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Buddhist sacred texts

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Essential Theravada And Mahayana Texts

Essential Theravada And Mahayana Texts

Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the annotated edition including* an annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThis book contains essential texts that have been written or translated from the most important Theravada and Mahayana scriptures. Contents:MahSamaya-Sutta (Or Discourse Addressed To The Great Assembly)The Legend Of Dipakara BuddhaThe Friendly Epistle Of NgrjunaPreface. Ngrjuna's "e;Friendly Epistle."e;The Niti KyanIntroductionNiti Kyan. Vidhra JtakaBhridatta Jtaka. Chapter I. (Ngara.)Chapter II. (Uposatha.)Chapter III. (Nagarapavesana.)Chapter. IV. (Micchditthikath.)Chapter V. (The Bodhisat's Discourse)Suva.N.Na Sma JtakaTemiya Jtaka VatthuChapter I. Chapter II. Khuddaka PThaNotes. Tn.Tiya-SuttaSglo-Vda-Sutta

Buddhist Psalms

Buddhist Psalms

Author: Lily Allen Beck Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

With the Buddhist faith there came the germ of the belief that the Gautama Buddha in his own grandeur bore witness to One Greater-the Amitabha or Amida Buddha-that One who in boundless Light abideth, life of the Universe, without colour, without form, the Lover of man, his Protector and Refuge. He may, He must be worshipped, for in Him are all the essential attributes of Deity, and He, the Saviour of mankind, has prepared a pure land of peace for his servants, beyond the storms of life and death. This belief eventually crystallised and became a dogma in the faith of the Pure Land, known in Japan as JMdo Shinshu, a faith held by the majority of the Japanese people. It is a belief which has spread also in Eastern Siberia, many parts of China, Hawaii, and, in fact, where-ever the Japanese race has spread. And the man who stated this belief for all time was Shinran ShMnin, author of the Psalms here presented.

Esoteric Teachings Of The Tibetan Tantra

Esoteric Teachings Of The Tibetan Tantra

Author: C. A. Muses 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 Davids Contents:Part I: Seven Initiation Rituals Of The Tibetan Tantra Chapter One - The Initiation Ritual Of The Fierce GuruChapter Two - The Initiation Ritual Of The Fierce Guru With PhurbaChapter Three - The Initiation Ritual Of The All-Merciful OneChapter Four - The Initiation Ritual Of Hayagriva Buddha. The Green Rta-Mgrin's Initiation Ceremony From The Treasury Of PercipienceChapter Five - The Initiation Ritual Of The Red Gshin-RjeChapter Six - The Superb Initiation Ritual Of Ahm Gtsug VajrapaniChapter Seven - A Compendium Of The Initiation Rituals Of Performance Or All-Accomplishing Wisdom Presided Over By Amoghasiddhi Part Ii - The Six Yogas Of Naropa [In Tsong-Kha-Pa's Commentary] PrologueChapter One - IntroductionChapter Two - Special PreparationsChapter Three - The Arising And Perfecting YogaChapter Four - The Steps Of Practice In The PathChapter Five - The Art Of Gtum-Mo Or Heat YogaChapter Six - The Practice Of The Illusory Body Or Dream Yoga, Depending On Foregoing Heat YogaChapter Seven - On The Bardo RealmChapter Eight - The Yoga Of The LightChapter Nine - The Transformation YogaChapter Ten - How To Improve The Practice In The PathChapter Eleven - Tsong Khopa's Summary Of SourcesEpilogue Appendix - The Vow Of Mahamudra Translator's IntroductionEditor's NoteThe Vow Of Mahamudra

Way to Nirvana

Way to Nirvana

Author: Louis de la Vallee Poussin 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 DavidsPoussin provides deep thoughts on the Indian philosophy of rebirth and the Nirvana. Contents: Chapter I - Indian Disciplines Of SalvationChapter II - The Buddhist SoulChapter III - Buddhist Definition Of KarmanChapter IV - The Doctrine Of Karman And Transmigration, Cosmogony, TheogonyChapter V - NirvFaChapter VI - The Path To NirvFa

Buddhism and Immortality

Buddhism and Immortality

Author: William Sturgis Bigelow 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 view of the Immortality of Man is, broadly speaking, that of the Buddhist religion. But Buddhism, like many other great religions, is divided into main churches and subdivided into sects: and we find conspicuously two broad divisions, commonly called Northern and Southern Buddhism,-the former having its recognized centre in the north of India, in Nepal; the latter in Ceylon.

Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot

Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot

Author: Soyen Shaku 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 DavidsSoyen Shaku's lectures on Buddhism are a must-have-primer for all Western people interested in this Eastern religion. Contents: Translator's PrefaceThe Sutra Of Forty-Two ChaptersThe God-Conception Of BuddhismAssertions And DenialsImmortalityBuddhist Faith. Buddhist EthicsWhat Is Buddhism?The Middle WayThe Wheel Of The Good LawThe Phenomenal And The SupraphenomenalReply To A Christian CriticIgnorance And Enlightenment. Spiritual EnlightenmentPractice Of DhyanaKwannon BosatzBuddhism And Oriental CultureThe Story Of Deer ParkThe Story Of The Gem-HuntingThe Sacrifice For A StanzaBuddhist View Of WarAt The Battle Of Nan-Shan HillAn Address Delivered At A Service Held In Memory Of Those Who Died In The Russo-Japanese War

Gospel of Buddha

Gospel of Buddha

Author: Paul Carus 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 BuddhismThe best evidence that this book characterizes the spirit of Buddhism correctly can be found in the welcome it has received throughout the entire Buddhist world. It has even been officially introduced in Buddhist schools and temples of Japan and Ceylon. The eminent feature of the work is its grasp of the difficult subject and the clear enunciation of the doctrine of the most puzzling problem of tman, as taught in Buddhism. So far as we have examined the question of tman ourselves from the works of the Southern canon, the view taken by Dr. Paul Cams is accurate, and we venture to think that it is not opposed to the doctrine of Northern Buddhism.

