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Ajanta
Ajanta: Monumental Legacy
By: A.P. Jamkhedkar
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Situated about 106 kilometers from Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Ajanta rock cut caves are creations of about 700 years, roughly from 200 BC to AD 525. This glorious Buddhist art of the Deccan was discovered in 1819, and given a World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1983. The most striking characteristic of Ajanta art is that architecture, sculpture and painting--the three expressions of fine art--all articulate at one place. Ajanta paintings give us graphic insights into the history of Buddhism in India. The caves also help us reconstruct the interrelationship between such centers in Central Asia and China, as also those in Buddhist countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, which have similar specimens, but from a later period. more info
Anger; The Seven Deadly Sins <br>  By: Robert Thurman
Anger; The Seven Deadly Sins
By: Robert Thurman
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Heated words, cool malice, deadly feuds, the furious rush of adrenaline-anger is clearly the most destructive of the seven deadly sins. It can ruin families, wreck one's health, destroy peace of mind and, at its worst, lead to murder, genocide, and war. In Anger, Robert A. F. Thurman, best-selling author and one of America's leading authorities on Buddhism and Eastern philosophy, offers an illuminating look at this deadliest of sins. more info
Bodhicaryavatara
Bodhicaryavatara: A Guide to the Buddhist Path to Awakening
By: Shantideva / Crosby & Andrew Skilton tr.
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Written in India in the early eighth century AD, Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara takes as its subject the profound desire to become a Buddha and save all beings from suffering. The person who enacts such a a desire is a Bodhisattva. Santideva not only sets out what the Bodhisattva must do and become, he also invokes the intense feelings of aspiration which underlie such a commitment, using language which has inspired Buddhists from his time to the present. more info
Buddha Party
Buddha Party: How the People's Republic of China Works to Define and Control Tibetan Buddhism
By: John Powers
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The Buddha Party tells the story of how the People's Republic of China employs propaganda to define Tibetan Buddhist belief and sway opinion within the country and abroad. The narrative they create is at odds with historical facts and deliberately misleading but, John Powers argues, it is widely believed by Han Chinese. Most of China's leaders appear to deeply believe the official line regarding Tibet, which resonates with Han notions of themselves as China's most advanced nationality and as a benevolent race that liberates and culturally uplifts minority peoples. more info
Buddha's Doctrine and the Nine Vehicles
Buddha's Doctrine and the Nine Vehicles: Rog Bande Sherab's Lamp of the Teachings
By: Jose Ignacio Cabezon
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Following the fall of the Tibetan empire and the ensuing "period of fragmentation," the twelfth and thirteenth centuries saw tremendous religious efflorescence in Tibet. Although the Tibetan scholars and adepts of this period continued to draw from the texts and practices of Indian Buddhism, they also began to craft distinctly Tibetan intellectual and spiritual traditions. more info
Buddha, A Very Short Introduction <br>  By: Carrithers
Buddha, A Very Short Introduction
By: Carrithers
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In this valuable introduction, Mich'l 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. more info
The Buddha, Beginners Guides
Buddha
By: John Strong
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From his many births to his deathbed deeds, this authoritative biography unites the Buddha of history with the Buddha of legend in a bid to reveal the lasting spiritual relevance at the heart of the Buddhist tradition. Acclaimed scholar John Strong examines not only the historical texts, but also the supernatural accounts that surround this great religious figure, uncovering the roots of many Buddhist beliefs and practices.

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Buddhism and Political Theory,  Matthew J. Moore
Buddhism and Political Theory
By: Matthew J. Moore
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This book provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of Buddhist political theory from the time of the Buddha to the present. Western scholars have long but mistakenly believed that Buddhism was antipolitical, but a careful examination of the primary texts reveals a rich and valuable political theory, based on three premises: that human beings are not selves, that politics is necessary but not very important, and that ethics is advice for living wisely but not a system of universal, obligatory rules. more info
Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition <br> By: Steve Heine & Charles Prebish
Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition
By: Steve Heine & Charles Prebish
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The history of Buddhism has been characterized by an ongoing tension between attempts to preserve traditional ideals and modes of practice and the need to adapt to changing cultural conditions. Many developments in Buddhist history, such as the infusion of esoteric rituals, the rise of devotionalism and lay movements, and the assimilation of warrior practices, reflect the impact of widespread social changes on traditional religious structures. At the same time, Buddhism has been able to maintain its doctrinal purity to a remarkable degree. more info
Buddhism Omnibus
Buddhism Omnibus, Comprising Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada, and The Philosophy of Religion
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The three works brought together in this collection explore Buddhism as a rich source of literary legend, an austere ethical guide, and a contemporary philosophy very relevant in the modern world in view of the resurgence of interest in the Buddha and his philosophy. Matthew T. Kapstein in his Introduction provides a concise historical overview of Buddhism in India and the renewal of interest in the Buddha s teachings and also situates the works in their prope contexts. more info
Buddhism, A Very Short Introduction
Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction
by: Damien Keown
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This accessible volume covers both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? What or who is the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, and how can contemporary dilemmas be faced from a Buddhist perspective? Words such as "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, but what do they really mean? Keown has taught Buddhism at an introductory level for many years, and in this book he provides a lively, challenging response to these frequently asked questions. more info
Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience <br>  By: Mitchell, Donald W.
Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience
By: Mitchell, Donald W.
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Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience focuses on the depth of Buddhist experience as expressed in the teachings and practices of a wide array of its religious and philosophical traditions. Taking a broad and inclusive approach, this unique work spans over 2,500 years, featuring chapters on Buddhism's origins in India; Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism; and Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan. It also includes an extensive discussion of modern, socially engaged Buddhism and a concluding chapter on the spread of Buddhism to the West. Mitchell provides substantial selections of primary text material throughout that illustrate a great variety of moral, psychological, meditative, and spiritual Buddhist experiences. more info
Buddhism: Origins, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places <br>  By: Eckel
Buddhism: Origins, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places
By: Eckel
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Founded on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, the faith taught by Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha, or Awakened One) spread rapidly across Asia and then across the globe, becoming one of the world's largest and most influential religions. Buddhism combines lavish colorful photography and an authoritative text to provide a sweeping survey of this rich and varied religious tradition. more info
Buddhism: the Basics
Buddhism: the Basics
By: Cathy Cantwell
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This volume collects essays by philosophers and scholars working at the interface of Western philosophy and Buddhist Studies. Many have distinguished scholarly records in Western philosophy, with expertise in analytic philosophy and logic, as well as deep interest in Buddhist philosophy. Others have distinguished scholarly records in Buddhist Studies with strong interests in analytic philosophy and logic. All are committed to the enterprise of cross-cultural philosophy and to bringing the insights and techniques of each tradition to bear in order to illuminate problems and ideas of the other. These essays address a broad range of topics in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, logic, epistemology, and metaphysics, and demonstrate the fecundity of the interaction between the Buddhist and Western philosophical and logical traditions. more info
Buddhist Biology
Buddhist Biology: Ancient Eastern Wisdom Meets Modern Western Science (Hardcover)
By: David Barash
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Many high-profile public intellectuals -- including "New Atheists" like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and the late Christopher Hitchens -- have argued that religion and science are deeply antagonistic, representing two world views that are utterly incompatible. David Barash, a renowned biologist with forty years of experience, largely agrees with them, but with one very big exception: Buddhism. more info
Buddhist Epistemology as Apologetics
Buddhist Epistemology as Apologetics: Studies on the History, Self-understanding and Dogmatic Foundations of Late Indian Buddhist Philosophy
By: Vincent Eltschinger
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This book deals first with the historical and doctrinal foundations of Dharmakirti's religious philosophy. It points to a socio-historical context of Brahmanical hostility toward non- and anti-Vedic denominations (chapter 1), new patterns of Buddhist self-diction (chapter 2), reinvented models of theoretical and apologetical rationality (chapter 3), and the dogmatic infrastructure underlying Buddhist epistemology (chapter 4). It argues that Buddhist Tantrism and Buddhist logic, two roughly contemporary phenomena that can be regarded as the main literary outcomes of the early medieval period, share interesting features in terms of polemical targets and self-understanding.
