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Upon completing the path that led him to fully develop compassion and wisdom, Shakyamuni arrived at enlightenment, the state of Buddhahood that marks the end of suffering. Replying to the requests made of him, he transmitted three cycles of teachings to explain the path he had taken and the methods he used. Traditionally, Buddhism counts 84,000 teachings, and the four seals of the Dharma contain the essence of all these. Like a royal seal that historically proved authenticity and authority, the four seals give a true description of our current situation and that to which we can progress: All phenomena are impermanent by nature. All contaminated phenomena are suffering by nature. All phenomena are empty and devoid of inherent existence. Nirvana is a state of absolute peace. The first two seals allow us to understand the characteristics of our condition and the last two, the qualities of liberation. In this way, the teaching shows the Buddha’s path and the Buddhist perspective. Today, Buddhism is no longer an exotic movement but a methodology that has taken root and is practiced in the West. Nevertheless, do we really know what it means to be Buddhist? Using the introspective process of investigation that is precious to this tradition, Lama Khenpo Ngedön directly involves the reader in this discovery by asking simple, to-the-point questions and then bringing together the elements of an answer connected with these four statements.

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First published in 1925, “The Everlasting Man” by G. K. Chesterton is a powerful argument against the theories of evolution and comparative religion. Chesterton deeply disagreed with the view of animal and human evolution popularized by “The Outline of History” written by H. G. Wells in 1919. Wells argued that human civilization was nothing more than a logical progression from simple animal life and that Jesus Christ was no more than a charismatic leader. In Wells’ view, the Christian religion was merely one amongst many and nothing more. Armed with persuasive arguments and research, Chesterton sought to prove that man was far more than just a special kind of animal and that Jesus was more than just a charismatic individual. Chesterton argues that humans are quite unlike any other animal on earth and have achieved more and understand more than would be possible without the presence of a divine creator. Christianity provides its believers with a true answer to the chaos and suffering the world experienced before Jesus brought his message to his disciples. “The Everlasting Man” made a lasting impression on such respected authors as C. S. Lewis and continues to inspire the faithful with its compelling defense of Christianity. This edition includes a biographical afterword.

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Richard Baxter was one of the most important leaders of the Puritan church in England in the 17th century. Born in Shropshire, England sometime in 1615, Baxter was poorly educated as a child, but diligently pursued his education as a young man and decided to enter the church at age 23. He was ordained as a pastor in 1638 and began a long and prolific career as a church leader, poet, theologian and writer. It is estimated he wrote as many as 141 books over his lifetime before his death in 1691. Baxter was appointed vicar of Kidderminster in 1647 and would remain in this post for nearly 19 years, except for those times during the English Civil War when he was forced to flee due to his religious beliefs. During his time at Kidderminster Baxter refined his ideas for reforming the ministry. First appearing as early as 1656, “The Reformed Pastor” was written by Baxter to assist other ministers in performing their duties to their congregations and to lead by example by living lives of faith and virtue. Baxter’s teachings have inspired and influenced ministers for centuries and continue to provide a strong moral guide for religious leaders to this day.

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“Charity and Its Fruits” is a collection of sermons by Jonathan Edwards, one of America’s most important religious leaders and theologians. Edwards was a significant force in the rise of religious devotion in the United States in the 1730s known as the First Great Awakening and became a popular American revivalist preacher. His “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is one of the most famous sermons ever given and remains a widely read classic of American literature. “Charity and Its Fruits” is one of Edwards’ earlier collections of sermons and the works are concerned with the topics of charity, Christian love, and devotion to God. These inspiring and comforting sermons show what is possible when the faithful act with a charitable spirit rather than with an envious or selfish one. Edwards preached a life of humility, good deeds, and quiet devotion. His discussion of 1 Corinthians 13 remains one of the most powerful ever written. “Charity and Its Fruits” is a reassuring and accessible introduction to one of America’s most famous religious figures.

