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Buddhism books

See below for a selection of the latest books from Buddhism category. Presented with a red border are the Buddhism books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading.

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Recently Published

Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers by Norman H. Rothschild Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Wu Zhao (624-705), better known as Wu Zetian or Empress Wu, is the only woman to have ruled China as emperor over the course of its 5,000-year history. How did she-in a predominantly patriarchal and androcentric society-ascend the dragon throne?...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/11/2017

Directly Actualize Buddahood by Venerable Master Miao Tsan Directly Actualize Buddahood

The fourth book in a series by Miao Tsan, Directly Actualize Buddhahood presents the universal path of wisdom and light in the context of religion. Religion is the container of ancient knowledge; it constitutes the understanding of life's fulfillment. However,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

Touching The Infinite A New Perspective on the Buddha's Four Foundations of Mindfulness by Rodney Smith Touching The Infinite A New Perspective on the Buddha's Four Foundations of Mindfulness


Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2017

Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight T'ien-t'ai Chih-i's Mo-ho chih-kuan, 3 Volume Set by Paul L. Swanson Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight T'ien-t'ai Chih-i's Mo-ho chih-kuan, 3 Volume Set

The Mo-ho chih-kuan by T'ien-t'ai Chih-I is among the most influential treatises in the long history of Buddhist scholarship. It is known for its brilliant insights and its systematic and comprehensive treatment of the Buddhist tradition. This volume presents the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/10/2017

Hyecho's Journey The World of Buddhism by Donald S. Lopez Jr Hyecho's Journey The World of Buddhism

In the year 721, a young Buddhist monk named Hyecho set out from the kingdom of Silla, on the Korean peninsula, on what would become one of the most extraordinary journeys in history. Sailing first to China, Hyecho continued to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2017

Buddhism and Linguistics Theory and Philosophy by Manel Herat Buddhism and Linguistics Theory and Philosophy

This edited collection brings linguistics into contact with a millennia of works by Buddhist scholars. Uniting scholars from three different continents and from many disciplines and institutions, this innovative and unique book is sure to appeal to anyone interested in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/10/2017

Meditation, Buddhism, and Science by David L. (Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studes, Franklin and Marshall College) McMahan Meditation, Buddhism, and Science
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This volume explores the interrelations between Buddhist traditions and the scientific study of meditation. Essays consider the nature of modern meditation, its secularization, the values and goods implicit in practice, and the sorts of subjects that take shape under the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2017

Meditation, Buddhism, and Science by David L. (Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studes, Franklin and Marshall College) McMahan Meditation, Buddhism, and Science
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This volume explores the interrelations between Buddhist traditions and the scientific study of meditation. Essays consider the nature of modern meditation, its secularization, the values and goods implicit in practice, and the sorts of subjects that take shape under the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2017

Coming Soon

Buddhism and the Political Organisation and Participation in the Theravada Moral Universe by Matthew J. Walton Buddhism and the Political Organisation and Participation in the Theravada Moral Universe

Walton argues that there is a fundamental ambivalence in Buddhist thought towards the legitimacy of mass participation in politics.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/12/2017

A Meditator's Life of the Buddha Based on the Early Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo A Meditator's Life of the Buddha Based on the Early Discourses

Analayo offers an inspiring biography of the Buddha based on the early discourses and focusing on his meditative development and practice.
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/12/2017

The Buddhist World by John (Australian National University, Australia) Powers The Buddhist World
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The Buddhist World joins a series of books on the world's great religions and cultures, offering a lively and up-to-date survey of Buddhist studies for students and scholars alike. It explores regional varieties of Buddhism and core topics including buddha-nature,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2018

Buddhism, Education and Politics in Burma and Thailand From the Seventeenth Century to the Present by Khammai (Ven. Dr., University of Oxford, UK) Dhammasami Buddhism, Education and Politics in Burma and Thailand From the Seventeenth Century to the Present
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Drawing on primary sources in Pali, Burmese and Thai, practising monk Ven. Khammai Dhammasami guides the reader through the complex history of monastic education in two neighbouring but very different Buddhist societies: Burma and Thailand. The book provides a clear...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018

The Truth Of This Life Zen Teachings on Loving the World as It Is by Katherine Thanas The Truth Of This Life Zen Teachings on Loving the World as It Is


Format: Paperback - Released: 23/01/2018

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Anarchy in the Pure Land Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya in Modern Chinese Buddhism by Justin (Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Miami) Ritzinger Anarchy in the Pure Land Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya in Modern Chinese Buddhism
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Anarchy in the Pure Land shows that the modern Chinese reinvention of cult of Maitreya, the future Buddha, functioned as an important site for articulating a Buddhist vision of modernity.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Buddhism Buddhism by Donald S. (University of Michigan) Lopez The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Buddhism Buddhism

A major landmark of religious publishing and one to be widely welcomed. -William Dalrymple, New York Times
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/09/2017

Reinventing the Tripitaka Transformation of the Buddhist Canon in Modern East Asia by Jiang Wu Reinventing the Tripitaka Transformation of the Buddhist Canon in Modern East Asia

This volume examines the significance of the Chinese Buddhist canon in modern East Asian Buddhism. Exploring how the Chinese Buddhist canon has evolved and how it is currently utilized, each chapter of this book provides new insights and essential information...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/09/2017

Theravada Buddhist Encounters with Modernity by Juliane Schober Theravada Buddhist Encounters with Modernity

Although recent scholarship has shown that the term 'Theravada' in the familiar modern sense is a 19-20th century construct, it is now used to refer to the more than 150 million people around the world who practice that form of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

The Dharma of the Princess Bride What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships by Ethan Nichtern The Dharma of the Princess Bride What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships

Humorous yet spiritually rigorous in the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Taoof Pooh, drawing from pop culture and from personal experience, The Dharma of The Princess Bride teaches us how to understand and navigate...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2017

Changing Minds Contributions to the Study of Buddhism and Tibet in Honor of Jeffrey Hopkins by Guy Newland Changing Minds Contributions to the Study of Buddhism and Tibet in Honor of Jeffrey Hopkins


Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2017

The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhism A Comprehensive Guide to Buddhist History, Philosophy and Practice, Magnificently Illustrated with More Than 500 Photographs by Ian Harris The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhism A Comprehensive Guide to Buddhist History, Philosophy and Practice, Magnificently Illustrated with More Than 500 Photographs

Provides a general introduction to Buddhist philosophy, from the life and teachings of the Buddha in the 5th century BCE to modern-day interpretations.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2017

Tiny Buddha Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions by Lori (Lori Deschene) Deschene Tiny Buddha Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions


Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

Awakening Loving-Kindness by Pema Chodron Awakening Loving-Kindness


Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2017

The Hundred Thousand Songs Of Milarepa by Tsangnyon Heruka The Hundred Thousand Songs Of Milarepa


Format: Paperback - Released: 23/08/2017

Questions in the Sand Buddhist Questions and Answers by David Brazier Questions in the Sand Buddhist Questions and Answers


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

Approaching the Buddhist Path by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thubten Chodron Approaching the Buddhist Path
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Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Waking, Dreaming, Being Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy by Evan Thompson Waking, Dreaming, Being Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy

A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of mind, casting new light on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/08/2017

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