Dharma Delight

Dharma Delight
Author: Rodney Alan Greenblat
Publsiher: Tuttle Publishing
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2016-05-10
ISBN: 1462918379
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dharma Delight Book Excerpt:

In Dharma Delight, abstract artist and Zen practitioner Rodney Greenblat uses lighthearted narrative and vivid pop art paintings to celebrate the joys of living life from the inside out. Part graphic guide, part personal testimony, part art book, Dharma Delight illustrates how seeking the path of compassion and acceptance can be as zany and exuberant as it is profound. It is a happy exploration of Buddhist Enlightenment—what it is, where to seek it—and how to recognize the perfection in ourselves. A great option for Zen beginners and experienced practitioners alike, sutras (teachings), Bodhisattvas (enlightened beings) and jataka tales (parables) are presented in a way that's simple, upbeat and fun to read. The original paintings—some new, some already known on the New York art scene and elsewhere—are an imaginative and affirming mind's-eye view of Buddhist teaching. Together, the words and illustrations are a warm and cheerful invitation to newcomers and a cool splash of refreshment to any traveler on the road to enlightenment.

Teachings of the Buddha

Teachings of the Buddha
Author: Rulu
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2012-01-20
ISBN: 1468509039
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Teachings of the Buddha Book Excerpt:

The sixteen sutras in this book are English translations of texts selected from the Chinese Buddhist Canon. Thirteen of them have never before been published in book form. The translators introduction to Buddhist doctrine provides an organized background for readers at all levels to better understand and appreciate the teachings in these sutras, which cover a wide range of interesting topics. For example, in Sutra 1, the Buddha teaches karmic requitals and how one can avoid or mitigate unfortunate requitals. In Sutra 6, He predicts that long after His Dharma has perished, the next Buddha, Maitreya, will bring the Dharma back to this world. In Sutra 13, the Buddha reveals the mystery of consciousness, giving a detailed description of ones rebirth according to karmic force. In Sutra 14, He declares the eternity of nirvana and ones Buddha nature. In Sutra 16, He affirms that ones great compassion for all sentient beings will quickly lead one to Buddhahood. These English translations are easy to read, and Buddhist terms are explained in the glossary. One can read this book for pleasure, or study it for spiritual development. One can also recite the sutras, prayers, and mantras as a spiritual practice. Students in Buddhist Studies certainly can use this book to support and enhance their learning.

Zeal for Zen

Zeal for Zen
Author: Norimoto Iino
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 93
Release: 2021-04-20
ISBN: 1504067088
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zeal for Zen Book Excerpt:

The Zen scholar and author of Hints in Haiku offers a revealing introduction to Zen thought and practice in this collection of essays. In 1964, when he accepted a visiting professorship at Coe College teaching non-Western studies, Norimoto Iino wrote this uniquely insightful introduction to Zen for his students. As he says in the preface, “Zen is a subject notoriously elusive. It goes beyond the happiest form of linguistic expression.” And yet, Iino pursues his topic with illuminating clarity and probing insight. In Zeal for Zen, Iino discusses Zen as an ever-evolving way of seeing and a powerful antidote to the egoistic pursuit of power. He covers a wide range of topics, from Soto Zen and Zen prayer to mathematics, modern physics, and the Zenlike works of English philosopher Alfred North Whitehead.

Madhyamika and Yogacara

Madhyamika and Yogacara
Author: Gadjin M. Nagao
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2022
ISBN: 1438414064
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Madhyamika and Yogacara Book Excerpt:

Nagao invariably focuses on the core of Mahayana Buddhism--the path of the Bodhisattva, the doctrine of sunyata, and the system of Trisvabhava are explained. Important technical terms used in the Mahayana textual tradition, whose exact understanding is imperative for the study of Mahayana Buddhism, are skillfully presented, making the book indispensable to scholars of Buddhist studies.

Text as Father

Text as Father
Author: Alan Cole
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2005-08-29
ISBN: 0520242769
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Text as Father Book Excerpt:

Alan Cole sheds new light on the origin & nature of Mahayana Buddhism with close readings of four well-known texts: the Lotus Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Tathagatagarbha Sutra, & Vimalakirtinirdesa.

