Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499045263

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 206

View: 2532


The author is a retired Filipino lawyer and diplomat. After having graduated from the College of Law of Ateneo de Manila University, he passed the Philippine Foreign Service Officer's Exam and joined the Department of Foreign Affairs where he served as the Director of Law Division for twenty years. He recently completed the requirements for a masteral degree in philosophy at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. He is now residing in the United States where he intends to enroll at an Ivy League university for his doctoral degree in philosophy. The Spiritual and Ethical Dimension of Vegetarianism is a major spin-off from his masteral thesis of the same title. He has been a vegetarian for the past forty-three years. He is now a healthy "young" man of seventy-three years.

Community Life, Inner Development, Sexuality, and the Spiritual Teacher

Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of the Crisis in the Anthroposophical Society, Dornach, 1915

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880103541

Category: Philosophy

Page: 191

View: 7491


This collection of lectures contains Steiner s strongest statements on the issues of human relationships within a spiritual community. Occasioned by a scandal involving people influenced by psychoanalysis, these lectures are Steiner s comprehensive assessment of Freud s work and psychoanalysis as a whole. Steiner shows, our physical life, including human sexuality, has spiritual roots; and that looking to sexuality for the explanation of human behavior is therefore looking in the wrong direction. He also makes clear that becoming part of a spiritual community, such as the Anthroposophical Society, entails special responsibilities and a new way of being."

Ecocriticism and Early Modern English Literature

Green Pastures

Author: Todd A. Borlik

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136741801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 292

View: 3534


In this timely new study, Borlik reveals the surprisingly rich potential for the emergent "green" criticism to yield fresh insights into early modern English literature. Deftly avoiding the anachronistic casting of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century authors as modern environmentalists, he argues that environmental issues, such as nature’s personhood, deforestation, energy use, air quality, climate change, and animal sentience, are formative concerns in many early modern texts. The readings infuse a new urgency in familiar works by Shakespeare, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Ralegh, Jonson, Donne, and Milton. At the same time, the book forecasts how ecocriticism will bolster the reputation of less canonical authors like Drayton, Wroth, Bruno, Gascoigne, and Cavendish. Its chapters trace provocative affinities between topics such as Pythagorean ecology and the Gaia hypothesis, Ovidian tropes and green phenomenology, the disenchantment of Nature and the Little Ice Age, and early modern pastoral poetry and modern environmental ethics. It also examines the ecological onus of Renaissance poetics, while showcasing how the Elizabethans’ sense of a sophisticated interplay between nature and art can provide a precedent for ecocriticism’s current understanding of the relationship between nature and culture as "mutually constructive." Situating plays and poems alongside an eclectic array of secondary sources, including herbals, forestry laws, husbandry manuals, almanacs, and philosophical treatises on politics and ethics, Borlik demonstrates that Elizabethan and Jacobean authors were very much aware of, and concerned about, the impact of human beings on their natural surroundings.

Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism

Author: Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313375577

Category: Social Science

Page: 290

View: 4755


Intended for students, general readers, vegetarians, and vegans, as well as those interested in animal welfare and liberation, this A–Z encyclopedia explores the historical and cultural significance of vegetarianism in the United States and beyond. • A–Z entries on cultural and historical aspects of vegetarianism in the United States and beyond • Brief sidebars with excerpts from primary documents, quotations, and more • A chronology of vegetarianism in the United States, including relevant international developments • Photographs of famous vegetarians • A selected bibliography of relevant books, scholarly articles, and websites

Food of Sinful Demons

Meat, Vegetarianism, and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet

Author: Geoffrey Barstow

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231542305

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 7802


Tibetan Buddhism teaches compassion toward all beings, a category that explicitly includes animals. Slaughtering animals is morally problematic at best and, at worst, completely incompatible with a religious lifestyle. Yet historically most Tibetans—both monastic and lay—have made meat a regular part of their diet. In this study of the place of vegetarianism within Tibetan religiosity, Geoffrey Barstow explores the tension between Buddhist ethics and Tibetan cultural norms to offer a novel perspective on the spiritual and social dimensions of meat eating. Food of Sinful Demons shows the centrality of vegetarianism to the cultural history of Tibet through specific ways in which nonreligious norms and ideals shaped religious beliefs and practices. Barstow offers a detailed analysis of the debates over meat eating and vegetarianism, from the first references to such a diet in the tenth century through the Chinese invasion in the 1950s. He discusses elements of Tibetan Buddhist thought—including monastic vows, the Buddhist call to compassion, and tantric antinomianism—that see meat eating as morally problematic. He then looks beyond religious attitudes to examine the cultural, economic, and environmental factors that oppose the Buddhist critique of meat, including Tibetan concepts of medicine and health, food scarcity, the display of wealth, and idealized male gender roles. Barstow argues that the issue of meat eating was influenced by a complex interplay of factors, with religious perspectives largely supporting vegetarianism while practical concerns and secular ideals pulled in the other direction. He concludes by addressing the surge in vegetarianism in contemporary Tibet in light of evolving notions of Tibetan identity and resistance against the central Chinese state. The first book to discuss this complex issue, Food of Sinful Demons is essential reading for scholars interested in Tibetan religion, history, and culture as well as global food history.

