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Abhidhamma Philosophy
Abhidhamma Philosophy or The Psycho-Ethical Philosophy of Early Buddhism Vol 1 & 2
By: J. Kashyap
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The Volume I, the Author has compressed the whole of the Abhidhamma-Pitaka and its supplement the Visudhimagga in this small book, mostly written in aphoristic small sentences. The book is very popular and today it is taught as the first book to the students of Abhidhamma in the monasteries of Ceylon, Burma, Thailand & Indo-China. more info
Account of Tibet: The Travels of Ippolito Desideri
Account of Tibet: The Travels of Ippolito Desideri of Pistoia, S.J. 1712- 1727
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As well as an extensive introduction, this edition contains notes to all four books, a bibliographical index, a general index and an index of Tibetan words. The introduction is particularly valuable in that it sets the importance of Desideri's mission in the general context of the Jesuit Missions to Tibet.
In Desideri's account we receive the first accurate general description of Tibet: from the natural world to the sociological and anthropological aspects of the people and a complete exposition of Lamaism. His is the only complete reconstruction that we possess of the Tibetan religion, founded entirely on canonical texts. And all of this more than a century before Europeans had any knowledge of the Tibetan language.
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Advanced History of Buddhism: Monasteries and Temples
Advanced History of Buddhism: Monasteries and Temples
By: Sameer Das Gupta
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The history of Buddhism is also characterized by the development of numerous movements and schisms, foremost among them the Theravada, Mahayand and Vajrayana traditions, punctuated by contrasting periods of expansion and retreat. more info
The Anthropology of Buddhism and Hinduism: Weberian Themes, David N. Gellner
Anthropology of Buddhism and Hinduism: Weberian Themes
By: David N. Gellner
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This collection of essays both engages with Max Weber's work, and attempts to use his general approach, combined with detailed ethnography from Nepal and Japan, to attack critical questions in the anthropology and sociology of Buddhism and Hinduism. This book will appeal to specialists in more info
Archaeological History of Indian Buddhism,  Lars Fogelin
Archaeological History of Indian Buddhism
By: Lars Fogelin
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An Archaeological History of Indian Buddhism is a comprehensive survey of Indian Buddhism from its origins in the 6th century BCE, through its ascendance in the 1st millennium CE, and its eventual decline in mainland South Asia by the mid-2nd millennium CE. Weaving together studies of archaeological remains, architecture, iconography, inscriptions, and Buddhist historical sources, this book uncovers the quotidian concerns and practices of Buddhist monks and nuns (the sangha), and their lay adherents concerns and practices often obscured in studies of Buddhism premised largely, if not exclusively, on Buddhist texts. At the heart of Indian Buddhism lies a persistent social contradiction between the desire for individual asceticism versus the need to maintain a coherent community of Buddhists. more info
Art and Landscape
Art and Landscape: Buddhist Rock Sculptures of Late Antique Swat/Uddiyana
By: Anna Filigenzi
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Archaeology has long since identified modern-day Swat (North-West Pakistan) with ancient Uddiyana, known in the past as one of the most sacred lands of Buddhism. The landscape of Swat, indeed, still bears conspicuous traces of this. The profusion and splendour of monuments, which one can still easily imagine based on the ruins, and the luxuriant beauty of the surrounding scenery provide eloquent evidence of the fascination this land held all over the ancient Buddhist world. more info
Asoka The King and the Man
Asoka The King and the Man
By: Kiran Kumar Thaplyal
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The present
volume comprising 11 Chapters deals variously with political and
economic background and sources; classification and features of edicts;
early life and family; conquests and extent of empire; administration;
faith in Buddhism; dhamma; religious harmony; society and religions;
monuments; and estimate of Asoka. Of five Appendices, the last one deals
with the latest discovered Asokan inscription, brought to light by the
author.
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The Assimilation and Acculturation of Tibetan Buddhism (in bKa rDor sGang gSum since 1959), Lhundup Tsomo Bhutia
Assimilation and Acculturation of Tibetan Buddhism (in bKa rDor sGang gSum since 1959)
By: Lhundup Tsomo Bhutia
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Prior 1959, there existed constant relations between the two nation (India and Tibet), which had seen the door open for religious tolerance and intermingling. In this book apart from Tibetan Buddhism a research is done on the history, culture and different religions of these regions. more info
Asvaghosa's Buddhacarita or Acts of the Buddha <br>  By: Johnston
Asvaghosa's Buddhacarita or Acts of the Buddha
By: Johnston
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The Buddhacarita is a well-planned work written in Sanskrit by Asvagosha who was a contemporary of Kusana emperor Kaniska. It is one of the few biographies of Buddha that is complete commencing with his birth and ending with his nirvana. more info
Atman-Brahman in Ancient Buddhism
Atman-Brahman in Ancient Buddhism
By: Kamaleswar Bhattacharya
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The thesis of this book is epoch-making. While no one doubts that the Buddha denied the atman, the self, the question is: Which atman? Buddhism, as understood in the modern era, has taken this to be the universal atman taught in the Hindu Upanisads, equivalent to brahman. What we find in the Buddha’s words as recorded in the Buddhist scriptures, however, is only a denial of any permanent self in the ever-changing aggregates that form a person. In decades of teaching, the Buddha had many opportunities to clearly deny the impersonal universal atman if that was his intention. He did not do so.
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Best Foot Forward: A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Sacred Sites of the Buddha, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Best Foot Forward: A Pilgrim's Guide to the Sacred Sites of the Buddha
By: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
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"The aim of all Buddhist practice is to catch a glimpse of the awakened state. Going on pilgrimage, soaking up the sacred atmosphere of holy places, and mingling with other pilgrims are simply different ways of trying to achieve that glimpse." from chapter 1, "Holy Buddhist Sites".

Pilgrimage is a powerful method for remembering the Buddha’s teachings and putting them into practice. For Buddhists, the most important holy places are the four sites associated with the Buddha's life: Lumbini, where Siddhartha was born as an ordinary human being, Bodhgaya, where Siddhartha became enlightened, Varanasi (Sarnath), where the Buddha taught the path to enlightenment, Kushinagar, where the Buddha passed into parinirvana.