Land of Bliss

Land of Bliss
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
Total Pages: 358
Release: 2002
ISBN: 9788120818132
Category: Buddhism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Land of Bliss Book Excerpt:

BUDDHISM

Peaceful Action Open Heart

Peaceful Action  Open Heart
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Publsiher: Parallax Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2005-01-09
ISBN: 1888375930
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Peaceful Action Open Heart Book Excerpt:

Peaceful Action, Open Heartshines 60 years of study and practice upon one of the crowning scriptures of the path of the Buddha, and is destined to be known as one of the most significant writings by Thich Nhat Hanh. The Lotus Sutra is one of the most revered of Mahayana sacred texts and is sometimes called "the king of sutras." Despite this fact, there are very few commentaries in English available today. Thich Nhat Hanh explores the Sutra’s main theme-- that everyone has the capacity to become a Buddha, and that Buddha-nature is inherent in everything--but he also uniquely emphasizes the sutra’s insight that Buddha-nature is the basis for peaceful action. Since we all will one day become a Buddha, he says, we can use mindfulness practices right now to understand and find solutions to current world challenges. In his interpretation of the sutra, he suggests that if the practices, views, and insights of the Lotus Sutra would find application not only by individuals but also by nations, it would offer concrete solutions to transform individual suffering and the global challenges facing the world today. Stamped with his signature depth of vision, lucidity, and clarity, Thich Nhat Hanh’s insights based on the wisdom of the Lotus Sutra invoke a wide range of contemporary topics and concerns, such as the Palestinian-Israeli war, the threat of terrorism, and the degradation of our environment. In proposing radical new ways of finding peaceful solutions to universal, contemporary conflicts, he not only challenges the U.N to change from an organization to a real organism working for peace and harmony in the world, but also encourages all branches of all governments to act as Sangha. In so doing, he demonstrates the practical and direct applicability of this sacred text to today's concerns. This book has been re-released with a new title. The earlier hardcover edition was entitled Opening the Heart of the Cosmos.

The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 760
Release: 2015-06-01
ISBN: 9351186644
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mahabharata Book Excerpt:

The Mahabharata is one of the greatest stories ever told. Though the basic plot is widely known, there is much more to the epic than the dispute between Kouravas and Pandavas that led to the battle in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated in full, given its formidable length of 80,000 shlokas or couplets. This magnificent 10-volume unabridged translation of the epic is based on the Critical Edition compiled at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute. * With the ninth volume, the magnificent epic approaches its end. The war is over and Yudhishthira is crowned. Bhishma’s teachings that began in the eighth volume continue past the Shanti Parva into the Anushasana Parva. * Every conceivable human emotion figures in the Mahabharata, the reason why the epic continues to hold sway over our imagination. In this lucid, nuanced and confident translation, Bibek Debroy makes the Mahabharata marvellously accessible to contemporary readers.

Zen and Material Culture

Zen and Material Culture
Author: Pamela D. Winfield,Steven Heine
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-06-07
ISBN: 0190469315
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zen and Material Culture Book Excerpt:

The stereotype of Zen Buddhism as a minimalistic or even immaterial meditative tradition persists in the Euro-American cultural imagination. This volume calls attention to the vast range of "stuff" in Zen by highlighting the material abundance and iconic range of the Soto, Rinzai, and Obaku sects in Japan. Chapters on beads, bowls, buildings, staffs, statues, rags, robes, and even retail commodities in America all shed new light on overlooked items of lay and monastic practice in both historical and contemporary perspectives. Nine authors from the cognate fields of art history, religious studies, and the history of material culture analyze these "Zen matters" in all four senses of the phrase: the interdisciplinary study of Zen's matters (objects and images) ultimately speaks to larger Zen matters (ideas, ideals) that matter (in the predicate sense) to both male and female practitioners, often because such matters (economic considerations) help to ensure the cultural and institutional survival of the tradition. Zen and Material Culture expands the study of Japanese Zen Buddhism to include material inquiry as an important complement to mainly textual, institutional, or ritual studies. It also broadens the traditional purview of art history by incorporating the visual culture of everyday Zen objects and images into the canon of recognized masterpieces by elite artists. Finally, the volume extends Japanese material and visual cultural studies into new research territory by taking up Zen's rich trove of materia liturgica and supplementing the largely secular approach to studying Japanese popular culture. This groundbreaking volume will be a resource for anyone whose interests lie at the intersection of Zen art, architecture, history, ritual, tea ceremony, women's studies, and the fine line between Buddhist materiality and materialism.