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Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction <br>By:  Damien Keown
Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction
By: Damien Keown
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The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed a growing interest in Buddhism, and it continues to capture the imagination of many in the West who see it as either an alternative or a supplement to their own religious beliefs. Numerous introductory books have appeared in recent years to cater to this growing interest, but almost none devotes attention to the specifically ethical dimensions of the tradition. For various complex cultural and historical reasons, ethics has not received as much attention in traditional Buddhist thought as it has in the West. Written by Damien Keown, one of the few experts worldwide who specializes in the area, Buddhist Ethics illustrates how Buddhism might approach a range of contemporary morals ranging from abortion to euthanasia, sexuality to cloning, and even war and economics. more info
Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice
Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice: In Search of the Female Renunciant
By: Nirmala S. Salgado
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Based on extensive research in Sri Lanka and interviews with Theravada and Tibetan nuns from around the world, Salgado's groundbreaking study urges a rethinking of female renunciation. How are scholarly accounts complicit in reinscribing imperialist stories about the subjectivity of Buddhist women? more info
Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings <br> By: William Edelglass and Jay Garfield
Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings
By: William Edelglass and Jay Garfield
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The Buddhist philosophical tradition is vast, internally diverse, and comprises texts written in a variety of canonical languages. It is hence often difficult for those with training in Western philosophy who wish to approach this tradition for the first time to know where to start, and difficult for those who wish to introduce and teach courses in Buddhist philosophy to find suitable textbooks that adequately represent the diversity of the tradition, expose students to important primary texts in reliable translations, that contextualize those texts, and that foreground specifically philosophical issues. more info
Buddhist Saints in India: A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations  <br> By: Ray
Buddhist Saints in India: A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations
By: Ray
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This study is the first comprehensive examination of the figure of the Buddhist saint in a wide range of Indian Buddhist evidence. Drawing on an extensive variety of sources, author Reginald Ray identifies the prototypical Buddhist saint as a "renunciant of the forest." This classical type, he argues, informs the major Buddhist saintly types and subtypes, including the buddha, pratyekabuddha, arhant, and bodhisattva. more info
Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics <br> By: Charles Goodman
Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics
By: Charles Goodman
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To many Westerners, the most appealing teachings of the Buddhist tradition pertain to ethics. Many readers have drawn inspiration from Buddhism's emphasis on compassion, nonviolence, and tolerance, its concern for animals, and its models of virtue and self-cultivation. more info
Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics <br> By: Charles Goodman
Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics
By: Charles Goodman
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To many Westerners, the most appealing teachings of the Buddhist tradition pertain to ethics. Many readers have drawn inspiration from Buddhism's emphasis on compassion, nonviolence, and tolerance, its concern for animals, and its models of virtue and self-cultivation. more info
Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain <br>  By : Tony Huber
Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain
By : Tony Huber
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Popular Pilgrimage and Visionary Landscape in Southeast Tibet


The Tibetan district of Tsari with its sacred snow-covered peak of Pure Crystal Mountain has long been a place of symbolic and ritual significance for Tibetan peoples. In this book, Toni Huber provides the first thorough study of a major Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage center and cult mountain, and explores the esoteric and popular traditions of ritual there. The main focus is on the period of the 1940s and '50s, just prior to the 1959 Lhasa uprising and subsequent Tibetan diaspora into South Asia.
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Dalai Lama: A Biography
Dalai Lama; A Biography
By: Claude Levenson
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Based partly on personal interviews, this is the story of the Dalai Lama's prodigious life--of how a lively child from a modest peasant family came to be recognized as the fourteenth reincarnation of the Buddha of Infinite Compassion. The book also portrays a vivid and important civilization based on an exuberant and sophisticated Buddhist tradition.

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Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha <br> By: Carter & Palihawadana
Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha
By: Carter & Palihawadana
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The Dhammapada, the Pali version of one of the most popular texts of the Buddhist canon, ranks among the classics of the world's great religious literature.
Like all religious texts in Pali, the Dhammapada belongs to the Thereva school of the Buddhist tradition, adherents of which are now found primarily in Kampuchea, Laos, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Dhammapada, or "sayings of the dhamma," is taken to be a collection of the utterances of the Buddha himself. Taken together, the verses form a key body of teaching within Buddhism, a guiding voice along the struggle-laden path towards true enlightenment, or Nirvana. However, the appeal of these epithets of wisdom extends beyond its religious heritage to a general and universal spirituality.
This edition provides an introduction and notes which examine the impact that the text has had within the Buddhist heritage through the centuries.
