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Books Beads of Faith Book

Beads of Faith
Pathways to Meditation and Spirituality Using Rosaries, Prayer Beads and Sacred Words

Gray Henry & Susannah Marriott

Includes a 35-minute DVD Accompaniment

"Using beads in prayer is archetypal and common to all the great faith traditions: from the oldest, Hinduism, to modern-day Christianity; from Judaism and Islam to Buddhism. For the first time, this accessible and visually enticing anthology introduces a mainstream readership to the pious mysteries underpinning the principal prayer-bead traditions which have shaped religious practice across cultures. The focus is on key prayers and holy practices framed by inspirational quotes from past and present yogies, rabbis, gurus and saints. Written in straightforward language, this vibrant and thought-provoking book will delight the devout as well as non-faith readers, and intrigue anyone seeking inner peace through an understanding of the Divine.

Beads of Faith takes an in-depth look at how the rosary (strings of beads employed for counting prayers) is used by devotees of the world's great religions to achieve inner tranquility, increase spirituality and open direct channels of communication with God. Whether you are a devout believer, a culture enthusiast, or a "lost soul" seeking personal and spiritual development, this book will inspire and facinate you in ways you did not think possible."

-The first book on the sacred prayer-bead rituals of the world's major religions: Christianity, the Orthodox Church, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

-Key prayers, mantras, meditation techniques for everyday use.

-Beautifully illustrated with contemporary photographs and inspiring works of art.

BK-1$29.95   Includes Book and DVD


The Practice of Tibetan Meditation Book
The Practice of Tibetan Meditation
Excercises, Visualizations, and Mantras for Health and Well-Being

Dagsay Tulku Rinpoche

Includes a 60-minute CD of Mantras to Accompany the Meditations

"For centuries Tibetan Lamas have transmitted spiritual knowledge by teaching mind-training meditation. Dagsay Tulku Rinpoche now shares these rare jewels of Tibetan meditation techniques in an easy and accessible manner, leading the Western reader toward the path of true happiness.
Dagsay Tulku Rinpoche's teachings range from introductory sessions designed to create an oasis of calmness in daily life to deep practices for cleansing and healing. He also offers traditional meditations to prepare for death, the ultimate transition. True to the rich, sensory nature of Tibetan Buddhism, these meditations are enhanced with instructions for relaxing massage and an accompanying sixty-minute CD of mantras."

CD Track Listing:
1. Vajra Sattva Mantra (3:15)
2. Medicine Buddha Mantra (3:19)
The Five Color Rain Shower Mantras (tracks 3-7)
3. To Purify Desire (3:03)
4. To Purify Anger and Hate (3:03)
5. To Purify Ignorance (3:03)
6. To Purify Pride (2:59)
7. To Purify Suspicion (2:58)
The Five Element Mantras (tracks 8-12)
8.   To Pool the Energy of Earth (3:03)
9.   To Pool the Energy of Water (3:36)
10. To Pool the Energy of Fire (3:36)
11. To Pool the Energy of Wind (3:43)
12. To Poll the Energy of Space(3:38)
13. Amitayus Mantra (3:08)
14. Tara Mantra (3:11)
15. Vijaya Devi Mantra (3:49)
16. Amitabha Mantra (2:50)
17. Chenrezi Mantra (2:52)
18. Manjushri Mantra (3:04)
19. Vajra Guru Mantra (3:09)
Total Time: 57.99


CD's Living Wisdom with His Holiness the Dalai Lama Book Living Wisdom with His Holiness the Dalai Lama Book

Living Wisdom
with His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Don Farber and The Dalai Lama

Kit includes a 47-minute DVD; 145-page book; CD including traditional chanting by the Dalai Lama; 36 photographs, each with a contemplation from his teachings on the Six Transcendent Perfections; & mini-easel to display your daily contemplation.

"When you are in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, you are in the presence of compassion itself. But how many of us will have the opportunity to personally experience the man known as "The Ocean of Wisdom"? Now, Living Wisdom gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the grace of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, and the receive the transformative power of his teachings in your own home."

Living Wisdom Kit Includes:

* 47-minute DVD spanning 25 years of Don Farbr's photography of His Holiness with more than 400 extraordinary images set to sacred Tibetan music.
*145-page book gleaned from His Holiness's classic lessons on the Six Transcendent Perfections. These are the way of the bodhisattva-the qualities we must cultivate in order to reach enlightenment.
*Musicians, monks, and nuns honor His Holiness through time-honored chants and original compositions on CD. Includes traditional chanting by the Dalai Lama.
*36 photographs of His Holiness, each with a contemplation from his teachings on The Six Transcendent perfections.
*Mini-easel to display your dialy contemplation on your desk or home altar.


Eight Verses for Traing the Mind by The Dalai Lama Book

Eight Verses for Training the Mind
The Dalai Lama

"At the invitation of the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture in Washington, D.C., His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a one-day teaching and commentary on the Eight Verses for Training the Mind to over five thousand Western and Tibetan students. These verses were transmitted to His Holiness when he was a small boy, and he gas recited them every day since then as a part of his personal practice.