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Bon, Tibet's Ancient Religion
Bon: Tibet's Ancient Religion
By: Christoph Baumer
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Until well into the eighth century, Bon was the dominant religion and culture on the roof of the world; it is in essence the belief system of ancient Tibet. From the second half of the eighth century onward, B÷n was superseded by Buddhism, which had traveled north from India, and the two religions came to influence each other in both doctrine and ritual. In spite of the eventual dominance of Buddhism through its position as the state religion, however, a reformed Bon school has been able to assert itself down to the present. more info
Bones, Stones, and Buddhist Monks in India
Bones, Stones, and Buddhist Monks in India: Collected Papers on the Archeology, Epigraphy, and Texts of Monastic Buddhism
By: Gregory Schopen
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"No serious scholar of Buddhist studies can afford to ignore this argumentative, challenging, and provocative set of essays.... In each case, Schopen's arguments are refreshing, honest, often brilliant, and always cogently presented." --Journal of Religion more info
Buddha and the Spread of Buddhism
Buddha and the Spread of Buddhism in India and Abroad
By: Mahendra & Mittal
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The origin and spread of Buddhism has been a landmark in the history of Greater India (Maha Bharata or Brhattara Bharata) the boundaries of which covered a large part of Asia. As stated earlier, Shakyamuni, the Buddha, was the inheritor of an ancient, rich and varied cultural tradition of a very high order and he formulated and established a new culture out of it which was theoretically enlightening and practically redeeming from the labyrinth of suffering, imperfection, impermanence and other vicissitudes of life. more info
Buddha Gaya (The Hermitage Of Sakya Muni) <br> By: Rajendralala Mitra
Buddha Gaya (The Hermitage Of Sakya Muni)
By: Rajendralala Mitra
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Buddha Gaya is one of the four holiest places of Buddhism. Here Buddha attained Enlightenment after having meditated for 49 days under the Bodhi tree. In the 3rd century BC emperor Asoka built a shrine to mark this spot of Buddha's sambothi. A later stone railing enclosing this shrine survives on from the Sunga period 1st century BC. Sanchi and Barhut depict the shrine on several reliefs. The shrine was replaced by the Mahabodhi temple, begun in the Kushan period in the 2nd century AD. In the Pala-Sena period it was provided with statuary and revetment. Burmese Buddhists began to restore it in 1877, but a proper scientific restoration was done by Cunningham in 1882. more info
Buddhism and Violence Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia
Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia
Edited by: Vladimir Tikhonov, Torkel Brekke
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It is generally accepted in the West that Buddhism is a ‘peaceful’ religion. The Western public tends to assume that the doctrinal rejection of violence in Buddhism would make Buddhist pacifists, and often expects Buddhist societies or individual Asian Buddhists to conform to the modern Western standards of ‘peaceful’ behavior. This stereotype – which may well be termed ‘positive Orientalism,’ since it is based on assumption that an ‘Oriental’ religion would be more faithful to its original non-violent teachings than Western Christianity – has been periodically challenged by enthusiastic acquiescence by monastic Buddhism to the most brutal sorts of warfare.
This volume demolishes this stereotype, and produces instead a coherent, nuanced account on the modern Buddhist attitudes towards violence and warfare, which take into consideration both doctrinal logic of Buddhism and the socio-political situation in Asian Buddhist societies. The chapters in this book offer a deeper analysis of ‘Buddhist militarism’ and Buddhist attitudes towards violence than previous volumes, grounded in an awareness of Buddhist doctrines and the recent history of nationalism, as well as the role Buddhism plays in constructions of national identity. The international team of contributors includes scholars from Thailand, Japan, and Korea.
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Buddhism Art, Architecture, Literature & Philosophy<br>By: Dr. G. Kamalakar
Buddhism Art, Architecture, Literature & Philosophy
By: Dr. G. Kamalakar
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Buddhism is one of the important religions of world. Albeit Lord Buddha was not born in Andhra Desa, but the contribution of Andhra Desa to Buddhism is not small. Famous Buddhist Stupas and Viharas as seen at Amaravati, Nagarjunakonda, Bhattiprolu, Guntupalli, Chandavaram are only a few to name in Andhra Desa. With the passing time, new discoveries on Buddhism are pouring in from different corners. more info
Buddhism Between Tibet and China
Buddhism Between Tibet and China
By: Mathew Kapstein
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As Tibet enters into its 50th year of Chinese rule, questions of cultural distinctions and similarities become ever more important in determining the future of the relationship between the Snow Lion and the Red Dragon. But often left unsaid is the long history the two countries share, and the significant cultural interchanges that have existed over time. Setting political agenda aside, Buddhism Between Tibet and China features a collection of noteworthy essays that probe the nature of this relationship, from the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE) to the present. Annotated and contextualized by noted scholar Matthew Kapstein and others, the historical accounts that comprise this volume display the rich dialogue between Tibet and China in the areas of scholarship, the fine arts, politics, philosophy, and religion. This thoughtful book provides insight into the surprisingly complex history behind the relationship from a variety of geographical regions. more info
Buddhism in Iran and Afghanistan Through the Ages, Manikuntala Haldar
Buddhism in Iran and Afghanistan Through the Ages
By: Manikuntala Haldar
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Buddhism in Iran and Afghanistan Through the Ages, Manikuntala Haldar, Maha Bodhi Book Agency, Hardcover, 2019,
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Buddhism in Iran: An Anthropological Approach to Traces and Influences
Buddhism in Iran: An Anthropological Approach to Traces and Influences
By Mostafa Vazire
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Exploring the interactions of the Buddhist world with the dominant cultures of Iran in pre- and post-Islamic times, Vaziri demonstrates that the traces and cross-influences of Buddhism have brought the material and spiritual culture of Iran to its present state even after the term was eradicated from the literary and popular language of the region. more info
Buddhism Religion and Culture, Lama Gangchen
Buddhism Religion and Culture
By: Lama Gangchen
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The Buddha taught the dharma to help us escape the suffering caused by existence and to prevent us from degrading human dignity and descending into the lower realms.The dharma introduced by the Buddha holds and supports us. more info
Buddhist Antiquities of Nubra Valley<br>By: R.C. Agrawal
Buddhist Antiquities of Nubra Valley
By: R.C. Agrawal
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Nubra under the shadow of gigantic snow peaks with lush green fields, delicious apricot orchards and glacier rivers is a mini paradise surrounded by rugged mountains. It is the biggest sub-division of Ladakh and played an important role in maintaining trade contacts with Chinese and Central Asian countries. Several monasteries, palaces and chortens built here indicated that Buddhism flourished and maintained a link with Central Asian countries. more info
Buddhist Ethics in Impermanence, M. V. Ram,
Buddhist Ethics in Impermanence
By: M. V. Ram
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The Book introduces readers to the fundamental ethics precepts of Buddhism. Buddhist ethics are significant and relevant to contemporary society, as these are not restricted to any caste,creed,race,religion and language. more info
Buddhist Himalaya: Studies in Religion, History and Culture.Proceedings of the Golden Jubilee Conference of theNamgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, 2008 (Tibetan Only)
Buddhist Himalaya: Studies in Religion, History and Culture.Proceedings of the Golden Jubilee Conference of theNamgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, 2008 (Tibetan Only)
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Volume 1: Tibet and the Himalaya. Alex McKay and Anna Balikci-Denjongpa (eds)344p. 28 cm. ISBN 978 81 922261 0 1Volume II:The Sikkim Papers. Anna Balikci-Denjongpa and Alex McKay (eds)322p. 28 cm. ISBN 978 81 922261 1 8The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok, Sikkim (India) is delighted to announce the publication of the proceedings of the NIT Jubilee Conference held in Gangtok in 2008, which was attended by leading scholars from around 20 nations. The proceedings contain nearly 50 original articles on the religion, history and culture of the Buddhist Himalayas, with a particular emphasis on Sikkim. These volumes will be an essential work of reference for anyone with an interest in the region.Published by the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, 2011 more info
Buddhist intimations
Buddhist Intimations
By: Lokesh Chandra
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The book begins with a new interpretation of the history and nomenclature of Nalanda. Magadha as the inspiration of Buddhist art, the political perceptions of Asoka, Oeso on Kushan coins, the name Konarka as a Tocharian word, Sanskrit and Indology as the Indian Renaissance, Sharada and Kangra scripts, the word Roma for gypsies and references to them in Indian sources are some highlights of Indian art and Buddhism. Bhaumiputra in Khotan, Buddhist sites in Kazakstan and Kyrgyzstan, Sanskrit on the Silk Route represent Central Asia. Kalila va Dimna and etymologies of Avestan words have been reinterpreted. more info
Buddhist Monasteries of Ladakh, R.C. Agrawal
Buddhist Monasteries of Ladakh
By: R.C. Agrawal
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The present study is a attempt in understanding the monasteries and the objects housed therein. Much more remains to be done in different parts of Ladakh to assess the enormous wealth of art, architecture and literature.
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Buddhist Philosophy: A Historical Analysis
Buddhist Philosophy: A Historical Analysis
By: David J. Kalupahana
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This introduction to Buddhism examines its basic philosophical teachings and historical development, setting forth complex and significant ideas in a straightforward and simple style that is easily accessible to the student. The author's orientation is philosophical, rather than religious or sociological. This approach is both the uniqueness and the strength of the work. Part I outlines the historical background out of which Buddhism arose and emphasizes the teachings of early Buddhism. Part II examines developments in the history of Buddhist thought and the emergence of the various schools of Buddhism. more info
Buddhist Precept and Practice: Traditional Buddhism in the Rural Highlands of Ceylon
Buddhist Precept and Practice:
Traditional Buddhism in the Rural Highlands of Ceylon
By: Richard F. Gombrich
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Buddhist Precept and Practice: Traditional Buddhism in the Rural Highlands of Ceylon, Richard F. Gombrich, Routledge Curzon, Paperback, 1995, 444 Pages, $47.95
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Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction
Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction (Religious Life in History)
By: Richard H. Robinson (Author), Willard L. Johnson (Contributor), Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Contributor)
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This historical introduction to Buddhism presents students with an engaging exploration of the diversity of thoughts and practices of a wide segment of followers of the Buddha. It covers five main aspects of Buddhism: ritual, devotionalism, doctrine, meditation, practice, and institutional history.

