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Bimbamana of Gautamiyasastra As Heard by Sariputra
By: E. W. Marasinghe
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Work deals with the in-depth study of the iconometric system for making of Buddha images.
Buddhacarita: In Praise of Buddha's Acts
Buddhacarita: In Praise of Buddha's Acts
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The Buddhacarita: In Praise of Buddha's Acts is a complete biography of Sakyamuni, from his birth until after his death (parinirvana), when his relics were distributed. Composed by Asvaghosa (early second century CE) the text was rendered into Chinese by Baoyun in 421 CE from the original Sanskrit, creating a simplified version that would be more easily understandable to a Chinese audience. The Buddhacarita reads like a play, describing the incidents and events of the Buddha's life story, from his miraculous birth and early life of wealth and privilege as Crown Prince Siddhartha, to his spiritual journeying and eventual attainment of enlightenment and the teaching and conversion of disciples and followers. Along the way key elements of the Buddha's teaching are revealed and the message of his life is an example of the possibility of awakening and liberation for all.

Buddhist Scriptures, A rich new selection of writings that reveal the core teachings of the Buddhist tradition
By: Donald Lopez
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While Buddhism has no central text comparable to the Bible or Koran, there is a powerful body of scripture from across Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the teachings of the Buddha. In this rich anthology, eminent scholar Donald S. Lopez, Jr., brings together works from a broad historical and geographical range, and from such languages as Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese. There are tales of the Buddha's past lives, a discussion of qualities and qualifications for a monk, and an exploration of the many meanings of enlightenment. Together they provide a vivid picture of the Buddha and of the vast and profound nature of the Buddhist tradition
Buddhist Sutras: Origin, Development, Transmission
By: Mizuno, Kogen
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Founded in India some twenty-five hundred years ago by the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, Buddhism ranks with Christianity and Islam as one of the three great universal religions. The history of its transmission from India to the countries where it flourished is in its sutras, or scriptures. The present book offers an engrossing account both of the origin and development of those sutras and of the monks who braved perilous journeys and mastered unfamiliar languages in order to carry the sutras to new lands.
Comprehensive Commentary on the Heart Sutra
By: Heng-ching Shih
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The Pan-jo po-lo-mi-to hsin-ching yu-tsan is especially significant and unique in that K'uei-chi commented on the Heart Sutra from both Madhyamikan and Yogacarin perspectives. Thus, it became the only source of the Fa-hsiang school's view of Prajnaparamita thought.
Confession of Downfalls
By: Ngawang Dhargyey
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The Confession of Downfalls contains translations along with extensive commentaries to the two main sutra and tantra practices of mental purification in Tibetan Buddhism, the Sutra of Three Heaps and the visualization and mantra recitation of Vajrasattva.- The commentaries include excerpts from a sastra by the Indian master Nagarjuna to the Sutra of Three Heaps and both practices are supplemented by verbally transmitted commentaries from The Tibetan lamas Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, Geshe Rabten, Tubten Zopa Rinpoche and Gegen Kyentse.
Diamond Sutra & Sutra of Hui -Neng
Diamond Sutra & Sutra of Hui -Neng
By: Price & Wong Mou-lam, tr.
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The Diamond Sutra, composed in India in the fourth century C.E., is one of most treasured works of Buddhist literature and the oldest extant printed book in the world. It is known as the Diamond Sutra because its teaching is said to be like a diamond that cuts away all dualistic thought, releasing one from attachment to objects and bringing one to the further shore of enlightenment. The Sutra of Hui-neng, also known as the Platform Sutra, contains the autobiography of this pivotal figure in Zen history and some of the most profound passages in Zen literature. Hui-neng (638-713), the Sixth Patriarch of Zen in China, is often regarded as the true father of the Zen tradition. A poor illiterate woodcutter, he was said to have attained enlightenment upon hearing The Diamond Sutra. Taken together, these two scriptures present the central teachings of a major Buddhist tradition and are essential reading for all students of Buddhism.
Diamond Sutra
Diamond Sutra, Transforming The Way We Perceive The World
By: Soeng, Mu
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In this brilliant new translation and commentary on The Diamond Sutraone
of the sublime wisdom teachings of Mahayana BuddhismMu Soeng
integrates this ancient wisdom teaching with current scientific and
psychological thought. His clear and readable commentary traces the
connections between these teachings and contemporary theories of quantum
reality, explores the sutra within the framework of Buddhist meditation
practices, and provides a comprehensive historical survey of the
Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Mu Soeng's goal throughout is to reveal the
inspiration and wisdom of The Diamond Sutra to today's reader in an accessible, engaging, and modern manner.
Essence of the Heart Sutra: The Dalai Lama's Heart of Wisdom Teachings
By: Dalai Lama
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The Heart Sutra contains Buddhism's most direct, most succinct teaching about the true nature of our own being and of all reality. These subtle and easily misunderstood teachings lie at the very heart of all Buddhist wisdom, and a thorough understanding of them is essential for attaining what the Dalai Lama calls "an unmistaken view of reality" - a view that brings about true liberation from the source of all suffering.
Essential Lotus: Selections from the Lotus Sutra
By: Burton Watson
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Since its first appearance in China in the third century CE, the Lotus Sutra has been the object of intense veneration among generations of Buddhists in China, Korea, and Japan, as well as other parts of the world. It is often considered the fundamental Mahayana Buddhist sutra, has attracted more commentary than any other Buddhist scripture, and has had a profound impact on the great works of Japanese and Chinese literature. No one can understand East Asia without some knowledge of its teachings.
Expository Commentary on the Vimalakirti Sutra
Expository Commentary on the Vimalakirti Sutra
By: Jaime Hubbard (Translator)
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The Buddhacarita: In Praise of Buddha's Acts is a complete biography of Sakyamuni, from his birth until after his death (parinirvana),  when his relics were distributed. Composed by Asvaghosa (early second century CE) the text was rendered into Chinese by Baoyun in 421 CE from the original Sanskrit, creating a simplified version that would be more easily understandable to a Chinese audience. The Buddhacarita reads like a play, describing the incidents and events of the Buddha's life story, from his miraculous birth and early life of wealth and privilege as Crown Prince Siddhartha, to his spiritual journeying and eventual attainment of enlightenment and the teaching and conversion of disciples and followers. Along the way key elements of the Buddha's teaching are revealed and the message of his life is an example of the possibility of awakening and liberation for all.

