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Buddhist Self-Ordination: A Dharma Strategy for the West By Alexander Duncan
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This booklet explores the Dharma Transmission to the West from its origin in 1908 with the First Buddhist Mission to the West to the arrival of today's Asian immigrant teachers and schools, and asks... More > the fundamental question: What is the right relationship between the DTW and the West? Is the West merely a passive receiver of dharma, or will the DTW transform Buddhism itself? The author seeks for the answer in Buddhist history, and finds it in the Mahayana rite of self-ordination, which he presents in a close English paraphrase of the Tibetan rite together with an essay on the relationship between the Mahayana precepts and the Vinaya.< Less
Fundamental View By Alexander Duncan
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Fundamental View is a series of talks presented to the members of the Buddha Center in the summer and fall of 2013. Fundamental View weaves together the suttas of the Buddha into an original... More > philosophical essay that seeks to explore early Buddhist thought by means of a close analysis of the texts, meticulously thought out yet holistically interpreted. Fundamental View explores universal underlying patterns of meaning that are difficult to discount and cast valuable light on how Buddhist thought originated, from a perspective that is open-minded yet lucidly critical and critically relevant. Also available in hardcover.< Less
Fundamental View By Alexander Duncan
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Fundamental View is a series of talks presented to the members of the Buddha Center in the summer and fall of 2013. Fundamental View weaves together the suttas of the Buddha into an original... More > philosophical essay that seeks to explore early Buddhist thought by means of a close analysis of the texts, meticulously thought out yet holistically interpreted. Fundamental View explores universal underlying patterns of meaning that are difficult to discount and cast valuable light on how Buddhist thought originated, from a perspective that is open-minded yet lucidly critical and critically relevant. Also available in paperback.< Less
Khatas By Alexander Duncan
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Khata is the common Tibetan term for a fine silk scarf that is given or exchanged as a token of friendship and respect. They are also thrown during spiritual celebrations. When given to a lama it is... More > returned, charged with the power of holiness. This editon is revised (2013).< Less
Excrescence of Bacchus By Alexander Duncan
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Alexander Duncan's second book of poems builds on the metaphysical and Buddhist themes of Khatas, originally published by Chroniker Press at the beginning of 2012. Excrescence of Bacchus is a frank... More > and passionate exploration of the mind of the poet, which ranges widely from the pop music of Tom Waits to the bankruptcy of Western civilization to love and sex to morality, mortality, immortality, and the eternal quest for the self. Simultaneously lyrical and cerebral, radical and traditional, spiritual and carnal, Excrescence of Bacchus explores the enduring spirit of art and artistry in the face of the dehumanization and mediocrity of contemporary "man." Thirty years in the making, Duncan is a major new voice in Canadian poetry. Both a warning and a promise, Excrescence of Bacchus is a testament to the enduring power of the human spirit that, like life itself, and despite all odds, comes to fruition in the most surprising and inhospitable environments.< Less
Conversations with the Buddha By Alexander Duncan
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Conversations with the Buddha originated in a series of talks given at the Buddha Center in 2014-2015 by Tseten Thokmey, the Buddhist name of Alexander Duncan. This book examines the 34 suttas of the... More > Digha Nikaya, the first book of the Sutta Pitaka, comprising the oldest extant introduction to the teachings of Siddattha Gotama the Buddha. Unlike sectarian exegetes, who preselect passages to support their particular theories, Thokmey excludes nothing, collating all relevant texts in order to arrive at a comprehensive evaluation of the whole dharma from a non-sectarian, universalist perspective. Second edition includes eight suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya as a supplement, for a total of 42 dharma talks. "Like listening to the Buddha speak." Also available in cloth.< Less
Conversations with the Buddha By Alexander Duncan
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Conversations with the Buddha originated in a series of talks given at the Buddha Center in 2014-2015 by Tseten Thokmey, the Buddhist name of Alexander Duncan. This book examines the 34 suttas of the... More > Digha Nikaya, the first book of the Sutta Pitaka, comprising the oldest extant introduction to the teachings of Siddattha Gotama the Buddha. Unlike sectarian exegetes, who preselect passages to support their particular theories, Thokmey excludes nothing, collating all relevant texts in order to arrive at a comprehensive evaluation of the whole dharma from a non-sectarian, universalist perspective. Second edition includes eight suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya as a supplement, for a total of 42 dharma talks. "Like listening to the Buddha speak." Deluxe cloth edition consists of red linen cloth cover with gold stamp and matte dust jacket.< Less