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Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India<br>By: D. C. Ahir
Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India
By: D. C. Ahir
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This book is the first of its kind which gives complete information on the history, art & architecture of more than 250 Buddhist sites and shrines in India. The presentation is state-wise, covering 25 modern states, in alphabetical order, from Andhra Pradesh to West Bengal. The most sacred shrines, sanctified by the Buddha, are in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. more info
Buddhist Studies
Buddhist Studies (2 Volumes)
By: Meena Talim
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This book, running into two volumes, seeks to examine the different aspects of Buddhist studies. more info
Buddhist Theory of Self-Cognition
Buddhist Theory of Self-Cognition (Routedge Critical Studies in Buddhism)
By: Zhihua Yao
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Its central thesis is that the Buddhist theory of self-cognition originated in a soteriological discussion of omniscience among the Mahasamghikas, and then evolved into a topic of epistemological inquiry among the Yogacarins more info
Buddhist Thought and Culture
Buddhist Thought and Culture: With Special Reference to the Thoughts and Works of Professor Hajima Nakamura
By: Prof. S.R. Bhatt
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India and Japan have very old cultural contacts. Many travelers and scholars have contributed immensely to this living tradition between the two countries. Among these names Professor Hajime Nakamura and Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore in contemporary times come to the forefront. Nakamura was an outstanding thinker and interpreter of Indian culture. He was a scholar of international repute and a recipient of many prestigious awards in Japan and India apart from several other countries of the world. He was a great friend of India and an ardent admirer of Indian culture. He was closely associated with Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the late President of Republic of India, who had profuse admitation for him. In the words of Dr. K. R. Narayanan, another former President of the republic of India, Nakamura was well known in India as one of the outstanding and eminent scholars, and true friend of our country . The central axis of Nakamura s scholarship was Indian which he studied and expounded with remarkable depth and compression, and with admirable width and breadth of philosophical perspectives. He was proud of his association with Indian culture and he declared this in unequivocal terms. The present Volume is an outcome of Indo-Japan International Seminar in the form of a befitting tribute and discharge of Guru a to the late Nakamura. The papers included here reflect his astounding scholarship in all systems of philosophical thoughts of classical and modern India. It is hoped that this Volume would significantly contribute to better understanding not only of Indian philosophical systems but also of the rise and spread of Buddhism in Japan.

Buddhist Thought and Culture: With Special Reference to the Thoughts and Works of Professor Hajima Nakamura, Prof. S.R. Bhatt, Hardcover, 454 pp., $12.00
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Buddhist Western Himalaya Part 1-A Politoco -Religious History <br> By: O.C. Handa
Buddhist Western Himalaya Part 1-A Politoco -Religious History
By: O.C. Handa
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Buddhist Western Himalaya Part 1-A Politoco -Religious History
By: O.C. Handa
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The Buddhist World
Buddhist World
Edited by: John Powers
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The Buddhist World joins a series of books on the world’s great religions and cultures, offering a lively and up-to-date survey of Buddhist studies for students and scholars alike. It explores regional varieties of Buddhism and core topics including buddha-nature, ritual, and pilgrimage. In addition to historical and geo-political views of Buddhism, the volume features thematic chapters on philosophical concepts such as ethics, as well as social constructs and categories such as community and family. The book also addresses lived Buddhism in its many forms, examining the ways in which modernity is reshaping traditional structures, ancient doctrines, and cosmological beliefs. more info
Buton's History of Buddhism in India and Its Spread to Tibet: A Treasury of Priceless Scripture
Buton's History of Buddhism in India and Its Spread to Tibet: A Treasury of Priceless Scripture
By: Buton Rinchen Drup and translated by Ngawang Zangpo, Lisa Stein
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This fourteenth-century Tibetan classic serves as an excellent introduction to basic Buddhism as practiced throughout India and Tibet and describes the process of entering the Buddhist path through study and reflection. It begins with setting forth the structure of Buddhist education and the range of its subjects, and were treated to a rousing litany of the merits of such instruction. more info
Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation
Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation
By: Analayo
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In this book, Analayo investigates the meditative practices of compassion and emptiness by examining and interpreting material from the early Buddhist discourses. Similar to his previous study of satipatthana, he brings a new dimension to our understanding by comparing the Pali texts with versions that have survived in Chinese, Sanskrit and Tibetan.
The result is a wide-ranging exploration of what these practices meant in early Buddhism.While his presentation is based on academic methodology, this book is meant for practitioners, and he focuses on passages in light of their relevance to meditation.
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Contributions to the Cultural History of Early Tibet, Matthew T. Kapstein, Brandon Dotson
Contributions to the Cultural History of Early Tibet
By: Matthew T. Kapstein (Editor), Brandon Dotson (Editor)
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The study of the rise and institutions of the Tibetan empire of the seventh to ninth centuries, and of the continuing development of Tibetan civilization during the obscure period that followed, have aroused growing interest among scholars of Inner Asia in recent decades. more info
Cultural Flows across the Western Himalaya
Cultural Flows across the Western Himalaya
By: Patrick McAllister, Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, Helmut Krasser
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This collection of essays is the outcome of a symposium hosted by the International Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla (15th–18th April 2009). An international group of scholars, collaborating in the project “The Cultural History of the Western Himalayas from the 8th Century” (sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund). more info
Cultural Horizons of India, Lokesh Chandra
Cultural Horizons of India
By: Lokesh Chandra
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These volumes are the research articles and general surveys of Prof.Lokesh Chandra.Collected from several obscure and inaccessible publications,it is a collection of writings that emerge from a broad spectrum of quests in Sanskrit and Iranian,Greek and Latin,Celtic and Slavic,Sino-Japanese and Tibetan,Thai and Indonesian history,Art and Linguistics,Tantras and Buddhism.

