Best Buddhist History Books

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1. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Author: by Yuval Noah Harari
Harper Perennial
464 pages

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Official U.S.Edition with full color illustrations throughout. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark stylethorough, yet rivetingfamine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges.

For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together.

The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake?

2. No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners: Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Buddhist Teachings

Author: by Noah Rasheta
146 pages

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Get on the path to zen blissan essential beginner’s guide to Buddhism. How is an awakening different from enlightenment? Can agnostics and atheists be Buddhist? Am I supposed to stop thinking when I meditate? In No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, renowned Buddhism teacher and host of the popular Secular Buddhism podcast, Noah Rasheta, delivers an easily accessible introduction to the teachings of Buddhism that answers these common questions and many more.

With No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of Buddhism and how to apply the philosophies in your everyday life, through:A simple 4-part structure addressing the different aspects of Buddhismthe Buddha, key Buddhist concepts, the Buddha’s teachings, and current Buddhist practicesStraightforward Q&A’s that simplify the vital concepts of Buddhism into easy-to-understand ideas Everyday Buddhism Sidebars that make Buddhism less abstract by offering down-to-earth examples from everyday lifePresented in a simple, conversational style, the information and guidance in No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners provides the groundwork that is necessary for building or continuing your own Buddhist practice.

3. Happy Mindset Little Journal: Kids Interactive Journal Prompts and Daily Activities to Help Children Develop a Growth Mindset. Colorful, Self-Learning and Fun! (Ages 6-12)

Author: by Claudia Liem
60 pages

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PLEASE NOTE:Amazon’s Look Inside feature is only available on desktop. Using this feature, you will be able to see inside the Journal, its beautiful design and its attributes. Also, parents will have some great insights about how their children think and the choices they make.

About this item:This growth mindset inspired journal is designed to encourage boys and girls with developing their self-confidence and positivity. The Happy Mindset Little Journal includes inspirational activities, quotes, inquisitive questions, creative illustrations, and writing prompts. By working through the journal and practicing these skills we teach children to train their brains how to embrace challenges.

In doing so, we show them that failing and making mistakes are just part of the process to achieving success. Your child will learn how to: Develop a growth mindset Express feelings and identify emotions Have a positive outlook on life Be persistent Understand it is ok to make mistakes Believe they can always improve Be grateful Accept that everyone is different Better understand themselves Grow up to be a mentally stronger adultSCIENCE-BACKED RESEARCH BASED ON WELL DOCUMENTED FINDINGS Dr Carol S.Dweck.

4. The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

Author: by David Deutsch
Penguin Books

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The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge Dazzling. Steven Pinker, The GuardianIn this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universeand that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor.

Taking us on a journey through every fundamental field of science, as well as the history of civilization, art, moral values, and the theory of political institutions, Deutsch tracks how we form new explanations and drop bad ones, explaining the conditions under which progresswhich he argues is potentially boundlesscan and cannot happen.

Hugely ambitious and highly original, The Beginning of Infinity explores and establishes deep connections between the laws of nature, the human condition, knowledge, and the possibility for progress.

5. The Book of Five Rings

Author: by Miyamoto Musashi
160 pages

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When the undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi retreated to a cave in 1643 and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning for his students and generations of samurai to come, he created one of the most perceptive and incisive texts on strategic thinking ever to come from Asia.

Musashi gives timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant that will resonate with both martial artists and everyone else interested in skillfully dealing with conflict. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was a mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowessand it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in The Book of Five Rings.

William Scott Wilson’s translation is faithful to the original seventeenth-century Japanese text while being wonderfully clear and readable. His scholarship and insight into the deep meaning of this classic are evident in his introduction and notes to the text. This edition also includes a translation of one of Musashi’s earlier writings, The Way of Walking Alone, and calligraphy by Japanese artist Shiro Tsujimura.

6. What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada

Author: by Walpola Rahula
Grove Press
151 pages

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This comprehensive, compact, lucid, and faithful account of the Buddha’s teachings persistently enjoys great popularity in colleges, universities, and theological schools both here and abroad. An exposition of Buddhism conceived in a resolutely modern spirit.From the Foreword. For years, says the Journal of the Buddhist Society, the newcomer to Buddhism has lacked a simple and reliable introduction to the complexities of the subject.

