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A History of Japanese Buddhism

Author: 
Kenji Matsuo

This first major study in English on Japanese Buddhism by one of Japan's most distinguished scholars in the field of Religious Studies is to be widely welcomed. The main focus of the work is on the tradition of the monk (o-bo-san) as the main agent of Buddhism, together with the historical processes by which monks have developed Japanese Buddhism as it appears in the present day.

The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction

Author: 
Michael Carrithers

In this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance.

An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

Author: 
J. Laumakis, Stephen

In this clearly written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the origin and development of Buddhist ideas and concepts, focusing on the philosophical ideas and arguments presented and defended by selected thinkers and sutras from various traditions. He starts with a sketch of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India.

Nagarjuna's Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way

Author: 
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Nagarjuna, Ari Goldfield

The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way was written in the second century and is one of the most important works of Nagarjuna, the pioneering commentator on the Buddha's teachings on the Madhyamika or Middle Way view. The subtle analyses presented in this treatise were closely studied and commented upon by many realized masters from the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

The Psychology of Dependent Origination

Author: 
Sanjoy Barua Chowdhury

The Psychology of Dependent OriginationThis qualitative research is an attempt to examine the psychological connection to the central Buddhist teaching Dependent Origination through a deepened investigation into its psychological and practical aspects. This study further delves into the psychoanalysis of the third link, consciousness, revealing its active function that is related to almost all constituents of the law of causation, along with an evolving psychoanalysis of all mental phenomena.

A Comparative and Critical Study of the Mahaprajapati – Sutra

Author: 
Yuande Shih, Ven.

Yuande ShihThis sutra draws out each progress of a woman’s Buddhist career and leads the women to attain the highest Awakening. This sutra transcends the gender distinction to realize the gender equality which prescribes the 84 feminie weaknesses hindering the women’s spiritual attainment, and later it compiled in response to the women’s determination towards the liberation in the early 5th century of China.

Moral Lessons of the Twentieth Century

Author: 
Mikhail Gorbachev and Daisaku Ikeda

Moral LessionsMikhail Gorbachev and Daisaku Ikeda are contemporaries raised in different cultures: Gorbachev is a statesman influenced by Marx and communist politics while Ikeda is a Buddhist inspired by the thirteenth century Japanese sage, Nichiren. This book is a result of a series of conversations between these two men. Together they explore their experiences of life amidst the turmoil of the twentieth century and together they search for a common ethical basis for future development.

Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity and Chinese Culture

Author: 
Tang Yi-Jie

ConfucianismThis book collects the 25 most important articles written by Professor Tang since the 1980s, dealing extensively with issues of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity and Chinese culture. In these articles, Professor Tang proves his value as a worthy successor to the Chinese philosophical tradition, while also open to the latest trends of thought both at home and abroad.

Essential Buddhism

Author: 
Jack Maguire

Essential of BuddhismFour hundred million people call themselves Buddhists today. Yet most Westerners know little about this powerful, Eastern-spawned faith. How did it begin? What do its adherents believe? Why are so many Westerners drawn to it?

In Defense of Dharma

Author: 
Tessa J. Bartholomeusz

In Defence of DharmaThis is the first book to examine war and violence in Sri Lanka through the lens of cross-cultural studies on just-war tradition and theory. In a study that is textual, historical and anthropological, it is argued that the ongoing Sinhala-Tamil conflict is in actual practice often justified by a resort to religious stories that allow for war when Buddhism is in peril.

Locations of Buddhism:

Author: 
Anne M. Blackburn

Locations of BuddhismModernizing and colonizing forces brought nineteenth-century Sri Lankan Buddhists both challenges and opportunities. How did Buddhists deal with social and economic change; new forms of political, religious, and educational discourse; and Christianity? And how did Sri Lankan Buddhists, collaborating with other Asian Buddhists, respond to colonial rule? To answer these questions, Anne M.

Nagarjuna's Guide to the Bodhisattva Path

Author: 
Arya Nagarjuna (Author), Bhikshu Dharmamitra (Translator), Bhikshu Vasitva (Commentary)

Nagarjuna Guide to the Bodhisattva PathThis is The Bodhisambhara Shastra ("Treatise on the Provisions for Enlightenment"), written by Arya Nagarjuna, the early Indian monk (ca 2nd c.) who is one of the most famous figures in the history of Indian Mahayana Buddhism. This work describes the essential prerequisites for achieving the complete enlightenment of a buddha while also describing the most important practices to be undertaken by bodhisattvas.

