The Monastery of the Heart

An invitation to the meaningful life

The Monastery of the Heart

Every age has answered the questions and challenges of spiritual living in its own particular ways through its languages, arts, and lifestyles, giving seekers various concepts for guidance. In this original manifesto, bestselling author Joan Chittister delivers a roadmap based on the ancient Rule of Benedict that stands as a practical model upon which to build a satisfying life, despite the seemingly limitless (and at times meaningless) supply of options in the modern world. By giving spiritual seekers - individuals, couples, families, and small groups - a new opportunity to live a better life from the very centre of their world without ever having to withdraw from it, Chittister's new approach redefines Benedictine living for modern day seekers while remaining firmly rooted in its monastic values.

The Heart of Russia

Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism, and Society After 1825

The Heart of Russia

Studies in particular monastic revivals in the 19th and 20th centuries, as epitomized by Trinity-Sergius.

The Heart of Compassion

The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva

The Heart of Compassion

What would be the practical implications of caring more about others than about yourself? This is the radical theme of this extraordinary set of instructions, a training manual composed in the fourteenth century by the Buddhist hermit Ngulchu Thogme, here explained in detail by one of the great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century, Dilgo Khyentse. In the Mahayana tradition, those who have the courage to undertake the profound change of attitude required to develop true compassion are called bodhisattvas. Their great resolve—to consider others’ needs as paramount, and thus to attain enlightenment for the sake of all living creatures—carries them beyond the limits imposed by the illusions of "I" and "mine," culminating in the direct realization of reality, transcending dualistic notions of self and other. This classic text presents ways that we can work with our own hearts and minds, starting wherever we find ourselves now, to unravel our small-minded preoccupations and discover our own potential for compassion, love, and wisdom. Many generations of Buddhist practitioners have been inspired by these teachings, and the great masters of all traditions have written numerous commentaries. Dilgo Khyentse’s commentary is probably his most extensive recorded teaching on Mahayana practice. For more information about the author, Dilgo Khyentse, visit his website at www.shechen.org.

An Affair of the Heart

An Affair of the Heart

This is the authors account of a nostalgic journey to post war Italy for further operatic study. On the ship she met the man of her dreams whom she later married. She also met another singer, Lucilla Udovick with whom she shared an apartment in Milano and who became a life long friend. Lucilla introduced her to the anthologies of Louis Untermeyer. This in turn inspired the author to begin writing poetry. On her return to America, while living in New York she met Louis Untermeyer who became her mentor. After studying with him for almost two years she returned to Los Angeles, California. Her literary and friendly relationship with her mentor continued through their correspondence for twenty-four years until his death. She has been so preoccupied with her writing and family activities, she has neglected until now getting her work into publication. To date her only previously published work is a book of poetry, "A Tale of Leaves." She has written over 100 yet to be published books of poetry and prose.

Elaborations on Emptiness - Uses of the Heart Sutra

Elaborations on Emptiness - Uses of the Heart Sutra

Included here are full translations of the eight extant Indian commentaries. Interspersed with the translations are six essays that examine the unusual roles the Heart Sutra has played: it has been used as a mantra, an exorcism text, a tantric meditation guide, and as the material for comparative philosophy. Taken together, the translations and essays that form Elaborations on Emptiness demonstrate why commentary is as central to modern scholarship on Buddhism as it was for ancient Buddhists.

From the Heart of Tibet

The Biography of Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, the Holder of the Drikung Kagyu Line age

From the Heart of Tibet

"The story of Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche’s life," notes the Dalai Lama, "encompasses a remarkably broad range of Tibetan experience over the past fifty years." This is the story of a young boy, born in 1946 to inherit the role of high-ranking lama. When the Chinese army invaded, his family escaped the country, but he and the other monks in his monastery were rounded up by soldiers and sent to an indoctrination school. After surviving almost two decades of the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, during which time lamas and aristocrats were persecuted and jailed, Chetsang Rinpoche walked out of Tibet alone and found his way to Kathmandu, Nepal. Eventually, after living as a refugee and an immigrant, he fully took on leadership of the Drikung lineage by founding the Drikung Kagyu Institute in India. Since then the teachings of this lineage have spread around the world after nearly being lost.

Essence of the Heart Sutra

The Dalai Lama's Heart of Wisdom Teachings

Essence of the Heart Sutra

For more than two thousand years, the Heart Sutra has been part of the daily life of millions of Buddhists. This concise text, so rich and laden with meaning, concentrates the very heart of Buddhism into a powerful and evocative teaching on the interdependence of all reality. In Essence of the Heart Sutra, the Dalai Lama masterfully unpacks the Heart Sutra so that any reader can benefit from its teachings - teachings meant to help us release ourselves from suffering and live with true compassion. Comprised of his ""Heart of Wisdom"" talks, originally delivered to thousands of listeners in 2001, the book offers the Dalai Lama's commentary as well as his easy-to-follow overview of Buddhist philosophy that places the sutra within its historical and philosophical context. With additional contributions by scholar and translator Thupten Jinpa, Essence of the Heart Sutra is the authoritative presentation of a text seminal to the world's religious heritage.

Charles: The Heart of a King

Charles: The Heart of a King

The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller '[The book that] made headlines around the world.' Independent He has lived his whole life in the public eye, yet he remains an enigma. He was born to be king, but he aims much higher. A landmark publication, Charles: The Heart of a King reveals Prince Charles in all his complexity: the passionate views that mean he will never be as remote and impartial as his mother; the compulsion to make a difference and the many and startling ways in which the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom and fifteen other realms has already made his mark. The book offers fresh and fascinating insights into the first marriage that did so much to define him and an assessment of his relationship with the woman he calls, with unintended accuracy, his 'dearest wife': Camilla. We see Charles as a father and a friend, a serious figure and a joker. Life at court turns out to be full of hidden dangers and unexpected comedy. Poignant, funny and often surprising, the first significant study of the Prince in over a decade reveals a man in sight of happiness yet still driven by anguish and a remarkable belief system, a charitable entrepreneur, activist, agitator and avatar of the Establishment who just as often tilts against it. Based on multiple interviews with his friends and courtiers, palace insiders and critics, and access to Charles himself during research lasting more than a year, this biography explores the Prince’s philanthropy and his compulsive interventionism, his faith, his political leanings and the philosophy that means when he seeks harmony he sometimes creates controversy. Gripping, at times astonishing, often laugh-out-loud, this is a royal biography unlike any other.

Listen With the Ear of Your Heart

A Collection of Notes from a Monastery

Listen With the Ear of Your Heart

From their introduction, Abbey Press’s Notes from a Monastery series of booklets tried to convey Saint Benedict’s rich insights, common sense, reverence for the divine in the most ordinary things of life, and appreciation for the timeless virtues of humility, obedience, and community in a way that would speak to women and men of faith, regardless of their faith tradition. Recognizing that God is present everywhere and in all the circumstances of daily life, this new eBook offers readers inspiration in their search for God, guided by the spirit of Saint Benedict of Nursia.