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No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva
Pema Chodron
1590301358
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Popular Buddhist teacher Chödrön has a surprise for her many readers and students: textual commentary. Her newest book comments at length on an eighth-century text by the Indian Buddhist sage Shantideva. It's a guidebook for developing bodhichitta, an awakened mind that expresses itself in compassionate action to alleviate suffering. The lengthy text will certainly be unfamiliar to beginners, but Chödrön is a wise choice for an escort. She is a clear teacher, explaining key terms (the Sanskrit term klesha, for example, may be translated as neurosis or affliction) and making things simple and characteristically plainspoken ("When we are distracted, we can't remember anything we've studied or read"). She is also the right kind of motivator, telling readers immediately what's in it for them: this...


Path to Buddhahood
Ringu Tulku
1590300122
Nov 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, written by a physician-turned-monk named Gampopa in the 11th century, is one of the most important texts in Tibetan Buddhism. In the early 1990s, Ringu Tulku, a professor of Tibetan studies and director of numerous meditation centers, gave a series of introductory talks on Gampopa's work, which were transcribed into this book. Tulku outlines the six factors Gampopa says are necessary to escape samsara (suffering) and realize nirvana: the cause (buddha nature is inherent in everyone), the basis (human life is especially conducive to attaining enlightenment), the condition (finding a "spiritual friend" or teacher to guide one to nirvana), the method (the spiritual friend's instructions), the result (the state of buddhahood) and the activity (the compassionate and wise actions of a...


Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime
Stephen Batchelor
0641695446

Hardcover
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The Way to Buddhahood : Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master
Venerable Yin-shun, Wing Yeung
0861711335
January 25, 1998
Paperback
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Robert M. Gimello, Professor of East Asian Studies and Religious Studies, University of Arizona
"This fine translation...is a most welcome addition to the small English language archives of modern Chinese Buddhism.... The foremost leader of Chinese Buddhism's intellectual resurgence, the monk Yin-shun is both a scholar and an original thinker of the first order. Drawing upon the whole broad range of Buddhist thought-but especially upon the Madhyamaka tradition of Nagarjuna, Candrakirti, and Tsongkhapa-The Way to Buddhahood presents itself as an introductory overview of the essentials of Buddhism. It is that, of course, but it is also much more. It plots a course for Buddhism's future development that will allow its robust engagement with the modern world without forcing the severance of its traditional roots."


Acvaghosha's Discourse on the Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana: Da Sheng QI Xin Lun
Asvaghosa
0895819392
February 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana is a classic of East Asian Buddhism. Its concept of faith, however, is not the same as that of Western religions. The book's title may also be translated as The Generating of Confidence in the Mahayana. Confidence or trust is generated as a result of examining the Mahayana Buddhist teachings, which are concisely summarized here. This book is said to have been written for those who find the wordiness of extensive discourse wearisome, and who prefer a brief treatise with a lot of meaning. Doctrinally, it presents the tathagata-garbha or Buddha-matrix teachings in their most developed form. This abstruse text is translated here by the distinguished D. T. Suzuki. The translation by Yoshito Hakeda published elsewhere is made from the Chinese version of Paramartha, while this one is...


A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life
Santideva, et al
1559390611
February 25, 1997
Paperback
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From Library Journal
These two volumes present perspectives on the Boddhisattva ideal, the distinguishing characteristic of Mahayana Buddhism that emphasizes the desire for enlightment as an act of altruism toward all beings. A Guide to the Boddhisattva Way of Life is a classic of Tibetan Buddhism, composed in the eighth century by a Buddhist monk. The Wallaces (a professor and a student in religious studies, Stanford Univ.) translated this work with careful attention to Tibetan and Sanskrit versions, which makes their translation unique. The main text has been re-created from the Sanskrit with attention to the Tibetan. Where the nuances in the originals differ significantly, the translation of the Tibetan version is given in the notes. The Thirty Seven Practices of Boddhisattvas is a transcription of an oral teaching by a Buddhist...


