You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found [Audiobook]

You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found [Audiobook]
You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found [Audiobook] by Alan Watts, read by the Author
2010 | MP3@128 kbps | 12 hrs 12 mins | 664.04MB

The Universe Is Playing Hide and Seek—and You’re It!

Imagine you’re climbing a mountain path that will lead you to a paradise where all your needs are met and your questions answered. What do you find when you reach the top? A mirror. This is the great cosmic game, reveals Alan Watts—that everything you’re seeking through meditation, self-improvement, or spiritual practice is always hiding inside of you. On You’re It!, join this legendary “stand-up philosopher” for 15 classic talks on how to play your role in the divine drama of existence with a clear mind, open eyes, and an abiding sense of the joy in the game itself.

See What Answers Are Hidden in Your Own Reflection

Just as you need a mirror to see your own face, the best way to see your own true nature is to let a teacher like Alan Watts reflect it back to you. Watts stands out as one of the 20th century’s most compelling voices because he is so adept at holding up this spiritual looking glass. With his unique combination of penetrating insight and playful irreverence, Watts illuminates the truth that unites all the great wisdom traditions from the East and West—that the universe is always expressing its full, delightful mystery through you.

A 12-hour Audio Retreat with the Original Spiritual Entertainer

These restored audio sessions selected by Alan Watts’ son and archivist Mark Watts reveal the master in his element, performing a one-man “spiritual jam session” before a live audience. Whether he’s unraveling Taoist thought, poking fun at our modern myths, or exploring the subtle beauty of Japanese poetry, Alan Watts always returns to one all-important lesson—how to get out of your own way and live in the perfection that is always present.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The game of yes and no—how non-dual truths are revealed in the duality of Yin and Yang
  • Mysticism and morality—exploring the relationship between revelation and ethics
  • On Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and their translation into Western thought
  • The beauty of the unenlightened state—why you don’t have to be “awakened” to play the great game
  • Mind over mind—the contradiction at the heart of all spiritual practice
  • The veil of thoughts—how to stop being bamboozled by your own brain
  • What is reality? Is the universe a ceramic pot, a clockwork engine, or something far more interesting?
  • Twelve hours of philosophy, humor, and stunning insight from legendary spiritual entertainer Alan Watts

The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism [Audiobook]

The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism [Audiobook]
The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism [Audiobook] by Kazuaki Tanahashi, read by P J Ochlan
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 58 mins | 135.2MB

The Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra is among the best known of all the Buddhist scriptures. Chanted daily by many Zen students, it is also studied extensively in the Tibetan tradition, and it has been regarded with interest more recently in the West in various fields of study - from philosophy to quantum physics. In just 35 lines, it expresses the truth of impermanence and the release from suffering that results from the understanding of that truth with a breathtaking economy of language.

Kazuaki Tanahashi's guide to the Heart Sutra is the result of a life spent working with it and living it. He outlines the history and meaning of the text and then analyzes it line-by-line in its various forms (Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian, and various key English translations), providing a deeper understanding of the history and etymology of the elusive words than is generally available to the nonspecialist - yet with a clear emphasis on the relevance of the text to practice. It includes a fresh and meticulous new translation of the text by the author and Roshi Joan Halifax.

Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism [Audiobook]

Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism [Audiobook]
Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism [Audiobook] by Erich Fromm, read by Claire Slemmer
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 2 hrs 57 mins | 80.79MB

A master of psychoanalysis and social philosophy explores Zen Buddhism. In 1957, social philosopher and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm invited Daisetz T. Suzuki, the most famous Zen Buddhist master in the Western world, to a seminar at his new home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Their discussion was one of the highlights of Fromm's life, and the paper Fromm presented (and later expanded into a book) was a watershed work. Fromm demonstrates his mastery of the philosophy and practice of Zen, perfectly articulating how Zen tenets fit into the ideas of psychoanalysis. In this audiobook, he creates new perspectives on both systems of thought.

The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path [Audiobook]

The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path [Audiobook]
The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path [Audiobook] by Urgyen Sangharakshita, read by Kulananda
2006 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 34 mins | 153.2MB

The Eightfold Path is the most widely known formulation of the Buddha’s teaching. It is ancient, reaching back to the Buddha’s very first discourse, and it is highly venerated as a unique treasury of wisdom and practical guidance. The teaching of The Eightfold Path challenges us to grasp the implications of that vision, and asks us to transform ourselves in its light. Like the teaching itself, this work covers every aspect of life.

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon [Audiobook]

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon [Audiobook]
In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon [Audiobook] edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi, read by Fajer Al-Kaisi
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 46 mins | 513.66MB

This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddha's teachings - in his own words. The American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, whose voluminous translations have won widespread acclaim, here presents selected discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into 10 thematic chapters, In the Buddha's Words reveals the full scope of the Buddha's discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the listener toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

In the Buddha's Words allows even listeners unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha's contributions to our world heritage. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddha's teachings, and point the way to an ancient, yet ever-vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensable.

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East [Audiobook]

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East [Audiobook]
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East [Audiobook] by Gerard Russell, read by Michael Page
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 15 mins | 306.66MB

Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive and strange faiths. These religions represent the last vestiges of the magnificent civilizations in ancient history: Persia, Babylon, Egypt in the time of the pharaohs. Their followers have learned how to survive foreign attacks and the perils of assimilation. But today, with the Middle East in turmoil, they face greater challenges than ever before.

In Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms, former diplomat Gerard Russell ventures to the distant, nearly impassable regions where these mysterious religions still cling to survival. He lives alongside the Mandaeans and Ezidis of Iraq, the Zoroastrians of Iran, the Copts of Egypt, and others. He learns their histories, participates in their rituals, and comes to understand the threats to their communities. Historically a tolerant faith, Islam has, since the early 20th century, witnessed the rise of militant, extremist sects. This development poses existential threats to these minority faiths. And as more and more of their youth flee to the West in search of greater freedoms and job prospects, these religions face the dire possibility of extinction.

Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live [Audiobook]

Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live [Audiobook]
Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live [Audiobook] by Daniel Klein, read by James Jenner
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 23 mins | 175.42MB

A humorous and philosophical trip through life from the New York Times best-selling coauthor of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar….

Daniel Klein's fans have fallen in love with the warm, humorous, and thoughtful way he shows how philosophy resonates in everyday life. Listeners of his popular books, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar… and Travels with Epicurus, come for enlightenment and stay for the entertainment.

As a young college student studying philosophy, Klein filled a notebook with short quotes from the world's greatest thinkers, hoping to find some guidance on how to live the best life he could. Now, from the vantage point of his eighth decade, Klein revisits the wisdom he relished in his youth with this collection of philosophical gems, adding new ones that strike chords with him at the end of his life.

From Epicurus to Emerson and Camus to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr - whose words provided the title of this audiobook - each pithy extract is annotated with Klein's inimitable charm and insights. In this audio, our favorite jokester-philosopher tackles life's biggest questions, leaving us chuckling and enlightened.

Karma: What It Is, What It Isn't, Why It Matters [Audiobook]

Karma: What It Is, What It Isn't, Why It Matters [Audiobook]
Karma: What It Is, What It Isn't, Why It Matters [Audiobook] by Traleg Kyabgon, read by Peter Wickham
2015 | M4B@64 kbps | 5 hrs 14 mins | 142.96MB

The Buddha's teaching on karma (literally, "action") is nothing other than his compassionate explanation of the way things are: Our thoughts and actions determine our future, and therefore we ourselves are largely responsible for the way our lives unfold. Yet this supremely useful teaching is often ignored due to the misconceptions about it that abound in popular culture, especially oversimplifications that make it seem like something not to be taken seriously. Karma is not simple, as Traleg Kyabgon shows, and it's to be taken very seriously indeed. He cuts through the persistent illusions we cling to about karma to show what it really is - the mechanics of why we suffer and how we can make the suffering end. He explains how a realistic understanding of karma is indispensable to Buddhist practice, how it provides a foundation for a moral life, and how understanding it can have a transformative effect on the way we relate to our thoughts and feelings and to those around us.

The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ [Audiobook]

The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ [Audiobook]
The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ [Audiobook] by Brant Pitre, read by Mark Deakins
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 30 mins | 207.4MB

For well over a hundred years now, many scholars have questioned the historical truth of the Gospels, claiming that they were originally anonymous. Others have even argued that Jesus of Nazareth did not think he was God and never claimed to be divine.

In The Case for Jesus, Dr. Brant Pitre, the bestselling author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, goes back to the sources—the biblical and historical evidence for Christ—in order to answer several key questions, including:

  • Were the four Gospels really anonymous?
  • Are the Gospels folklore? Or are they biographies?
  • Were the four Gospels written too late to be reliable?
  • What about the so-called “Lost Gospels,” such as “Q” and the Gospel of Thomas?
  • Did Jesus claim to be God?
  • Is Jesus divine in all four Gospels? Or only in John?
  • Did Jesus fulfill the Jewish prophecies of the Messiah?
  • Why was Jesus crucified?
  • What is the evidence for the Resurrection?

As The Case for Jesus will show, recent discoveries in New Testament scholarship, as well as neglected evidence from ancient manuscripts and the early church fathers, together have the potential to pull the rug out from under a century of skepticism toward the traditional Gospels. Above all, Pitre shows how the divine claims of Jesus of Nazareth can only be understood by putting them in their ancient Jewish context.

The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive [Audiobook]

The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive [Audiobook]
The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive [Audiobook] by Brian Christian, read by the Author
2011 | MP3@192 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 40 mins | 795.78MB

The Most Human Human is a provocative, exuberant, and profound exploration of the ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Its starting point is the annual Turing Test, which pits artificial-intelligence programs against people to determine if computers can "think". Named for computer pioneer Alan Turing, the Turing Test convenes a panel of judges who pose questions - ranging anywhere from celebrity gossip to moral conundrums - to hidden contestants in an attempt to discern which is human and which is a computer. The machine that most often fools the panel wins the Most Human Computer Award. But there is also a prize, bizarre and intriguing, for the Most Human Human.

In 2008, the top AI program came short of passing the Turing Test by just one astonishing vote. In 2009, Brian Christian was chosen to participate, and he set out to make sure Homo sapiens would prevail.

The author's quest to be deemed more human than a com­puter opens a window onto our own nature. Interweaving modern phenomena like customer service "chatbots" and men using programmed dialogue to pick up women in bars with insights from fields as diverse as chess, psychiatry, and the law, Brian Christian examines the philosophical, biological, and moral issues raised by the Turing Test.

One central definition of human has been a "being that could reason". If computers can reason, what does that mean for the special place we reserve for humanity?

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