LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

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!

Little Buddhas Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions

Little Buddhas Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions

Author: Vanessa Rebecca Sasson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2012

Consideration of children in the academic field of Religious Studies is taking root, but Buddhist Studies has yet to take notice. This collection is intended to open the question of children in Buddhism. It brings together a wide range of scholarship and expertise to address the question of what role children have played in the literature, in particular historical contexts, and what role they continue to play in specific Buddhist contexts today. Because the material is, in most cases, uncharted, all nineteen contributors involved in the project have exchanged chapters among themselves and thereby engaged in a kind of internal cohesion difficult to achieve in an edited project. The volume is divided into two parts. Part One addresses the representation of children in Buddhist texts and Part Two looks at children and childhoods in Buddhist cultures around the world. Little Buddhas will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars of Buddhism and Childhood Studies, and a catalyst for further research on the topic.

Discovering the Book of Changes - a Journey

Discovering the Book of Changes - a Journey

Author: Graham Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2012

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 .