The Awakening of Faith: The Classic Exposition of Mahayana Buddhism
Asvaghosa
048643141X
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Comprehensive and coherent, this guide to a complex system of Buddhism is so authoritative that it has been employed in the instruction of Buddhist priests. Translated by the distinguished scholar Teitaro Suzuki, the text discusses the essentials of Mahayana Buddhism, including how humans can transcend their finite state, practices and techniques to assist in the awakening and growth of faith, and the most developed form of tathagata-garbha, or Buddha-matrix teachings. This accessible work was written specifically for those who prefer a brief and pithy presentation to extensive discourse. Unabridged republication of the classic 1900 edition.


A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras
Zhenji Zhang
0271003413
Jan 1997
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, Chinese (translation)

About the Author
Emeritus Professor, Penn. State U. and a renowned Buddhist scholar. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night : A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (Shambhala Dragon Editions)
Dalai Lama XIV, et al
0877739714
March 22, 1994
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, delivered this teaching and commentary on Shantideva's The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara Sutra) for Westerners in a week-long instruction in Dordogne, France. Those who take the bodhisattva path promise to work toward attaining enlightenment and Buddhahood for the liberation of all sentient beings. The path thus involves the renunciation of self-centered goals and demands generosity, purification, attentiveness, patience, and wisdom. On many levels, the book is splendid as both an introduction to Buddhist spirituality and an explication of Shantideva for contemporary Westerners. Recommended for all libraries.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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If everyone considered only the well-being of...


Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary
Arya Maitreya
1559391286
August 15, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
This text is regarded as a Buddhist classic. Since all sentient beings have Buddha nature, there is no reason for conceit nor for self-contempt. These miisunderstandings are removable and do not touch the inherent purity and perfection of the mind, our buddha nature. This book presents in great detail and clarity the view which forms the basis of any Vajrayana or tantric practices.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)


The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa: The Path Is the Goal: Training the Mind: Glimpses of Abhidharma: Glimpses of Shunyata: Glimpses of Mahayana: Selected Writings, Vol. 2
Chogyam Trungpa
1590300262
February 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa brings together in eight volumes the writings of the first and most influential and inspirational Tibetan teachers to present Buddhism in the West. Organized by theme, the collection includes full-length books as well as articles, seminar transcripts, poems, plays, and interviews, many of which have never before been available in book form. From memoirs of his escape from Chinese-occupied Tibet to insightful discussions of psychology, mind, and meditation; from original verse and calligraphy to the esoteric lore of tantric Buddhism–the impressive range of Trungpa's vision, talents, and teachings is showcased in this landmark series.

Volume Two examines meditation, mind, and Mahayana, the “great vehicle” for the development of compassion and...


The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti
Robert Thurman
0271006013
June 1976
Paperback
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Book Description
The Tibetan version of this key Buddhist scripture rendered in English, previously known only from translations of Chinese texts. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations
Paul Williams
0415025370
January 1989
Textbook Paperback
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Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
"This will without doubt become a standard textbook on the Mahayana. Argument and assertions are throughout backed up by reference to primary sources and there are citations or quotations from texts on almost every page."

Review
The work is in fact an admirable introduction to the Mahayana traditions, both for the undergraduate student and others who wish to explore the `Great Vehicle.' Such a useful, up-to-date overview fills a real need. Moreover, its thorough references can be used as a basis for further study and research.Religious Studies

This will without doubt become a standard textbook on the Mahayana. Argument and assertions are throughout backed up by reference to primary sources and there are citations or quotations from...



The Jewel Ornament of Liberation : The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings
Gampopa, et al
1559390921
June 25, 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is a master work of Tibetan Buddhism.

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

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Skilful Means
Michael Pye
0415314275
Feb 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
"Skilful means" is the key principle of the great tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. First set out extensively in the Lotus Sutra, it originates in the Buddha's compassionate project for helping others to transcend the ceaseless round of birth and death. His strategies or interventions are "skilful means" - devices which lead into enlightenment and nirvana. Michael Pye's clear and engaging introductory guide presents the meaning of skilful means in the formative writings, traces its antecedents in the legends of early Buddhism and explores links both with the Theravada tradition and later Japanese Buddhism. First published in 1979, the book remains the best explanation of this dynamic philosophy, which is essential for any complete understanding of Buddhis.