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Dharmakirti's Theory of Inference<br> By: Rajendra Prasad
Dharmakirti's Theory of Inference
By: Rajendra Prasad
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In this rigorous study, Rajendra Prasad examines the system of inference developed by Dharmakirti, the celebrated seventh-century Buddhist logician. In a departure from the existing body of research on Dharmakirti, which is largely historical in nature, Prasad concentrates on an analysis of Dharmakirti's philosophy, specifically his theory of inference. more info
Dignaga's Investigation of the Percept: A Philosophical Legacy in India and Tibet
Dignaga's Investigation of the Percept: A Philosophical Legacy in India and Tibet
By: Douglas Duckworth, Malcolm David Eckel, Jay L. Garfield, John Powers, Yeshes Thabkhas, and Sonam Thakchoe
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While a short work of only eight verses and a three-page autocommentary, the Investigation of the Percept has inspired epistemologists for centuries and has had a wide-ranging impact in India, Tibet, and China. Dignaga, one of the major figures in Buddhist epistemology, explores issues such as the relation between the mind and its percepts, the problems of idealism and realism, and the nature of intentionality in this brief but profound text. more info
Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani
Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani
By Nagarjuna
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Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani is an essential work of Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophical literature. Written in an accessible question-and-answer style, it contains Nagarjuna's replies to criticisms of his philosophy of the "Middle Way." The Vigrahavyavartani has been widely cited both in canonical literature and in recent scholarship; it has remained a central text in India, Tibet, China, and Japan, and has attracted the interest of greater and greater numbers of Western readers. more info
Dreaming the Great Brahmin
Dreaming the Great Brahmin, Tibetan Traditions of the Buddhist Poet-Saint Saraha,
by: Kurtis Schaeffer
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The book traces the complex history of Saraha's most important work, a collection of tantric poetry entitled the Treasury of Doha Verses. Schaeffer shows that the poetic and philosophical literature attributed to Saraha represents centuries of transmission and adaptation by scribes, translators, commentators, and Tibetan poets. The book also includes a full translation of the Treasury of Doha Verses and a rare Tibetan commentary. more info
Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of the Tibetan Saint Sonam Peldren
Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of the Tibetan Saint Sonam Peldren
By: Suzanne M. Bessenger
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Born in 1328, Sonam Peldren spent most of her adult life as a nomad in eastern Tibet until her death in 1372. She is believed to have been illiterate, lacking religious education, and unconnected to established religious institutions. For that reason, and because as a woman her claims of religious authority would have been constantly questioned, Sonam Peldren's success in legitimizing her claims of divine identity appear all the more remarkable. Today the site of her death is recognized as sacred by local residents.
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Empty Words
Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation
By; Garfield, Jay L.
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Jay Garfield's magisterial translation of Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way) has established itself as the definitive edition of this foundational Indian Buddhist philosophical text. Nagarjuna is the founder - and his work the foundational text - of the Madhyamaka (or Middle Path) school of Mahayana Buddhism, which predominates in Tibet, China, Mongolia, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. more info
Engaged Buddhism: The Dalai Lama's Worldview <br>By: Bharati Puri
Engaged Buddhism: The Dalai Lama's Worldview
By: Bharati Puri
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The Dalai Lama's ethical teachings have gained recognition the world over. His actions and writings reflect a concern for combining ancient religious traditions with a religious cause, extending to the arena of international politics and human relations. more info
Engaging Buddhism Why It Matters to Philosophy
Engaging Buddhism: Why It Matters to Philosophy
By: Garfield, Jay L.
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This is a book for scholars of Western philosophy who wish to engage with Buddhist philosophy, or who simply want to extend their philosophical horizons. It is also a book for scholars of Buddhist studies who want to see how Buddhist theory articulates with contemporary philosophy. Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy articulates the basic metaphysical framework common to Buddhist traditions. It then explores questions in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, phenomenology, epistemology, the philosophy of language and ethics as they are raised and addressed in a variety of Asian Buddhist traditions. more info
Envisioning a Tibetan Luminary Wiliam M. Gorvine
Envisioning a Tibetan Luminary: The Life of a Modern Bonpo Saint
by Wiliam M. Gorvine
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Envisioning a Tibetan Luminary examines the religious biography of Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen (1859-1934), the most significant modern figure representing the Tibetan Bon religion-a vital minority tradition that is underrepresented in Tibetan studies. Utilizing close readings of two versions of Shardza's life-story, along with oral history collected in Bon communities, this book presents and interprets the biographical image of this major figure, culminating with an English translation of his life story.