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Written in 1746, “Religious Affections” is the widely influential work by Jonathan Edwards, one of America’s most important religious leaders and theologians. Edwards was a significant force in the rise of religious devotion in the United States in the 1730s known as the First Great Awakening and became a popular American revivalist preacher. His “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is one of the most famous sermons ever given and remains a widely read classic of American literature. In “Religious Affections”, Edwards examines how a true conversion to Christianity occurs and sets out in detail how to test if one is converted in earnest. Edwards argues that while both emotion and intellect are involved when a person converts, it is the grace of Christ that allows one to truly awaken to the Christian faith. The “Religious Affections” referenced in the title are described by Edwards as the fruit of the Spirit and it is from these fruits, with love being the chief among them, that all other Christian graces and virtues grow. Edwards’ powerful treatise remains an essential and informative read for all divinity students and devout Christians seeking a better understanding of their faith.

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First published in 1395, Julian of Norwich’s “Revelations of Divine Love” is a classic and important work of Christian mysticism, and the first book in English written by a woman. It is an account of her sixteen divine and mystical visions and her meditations on them, which she experienced after being struck by a serious illness at age 30 in 1373. Notable also for being written in plain Middle English, rather than the more common Latin for religious texts of the time, Julian of Norwich puts forth her ideas for divine love and beauty. Reflecting upon her illness and the visions she experienced, she believes she received three gifts from God: an understanding of the passion and love of Christ, an understanding of the importance of her own suffering, and the gift of greater piety and reverence as a result of her illness. Julian of Norwich found indescribable beauty even in the smallest of objects and insisted that God loved and cared for each of His creations. Written at a time of immeasurable loss and upheaval as a result of the Black Plague, “Revelations of Divine Love” is an important and beautiful historical work of Christian theology.

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J. C. Ryle was an acclaimed 19th century English Anglican bishop, prolific author, and first bishop of Liverpool. Ryle was beloved by many all over the world for his kind manner of preaching and his many works are full of his welcoming and affectionate tone. Ryle’s message of faithfulness and love was meant for everyone, both those who have been practicing their faith for decades and those new to religion, regardless of their age or social class. His straightforward and caring style was widely credited with bringing a renewed sense of spirituality to the working classes of England. First published in 1888, “The Duties of Parents” is Ryle’s enduringly popular and useful guide for parents to help them introduce their children to Christ. Organized around seventeen simple and profound responsibilities that Christian parents have to their children, Ryle shows parents how to guide their children’s faith through actions, words, and examples and how to use love, the most important part of the parent-child relationship, to shape the future of the next generation. Over a century after it was first published, “The Duties of Parents” remains an encouraging and practical guide for every loving parent hoping to raise devout and responsible children.

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“The Dialogue of Saint Catherine of Siena”, sometime referred to as “The Dialogue of Divine Providence”, is a series of spiritual treatises by 14th century mystic and political activist Saint Catherine de Siena. Born in 1347 in the city of Siena in Tuscany, Italy, Catherine was well-known for her mystical visions and developed a close and influential relationship with Pope Gregory XI, an unusual accomplishment for a woman of her time. Her most lasting legacies are her “Dialogue” and her surviving letters, which are considered some of the most important works of early Tuscan and Italian literature. It is widely believed the treatises that compose the “Dialogue” were dictated by Catherine while she was experiencing ecstatic mystical visions and contain the wisdom and revelations given to her by God. Catherine instructs the faithful in how to have a more personal and rewarding relationship to God, how to give oneself fully over to prayer and devotion, and how difficulties and suffering in life can be transformed into something positive and beautiful through faith and God’s love. Saint Catherine of Siena’s insights remain pertinent and instructive centuries after they were first published and endure as a timeless classic of Christian spiritual literature.

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An in-depth exploration of how secular aspects of religious belief can interact with philosophy, psychotherapy, art, and architecture to enrich our modern lifestyle. Acknowledges the growth of atheism juxtaposed with people’s need for a spiritual dimension to their lives. Offers suggestions and guidance on incorporating simple religious rituals into our everyday lives to offer comfort and solace. Part of a series of giftable essays from The School of Life. Titles include: What is Psychotherapy?; How to Find Love; Self-Knowledge. Beautifully produced, premium gift format.

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This is the tenth anniversary edition of a Pilgrim Press favorite. Jesus and Those Bodacious Women is well known for its new spins on the stories of biblical women such as Mary Magdalene, the Bent-over Woman, Queen Esther, and Mary, among others. The tenth anniversary edition contains spins on the stories of five additional biblical women: Vashti, Jezebel, Cozbi (the prostitute in the Book of Numbers), Dorcas, and Lydia.