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Biographical Scripture of King Asoka The

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In the Chinese Tripitaka there are two texts giving legendary accounts of the life of King Ashoka, the third Maurya ruler of Magadha. The first is the Biography of King Ashoka. The second text is Samghapala's Chinese translation of the Sutra of King Ashoka in ten fascicles, upon which the present English translation is based. This biographical work gives accounts of the major events in the life of King Ashoka that are historically verifiable through comparative studies of reliable written records and archeological findings. Although the exact date of the original text is unascertainable, it may be said that it was composed no earlier than 184 B.C.E, when the Maurya dynasty collapsed, because this event is evident in the work. Besides recounting the major events in the life of King Ashoka, this work devotes half of its space to stories concerning the six patriarchs who succeeded the Buddha in transmitting the Dharma: Mahakasyapa, Ananda, Madhyantika, Sanakavasin, Upagupta, and Dhitika. It also includes some stories for the elucidation of the Dharma.

Buddhism Today and Aesthetic Creativity

Author : Ananda Guruge
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This book covers many areas of Dr. Guruge's interests in the field of Buddhist studies and action. He shares these views, opinions, observations and concerns with many audiences in all parts of the world over the last decade. The decision to compile them into a single volume is in response to many requests he has received for copies.

The History of Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya

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Relics of the Buddha

Author : John S. Strong
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Buddhism is popularly seen as a religion stressing the truth of impermanence. How, then, to account for the long-standing veneration, in Asian Buddhist communities, of bone fragments, hair, teeth, and other bodily bits said to come from the historic Buddha? Early European and American scholars of religion, influenced by a characteristic Protestant bias against relic worship, declared such practices to be superstitious and fraudulent, and far from the true essence of Buddhism. John Strong's book, by contrast, argues that relic veneration has played a serious and integral role in Buddhist traditions in South and Southeast Asia-and that it is in no way foreign to Buddhism. The book is structured around the life story of the Buddha, starting with traditions about relics of previous buddhas and relics from the past lives of the Buddha Sakyamuni. It then considers the death of the Buddha, the collection of his bodily relics after his cremation, and stories of their spread to different parts of Asia. The book ends with a consideration of the legend of the future parinirvana (extinction) of the relics prior to the advent of the next Buddha, Maitreya. Throughout, the author does not hesitate to explore the many versions of these legends and to relate them to their ritual, doctrinal, artistic, and social contexts.

Fathering Your Father

Author : Alan Cole
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"Fathering Your Father is indubitably an important, timely work. In this incisive re-reading of the sources for the early history of Chinese Chan Buddhism, Cole conveys a new understanding of material familiar to scholars that might well make students engage with these sources more imaginatively. Hitherto scholars have pored over the five or six key sources; now we are invited to read them as successive literary inventions. In short, this study has no competition and is bound to provoke debate."—T. H. Barrett, Professor of East Asian History, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and author of The Woman Who Discovered Printing

Buddhist Literature

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The Pacific World

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Apocryphal scriptures

Author : Jonathan Christopher Cleary
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This volume contains five scriptural texts that have been especially important and influential in the East Asian Buddhist tradition:

Indologica Taurinensia

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Encyclopedia of Buddhism A L

Author : Robert E. Buswell
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Online version of the 2-volume Encyclopedia of Buddhism, published by Macmillan.

Bilingual journal of the cole fran aise d Extr me Orient

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Scriptural Text The Verses of the Doctrine with Parables

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This sutra is based upon the Chinese translation of the Dhammapada, of which approximately two thirds of the verses have been selected for commentary. At the start of each chapter a number of verses are quoted, followed by tales relating the events surrounding the origin of each verse. The Pali version of the Dhammapada contains in all 423 verses, and there are in addition a number of commentaries (atthakatha)recording the tales and fables surrounding each verse. In the case of the Chinese version, 250 verses have been added to the original 500 verses, making a total of 750 verses, two thirds of which are dealt with in the present work.

Buddhist Rituals of Obeisance and the Contestation of the Monk s Body in Medieval China

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Shambhala Sun

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Summary of the Great Vehicle The

Author : Asaṅga
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The Summary of the Great Vehicle is perhaps the most representative text of the Yogacara school of Mahayana Buddhism. It presents the classic argument for the basic Yogacara themes on conscious interiority, attempting to reinterpret within this context the general Mahayana teachings of emptiness and dependent co-arising. It then proceeds to explain the etiology if imaginative illusion, sketch its reversal by offering an explanation of the nature of conversion, champion the recovered insight into depended co-arising in terms of the converted other-dependent pattern of consciousness, and thus allow for a valid, if limited, role for language-formed, conventional discourse, both commonsense and theoretical.