Gandhari Version of the Rhinoceros Sutra
By: Salomon
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Prominent in several Buddhist traditions, the Rhinoceros Sutra espouses the virtues of solitude, explaining the dangers of attachments, prescribing a solitary spiritual life, and discussing the nature
of friends and friendship. British Library Fragment 5B is the remnant of a scroll that originally contained a complete text of the Rhinoceros Sutra. A Gandhari Version of the Rhinoceros Sutra examines
in detail the literary and textual background of the su°tra, describes the condition of the scroll and its reconstruction, analyzes the text, comparing it with other extant versions, and presents a literal English translation.
Heart Sutra Explained
By: Lopez, Donald S., Jr.
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The "Heart Sutra Explained" offers new insights of "emptiness and form," and on the mantra, "gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha," and on the synthesis of Madhyamika, Yogacara, and tantric thought that characterized the final period of Buddhism in India. It also includes complete translations of two nineteenth-century Tibetan commentaries demonstrating the selective appropriation of Indian sources.
Index to the Lankavatara Sutra
By: Deisetz Teitaro Suzuki
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(Nanjio Edition). Sanskrit-Chinese-Tibetan, Chinese-Sanskrit and Tibetan-Sanskrit with a Tabulated list of parallel pages of the Nanjio Sanskrit Text and the three Chinese Translations (Sung, Wei, and T'ang) in the Taisho Edition of the Tripitaka.
Introduction to the Lotus Sutra
By: Suguro, Shinjo
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To many Buddhists, The Lotus Sutra is one of the most important, if not the most important,
sutras in the Buddhist canon. To the beginning
student of Buddhism, however, The Lotus Sutra often presents a difficult challenge. For this reason, the authors have developed "An Introduction" to The Lotus Sutra, making it easy to understand this central scripture of Mahayana Buddhism.
Lankavatara Sutra  Red Pine
Lankavatara Sutra
By: Red Pine
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Having translated The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra, and following with The Platform Sutra, Red Pine now turns his attention to perhaps the greatest Sutra of all. The Lankavatara Sutra is the holy grail of Zen. Zens First Patriarch, Bodhidharma, gave a copy of this text to his successor, Hui-ko, and told him everything he needed to know was in this book. Passed down from teacher to student ever since, this is the only Zen sutra ever spoken by the Buddha. Although it covers all the major teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, it contains but two teachings: that everything we perceive as being real is nothing but the perceptions of our own mind and that the knowledge of this is something that must be realized and experienced for oneself and cannot be expressed in words. In the words of Chinese Zen masters, these two teachings became known as have a cup of tea and taste the tea.

