Author: David Christian, Genre: History, Total Page: 166, Publisher: Berkshire Publishing Group, ISBN: 9781614728351

This Fleeting World is the smallest book of big history, telling the story of the universe and history of humanity in less than one hundred pages. Prize-winning historian David Christian covers it all in this compact, accessible, and inspiring guide to the history of everything, from stars and empires to cities, the World Wide Web, capitalism, and globalization. David Christian's approach to human history and big history is a call to action, based on a profound and fresh understanding of our place in the universe. This book is essential reading for our time. David Christian asks big questions. Will contemporary challenges will lead to the emergence of a new global system capable of ecological, economic, and political stability? Or is the accelerating pace of change a prelude to a sudden, sharp collapse that will drive many parts of the world back to the productivity levels of the early agrarian era? He presents our origin story and the history of women and men across the entire world, within the framework of the universe explaining, for example, that the chemicals we are made of come from supernovae. He tells the human story as a story of changes: changes in the ways we produce and distribute food, move from place to place, organize ourselves into communities, explore and populate our environment, and both create and respond to crises. He gives us maps of time, history on different temporal-spatial scales, and even offers paths to locate evidence that might challenge his big story. Big history leads to strategies for building a more sustainable world, and Berkshire Publishing is proud to offer this new edition of a big history for our common future. The 2018 edition has been expanded and updated for the general reader; there is also an earlier edition designed for use with AP World History and other courses, which included a teachers' guide.

Author: Pankaj Mishra, Genre: Religion, Total Page: 432, Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN: 9781429933636

An End to Suffering is a deeply original and provocative book about the Buddha's life and his influence throughout history, told in the form of the author's search to understand the Buddha's relevance in a world where class oppression and religious violence are rife, and where poverty and terrorism cast a long, constant shadow. Mishra describes his restless journeys into India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, among Islamists and the emerging Hindu middle class, looking for this most enigmatic of religious figures, exploring the myths and places of the Buddha's life, and discussing Western explorers' "discovery" of Buddhism in the nineteenth century. He also considers the impact of Buddhist ideas on such modern politicians as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. As he reflects on his travels and on his own past, Mishra shows how the Buddha wrestled with problems of personal identity, alienation, and suffering in his own, no less bewildering, times. In the process Mishra discovers the living meaning of the Buddha's teaching, in the world and for himself. The result is the most three-dimensional, convincing book on the Buddha that we have.

Author: Arunima Datta, Genre: Business & Economics, Total Page: 200, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 9781108837385

Critically examines the agency and history of long-silenced coolie women and their role in colonial economy and transnational movements.

Author: David Christian, Genre: History, Total Page: 642, Publisher: Univ of California Press, ISBN: 9780520271449

Presents a new perspective for looking at history from the origins of the universe to present day.

Author: Robert Wright, Genre: Psychology, Total Page: 336, Publisher: Simon and Schuster, ISBN: 9781439195475

From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this “sublime” (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life—how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright’s landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world’s most skilled meditators. The result is a story that is “provocative, informative and...deeply rewarding” (The New York Times Book Review), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.

Author: Lindsay Talia Killips, Genre: , Total Page: 132, Publisher: , ISBN: 9798558961737

This Fleeting Life is a collection of of poems, prose, and essays. Lindsay strung together the moments that taught her how to be herself, fully and wholly. Through these writing she pieced herself together when she felt shattered and beyond repair. This collection is the liquid gold she poured in her wounds and scars; it is how she came to love this harrowing and beautiful life.

Author: A. Geppert, Genre: History, Total Page: 406, Publisher: Springer, ISBN: 9780230281837

Imperial expositions held in fin-de-siècle London, Paris and Berlin were knots in a world wide web. Conceptualizing expositions as meta-media, Fleeting Cities constitutes a transnational and transdisciplinary investigation into how modernity was created and displayed, consumed and disputed in the European metropolis around 1900.

Author: Jack Kornfield, Genre: Religion, Total Page: 232, Publisher: Shambhala Publications, ISBN: 9780834823020

This treasury of essential Buddhist writings draws from the most popular Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese sources. Among the selections are some of the earliest recorded sayings of the Buddha on the practice of freedom, passages from later Indian scriptures on the perfection of wisdom, verses from Tibetan masters on the enlightened mind, and songs in praise of meditation by Zen teachers. The book also includes traditional instruction on how to practice sitting meditation, cultivate calm awareness, and live with compassion. Jack Kornfield, one of the most respected American Buddhist teachers, has compiled these teachings to impart the essence and inspiration of Buddhism to readers of all spiritual traditions.

Author: Gerald Hammond, Genre: Literary Criticism, Total Page: 394, Publisher: Harvard University Press, ISBN: 0674306252

Offers new interpretations of poems by Milton, Jonson, Herrick, and Lovelace, and looks at five themes in seventeenth century English poetry.

Author: David Christian, Genre: , Total Page: 320, Publisher: Little, Brown Spark, ISBN: 0316497452

The New York Times bestselling author of Origin Story turns his attention to the future of humanity -- and how we think about it -- in this ambitious, interdisciplinary book. Every second of our lives, we have to cope with an unknowable future. How do we do this? And why do we, like most living organisms, manage this impossible challenge quite well ... at least most of the time? David Christian, the historian and New York Times bestselling author of Origin Story, is renowned for his pioneering "big history" framework. But with Future Story, he turns his sharp analytical eye to the future, offering a unique and accessible guide through what we think we know about future thinking and about the future itself. With fascinating explanations of the various ways living things understand and plan for the future, plus detailed explorations of the future of evolution, humanity, artificial intelligence, interstellar travel, and beyond, Future Story teaches us how to think creatively and intelligently about the future -- and paints an unusually thoughtful and science-backed picture of what's to come.