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Buddhist sacred texts

See below for a selection of the latest books from Buddhist sacred texts category. Presented with a red border are the Buddhist sacred texts books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Buddhist sacred texts books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Finding the Heart Sutra

Finding the Heart Sutra

Author: Alex Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Forty years ago, after learning of the Heart Sutra in Japan, Alex Kerr set out on a quest to seek the wisdom that lies at the heart of this ancient Buddhist scripture. Guided by Zen abbots in Kyoto, Tibetan monks, a French writer, an American art collector, a magician and the writings of Chinese scholars over the centuries, he came to see how this brief poem on emptiness is a storehouse of a universe of thought. Travelling from Japan, Korea, and China, to India, Mongolia, Tibet and Vietnam, this intimate book weaves together memory, history and calligraphy. Alex reveals us to the many ways the Heart Sutra continues to influence the culture of Japan - and the world - today.

A Forest of Pearls from the Dharma Garden, Volume III

A Forest of Pearls from the Dharma Garden, Volume III

Author: Koichi Shinohara Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2020

A Forest of Pearls from the Dharma Garden (Fayuan zhulin, Taisho 2122) is a large anthology of excerpts from Buddhist canonical sources and historical records, arranged by theme. The collection offers a comprehensive and distinctive reading of the Buddhist canon, with a focus on practice. An extraordinarily rich account of Buddhist practices is offered, though the rationale for the choice of the one hundred topics around which the discussion is organized is not always clear. Volume III is the third of nine planned volumes in the translation of the work, of which the first three have been translated by Koichi Shinohara. Volume III includes Fascicles 13-20, Chapters 6-9.

sKyes pa rabs kyi gleṅ gźi (Jātakanidāna)

sKyes pa rabs kyi gleṅ gźi (Jātakanidāna)

Author: Sean D Gaffney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Many Buddhas, One Buddha

Many Buddhas, One Buddha

Author: Naomi Appleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2020

Many Buddhas, One Buddha introduces a significant section of the important early Indian Buddhist text known as the Avadanasataka, or One Hundred Stories , and explores some of its perspectives on buddhahood. This text, composed in Sanskrit and dating to perhaps the third to fifth centuries of the Common Era, is affiliated with the Sarvastivada or Mulasarvastivada, and thus provides important evidence of the ideas and literatures of lost non-Mahayana schools of Indian Buddhism. The text is a rich literary composition, in mixed prose and verse, and includes some elaborate devotional passages that illuminate early Indian perspectives on the Buddha and on the role of avadana texts. The book introduces the first four chapters of the Avadanasataka through key themes of these stories, such as predictions and vows, preparations for buddhahood, the relationship between Sakyamuni and other buddhas, and the relationship between full buddhahood and pratyekabuddhahood. The study of these stories closes with an argument about the structural design of the text, and what this tells us about attitudes towards different forms of awakening. The second part of the book then presents a full English translation of stories 1-40.

Many Buddhas, One Buddha

Many Buddhas, One Buddha

Author: Naomi Appleton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2020

Many Buddhas, One Buddha introduces a significant section of the important early Indian Buddhist text known as the Avadanasataka, or One Hundred Stories , and explores some of its perspectives on buddhahood. This text, composed in Sanskrit and dating to perhaps the third to fifth centuries of the Common Era, is affiliated with the Sarvastivada or Mulasarvastivada, and thus provides important evidence of the ideas and literatures of lost non-Mahayana schools of Indian Buddhism. The text is a rich literary composition, in mixed prose and verse, and includes some elaborate devotional passages that illuminate early Indian perspectives on the Buddha and on the role of avadana texts. The book introduces the first four chapters of the Avadanasataka through key themes of these stories, such as predictions and vows, preparations for buddhahood, the relationship between Sakyamuni and other buddhas, and the relationship between full buddhahood and pratyekabuddhahood. The study of these stories closes with an argument about the structural design of the text, and what this tells us about attitudes towards different forms of awakening. The second part of the book then presents a full English translation of stories 1-40.

The Lamp of Discernment

The Lamp of Discernment

Author: William L. Ames Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2020

The Buddhist thinkers of medieval India addressed many of the issues that are still central to Buddhist praxis in the present. One of the most important of those thinkers is Bhaviveka, author of the work known as the Prajnapradipa. Over several years, William (Bill) Ames translated, carefully and precisely, the first twelve chapters of that work, which he has compiled and revised for consistency in this volume. The Prajnapradipa is a commentary on Nagarjuna's famous, and in the view of many famously difficult, Mulamadhyamakarika-Root Verses on the Middle Way. Central to all Buddhist thought in one form or another is an understanding that the common entities of our experience are transitory and, therefore, unreliable as grounds upon which to base our own happiness, satisfaction, security, and even our own sense of self. As Ames explains in his Introduction, the Madhyamaka pursues this insight further, asserting that all existing entities are lacking in (empty of, sunyata) any intrinsic nature (svabhava). As systematized by later Tibetan scholastics, the Madhyamaka school is understood to have developed into two different forms, the Svatantrika and the Prasangika, a textbook style simplification that has had lasting influence. In this intellectual historiography where movements require specific founders, Bhaviveka is identified as the founder of the Svatantrika. Part of the neo-Romantic rhetoric popular in the second half of the twentieth century was that meditation practice was by itself capable of leading to full awakening, or rather to an unimpeded, direct experience of the true and the real. That view has become increasingly untenable, as meditators have themselves attempted to understand the significance of their own experiences. Those who have turned to the teachings of the Buddhist tradition for that understanding are often confronted by the (only) apparent difficulty of understanding emptiness. Ames' translation of this key work of the Madhyamaka school can contribute to untangling much of the confusion surrounding these ideas.

The Dhammapada

The Dhammapada

Author: Siddhartha Gautama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2020

Awaken

Awaken

Author: Sundar Kadayam Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Tantric Buddhist Practice in India

Tantric Buddhist Practice in India

Author: Anthony Tribe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Using a commentary on the influential text, the Manjusri-namasamgiti, 'The Chanting of the Names of Manjusri', this book deals with Buddhist tantric meditation practice and its doctrinal context in early-medieval India. The commentary was written by the 8th-9th century Indian tantric scholar Vilasavajra, and the book contains a translation of the first five chapters. The translation is extensively annotated, and accompanied by introductions as well as a critical edition of the Sanskrit text based on eight Sanskrit manuscripts and two blockprint editions of the commentary's Tibetan translation. The commentary interprets its root text within an elaborate framework of tantric visualisation and meditation that is based on an expanded form of the Buddhist Yoga Tantra mandala, the Vajradhatu-mandala. At its heart is the figure of Manjusri, no longer the familiar bodhisattva of wisdom, but now the embodiment of the awakened non-dual gnosis that underlies all Buddhas as well their activity in the cosmos. The book contributes to our understanding of the history of Indian tantric Buddhism in a period of significant change and innovation. With its extensively annotated translation and lengthy introductions the book is designed to appeal not only to professional scholars and research students but also to contemporary Buddhists.

The Dhammapada - The Sayings of the Buddha

The Dhammapada - The Sayings of the Buddha

Author: Bhikku Ānandajoti Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2019

An Dhammapada - Nathanna an Bhuda

An Dhammapada - Nathanna an Bhuda

Author: Bhikku Ānandajoti Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2019

The Note Book

The Note Book

Author: Mount Build Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019