He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that we cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. - Aeschylus


Some of the sources I use are linked to within the post; others are in the form of books on my bookshelf.  Where I have taken source material for a post from a book, I will list the source as well as the post in which the material is used.  I am deeply grateful for those who have written, translated, and edited these works.

Source for Ancient Atheism: The Saṃsāra of Cārvāka

Uniqueness of Cārvāka Philosophy in Traditional Indian Thought
Bhupender Heera

Source for The Death of "Death of God" Theology

First Things (August/September 2016 Print Edition)
"Death of God Fifty Years On" by Matthew Rose

Source for The Four Horsemen of Atheism
Albert Camus' Letter to a Christian Europe

The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought
Edited by Jaroslav Pelikan

Sources for How did the Buddha become enlightened?
What is the role of the Sangha in Buddhism?
Why use the Pali canon to understand Buddhism?
Does Buddhism have an infancy narrative?
The Lion, The Monk, and the Lighthouse
How do we know that the Buddha is perfectly enlightened?
Why does the Buddha put morality before mindfulness?
What is karma according to the Buddha?
Was the Buddha a socialist?
Does religion cause more harm than good? Part II
Is feminism compatible with Buddhism?
Was the Buddha an Agnostic?
The Naraka of Nirvana
The Breath of Moksha
The End of Ātman

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon
Edited and introduced by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Dhammapada
Introduced and translated by Eknath Easwaran

Source for The Yoga of Krishna
The Wisdom of Krishna
The Meditation of Krishna

The Bhagavad Gita
Introduced and translated by Eknath Easwaran

Sources for Islamic Mysticism: The Ecstatic Asceticism of Rūmī
Islamic Mysticism: The Divine Dance Music of Rūmī
Islamic Mysticism: The Erotic Serenity of Rūmī

Mystical Classics of the World: The Essential Rumi
Translated by Coleman Barks and Introduced by Huston Smith

Essential Sufism
Edited by Robert Frager and James Fadiman

Sources for Fair Questions: What does the Qur'an say about Mary?
Fair Questions: What does the Qur'an say about Jesus?
Fair Questions: What does the Qur'an say about unbelievers, Christians, and Jews?

The Koran Interpreted
A Translation by A.J.Arberry

The Nag Hammadi Library
Edited by James M. Robinson

Source for The Final Birth of Mahāvīra
The Five Vows of Mahāvīra

Sacred Books of the East: Jaina Sutras (Part I and Part II)
Edited by F. Max Müller, Hermann Jacobi

Source for Dark Night of the Soul: The Fall of Pride
Dark Night of the Soul: Death to the Ego
Dark Night of the Soul: Bread from Heaven

Dark Night of the Soul: A Masterpiece in the Literature of Mysticism by St. John of the Cross
Translated and introduced by E Allison Peers

Source for The Spiritual Combat: Learning How to Fall
The Spiritual Combat: Learning Our Weaknesses
The Spiritual Combat: Learning of True Victory

The Spiritual Combat
Lorenzo Scupoli

Source for The Ladder of Divine Ascent: Renunciation of the World
The Ladder of Divine Ascent: The Blessing of Detachment
The Ladder of Divine Ascent: The Heart of Exile

The Ladder of Divine Ascent
St. John Climacus

Source for The Unfettered Mind: The Immovable Wisdom
The Unfettered Mind: The Selfless Death
The Unfettered Mind: The Strength of Faith

The Unfettered Mind
Written by Takuan Sōhō
Translated by William Scott Wilson

Source for In Denial: Nietzsche's Asceticism
In Denial: Nietzsche's Anti-Semitism
In Denial: Nietzsche's Skepticism

Basic Writings of Nietzsche
Translated by Walter Kaufmann

Source for Waking Up: Killing the Buddha
Waking Up: Killing the Soul
Waking Up: Killing the Self
Waking Up: True Paradoxes
Waking Up: Sex, Drugs, and Near Death Experiences

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Sam Harris

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