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Fire in the Mountain
Paper, 188 Pages
All the sacred traditions of humanity have one common source, root, and origin; human history has been a battleground between those who know, those who do not know, and those who do not want you to know, lest you reach out and take of the fruit of the Tree of Life and eat, becoming like gods and living forever. This fruit is the birthright of every man and every woman, but the privileged and the powerful have no interest in your possessing the keys of the kingdom of heaven, which is nought other than your own Divine Self, which is the Breath of God. Those who enslave are slaves themselves, and thus it has been. Today we stand at the very threshold of human extinction. Materialism is destroying the life of the Spirit in its psychotic quest for an illusory self-satisfaction, pacifying the people with mindless distractions and vain pretensions and promises. The threshold of the New Aeon is dystopian, but out of that very darkness will emerge a new light, as bright and invigorating as the darkness is debilitating. As it is written, “Osiris is a black god.” The Age of the Black Sun, Aquarius-Capricorn, is upon us. Set blasts us with his purifying heat, but Horus the Child shall emerge crowned and conquering, inaugurating the flowering of humanity, cleansed of its iniquity through sacrifice. Ex tenebris lumem. Ex ignorantia, sapientia. Ex morte, vita. De degeneratione, regeneratione. The time is upon us! Do not despair! Rejoice in the Feast of the Prophet and His Bride! The Gnostic Sanctuary invited the author to present a series of six talks on the Law of Thelema to commemorate the Thelemic Feast of the Prophet and His Bride on Thursday, August 12, 2021 CE (☉ in 20° ♌ 19′, An CXVII). The author presented these talks between Monday, August 9 and Monday, August 16. These talks inaugurate a new dispensation in Thelemic exegetics.
Paper, 83 Pages
ardhe42 is Seten Tomh’s second foray into poetry, continuing his radical exploration of the architectonics of transcendence, free of banality. In these poems one senses a danger that is imminent and electric but even in the black heart of despair the possibility of hope persists, like a lone candle flickering in the night in a window high up, offering to show us the way home should we choose to welcome its bright promise. Seten knows what he is talking about. Ranging from the exalted heights of Tibetan Buddhist mysticism to the money-grubbing mediocrity of the philistine nation, Seten has borne it all; like the lotus on the surface of the sea, he has risen above the mud and mire of the world, and transformed it into an enigmatic diction that is exalted, earnest, and sure, holding up a cold crystalline mirror wherein the sun of realization is reflected in a tongue that is orphic, lucid, and true, charged with archetypes that resonate with a compelling meme. His is not the tired mysticism of the world weary and apathetic, but a robust, passionate, and compassionate declaration of the spiritual potentiality of life itself, freed from the shackles of the cynical rationality, vicious materialism, sham individualism, and fake freedom of a dying culture. Even in its darkest moments, Seten Tomh’s verse is redolent with intensity and prophetic of a better day and a higher way. His powerfully magnetic voice breathes promise, verdant with new growth.
Dedicated to Lucina, the ancient Roman goddess of childbirth, UR Poems is a fire that breaks out of the secret depths of the earth, divided into four moments: psyche or ‘soul-breath’; sol, illumination; dhamma, truth or law; and eros, desire. These thirty poems are bittersweet, rank, penetrating, angry, and luminous enunciations of delusion, illusion, oppression, repression, meditation, and joy, including “The Loneliness of the Dalai Lama,” praised by Dr. Robert Thurman. Inspired by Robin Skelton, Fernando Pessoa, and Sun Ra, UR Poems is the spontaneous and effortless product of the prying mind and heart in the tranquility of pure contemplation purified by suffering and rage, spiritual food for nourishing the body of the superior man, manifesting the strength of spring. In nature we see in the sky the strong light of the sun. The variety of these poems, strong and abiding like mountains, is made pleasing by a lucid beauty. By contemplating these poems we come to understand the changing elements of the time, making it possible to shape or reshape the world. Each poem is a bindu drop that falls from the mouth of Shiva, the patron saint of yogis, portrayed with a crescent moon (lucina, from lux, lucis ‘light’) in his hair, both poison and nectar of immortality. Like his ancient and noble namesake, Seten calls for a revolution of the mind, enthusiastic, ecstatic, and erotic.