This is the first translation into English of the original text used by Bodhidharma, which was the Chinese translation made by Gunabhadra in 443 and upon which all Chinese Zen masters have relied ever since.
In addition to presenting one of the most difficult of all Buddhist texts in clear English, Red Pine has also added summaries, explanations and notes, including relevant Sanskrit terms on the basis of which the Chinese translation was made. This promises to become an essential text for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding or knowledge of Zen.
Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom
By: Conze, Edward (tr/ed)
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With the division of the AbhisamayaLankara
"This is a translation of one of the most important expressions of Mahayana Buddhism by the foremost Western authority on the perfect wisdom literature."...It warrants careful sutdy by anyone wishing to 'get into' the thought-world and the experiential frame of reference of Mahayana Buddhism. - Religious Studies Review
Mapping the Bodhicaryavatara
Mapping the Bodhicaryavatara Essays on Mahayana Ethics
By: Pabitrakumar Roy
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Mapping the Bodhicaryavatara' is an interpretive study of the great Mahayana ethical treatise focusing on Bodhisattvayana as it is variantly called. The Bodhicaryavatara is a world classic, and the author, Santidevais a hallowed name in Mahayana discourse, his views and ideas are regarded as of great authority, and the text is incorporated in the Tengyur, the Tibetan cannon of apocryphal writings.The Bodhicaryavatara is a philosophical poem, and the theme is the ethicised consciousness of a bodhisattva, the one who vows to dispel the misery of the human kind, and for that noble purpose alone he wishes to attain Buddhahood. His Holiness that the Dalai Lama's discourses are replete with inspiration drawn from Santideva's work.

The present study is an analytic-descriptive inquiry into the scope and extent of the paramitas or virtues, and how, when perfected, they lead to the apex of moral endeavour or prajna. The author seeks to situate the text in the continuum of the ethical thinking and literature of the East as well as the West, and even cutting across the so-called Theravada-Mahayana divide. In course of the study the author has raised points of doubt as regards conceptual linkages and ideas in Buddhist ethical thought and practice, and attempted to resolve the issues as well. This is a philosophical study with an East-West perspective in view.

Mirror Reflecting the Entire World: The Pali Buddhapadamangala or "Auspicious Signs on the Buddha's Feet"
By: Claudio Cicuzza
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The Buddhapadamangala is an anonymous work in the corpus of Pali literature transmitted in Siam.