Opening the Mind s Eye

Opening the Mind s Eye
Author: Xingyun
Publsiher: Lantern Books
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9781590560938
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opening the Mind s Eye Book Excerpt:

Many of us view the world through a murky filter, unaware that a glimpse through the lens of the Dharma removes the cloudiness, revealing brilliance, clarity, and indescribable joy. Venerable Master Hsing Yun has dedicated his life to helping innumerable people put on "Dharma glasses" and look at their precious lives through new eyes-eyes that see the true nature of the universe and human existence. In Opening the Mind's Eye, Master Hsing Yun invites us to find ease in every moment and "face life and the future with confidence and radiance." We discover that each moment of our lives has the potential to enshroud us in confusion, distress, and an atrophied mind, or to invite us into peace, joy, and boundless freedom. Through expounding upon basic teachings that help us understand conscious and conscientious Buddhist practices and perspectives, Opening the Mind's Eye gives us tools with which to access our true nature, realize its infinite dimensions, and manifest its perfection and beauty in every moment, bringing unlimited joy to ourselves and others. Book jacket.

Natural Science and the Culture of Sages and Worthies

Natural Science and the Culture of Sages and Worthies
Author: 张戬坤
Publsiher: 光大出版社
Total Pages: 405
Release: 2018-01-28
ISBN: 9881998735
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Natural Science and the Culture of Sages and Worthies Book Excerpt:

