By Thomas Moore
The New York Times bestselling writer and depended on non secular adviser deals a follow-up to his classic Care of the Soul.
Something crucial is lacking from glossy lifestyles. Many who’ve grew to become clear of spiritual institutions—and others who've lived fully with no religion—hunger for greater than what modern secular lifestyles has to supply yet are reluctant to keep on with equipped religion’s strict and sometimes rigid route to spirituality. In A faith of One’s Own, bestselling writer and previous monk Thomas Moore explores the myriad chances of making a own non secular kind, both inside of or outdoors formal religion.
Two a long time in the past, Moore’s Care of the Soul touched a chord with thousands of readers craving to combine spirituality into their daily lives. In A faith of One’s Own, Moore expands at the themes he first explored almost immediately after leaving the monastery. He recounts some great benefits of contemplative dwelling that he realized in the course of his twelve years as a monk but in addition the extra unique and imaginitive spirituality that he later constructed and embraced in his secular lifestyles. right here, he stocks tales of others who're growing their very own direction: a former soccer participant now on a non secular quest with the Pueblo Indians, a pal who makes a meditative perform of flower arrangements, and a well known classical pianist whose audiences occasionally describe having a paranormal adventure whereas hearing her performances. Moore weaves their reports with the knowledge of philosophers, writers, and artists who've rejected materialism and infused their secular lives with transcendence.
At a time whilst such a lot of consider dissatisfied with or indifferent from prepared faith but lengthy for how to maneuver past an completely materialistic, rational lifestyle, A faith of One’s Own points tips to developing an amplified internal lifestyles and an international of higher function, which means, and mirrored image.
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Extra info for A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World
Like its Indian predecessor, Chinese Pure Land Buddhism was centered around the figure of Amitabha Buddha, who presided over the Western paradise. According to Pure Land belief, Amitabha helps those with a sincere faith in him to be reborn into his paradise. But rather than emphasize meditation on Amitabha as their Indian ancestors did, the Chinese practice focused on chanting the phrase Namo A-mit’o Fo—Hail Amida Buddha! After all, few people had any hope of learning to read or write much less of understanding intricacies of Buddhist philosophy or living a disciplined monastic life.
By reciting the appropriate phrases, the practitioner can ward off evil, evoke the blessings of a supernatural figure, or call it into existence. Repeating a mantra over and over again during meditation is also a powerful device for developing concentration and stilling the mind. The use of mantras, like many other practices of Tantric Buddhism, is also common in Hinduism, which developed its own tantric tradition during this period. One more distinctively Buddhist device is the mandala. They are commonly depicted in paintings, but they are also the subject of three-dimensional models, acted out in ritual performances, or just visualized by the tantric yogi during meditation.
These small states were, however, no match for the great empires that were expanding across India, and traditional tribal society was crumbling before the onslaught of change. The popular religion of the time was based around numerous local cults that were overlaid with an elaborate ritualism led by the hereditary 24 the new buddhism Brahman priesthood. These “strivers” gave up family life and their normal livelihood and wandered from village to village. They either lived off the land or by begging, and they often formed loose congregations around a particular master.
A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World by Thomas Moore