Amitabha - A Story Of Buddhist Theology

Amitabha - A Story Of Buddhist Theology

Author: Paul Carus Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

The story of Amitabha has a historical setting in the ascendancy of the kingdom ofGandhara, under King Kanishka, whose interest in Buddhism and whose connection with Acvaghosha, the great Buddhist philosopher, are well known. The plot gives ample opportunity in discussion and incident to explain and illustrate some of the cardinal points of Buddhism, especially in regard to the way of salvation and the God-conception represented by Amitabha Buddha, the Source of Infinite Light and the Standard of Being, as distinct from the Brahman idea of a conscious personal deity. Contents:The Ordination. The Novice. The God Problem. Kevaddha's Story. The Confession. Gandhara. King Kanishka. Magadha. Acvaghosha. Amitabha. The Conspiracy. The Man-Eating Tiger. The Buddhist Abbot And The Brahman. The Parable Of The Elephant. The Double Wedding.

Creed of Buddha

Creed of Buddha

Author: Edmond Holmes 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 author of "e; The Creed of Buddha "e; can safely say that no better exposition of Buddhism has ever been given to the world. It is sympathetic, it is scholarly, and it is complete. Between east and west, says the author, a gulf has been fixed, a gulf created by basic ideas, hollowed out by the erosive action of speculative thought. The Western mind takes for granted the reality of outward things. The Eastern mind attributes the only reality to the soul. All else is maya, illusion. And there are very few that can bridge thatgulf.In the East, where the soul is the supreme and fundamental reality, the identification of God with the world-soul, or soul of universal Mature, is the outcome of a movement of thought which is at once natural and logical. This divine soul is the only real existence: by comparison with it all outward things are shadows, and all inward things, so far as they hold aloof from the all-embracing consciousness, are dreams. The worship of the supernatural, such as is to be found in Christianity, often ends in the despiritualization of Nature. which becomes merely the world without and therefore opposed to the Supernatural, which becomes the dwelling place of God .

Life of Buddha

Life of Buddha

Author: Andre Ferdinand Herold 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 "e;Life of Buddha"e; is not a work of fiction. For the most part it has been relied upon the LALITA-VISTARA. This book is a jumbled collection of legends and scholastic dissertations, and yet in these pages are preserved many precious traditions regarding the Buddha's origin, his childhood and his youth, and here, likewise, we are told of his early education and of his first deeds. There are also traces from an excellent poem, the BUDDHACARITA of Asvaghosa. Contents:PART ONE1. King Suddhodana And Queen Maya2. Maya's Dream3. The Birth of Siddhartha4. Asita's Prediction5. Siddhartha at the Temple6. Siddhartha's First Meditation7. The Marriage of Siddhartha8. Siddhartha Leads a Life of Pleasure9. The Three Encounters10. Gopa's Dream11. Siddhartha is Eager to Know the Great Truths12. Siddhartha Leaves His Father's Palace13. Siddhartha the Hermit14. Gopa and Suddhodana Grieve15. The Doctrine of Arata Kalama16. Siddhartha and King Vimbasara17. Siddhartha Deserted by His First Disciples18. Siddhartha Under the Tree of Knowledge19. Mara's Defeat20. Siddhartha Becomes the BuddhaPART TWO1. Trapusha and Bhallika2. The Buddha is Prepared to Preach the Doctrine3. The Buddha Leaves for Benares4. The Buddha Finds His Former Disciples5. The Story of the Hermit and the Hare6. The Story of Padmaka7. The Buddha at the Bamboo Grove8. Sariputra and Maudgalyayana9. The Buddha Pacifies the Malcontents of Rajagriha10. Suddhodana Sends Messengers to His Son11. The Story of the Crane and the Fish12. The Story of Visvantara13. The Story of Dharmapala14. Gopa's Great Virtue15. Nanda Renounces Royalty16. The Buddha Leaves Kapilavastu17. Anathapindika's Offering18.

Dhammapada

Dhammapada

Author: Friedrich Max Muller Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

The Dhammapada is 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. (courtesy of wikipedia.com)

Sutta-Nipata

Sutta-Nipata

Author: Michael Viggo Fausboll Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

The Sutta Nipata is a Buddhist scripture, a sutta collection in the Khuddaka Nikaya, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. All its suttas consist largely of verse, though some also contain some prose. It is divided into five sections:Uraga VaggaCula VaggaMaha VaggaAtthaka VaggaParayana VaggaSome scholars consider this the oldest of all Buddhist scriptures. Others agree that it contains much very early material.