Chapter Zero The Substitute Preface Ⅰ. The Wuji and the Taiji Ⅱ. Polar Relativity Ⅲ. “Slice up a Watermelon” Ⅳ. The “Most Precision Instrument” Ⅴ. The moment one dharma arises, all dharmas will follow. Ⅵ. Things, based on causes and conditions, do not really exist. However, as conditions arise, they shouldn’t be considered non-existent. Ⅶ. The Absolute Truth Ⅷ. Every Dot is the Whole. Chapter One Enter the Culture of Sages and Worthies from Natural Science Ⅰ. Know the culture of sages and worthies again. Ⅱ. The Relationship of Matter and Emptiness in the Mass-energy Equation 1. Matter itself is emptiness 2. Strange sparks in the air 3. Attach importance to traditional Chinese Culture III. What is a Quantum? Ⅳ. The experiment of “Water Knows” verifies the relationship between the internal appearance and the external appearance of the mind. Ⅴ. Two Types of Spontaneity in Nature 1. The value and meaning of a human life exist in wisdom. 2. How to use the two spontaneities in everyday life. 3. The ten Dharma Realms and the transmigration of a life. VI. The Infinite Divisibility of a Particle 1. The relationship between matter, energy and information 2. Because of the sensory dusts, we produce knowledge. Because of the sensory organs, we find appearances. Inside and outside have the same noumenon. Chapter Two The perpetual motion machine Neutralization Ⅰ. How to Make a Perpetual Motion Machine? 1. A perpetual motion machine cannot be made by a dissipative structure system. 2. The software civilization and the hardware civilization 3. The information structure of the software 4. The one appearance is the “perpetual motion machine”. II. Middle is the great root under heaven. 1. The neutralization of carbon 2. Depolarization leads to neutralization. III. The phenomenon of neutralization and their applications. 1. The stability of the structure of the octet. 2. Like things repel and unlike things attract. 3. Develop a harmonious society Chapter Three Ecological Civilization and Psychological Civilization Ⅰ. The Present Situation of the Environment. 1. The destruction and pollution of natural environment. 2. The situation of social environment. Ⅱ. Mental pollution leads to environmental pollution. 1. The scientific experiment of “Water Knows” 2. Mental pollution Ⅲ. Ecology and Psychology Lecture One Effects of Psychology on Ecology 1. Is there an “I” (a self)? What is an “I” (a self)? 2. Ecological civilization 3. The polluted psychological civilization 4. The mind is the environment and the environment is the mind. Restore psychological civilization Lecture Two The oneness of the mind and the environment Chapter Four Matter and field Ⅰ. Matter and the field 1. No separation of subjectivity and objectivity; no separation of matter and energy. 2. Matter is from energy. Matter, energy and conservation. 3. The modes of motion. 4. Period and cycle is the fundamental law in the physical world. 5. Energy comes from information structures. 6. The pure information structure of zero, “destiny” and the still and changeless state. Ⅱ. “Discoveries are made according to one’s own karmas.” 1. Strange sparks in the sky; Zhuang Zhou’s dream and the butterfly’s dream. 2. Wave-particle Duality and discoveries made according to one’s own karmas 3. Understand the mechanism of “Discovery” Chapter Five The Original Source and Origins of the Universe Lecture One The Original Source of the Universe Ⅰ. The universe’s noumenon is the one appearance that has no appearance. Ⅱ. Understand the Mind and See the Nature. Verify the one appearance that has no appearance. Ⅲ. Carry Yin and Embrace Yang. Restore the one appearance. IV. The false appearances and the actual appearance 1. The relationship between the one appearance and the two appearances 2. Learn from the Great Wisdom of Sages and Worthies V. The Value of Life 1. The pursuit of knowledge requires daily accumulation. The pursuit of the Dao requires daily exhaustion. 2. Be content with poverty, keep to the Dao and make the pursuit of wisdom the sole occupation. Lecture 2 The Origins and Evolutions of the Universe Ⅰ. The Origins of the Universe 1. The big-bang theory and the most fundamental law of birth, growth, completion and death. 2. Origins of the universe in Yi Jing, Lao-zi, Zhuang-zi and Buddhist sutras. 3. The String Theory 4. The Genesis of the World by God in Christianity Ⅱ . Several fundamental laws of the universe 1. The Unity of Opposites: Carrying yin and embracing yang; 2. The structure of core formation 3. The Law of Spontaneity 4. Evolution and Development. Chapter Six Motion and Change Lecture One Where Do all Motion and Change Occur? Lecture Two Change and Changelessness Chapter Seven Polarity and Non-polarity Ⅰ. The Characteristics of Polarity and Non-polarity Ⅱ. Non-polarity does not have Appearances. Ⅲ. Non-polarity that Has No Difference and No Time and Space. Ⅳ. The Independence of Non-polarity Ⅴ. Transcend Polarity and Enter the Advanced Form of Life. VI. “Without That, There would not Be ‘I’.” “Turn All Things into the Self.” Chapter Eight Theory of Dissipation Structure Ⅰ. The Phenomenon of Self-organization Ⅱ. All of Self-organization is United in Information. 1. The open system. 