a wild and extreme lifestyle as an actor in New York. This only led to more unhappiness. Desperate for solutions, he found himself at a Buddhist monastery where he became a monk. After training his mind in intensive retreats he now helps many thousands of people worldwide, showing them how to find inner happiness and a greater sense of freedom. His book can help you: - Learn practical methods that help you to choose happiness - Develop greater compassion for yourself and others - Learn how to meditate in micro-moments during a busy day - Discover that you are naturally 'hard-wired' for happiness In this profound and inspiring book, Gelong Thubten presents a practical and sustainable approach to happiness, and how meditation and mindfulness can help us get there. Thubten helps to bust the myth that our lives and minds are too busy for meditation. Reading this book could revolutionise your relationship with your thoughts and emotions. 'Gelong Thubten's book is as warm, wise and generous as the man himself. We've never needed a voice like his more.' - Melanie Reid, The Times 'Compelling to read, yet full of profound wisdom, this wonderful book rationally describes how our mind functions and how we can cultivate the habit of happiness.' - Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research, National University of Ireland 'Thubten is able to explain meditation using clear language and an approach which really speaks to our modern tech-infused lives. With openness, humility and humour he delivers a deep message that will resonate in our modern culture.' - Rami Jawhar, Program Manager at Google Arts & Culture 'Gelong Thubten's wonderful book provides a bracing challenge to our search for instant gratification and "instant" happiness, and a lucid, practical, step-by-step path to contentment and a genuine and lasting peace of mind.' - Mick Brown, journalist for The Daily Telegraph

Living with the Royal Academy

Living with the Royal Academy

Artistic Ideals and Experiences in England, 1768–1848

  • Author: Professor John Barrell
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 9781409403180
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 278
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Living with the Royal Academy directs attention to the textures of artists' relationships with the Royal Academy in late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century Britain. This essay collection considers the Academy as a lived organism, one whose most effective role was as a reference point around which artists operated in their relationships with each other and with artistic practice itself.

Living Buddhas

Living Buddhas

The Self-Mummified Monks of Yamagata, Japan

  • Author: Ken Jeremiah
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786456027
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 242
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Northern Japan is home to an ancient, esoteric tradition of self-mummifying Buddhist monks, little known to the outside world. Long after death, these ascetics continue to be revered as Living Buddhas. This first English-language work on the subject recounts the process by which these monks starve themselves for a decade, bury themselves alive with only a small breathing tube, and meditate until death. After three years, the mummified body is exhumed and displayed. The biographies of various monks are presented within, as is an examination of the religious beliefs involved, an amalgamation of three distinct religious traditions. Also explored is the role of asceticism in religion, and beliefs about life and death shared by the Buddhist sects involved in self-mummification.

Encyclopedia of Monasticism

Encyclopedia of Monasticism

  • Author: William M. Johnston
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 113678716X
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 2000
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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.