The Treasure House of Secrets
The original title of this work is the Saddharmapundarikasutra, which may be translated as the Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma or the Sutra on the White Lotus of the Sublime Dharma. Originating in the first century BCE, the Lotus Sutra has been regarded as the Buddha’s final and highest teaching. The Lotus Sutra takes the form of a drama, consisting of several scenes. Sangharakshita says that the Lotus Sutra’s stage is the cosmos, its actors are a host of mythic beings, and its language is images or symbols. For this reason the Lotus refers to itself as a treasure house of secrets. Seten Tomh’s introductory commentary to the Lotus Sutra, transcribed from a series of talks at the Buddha Center, identifies and discusses some of the esoteric ideas of the Sutra.
The Good Path of Laozi
REVISED EDITION IS NOW AVAILABLE.
Laozi, literally “Old Master,” probably lived during the Warring States period of the 4th century BCE. This was an era in ancient Chinese history characterized by war, as well as bureaucratic and military reforms and consolidation, leading to the Qin dynasty, the first unified Chinese empire. Laozi was an official in the imperial archives, a scholar who worked as the Keeper of the archives for the royal court of Zhou. This allowed him broad access to the works of the Yellow Emperor and other classics. Laozi never opened a formal school but attracted a large number of students and loyal disciples. Laozi tired of the moral decay of life in Chengzhou and, noting the kingdom’s decline, travelled west to live as a hermit in the unsettled frontier at an advanced age. At the western gate he was recognized by the guard Yinxi. He asked the old master to record his wisdom before he would allow him to pass. The text Laozi wrote was the Tao Te Ching.
Alexander Duncan (Tseten Thokmey) began his quest for the ultimate spiritual truth at the age of ten. Over half a century, this quest has involved him in everything from astrology to Zen. Dharma Talks is committed to the proposition that Buddhism represents the pre-eminent spiritual tradition of humanity. He found the perfection of wisdom in the vow of a bodhisattva and Dzogchen Buddhism. These are his thoughts on the Dharma Transmission to the West. This book replaces Dharma Notes.
Conversations with the Buddha
SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND CORRECTED IS NOW AVAILABLE.
Conversations with the Buddha originated in a series of talks given at the Buddha Center in 2014-2015 by Alexander Duncan. This book examines the 34 suttas of the Digha Nikaya, the first book of the Sutta Pitaka, comprising the oldest extant introduction to the teachings of Siddattha Gotama the Buddha. Unlike sectarian exegetes, who preselect passages to support their particular theories, Duncan excludes nothing, collating all relevant texts in order to arrive at a comprehensive evaluation of the whole dharma from a non-sectarian, universalist perspective. Second edition includes eight suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya as a supplement, for a total of 42 dharma talks. “Like listening to the Buddha speak.”
Fundamental View is a series of talks presented to the members of the Buddha Center in the summer and fall of 2013. Fundamental View weaves together the suttas of the Buddha into an original philosophical essay that seeks to explore early Buddhist thought by means of a close analysis of the texts, meticulously thought out yet holistically interpreted. Fundamental View explores universal underlying patterns of meaning that are difficult to discount and cast valuable light on how Buddhist thought originated, from a perspective that is open-minded yet lucidly critical and critically relevant.
Bhikkhu Sujato has published 6 books on early Buddhist thought. His groundbreaking new translation of the Theragatha is a collection of poetry of the early elder monks. The poems are presented in clear modern English, without recourse to hybrid idioms or technical obscurities, while retaining the symbolic depth and enthusiasm of the original teachings. It is approachable by laypersons and scholars alike, and deserves close study from anyone desiring to thoroughly understand the tenor of early Buddhist teaching. The poems are arranged from shortest to longest, with each section named after the number of stanzas in each poem, except for the final chapter. Of the translation, Bhikkhu Sujato writes, “My aim was to make a translation that is first and foremost readable, so that this astonishing work of ancient spiritual insight might enjoy the wider audience it so richly deserves.” Note: Copyright pertains to front and back cover and internal page design, including fonts, font sizes, page layout, etc.
The Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts
The book is essentially a collection of short articles that gather much of what we know about the historical background of Early Buddhism into one place. We believe that the debate on the authenticity of the texts in academic circles has been badly skewed by an unscientific emphasis on extreme scepticism, and it is time for the pendulum to swing back.
The Secret Wisdom of 666
REVISED EDITION IS NOW AVAILABLE.
In 1904 a new revelation was given to the world by Aiwaz. The Book of the Law was revealed to Aleister Crowley, esotericist and poet, as a result of his wife’s mediumship in Cairo. Crowley resisted the Book for five years before accepting it and beginning to promulgate its contents. The hermeneutical problem, however, raises its ugly head. What does an inspired text mean? How are its sentences to be decoded? Crowley interpreted the Book in terms of contemporary events like the rise of fascism. He defended the Book’s ethics, declaring that one must adopt those of the aggressor if one is to survive. This is one aspect of the prophetic dimension of the Book of the Law, but Aiwaz hints that it conceals a deeper meaning than even Crowley would understand. Crowley acknowledged this, but in his Comment on the Book he directs us to himself for its definitive interpretation, forbidding all others. The Secret Wisdom of 666 explores this problem. Also available in cloth.
The Secret Wisdom of 666
REVISED EDITION IS NOW AVAILABLE.
In 1904 a new revelation was given to the world by Aiwaz. The Book of the Law was revealed to Aleister Crowley, esotericist and poet, as a result of his wife’s mediumship in Cairo. Crowley resisted the Book for five years before accepting it and beginning to promulgate its contents. The hermeneutical problem, however, raises its ugly head. What does an inspired text mean? How are its sentences to be decoded? Crowley interpreted the Book in terms of contemporary events like the rise of fascism. He defended the Book’s ethics, declaring that one must adopt those of the aggressor if one is to survive. This is one aspect of the prophetic dimension of the Book of the Law, but Aiwaz hints that it conceals a deeper meaning than even Crowley would understand. Crowley acknowledged this, but in his Comment on the Book he directs us to himself for its definitive interpretation, forbidding all others. The Secret Wisdom of 666 explores this problem. Also available in paper.
They Laugh at Us Here
Babaji Bob Kindler says, Stockwell’s poetry is “… frank and revealing into the heart of a devotee of Mother Kali and Sri Ramakrishna. Books such as this demonstrate both the value and the efficacy of time spent in spiritual pursuits – a singular pastime that is fast becoming rare in this day and time.” Carol Stockwell’s poetic debut depicts a delightfully energetic, modern search for God, and the difficulty of reconciling the language of the old religions with modern spiritual aspirations. Stockwell has glimpsed the sublime tenants, and has brought back with her shining, laughing testimonials of a world more childlike and free.
The Science of Getting Rich Centenary Edition
Wallace Wattles (b. 1860) embarked upon a uniquely American journey into the roots of his own failures. In 1908, three years before his passing at the age of 51, Wattles achieved his goal of personal financial success, and wrote The Science of Getting Rich. He also ran for office as a Christian socialist in 1908 and 1911 and left behind a daughter, Florence, who wrote: “His life was truly THE POWERFUL LIFE, and surely we can say, at least in Elwood, ‘The name of him who loved his fellow men led all the rest.'” Read now The Science of Getting Rich that inspired the film The Secret. Apply its principles to your own life, for the text of this little book is as timeless and clear as it was when it was first written a hundred years ago. Alexander Duncan has added a foreword in which he explores the world view of Wallace Wattles from the perspective of developments in the science of mind since Wattles’s death (only available in this special Centenary Edition published by Chroniker).