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Buddha
Karen Armstrong
0143034367
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Books on Buddhism may overflow the shelves, but the life story of the Buddha himself has remained obscure despite over 2,500 years of influence on millions of people around the world. In an attempt to rectify this, and to make the Buddha and Buddhism accessible to Westerners, the beloved scholar and author of such sweeping religious studies as A History of God has written a readable, sophisticated, and somewhat unconventional biography of one of the most influential people of all time. Buddha himself fought against the cult of personality, and the Buddhist scriptures were faithful, giving few details of his life and personality. Karen Armstrong mines these early scriptures, as well as later biographies, then fleshes the story out with an explanation of the cultural landscape of the 6th century B.C., creating a...


The Chinese Biography of Buddha
Charles F. Horne
1425328091
Dec 2005
Paperback
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An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World
Pankaj Mishra
0312425090
October 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Mishra (The Romantics) offers an ambitious "book-length essay" that combines an overview of the life, times and teachings of the Buddha with personal anecdotes and extended multidisciplinary forays into realms such as ancient and modern history, philosophy, politics and literary criticism. If Mishra's approach is broad, it is also deep and often effective. For example, his close reading of early Indian scriptures and his historical-political examination of the Buddha's society bring to life a "half-mythical antiquity" that, in turn, helps the reader see the Buddha's teachings afresh: not as generic spiritual truisms but rather as specific responses to particular religious and social conditions. Yet the book fails to anchor its broad perspective in a strong central thesis. While it follows the chronology of the...


The Burmese Biography of Buddha
Charles F. Horne
1425328105
Dec 2005
Paperback
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Blue Jean Buddha : Voices of Young Buddhists
Sumi D. Loundon, Jack Kornfield
0861711777
October 25, 2001
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Buddhism isn't just for baby boomers anymore. As the spiritual marketplace continues to broaden in North America, Buddhism is emerging as a popular religious alternative among the young. Sumi Loundon, a practicing Buddhist and graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, has gathered a group of Generation X-ers and even younger Generation Y-ers around a virtual campfire to swap stories about what it means to be Buddhist. These are more than just your average tales of pious conversion or blissful living. Loundon's cadres find the relevance of Buddhism atop a sheer cliff face; in the throbbing heart of New York City; strung out on crack; in relationships good and bad; in tragic accidents; and in social activism. Some are monks, others punks; some meditate, others chant; some teach the dharma, others just live...


Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus: From The Great Philosophers, Volume I
Karl Jaspers
0156835800
March 1966
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Amazon.com
Arguably the four most influential individuals in human history, Socrates, the Buddha, Confucius and Jesus have cast shadows on history that are nearly inescapable even today. Who were they, what were their doctrines, and what was their influence? These are some of the questions that the 20th-century philosopher Karl Jaspers explores in this short excerpt from his larger volume, Great Philosophers.

Book Description
A part of JaspersÂ’s planned universal history of philosophy, focusing on the four paradigmatic individuals who have exerted a historical influence of incomparable scope and depth. Edited by Hannah Arendt; Index. Translated by Ralph Manheim.

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The Buddha
John S. Strong
1851682562
Dec 2001
Paperback
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From Library Journal
This highly readable account of the Buddha's life begins with Siddhartha Gautama's last rebirth and guides the reader through the Buddha's seemingly infinite past lives; human ancestry, birth, and youth; spiritual quest and awakening; teachings and community; daily routines and miracles; and final "complete extinction." While clearly delineating what little is known of the historical Gautama, Strong (religion, Bates Coll.; The Experience of Buddhism) focuses on the Buddha "of story," comparing and contrasting variations in the many tales about the Buddha found in canonical and postcanonical texts. His short biography is of greatest interest to readers seeking to understand Buddhist perspectives on this seminal life and is an excellent complement to Karen Armstrong's more interpretive, widely held...


Female Buddhas: Women of Enlightenment in Tibetan Mystical Art
Glenn H. Mullin, et al
1574160672
January 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Whereas the art of most Buddhist countries features a preponderance of male images, the art of Tibet has traditionally emphasized what the authors call "the strong role of the feminine." This book, one of the first Western titles ever to analyze this unique artistic tradition, is the companion volume to a touring art exhibit about female buddhas. Mullin, a Tibetologist and Buddhist scholar, writes that feminine imagery in Tibetan frescoes and tangka paintings reinforces the notion of the personification of wisdom and meditative consciousness. In Part I, Mullin explores the historical importance and symbolic significance of female buddhas, while the accompanying full-color photographs and illustrations demonstrate their role in daily devotion and meditation. Part II is devoted to the art and its interpretation,...