Dr. Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught fills the need as only could be done by one having a firm grasp of the vast material to be sifted. It is a model of what a book should be that is addressed first of all to the educated and intelligent reader.’ Authoritative and clear, logical and sober, this study is as comprehensive as it is masterly.

A classic introductory book to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught, contains a selection of illustrative texts from the original Pali texts, including the Suttas and the Dhammapada (specially translated by the author), sixteen illustrations, and a bibliography, glossary, and index.

7. The Complete Musashi: The Book of Five Rings and Other Works: Definitive New Translations of the Writings of Miyamoto Musashi – Japan's Greatest Samurai

Author: by Miyamoto Musashi
Tuttle Publishing
240 pages

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The culmination of 25 years of research, Alex Bennett’s groundbreaking English translation of Miyamoto Musashi’s The Book of Five Rings reveals the true meaning of the original work. This piece of writing by famed samurai Musashi (15841645) is the single-most influential work on samurai swordsmanship, offering insights into samurai history, the Zen Buddhist state of “no-mind” that enables warriors to triumph and the philosophical meaning of Bushido”the way of the warrior.”Until now, English translations of The Book of Five Rings have been based on inaccurate copies of Musashi’s long-lost original manuscript.

Bennett’s translation is the first to be based on a careful reconstruction of the original text by Japan’s foremost Musashi scholar. By identifying discrepancies among the existing copies, adding missing texts and correcting over 150 incorrect characters, this source is the closest representation of Musashi’s original work possible.

Utilizing this new source, Bennett captures the subtle nuance of the classic Japanese text, resulting in the most accurate English translation of The Book of Five Rings available. The texts are richly annotated by Bennett, who includes an extensive introduction on Musashi’s life and legacy.

8. Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town

Author: by Barbara Demick
352 pages

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A gripping portrait of modern Tibet told through the lives of its people, from the bestselling author of Nothing to Envy. You simply cannot understand China without reading Barbara Demick on Tibet. Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Parul Sehgal, The New York Times The New York Times Book Review The Washington Post NPR The EconomistJust as she did with North Korea, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick explores one of the most hidden corners of the world.

She tells the story of a Tibetan town perched eleven thousand feet above sea level that is one of the most difficult places in all of China for foreigners to visit. Ngaba was one of the first places where the Tibetans and the Chinese Communists encountered one another.

In the 1930s, Mao Zedong’s Red Army fled into the Tibetan plateau to escape their adversaries in the Chinese Civil War. By the time the soldiers reached Ngaba, they were so hungry that they looted monasteries and ate religious statues made of flour and butterto Tibetans, it was as if they were eating the Buddha.

9. Himalaya: A Human History

Author: by Ed Douglas
592 pages

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A magisterial history of the Himalaya: an epic story of peoples, cultures, and adventures among the world’s highest mountains. For centuries, the unique and astonishing geography of the Himalaya has attracted those in search of spiritual and literal elevation: pilgrims, adventurers, and mountaineers seeking to test themselves among the world’s most spectacular and challenging peaks.

But far from being wild and barren, the Himalaya has been home to a diversity of indigenous and local cultures, a crucible of world religions, a crossroads for trade, and a meeting point and conflict zone for empires past and present.

In this landmark work, nearly two decades in the making, Ed Douglas makes a thrilling case for the Himalaya’s importance in global history and offers a soaring account of life at the “roof of the world.”Spanning millennia, from the earliest inhabitants to the present conflicts over Tibet and Everest, Himalaya explores history, culture, climate, geography, and politics.

10. A Step Away from Paradise: The True Story of a Tibetan Lama's Journey to a Land of Immortality

Author: by Thomas K. Shor
320 pages

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IT WAS THE EARLY 1960s. The place, a far-off corner of the Himalayas long fabled in Tibetan tradition to be hiding a valley of immortality among its peaks and glaciersa real-life Shangri-La. They waited generations for the prophesied lama to come, the one with the secret knowledge of how to open’ the Hidden Land.

Then, one day, he came. His name was Tulshuk Lingpa. THIS BOOK TELLS THE TRUE STORY of this charismatic visionary lama and his remarkable expedition. Against the wishes of the kings of both Sikkim and Nepal, he and over three hundred followers ventured up the snowy slopes of the third highest mountain of the planet.

