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What the Buddha Taught
Walpola Sri Rahula
0802130313
July 1974
Paperback
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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.


The Gods Drink Whiskey
Stephen T. Asma
0060723955
June 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Asma opens this memoirish spiritual travel guide with a central purpose: by journeying to Cambodia to see the collective manifestations of Theravada Buddhism, the tradition closest to that avowed by the historical Buddha, he will disabuse Western readers of the widespread misconceptions so prevalent in a privatized, narcissistic and consumerist Buddhist mentality. Asma, professor of philosophy and a practicing Buddhist who taught Buddhism in Cambodia in 2003, dispels the basic falsehoods common to all schools of Buddhism, e.g., that nirvana is heavenly bliss, that austere detachment from one's deepest feelings is par for the course or that karmic merit can be acquired by magical or superstitious practices. Curiously, he scarcely discusses the most basic schism between Theravada and Mahayana (the other great...


The State of Mind Called Beautiful
Sayadaw U. Pandita, Kate Wheeler (Editor)
0861713451
April 28, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
In The State of Mind Called Beautiful, Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U. Pandita lays out the breadth, depth, and wealth of the Theravadan tradition of Buddhism. Beginning with the basic guidelines of Buddhism he then moves on to various practices. Those that can be done for one minute a day; those that sweeten and strengthen the mind; those that heal societies and families; and those that lead to liberation. Also included are complete teachings on vipassana or Insight meditation, from how to do it, to how to refine it, to how to deal with difficulties; teachings on the development of mindfulness, wisdom, patience, and practice; and a concise biography of the historical Buddha, showing that the qualities that allowed him to achieve liberation reside within all seekers. Rounding out the book are a helpful...


Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master
Amy Schmidt, et al
0974240559
May 1, 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Schmidt, a resident teacher at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass., offers a study of the life and teachings of Nani Bala Barua—the Indian saint more commonly known by her affectionate nickname, Dipa Ma (1911–1989). Schmidt begins by offering a swift but engaging outline of Dipa Ma's life, including her marriage at age 12, her struggle as a single mother to practice meditation, her mastery of such "supernatural powers" as mind reading and time travel and her eventual establishment in a tiny Calcutta apartment as a gentle, playful and world-renowned teacher of mindfulness—indeed, Dipa Ma deeply influenced such American Buddhist heavyweights as Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield, who provide the foreword and afterword, respectively. Schmidt then highlights a number of Dipa Ma's teachings,...


Buddhist Monastic Life: According to the Texts of the Theravada Tradition
Mohan Wijayaratna
0521364280
November 1990
Hardcover
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Review
"For anybody who is interested in the process of codification of monastic rules in the Theravada tradition, Wijayaratna's book offers extensive scriptural information..." Cistercian Studies Quarterly

"I am delighted to see this translation in print. The French version has been revised and admirably translated. For an understanding of the founding and early form of the Buddhist monastic order most people still rely on Dult's pioneering book, published in 1924, which is now quite out of date. This book completely supersedes Dult. Let us hope that this major contribution to the history of religions will now reach the audience it deserves." Richard Gombrich, Oxford University

Book Description
This book provides a vivid and detailed picture of the daily life and religious practices of...



Woman Awake
Christina Feldman
1930485069
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Traditionally women are socialized to embrace values based on conformity, passivity, and surrender of the self, which can eventually contribute to feelings of low self-worth and powerlessness. Using the central tenets and practices of Buddhism, Woman Awake offers readers an opportunity to break out of negative belief systems and move toward increased self-acceptance, strength, and vitality. Through a thoughtful selection of exercises and reflections, readers are guided to expand their awareness of life and its connectedness to all things, as well as their own dignity and place within the universe. For those women new to Buddhist meditation, Christina Feldman offers sensitive and valuable guidelines on breathing and relaxation, using an approach that encourages readers to overcome their social conditioning and...


Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism : Rematerialising the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition (Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions)
Kevin Trainor, et al
0521582806
June 13, 1997
Hardcover
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Review
"A carefully researched and theoretically engaged study.... A first-rate analysis that belongs in every academic library with significant holdings on Buddhism." John Clifford Holt, Religious Studies Review

"...Trainor's study includes careful translations from the original P^D-ali and does a good job of researching a wide variety of selective sources." Nirmala Salgado, Journal of the American Oriental Society

Book Description
Western scholarship has largely ignored the practice of venerating the physical remains of the Buddha, a practice that has been a central focus of both monastic and lay Buddhists for more than two millennia. This study draws on textual and archaeological evidence from India and Sri Lanka to examine the place of relic veneration in the history of South Asian...



The Gods Drink Whiskey
Stephen T. Asma
0060834501
May 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Asma opens this memoirish spiritual travel guide with a central purpose: by journeying to Cambodia to see the collective manifestations of Theravada Buddhism, the tradition closest to that avowed by the historical Buddha, he will disabuse Western readers of the widespread misconceptions so prevalent in a privatized, narcissistic and consumerist Buddhist mentality. Asma, professor of philosophy and a practicing Buddhist who taught Buddhism in Cambodia in 2003, dispels the basic falsehoods common to all schools of Buddhism, e.g., that nirvana is heavenly bliss, that austere detachment from one's deepest feelings is par for the course or that karmic merit can be acquired by magical or superstitious practices. Curiously, he scarcely discusses the most basic schism between Theravada and Mahayana (the other great...


Buddhist Monastic Life: According to the Texts of the Theravada Tradition
Mohan Wijayaratna
0521367085
January 1990
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"For anybody who is interested in the process of codification of monastic rules in the Theravada tradition, Wijayaratna's book offers extensive scriptural information..." Cistercian Studies Quarterly

"I am delighted to see this translation in print. The French version has been revised and admirably translated. For an understanding of the founding and early form of the Buddhist monastic order most people still rely on Dult's pioneering book, published in 1924, which is now quite out of date. This book completely supersedes Dult. Let us hope that this major contribution to the history of religions will now reach the audience it deserves." Richard Gombrich, Oxford University

Book Description
This book provides a vivid and detailed picture of the daily life and religious practices of...



Constituting Communities: Theravada Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia
John Clifford Holt (Editor)
0791456927
January 2003
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Explores how community is defined and how it functions among Theraveda Buddhists in South and Southeast Asia. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover
"Constituting Communities explores how community functions within Theravaµda Buddhist culture. Although the dominant focus of Buddhist studies for the past century has been on doctrinal and philosophical issues, this volume concentrates on discourses that produced them, and why and how these discourses and practices shaped Theravaµda communities in South and Southeast Asia. From a variety of perspectives, including historical, literary, doctrinal and philosophical, and social and anthropological, the contributors explore the issues that have proven important and definitive for...


Compassion : Listening to the Cries of the World
Christina Feldman
1930485115
October 10, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Compassion in the face of pain, anguish, or unspeakable evil often produces confusion and bewilderment: How can someone endure such unjust suffering with such calm? Wouldn't it be more natural, and more proper, to not be calm at all? In Compassion, Christina Feldman draws over 30 years of experience as a Buddhist to explain how ordinary people are able to use compassion to overcome negative feelings like tragedy, pain, and terror. Feldman first examines compassion itself, using Buddhist texts and real-life stories to explain precisely what this strange force is, and argues that it is the most precious of all gifts. Feldman then proceeds to show, in six separate chapters, how compassion can be used in the face of adversity, mapping out meditations and strategies that can overcome the dark thoughts that everyone...


Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America
Wendy Cadge
0226088995
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Cadge, assistant professor of sociology at Bowdoin College, presents a carefully considered ethnography examining "how Buddhism arrived in the United States and is... adapting" to its new context. Specifically, she focuses on Theravada Buddhism, the branch practiced in such Southeast Asian countries as Thailand and Sri Lanka. She begins with an overview of the history of Theravada Buddhism and its establishment in the U.S. by both Asian immigrants and—separately—American-born converts who had studied in Asia. She spends the bulk of the book focusing on Wat Phila, a Thai temple near Philadelphia founded and attended by native Thais, and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC), founded and attended primarily by white Americans. Drawing on extensive field work, Cadge compares and contrasts gender...


Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia (Ann Arbor Paperbacks)
Robert C. Lester
0472061844


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Book Description
A unique study of traditional Buddhist beliefs


Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America(Morality and Society Series)
Wendy Cadge
0226089002
October 2004
Textbook Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Cadge, assistant professor of sociology at Bowdoin College, presents a carefully considered ethnography examining "how Buddhism arrived in the United States and is... adapting" to its new context. Specifically, she focuses on Theravada Buddhism, the branch practiced in such Southeast Asian countries as Thailand and Sri Lanka. She begins with an overview of the history of Theravada Buddhism and its establishment in the U.S. by both Asian immigrants and—separately—American-born converts who had studied in Asia. She spends the bulk of the book focusing on Wat Phila, a Thai temple near Philadelphia founded and attended by native Thais, and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC), founded and attended primarily by white Americans. Drawing on extensive field work, Cadge compares and contrasts gender...


The Buddha in the Jungle
Kamala Tiyavanich
0295983728
Feb 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
In The Buddha in the Jungle, real-life stories about 19th and early 20th century Buddhist monks in Thailand are ingeniously intermingled with experiences recorded by their Western contemporaries. Stories tell of giant snakes, bandits, boatmen, midwives, and guardian spirits and collectively portray a Buddhist culture in all its imaginative and geographical concreteness. By juxtaposing these eyewitness accounts, Kimala Tiyavanich presents a new and vivid picture of Buddhism as it was lived and of the natural environments in which the Buddha’s teachings were practiced.

About the Author
Kamala Tiyavanich is a Thai Buddhist and the author of Forest Recollections: Wandering Monks in Twentieth-Century Thailand. She lives in Ithaca, New York.


Buddhadasa: Theravada Buddhism and Modernist Reform in Thailand
Peter A. Jackson
9747551918
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (1906–1993) is widely regarded as modern Thailand’s most influential Buddhist philosopher. His thought had a profound intellectual impact in Thailand in the second half of the twentieth century. His life mission was to undertake a complete reexamination of Theravada Buddhist teachings. By returning to the Buddha’s original teachings in the Suttapitaka and by drawing on aspects of Zen Buddhism, Buddhadasa crafted a vision of Thai Buddhism as a socially, politically, and intellectually progressive force. This vision of a modern Theravada Buddhism fit for a modern, democratic, and socially just Thailand continues to inspire large numbers of Thai people in the twenty-first century. In this book Peter Jackson examines Buddhadasa’s life work and thought, placing them in the context...


Rebuilding Buddhism: The Theravada Movement in Twentieth-Century Nepal
Sarah LeVine
0674019083
December 2005
Hardcover
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About the Author
Sarah LeVine is Associate in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University. David N. Gellner is Lecturer in the Anthropology of South Asia, University of Oxford.


Introduction to the Study of Theravada Buddhism in Burma
Nihar-Ranian Ray
0404168531
May 2006
Hardcover
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Buddhism and the Baha'i Faith: An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith for Theravada Buddhists
Moojan Momen
0853983844
January 1995
Paperback
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Theravada Buddhism
Richard Gombrich
0415075858
Feb 1988
Paperback
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Choice
"An excellent and exciting introduction to the social history of Buddhism . . . This book will be useful to scholars and students in both Buddhist studies and the social sciences."

Review
"An excellent and exciting introduction to the social history of Buddhism . . . This book will be useful to scholars and students in both Buddhist studies and the social sciences."
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Realizing Change: Vipassana Meditation in Action
Ian Hetherington, et al
1928706215
September 1, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Featuring accounts by practitioners living everyday lives, this introduction to Vipassana meditation provides a way for readers to learn more about its benefits. Explained is what takes place before, during, and after a ten-day silent meditation retreat. Each participant follows the same discipline: silence, a basic moral code known as the five precepts, a prescribed timetable, a vegetarian diet, and a commitment to practicing only what is taught at the retreat. This first-person account of the retreat reveals the challenges and benefits of facing reality head-on through direct observation and of learning to observe instead of reacting to thoughts, emotions, and sensations. In addition, the ways in which Vipassana meditation techniques are applied to individuals, institutions, children, prisoners, work places, and...