This Volume Studies of Tantra and Buddhim, art and archaelogy, language and Literature of the India's History.

Cultural Horizons of India, Lokesh Chandra, 1990, Hardcover 8"x 12", International Academy of Indian Culture, 343 pages, $45.00
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Curators of the Buddha, Donald Lopez=
Curators of the Buddha
By: Donald Lopez
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Curators of the Buddha is the first critical history of the study of Buddhism in the West and the first work to bring the insights of colonial and postcolonial cultural studies to bear on this field. After an overview of the origins of Buddhist studies in the early nineteenth century, the essays focus on important "curators of the Buddha," such as Aurel Stein, D. T. Suzuki, and Carl Jung, who, as they created and maintained the discipline, played a significant role in disseminating knowledge about Buddhism in the West. more info
Date of the Historical Sakyamuni Buddha
Date of the Historical Sakyamuni Buddha
By: Nairan, ed.
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This bookThe Date of the Historical Sakyamuni Buddha includes fifteen articles on the date of the historical Sakyamuni Buddha, ten of which submitted by Indian scholars to a workshop on the subject held in 1990, three by scholars from outside and two English translations of old French articles of importance. Many of these contributions take into account the papers submitted to a conference held on the subject aat Gottingen in 1988. The consensus of the articles in this book is in favour of confirming 483 (486) B. more info
Defining Buddhism(s) (Critical Categories in the Study of Religion)
Defining Buddhism(s) (Critical Categories in the Study of Religion)
By: Karen Derris (Editor)
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The reader brings together key essays by leading scholars to examine the central methods and concerns of Buddhism. The essays aim to illuminate the challenges involved in defining historical, social, and political contexts and reveal how definitions of Buddhism have always been contested.

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Demystifying Tibet: Unlocking the Secrets of the Land of the Snows Lee  Feigon
Demystifying Tibet: Unlocking the Secrets of the Land of the Snows
By: Feigon, Lee
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Unlocking the Secrets of the Land of the Snows
This authoritative view of the history and culture of Tibet comes at a time when this ancient land is in danger of losing its identity under Chinese rule. In a compact narrative account, Lee Feigon examines the country behind the myths to locate the origins of modern Tibet and to sort out its controversial relationship with China. In penetrating the veil of mystery that the West has often constructed over Tibet, he reveals how long and distinguished is its history and how recent is the idea that Tibet is part of China.
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Descriptive Catalogue of the Indigenous Tibetan Manuscripts
Descriptive Catalogue of the Indigenous Tibetan Manuscripts
By: Archana Ray
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The Tibetan Manuscripts have reached India in various ways. Csoma=de-Koros, Rai Bahadur Sarat Chandra Das and others went to Tibet and brought a huge number of Tibetan Manuscripts with them. These are deposited in different repositories of India like The Asiatic Society, Calcutta University and some other places. The Tibetan Manuscript is commonly known as Kangyur, the canon and Tangyur, the commentaries.

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Despues del budismo: repensar el dharma para un mundo secular, Stephen Batchelor
Despues del budismo: repensar el dharma para un mundo secular
By: Stephen Batchelor
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Han pasado veinticinco siglos desde que el Buda inicio su ensenanza y el budismo sigue inspirando a personas de todo el mundo, incluyendo a aquellas que viven en sociedades secularizadas. Pero, ¿que significa adaptar unas practicas religiosas a un contexto secular?

Stephen Batchelor lleva tiempo articulando una vision filosofica, contemplativa y etica del budismo adecuada a nuestra epoca. Despues del budismo es la culminacion de cuatro decadas de estudio y practica en las tradiciones tibetana, Zen y Theravada. Realizando una brillante lectura critica de los textos canonicos mas antiguos, Batchelor nos describe la ensenanza del Buda no como una metafisica dogmatica sino como una enseñanza etica y pragmatica. Entiende el budismo como una cultura del despertar en constante evolucion, cuya longevidad responde a su capacidad de reinventarse e interactuar de forma creativa con las sociedades con las que se encuentra.

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Early History of the Speard of Buddhism and the Buddhist Schools
Early History of the Spread of Buddhism and the Buddhist Schools
By: Nalinaksha Dutt
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Mr. Dutt's work is a compendium where all information connected with the progress of Buddha's work is available in a well-ordered form. Such a work, the details of which have been laboriously collected from the Buddhist scriptures and arranged in such away as to enable one to see the large masses of details about Buddha's career in their logical and chronological relations, has certainly a great value not only for scholars but the ordinary readers interested in the history of the spread of Buddhism. This generally is the matter that forms the first part of this treatise.
The second part constitutes of the details delineating the four principal schools of Buddhism including resumes of their doctrines. The portions of the sketches bearing on the origin, development and activities of the schools have been drawn by Mr. Dutt for the first time from the existing material.


Early History of the Spread of Buddhism and the Buddhist Schools, Nalinaksha Dutt, Cosmo Publications, Hardcover, 313 pp., $30.00

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El buddhismo: Introducción a su historia y sus enseñanzas  Donald S. Lopez
El buddhismo: Introduccion a su historia y sus ensenanzas
By: Donald S. Lopez
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En El buddhismo. Introducción a su historia y sus enseñanzas, Donald S. Lopez adopta una visión de conjunto y transversal del buddhismo, que nos presenta como una realidad viva, con matices y en constante evolución, no como un conjunto de teorías abstractas o un conjunto de prácticas mistificadas. Este libro va dirigido a quien desee introducirse y profundizar en el conocimiento del buddhismo.