His Holiness began the day by stressing the importance of implementing the teachings in daily life and went on to cover the complete fundamentals of Buddhist thought and practice. Then drawing from personal experience in working with these teachings, His Holiness gave a profound and succinct commentary on the entire Eight Verses.

The day concluded with the bestowal of the vow for the Generation of Bodhicitta, the heart-felt motivation to become enlightened in order to benefit all sentient beings."

"It could be said that the Eight Verses for Training the Mind contain within them the entire essence of the Buddha's teachings."
-H.H the Dalai Lama


The Golden Buddha CD
The Golden Buddha
Oral Stories with Harp from the Buddhist Tradition

David Cowsky & Anne Johnson

David (Creator/Owner and photographer for Shakya Design) (aka my Dad!) has written and narrated these short Buddhist stories.

"Oral stories, often set to music, are part of a rich tradition in the East. They help to preserve and pass on a culture's heritage to future generations. They also inspire and transmit spiritual truths.
In this series of musical stories, David Cowsky, Buddhist writer and storyteller, and Anne Johnson, harpist, singer and composer, seek to adapt and bring this tradition to the West."

"Wearing a straw hat over her pale blonde hair, Sara strolled up and down the rows. Years later she would wonder what it was that drew her to the booth selling necklaces and beads. "You have a good eye, Madam. Please take it!" the dark-skinned man said in a sing-song voice. suddenly she didn't want to stay; and she turned to leave, when pressing the beads into her hand and almost pushing her away, he said, "Take it, take it. It is yours!" --From the Bright Beads of Time

We believe that what we see, hear, and feel is true reality, and our experience of time and space represents the true reality of time and space. This story, based upon an ancient wisdom tale from India, suggests that there is far more time and space, indeed to reality, which we can sometimes glimpse, but never fully know or understand.

"The abbot turned and walked to the temple hall which housed the Golden Buddha. Entering it, he bowed before the great statue. He stood in the silence of the hall, built by the devotion his ancestors, knowing that in a very short time, this hall, the entire temple would be destroyed. And the great statue, a treasure for all time, would be torn apart in a frenzy by the invading army."--From the Golden Buddha

The Golden Buddha is a story of a great work of art, a cultural heritage, and our historical connection with a great spiritual flourishing centuries ago. At a deeper level, it is an allegory of the nature of Truth, and the spirit of faith within all individuals which is never truly destroyed."

CD Track Listing:
1. Opening the Book of Buddhist Stories (Track 1)
2.The Bright Beads of Time (Tracks 2-10)
3. The Golden Buddha (Tracks 11-22)
4. Closing (Track 23)

Total Time: 65 min.


Tibetan Master Chants CD

Tibetan Master Chants
Lama Tashi

There are 12 well known Tibetan Mantras on this exceptional album, including "Om Ah Hum" and "Om Mani Padme Hum" featuring the sacred Deep Voice Chanting of one of the world's foremost Tibetan Chant Masters.
There is a specific order and function for each of the chants on this recording. Lama Tashi's voice is amazingly powerful and deeply resonant creating extraordinary harmonics as he chants. At times, his voice is multi-tracked and the recording sounds like a monastery full of Tibetan Chant Masters.
Includes a 24 page booklet about the chants.

Track Listing:
1. Setting Motivation (:40)
2. Mantra of Blessing (Purification) (6:19)
3. Guru Rimpoche (Tantric Abilities) (5:33)
4. Heart Sutra (Enlightenment) (5:36)
5. Avalokitesvara (Compassion) (4:57)
6. Manjushri (Wisdom) (5:20)
7. Vajrapani (Power) (5:47)
8. Buddha Amitays (Long Life) (5:44)
9. Buddha Ushnisha Vijaya (Good Karma) (5:10)
10. Tara (Protection) (5:51)
11. Medicine Buddha (Healing) (5:30)
12. Dedication Prayer (:54)

Total Time: 57:32


The Beginner's Guide to Mantras CD

The Beginner's Guide to Mantras
How to Use Sacred Sound to Create Abundance, Health, and Spiritual Insight in Your Life

Thomas Ashley-Farrand

"Could the simple act of uttering a sacred sound influence your physical health, your emotional state...even the world around you? On The Beginner's Guide to Mantras, you will learn India's long-secret tradition of mantra-a powerful "inner technology" for clearing your mind...removing hidden life obstacles..and attracting abundance in every arena of your life, from careers to relationships to artistic pursuits. Thomas Ashley-Farrand, one of the West's leading authorities on mantras, teaches you everything you need to know to get started. Includes detailed guidance for intoning each chant with precision-a key to their effectiveness."

Running Time: 71 Minutes



Healing Mantras CD

Healing Mantras
Learn Sound Affirmations for Spiritual Growth, Creativity, and Healing

Thomas Ashley-Farrand
Contents: 1 compact disc with 23-page study guide.

"Mantras-sacred sound syllables from the Vedic tradition-have been refined for thousands of years to promote inner healing, spiritual development, and beneficial effects in the world around us. On Thomas Ashley-Farrand's Healing Mantras CD, you will join a master practitioner as he demonstrates how to voice over 20 mantras with perfect precision-a key to their effectiveness. Includes a complete study guide covering the theory, origins, and practical applications of mantra practice."

Running Time: 70 Minutes


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