An illustrated anthology offering words of wisdom from the Zen tradition, arranged in thematic categories such as “Meditation” and “Living a Zen a life”. The aim of Zen Buddhism is to attain total harmony with the world within and without, to see things as they really are, in all their living wonder. Full of compassion, clarity and a deep love of life, this ancient Eastern tradition continues to inspire and encourage world-wide followers through its philosophy of acceptance and loving kindness. With its emphasis on living life, rather than simply talking about it, Zen is full of practical wisdom, a distillation of which is found within these pages. Offering insight in to everything from meditation and the art of haiku, to the removal of worldly concerns and living a Zen life, this collection draws on a multitude of great thinkers and their teachings, old and new alike.
Publisher: ONE WORLD OXFORD
In this major reinterpretation of religion and society in India, Harjot Oberoi challenges earlier accounts of Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam as historically given categories encompassing well-demarcated units of religious identity. Through a searching examination of Sikh historical materials, he shows that early Sikh tradition was not concerned with establishing distinct religious boundaries. Most Sikhs recognized multiple identities grounded in local, regional, religious, and secular loyalties. Consequently, religious identities were highly blurred and several competing definitions of what constituted a Sikh were possible.
In the closing decades of the nineteenth century, however, the Singh Sabha, a powerful new Sikh movement, began to view the multiplicity in Sikh identity with suspicion and hostility. Aided by social and cultural forces unleashed by the British Raj, the Singh Sabha sought to recast Sikh tradition and purge it of diversity. The ethnocentric logic of a new elite dissolved alternative ideals under the highly codified culture of modern Sikhism.
A study of the process by which a pluralistic religious world view is replaced by a monolithic one, this important book calls into question basic assumptions about the efficacy of fundamentalist claims and the construction of all social and religious identities. An essential book for the field of South Asian religions, this work is also an important contribution to cultural anthropology, postcolonial studies, and the history of religion in general.
Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS