Book Finder
    
 
> Religion > Buddhism > History of Buddhism
 

Ultimate Journey
Richard Bernstein
0679781579
Feb 2002
Paperback
·
 
Book Review
In 629, a Chinese Buddhist monk named Hsuan Tsang left the Tang dynasty capital Chang-an (current-day Xian) and set off to India to see the principal shrines of his religion. His path was arduous, involving the passage of vast deserts and towering mountains, and the record he made of his years-long voyage served generations of travelers along the Silk Road until, finally, it was forgotten.

Richard Bernstein, a former New York Times correspondent in China (and now a book critic for that newspaper), follows Hsuan's trail in this outstanding narrative of his overland journey into the heart of Central Asia, a journey that takes him and the fortunate reader into places that few travelers are privileged to see--places, such as Kashgar and Samarkand, that have storied associations but that remain remote even in the age of CNN...



Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity
James D. Tabor
0743552032
April 2006
Compact Disc
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
Tabor, chair of religious studies at UNC-Charlotte, offers a bold and sometimes speculative interpretation of the historical Jesus and his family, beginning with his paternity. Evaluating several possibilities, Tabor concludes that the most historically plausible claim is that Jesus' father was neither God nor Joseph, but another man, possibly a Roman soldier named Pantera. He also argues that Joseph likely died when Jesus was young, leaving Jesus head of a household that included his six half-siblings. Like many scholars, Tabor emphasizes that we must understand Jesus in the context of first-century Judaism. After Jesus' death, his brother James took over the titular family dynasty. James championed a version of the faith quite different from Paul's, and, although James was more faithful to Jesus' original...


The Shaolin Grandmasters' Text: History, Philosophy, and Gung Fu of Shaolin Ch'an
shaolin Monks (Unknown)
0975500902
January 15, 2005
Hardcover
·
 
Midwest Book Review
...richly informative and very strongly recommended survey of Shaolin...Especially commended to the attention of dedicated martial artists...

October Bookviews.com - Alan Caruba
...provides very specific information and insights...for...this rigorous physical, mental, and spiritual way of life.

See all Editorial Reviews


The Life of the Buddha : According to the Pali Canon
Bhikkhu Nanamoli (Translator)
1928706126
August 2001
Paperback
·
 
Mark Epstein, M.D. author, Going on Being; Thoughts without a Thinker
"...this translation lets us experience the power of the Buddha's teachings for ourselves. [Reflects] tenderness, scholarship and beauty..."

Paul R. Fleischman, M.D. author, Cultivating Inner Peace; Karma and Chaos
"If you want to read only one book abou the Buddha, this is the undisputed best choice."

See all Editorial Reviews


The Story of Buddhism
Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
0060099275
Sept 2002
Paperback
·
 
Book Review
Much of what we hear about Buddhism today in the West focuses on its philosophy, and how it can change one's life. Throughout history, however, Buddhism's mythology, scriptures, heroes, and its promise for salvation from rebirth have been the Buddhist teachings that most people have known. Religion professor Donald Lopez has mastered a good deal of this immense lore and managed with The Story of Buddhism to get it into a manageable package. Rather than providing a chronological history or country-by-country breakdown, Lopez explores general topics, meandering through two-and-a-half millennia, from India to Japan. In sections such as "Monastic Life," "Tantra," and "Pilgrimage," he talks about the origins of each topic and its mainstream manifestations. In addition, he spices up his work with delectable, if occasionally...


Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity
James D. Tabor
0743287231
April 2006
Hardcover
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
Tabor, chair of religious studies at UNC-Charlotte, offers a bold and sometimes speculative interpretation of the historical Jesus and his family, beginning with his paternity. Evaluating several possibilities, Tabor concludes that the most historically plausible claim is that Jesus' father was neither God nor Joseph, but another man, possibly a Roman soldier named Pantera. He also argues that Joseph likely died when Jesus was young, leaving Jesus head of a household that included his six half-siblings. Like many scholars, Tabor emphasizes that we must understand Jesus in the context of first-century Judaism. After Jesus' death, his brother James took over the titular family dynasty. James championed a version of the faith quite different from Paul's, and, although James was more faithful to Jesus' original...


Women of the Way
Sallie Tisdale
0060598166
Mar 2006
Hardcover
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
Known for her books and essays but less well-known as a lay Buddhist teacher and consulting editor to the magazine Tricycle, Tisdale unites her spiritual and feminist concerns by breathing life into historical women of Buddhism. The book constructs a female lineage (line of teachers) for Zen Buddhism, including ancestors known through mythic tales and through Indian, Chinese and Japanese traditional writings. So much of women's history is unwritten that Tisdale "reimagines" the past in a series of stories about individual women who taught and practiced Buddhism. Some sketches are as beautifully done as brush paintings, apparently simple yet the result of skillful rendering of details selected to summon up an unknown and far removed life. Tisdale's descriptive writing is especially imaginative ("Their waters are...


Buddha's Not Smiling : Uncovering Corruption at the Heart of Tibetan Buddhism Today
Erik D. Curren
0977225305
February 22, 2006
Paperback
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
In 1981, the 16th Karmapa—leading lama of the Karma Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism—died. In a highly biased but fascinating account, first-time author Curren describes the controversy over the Karmapa's succession that still rages today. After the 16th Karmapa's death, two different factions arose, each naming a different boy the 17th Karmapa: Ogyen Trinley, supported by several Karma Kagyu leaders and the Dalai Lama, and Trinley Thaye, whom the second-ranking Kama Kagyu lama, Shamar Rinpoche, believes to be the true Karmapa. While most previous accounts of the controversy have favored Ogyen Trinley, Curren—who acknowledges early on that he is a student of Shamar Rinpoche—believes Ogyen Trinley to be a fraud. Curren is quite critical of the Dalai Lama, suggesting that His Holiness should...


Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism
Claude B. Levenson
0760742367
June 2003
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
Philosophy or religion, way of life or way of being, Buddhism never ceases to intrigue. Its many aspects bear witness to the diversity of its paths, and its innumerable aspects can disorient the newcomer. Its essence is simple, however, a deep root common to all those searching for knowledge: a man, anchored in a moment of history, who awakened to affirm that it's within everyone's power to attain wisdom. The renewed interest that Buddhism has enjoyed over the past years, led by its spiritual and tempral guide the Dalai Lama, has made it possible to approach the meaning and origins of his teaching. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or...


Universal Religions in World History
Donald Johnson
0072954280
Sept 2006
Paperback
·
 


The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
Karen Armstrong
0375413170
March 2006
Hardcover
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Having already recounted "a history of God," the redoubtable Armstrong here narrates the evolution of the religious traditions of the world from their births to their maturity. In her typical magisterial fashion, she chronicles these tales in dazzling prose with remarkable depth and judicious breadth. Taking the Axial Age, which spans roughly 900 B.C.E. to 200 B.C.E., as her focal point, Armstrong examines the ways that specific religious traditions from Buddhism and Confucianism to Taoism and Judaism responded to the various cultural forces they faced during this period. Overall, Armstrong observes, violence, political disruption and religious intolerance dominated Axial Age societies, so Axial religions responded by exalting compassion, love and justice over selfishness and hatred. Thus, the...


Seven Years in Tibet
Heinrich Harrer
0874778883
August 25, 1997
Paperback
·
 
Book Review
Originally published in 1953, this adventure classic recounts Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's 1943 escape from a British internment camp in India, his daring trek across the Himalayas, and his happy sojourn in Tibet, then, as now, a remote land little visited by foreigners. Warmly welcomed, he eventually became tutor to the Dalai Lama, teenaged god-king of the theocratic nation. The author's vivid descriptions of Tibetan rites and customs capture its unique traditions before the Chinese invasion in 1950, which prompted Harrer's departure. A 1996 epilogue details the genocidal havoc wrought over the past half-century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From AudioFile
In this fascinating memoir Pigott-Smith's intonations reveal practically...


Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom
Taro Gold
0740714465
April 2001
Hardcover
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
Brief nuggets of Eastern wisdom from 20-something model and writer Taro Gold are available in the tiny, well-designed Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom. Most of the book's thoughts on happiness are Gold's own, interspersed with quotations from Nichiren, Confucius, Lao Tzu and Soka Gakkai leader Josei Toda. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Arun Gandhi, Founder Gandhi Center for Nonviolence and Grandson of Mahatma Gandi
"This book will enlighten and ennoble the reader."

See all Editorial Reviews


The Buddha
Michael Carrithers
0192854534
June 2001
Paperback
·
 
Book Description
In this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development
of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance. Well-paced and informative, this introduction will enlighten not only those who study Buddhism and comparative religion but anyone intrigued by the remarkable philosophy of one of the
greatest religious thinkers.


Kuan-yin
Ch¿n-fang Y¿
023112029X
September 15, 2000
Paperback
·
 
Beata Grant, Washington University--St. Louis
This is quite a book and quite an achievement. . . . It is indeed an extraordinarily comprehensive and rich case study.

Review
"A major case study of the Mahayana concept of upaya... excellent and comprehensive." -- Journal of Religion

See all Editorial Reviews


The Religious World of Kirti Sri
John Clifford Holt
0195107578
Mar 1996
Paperback
·
 
Book Description
In this interdisciplinary inquiry, John Clifford Holt seeks to uncover how Buddhism was understood and expressed during the waning years of indigenous political power in Asia's oldest continuing Buddhist culture. Holt focusses on King Kirti Sri Rajasinha and how, despite powerful and
persistent Dutch colonial threats and a deeply suspicious Kandyan Buddhist Sinhalese aristocracy, he successfully revived Sinhalese Theravada Buddhism. As Holt demonstrates, Kirti Sri succeeded in formulating his vision of an orthodox Buddhism in a number of ways: through the patronage of monastic
sanha and re-establishing traditional lines of ordination, translating the Pali suttas into Sinhala, sponsoring public Buddhist religious rites, and refurbishing almost all Buddhist temples in the Kandyan culture region. The ultimate aim...


The Monk and the Philosopher : A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life
Jean Francois Revel, Matthieu Ricard
0805241620
January 26, 1999
Hardcover
·
 
Book Review
The Monk and the Philosopher is a collection of father-son dialogues between Jean-François Revel, a French philosopher and journalist famous for his leadership in protests of both Christianity and Communism, and Matthieu Ricard, his son, who gave up a promising career as a scientist to become a Buddhist monk in the Himalayas. The conversations recorded in this book took place during 10 days at an inn in Katmandu. The range of their subjects is immense: What is Buddhism? Why does it have such appeal to many in the West? Why do Buddhists believe in reincarnation? What are the differences between Buddhist and Christian monastic life? How do science and individualism make authentic Buddhist practice difficult for Westerners to achieve? Despite the simplicity of many of these questions, Revel and Ricard never give simplistic...


Concise History of Buddhism
Andrew Skilton
0904766926
March 2003
Paperback
·
 
Book Description
Buddhism is a widely diverse religion, with many traditions handed down through the centuries. The newcomer seeking to understand the sometimes contradictory spiritual texts can find it daunting. A Buddhist and professor at Oxford University now unravels these varied religious threads and creates a wonderfully clear and compact look at Buddhist history. From the ancient Indian context to Buddhism in countries beyond, from the Mahayana sutras to Tantra, it presents an account of the religion's development up through the 19th century, its doctrines and its schools. But the study also covers the context in which Buddhism developed, the external events that had an impact on the religion. Using the most recent scholarship available, it reflects on the Buddha and his teachings, the paths to awakening, the development in the...


Buddhism For Dummies (Books for Dummies Series)
Jonathan Landaw
0764553593
March 2003
Paperback
·
 
Review
“…another interesting title that seems written for anything but dummies…” (Alain de Botton in The Observer, July 4th, 2004)

Book Description
From the outside, Buddhism seems like a bundle of contradictions wrapped inside a paradox. It is a religion without a god, a belief system without rules, and a faith that encourages its adherents to question everything, including its own teachings. You could spend a lifetime studying Buddhist texts and following its observances and still feel like you’ve only just barely scratched the surface. Yet, over the past 2500 years, this lovely religion that preaches compassion, generosity, tolerance, selflessness and self-awareness has commanded the fervent devotion of hundreds of millions of people around the world...


The Origins and Development of Land Buddhism
Gyonen
019512524X
Mar 2002
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
In this book, Mark Blum offers a critical look at the thought and impact of the late 13th-century Buddhist historian Gyonen (1240-1321) and the emergent Pure Land school of Buddhism founded by Honen (1133-1212). Blum also provides a clear and fully annotated translation of Gyonen's Jodo homon
genrusho, the first history of Pure Land Buddhism.


A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage (A Spiritual History of the Teachings of Natural Great Perfection)
Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorje, Richard Barron (Translator)
1881847411
November 1, 2005
Hardcover
·
 
Buddhadharma--Winter 2005--Benjamin Bogin
Nyoshul Khenpo was a brilliant scholar and storyteller, reflected in his exhaustive historical research and inspiring stories from oral traditions.

Book Description
A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage is the only comprehensive history of the Nyingtik lineage, which forms the core of the body of teachings known as Dzogchen (Great Perfection) in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It was written by the late Nyoshul Khen Rinpoché, Jamyang Dorjé (1931-1999), one of the most outstanding and knowledgeable exponents of Dzogchen. In this work, framed as a series of biographical accounts, Nyoshul Khenpo provides a wealth of information invaluable to spiritual practitioners as well as to historians...


Rennyo and the Roots of Modern Japanese Buddhism
Mark Blum
0195132750
Dec 2005
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
Rennyo Shonin (1415-1499) is considered the "second founder" of Shin Buddhism. Under his leadership, the Honganji branch grew in size and power, becoming a national organization with great wealth and influence. Rennyo's success lay in conveying an attractive spiritual message while exerting
effective administrative control. A savvy politician as well as religious leader, ennyo played a significant role in political, economic, and institutional developments. Though he is undeniably one of the most influential persons in the history of Japanese religion, his legacy remains enigmatic and
largely overlooked by the West. This volume offers an assessment of Rennyo's contribution to Buddhist thought and the Honganji religious organization. A collection of 16 previously unpublished essays by both Japanese and...


