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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!

Readings of the Vessantara Jataka

Readings of the Vessantara Jataka

Author: Steven Collins Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/03/2016

The Vessantara Jataka tells the story of Prince Vessantara, who attained the Perfection of Generosity by giving away his fortune, his children, and his wife. Vessantara was the penultimate rebirth as a human of the future Gotama Buddha, and his extreme charity has been represented and reinterpreted in texts, sermons, rituals, and art throughout South and Southeast Asia and beyond. This anthology features well-respected anthropologists, textual scholars in religious and Buddhist studies, and art historians, who engage in sophisticated readings of the text and its ethics of giving, understanding of attachment and nonattachment, depiction of the trickster, and unique performative qualities. They reveal the story to be as brilliantly layered as a Homeric epic or Shakespearean play, with aspects of tragedy, comedy, melodrama, and utopian fantasy intertwined to problematize and scrutinize Theravada Buddhism's cherished virtues.

The Heart Sutra A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism

The Heart Sutra A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism

Author: Kazuaki Tanahashi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2016

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Practice and Awakening in the Pure Land Sutras of Mahayana Buddhism

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Practice and Awakening in the Pure Land Sutras of Mahayana Buddhism

Author: Ratnaguna Hennessey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2016

Ratnaguna presents a commentary on the three Pure Land Sutras - the Shorter and Longer Sukhavati-vyuha Sutras and the Amitayur-Dhyana Sutra. Looking at them as a practising Buddhist inspired by the Sutras, he shows how they describe Sukhavati and Amitabha/Amitayus, Sukhavati's relationship with faith and practice, explain how they came about (a 'mythical history'), and tell us how we can be reborn there. The Sutras all discuss the aspiration to be reborn in Sukhavati but can also be understood metaphorically - rebirth taking place in this very life, and Sukhavati being a description of the Enlightened Mind. The Sutras put forward a path of faith and grace, as well as effort and practice. Using a practical and imaginative approach, Ratnaguna explores the main themes from the texts, including the '3-fold Goodness' or '3 acts of merit' necessary to be reborn into Sukhavati, and the 13 meditations given by the Buddha. This book will appeal to both practising Buddhists and anyone interested in Buddhism from a practical point of view.Includes translations of the three Pure Land sutras by Sraddhapa.

After Buddhism

After Buddhism

Author: Stephen Batchelor Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2015

Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts?Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha's teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent, ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha's inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose perpetual survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters.This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in today's globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddha's vision of human flourishing.

Heart of Understanding, Twentieth Anniversary Edition

Heart of Understanding, Twentieth Anniversary Edition

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2015

In this modern classic, world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh presents a clear, concise translation and commentary of the Heart Sutra-the world's most popular piece of Buddhist scripture.Comprising only 632 Chinese characters, the Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. Despite its brevity, this powerful work covers more of the Buddha's teachings than any other scripture, and its influence is more profound and wide-reaching than any other text in Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh's translation and commentary is regarded as the most simple, clear, concise, and understandable available. He describes the sutra as "e;a precious gift to us, the gift of fearlessness,"e; offering subtle and profound teachings on nonduality and the letting go of all preconceived notions, opinions, and attachments, thereby becoming open to all the wonders of our life.

Texts from the Buddhist Canon Commonly Known as Dhammapada

Texts from the Buddhist Canon Commonly Known as Dhammapada

Author: Samuel Beal Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2015

Buddhist Tantras

Buddhist Tantras

Author: Alex Wayman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2015

First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reden des Buddha

Reden des Buddha

Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2015

Was macht den Buddhismus so faszinierend? "e;Erleuchtung"e; und "e;Karma"e; sind wohl jedem ein Begriff. Diese Auszuge aus dem Pali-Kanon zeigen, was daruber hinaus hinter der Lehre des Buddha Siddhartha Gautama steckt. Als alteste Uberlieferung von Buddhas Reden und Weisheiten ist der Pali-Kanon eine wichtige Schrift fur den Buddhismus, der aus der Ruhelosigkeit des Weltdaseins zur endgultigen Erlosung, zum Nirwana (Nirvana/Nibbana) fuhren soll. In "e;Reden des Buddha"e; finden Sie Grundtexte der buddhistischen Weisheiten.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Author: Padmasambhava Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2015

The Glorious Deeds of Purna A Translation and Study of the Purnavadana

The Glorious Deeds of Purna A Translation and Study of the Purnavadana

Author: Joel Tatelman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2015

By providing an annotated translation of, and applying the methods of literary criticism to, a first-century account of the life of the saint Purna, this study introduces the reader to the richness and complexity of an essential Buddhist genre.

When The Clouds Part

When The Clouds Part

Author: Karl Brunnholzl Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2015

The Dhammapada

The Dhammapada

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2015

'Hate is not conquered by hate: hate is conquered by love. This is a law eternal.' Captivating aphorisms illustrating the Buddhist dhamma, or moral system. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.