2. Be far away from the state of equilibrium. 3. The nonlinear effect 4. The fluctuation effect 5. How to master the effect of nonlinear fluctuation in daily life. Chapter Nine Some problems About Time and Space Lecture One Two Different Views on Time and Space Ⅰ. Newton’s and Einstein’s views of time and space Ⅱ. The Experiment “Water Knows” Verifies the Oneness of Subjectivity and Objectivity as well as the Mind and the Environment. Ⅲ. Time and Space are False Notions. Originally Time and Space do not Exist. Ⅳ. The Buddhist View on Time and Space Lecture Two The Infinite Time, Space and Velocity Chapter Ten Human Cognitive Channels Ⅰ. Human Cognitive Channels 1. The sense organs and the sense dusts are simultaneous. 2. Different sense organs lead to different cognizance. 3. Study the Teaching of sages and worthies and know the absolute truth. Ⅱ. How to Go into the Desireless Condition? 1. Discrimination leads to comparative manifestations. Non discrimination leads to the direct manifestation. 2. The direct manifestation of Happy Bodhisattva Ⅲ. Ever Having No Desires, One will See the Wonder. 1. Ancient Chinese sages’ great wisdom of direct manifestation. 2. Spot the real great perfect mirror 3. Sudden enlightenment in scientific inventions and creations. IV. Zhuangzi’s Wisdom on How to Find the Recondite Pearl Chapter Eleven Turn Consciousness into Wisdom Ⅰ. The Equal Mind of the One Appearance Ⅱ. The One Appearance is Wisdom. The Two Appearances are Consciousness. 1. The mechanism and principle of the eight consciousnesses 2. Turn consciousness into wisdom and you will have the wisdom of the one appearance. 3. With the wisdom of the one appearance, one will serve all living beings. Ⅲ. The One Appearance Has Nothing. The Two Appearances Have Everything. Chapter Twelve Experience the Noumenon and the Actual Appearance I. Get to Know the Original Source That Has Nothing. II. “It’s neither the wind nor the banner that is moving. Humane ones, it is your mind that is moving.” Ⅲ. Matter and Emptiness; Phenomenon and Essence. Ⅳ. The Flower Case and the Moon Case Ⅴ. Get to Know the State of Non-duality. Ⅵ. Two Chickens by One Cut Chapter Thirteen Know the Great Wisdom of Ancient Sages and Worthies I. Return to the Original Source II. The Discrimination and Attachment of Living Beings 1. Finiteness and Infiniteness; polarity and non-polarity 2. What are discrimination and attachment? 3. False Appearances of the sensory organs and the sensory dusts; the appearances of subjectivity and objectivity. 4. The sensory organs and the sensory dusts have the same source. The emptied empty thusness III Lao Zi’s Great Wisdom IV. The Sixteen-character Guiding Principles. 1. Their Mind for the Way is faint and slight. 2. People’s mind is dangerous and perilous. 3. “Only by being pure and being one will people keep to the Middle.” 4. “Keep to the Middle.” V. The Innate Eight Trigrams of Fu Xi. Chapter Fourteen The Grand Unified Field Theory I. Elementary Particles and the Eight Trigrams. II. The Grand Unified Field. 1. Researches made by modern scientists. 2. In what location is the grand unified field unified? 3. All movements and change return to emptiness and stillness. 4. Trueness and falseness are non-dual. They are the grand unification. Chapter Fifteen A Comprehensive Aggregation The Phenomena of self-organization The dissipation structure Perpetual Motion Machines Two Types of Civilization The “S” Lines and the Cosmic Strings Information Structures Consciousness “The Software and Hardware” Discoveries made according to one’s own karmas The mind and the environment are the same thing. The Theory of Hologram There is no thought Transcendence Everyone Has a Unique World. All are manifestations of the thusness. The Mind and Things Move towards the Proper Enlightenment from the Six Sense Organs. The seeing is always there. View all as mirror images. View the world as a dream. The Relationship of Matter and Emptiness There is only “This”. Originally there is not time and space. The Conscious Mind is Empty and False. The Mind and the Environment Sincerity and Brightness See through the appearances and spot the nature. Material, energy and information Finiteness and Infiniteness Two types of spontaneities The Sense Organs and the Sense dusts Movement and Non-movement “Bubbles” “I” is the only honored one. Originally, there is neither birth nor death. The direct manifestation of the mind. Remove the “S” lines. Carrying yin and embracing yang The dependent and proper retributions in the Dharma-ending age The homology and simultaneity of the sense organs and the sense dusts The wonderfully pure and bright substance Food and Sex Establish a positive outlook on life Superconductivity Scientific technology and civilization In the one appearance there is no death. Originally, there is not nebulous wheel in the eyes. Quantum Existence and Non-existence (Being and non-being) Speak right Dharma to right people. The “recondite pearl” and the “Dao” The Zero One dharma and all dharmas All are manifestations of the consciousness. Activity “Transparency” Appearances are what are manifested in front of the sense organs. Yi Jing (The Book of Changes) and chemistry. Science and Religion Glossary

