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Publications

As well as the material published on the site, Bodhipaksa has a number of other publications to his name:

"Living a Buddhist Life: Vegetarianism"

vegetarianism book cover Bodhipaksa has written a book about vegetarianism as a Buddhist practice, and you can read more about the book "Vegetarianism", including sample chapters, on this site.

Wave Magazine Review

This book, the first in a series on different aspects of Buddhist life, doesn’t seek to convert as much as it aims to ensure that we have the relevant information we need in order to make enlightened decisions about our food consumption. The author, a practising Buddhist and qualified vet, became a vegetarian after a visit to an abattoir, and uses this experience as a springboard to examine the differences between unskilful actions (i.e. those that proceed from ignorance) and skilful actions (i.e. those that come from wisdom and generosity). The book also covers awareness and non-awareness regarding food as the most basic aspect of our lives, by destroying the protection the West is given from knowing the true details of meat production. Read this book if you dare – all romanticised and sanitised views of farming and justifications for meat consumption are laid bare and forced to stand alone in the face of some truly distressing and despicable statistics.

"Vegetarianismo: La dieta mas sana y solidaria"

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"Vegetarianism" is available in Spanish as "Vegetarianismo: La dieta mas sana y solidaria" as part of Ediciones Oniro‘s series entitled "El Viaje Interior".

El primero de los cinco preceptos budistas ampliamente observados consiste en no dañar a ningún ser vivo, lo cual abarca tanto al ser humano como a todos los animales, y puede expresarse como un compromiso a afirmar y apoyar la vida en cualquiera de sus formas. La dieta vegetariana constituye una manera clara e inmediata de llevar a la práctica esta afirmación de la vida. Bodhipaksa, experimentado veterinario al tiempo que budista practicante, se encuentra en la posición ideal para desvelar el sufrimiento de los animales que viven en granjas industriales y para identificar las consecuencias éticas que se derivan de infligir esa clase de sufrimiento. En este libro sencillo y directo, el autor expone tanto las bases éticas y filosóficas del vegetarianismo como sus ventajas para la salud física y mental, hoy científicamente demostradas.

"Vegetarismi: miksi ja miten ryhtyä kasvissyöjäksi"

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Vegetarianism is available in Finnish as "
Vegetarismi: miksi ja miten ryhtyä kasvissyöjäksi
".

Eläinlääkäri ja buddhalainen opettaja Bodhipaksha kertoo, miten kamalaa tuotantoeläinten elämä on nykyaikaisilla maatiloilla. Hän tuntee myös buddhalaiset opit ja opettaa, miten niitä voi soveltaa länsimaiseen elämään. Hän osoittaa, että buddhalaisuuden harjoittamisen ja kasvissyönnin välillä on selvä yhteys, joka ei koske vain yksittäistä ihmistä, vaan koko ympäröivää maailmaa. Buddhalaiseen etiikkaan perustuvat yksilön omaa elämää koskevat valinnat voivat vaikuttaa koko maailman ja siinä elävien olentojen elämään. Kirjailija vastaa selkeästi kasvissyöjille esitettyihin outoihinkin kysymyksiin, kuten “Eivätkö kasvitkin ole eläviä olentoja? Kuinka siis kärsimystä välttävä buddhalainen voi syödä niitä?”, tai “Miksi pitäisi välittää eläinten kärsimyksistä, kun maailmassa on niin paljon ihmisiä, jotka joutuvat kärsimään?”.

“Vegetarianism" will soon be appearing in a Taiwanese translation.

"Guided Meditations" (Wildmind, 2002)

Cover of "Guided Meditations"

And Bodhipaksa has a Guided Meditation CD available on the Wildmind site. This CD has been one of Amazon.com’s best selling meditation titles since July 2003.

Amazon.com Reviewer

This is hands-down the best meditation CD I’ve come across. I’d give it 6 stars if I could. It’s not tarted up with hokey sound effects and New Age music but is simply the teacher’s (very pleasant) voice, guiding you to calm and relaxation. His approach is highly accessible for Westerners and really taught me how to meditate. I’m such a big fan of this CD, in fact, that I’ve bought at least four to give as gifts to stressed-out friends and family members. (One of the recipients was a voice teacher who said she could listen to him all night.) If you like what you hear, you should also check out the outstanding online meditation courses he offers on wildmind.org. I can’t recommend the CD or the courses highly enough.

"Wildmind: A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditation" (Windhorse Publications, 2003)

Cover of "Wildmind"

Bodhipaksa’s book on meditation was published by Windhorse Publications in the UK in April 2003. The book is based on the material he wrote for the Wildmind.org site. You can buy it on Windhorse Publications’ website.