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The Emergence of Buddhism, Jacob N. Kinnard
Emergence of Buddhism
By:Jacob N. Kinnard
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Kinnard's clear telling of the tale helps students understand such complex concepts as the natural law of cause and effect (karma), the birth/life/death/rebirth cycle (samsara), the ever-changing state of suffering (dukkha), and salvation, the absence of all states (nirvana). Primary documents, illustrations, glossary and biographical sketches illuminate the extraordinary life and legacy of the man called Buddha.

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From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China
From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China
By: Gareth Fisher
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Highly readable and full of engaging descriptions of the real lives of practicing lay Buddhists in contemporary China, From Comrades to Bodhisattvas will interest specialists in Chinese Buddhism, anthropologists of contemporary Asia, and all scholars interested in the relationship between religion and cultural change. more info
Fundamental View: Ten Talks on the Pali Canon
Fundamental View: Ten Talks on the Pali Canon
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Fundamental View is a series of talks presented to the members of the Buddha Center in the summer and fall of 2013. Fundamental View weaves together the suttas of the Buddha into an original philosophical essay that seeks to explore early Buddhist thought by means of a close analysis of the texts, meticulously thought out yet holistically interpreted. Fundamental View explores universal underlying patterns of meaning that are difficult to discount and cast valuable light on the essential underpinnings of Buddhist spirituality. The author's point of view is open-minded yet lucidly critical and critically relevant.
Fundamental View, Alexander Duncan, Chroniker Press, Paperback, 186 pp, $14.56
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Greek Buddha
Greek Buddha: Pyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia
By: Christopher I. Beckwith
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Greek Buddha demonstrates that through Pyrrho, Early Buddhist thought had a major impact on Western philosophy. 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
Heritage of Nalanda
Heritage of Nalanda
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Nalanda as a monastic institution in the time of Buddha emerged into the greatest academic and spiritual centre of Asia in the early medieval times. This alludes to successive stages of development in Buddhism from native realism of the early monastic order to developed metaphysics of the Prajnaparamita and Yogacara philosophies which revolutionized the capacity of thinking of men. Nalanda also ushered in a new school of art. more info
Historical Dictionary of Buddhism<br>By: Charles S. Prebish
Historical Dictionary of Buddhism
By: Charles S. Prebish
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"With a history spanning more than two and a half millennia and over 300 million adherents worldwide, Buddhism is one of humankind's most interesting and populous religions. While a historical dictionary of Buddhism must consider the various periods, events, individuals, circumstances, texts, and concepts from which the history of Buddhism takes its shape, it must also consider the sacred sites in Buddhist geography, the festivals, rites, and rituals that configure Buddhist religious practice, the manifestation of Buddhist religiosity as witnessed in biography, art, and mythology, and the soteriological methods employed by Buddhists throughout their history." more info
Historical Phonology of Tibetan, Burmese, and Chinese, Nathan Hill
Historical Phonology of Tibetan, Burmese, and Chinese
By: Nathan Hill
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Tracing the history of these three languages using just such sound laws, this book sheds light on the prehistoric language from which they descend. Written for readers with little linguistic knowledge of these languages, but fully explicit and copiously indexed for the specialist, this work will serve as the bedrock for future progress in the study of these languages. more info
History and Literature of Buddhism <br> By:T. W.  Rhys Davids
History and Literature of Buddhism
By:T. W. Rhys Davids
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Before T.W. Rhys Davids and some others ventured into interpretations of obscure sources of Buddhist philosophy and history, most of the material was lying scattered.  It was  strange, and very characteristic of the real meaning of true Buddhism, that there was no life of Gautama the Buddha in the Buddhist scriptures. Rhs Davids, in writing this book, regarded "Buddhism as a different kind of religion divorced from all that is known of religion in the traditional sense of the term." more info
History of Buddhism in India <br> Thrangu Rinpoche
History of Buddhism in India
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In 1991 Thrangu Rinpoche accompanied a group of western Buddhist students to each of the four major pilgrimage sites from the life of the Buddha. This book contains the teachings Rinpoche gave to the group at each pilgrimage site, enabling readers to share this unique experience. This book also includes Rinpoche's summary of the History of Buddhism in India based on Taranatha's famous history describing the 12 deeds of the Buddha's life, the subsequent Buddhist councils and universities which oversaw the development of the sutras, shastras, and tantras, and the emergence of the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Buddhism. more info
History of Buddhism in India and Tibet Vol 1 <br> By: Bu Ston
History of Buddhism in India and Tibet Vol 1
By: Bu Ston
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The Jewelry of Scripture
The History of Buddhism in India and Tibet by the great scholar Bu-ston Rinchen grub-pa, also called Budon Rinpoche, is held in great esteem by Tibetan and Mongolian learned lamas. It is distinguished from the work of Taranatha by the plan of its composition. It consists of three Volumes. Volume I covers the merit of studying and preaching the doctrine.
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History of Buddhism in India and Tibet Vol 2<br> By: Bu Ston
History of Buddhism in India and Tibet Vol 2
By: Bu Ston
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Companion Volume to The Jewellery of Scripture
"The present volume contains the translation of the 2nd part of Bu-ton's History of Buddhism , i.e. of the historical part proper." The present volume contains the translation of the 2nd part of Bu-ton's History of Buddhism, i.e. of the historical part proper. The latter begins with the life of the Buddha and ends with an account of the work carried out by the Tibetan Lotsawas and Indian Pandits of Bu-ton's own period and immediately before him (XII and XIII cent.), viz. the translation of the Buddhist cannonical texts and exegetical treatises from the Sanskrit. There are numerous quotations from both sutra and shastra. Owing to this it becomes possible to get a clear aspects of the principal sources from which Bu-ton has compiled his history, and which have likewise later on served as a basis for the work of Taranatha.
