Acts of Abandonment by Writers, Philosophers, and Artists
Author: Ross Posnock
Pubpsher: Harvard University Press
Renunciation as a creative force is the animating idea behind Ross Posnock’s new book. Taking up acts of abandonment, rejection, and refusal that have long baffled critics, he shows how renunciation has reframed the relationship of writers, philosophers, and artists to society in productive and unpredictable ways.
The aim of this dissertation is to present a systematic exposition of renunciation (Samnyasa) as a philosophico-religious category within Indian tradition with special reference to Advaita Vedanta of Samkaracarya. The author tried to justify this category as a spiritual technique systematically worked out and developed by Advaitins particularly Samkara with a view to classifying and systematizing values in terms of the different forms which renunciation and its object may be found to assume. This dissertation also highlights principles of human behaviour in the Indian tradition implicitly clarifying thereby such concepts as dharma (socio-religious duties), the good life, obligation and responsibility etc.
Release on 2013-11-18 | by Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche
Author: Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche
Pubpsher: Penguin UK
One of the fundamental Buddhist teachings is to renounce Samsara or reducing one's emotional attachment in the world. Giving up materialism and finding the true meaning of life lies at the core of finding one's way to enlightenment. But in a world that's increasingly becoming materialistic, how does one even go about beginning to renounce the world? Renunciation is Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche's attempt at answering that and some other questions about the practice of giving up worldly pleasures. By talking about one's impermanence—'the only outcome of birth is death'—this guide will help you confront the reality of your existence and how one must live life without negativity to eliminate the fear of death, which eventually leads one on to the path of renunciation. Taken from one of the many teaching sessions from the early years at the Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre in New Delhi, this detailed guide is a thought-provoking read on the idea of renunciation in a practical world.
Renunciation introduces a powerful new poet whose work, though it treads the ground of silence and loss, bears a redemptive grace. Disquieting and healing, Corey Mark's poems hold to "a moment when possibility / bristles so close it holds a shape in the air". The sculptor Gislebertus, Doubting Thomas, Theseus, and John Keats share space in the pages of Renunciation with a survivor of the bomb in Hiroshima, a blind girl in the South American jungle, and DeSoto's thirteen swine in the hold of a ship bound for America. Rich with almost palpable nuances of light and sound, Corey Marks's lyric meditations unravel a constant play of loss and continuation, "mending sense from spare threads" and hovering over connections undone even as they are made.
Release on 1997 | by Julia E. Rodriguez,Gina Rodriguez Hernandez,Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá,Edgardo Rodriguez Julia,Unesco
Author: Julia E. Rodriguez,Gina Rodriguez Hernandez,Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá,Edgardo Rodriguez Julia,Unesco
"Andrew Hurley's fine translation makes available this acclaimed Puerto Rican novelist's La renuncia del heroe Baltasar (1974), the fictive chronicles of an arranged marriage plotted to save Puerto Rico from certain slave rebellion. Interspersed lectures
Traveling in New Mexico in 1971, Will George converts to Bhakti Dharma, a new religious movement influenced by Hinduism and Sikh tradition. Returning to his home in Minnesota, he renounces his previous life, provoking a crisis for everyone in his family. Peter, Will's older brother, is a graduate student at the University of Chicago who studies early Christian asceticism partly to understand his brother's devotion. He gains insight into kundalini yoga, gender roles in the ashram, the guru's charisma, and events such as Jonestown and controversies about Hare Krishna. In Thailand Peter has a profound encounter during a Buddhist meditation retreat. Meanwhile, Will's religious search continues in India, where he dies in suspicious circumstances. Peter retraces his brother's steps to investigate his death and wrestles with what it means to be his brother's keeper. The developing relationship between the two brothers dramatizes the theme of renunciation, as expressed both in explicit religious vows and in other choices they make. Acts of renunciation reveal a longing for sacrifice and self-transcendence, and sometimes also a dangerous and destructive urge. This novel explores how family relationships and religious commitments conflict, intertwine, and shape each other.
Release on 2016-04-30 | by M. Khandelwal,Sondra L. Hausner,A. Gold
Nuns, Yoginis, Saints, and Singers
Author: M. Khandelwal,Sondra L. Hausner,A. Gold
Category: Social Science
This volume brings together compelling new research on South Asian women who have renounced worldly life for spiritual pursuits. Documenting contemporary women's experiences with intimate ethnographic narratives, this book offers feminist insights into Jain, Buddhist, Hindu and Baul ascetic traditions.
Release on 2019-11-09 | by Candido Xavier, Francisco
Author: Candido Xavier, Francisco
Pubpsher: Federação Espírita Brasileira (FEB)
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In what constellation might Alcyone, soul of his soul and life of his life, live? The sweet Alcyone asks to return to the Earth to accompany the great love of her past, Charles, in a new lifetime of trials, sacrifices and reparations. In an example of profound devotion to her neighbor, she demonstrates her complete loyalty to assist the one for whom she has interceded so much on the spirit plane. In this gripping historical novel, the spirit Emmanuel takes us back to the frivolous Paris of the 17th century, a city replete with violent sentiments and materialistic illusions that conflict with the eternal truths of the soul. By means of the psychography of Francisco Candido Xavier, the spirit author’s collaborator, we are introduced to another one of Emmanuel’s incarnations, this time as Father Damiano, vicar of St. Vincent’s Church in Avila, Spain, and the couple’s contemporary protagonist.
A study of how asceticism was promoted through Biblical interpretation, Reading Renunciation uses contemporary literary theory to unravel the writing strategies of the early Christian authors. Not a general discussion of early Christian teachings on celibacy and marriage, the book is a close examination, in the author's words, of how "the Fathers' axiology of abstinence informed their interpretation of Scriptural texts and incited the production of ascetic meaning." Elizabeth Clark begins with a survey of scholarship concerning early Christian asceticism that is designed to orient the nonspecialist. Section Two is organized around potentially troubling issues posed by Old Testament texts that demanded skillful handling by ascetically inclined Christian exegetes. The third section, "Reading Paul," focuses on the hermeneutical problems raised by I Corinthians 7, and the Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles. Elizabeth Clark's remarkable work will be of interest to scholars of late antiquity, religion, literary theory, and history.