Foundations of Buddhism
Rupert Gethin
0192892231
October 1998
Textbook Paperback
·
 
Book Description
Buddhism is a vast and complex religious and philosophical tradition with a history that stretches over 2,500 years, and which is now followed by around 115 million people. In this introduction to the foundations of Buddhism, Rupert Gethin concentrates on the ideas and practices which
constitute the common heritage of the different traditions of Buddhism (Thervada, Tibetan, and Eastern) that exist in the world today. From the narrative of the story of the Buddha, through discussions of aspects such as textual traditions, the framework of the Four Noble Truths, the interaction
between the monastic and lay ways of life, the cosmology of karma and rebirth, and the path of the bodhisattva, this book provides a stimulating introduction to Buddhism as a religion and way of life.


Way of Zen
Alan W. Watts
0375705104
February 1999
Paperback
·
 
Book Review
After D.T. Suzuki, Alan Watts stands as the godfather of Zen in America. Often taken to task for inspiring the flimsy spontaneity of Beat Zen, Watts had an undeniably keen understanding of his subject. Nowhere is this more evident than in his 1957 classic The Way of Zen, which has been reissued. Watts takes the reader back to the philosophical foundations of Zen in the conceptual world of Hinduism, follows Buddhism's course through the development of the early Mahayana school, the birth of Zen from Buddhism's marriage with Chinese Taoism, and on to Zen's unique expression in Japanese art and life. As a Westerner, Watts anticipates the stumbling blocks encountered with such concepts as emptiness and no-mind, then illustrates with flawlessly apt examples. Many popular books have been written on Zen since Watts' time, but few...


The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs
Robert Beer
157062416X
October 12, 1999
Hardcover
·
 
Book Review
Tibetan Buddhism has one of the most complex iconographies of any religion. Robert Beer, the artist who brought to life the saints of Tibetan Buddhism in Buddhist Masters of Enchantment, has now brought the myriad symbols of Tibetan Buddhist art to life. Not exactly arranged like an encyclopedia, this book is more like a tour of the categories of Tibetan Buddhist symbols, beginning with Landscape Elements (rocks, clouds, rainbows, etc.); moving on to such areas as Flowers and Trees, Cosmology, and Mudras (hand gestures); and ending with Geometric Borders. Exquisitely detailed line drawings (using fine-pointed traditional brushes) are grouped on full-size plates, each of which the author tells us took between 50 and 200 hours to draw. The eight years that went into this book are revealed not only in the drawings but also in...


Dreaming the Great Brahmin
Kurtis R. Schaeffer
0195173732
June 2005
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
Dreaming the Great Brahmin explores the creation and recreation of Buddhist saints through narratives, poetry, art, ritual, and even dream visions. The first comprehensive cultural and literary history of the well-known Indian Buddhist poet saint Saraha, known as the Great Brahmin, this book
argues that we should view Saraha not as the founder of a tradition, but rather as its product. Kurtis Schaeffer shows how images, tales, and teachings of Saraha were transmitted, transformed, and created by members of diverse Buddhist traditions in Tibet, India, Nepal, and Mongolia. The result is
that there is not one Great Brahmin, but many. More broadly, Schaeffer argues that the immense importance of saints for Buddhism is best understood by looking at the creative adaptations of such figures that perpetuated their fame,...


Monks, Rulers, and Literati
Albert Welter
0195175212
Jan 2006
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
The Chan (Zen in Japanese) school began when, in seventh-century China, a small religious community gathered around a Buddhist monk named Hongren. Over the centuries, Chan Buddhism grew from an obscure movement to an officially recognized and eventually dominant form of Buddhism in China and
throughout East Asia. It has reached international popularity, its teachings disseminated across cultures far and wide.
In Monks, Rulers, and Literati, Albert Welter presents, for the first time in a comprehensive fashion in a Western work, the story of the rise of Chan, a story which has been obscured by myths about Zen. Zen apologists in the twentieth century, Welter argues, sold the world on the story of Zen as a
transcendental spiritualism untainted by political and institutional involvements. In fact, Welter shows...


Deities of Tibetan Buddhism : The Zurich Paintings of the Icons Worthwhile to See
Martin Willson
0861710983

Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
This is the most encyclopedic reference book of Tibetan images of enlightenment ever presented.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Tibetan


The Vision of the Buddha: An Illustrated Guide to the History, Beliefs, and Practices of Buddhism
Tom Lowenstein
0641665431

Paperback
·
 

  ©BookFinder USA LLC.
  All rights reserved.