The Deeper Dimension of Yoga

Theory and Practice

Author: Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834822085

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 432

View: 8914


"Here is a comprehensive survey of the full breadth and depth of the 5,000-year-old Yoga tradition, emphasizing its potent philosophy and spiritual vision. Georg Feuerstein demonstrates that Yoga is much more than a system of physical exercises—it is a profound path of self-transformation that encompasses a range of teachings, practices, and sacred texts that can help us cultivate wisdom, balance, and inner freedom, as well as physical health. Feuerstein is one of the few Western scholar-teachers of Yoga whose writing and teaching penetrate the full richness and depth of this ancient tradition. Here he offers a collection of essays touching on all facets of the discipline. Topics include: • The different branches and styles of Yoga • The ethical teachings of Yoga • Yoga and vegetarianism • Meditation and mantras • Choosing a teacher • Tantric Yoga • The experience of ecstasy

State of the World 2010

Transforming Cultures From Consumerism to Sustainability

Author: The Worldwatch Institute

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610916298

Category: Nature

Page: 266

View: 6200


Like a tsunami, consumerism has engulfed human cultures and Earth’s ecosystems. Left unaddressed, we risk global disaster. But if we channel this wave, intentionally transforming our cultures to center on sustainability, we will not only prevent catastrophe, but may usher in an era of sustainability—one that allows all people to thrive while protecting, even restoring, Earth. In State of the World 2010, sixty renowned researchers and practitioners describe how we can harness the world’s leading institutions—education, the media, business, governments, traditions, and social movements—to reorient cultures toward sustainability.

A Communion of Subjects

Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics

Author: Paul Waldau,Kimberley Christine Patton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231509979

Category: Philosophy

Page: 720

View: 3306


A Communion of Subjects is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of the conceptualization of animals in world religions. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including Thomas Berry (cultural history), Wendy Doniger (study of myth), Elizabeth Lawrence (veterinary medicine, ritual studies), Marc Bekoff (cognitive ethology), Marc Hauser (behavioral science), Steven Wise (animals and law), Peter Singer (animals and ethics), and Jane Goodall (primatology) consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art. Their findings offer profound insights into humans' relationships with animals and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live. Contributors examine Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Daoism, Confucianism, African religions, traditions from ancient Egypt and early China, and Native American, indigenous Tibetan, and Australian Aboriginal traditions, among others. They explore issues such as animal consciousness, suffering, sacrifice, and stewardship in innovative methodological ways. They also address contemporary challenges relating to law, biotechnology, social justice, and the environment. By grappling with the nature and ideological features of various religious views, the contributors cast religious teachings and practices in a new light. They reveal how we either intentionally or inadvertently marginalize "others," whether they are human or otherwise, reflecting on the ways in which we assign value to living beings. Though it is an ancient concern, the topic of "Religion and Animals" has yet to be systematically studied by modern scholars. This groundbreaking collection takes the first steps toward a meaningful analysis.

To Cherish All Life

A Buddhist Case for Becoming Vegetarian

Author: Philip Kapleau

Publisher: Harper San Francisco


Category: Religion

Page: 104

View: 4680


Discusses the Buddhist belief in the unity of all living creatures, examines the morality of eating meat, and argues that vegetarianism respects the holiness of life


A Systems Approach to Organisational and Societal Change

Author: Elisabeth Dostal,Anacreon Cloete,György Járos

Publisher: BiomatrixWeb

ISBN: 0620342358

Category: Industrial organization

Page: 562

View: 6700


Biomatrix: A Systems Approach to Organisational and Societal Change provides a comprehensive theory of management. It outlines how change in organisations and society needs to be managed in the information age: systemically. It also proposes ideas for new governance models. Part 1 of the book provides an overview of Biomatrix systems theory. Part 2 applies the theory to management, organisation development and transformation. Part 3 applies the theory to dissolving complex societal problems. The book may be regarded as a textbook for management, leadership and governance in the 21st century. Case studies are provided throughout.