Path of Compassion: The Bodhisattva Precepts The Chinese Brahma's Net Sutra
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This new and moving translation of the Brahma's Net Sutra also includes translations of ancillary materials not previously available. Translated and introduced by the well-known teacher and author Martine Batchelor, this should become a classic for all those who aspire to the compassion of the Buddha.
Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra / Surangama Samadhi Sutra
By: Lokaksema and Paul Harrison, Tr. / Kumar
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"The Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra"
The Pratyutpanna-buddha-sammukhavasthita-samadhi-sutra (hereafter abbreviated to PraS) is one of the important sources of information on the early development of Mahayana Buddhism, even though it may not be appropriate to regard it as an early Mahayana sutra itself.
The PraS is generally thought to be a work of Pure Land Buddhism. Certainly it has been much used by followers of that school in China and Japan, as well as by adherents of other sects.
Profound Wisdom of the Heart Sutra
By: Bokar Rinpoche
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The Heart Sutra is one of the most famous texts of Buddhism. Here Shakyamuni Buddha, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra together with Prajnaparamita, the Mother of all Buddhas reveal to us the wisdom that views phenomena as they are. Bokar Rinpoche penetrates the essence of this sutra transcending words and images.
Salistamba Sutra
By: Reat, Ross (Tr.)
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The Salistamba Sutra, a Mahayana text of great antiquity, has perished in its original Sanskrit form. It is, however, extensively quoted in Sanskrit commentarial literature which does survive in the original. Moreover, the Salistamba survives in several Chinese versions and in Tibetan, including a seventh-century manuscript which represents one of the earliest extant examples of the Tibetan language. As a result, surviving Sanskrit quotations of the Salistamba Sutra can be matched against the Tibetan and Chinese translations of an original Sanskrit version of the text.
The resulting approximation of the Sanskrit text of the sutra is of considerable historical importance with regard to the origins of Mahayana Buddhism and the early history of Buddhism in general. The Salistamba Sutra appears to represent a formative period in which there yet remained many points in common between incipient Mahayana Buddhism and what was to become Theravada Buddhism. This situation suggests a gradual divergence between the two major streams of Buddhism rather than the radical schism depicted in traditional Buddhist history, and provides evidence for the contention that the Theravada suttas do indeed contain the earliest, most accurate version of the teachings of historical Buddha.
Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma (The Lotus Sutra)
By: Leon Hurvitz
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This is a translation of a Buddhist scripture which was originally written in Sanskrit but is best known to Buddhists through Chinese versions. It is one of the most influential and popular texts of Mahayana Buddhism, emphasizing the doctrine that there is only one path to enlightenment, the bodhisattva-path, and the principle that the Buddha is not to be delimited in time and space. The work is famous and beloved throughout the Far East for its parables, such as that of the burning house, that of the wayward son, and many others; for its presentation of abstract religious concepts in concrete images; for the innumerable fascinating beings which people the work; and for the charm, warmth, and directness of its style.
Splendid Vision: Reading a Buddhist Sutra
Splendid Vision: Reading a Buddhist Sutra
By: Richard S. Cohen
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Featuring the first-ever English translation of the "Splendid Vision Sutra," a sixth-century Indian Mahayana Buddhist scripture known for its rich ritual magic and worship of bodhisattva-goddesses, this volume explicates the sutra's cultural significance as a source of extraordinary value, cosmic truth, and existential meaning.
Stories of the Lotus Sutra
Stories of the Lotus Sutra
By: Gene Reeves
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Stories are ancient and wondrous tools with the mysterious power to transform lives. And the stories and parables of the Lotus Sutra-one of the world's great religious scriptures and most influential texts-are among the most fascinating and dramatic.

In this fun, engaging, and plain-English book, Gene Reeves-the translator of Wisdom's critically acclaimed and bestselling edition of the Lotus Sutra-presents the most memorable and remarkable of the Lotus Sutra's many stories and parables, along with a distillation of his decades of reflection on them in an accessible, inspiring, and naturally illuminating way.

The Stories of the Lotus Sutra is the perfect companion to Reeve's breathtaking translation of this scriptural masterpiece as well as a thoroughly enjoyable stand-alone volume for those who want to bring the inspiring teachings of the bodhisattva path into their daily lives.
Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra
By: Suzuki
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The title Lankavatara might mean 'entering Lanka' (perhaps referring to the temporary Mahayana period of Ceylon), suggesting that the doctrines of this scripture are possibly consistent with earlier Buddhism preserved in the Pali language.  Suzuki has greatly helped the reader of the basic scripture by discussing the main ideas.  He tells how to study this scripture, compares it with the popular Zen Buddhism, discusses such typical and important doctrines as Mind-only, the 'Triple body of the Buddha', and many minor topics.
Suramgamasamadhisutra
By: Lamotte/Boin-Webb
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The Concentration of Heroic Progress
An early Mahayana Buddhist scripture


