Monday, January 24, 2011

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Hinduism and Buddhism (20% discount)

Golden Elixir Press is pleased to announce the publication of a new edition of Hinduism and Buddhism, by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy.

This is the only English-language edition that includes all the additions and changes that the Author contributed, shortly before his death, to the French translation of his work.

For the first two weeks you can order the book with a 20% discount (US$11.16 instead of US$13.95, approximately corresponding to €8.15 instead of €10.20). The offer is valid until February 6, 2011.

To use this offer, go to http://www.createspace.com/3551156. At checkout, enter the following discount code, exactly as shown here: LSN5TBFB.

See a PDF sample of this book (two chapters from the Hinduism section and two chapters from the Buddhism section).


Publication details:

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Hinduism and Buddhism
x + 112 pp., Golden Elixir Press, 2011
ISBN 978-0-9843082-3-1
Paperback, US$ 13.95 (list price)

First published in 1943, this outstanding book represents in many ways the most complete achievement of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), one of the main modern representatives of the Hindu tradition. Displaying an unequaled mastery of Sanskrit, Pali, Greek, Latin, and medieval German and Italian sources, Coomaraswamy shows that "the Indian tradition is one of the forms of the Philosophia Perennis, and as such, embodies those universal truths to which no one people or age can make exclusive claim."

This is the only English-language edition that includes all the additions and changes that the Author contributed, shortly before his death, to the French translation of his work.

Visit the Web page on this book.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Golden Elixir Books Available from Google eBookstore

Just a short note to announce that four books by Golden Elixir Press are now available in digital versions from Google eBookstore:
Please use the links above to access these titles. As of today, three of the four books cannot yet be found using the search field in the eBookstore home page.

As fas as I understand, the PDF files of all four books can be read only on the free Adobe Digital Editions reader.

"Bibliography of Chinese Alchemy" and "Letters from a Sufi Teacher" can also be downloaded as EPUB files. The EPUB versions can be read on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and many other ebook readers, but not on the the Amazon Kindle (if you use a Kindle, see this page).

In addition, any purchased book can be read online with your usual Web browser.

Prices shown above are correct as of today. Please note that the eBookstore is currently available only in the Unites States.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Jami, Flashes of Light: A Treatise on Sufism

Golden Elixir Press is pleased to announce the publication of Flashes of Light: A Treatise on Sufism, by Jami ('Abd al-Rahman al-Jami).

The book is available only in a digital version, in two formats: PDF and EPUB. Both versions are priced at US$ 4.99. A Kindle version should be available in a few days from Amazon.com.

Web page
20-page preview (PDF)






Publication details

Jami
Flashes of Light: A Treatise on Sufism
Golden Elixir Press, 2010
ISBN 978-0-9843082-2-4 (ebook)
x+72 pp., US$ 4.99 (PDF or EPUB)

The renowned Persian thinker and poet 'Abd al-Rahman al-Jami (1414-92 CE) wrote his Flashes of Light (Lawa'ih) to explain "the intuitions and verities displayed on the pages of the hearts and minds of men of insight and divine knowledge." Each section of his work consists of a discussion in prose and a portion in verses. Jami provides one of the best, synthetic introductions to Sufi spirituality.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Chinese Alchemy in the Persée Portal

Persée is a free collection of journal articles published in France. It contains at present about 90,000 articles, mostly in French, but also in English and other languages. It is in some ways the French response to JSTOR, with the important difference that access is free and open to everybody: "Anyone and everyone may search, browse, and consult the documents dissiminated via the Persée portal, without restrictions, free of charge."

The collection contains these articles on Chinese alchemy:

• "Inner Alchemy: Notes on the Origin and Use of the Term Neidan," Farzeen Baldrian-Hussein

• "Taoist Beliefs in Literary Circles of the Sung Dynasty: Su Shi (1037-1101) and his Techniques of Survival," Farzeen Baldrian-Hussein

• "Lü Tung-pin in Northern Sung Literature," Farzeen Baldrian-Hussein

• "Le corps, champ spatio-temporel, souche d'identité," Catherine Despeux (in my opinion, the best survey of the Chinese and Taoist views of the human body)

• "L'alchimie intérieure réhabilitée?," Vincent Goossaert (review of Isabelle Robinet, Introduction à l'alchimie intérieure taoïste)

• "L'alchimie en Chine: Pratique et théorie," Joseph Needham

• "The Representation of Time in the Zhouyi cantong qi," Fabrizio Pregadio

• "Le monde à l'envers dans l'alchimie intérieure taoïste," Isabelle Robinet

• "Le rôle et le sens des nombres dans la cosmologie et l'alchimie taoïstes," Isabelle Robinet

• "Recherche sur l'alchimie intérieure (neidan): L'école Zhenyuan," Isabelle Robinet

• "L'alchimie interne dans le taoïsme," Isabelle Robinet [Review of Farzeen Baldrian-Hussein, Procédés Secrets du Joyau Magique—Traité d'Alchimie Taoïste du Xle siècle]

The Persée website is here:
http://www.persee.fr