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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!

Kinh Bi Hoa Dai Bi Lien Hoa Kinh

Kinh Bi Hoa Dai Bi Lien Hoa Kinh

Author: Nguyen Minh Tien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2018

The Brahma's Net Sutra

The Brahma's Net Sutra

Author: A. Charles Muller Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2018

The Brahma's Net Sutra plays an important niche role in the development of East Asian Mahayana Buddhism. It is the primary extant Vinaya text that articulates the precepts from a Mahayana perspective. That is, it takes its main audience to be bodhisattva practitioners, mainly householders who remain engaged with society rather than becoming renunciant monks or nuns. The Vinayas, and especially the discourse in this sutra, show monastic and lay Buddhist practitioners engaged at every level of society, from top to bottom. Buddhist practitioners were involved in military affairs, political intrigues, matchmaking, and every other sort of mundane social activity. The Vinaya texts reveal how the Buddhist community in its time judged and dealt with such matters. The Brahma's Net Sutra was written in two fascicles, each radically different in structure, content, theme, grammar, etc., from the other. The first fascicle discusses the forty Mahayana stages: the ten departures toward the destination, the ten nourishing states of mind, the ten adamantine states of mind, and the ten bodhisattva grounds. The second fascicle explains the ten grave precepts and the forty-eight minor precepts. These came to be referred to as the bodhisattva precepts, the great Brahma's Net precepts, the buddha precepts, and so forth. The second fascicle has been especially esteemed, studied, and circulated separately for more than a millennium as the scriptural authority for the Mahayana bodhisattva precepts. [Adapted from the Translators' Introduction.]

Light of Asia

Light of Asia

Author: Sir Edwin Arnold, GP Editors Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2018

The Light of Asia by Sir Edwin Arnold is a classic, weaves through its poetic verses the life and philosophy of Prince Siddhartha Gautama who attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree and became the Buddha. Receiving high acclaim since its publication in 1879, Edwin Arnolds work was adapted from the Lalitavistara Sutra (The Unfolding of the Play.) In the time before this work came out, little was known about Buddhism or the Buddha outside of Asia.

The Collection for the Propagation and Clarification of Buddhism, Volume 2

The Collection for the Propagation and Clarification of Buddhism, Volume 2

Author: Harumi Hirano Ziegler Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2018

Compiled by Vinaya Master Shi Sengyou, these writings (by laypeople as well as scholar-monastics) were intended to protect the Buddha Dharma from criticisms by Confucians and Daoists and the political powers of the time. As noted in the Translator's Introduction, Sengyou believed that The Way is propagated by people, and the teaching is clarified by literature. The work is widely known as an invaluable source to examine the early development of Chinese Buddhism and how this foreign religion was accepted and adopted in Chinese society. A notable aspect of this work is that Buddhist tenets are explained using Confucian and Daoist terminology. While the Collection is a Buddhist work from chiefly the fourth and fifth centuries, it also serves well as a primary source for studies of contemporary Daoism.Volume 2 completes the translation with fascicles 8-14 of the source text; Volume I (available separately) comprises fascicles 1-7.

Buddhist Psalms

Buddhist Psalms

Author: Shonin Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Buddhist Psalms is an English translation of the writings of Shinran Shonin, a Japanese Buddhist monk who lived from 11731263 A.D.

Path of Light, the Bodhicharyavatra of Shantideva

Path of Light, the Bodhicharyavatra of Shantideva

Author: L.D. Barnett Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

The Path of Light is an English translation of Buddhist monk Shantidevas 8th century writings, the Bodhicharyavatra.A table of contents is included to navigate through the text.

Dhammapada

Dhammapada

Author: Anonymous Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2018

According to Wikipedia: "e;The Dhammapadais a versified Buddhist scripture traditionally ascribed to the Buddha himself. It is one of the best-known texts from the Theravada canon. The title, Dhammapada, is a compound term composed of dhamma and pada, each word having a number of denotations and connotations. Generally, dhamma can refer to the Buddha's "e;doctrine"e; or an "e;eternal truth"e; or "e;righteousness"e; or all "e;phenomena"e;; and, at its root, pada means "e;foot"e; and thus by extension, especially in this context, means either "e;path"e; or "e;verse"e; (cf. "e;prosodic foot"e;) or both."e;

Buddhist Suttas

Buddhist Suttas

Author: Anonymous Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2018

According to Wikipedia: "e;In Buddhism, the sutra refers mostly to canonical scriptures, many of which are regarded as records of the oral teachings of Gautama Buddha. In Chinese, these are known as jing. These teachings are assembled in part of the Tripitaka which is called Sutra Pitaka. There are also some Buddhist texts, such as the Platform Sutra, that are called sutras despite being attributed to much later authors."e;

Chinese Buddhist Texts An Introductory Reader

Chinese Buddhist Texts An Introductory Reader

The influence of Buddhism on the Chinese language, on Chinese literature and on Chinese culture in general cannot be overstated, and the language of most Chinese Buddhist texts differs considerably from both Classical and Modern Chinese. This reader aims to help students develop familiarity with features of Buddhist texts in Chinese, including patterns of organization, grammatical features and specialized vocabulary. It also aims to familiarize students with the use of a range of resources necessary for becoming independent readers of such texts. Chinese Buddhist Texts is suitable for students who have completed the equivalent of at least one year's college level study of Modern Chinese and are familiar with roughly one thousand of the commonest Chinese characters. Previous study of Classical Chinese would be an advantage, but is not assumed. It is an ideal textbook for students taking relevant courses in Chinese studies programs and in Buddhist studies programs. However, it is also possible for a student to work through the reader on his or her own. Further online resources are available at: lockgraham.com

Chinese Buddhist Texts An Introductory Reader

Chinese Buddhist Texts An Introductory Reader

The influence of Buddhism on the Chinese language, on Chinese literature and on Chinese culture in general cannot be overstated, and the language of most Chinese Buddhist texts differs considerably from both Classical and Modern Chinese. This reader aims to help students develop familiarity with features of Buddhist texts in Chinese, including patterns of organization, grammatical features and specialized vocabulary. It also aims to familiarize students with the use of a range of resources necessary for becoming independent readers of such texts. Chinese Buddhist Texts is suitable for students who have completed the equivalent of at least one year's college level study of Modern Chinese and are familiar with roughly one thousand of the commonest Chinese characters. Previous study of Classical Chinese would be an advantage, but is not assumed. It is an ideal textbook for students taking relevant courses in Chinese studies programs and in Buddhist studies programs. However, it is also possible for a student to work through the reader on his or her own. Further online resources are available at: lockgraham.com

The Light of Asia

The Light of Asia

Author: Sir Edwin Arnold Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2018