Sangharakshita Complete Works

Sangharakshita Complete Works
Author: Sangharakshita
Publsiher: Windhorse Publications
Total Pages: 784
Release: 2019-04-01
ISBN: 1911407317
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sangharakshita Complete Works Book Excerpt:

The first part of this volume describes the arising of the bodhicitta and the bodhisattva's path to Enlightenment in a weaving together of the sublime and the inspiringly practical, and the second part is a commentary on Santideva's classic 8th-century text, the Bodhicaryavatara, based on a seminar given in 1973.

Living by Vow

Living by Vow
Author: Shohaku Okumura
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2012-06-26
ISBN: 1614290105
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living by Vow Book Excerpt:

A Sot Zen priest and Dharma successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi explores eight of Zen's most essential and universal liturgical texts and explains how the chants in these works support meditation and promote a life of freedom and compassion.

Opening the Heart of the Cosmos

Opening the Heart of the Cosmos
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Publsiher: Parallax Press
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2003-10-28
ISBN: 1935209787
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opening the Heart of the Cosmos Book Excerpt:

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh uses the Lotus Sutra, one of Mahayana Buddhism’s most revered texts, to illustrate the Buddha nature inherent in everyone. With great passion and clarity, he demonstrates how each human being has the capacity to transform their own individual suffering, develop compassion, and help create more peace in the world. Nhat Hanh’s insights invoke a wide range of contemporary topics and concerns, from war and the threat of terrorism to individual anxiety and the degradation of our environment. He proposes a radical new solution to current conflicts, encouraging each of us to work on our own mindfulness practice to create greater peace and harmony. His accessible analysis of the sacred text demonstrates its practical and direct applicability to today’s concerns.

Bodhisattva Precepts

Bodhisattva Precepts
Author: Rulu
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2012-02-02
ISBN: 146706467X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bodhisattva Precepts Book Excerpt:

The spiritual training of a Buddhist comprises the Three Learning: precepts, meditation, and wisdom. Observance of precepts is the foundation of one’s spiritual journey to Buddhahood. Classified into three clusters—restraining precepts, precepts for doing good dharmas, and precepts for benefiting sentient beings—Bodhisattva precepts are called the three clusters of pure precepts. This book, Rulu’s third, presents seven sutras in English, all translated from texts in the Chinese Buddhist Canon. Five of these seven English translations have never before been published in book form. Sutras 1 and 2 cover the ten good karmas; Sutra 3 teaches repentance of sins; Sutra 4 expounds the Mahayana Vinaya; Sutras 5–7 each contain time-honored Bodhisattva precepts. Sutra 6 is the well-known Brahma Net Sutra; Sutra 7, Sutra of the Upasaka Precepts, also covers the six paramitas in detail. Buddhist terms are explained in the glossary. The translator’s introduction presents sets of Buddhist precepts and describes the arrival of the Hinayana Vinaya in China. It explains the development of the Vinaya School, a Mahayana school originated in China, and summarizes its tenets. It compares voice-hearer precepts with Bodhisattva precepts, and discusses five texts of the latter. It also touches on selecting those Bodhisattva precepts that suit our modern times. Such precepts will be fewer in number but complete in spirit. Buddhist or non-Buddhist, those who seek to benefit themselves and others need to learn and observe such Bodhisattva precepts.

Abhidharmakosa Bhasya of Vasubandhu

Abhidharmakosa Bhasya of Vasubandhu
Author: Gelong Lodro Sangpo,Bhikkhu K.L. Dhammajoti
Publsiher: Motilal Banarsidass
Total Pages: 2516
Release: 2012-01-01
ISBN: 8120836103
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Abhidharmakosa Bhasya of Vasubandhu Book Excerpt:

Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakosa-Bhasya (ca. 380-390), besides its culminating achievement in streamlining the overall structure of the exposition of the preceding Abhidharma manuals, is unmatched by any of the preceding manuals in respect of its comprehensiveness-incorporating all important Vaibhasika doctrines since the time of the Abhidharma-mahavibhasa-of its excellent skill in definition and elucidation, and of its ability to clarify the difficult point involved in doctrinal disputations. Added to these qualities is its great value as a brilliant critique and insightful revaluation of all the fundamental Sar-vastivada doctrines developed up to its time. Since its appearance, it has been used as a standard textbook for the understanding of not only the Abhidharma doctrines but all the fundamental Buddhist doctrines in general. Translated into Chinese by Paramartha in 563 A.D. and by Hsuan-tsang in 651-654 A.D., Hsuan-tsang's disciple P'u-kuang tells us that in India the Abhidharmakosa-Bhasya was hailed as the 'Book of Intelligence'. In China, Japan and the Far-east, too, the Kosa has generally been highly treasured as a textbook of fundamental importance for Buddhist studies. Vasubandhu's brilliant critique of the doctrines of the Vaibhasika was answered by the equally brilliant Samghabhadra - a contemporary staunch defender and expounder of the doctrines of the Vaibhasikas - in his masterwork, the Abhidharmanyayanusara, now extant only in Hsuan-tsang's translation (653-654 A.D.). The Sanskrit text, considered for a long time to be irremediably lost, was discovered by Rahula Samkrtyayana in 1935 in the Tibetan monastery of Ngor and was published by P. Pradhan in 1967 (1st edition).