Kyogyoshinsyo On Teaching Practice Faith and Enlightenment

Author : Shinran
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This is the magnum opus of Shinran Shonin, founder of the Jòdo Shinshu school of Pure Land Buddhism. This work is a collection of 376 passages from 62 sutras, discourses, and commentaries, with Shinran's own notes and commentary, organized into a coherent and comprehensive explication of the Pure Land teaching.

The Three Pure Land Sutras

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The larger sutra on Amitāyus (Taishō volume 12, number 360) -- The sutra on contemplation of Amitāyus (Taishō volume 12, number 365) -- The smaller sutra on Amitāyus (Taishō volume 12, number 366).

Shobogenzo The True Dharma Eye Treasury II

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Shobogenzo: The True Dharma-eye Treasury (Taisho No. 2582) is the masterwork of the thirteenth-century Zen master Eihei Dogen, founder of the Soto sect of Japanese Zen Buddhism. This reprint edition presents Volume 2 of the exemplary translation by Gudo Wafu Nishijima and Chodo Cross of the complete ninety-five-chapter edition of the Shobogenzo, compiled by the Zen master Hangyo Kozen in the late seventeenth century.

Shingon Texts

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This volume includes five texts by Kukai (On the Differences between the Exoteric and Esoteric Teachings; The Meaning of Becoming a Buddha in This Very Body; The Meanings of Sound, Sign, and Reality; The Meanings of the Word Hum; The Precious Key to the Secret Treasury), and two by Kakuban (The Illuminating Secret Commentary on the Five Cakras and the Nine Syllables; The Mitsugonin Confession). On the Differences between the Exoteric and Esoteric Teachings aims to highlight the differences between Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism and explain why the latter is superior to the former. The Meaning of Becoming a Buddha in This Very Body is a collection of discussions and remarks on the possibility of attaining enlightenment in ones lifetime. The Meanings of Sound, Sign, and Reality concerns the problem of expressing ultimate reality through language. It extends the connotations of language to embrace all phenomena. The Meanings of the Word Hum demonstrates how the entire teachings of Buddhism can be encapsulated in a single word or syllable. The Precious Key to the Secret Treasury is an abridged version of the teachings of the Shingon school. It discusses the ten stages of Buddhism and how each successive stage overcomes the limitations of previous stages. The Mitsugonin Confession is a text recited in the daily services of Shingi-Shingon temples throughout Japan and reflects the actual conditions of monastic life on Koyasan during its founder Kakuban's lifetime. The Illuminating Secret Commentary on the Five Cakras and the Nine Syllables is a work assimilating the Shingon and Pure Land schools from the standpoint of the Shingon teachings established by Kukai. It argues that attaining enlightenment in one's present body through esoteric practices is the same ultimately as being born in the Western Paradise through chanting Amitabha's name.

Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable The The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines

Author : ʼPhags-pa Blo-gros-rgyal-mtshan
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There are two titles in this volume. The Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable was written in the Yuan Period by the Tibetan 'Phags-pa for the Chinese Crown Prince at the time as an outline of Buddhist thought, and deals with such subjects as the Buddhist view of life and Buddhist cosmology. The teachings set forth are based on the whole on the Abhidharmakosa-bhasya, but there are also to be found ideas peculiar to this work. The title, Treatise on the Clarification of What is to be Known, implies that all teachings which it is necessary to know are made clear by the contents of this work. It was originally written in either Tibetan or Mongolian, but only the Chinese translation is extant. The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines describes the course of the so-called 'Basic Schism' of Buddhism into the Theravada and Mahasamghika Schools, which took place over 100 years after the death of Sakyamuni, and the subsequent division of the Hinayana into 20 minor sects. It is written from the standpoint of the Sarvastivadins, but also describes in detail the doctrinal characteristics of the other sects. This work is thus not only indispensable in the study of the history of sectarian division in Buddhism, but, when one considers that the majority of extant doctrinal treatises of Hinayana belong to the Sarvastivadins, it is also an invaluable source of material in the elucidation of the tenets of sects other than the Sarvastivadins.