Their aim: to open a crack in the very fabric of reality and go to a land we would all wish to inhabit if it were only therea land of peace and concord. FORTY YEARS LATER, the author spends over five years tracking down the surviving members of this extraordinary expedition.

He deftly weaves their stories together with humor, wisdom, and scholarly research into Tibetan traditions of Hidden Lands, all the while reflecting on what this means for the rest of us. Like no other book I have ever reada riveting tale of adventurehonest to the real spirit of Tibetboth unique and intriguingan engrossing read.Highly recommended.

11. Encyclopedia of Monasticism

Author: by William M. Johnston
December 4, 2013

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

12. Reiki Healing for Beginners: Unlocking the secrets of aura cleansing and reiki self-healing. Learning reiki symbols and acquiring tips for reiki meditation and reiki psychic (Medical Intuitive)

Author: by David Filipe
198 pages

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….Have you ever heard of spiritual healing therapy? Reiki is the healing therapy created by a Japanese Buddhist named Mikao Usui over a hundred years ago, is based on a simple spiritual principle: we are all guided by the same invisible life force that controls our physical, mental and emotional well-being “being”. When the energy flows freely, we can draw on reserves of unknown power.

When you come across blockages (often caused by negative thoughts, untreated trauma or stress overload), we operate at a sub-optimal level. This may seem like voodoo magic to some, even non-believers who have spent an hour with a skilled Reiki master (as they are called) have felt a positive change of some kind.

Many describe Reiki sessions as a combination, a light touch of energy over the body as calming or rooted, for others, seems like an emotional realignment. Reiki masters, like Kelsey Patel, have been training for years to understand and navigate small changes in energy, but Patel says that anyone can learn (quickly) to work with energy and influence the flow of others.

13. Imperial China

Author: by DK

DK (October 6, 2020)
400 pages

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Explore the long and rich history of China’s great dynasties. From the clans and legends of prehistory to the last Qing emperor, this book brings China’s imperial history to life through its pivotal events, political forces, and powerful people, in a stunning collaboration between British and Chinese publishing houses.

Covering more than 5,000 years of history and featuring images of artifacts not previously seen outside of China, this definitive visual guide will captivate readers with the key events that shaped Chinese history and laid the foundations of the modern nation.

Starting with prehistory and early humans, Imperial China sets the scene for the arrival of China’s first dynasty and reveals how the warring states of early China gave birth to the emperor-led dynasties – and China’s long imperial age. With illuminating features on important historical figures, cultural achievements, and philosophy – such as the rise of Confucianism and the silk and tea trades – Imperial China explores how the Chinese empire flourished and declined over the course of two millennia – from the unifying “first emperor” of the Qin and the golden ages of Tang and Song, to the final fall of the Manchu Qing dynasty.

14. The Art of War: The New Illustrated Edition (The Art of Wisdom)

Author: by Sun Tzu
Duncan Baird
272 pages

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This classic Chinese text, the earliest known treatise on war, offers strategy and tactics that can be applied to every type of human conflict. Central to Sun Tzu’s philosophy is the concept of using deception and superior intelligence to minimize risk, which has made his book required reading at military, business, and law schools around the world.

With a Foreword by B.H. Liddell Hart and a 74-page Introduction, this deluxe edition-beautifully presented in a sumptuous silk case-is a standout offering in the successful Art of Wisdom series.

15. Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation

Author: by angel Kyodo Rev. Williams
248 pages

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Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening.

The authors traveled around the country to spark an open conversation that brings together the Black prophetic tradition and the wisdom of the Dharma. Bridging the world of spirit and activism, they urge a compassionate response to the systemic, state-sanctioned violence and oppression that has persisted against black people since the slave era.

With national attention focused on the recent killings of unarmed black citizens and the response of the Black-centered liberation groups such as Black Lives Matter, Radical Dharma demonstrates how social transformation and personal, spiritual liberation must be articulated and inextricably linked.

Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah represent a new voice in American Buddhism. Offering their own histories and experiences as illustrations of the types of challenges facing dharma practitioners and teachers who are different from those of the past five decades, they ask how teachings that transcend color, class, and caste are hindered by discrimination and the dynamics of power, shame, and ignorance.