Animals and World Religions

Author: Lisa Kemmerer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199912556

Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 1210


Despite increasing public attention to animal suffering, little seems to have changed: Human beings continue to exploit billions of animals in factory farms, medical laboratories, and elsewhere. In this wide-ranging and perceptive study, Lisa Kemmerer shows how spiritual writings and teachings in seven major religious traditions can help people to consider their ethical obligations toward other creatures. Dr. Kemmerer examines the role of nonhuman animals in scripture and myth, in the lives of religious exemplars, and by drawing on foundational philosophical and moral teachings. She begins with a study of indigenous traditions around the world, then focuses on the religions of India (Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain) and China (Daoism and Confucianism), and finally, religions of the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). At the end of each chapter, Kemmerer explores the inspiring lives and work of contemporary animal advocates who are motivated by a personal religious commitment. Animals and World Religions demonstrates that rethinking how we treat nonhuman animals is essential for anyone claiming one of the world's great religions.

The Universal Medicine

Author: Art Corpus

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1503516601

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 92

View: 9350


Laughter is not the best medicine. If you have a weak heart, you can die laughing. But you cannot die by drinking your fresh urine—even if you have a weak heart. On the contrary, your weak heart will become strong because it will be cured of its disease that made it weak. Moreover, if you have other diseases, they will all be cured if you drink your fresh urine. This book will show you how this magic is done by urine. Urine is not a waste. It is a residue. Your body takes and uses the little nutrients it needs from the food and liquid you take. The residue is taken out of your body through your urine. Hence your urine is full of precious healthy nutrients. By drinking your fresh urine, you can give back to your body these nutrients that will cure and prevent all diseases. This book will tell you how this is done. Since urine is a medicine that is manufactured by your body, and since your body is made and designed by God, urine is truly God’s medicine. That is why it is so effective and cures all diseases. For this reason, the wise people of India have been using for ages their urine to cure and prevent diseases. And also for this reason, they call urine Shivambu meaning “water of Shiva,” who is one of their major gods. Indeed, it is urine which is the best medicine—no other.

Language Policies and (Dis)Citizenship

Rights, Access, Pedagogies

Author: Prof. Vaidehi Ramanathan

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 1783090219

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 7700


This volume explores the concept of 'citizenship', and argues that it should be understood both as a process of becoming and the ability to participate fully, rather than as a status that can be inherited, acquired, or achieved. From a courtroom in Bulawayo to a nursery in Birmingham, the authors use local contexts to foreground how the vulnerable, particularly those from minority language backgrounds, continue to be excluded, whilst offering a powerful demonstration of the potential for change offered by individual agency, resistance and struggle. In addressing questions such as 'under what local conditions does "dis-citizenship" happen?'; 'what role do language policies and pedagogic practices play?' and 'what kinds of margins and borders keep humans from fully participating'? The chapters in this volume shift the debate away from visas and passports to more uncertain and contested spaces of interpretation.

Walking the Noble Path

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 1937006514

Category: Philosophy

Page: 14

View: 3154


Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh presents the true path to a personal and global ethic in this stand alone chapter of Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society.

The Deeper Dimension of Yoga

Theory and Practice

Author: Georg Feuerstein

Publisher: Shambhala Publications


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 415

View: 6561


Discusses yoga as a route to self-transformation, using powerful philosophy and spiritual vision to teach wisdom, balance, and inner freedom, in addition to physical health.

Religion in America

Author: Julia Mitchell Corbett,Julia Corbett Hemeyer

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 344

View: 476


Concise, yet thorough, this book introduces the vast variety of religious groups and activities—both ecclesial and popular—that make up the American religious picture in the late 1990s. It presents the academic study of religion within the context of the humanities, discussing religion in a spirit of mutual exploration and learning, rather than in terms of what is "right" and "wrong." Coverage emphasizes the current state of today's religions, paying particular attention to the religious diversity found in the United States. Topics include religion in American public life; the Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches; clergical misconduct; responding to religious diversity; studying and describing religion; consensus protestants; catholics in the United States; living a jewish life in the United States; humanism and the unitarian universalists; christianities that began in the United States; alternative themes in american christianity; ethnic christianity; muslims in the United States; hindus and buddhists in the United States; other religious and spiritual movements; and religion as an individual and cultural problem. For those interested in American and Western religions.