"Good Reading" review (Oct 2003)

One of the most effective ways to bring the inner and outer worlds together is through meditation. While there are a great many books on meditation few inspire, and even fewer take the individual through the many textures and nuances of meditation. Author Bodhipaksa is a meditation teacher of years and it shows. Filled with case studies, practical advice and uplifting quotes his latest book Wildmind is one of the most comprehensive and accessible books on the subject – covering everything from preparation for meditation and the meditation process, to the many practical benefits of meditation in everyday life.

Bodhipaksa also contributed to the following volume published by the Philosophy Documentation Center. You can buy "Spiritual Goods" from Amazon.com.

"Spiritual Goods: Faith Traditions and the Practice of Business" (Philosophy Documentation Center, 2001).

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Society for Business Ethics Anthology

Stewart W. Herman & Arthur G. Schaefer, Editors
The essays in this collection were developed by scholars expert in their own religious traditions, and were written to explain how those traditions intersect with the practices of business. While there have been other collections that attempt to relate faith to business, none has posed a common set of questions to contributors representing such a broad set of religious traditions. These include the Buddhist, Christian (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, African-American Protestant, Baptist, Evangelical, Lutheran, Mennonite, and Mormon), Jewish, and Muslim traditions.

These essays helpfully present the particular sources and thought patterns of each religious tradition, and illuminate their respective values, belief structures and patterns of moral reasoning. Topics covered include: product safety and liability, downsizing and closures; the charging or receiving of interest; privacy in the workplace; contingent workers; bribery; and women in the workplace. This collection of essays will help deepen the bonds of mutual respect within increasingly diverse religious traditions in business organizations.

The collection will serve a variety of audiences. For academic researchers the essays offer a set of historical claims and contemporary interpretations to use in formulating hypotheses about the ways believers interpret their involvement in business. For business practitioners the essays open up windows into the faith-worlds inhabited by those who work around them. And for those struggling to connect their work lives with their spiritual lives, these essays will offer resonances with organized religion to help them cope with the pressures of the business world.

“Each article and religious tradition views business as a legitimate, socially useful human activity, but one that also intersects with higher spiritual and moral values. Helpful essays providing general background on each tradition and the way in which the tradition approaches the field of business are included, along with case studies of how the particular religious tradition approaches one or more issues in modern business activity.

… An excellent source book for all.”Choice, October 2001.

“The collection will be helpful to business people who wish to be sensitive to persons of diverse faiths amidst the globalization of capital and commerce.” David C. Smith, Council for Ethics in Economics

Table of Contents

  • George Brenkert, Preface
  • Stewart W. Herman and Arthur Gross Schaefer, Introduction
  • Stewart W. Herman, “From the Truly Real to Spiritual Wisdom: Religious Perspectives on Business Practice”
  • Bodhipaksa, “Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Approach to Ethical Work”
  • Judith White, “Interdependence: The Core of a Buddhist Perspective on Business Ethics”
  • Barbara Hilkert Andolsen, “Roman Catholic Tradition and Ritual and Business
    Ethics: A Feminist Perspective”

  • Dennis P. McCann, “Catholic Social Teaching in an Era of Downsizing: A Resource for Business Ethics”
  • Manuel Velasquez, “Catholic Natural Law and Business Ethics”
  • Stanley S. Harakas, “Economic Life, Property, Work, and Business Ethics in an Eastern Orthodox Perspective”
  • F. Neil Brady and Warner Woodworth, “A Mormon Perspective on Business and Economics”
  • Darryl M. Trimiew and Michael Greene, “How We Got Over: The Economic Ethics of the African-American Church”
  • Daniel B. McGee, “Business Ethics Among Baptists: A Story of Competing Visions”
  • Shirley J. Roels, “The Business Ethics of Evangelicals”
  • James M. Childs, Jr., “Lutheran Perspectives on Ethical Business in an Age of Downsizing”
  • James Halteman, “A Mennonite Approach to Business Ethics”
  • Jamal A. Badawi, “Islamic Business Ethics”
  • Abdulaziz Sachedina, “The Issue of Riba in Islamic Faith and Law”
  • Elliot N. Dorff, “Judaism, Business, and Privacy”
  • Ronald M.Green, “Guiding Principles of Jewish Ethics”
  • Laurie Zoloth, “Her Work Sings Her Praise: A Framework for a Feminist Jewish Ethic of Economic Life”

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