Suramgamasamadhisutra, Lamotte/Boin-Webb, translators, Curzon, Hardcover, 273 pp., $124.95.
Suramgamasamadhisutra
By: Lamotte/Boin-Webb
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The Concentration of Heroic Progress
An early Mahayana Buddhist scripture
Surangama Sutra (Leng Yen Ching)
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Sutra of Queen Srimala of the Lion's Roar and the Vimalakirti Sutra
Sutra of Queen Srimala of the Lion's Roar and the Vimalakirti Sutra
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The Sutra of Queen Srimala of the Lion’s Roar (Srimaladevisimhanada-sutra), translated from the fifth-century Chinese version by Gunabhadra, is a brief but important early Mahayana text. Its major philosophical themes are the tathagatagarbha (“womb of the Buddha”), the inherent potentiality for Buddhahood possessed by all sentient beings, and the One Vehicle teaching. With the “lion’s roar” (eloquence) of a Buddha, the lay bodhisattva Queen Srimala expounds upon these themes with great wisdom and spiritual authority. Translated from the fifth-century Chinese version by Kumarajiva, the Vimalakirti Sutra (Vimalakirtinirdesa-sutra) is a well-known early Mahayana sutra that deals extensively with the doctrines of nonduality and emptiness. The teachings are presented in the form of dialogues between the accomplished lay bodhisattva Vimalakirti and a host bodhisattvas and disciples, including Manjusri and Sariputra.
Sutra of the Wise and Foolish
By: Frye, Stanley
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One of the great treasures of Buddhist literature, is mDo-mdzangs-blun or the Sutra of the Wise and the Foolish as it is known to the Mongols. The text was translated to Mongolian from Tibetan as the Uliger-un dalai or Ocean of Narratives. It is one of the most interesting, enjoyable and readable Buddhist scriptures.
Sutra on the Concentration of Sitting Meditation
Sutra on the Concentration of Sitting Meditation
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The Sutra on the Concentration of Sitting Meditation is a meditation manual compiled in China in the 4th century C.E. by Kumarajiva, the noted translator of many important Mahayana sutras and philosophical texts. Based on his profound knowledge of both Traditional and Mahayana Buddhism, Kumarajiva introduced Mahayana thought systematically and significantly advanced the Chinese understanding of Buddhism. This clear and well-organized manual describes both Traditional and Mahayanist meditation methods, based on the classification of practitioners into five different types. According to practitioners’ inclinations to lust, anger, ignorance, discursive thoughts, or a combination of these, an appropriate remedial practice is prescribed for each type. Though the specific methods vary for Traditional or Mahayana followers, the general framework of practice is largely the same, suggesting that to Kumarajiva, Mahayanist meditation was not separate from Traditional forms of meditation. For the Chinese, the Sutra on the Concentration of Sitting Meditation provided much-needed clear guidance for meditation practice and this text exerted significant influence on the subsequent development of Buddhist meditation in China, especially on the Tiantai tradition.
Sutra on Upasaka Precepts
By: Shih Heng-ching, Bhiksuni
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The Upasakasila-sutra (Yu-p'o-sai-chieh ching) is a sutra that sets forth the moral code to be observed by lay followers of Buddhism.
The Upasakasila-sutra is also known as the Sujata-sutra (Shansheng ching) because Sujata is the main character of the sutra.
As its title indicates, the Upasakasila-sutra comprehensively elucidates the content, practice, and essence of the moral code to be observed by lay bodhisattvas.
Three Pure Land Sutras
By: Hisao, Inagaki and Harold Steward
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The Pure Land School is a form of Mahayana Buddhism that centers around the Buddha of Infinite Light and Life, known in Japanese as Amida, in Chinese as O-mi-t'o, and in Sanskrit as Amitabha and Amitayus. This Buddha is dwelling in the Land of Happiness, far to the west of this world, beyond the realms of samsara. With boundless wisdom and compassion, he perceives the problems of existence of those who are suffering from evil karma in samsara and provides means of emancipation.
Threefold Lotus Sutra
By Kato, Bunno; Kojiro Miyasaka and Yoshiro Tamura
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Innumerable Meanings, The Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law, and Meditation on the Bodhisattva Universal Virtue
This is the first English publication of one of the world's great religious classics. Translated by Bunno Katto, Yoshiro Tamura, and Kojiro Miyasaka, with revisions by W.E.
Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable; The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines
Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable; The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines
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The Treatise on the Elucidation of the Knowable by the Tibetan master ’Phags-pa, was composed in 1278 as a “manual of Buddhism” for crown prince Zhenjin, second son of the Mongol emperor Qubilai. Translated into Chinese by Ses-rab dpal (Shaluoba) some time before 1306, the text gives descriptions of the animate and inanimate worlds according to Buddhist cosmology in Fascicle One. Fascicle Two offers a précis of basic Buddhist teachings, such as the four truths, dependent origination, and the various factors of the Buddhist path. Contemporary sources likely drawn on by the author, ’Phags-pa, include Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakosa, the Abhidharmasamuccaya, the Pañcaskandhaka, the Mahayanasutrala?kara, the Prajñapti-sastra, and Prajñaparamita literature. The Cycle of the Formation of the Schismatic Doctrines is based on Xuanzang’s seventh-century Chinese translation (Yibuzonglunlun) of the Samayabhedoparacanacakra, an essay by the ?rst century scholar-monk Vasumitra on the various schismatic doctrines that began to arise soon after the Buddha’s lifetime. The schism of the original Buddhist sangha led to the formation of a number of different Buddhist schools, and the text gives a brief description of each school’s essential tenets and points of doctrine. This important text in Buddhist studies offers insight into the development and doctrines of early Buddhist schools that led eventually to the formation of the Mahayana.
Two Esoteric Sutras: Adamantine Pinnacle Sutra & The Susiddhikara Sutra
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Translated by Rolf W. Giebel, this volume contains two important texts from the Yoga and Kriya Tantras of Esoteric Buddhism, from eight-century Chinese sources.