Nagarjuna in Context: Mahayana Buddhism and Early Indian Culture
Joseph Walser
023113164X
April 2005
Hardcover
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Review
" Nagarjuna in Context: Mahayana Buddhism and Early Indian Culture offers a significant step towards clarifying the mysteries and myths that surround the name of Nagarjuna." -- Benjamin Bogin, BUDDHADHARMA
"Walser's argument and mastery of scholarly materials ensure that this work will make an enduring contribution. Highly recommended." -- E. Findly, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
"Rich and rewarding... Walser is to be congratulated for writing a text that will surely provoke productive debate." -- Richard Nance, H-Net Book review

Review
"This impressive study, the first of its kind, employs textual, art historical and epigraphic evidence to illuminate the social conditions in which Nagarjuna worked. Walser triumphs in exposing the complexities of a historical...


Ocean of Nectar: Wisdom and Compassion in Mahayana Buddhism
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
0948006234
August 2000
Paperback
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The Middle Way
This important work handsomely repays the close reading required to fully savor the text.

Book Description
Ocean of Nectar is the first complete explanation in English of Chandrakirti's Guide to the Middle Way, a classic Mahayana scripture, which to this day is regarded as the principal presentation of Buddha’s profound view of emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. With a new translation and verse-by-verse commentary, the author reveals this profound meaning to the West with utmost clarity, and guides us along the stages of the Bodhisattva path to full enlightenment. This book is an indispensable guide for the serious practitioner of Mahayana Buddhism.

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Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend
Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche
1559392274
January 25, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book appeal to any reader with interest in Mahayanna Buddhism and the great classic of Indain Buddisht literature.

From the Publisher
TRANSLATOR’S INTRODUCTION Few people who have begun studying Tibetan Buddhism can remain unaware for long of the importance of Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (Suhrllekha in Sanskrit), for even if they have not had the opportunity to read it on its own, they will sooner or later come across quotations from Nagarjuna’s poem in the many written and oral commentaries on other texts that the Tibetan tradition has produced. The Letter to a Friend, despite its short length, is a monument of the Indian shastra tradition for it covers the whole Mahayana path with unusual clarity and memorable imagery. For many students of Buddhism the...


History of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana
Akira Hirakawa, Paul Groner (Translator)
8120809556
January 1, 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
The book, the summation of a lifetime of research on Indian Buddhism, is an exceptionally comprehensive discussion of Indian Buddhism. The text presents the debates of Indian Buddhism that have occurred in the Japanese academic community and emphasizes issues that have often been treated only in passing in India and the West. Finally, the book includes a bibliography which provides a broad look of the study.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Women in Buddhism
Diana M. Paul
0520054288
Apr 1985
Paperback
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Spiritual Friends: Meditations by Monks and Nuns of the International Mahayana Institute
Thubten Dondrub
0861713257
February 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
A collection of the favorite guided meditations of senior monks and nuns of the International Mahayana Institute.


Lankavatara Sutra: A Mahayana Text (Buddhist Tradition S.)
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
8120816552
January 1, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
This pioneer translation of the Lankavatara Sutra was based on the Sanskrit text (1923) edited by Bunyu Nanjo. It is a remarkable coverage of Mahayana Buddhist topics, especially of the type often associated with the Yogacara school of Buddhism.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)

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Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature
Alan Cole
0520242769
July 2005
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description
This beautifully written work sheds new light on the origins and nature of Mahayana Buddhism with close readings of four well-known texts--the Lotus Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Tathagatagarbha Sutra, and Vimalakirtinirdesa. Treating these sutras as literary works rather than as straightforward philosophic or doctrinal treatises, Alan Cole argues that these writings were carefully sculpted to undermine traditional monastic Buddhism and to gain legitimacy and authority for Mahayana Buddhism as it was veering away from Buddhism's older oral and institutional forms. His sophisticated and sustained analysis of the narrative structures and seductive literary strategies used in these sutras suggests that they were specifically written to encourage devotion to the written word instead of other forms of authority, be they...

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