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History of Buddhism in India and Tibet, Vol 2<br>By: Bu-Ston, Obermiller (tr)
History of Buddhism in India and Tibet, Vol 2
By: Bu-Ston, Obermiller (tr)
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Companion Volume to The Jeweller of Scripture
The present volume contains the translation of the 2nd part of Bu-ton's History of Buddhism, i.e. of the historical part proper
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History of Buddhism Vol 1-2
History of Buddhism Vol 1-2
By: Sarat Chandra Das
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In 1908 Sarat Chandra Das published the Pag Sam Jon Zang by Sumpa-khampo. It has been hailed by Prof. G. Tucci said: It was composed with a wise and discriminating choice of older sources. Its purpose is to be a summa of Tibetan historical traditions in which chronicles and myths saint's lives and cosmogonist legends) political changes and religious doctrines meet . The importance of the work lies in passages quoted from the works of several predecessors) as he had access to a large amount of documents now lost. more info
History of Buddhist Philosophy: Continuities and Discontinuities  <br> By: Kalupahana, David
History of Buddhist Philosophy: Continuities and Discontinuities
By: Kalupahana, David
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Representing the culmination of Dr. Kalupahana's thirty years of scholarly research and reflection, "A History of Buddhism" provides a complete, detailed analysis of both early and later Buddhism. Part 1 is devoted to early Buddhism, Part 2 examines later Buddhism by mapping its continuities with and divergences from early Buddhist doctrine. Dr. Kalupahana illustrates the movement of some schools toward substantialism and absolutism while other schools made a persistent attempt to retain the original teachings of the Buddha. more info
History of Buddhist Thought
History of Buddhist Thought
By: Edward J. Thomas
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Beginning with the ascetic ideal, the text examines early schools of thought, presenting background on Buddhism, Brahminism, and the Upanishads. Fundamental concepts -- such as karma, nirvana, and the Bodhisattva -- receive coherent definitions. In chronicling the evolution of Buddhist doctrine, the perspective widens to take in the schools that spread from India to China, Japan, and other Asian countries. more info
History of Indian Buddhism
History of Indian Buddhism
By: Lamotte
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The History of Indian Buddhism is undoubtedly Msgr. E. Lamotte's most brilliant contribution to the field of Buddhist exegesis. The works contains a vivid, vigorous and fully detailed description of early Buddhism and its teachings, the material organization of the Community, the formation and further developments of the writings, the conciliar traditions, the evolution of Buddhist sculpture and architecture, the origins of the sects, the Buddhist dialects and the constitution of the legends, and sets them in the historical background in which Buddhist doctrines originated and expanded in India and the neighboring countries.
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History of Indian Buddhism <Br>By: S. R. Goyal
History of Indian Buddhism
By: S. R. Goyal
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History of Indian Buddhism
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History of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana
History of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana
By: Akira, Hirakawa
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From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana
A History of Indian Buddhism , the summation of a lifetime of research on Indian Buddhism, is an exceptionally comprehensive discussion of Indian Buddhism, with detailed chapters on its history, doctrine and bibliography. The text also presents some of the debates on Indian Buddhism that have occurred in the Japanese academic community and emphasizes issues that have often been treated only in passing in India and the West. Hirakawa's extensive use of Chinese translations of Indian Buddhist sources and his references to Japanese studies of these works are particularly noteworthy.
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History of Indian Buddhism
History of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana
By: Akira, Hirakawa
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From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana
"A History of Indian Buddhism," the culmination of research on Indian Buddhism, is an exceptionally comprehensive discussion of this subject, with detailed chapters on its history, doctrine and bibliography. The text also presents some of the debates on Indian Buddhism that have occurred in the Japanese academic community and emphasizes issues that have often been treated only in passing in India and the West. Hirakawa's extensive use of Chinese translations of Indian Buddhist sources and his references to Japanese studies of these works are particularly noteworthy.
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History of Monasteries in Zanskar, Dr Tsewang Yangjor
History of Monasteries in Zanskar
By:Dr Tsewang Yangjor
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The book provides information of all the monasteries and nunneries located in the valley. The information is based on factual evidences and some in oral history. more info
History of Tibet, 3 Vol. Set
History of Tibet, 3 Vol. Set
By: Alex McKay
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These History of Tibet volumes have a format which has become an increasingly practical format for the dissemination of modern Tibetan studies - a cohesive collection of scholarly articles grouped around a particular theme. While most of the material included here has been previously published, the nature of the academic process is such that many of the articles have appeared in obscure publications, have enjoyed only limited circulation or are otherwise difficult to locate. more info
Holy Places of the Buddha Tarthang Tulku
Holy Places of the Buddha (Crystal Mirror Series, Vol 9 )
By: Tarthang Tulku
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This exciting new edition of Crystal Mirror 9: Holy Places of the Buddha brings Buddhist holy sites life through all-new, lush, full color photographs. Featuring over 50 photos of pilgrimage sites, Holy Places of the Buddha is a must have for those interested in the Buddhist history, pilgrimages, and Buddhist teachings. Holy Places of the Buddha cites the scriptures, the journals of early pilgrims, and archaeological reports to convey the physical reality of the Buddha in place and time and the continued significance of the holy places to Buddhists today.