The Notion of Iditthi /Iin Theravada Buddhism
Paul Fuller
0415342937
Feb 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The notion of "view" or "opinion" (ditthi) as an obstacle to "seeing things as they are" is a central concept in Buddhist thought. This book considers the two ways in which the notion of views are usually understood. Are we to understand right-view as a correction of wrong-views (the opposition understanding) or is the aim of the Buddhist path the overcoming of all views, even right-view (the no-views understanding)? The author argues that neither approach is correct. Instead, he suggests that the early texts do not understand right-view as a correction of wrong-view, but as a detached order of seeing, completely different from the attitude of holding to any view, wrong or right.
Arguing that by the term "right-view" we should understand an order of seeing which transcends all views, this book makes a...


Constituting Communities (SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies): Theravada Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia
John Clifford Holt (Editor)
0791456919
March 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Explores how community is defined and how it functions among Theraveda Buddhists in South and Southeast Asia.

From the Back Cover
"Constituting Communities explores how community functions within Theravaµda Buddhist culture. Although the dominant focus of Buddhist studies for the past century has been on doctrinal and philosophical issues, this volume concentrates on discourses that produced them, and why and how these discourses and practices shaped Theravaµda communities in South and Southeast Asia. From a variety of perspectives, including historical, literary, doctrinal and philosophical, and social and anthropological, the contributors explore the issues that have proven important and definitive for identifying what it has meant, individually and socially, to be...


Pure and Simple : The Buddhist Teachings of a Thai Laywoman
Upasika Nanayon
086171492X
May 25, 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
Upasika Kee (1901-78) was an extremely popular Buddhist teacher in Thailand, starting a retreat center in the hills outside Rajburi that still thrives today. In this rare collection of her writings, Upasika Kee displays relentless honesty in conveying her experience of, and devotion to, Dhamma practice. She says one must be uncompromising in one's dedication to upholding Buddhist precepts. To detach from ego-based thought, to persistently practice meditation and breath work, to tame the "monkey mind," these are the basics, and, in her opinion, the only road to awareness. According to Upasika Kee, without serious practice, one will never stop the suffering caused by the mental "defilements" that drive us. Readers just learning about Buddhism will find the book thought-provoking, but the real audience will be those already...


Buddhism, Conflict And Violence in Modern Sri Lanka
Deegalle Mahinda
0415359201
May 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book explores dilemmas that Buddhism faces in relation to the continuing ethnic conflict and violence in contemporary Sri Lanka. Using an interdisciplinary approach, prominent scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, Buddhist studies and Pali examine multiple dimensions of the problem. Buddhist responses to the crisis are discussed in detail, along with how Buddhism can help to create peace in Sri Lanka. Evaluating the role of Buddhists and their institutions in bringing about an end to war and violence as well as possibly heightening the problem, this collection puts forward a critical analysis of the religious conditions contributing to continuing hostilities.


Becoming the Buddha : The Ritual of Image Consecration in Thailand (Buddhisms: A Princeton University Press Series)
Donald K. Swearer
0691114358
January 26, 2004
Hardcover
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Review
Frank Reynolds, co-translator of "Three Worlds of King Ruang: A Thai Buddhist Cosmology" : In Becoming the Buddha Donald Swearer has provided a multifaceted historical, ethnographic, and comparative study of an image consecration ritual that lies close to the very heart of popular Buddhist piety. Drawing on more than four decades of textual research and field experience in northern Thailand, Swearer provides compelling descriptions and probing analyses that will command the attention of scholars in Buddhist studies and ritual studies for many years to come.
John S. Strong, Bates College, author of "The Legend and Cult of Upagupta" : Reading Becoming the Buddha was an exciting, note-taking, eye-opening experience that stimulated my thinking about the field and about my own work. This book is the product of a...


On Understanding Buddhists: Essays on the Theravada Tradition in Sri Lanka
John Ross Carter
0791414132
July 1993
Hardcover
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