The Bodhisambhara Treatise Commentary

Author: 
Arya Nagarjuna (Author) , Bhikshu Dharmamitra (Translator) , Bhikshu Vasitva (Commentary)

The BodhisambharaThis is a very detailed commentary on the meaning of each stanza comprising Arya Nagarjuna's Bodhisambhara Shastra ("Treatise on the Provisions for Enlightenment") wherein Nagarjuna explains the essential prerequisites for achieving the enlightenment of a buddha and explains as well the most important practices to be undertaken by bodhisattvas.

Nagarjuna on the Six Perfections

Author: 
Arya Nagarjuna (Author), Bhikshu Dharmamitra (Translator)

Nagarjuna on the Six PerfectionsThis text is a translation of chapters 17-30 of Arya Nagarjuna's immense "Exegesis on the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra" (Mahaprajnaparamita-upadesa). It is a free-standing section of that commentary exclusively devoted to analyzing and explaining the various levels of practice of the bodhisattva's six perfections.

A Strand of Dharma Jewels

Author: 
Arya Nagarjuna (Author), Bhikshu Dharmamitra (Translator)

A Strand of DharmaThis is Tripitaka Master Paramartha's earliest (ca 550 ce) complete edition of The Ratnavali, one of Arya Nagarjuna's most important works. In its five 100-verse chapters, Nagarjuna presents both abstruse teachings and practical advice to lay and monastic practitioners while also describing in considerable detail the short-term and long-term terrains of the Bodhisattva Path.

Letter from a Friend

Author: 
Arya Nagarjuna (Author), Bhikshu Dharmamitra (Translator)

Letter from a FriendIn this volume, Bhikshu Dharmamitra presents his translations of the three earliest editions of Arya Nagarjuna's "Letter from a Friend" (Suhrllekha), a work on the layman's practice of the Buddhist path. This text was written by Nagarjuna in the form of a letter of spiritual counsel to the early Indian monarch, King Satakarni.

Marvelous Stories from the Perfection of Wisdom

Author: 
Arya Nagarjuna (Author), Bhikshu Dharmamitra (Translator)

Marvelous StoriesThis volume consists of 130 stories and short Dharma anecdotes selected from Nagarjuna's immense commentary on The Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (Mahaprajnaparamita-upadesa). Each story is "framed" by the inclusion of Nagarjuna's introductory and summarizing Dharma discussions which place the stories in the context of the Bodhisattva Path to buddhahood. The translation and story selection are by the American monk, Bhikshu Dharmamitra.

On Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha

Author: 
Arya Nagarjuna (Author) , Shramana Shixian (Author), The Honorable Peixiu (Author), Bhikshu Dharmamitra (Translator)

On GenerationIn this volume, Bhikshu Dharmamitra presents translations of three classic works on the bodhisattva vow (bodhicitta) authored by: The early Indian monastic eminence, Arya Nagarjuna (2nd c.); The Dhyana Master and Pureland Patriarch, Sheng'an Shixian (1686-1734); The Tang Dynasty literatus and prime minister, the Honorable Peixiu (797-870).

Vasubandhu's Treatise on the Bodhisattva Vow

Author: 
Shramana Vasubandhu (Author), Bhikshu Dharmamitra (Author)

VasubandhuThis is a treatise on the meaning of "The Sutra on Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha." It was written by the famous early Indian shastra master and bodhisattva, Shramana Vasubandhu (ca 300 ce). In this text, Vasubandhu discourses on the causality behind the origination of the bodhisattva vow (bodhicitta) and on each of the six perfections through which that vow reaches its fruition in buddhahood.

Vijjavimutti

Author: 
Buddhist and Pali College of Singapore

Vijjavimutti"Vijjavimutti: Liberation Through Wisdom" is published by The Buddhist and Pali College of Singapore, a collection of academic papers of scholars.

Abhayawansa, Kapila. "Some Observations on the Relation between Kamma and Its Effect" Vijjāvimutti. Singapore: Buddhist Pali College, 2013: pp 23-34.

Kariyawasam, Tilak "Was the Buddha Omniscient? Are there any Proofs?" Vijjāvimutti. Singapore: Buddhist Pali College, 2013: pp 35-41.

The Silk Road in World History

Author: 
Xinru Liu

The Silk Road was the contemporary name for a complex of ancient trade routes linking East Asia with Central Asia, South Asia, and the Mediterranean world. This network of exchange emerged along the borders between agricultural China and the steppe nomads during the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.), in consequence of the inter-dependence and the conflicts of these two distinctive societies.