An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World
Pankaj Mishra
0374148368
December 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Mishra (The Romantics) offers an ambitious "book-length essay" that combines an overview of the life, times and teachings of the Buddha with personal anecdotes and extended multidisciplinary forays into realms such as ancient and modern history, philosophy, politics and literary criticism. If Mishra's approach is broad, it is also deep and often effective. For example, his close reading of early Indian scriptures and his historical-political examination of the Buddha's society bring to life a "half-mythical antiquity" that, in turn, helps the reader see the Buddha's teachings afresh: not as generic spiritual truisms but rather as specific responses to particular religious and social conditions. Yet the book fails to anchor its broad perspective in a strong central thesis. While it follows the chronology of the...


Shakyamuni Buddha, a Narrative Biography
Nikkyo Niwano
4333010012
Aug 1982
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English, Japanese (translation)

About the Author
Nikkyo Niwano, winner of the 1979 Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion, is founder of Rissho Kosei-kai, a lay Buddhist organization that numbers well over six million members worldwide.



The Diamond Cutter : The Buddha on Strategies for Managing Your Business and Your Life
Geshe Michael Roach
0385497903
February 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Other Buddhist books offer you a path to happiness, Geshe Michael Roach offers a path to wealth. Roach, who while being a monk helped build a $100 million business, demonstrates how ancient notions in The Diamond Cutter sutra can help you succeed, and if you're in business that means to make money, a lot of it. Drawing on lessons he learned in the diamond business and years in Buddhist monasteries, Roach shows how taking care of others is the ultimate path to taking care of oneself, even--especially--in business. As he puts it, you have to engage in "mental gardening," which means doing certain practical things that will form new habits that will create an ideal reality for you. If this sounds a little outrageous, his very precise instructions are down to earth and address numerous specific issues common to the...


Buddha
Karen Armstrong
0670891932
February 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Books on Buddhism may overflow the shelves, but the life story of the Buddha himself has remained obscure despite over 2,500 years of influence on millions of people around the world. In an attempt to rectify this, and to make the Buddha and Buddhism accessible to Westerners, the beloved scholar and author of such sweeping religious studies as A History of God has written a readable, sophisticated, and somewhat unconventional biography of one of the most influential people of all time. Buddha himself fought against the cult of personality, and the Buddhist scriptures were faithful, giving few details of his life and personality. Karen Armstrong mines these early scriptures, as well as later biographies, then fleshes the story out with an explanation of the cultural landscape of the 6th century B.C., creating a...


Gotama Buddha, Volume 1
Hajime Nakamura
4333018935
Dec 2001
Paperback
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Gotama Buddha
Hajime Nakamura
4333020727
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Golden Buddha (Oregon Files Series)
Clive Cussler
0425191729
October 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Cussler and Dirgo, coauthors of two nonfiction books (The Sea Hunters; The Sea Hunters II) team up this time to debut a new action-filled series, dubbed the Oregon Files, equal to any in the Cussler franchise. An organization of intelligent and superbly proficient mercenaries, known as the Corporation, is headquartered on the ship Oregon, a seagoing marvel of science and technology disguised as an ancient, rust-bucket cargo vessel. The leader of the Corporation-cool, brainy Chairman Juan Cabrillo-explains the mission of his organization: "We were formed to make a profit, that's for sure, but as much as we like the money, we are also cognizant of the chances that arise for us to somehow right the wrongs of others." They've been secretly hired by the U.S. government to find and acquire an ancient statue known as...


Prince Siddhartha : The Story of Buddha
Jonathan Landaw
0861713753
October 25, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The story of Prince Siddharta and how he became Buddha is told here in the lyrical prose that makes for absorbing reading for people of all ages.