3 fascicles Translated by Amoghavajra Taisho No. 865 In China and Japan this sutra is looked upon as a fundamental sutra of Esoteric Buddhism together with the Mahavairocana-sutra (No. 39), and is generally known by its abbreviated title of Kon-go-cho-kyo (Ch.: Chin-kang-ting-ching), meaning “Adamantine Pinnacle Sutra.” This latter appellation is a figurative expression of the superiority of this sutra, likened to the position of the diamond among precious stones. The rituals peculiar to Esoteric Buddhism for the purpose of attaining enlightenment are described in detail, and the Vajradhatu-mandala (‘Mandala of the Adamantine World’) is also based upon this sutra.

Vairocanabhisambodhi Sutra
By: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research
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The Vairocanabhisambodhi Sutra has remained, with the Sarvatathagatatattvasamgraha (English translation by Rolf W. Giebel, The Adamantine Pinnacle Sutra, in the volume Two Esoteric Sutras, Numata Center, 2001), one of the two basic texts of East Asian Esoteric Buddhism. This translation is based on the Chinese version of the text done in 724–5 by Subhakarasimha and his disciple Yixing. Taking the form of a dialogue between the bodhisattva Vajrapani and the Buddha Vairocana, the text’s primary aim is the exposition of bodhi-mind (bodhicitta), rooted in compassion (karuna) and culminating in expedient means (upaya), as the basis for ultimate wisdom. Chapters discuss more specifically Tantric practices, such as construction of a mandala, initiation rites, mantras, mudras, and visualization, as well as the ten precepts and other Mahayana teachings. The final fascicle is a ritual manual. This text provides an excellent overall picture of the theory and practice of mid- to late seventh century Indian Tantric Buddhism.
Vajrasamadhi Sutra: Wonhyo's Exposition
By: Robert E. Buswell Jr
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Vajrasamadhi Sutra: Wonhyo's Exposition
By: Robert E. Buswell Jr
Vimalakirti Sutra
By: Burton Watson
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One of the most popular Asian classics for roughly two thousand years, the Vimalakirti Sutra stands out among the sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism for its conciseness, its vivid and humorous episodes, its dramatic narratives, and its eloquent exposition of the key doctrine of emptiness or nondualism. Unlike most sutras, its central figure is not a Buddha but a wealthy townsman, who, in his mastery of doctrine and religious practice, epitomizes the ideal lay believer. For this reason, the sutra has held particular significance for men and women of the laity in Buddhist countries of Asia, assuring them that they can reach levels of spiritual attainment fully comparable to those accessible to monks and nuns of the monastic order.