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Fifth Corner of Four Graham Priest Oxford University Press
Fifth Corner of Four
by Graham Priest
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Graham Priest presents an exploration of Buddhist metaphysics, drawing on texts which include those of Nagarjuna and Dogen. The development of Buddhist metaphysics is viewed through the lens of the catuskoti. At its simplest, and as it appears in the earliest texts, this is a logical/ metaphysical principle which says that every claim is true, false, both, or neither; but the principle itself evolves, assuming new forms, as the metaphysics develops. An important step in the evolution incorporates ineffability. more info
Forerunner of All Things
Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency
Maria Heim
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Scholars have long been intrigued by the Buddha's defining action (karma) as intention. This book explores systematically how intention and agency were interpreted in all genres of early Theravada thought. It offers a philosophical exploration of intention and motivation as they are investigated in Buddhist moral psychology. At stake is how we understand karma, the nature of moral experience, and the possibilities for freedom. more info
Foundations of Buddhism<br> By: Gethin
Foundations of Buddhism
By: Gethin
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Buddhism is a vast and complex religious and philosophical tradition with a history that stretches back over 2,500 years. In this book, Rupert Gethin investigates the common threads connecting diverse traditions of Buddhist thought and practice: the story of the Buddha, the scriptural tradition of his teachings, the four noble truths, monastic and lay ways of life, karma and rebirths, ethics, meditation, and philosophy. While concentrating on the formative phase of Buddhism in India, he also considers the ways in which these foundations have shaped the development of Buddhism beyond India and into the twentieth century. more info
Four Illusions
Four Illusions, Candrakirti's Advice for Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path
By: Candrakirti, Karen Lang, tr.
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This book provides the first English translation of Candrakirti's commentary (ca. 6-7th century C.E.) on four illusions that prevent people from becoming Buddhas. Lang's translation captures the clarity of Candrakirti's arguments and the lively humor of the stories and examples he uses. Lang's introduction explores the range of Candrakirti's interests in religion, philosophy, psychology, politics, and erotic poetry. more info
Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way
Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika
By: Nagarjuna / Garfield
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Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika

The Buddhist saint Nagarjuna, who lived in South India in approximately the second CE, is undoubtedly the most important, influential, and widely studied Mahayana Buddhist philosopher. His many works include texts addressed to lay audiences, letters of advice to kings, and a set of penetrating metaphysical and epistemological treatises. His greatest philosophical work, the Mulamadhyamakakarika - read and studied by philosophers in all major Buddhist schools of Tibet, China, Japan, and Korea- is one of the most influential works in the history of Indian philosophy.
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Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy in the First Millennium CE <br> By: Jan Westerhoff
Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy in the First Millennium CE
By: Jan Westerhoff
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Jan Westerhoff unfolds the story of one of the richest episodes in the history of Indian thought, the development of Buddhist philosophy in the first millennium CE. He starts from the composition of the Abhidharma works before the beginning of the common era and continues up to the time of Dharmakirti in the sixth century. This period was characterized by the development of a variety of philosophical schools and approaches that have shaped Buddhist thought up to the present day: the scholasticism of the Abhidharma, the Madhyamaka's theory of emptiness, Yogacara idealism, and the logical and epistemological works of Dinnaga and Dharmakirti. more info
Growing in Love & Wisdom
Growing in Love & Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation (Hardcover)
By: Susan J. Stabile
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Although raised Roman Catholic, Susan Stabile was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun and devoted 20 years of her life to practicing Buddhism before returning to Catholicism in 2001. In Growing in Love and Wisdom, she draws on this unique dual perspective to explore the value of interreligious dialogue, the spiritual dynamics that operate across faith traditions, and how Buddhist meditation practices can deepen Christian prayer. more info
Haunting the Buddha
Haunting the Buddha; Indian Popular Religions and the Formation of Buddhism
By: Robert DeCaroli
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Early European histories of India frequently reflected colonialist agendas. The idea that Indian society had declined from an earlier Golden Age helped justify the colonial presence. It was said, for example, that modern Buddhism had fallen away from its original identity as a purely rational philosophy that arose in the mythical 5th-century BCE Golden Age unsullied by the religious and cultural practices that surrounded it. more info
Hidden History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead <br>  By: Brian Cuevas
Hidden History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead
By: Brian Cuevas
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Over the years, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has inspired numerous commentaries, an illustrated edition, a play, a video series, and even an opera. Translators, scholars, and popular devotees of the book have claimed to explain its esoteric ideas and reveal its hidden meaning. Few, however, have uttered a word about its history. Bryan J. Cuevas seeks to fill this gap in our knowledge by offering the first comprehensive historical study of the Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Bardo, and by grounding it firmly in the context of Tibetan history and culture. more info
Himalayan Hermitess, The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun  <br>  By: Kurtis R. Schaeffer
Himalayan Hermitess, The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun
By: Kurtis R. Schaeffer
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Himalayan Hermitess is a vivid account of the life and times of a Buddhist nun living on the borderlands of Tibetan culture. Orgyan Chokyi (1675-1729) spent her life in Dolpo, the highest inhabited region of the Nepal Himalayas. Illiterate and expressly forbidden by her master to write her own life story, Orgyan Chokyi received divine inspiration, defied tradition, and composed one of the most engaging autobiographies of the Tibetan literary tradition. The Life of Orgyan Chokyi is the oldest known autobiography authored by a Tibetan woman, and thus holds a critical place in both Tibetan and Buddhist literature. more info
History as Propaganda
History as Propaganda: Tibetan Exiles versus the People's Republic of China
By: John Powers
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Despite Chinese efforts to stop foreign countries from granting him visas, the Dalai Lama has become one of the most recognizable and best loved people on the planet, drawing enormous crowds wherever he goes. By contrast, China's charismatically-challenged leaders attract crowds of protestors waving Tibetan flags and shouting "Free Tibet!" whenever they visit foreign countries. By now most Westerners probably think they understand the political situation in Tibet. But, John Powers argues, most Western scholars of Tibet evince a bias in favor of one side or the other in this continuing struggle.
