Paths

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Vision and Transformation

Author: 
Sangharakshita

Sangharakshita has laid out in a clear, lucid style the essence of the Buddha's Eighfold Noble Path in terms accessible to a western reader.

Presentation of one of the formulations of the Buddha's teaching, which covers every aspect of life.

Against the Stream

Author: 
Noah Levine

Buddha was a revolutionary. His practice was subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened point of view went against the norms of his day—in his words, "against the stream." His teachings changed the world, and now they can change you too.

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization

Author: 
Bhikkhu Analayo

There are several good books on The Four Foundations of Mindfulness but Analayo's recent work is among the most thoroughly rendered. The form of meditation discussed in this work is generally known these days as 'mindfulness' meditation, or in other circles as 'vipassana' (often translated 'Insight' meditation). Analayo has written a wonderful treatise on this ancient form of Buddhist (or perhaps pre-Buddhist, as you'll see) form of practice.

This book is highly recommended to novices and advanced meditator.

The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhism

Author: 
Kawamura, Leslie S

Kawamura, Leslie S. The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhism. Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, 1981.

Har Dayal's The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhist Sanskrit Literature published in 1931 was the first extensive study in English of the Bodhisattva doctrine. Dayal discussed the Bodhisattva doctrine as it was expounded in the Buddhist Sanskrit texts, and it remains a question whether anything more can be added to his excellent study.

The Noble Eightfold Path

Author: 
Bikkhu Bodhi

This book offers a clear, concise account of the Eightfold Path prescribed to uproot and eliminate the deep underlying cause of suffering—ignorance. Each step of the path is believed to cultivate wisdom through mental training, and includes an enlightened and peaceful middle path that avoids extremes. The theoretical as well as practical angles of each of the paths—right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration—are illustrated through examples from contemporary life.

Lam Rim Chen Mo - Volume 3

Author: 
Tsong-kha-pa

The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world's treasury of sacred literature. The author, Tsong-kha-pa (1357-1419), completed this masterpiece in 1402 and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lam Rim Chen Mo - Volume 2

Author: 
Tsong-kha-pa

The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world's treasury of sacred literature. The author, Tsong-kha-pa (1357-1419), completed this masterpiece in 1402 and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lam Rim Chen Mo - Volume 1

Author: 
Tsong-kha-pa

The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world's treasury of sacred literature. The author, Tsong-kha-pa (1357-1419), completed this masterpiece in 1402 and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism.

Hoofprint Ox

Author: 
Sheng-yen

Master Sheng-yen, author of Subtle Wisdom and the head of monasteries in both Taiwan and the United States, has written another inspiring introduction to the Chan Buddhist tradition of China, more familiar to Americans as Zen, its incarnation in Japan. Eastern religion bookshelves these days are crowded with Zen primers and collections of sermons by eminent monks or nuns, but Sheng-yen's work stands out, bridging the two genres in a way that has been much needed.