A Gideon Bible

Holy Bible. The Gideons.

Inside cover of a Gideon Bible.
I am slightly miffed that apparently I payed two dollars for a book which appears to have originally been placed in someone’s home or a public place. I assume that the Gideons carried out this secret service for free. And definitely not two dollars.

This book got straight to the point. No publishing information or title page. It immediately refers the reader to verses which they may need under various circumstances. Tiny text drips off each packed page. Though I loathe paying for a service normally given for free, I love the aesthetic of this little book. Fake red leather, golden embossed letters, and tissue paper pages mark it as beautiful addition to a book shelf. To learn more about the actual content  of the Bible, click here.

Thanks for reading,

Audrey Cole

Several free Buddhist books

Here are the citations for the two books I acquired from the Buddhist temple.

Dhammananda, K. Sri. How to Live Without Fear & Worry. BMS Publications, 2001.

Thich, Thien-Tam, and Forrest G. Smith. Pure-Land Zen: Zen Pure-Land: Letters from Patriarch Yin Kuang. Amida Fellowship, 1995.

The Bhagavad Gita: As It Is

Bhaktivedanta, A. C. Bhagavad Gita: As It Is. Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 2014.

Please read my previous post on the Bhagavad Gita to learn more about it.

You can buy a copy from many sources on the internet and in person.

Thanks for reading,

Audrey Cole

 

Theravada Buddhism

“Access to Insight.” Access to Insight. N.p., 20 Dec. 2015. Web. 23 July 2017.

I think that, in my research in Buddhism, I will focus on Theravada Buddhism (The School of the Elders). It is the eldest form of Buddhism, and, if I go into the other schools, it would serve as a pretty good jumping-off point for understanding other forms.

This website has a lot of amazing information on Theravada Buddhism, which I will try to read.

Thank you for reading,

Audrey Cole

A portrait of modern Zoroastrianism:

Goodstein, Laurie. “Zoroastrians Keep the Faith, and Keep Dwindling.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 06 Sept. 2006. Web. 17 July 2017.

This article presented a portrait of modern Zoroastrianism, which was informative and poignantly presented. Zoroastrianism is currently in the decline, as this is a fairly insular and exclusive religion. Though their scripts do not explicitly forbid it, many Zoroastrian priests do not accept converts or the children of a mixed marriage as Zoroastrians. Modern Zoroastrian communities are thinly dispersed, all over the globe, united by the basic tenet ” good thoughts, good words, good deeds.”

 

A basic introduction to Zoroastrianism

“Zoroastrianism: Holy Text, Beliefs, and Practices.” Religious Tolerance: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2017.

This site has a pretty barebones description of Zoroastrianism, with a few interesting facts. It is definitely a place that you can start trying to figure out what Zoroastrianism  is.

Most importantly, this site has information on many religions, hot button issues, and other things which you may need to know in order to better understand a wide variety of religions.

A short analytical text on Hinduism

Vasudha Narayanan. Hinduism: Origins, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places. New York: Oxford, 2004. Print.

I couldn’t resist this analytical text on Hinduism. This book is short and sweet, filled with connections and information I wouldn’t have found otherwise. In 105 pages, it obviously couldn’t go into depth on any subject, but it did give attention to a wide array of information. I recommend it for someone who wants to gain a basic grasp of what Hinduism is in as little time as possible.