Card catalog description
Recounts the story of Prince Siddhartha and how he became Buddha, the Awakened One. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Buddha [BARGAIN PRICE]
Karen Armstrong
B000EPFVRI
September 28, 2004
Paperback
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Sayings of the Buddha: Reflections for Every Day
William Wray
0760761477
September 2004
Hardcover
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The Buddha from Dolpo: A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (S U N Y Series in Buddhist Studies)
Cyrus Stearns
079144192X


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Book Description
The Buddha from Dolpo examines the life and thought of the Tibetan Buddhist master, Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292- 1361). Known as "The Buddha from Dolpo," he was one of the most important and original thinkers in Tibetan history, and perhaps the greatest expert on the tantric teachings of the Kalacakra or "Wheel of Time." Based largely upon esoteric Buddhist knowledge believed to be preserved in the legendary land of Shambhala, Dolpopa's theories continue to excite controversy in Tibetan Buddhism after almost 700 years. Dolpopa emphasized two contrasting definitions of the Buddhist teachings of emptiness: "emptiness of self-nature," which applies only to the level of relative truth, and "emptiness of other," which applies only to the level of absolute truth. Dolpopa identified ultimate reality as the Buddha-nature...


Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee
Peter Richmond
0805073833
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Miss Peggy Lee," as show marquees always billed her, is for Richmond a vocal genius on the level of Armstrong, Sinatra or Crosby, but one whose reputation has become overshadowed by time. The GQ reporter aims to restore Lee's luster by retelling the story of Norma Egstrom's (1920–2002) journey from listening to jazz on the radio in North Dakota to taking the stage alongside Benny Goodman's band as Peggy Lee, then moving on to even more astounding success in her solo career. Richmond is reverential toward Lee's interpretations of the "Great American Songbook" (though dismissive of attempts to incorporate contemporary tunes into her 1970s performances) and equally respectful toward her turbulent personal life. Although he acknowledges widespread testimony of her drinking, he defers to Lee's refusal to...


The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom
Wes Scoop Nisker
0062517678
March 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Who doesn't love a good flashback? Baby boomers in particular will enjoy this wry, hip, fast, breezy account by journalist and alternative radio newsman Nisker (Crazy Wisdom; Buddha's Nature). A Nebraska-born Jew, Nisker has practiced Buddhism for decades, but he could be also be a poster child for the multitude of religious and spiritual journeys through the American landscape. Anchored for many years in San Francisco with a long-running radio show, Nisker had the entree and opportunities to experience intensely the rolling panoply of American religion. Through a highly personalized lens he tracks, among other topics, the beat poets, hippies, global travel, Eastern meditation, New Age methods, scientific frontiers, eco-spirituality, men's spirituality, Gandhian economics and the current state of political...


Great Disciples of the Buddha : Their Lives, Their Works. Their Legacy
Nyanaponika Thera
0861713818
October 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This book is a compilation of twenty-four life stories of the closest and most eminent of the Buddha's personal disciples.


Buddha
Hitz Demi
0805042032
April 1996
Hardcover
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Book Review
Celebrated children's-book illustrator Demi puts the Buddha's life story into words any child can enjoy. Even more, children will love the lush, meticulously painted scenes, rendered in traditional Asian fashion yet as light and whimsical as Calvin and Hobbes. (Ages 9 to 12.)

From School Library Journal
Grade 4 Up?A graceful account of Buddha's life, from the prophecies preceding his birth to his death at age 80. Demi is attentive to historical information, legends, and the long and dearly held beliefs about Buddha. She describes his protected royal youth, his search for a way to end suffering, his enlightenment, and his compassionate teaching of the basic tenets of Buddhist faith, the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. The book also includes several parables, such as the...


After the Absolute: Real Life Adventures With a Backwoods Buddha
David Gold
0595239943
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Richard Rose was an unlikely Zen master: A rugged, plainspoken, ornery West Virginian, he scraped out a living raising goats, planting crops and painting houses. But Richard Rose had a secret: Having once vowed to “find the Truth or die trying,” Rose experienced a cataclysmic spiritual awakening at age 30 that thrust him into “Everything-ness and Nothing-ness," or what he called “the Absolute.” The experience left him with only one earthly desire: to do anything, for anyone, on a similar quest for Truth.

David Gold was an unlikely student: An arrogant, ambitious and egotistical law-student, David Gold only agreed to meet the “enlightened hillbilly” in the hopes of showing him up. But when Rose turned the tables by seeing right through Gold and painting a...


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