Enlightenment on the Eve of Revolution: The Egyptian and Syrian Debates by Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab
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Overview: During the two decades that preceded the 2011 revolutions in Egypt and Syria, animated debates took place in Cairo and Damascus on political and social goals for the future. Egyptian and Syrian intellectuals argued over the meaning of tanwir, Arabic for “enlightenment,” and its significance for contemporary politics. They took up questions of human dignity, liberty, reason, tolerance, civil society, democracy, and violence. In Enlightenment on the Eve of Revolution, Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab offers a groundbreaking analysis of the tanwir debates and their import for the 2011 uprisings.
Kassab locates these debates in their local context as well as in broader contemporary political and intellectual Arab history. She argues that the enlightenment they advocated was a form of political humanism that demanded the right of free and public use of reason. By calling for the restoration of human dignity and seeking a moral compass in the wake of the destruction wrought by brutal regimes, they understood tanwir as a humanist ideal. Kassab connects their debates to the Arab uprisings, arguing that their demands bear a striking resemblance to what was voiced on the streets of Egypt and Syria in 2011. Enlightenment on the Eve of Revolution is the first book to document these debates for the Anglophone audience and to analyze their importance for contemporary Egyptian and Syrian intellectual life and politics.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Politics & Social Sciences
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The Bodhisattva Path to Unsurpassed Enlightenment: A Complete Translation of the Bodhisattvabhumi by Arya Asanga
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Overview: Ārya Asanga’s Bodhisattvabhūmi, or The Stage of a Bodhisattva, is the Mahāyāna tradition’s most comprehensive manual on the practice and training of bodhisattvas-by the author’s own account, a compilation of the full range of instructions contained in the entire collection of Mahāyāna sutras. A classic work of the Yogācāra school, it has been cherished in Tibet by all the historical Buddhist lineages as a primary source of instruction on bodhisattva ethics, vows, and practices, as well as for its summary of the ultimate goal of the bodhisattva path-supreme enlightenment.
Despite the text’s seminal importance in the Tibetan traditions, it has remained unavailable in English except in fragments. Engle’s translation, made from the Sanskrit original with reference to the Tibetan translation and commentaries, will enable English readers to understand more fully and clearly what it means to be a bodhisattva and practitioner of the Mahāyāna tradition.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
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Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment by way of Jed McKenna
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Overview: Jed McKenna is a one-man religious revolution. His first e-book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, used to be an speedy vintage and established him as a religious instructor of startling intensity and readability. Now, his 2d e-book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, takes readers on a captivating excursion of the enlightened state as it is by no means been noticed ahead of. Not to be ignored Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment Isn’t One Kind of Enlightenment – It’s the Only Kind – THE MARK OF A TRUE MASTER is that he can specific a topic of the maximum complexity with uncanny simplicity. Jed McKenna is this kind of grasp, and non secular enlightenment is his matter. – His first e-book, Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing, used to be an speedy vintage and established him as a religious instructor of startling intensity and readability. Now, his 2d e-book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, takes us on a captivating excursion of the enlightened state; what it’s and what it isn’t, who is there and who is no longer, get there and get someplace higher. – Delightful surprises abound, together with the dramatic unveiling of possibly the best religious masterpiece of all timelong hidden in undeniable view and widely recognized to all. Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Mark Twain and U.G. Krishnamurti all seem, and a pupil from the primary e-book returns to proportion her Spiritual Autolysis journals. Also unexpected are the writer’s mild efforts to lead the reader clear of enlightenment towards a extra fascinating and available state. … Failing to fetch me in the beginning, stay inspired, – Missing me one position, seek some other, – I prevent someplace, looking forward to you. -Walt Whitman … – Jed McKenna’s books don’t seem to be for everybody. They’re for people who find themselves bored with the religious merry-go-round and able to confront the unadorned truth of the awakening procedure. If you prefer your academics with the entire religious trimmings and trappings, Jed is probably not best for you, however when you find yourself able to leap off the merry-go-round and start your adventure, Jed McKenna is the fellow you need to look status there… looking forward to you.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
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On the Path to Enlightenment: Heart Advice From the Great Tibetan Masters by Matthieu Ricard
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Overview: Khyentse Rinpoche inspired Matthieu Ricard to create this anthology by telling him that "when we come to appreciate the depth of the view of the eight great traditions [of Tibetan Buddhism] and also see that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we think, ‘Only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.’" Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound and inspiring teachings from across these traditions.
The selected teachings are taken from the sources of the traditions, including the Buddha himself, Nagarjuna, Guru Rinpoche, Atisha, Shantideva, and Asanga; from great masters of the past, including Thogme Zangpo, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Milarepa, Longchenpa, and Sakya Pandita; and from contemporary masters, including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Mingyur Rinpoche.
They address such topics as the nature of the mind; the foundations of taking refuge, generating altruistic compassion, acquiring merit, and following a teacher; view, meditation, and action; and how to remove obstacles and make progress on the path.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
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The Radical Enlightenment in Germany (Internationale Forschungen Zur Allgemeinen Und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft)
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