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Illuminating the Threefold Faith; An Invocation of the Seventeen Great Scholarly Adepts of Glorious Nalanda
Illuminating the Threefold Faith; An Invocation of the Seventeen Great Scholarly Adepts of Glorious Nalanda
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In Exile From the Land Of Snows
In Exile from the Land of Snows: Definitive account of the Dalai Lama and Tibet Since the Chinese Occupation
By: John Avedon
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Definitive acount of the Dalai Lama and Tibet since the Chinese occupation.
Including a major in-depth interview with the Dalai Lama.

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Indian Buddhism after the Buddha <br> By: Goyal, S.R.
Indian Buddhism after the Buddha
By: Goyal, S.R.
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The present work by the renowned Indian historian Professor S. R. Goyal provides a comprehensive post-Buddha history of Indian Buddhism. Though there are several monographs available on the history of Buddhism in India but none of them seeks, as the present work does, to study the history of this religion against the background of India's cultural evolution and delineate its impact on and contribution to various facets of Indian culture. more info
Indian Pandits in the Land of Snow, S.C. Das
Indian Pandits in the Land of Snow
By: S.C. Das
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It is an undoubted fact that Buddhism found its way into Central and Eastern Asia, from Aryavarta (India); ages have elapsed since then; the almost insurmountable Physical barriers which separated India and Central Asia, and the want of intercourse and sympathy between these strange peoples and the Indians tended, in course of time, to obliterate the traces of the onward march of Buddhism from this country. more info
Basic Indian Tibet Tibetan India
Indian Tibet Tibetan India: The Cultural Legacy of the Western Himalayas
By: Peter Van Ham
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With the aid of rare archival and contemporary textual and visual materials, many seen here for the first time ever, Peter van Ham draws a comprehensive picture of the fascinating history of the exploration of the present Indian border region towards Tibet. Knowledgably he describes the customs of its various inhabitants many of whom still follow their age-old traditions which at present are being stimulated and revived by the many exiled Tibetans that have found a new home in the region, thus designating it as 'Tibetan India. more info
Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
Indo-Tibetan Buddhism: Indian Buddhists and Their Tibetan Successors
By: Snellgrove, David
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This monumental study provides a comprehensive survey of Indian Buddhism and its subsequent establishment in Tibet, where it was tranferred more or less complete preceding its demise in northern India in the thirteenth century AD. It is especially informative on the tantric period of Buddhist theory and practice from the eighth to the thirteenth centuries, but also deals at length with the earlier evolution of Buddhist doctrines, the Three Turnings of the Wheel, during the first thousand years.
Later in the book the author deals mainly with the conversion of Tibet. He emphasizes the great importance played by the kingdoms of Central Asia along the ancient Silk Route in the gradual process of Tibetan conversion. Acknowledging his debt to other scholars of this little-known part of the world, Professor Snellgrove draws upon contemporary documents to illustrate the cultural changes that came over Tibet as a result of its rule from the seventh to ninth centuries of an extensive Central Asian Empire, a period of their history largely forgotten by the Tibetans themselves when they later embarked upon the wholesale absorption of Buddhism from its Indian source in the period up to the thirteenth century.
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Inscription in the `du Khang of `phur Monastery Spu Rang Mnga`ris
Inscription in the `du Khang of `phur Monastery Spu Rang Mnga`ris
By: Kurt Tropper
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This study provides the edition and annotated translation of a historical inscription in the assembly hall of Dgung 'phur Monastery in Spu rang (Mnga' ris, Western Tibet). The inscription deals with religious and political events in the history of Western Tibet up to the beginning of the 17th century. The introductory part of the study includes a description of the inscription's general characteristics, a summary of its contents, an enquiry into its date and a discussion of the magistrate Mgon po skyabs, whom the inscription identifies as the "founder" of Dgung 'phur. more info
Introduction to the History of Indian Buddhism
Introduction to the History of Indian Buddhism
By: Eugene Burnouf
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The most influential work on Buddhism to be published in the nineteenth century, 'Introduction a l'histoire du Buddhisme indien', by the great French scholar of Sanskrit Eugene Burnouf, set the course for the academic study of Buddhism, and Indian Buddhism in particular, for the next hundred years. First published in 1844, the masterwork was read by some of the most important thinkers of the time, including Schopenhauer and Nietzsche in Germany and Emerson and Thoreau in America. more info
Karmapa, The Politics of Reincarnation
Karmapa: The Politics of Reincarnation
By: Lea Terhune
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In January 2000, the world was introduced to the 17th Karmapa lama, a young man who had just made a dramatic escape from Tibet, where Chinese officials had installed him as a ranking Tibetan political leader. This fascinating story begins 900 years ago and reveals political intrigue and controversy among powerful spiritual leaders. Karmapa: The Politics of Reincarnation reveals how the Karmapa, one of the most important reincarnate lamas in Tibet, is chosen.
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Kumarajiva: The Transcreator of Buddhist Chinese diction<br>By: Nirmala Sharma
Kumarajiva: The Transcreator of Buddhist Chinese diction
By: Nirmala Sharma
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This work is the first full-length narration of the extraordinary life, immense literary output, manifold philosophical perspectives of Kumarajiva and his development of a new translation methodology. All his works, both extant and lost, are detailed. The author discusses at length Kumarajiva's texts that became the foundation of sects and philosophical systems in East Asia. Around a hundred illustrations of murals and scrolls vividly portray the ambience of Kucha, Kumarajiva's homeland. more info
Light of the Himalayas
Light of the Himalayas
By: Kavitaram Shrestha
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To those who associate Siddhartha's enlightenment with 'magical' happenings, "Light of the Himalayas" is an answer. The novel traces the gradual development of Siddhartha from an inquisitive child to a serious explorer--on a trajectory of science and objectivity--until his discovery of the elixir of life, the eight-fold path and the four golden rules. The book de-centers many myths and misconceptions about the life of the Buddha and invites readers to engage in scientific discourse about the religion. more info
Literary History of Sanskrit Buddhism
Literary History of Sanskrit Buddhism
By: J. K. Nariman
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Sanskrit Buddhist Literature embodies many texts but looked upon with suspicion. There is no systematic history of the Buddhist Literature in Sanskrit has appeared. The present book intends to supply the gap in our knowledge of Sanskrit Buddhist Literature. The book elucidates the historical data comprising the works of Asvaghosa, Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Asanga, Vasubandhu and other Buddhist scholars both ancient and Medieval, divided into thirteen chapters. more info
Nalanda Mahavihara: A Critical Analysis of the Archaeology of an India Buddhist Site, Mary L. Stewart
Nalanda Mahavihara: A Critical Analysis of the Archaeology of an India Buddhist Site
By: Mary L. Stewart
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From the 1860s, substantial ruins in the Indian state of Bihar identified as Nalanda Mahavihara, were of scholarly interest because the monastery was mentioned in the travel accounts of seventh century Chinese monks. From 1916 until 1938, the Archaeological Survey of India systematically excavated, documented, illustrated, and gave continuity to the site.
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Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities
Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities
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This book presents a new answer to the question: what is nirvana? Part One distinguishes between systematic and narrative thought in the Pali texts of Theravada Buddhism, looking at the place of nirvana in both. Part Two explores other Buddhist utopias and relates Buddhist utopianism to studies of European and American utopian writing. Steven Collins discusses these issues in relation to textuality, world history, and ideology in premodern civilizations, aiming to contribute to a new vision of Buddhist history that integrates the inside and the outside of texts. more info
Northern Frontiers of Buddhism: Buddhist Heritage of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kalmykia, Tibet, China, Mongolia and Siberia, Behl Benoy
Northern Frontiers of Buddhism: Buddhist Heritage of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kalmykia, Tibet, China, Mongolia and Siberia
By: Benoy Behl
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One of the seeming miracles in the story of man is the spread of ideas, across the barriers of formidable mountains, vast oceans and national boundaries. The warm acceptance of concepts from distant lands goes to underline the deep similarity of human nature and aspirations everywhere. One of the greatest examples of the dissemination of philosophic and artistic ideas is the spread of Buddhism from the Indian subcontinent to the many countries of Asia. more info
Once Upon A Future Time: Studies In A Buddhist Prophecy Of Decline
Once Upon A Future Time: Studies In A Buddhist Prophecy Of Decline
By: Jan Nattier
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In this book Jan Nattier explores the origins, permutations, and Implications of Buddhism's conception of it's own inevitable impermanence.
In a display of linguistic virtuosity and analytical brilliance, she charts the evolution of a complex set of themes from the beginnings of Buddhism in India, through it's subsequent development there and in Central Asia, and on to East Asia. It is in this last cultural sphere that the idea of mo-fa (Jpn.
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Origins of Om Manipadme Hum
Origins of Om Manipadme Hum
By: Studholme, Alexander
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A Study of the Karandavyuha Sutra

Om Manipadme Hum, perhaps the most well-known of all Buddhist mantras, lies at the heart of the Tibetan system and is cherished by both laymen and lama alike. This book documents the origins of the mantra, presents a new interpretation of its meaning, and includes a detailed, annotated precis of the Karandavyuha Sutra, opening up this important Mahayana Buddhist work to a wider audience.
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Origins of Himalayan Studies
Origins of Himalayan Studies: Brian Houghton Hodgson in Nepal and Darjeeling
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Brian Hodgson lived in Nepal from 1820-1843 during which time he wrote and published extensively on Nepalese culture, religion, natural history, architecture, ethnography and linguistics. Brain Houghton Hodgson was a nineteenth century administrator and scholar who lived in Nepal, where he was the British Resident from 1820 until 1843. After this he worked as an independent scholar in Darjeeling until 1858. During his time in the Himalayas Hodgson, with extraordinary dedication, laid the foundations for the study of the Eastern Himalayan region, writing about many aspects of life and culture. more info
Places where Siddhartha Trod: Lumbini and Kapilavastu , Max Deeg
Places where Siddhartha Trod: Lumbini and Kapilavastu (Publications of the Lumbini International Research Institute)
By: Max Deeg
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An Academic Report on the two sites of Lumbini and Kapilavastu with historical explanations and references. Includes Maps, Pictures and Sketches of the sites.