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History of the Buddha's Relic Shrine: A Translation of the Sinhala Thupavamsa <br> By: Bryan J Cuevas
History of the Buddha's Relic Shrine: A Translation of the Sinhala Thupavamsa
By: Bryan J Cuevas
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Buddhist chronicles have long been a subject of central importance in the study of Buddhism. But while scholars have acknowledged the importance of Theravada chronicles for reconstructing the history of Buddhism and South Asia, they have relied almost exclusively on Pali works such as the Mahavamsa as sources of historical information. In this book Stephen Berkwitz offers the first complete English translation of the Buddhist chronicle called the Sinhala Thupavamsa, composed by Parakama Pandita in thirteenth-century Sri Lanka. One of the first Buddhist histories of its kind to be written in the language of Sinhala, this work represents a substantially longer and embellished version of an older Pali language work called the Thupavamsa. Unlike the Pali sources that were composed by elites for learned audiences throughout the Buddhist world, this text is an important example of the large number of Buddhist histories written in local languages for popular consumption. more info
The Holy Madmen of Tibet
Holy Madmen of Tibet
By: David M. DiValerio
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By focusing on literature written by and about the "holy madmen" and on the yogins' relationships with their public, this book offers in-depth looks at the narrative and social processes out of which sainthood arises, and at the role biographical literature can play in the formation of sectarian identities. By showing how understandings of the "madmen" have changed over time, this study allows for new insights into current notions of "crazy wisdom." In the end, the "holy madmen" are seen as self-aware and purposeful individuals who were anything but insane.
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If You Meet Buddha on the Road: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence Michael Jerryson
If You Meet Buddha on the Road: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence
by Michael Jerryson
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If You Meet the Buddha on the Road addresses an important absence in the study of religion and violence: the religious treatment of violence. In order to pursue an understanding of the relationship between Buddhism and violence, it is important to first consider how Buddhist scriptures and followers understand violence. Drawing on Buddhist treatments of violence, Michael Jerryson explores the ways in which Buddhists invoke, support, or justify war, conflict, state violence, and gender discrimination. more info
Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual <br>  By: Vesna Wallace
Inner Kalacakratantra: A Buddhist Tantric View of the Individual
By: Vesna Wallace
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The Kalacakratantra, the latest and most comprehensive Buddhist Tantra available in its original Sanskrit, has never been the topic of a full scale scholarly study. This fascinating volume fills that gap, concentrating on the inner Kalackaratantra and discussing the nature of human beings.

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The Life of the Madman of U, David M. DiValerio
Life of the Madman of U
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The Life of the Madman of ‹ tells the story of KŁnga Zangpo (1458-1532), a famous Tibetan Buddhist ascetic of the KagyŁ sect. Having grown weary of the trials of human existence, KŁnga Zangpo renounced the world during his teenage years, committing himself to learning and practicing the holy Dharma as a monk. Some years later he would give up his monkhood to take on a unique tantric asceticism that entailed dressing in human remains, wandering from place to place, and provoking others to attack him physically, among other norm-overturning behaviors. It was because of this asceticism that KŁnga Zangpo came to be known as the Madman of ‹. more info