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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!

The Way Of The Bodhisattva

The Way Of The Bodhisattva

Author: Shantideva Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2008

Dhammapada

Dhammapada

The Dhammapada, the Pali version of one of the most popular texts of the Buddhist canon, ranks among the classics of the world's great religious literature. Like all religious texts in Pali, the Dhammapada belongs to the Therevada school of the Buddhist tradition, adherents of which are now found primarily in Kampuchea, Laos, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Dhammapada, or 'sayings of the dhamma', is taken to be a collection of the utterances of the Buddha himself. Taken together, the verses form a key body of teaching within Buddhism, a guiding voice along the struggle-laden path towards true enlightenment, or Nirvana. However, the appeal of these epithets of wisdom extends beyond its religious heritage to a general and universal spirituality. This edition provides an introduction and notes which examine the impact that the text has had within the Buddhist heritage through the centuries. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana A Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra

Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana A Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra

Author: Daniel Boucher Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2008

This volume delves into the socio religious milieu of the authors, editors, and propagators of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra (Questions of Rastrapala), a Buddhist text circulating in India during the first half of the first millennium C.E. Daniel Boucher first reflects upon the problems that plague historians of Mahayana Buddhism, whose previous efforts to comprehend the tradition have often ignored the social dynamics that motivated some of the innovations of this new literature. Following that is a careful analysis of several motifs found in the Indian text and an examination of the value of the earliest Chinese translation for charting the sutra's evolution.The first part of the study looks at the relationship between the bodily glorification of the Buddha and the ascetic career that produced it within the socioeconomic world of early medieval Buddhist monasticism. Boucher then focuses on a third-century Chinese translation of the sutra and traces the changes in the translation to the late tenth century. He concludes with an annotated translation of the sutra based on a new reading of its earliest extant Sanskrit manuscript.

Puja The Triratna Book of Buddhist Devotional Texts

Puja The Triratna Book of Buddhist Devotional Texts

Author: Sangharakshita Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2008

This beautifully illustrated new edition collects a number of Buddhist devotional rituals and verses. It features a revised translation of the Heart Sutra and enlarged typeface which is ideal for dimly lit rooms. This new edition also includes the traditional Pali and Sanskrit verses as well as English translations. What is a Puja? It is the chanting of devotional mantras and verses which has been performed by Buddhists worldwide for centuries. It is meant to encourage the arising of the Bodhicitta: the desire to seek enlightenment for the sake of all living beings.

Puja The Triratna Book of Buddhist Devotional Texts

Puja The Triratna Book of Buddhist Devotional Texts

Author: Sangharakshita Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2008

This beautifully illustrated new edition collects a number of Buddhist devotional rituals and verses. It features a revised translation of the Heart Sutra and enlarged typeface which is ideal for dimly lit rooms. This new edition also includes the traditional Pali and Sanskrit verses as well as English translations. What is a Puja? It is the chanting of devotional mantras and verses which has been performed by Buddhists worldwide for centuries. It is meant to encourage the arising of the Bodhicitta: the desire to seek enlightenment for the sake of all living beings.

Buddha, the Gospel

Buddha, the Gospel

Author: Gautama Buddha Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2008

A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras Selections from the Maharatnakuta Sutra

A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras Selections from the Maharatnakuta Sutra

Author: Garma C.C. Chang Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2008

The Maharatnakuta Sutra is one of the five major sutra groups in the Mahayana canon. Of the two great schools of Buddhism, Mahayana has the greatest number of adherents worldwide-it prevails among the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Tibetans, and Vietnamese-and contains within it a number of movements, notably Zen, which have been of growing interest in the West in recent decades. Yet despite this increased attention and enormous following, translations of Mahayana scriptures have been scarce and fragmentary; clearly, a comprehensive translation of a major work within the canon was called for. This volume addresses that need. It contains 22 of the 49 Sutras of the Maharatnakuta (or Treasury ) Sutra, many translated for the first time in a Western language, selected and arranged to give the modern reader a progressive introduction to one of the world's major religious traditions. Subjects covered include Maya and miracles, the teachings on Consciousness, Emptiness, and monastic discipline, the Mystical Light of the Tathagata, and the devotional practice of Pure Land, making this a comprehensive source book of Mahayana Buddhism hitherto unavailable in English. The book also includes an introduction to provide historical and interpretive guidance, annotations that assist in the comprehension of difficult passages, and an extensive glossary that will be valuable to specialist and layman alike. A team of scholars, working in Taiwan, spent eight years translating the Treasury's million words from Chinese, using Tibetan texts for comparison and checking each Sutra with an international board of scholars. In the course of translating from the original, special effort was made to retain both the devotional style appropriate for religious reading and the precision required by the scholar, while presenting the material with a clarity and flow that would make it accessible to the Western layman. The editors then selected, arranged, and annotated the 22 Sutras presented here. Published in cooperation with The Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions.

A Buddhist Bible

A Buddhist Bible

Author: Dwight Goddard Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2007

A Buddhist Bible

A Buddhist Bible

Author: Dwight Goddard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2007

Buddhist Suttas

Buddhist Suttas

Author: Friedrich Maximilian Muller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2007

Buddhist Mahyna Texts

Buddhist Mahyna Texts

Author: Friedrich Maximilian Muller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2007

Sacred Texts: The Dhamapada

Sacred Texts: The Dhamapada

Author: Max Muller Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2006

The Buddha clearly expounds his noble path of virtue for everyone. This is a foundation scripture, teaching the supreme doctrine of nirvana, the perfect way to the highest happiness possible for mankind. This edition is translated by the great scholar and orientalist, the Oxford Professor Dr Max Muller.