Places where Siddhartha Trod: Lumbini and Kapilavastu , Max Deeg,Publications of the Lumbini International Research Institute, Paperback, 84 pages, $15.00
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Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the Iats, 2000. Volume 7: Buddhist Art and Tibetan Patronage Ninth to Fourteenth Centuries,Deborah E. Klimburg-Salter
Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the Iats, 2000. Volume 7: Buddhist Art and Tibetan Patronage Ninth to Fourteenth Centuries
By: Deborah E. Klimburg-Salter
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Increasing accessibility of Tibet has provided important new insights on the history and context of Tibetan art. This book discusses the impact of Tibetan patronage on Buddhist artistic monuments from both the heartland of Tibet as well as its far cultural borders.
A score of experts here explore the dialectic between local and foreign traditions. Thus the role of Indian artistic traditions, the merging with Chinese, Kidan and Turkic artistic features come to the fore, while at the same time Central Tibet gets ample attention.
Recent field research and the study of previously neglected primary literary inscriptional evidence make clear that the study of Tibetan art is still in its infancy. This edited volume is the first comprehensive guide to emerging new insights on the intricate context in which Tibetan art emerged and flourished.


Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the Iats, 2000. Volume 7: Buddhist Art and Tibetan Patronage Ninth to Fourteenth Centuries,Deborah E. Klimburg-Salter, Brill, 2002, Hardcover, 230 Pages, $125.00
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Raven Crown: The Origins of Buddhist Monarchy in Bhutan <br>  By: Michael Aris
Raven Crown: The Origins of Buddhist Monarchy in Bhutan
By: Michael Aris
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The hereditary monarchy of the Wangchuk dynasty was established in 1907 in the independent Himalayan state of Bhutan, thus introducing one of the world's most recent experiments in kingship. The new order quickly replaced a theocracy founded in the seventeenth century by the first of the "Dharma Rajas", a lineage of reincarnating lamas known by the title of Shabdrung. more info
Religious Motivation and the Origins of Buddhism <br> By: Brekke, Torkel
Religious Motivation and the Origins of Buddhism
By: Brekke, Torkel
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A Social-Psychological Exploration of the Origins of a World Religion
Why did people in North India from the 5th century BC choose to leave the world and join a sect later coined as Buddhism? This is the first book to apply the insights of social psychology in order to understand the religious motivation of the people who constituted the early Buddhist community. It also addresses the more general and theoretically controversial question of how world religions come into being, by focusing on the conversion process of the individual believer.
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Rin-chen-bzan-po
Rin-chen-bzan-po and the Renaissance of Buddhism in Tibet
By: Tucci, Giuseppe
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The volume is a detailed study of Rin-chen-bzan-po, the key figure in the Later Spread of Dharma after its persecution by Glan-dar-ma in A.D. 901. Due to him it first appeared in Mnah-ris and later on spread to Dbus and Gtsan. He is famous for his translations of both the sutras and tantras, and extensive explanations of the Prajnaparamita. more info
Sakyas in Buddhist Thought
Sakyas in Buddhist Thought
By Prakriti Chakraborty
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An overview of the Sakya peoples' place in Buddhism and the Buddha's development as a member of the Sakya family.

Chapter headings: Sakyas in Buddhist Thought, Mendicant Buddha and Its Response Among the Sakyans, Sakya Women, Conclusion

Published by Buddhist World Press, 2016
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Search for the Buddha: The Men Who Discovered India's Lost Religion <br> By: Charles Allen
Search for the Buddha: The Men Who Discovered India's Lost Religion
By: Charles Allen
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Buddhism is now 2,500 years old and has about 300 million followers worldwide and almost 3 million adherents in the United States. Yet, until the late eighteenth century when Sir William "Oriental" Jones broke the Brahmins' prohibition on learning the sacred language of Sanskrit, the Buddha's teachings were treasures unappreciated in the West. Uncovering clues about Buddhism's origins from inscriptions on pillars and rocks, Jones pioneered an enthusiastic band whose search for the Indian subcontinent's secret religion is chronicled in this book of high adventure and monumental historical detection. more info
Search for the Buddha: The Men Who Discovered India's Lost Religion <br> By: Charles Allen
Search for the Buddha: The Men Who Discovered India's Lost Religion
By: Charles Allen
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Buddhism is now 2,500 years old and has about 300 million followers worldwide and almost 3 million adherents in the United States. Yet, until the late eighteenth century when Sir William "Oriental" Jones broke the Brahmins' prohibition on learning the sacred language of Sanskrit, the Buddha's teachings were treasures unappreciated in the West. Uncovering clues about Buddhism's origins from inscriptions on pillars and rocks, Jones pioneered an enthusiastic band whose search for the Indian subcontinent's secret religion is chronicled in this book of high adventure and monumental historical detection. more info
Seeing Lhasa; British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947 <br>  By: Clare Harris & Tsering Shakya
Seeing Lhasa; British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947
By: Clare Harris & Tsering Shakya
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During the 1930s and 1940s the British cultivated close political and social relations with members of the Tibetan elite and established a Mission in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. Based on the Pitt Rivers Museum exhibition of the same name, Seeing Lhasa reveals the way in which the city of Lhasa, its palaces, monasteries and mansions, became the backdrop for a social world in which the British and Tibetans interacted. They ate and drank, watched films and played football together and these activities were photographed, painted and filmed as part of the British diplomatic agenda. more info
Social philosophy of Buddhism, Samdhong Rinpoche, C.Mani
Social philosophy of Buddhism
By: Samdhong Rinpoche, C.Mani (editors)
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The Book contains eleven articles contributed by scholar to the seminar on Buddhist philosophy in relation top the human society, organized by the central institute of higher Tibetan studies in 1971 at Sarnath. more info
Stages of the Buddha's Teachings: Three Key Texts
Stages of the Buddha's Teachings: Three Key Texts
By: Dolpa, Gampopa, Sakya Pandita
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The "stages of the teachings" or tenrim genre of Tibetan spiritual writing expounds the Mahayana teachings as a graded series of topics, from the practices required at the start of the bodhisattva's career to the final perfect awakening of buddhahood. The three texts in the present volume all exerted seminal influence in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The first text, The Blue Compendium, presents the instructions of the Kadam teacher Potowa (1031-1106) as recorded by his student Dolpa (1059-1131). This text is followed by Gampopa's (1079-1153) revered Ornament of Precious Liberation, which remains the most authoritative text on the path to enlightenment within the Kagyu school. The final text is Clarifying the Sage's Intent, a masterwork by the preeminent sage of the Sakya tradition, Sakya Pandita (1182-1251). more info