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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...


Golden Buddha
Clive Cussler
0425191729
Oct 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...


Beautiful Living: Buddha's Way to Prosperity, Wisdom, and Inner Peace

0977234304


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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...


Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thich Nhat Hanh
1573225681
Sept 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
If you have always assumed that Christianity and Buddhism are as far apart philosophically as their respective founders were geographically, you may be in for a bit of a surprise. In this national bestseller, Zen monk and social activist Thich Nhat Hanh draws parallels between these two traditions that have them walking, hand in hand, down the same path to salvation. In Christianity, he finds mindfulness in the Holy Spirit as an agent of healing. In Buddhism, he finds unqualified love in the form of compassion for all living things. And in both he finds an emphasis on living practice and community spirit.

The thread that binds the book is the same theme that draws many Christians toward Buddhism: mindfulness. Through anecdotes, scripture references, and teachings from both traditions, Nhat Hanh points out that...



If the Buddha Married : Creating Enduring Relationships on a Spiritual Path

0140196226


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From Publishers Weekly
Last year, psychotherapist Charlotte Kasl explored the first flushes of romance in If the Buddha Dated; now she takes the next step in If the Buddha Married: Creating Enduring Relationships on a Spiritual Path. There is some strong, wise marital advice here, but how Buddhist is it? One glaring fact that Kasl never so much as mentions is that the Buddha did have a wife and child, whom he abandoned in the quest for enlightenment. A more interesting book would have investigated the tensions between the demands (and joys) of marital relationships and the individual's need to embark on the spiritual journey. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
If the Buddha Married is filled with the same highly practical, spiritually sound guidance that...


Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastu
Osamu Tezuka
1932234438
October 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Tezuka, the master of Japanese comics, mixes his own characters with history as deftly as he transfers the most profound, complex emotions onto extremely cartoony characters, and his work defies easy categorization. In Buddha, originally serialized in the 1970s and one of his last works, he lavishly retells the life of Siddhartha, who isn't even born until page 268. Instead, Tezuka introduces Chapra, a slave who attempts to escape his fate by posing as the son of a general; Tatta, a crazed wild child pariah who communes with animals; Chapra's slave mother, who stands by him no matter what; and Naradatta, a monk attempting to discover the meaning of strange portents of the Buddha's birth. Throughout the book, the characters engage in fresh and unexpected adventures, escapes and reverses, as they play out Tezuka's...


Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus: From The Great Philosophers, Volume I
Karl Jaspers
0156835800
March 1966
Paperback
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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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Buddha, Volume 8: Jetavana (Buddha)
Osamu Tezuka
1932234500
December 2005
Hardcover
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Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings
Marcus J. Borg (Editor)
1569751692
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Jesus and Buddha were separated by five hundred years, three thousand miles, and two drastically different cultures. Yet this TP edition of the highly acclaimed hardback juxtaposes passages from the New Testament and ancient Buddhist scriptures to illuminate the striking similarity between their lives, deeds, and teachings.


The Lotus and the Cross
Ravi K. Zacharias
157673854X
Oct 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say to Mohammed? Or Buddha? Or Oscar Wilde? Maybe you have a friend who practices another religion or admires a more contemporary figure. Drop in on a conversation between Jesus and some well-known individuals whose search for the meaning of life took them in many directions -- and influenced millions. Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene in this first in the intriguing Conversations with Jesus books. Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha that reveals Jesus' warm, impassioned concern for all people, God's true nature is explored. It's a well-priced, hard cover volume readers will want to own, and also share with others.

About the Author
Ravi Zacharias was born in India, immigrating to Canada at age twenty....


If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path
Charlotte Davis Kasl
0140195831
February 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
In this practical, playful, yet spiritual guide, Charlotte Kasl, author of the highly successful Finding Joy: 101 Ways to Free Your Spirit and Dance with Life, shows you what it would be like to have the ancient wisdom of the Buddha to guide you through the dating process. Kasl brings a compassionate understanding to the anxiety and uneasiness of new love, and helps readers discover their potential for vibrant human connection based on awareness, kindness, and honesty. She approaches the dating process as a means for awakening, reminding us that when we live by spiritual rules, we bring curiosity and a light heart to the romantic journey. Filled with quotations from Zen, Sufi, and other wisdom traditions, and informed by the experiences of people from all walks of life, here is a relationship book that will appeal...


Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha
Dorothy Gilman
0449209830
Aug 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
"Like the proverbial first potato chip [this book] gives you an irresistible craving for the first six Mrs. Pollifax books."
Newport News DAILY PRESS
Although recently married, Mrs. Pollifax is packed and ready to go to China, where a young agent, Sheng Ti, holds the answers to goings on at the sinister Feng Imports--a one-time agency front. Only Mrs. Pollifax has earned Sheng's trust, and only she can possibly stop what turns out to be a frightening and ominous plot involving drugs, smuggled diamonds, a famous cat burglar turned Interpol agent, a mysterious psychic, and, of course, murder.....possibly her own!

From the Publisher
My grandmother is a big fan of the MRS. POLLIFAX mysteries by Dorothy Gilman. I was at first hesitant
to try the books, because I...


Buddha Discovery Deck: 53 Sutras and Meditation Cards to Create a Silent Space Within
Barnes & Noble
0760745846
September 2003
Other Format
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Book Description
We all carry within ourselves the potential to become a Buddha in our own right. This beautiful package, featuring 53 spectacular cards, mind-expanding sutras, and an accompanying guide are the keys to unlocking that power. They aid the process of awakening, of giving meaning and significance to our lives. Each gorgeous card features a photograph of a Buddha statue, a short quotation from the book known as the Dhammapada, and commentary on the sutra. Choose a card at the beginning of each week, and keep it with you always to refer to during the day to absorb its lessons. First, enjoy the words as poetry and allow them to evoke an intuitive, emotional response; with the help of the corresponding section in the book, the meaning will sink in. The enlightening sutras include: He Watches, He Is Clear; How Can You Quarrel?;...


In the Buddha's Words
Bhikkhu Bodhi, PhD
0861714911
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Andrew Olendzki, Executive Director of the Barre Center of Buddhist Studies, in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly
A remarkable book. A gift to the world.

Book Description
The works of the Buddha can feel vast, and it is sometimes difficult for even longtime students to know where to look, especially since the Buddha never explicitly defined the framework behind his teachings. Designed to provide just such a framework, In the Buddha's Words is an anthology of the Buddha's works that has been specifically compiled by a celebrated scholar and translator. For easy reference, the book is arrayed in ten thematic sections ranging from "The Human Condition" to "Mastering the Mind" to "The Planes of Realization." Each section comes with introductions, notes, and essays to help beginners...


What Would Buddha Do
Franz Aubrey Metcalf
0517220075
Sept 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
Would Buddha recommend a book called What Would Buddha Do? Since Buddha favored any effective means to getting a person on the road to enlightenment, the answer would have to be yes. Franz Metcalf, a long-time teacher of Buddhism, draws on the vast store of Buddhist literature in cobbling together a how-to book for living in the modern world. What would Buddha do when he can't resist having dessert? or when his child misbehaves? or when faced with close-minded people? The answers are all here in well-chosen snippets from Scripture, plus Metcalf's own sage comments. To be sure, Buddha would have edited out some of Metcalf's informal chatter, but when it comes to boiling down profound notions, Metcalf is right on the mark. The abiding themes are mindfulness, the interrelatedness of all things, and compassionate regard for...


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...


What the Buddha Taught
Walpola Rahula
0802130313
July 1974
Paperback
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Amazon.com
Beneath the enormous umbrella of Buddhism, there is a diverse galaxy of customs and beliefs, but there is also a kernel of truth that every sect holds dear. Rahula Walpola, scholar and monk, discovers this foundation of Buddhism for us first through straightforward explication, never skipping over a point that has yet to be substantiated, then through translations from key scriptures. Logical and focused, these are the essentials of Buddhism; know them first, then move comfortably on to other Buddhist works.

From Library Journal
Rahula is a scholar monk who trained in the Theravadan tradition in Ceylon. His succinct, clear overview of Buddhist concepts has never been surpassed. It is the standard. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Awakening the Buddha Within
Lama Surya Das
0767901576
June 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
If you dropped the Buddha into a modern metropolis, would he come off sounding like a 16th-century morality play or more like a drive-time disc jockey? Lama Surya Das doesn't spin platters for a living, but he does have a hip delivery that belies his years of sheltered training in Buddhist monasteries. In Awakening the Buddha Within, he borrows a time-tested bestseller format for a 2,500-year-old tradition that comes off as anything but ancient. With the "Five T's of Concentration," the question of "need or greed," and the story of the monk who bares his backside to prove a point, Surya Das invokes a path of wisdom that is as accessible and down-to-earth as a worn pair of loafers. It's not an easy path--it demands thought, effort, and discipline. But Surya Das is there for you, lighting the way to wisdom training, coaxing...


Radical Acceptance
Tara Brach
0553380990
Nov 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A psychotherapist and Buddhist meditation teacher in the tradition of Jack Kornfield (who contributes a foreword), first-time author Brach offers readers a rich compendium of stories and techniques designed to help people awaken from what she calls "the trance of unworthiness." The sense of self-hatred and fearful isolation that afflicts so many people in the West can be transformed with the steady application of a loving attention infused with the insights of the Buddhist tradition, according to Brach. Interweaving stories from her own life as a hardworking single mother with many wonderful anecdotes culled from her therapy practice and her work as a leader of meditation retreats, Brach offers myriad examples of how our pain can become a doorway to love and liberation. An older Catholic woman in one of Brach's...


The Diamond Cutter
Geshe Michael Roach
0385497911
July 2003
Paperback
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Review

“A Cross between the Dalai Lama’s ethics and Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits, The Diamond Cutter will have you gardening a path to the bank.” —Book Review, editorial review

“Here is wise advice and counsel on an ethical and prosperous way of being in the workday world based on Tibetan Buddhist principles.” —Spirituality and Health

Review

?A Cross between the Dalai Lama?s ethics and Stephen Covey?s Seven Habits, The Diamond Cutter will have you gardening a path to the bank.? ?Book Review, editorial review

?Here is wise advice and counsel on an ethical and prosperous way of being in the workday world based on Tibetan Buddhist principles.? ?Spirituality and Health



The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
Thich Nhat Hanh
0767903692
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
What should we think when on the one hand Buddhism tells us that life is suffering and on the other we are told to enjoy life's every moment? Loved around the world for his simple, straightforward explanations of Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh has finally turned his hand to the very core of Buddhism and conundrums such as this. In the traditional way, Thich Nhat Hanh takes up the core teachings one by one--the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Co-Arising--but his approach is as fresh as a soft breeze through a plum orchard. For illustration, he dips into the vast stores of Buddhist literature right alongside contemporary anecdotes, pointing out subtleties that can get glossed over in other popular introductions. He also includes three short but key sutras, essential source teachings...


The Jataka or Stories of the Buddha's Former Birth (6 Volume Set)
E. B. Cowell (Editor)
1884997996
December 8, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Jataka, or birth-legends, is a collection of ancient stories, narrated by the Buddha. Each parable reveals events in the long series of his previous incarnations, which help the disciple advance along the noble path leading to enlightenment. And they're great stories, too! This edition contains the complete collection of all 547 stories of Buddha's former lives.

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