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Jataka Tales, Volume 3

Jataka Tales, Volume 3

Author: Edward Byles Cowell, H. T. Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the extended and annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThe Jatakas refer to a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births (jati) of the Buddha. These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant-but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates. The Theravada Jatakas comprise 547 poems, arranged roughly by increasing number of verses. This book comprises poem 301 through 438. (courtesy of wikipedia.com)

Jataka Tales, Volume 4

Jataka Tales, Volume 4

Author: Edward Byles Cowell, W. H. D. Rouse Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThe Jatakas refer to a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births (jati) of the Buddha. These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant-but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates. The Theravada Jatakas comprise 547 poems, arranged roughly by increasing number of verses. This book comprises poem 439 through 510. (courtesy of wikipedia.com)

Jataka Tales, Volume 5

Jataka Tales, Volume 5

Author: Edward Byles Cowell, H. T. Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the extended and annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThe Jatakas refer to a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births (jati) of the Buddha. These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant-but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates. The Theravada Jatakas comprise 547 poems, arranged roughly by increasing number of verses. This book comprises poem 511 through 537. (courtesy of wikipedia.com)

Jataka Tales, Volume 6

Jataka Tales, Volume 6

Author: Edward Byles Cowell, W. H. D. Rouse Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThe Jatakas refer to a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births (jati) of the Buddha. These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant-but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates. The Theravada Jatakas comprise 547 poems, arranged roughly by increasing number of verses. This book comprises poem 538 through 547. (courtesy of wikipedia.com)

Indian Fairy Tales

Indian Fairy Tales

Author: Joseph Jacobs Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

The book contains 29 fairy tales from the Jatakas, or birth stories of Buddha, the fables of Bidpai and from other Sanskrit sources. The stories are humorous and imaginative and preserve the best nursery elements of Hindu folk-tales. Contents: Joseph Jacobs - Biography And Bibliography PrefaceThe Lion And The CraneHow The Raja's Son Won The Princess LabamThe LambikinPunchkinThe Broken PotThe Magic FiddleThe Cruel Crane OutwittedLoving LailiThe Tiger, The Brahman, And The JackalThe Soothsayer's SonHarisamanThe Charmed RingThe Talkative TortoiseA Lac Of Rupees For A Bit Of AdviceThe Gold-Giving SerpentThe Son Of Seven QueensA Lesson For KingsPride Goeth Before A FallRaja RasaluThe Ass In The Lion's SkinThe Farmer And The Money-LenderThe Boy Who Had A Moon On His Forehead And A Star On His ChinThe Prince And The FakirWhy The Fish LaughedThe Demon With The Matted HairThe Ivory City And Its Fairy PrincessHow Sun, Moon, And Wind Went Out To DinnerHow The Wicked Sons Were DupedThe Pigeon And The Crow Notes And References I. The Lion And The Crane. Ii. Princess Labam. Iii. Lambikin. Iv. Punchkin. V. The Broken Pot. Vi. The Magic Fiddle. Vii. The Cruel Crane Outwitted. Viii. Loving LailiIx. The Tiger, The Brahman, And The Jackal. X. The Soothsayer's Son. Xi. Harisarman. Xii. The Charmed Ring. Xiii. The Talkative Tortoise. Xiv. Lac Of Rupees. Xv. The Gold-Giving Serpent. Xvi. The Son Of Seven Queens. Xvii. A Lesson For Kings. Xviii. Pride Goeth Before A Fall. Xix. Raja Rasalu. Xx. The Ass In The Lion's Skin. Xxi. The Farmer And The Money-Lender. Xxii. The Boy With Moon On Forehead. Xxiii. The Prince And The Fakir. Xxiv. Why The Fish Laughed. Xxv. The Demon With The Matted Hair. Xxvi. The Ivory Palace. Xxvii. Sun, Moon, And Wind. Xxviii. How Wicked Sons Were Duped. Xxix.

Buddhist Scriptures

Buddhist Scriptures

Author: Edward Joseph Thomas Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This book contains the essential Buddhist scriptures, as preserved by the Buddhists of Ceylon and Further India and which are in the Pali language, a language related to Sanskrit much as Italian is related to Latin; and for several centuries before and after Christ it was spoken in varying dialects over most of Northern India. Buddha, according to the Ceylon tradition, died 543 B.C., but it is generally agreed that this date is too early. The latest calculation by an Indian scholar, Mr. V. Gopala Aiyer, makes the date fifty-six years later, 487 B.C. Immediately after Buddha's death the first council is said to have been held at Rajagaha (now Rajgir in Behar on the borders of Bengal), where the Vinaya (discipline) and Dhamma (doctrine) were recited and fixed. The historical evidence for this council is much disputed, but it is extremely probable that some such collection was made about this time. Nothing was written down. It was preserved, as the Vedas had already been preserved for centuries, by memory. It is this very fact which strengthens the view that we possess a faithful picture of the preaching of Buddha, a preaching which extended over more than forty years. To determine to what extent the discourses have been worked up into other forms and added to, and especially how the rules of the Order have been gradually elaborated, is a work for future scholars.

Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King

Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King

Author: Samuel Beal Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the extended and annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThis book contains an English translation of the Buddhacharita ("e;Acts of the Buddha"e;), an epic poem in the Sanskrit mahakavya style on the life of Gautama Buddha by A[vaghoca, composed in the 2nd century AD. Of the poem's 28 vargas, the first 14 are extant in Sanskrit complete (vargas 15 to 28 are in incomplete form). (courtesy of wikipedia.com)

Buddhist Mahayana Texts

Buddhist Mahayana Texts

Author: Edward Byles Cowell, Friedrich Max Muller Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThis book contains a wealth of essential Mahayana texts of the Buddhist religion.

Lotus Sutra (Saddharma-Pundarika)

Lotus Sutra (Saddharma-Pundarika)

Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThe Lotus Sktra is one of the most popular and influential Mahyna sktras, and the basis on which the Tiantai and Nichiren schools of Buddhism were established. This sutra is known for its extensive instruction on the concept and usage of skillful means - the seventh paramita or perfection of a Bodhisattva - mostly in the form of parables. It is also one of the first sutras to use the term Mahyna, or "e;Great Vehicle"e;, Buddhism. Another concept introduced by the Lotus Sutra is the idea that the Buddha is an eternal entity, who achieved nirvana eons ago, but willingly chose to remain in the cycle of rebirth (samsara) to help teach beings the Dharma time and again. (courtesy of wikipedia.com)Contents: Buddhism The Lotus Sutra (Saddharma-Pundarka) Chapter I. Introductory. Chapter Ii. SkilfulnessChapter Iii. A Parable. Chapter Iv. Disposition. Chapter V. On Plants. Chapter Vi. Announcement Of Future Destiny. Chapter Vii. Ancient Devotion. Chapter Viii. Announcement Of The Future Destiny Of The Five Hundred Monks. Chapter Ix. Announcement Of The Future Destiny Of nanda, Rahula, And The Two Thousand Monks. Chapter X. The Preacher. Chapter Xi. Apparition Of A Stpa. Chapter Xii. Exertion. Chapter Xiii. Peaceful Life. Chapter Xiv. Issuing Of Bodhisattvas From The Gaps Of The Earth. Chapter Xv. Duration Of Life Of The Tathgata. Chapter Xvi. Of Piety. Chapter Xvii. Indication Of The Meritoriousness Of Joyful Acceptance. Chapter Xviii. The Advantages Of A Religious Preacher. Chapter Xix. Sadparibhta. Chapter Xx. Conception Of The Transcendent Power Of The Tathgatas. Chapter Xxi. Spells. Chapter Xxii. Ancient Devotion Of Bhaishagyarga. Chapter Xxiii. Gadgadasvara. Chapter Xxiv.

Tree of Wisdom

Tree of Wisdom

Author: Nagarjuna Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

The She-rab Dong-bu (Tree of Wisdom) is a metrical translation in Tibetan of a Sanscrit ethical work entitled Prajnya Danda, written by Nagarjuna who flourished in the fourth century of the Buddhist era (about 100 B.C.), The Tibetan version was probably made about the 11th century of our era but the exact date has not been determined. It is included in the Ten-gyur, beginning at leaf 165.

Awakening of Faith of Ashvagosha

Awakening of Faith of Ashvagosha

Author: Timothy Richard Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

Dr. Timothy Richard finds in the Mahayana School of Buddhism, as represented especially in "e; The Awakening of Faith "e; of Ashvagosha, simply an Asiatic form of the Gospel, not to be feared as a foe, but to be greeted as a friend. Contents:Opening Hymn 1. Reasons For Writing The Book2: The Fundamental Doctrine Of The Mahayana Faith3: Expositions Of The Mahayana Faith4: The Practice Of The Mahayana Faith5: The Advantages Of The Practice Of The Mahayana FaithThe Great Physician's Twelve Desires (Vows)The Creed Of Half Asia

The Splendid Vision Reading a Buddhist Sutra

The Splendid Vision Reading a Buddhist Sutra

Author: Richard S. Cohen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Featuring the first-ever English translation of the Splendid Vision Sutra, a sixth-century Indian Mahayana Buddhist scripture known for its rich ritual magic and worship of bodhisattva-goddesses, this volume explicates the text's cultural significance as a source of extraordinary value, cosmic truth, and existential meaning. The ancient author of the Splendid Vision Sutra promises every imaginable reward to those who heed its words and rites, whether one's desire is to become king, enjoy heavenly pleasures for thousands of millennia, or attain the spiritual summit of advanced bodhisattvahood. Richard S. Cohen carefully analyzes this religious rhetoric, developing a heuristic model of scripture that extends beyond Buddhist literature. In his framework, a text becomes sacred scripture when a community accepts it as a receptacle of extraordinary value, an authoritative source of cosmic truth, and a guide for meaningful action. While clarifying these points, Cohen untangles the discursive skein through which the Splendid Vision Sutra expresses its authority, inspires readers to accept that authority, and promises superior power and accomplishments to those who implement its teachings. Exploring ways of living and reading a text, Cohen draws on Marcel Duchamp's theory of found art, Jerzy Grotowski's idealization of the holy actor, and other formulations, identifying contingencies, uncertainties, and incompleteness in the lived present and its determination of our reception of the past. More than a mere introduction to an important work, The Splendid Vision opens a window into religious experience and practice in contemporary environments as well as in the world of the sutra.