Poems and Short Stories

Poems and Short Stories
Author: Sangharakshita
Publsiher: Windhorse Publications
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2020-04-07
ISBN: 1911407481
Category: Poetry
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Poems and Short Stories Book Excerpt:

This volume contains all of Sanghrakshita's poems and six short stories. It is prefaced by a foreword and two essays introducing the poems in different ways. It also includes edited versions of two talks Sangharakshita gave about specific poems, and a sequence of conversations about his poetry that were recorded towards the end of his life.

The Mahabharata Volume 7

The Mahabharata  Volume 7
Author: Johannes Adrianus Bernardus Buitenen,James L. Fitzgerald
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 848
Release: 1973
ISBN: 0226252507
Category: Poetry
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mahabharata Volume 7 Book Excerpt:

The second-longest poem in world literature, this is an epic tale, replete with legends, romances, theology, and metaphysical doctrine written in Sanskrit. One of the foundational elements of Hindu culture, this work in its entirety consists of 75,000 stanzas in eighteen books, and this volume marks the resumption of its first complete modern English translation.--From book jacket.

The Mahabharata Volume 7

The Mahabharata  Volume 7
Author: James L. Fitzgerald
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 848
Release: 2020-07-10
ISBN: 0226252515
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mahabharata Volume 7 Book Excerpt:

What is found in this epic may be elsewhere; What is not in this epic is nowhere else. —from The Mahabharata The second longest poem in world literature, The Mahabharata is an epic tale, replete with legends, romances, theology, and metaphysical doctrine written in Sanskrit. One of the foundational elements in Hindu culture, this great work consists of nearly 75,000 stanzas in eighteen books, and this volume marks the much anticipated resumption of its first complete modern English translation. With the first three volumes, the late J. A. B. van Buitenen had taken his translation up to the threshold of the great war that is central to the epic. Now James Fitzgerald resumes this work with translations of the books that chronicle the wars aftermath: The Book of Women and part one of The Book of Peace. These books constitute volume 7 of the projected ten-volume edition. Volumes 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 of the series will be published over the next several years. In his introductions to these books, Fitzgerald examines the rhetoric of The Mahabharatas representations of the wars aftermath. Indeed, the theme of The Book of Women is the grief of the women left by warriors slain in battle. The book details the keening of palace ladies as they see their dead husbands and sons, and it culminates in a mass cremation where the womens tears turn into soothing libations that help wash the deaths away. Fitzgerald shows that the portrayal of the womens grief is much more than a sympathetic portrait of the sufferings of war. The scenes of mourning in The Book of Women lead into a crisis of conscience that is central to The Book of Peace and, Fitzgerald argues, the entire Mahabharata. In this book, the man who has won power in the great war is torn between his own sense of guilt and remorse and the obligation to rule which ultimately he is persuaded to embrace. The Mahabharata is a powerful work that has inspired awe and wonder for centuries. With a penetrating glimpse into the trauma of war, this volume offers two of its most timely and unforgettable chapters.

The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom

The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom
Author: Edward Conze
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 697
Release: 1985-01-24
ISBN: 9780520053212
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom Book Excerpt:

Some 2000 years ago Buddhism experienced a major reformation through a movement called the Mahayana, or "Great Vehicle," which dominated religious through in much of Asia for many centuries and still exerts considerable influence. The basic Mahayana texts, sermons ascribed to the Buddha and called "sutras" in Sanskrit, discussed the "perfect wisdom." The "Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom" took shape between 50 and 2000 A.D. in southern India during one of the most momentous outbursts of religious creativity in human history.