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Heart of Wisdom

An understanding of emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality, lies at the heart of Buddhist view and practice. The Heart Sutra, one of the best known and most popular of Mahayana Buddhist scriptures, contains the essence of Buddha's teachings on emptiness and the methods to develop the wisdom that understands this ultimate reality. In this explanation of the Sutra, Geshe Kelsang reveals its explicit and implicit meanings, and relates them to the five Mahayana paths that lead to full enlightenment. He also explains how an initial understanding of emptiness can be used in conjunction with the Sutra to overcome both internal and external obstacles to our happiness.

About the Author
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Living in the West since 1977, he is the author of a series of highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our contemporary life. He has also founded over 300 Centres throughout the world for the study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
'An excellent book... for the serious student of Buddhism a better book would be hard to come across'. - The Middle Way 'Geshe Kelsang's introduction is both excellent and comprehensive'. - North American Board for East West Dialogue --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

  • Product Code: BK11579
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition : January 1, 2006
  • Pages : 198
  • Weight : 300 gm.
  • Size : 0.5 x 5.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Cover : paperback
  • Auther : Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
  • Language : English
  • ISBN: 8120817281, 978-8120817289
Description: An understanding of emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality, lies at the heart of...
$23.00 $19.70
Vijnapti-Matrata-Siddhi : 3 Vol. Set

The Cheng weishi lun (=CWSL; T.1585), purporting to be a composite commentary on Vasubandhu's Trimsika Vijnaptimatratasiddhi, is a translation-compilation by Xuanzang (600-664 CE). with the assistance of his pupil Kuiji (632-682 CE). Xuanzang's main mission in this endeavour appears to be twofold: (i) the establishment and elucidation of the thesis of vijnaptimatra, and this predominantly on the basis of Dharmapala-Silabhadra's expositions; (ii) the harmonization of the earlier yogacara doctrinal interpretations, and in so doing also the definitive establishment of the superiority of the Mahayana bodhisattva ideal. The CWSL may be said to be one of the most precious gems in the whole of the Chinese Tripitaka. In the preface to his Shuji, Kuiji eulogizes the CWSL thus: This treatise purifies true cognition. Its expositions include the provisional as well as the ultimate teachings, going far beyond the early teachings of the historical Buddha. Its doctrines penetrate into the subtlest. They catch hold of the Prajnaparamita tenets and ride on their colourful brilliance. The treatise summarizes the essential teachings of the sutras, seeking out their hidden teachings and assimilating their purposes. It further incorporates the best of all the sastras, gathering up the most wonderful. The CWSL is a compilation containing the ten individual commentaries on Vasubandhu's Trimsika by 1. Dharmapala; 2. Gunamati; 3. Sthiramati; 4. Bandhusri; 5. Nanda; 6. Suddhacandra; 7. Citrabhanu; 8. Visesamitra; 9. Jinaputra and 10. Jnanacandra which are herewith collected together and translated in detail in a single text.

About the Author
XUANZANG (600 664) is one of the most illustrious figures in the history of scholastic Chinese Buddhism. In the Cheng weishi lun, completed in 659, Xuanzang presents Vasubandhu s Tri?sika in the context of its Indian commentaries and on the background of Yogacara works such as the Yogacarabhumi, Dasabhumi and bhidharmasamuccaya. Xuanzang had brought these and many other texts back to China in 645 after studying in India for fifteen years. He subsequently translated seventy-five works, making him the most productive of all Chinese translators from the Sanskrit, and by completing what Bodhiruci/Ratnamati and Paramartha had started out, he was the first to make the Yogacara systematically available in China. VASUBANDHU (ca. 350 430 A.D.) was born in Puru?apura in Gandhara and is, next to his half-brother Asa?ga (ca. 330 405 A.D.), the most famous personage of the Yogacara school. He originally belonged to the Sravakayana school of the Sarvastivadins and had already made a name for himself through the composition of numerous treatises when he was won over to the Mahayana by Asanga, sometime in his forties. Vasubandhu counts as the great systematizer of Buddhism and is one of the six great ornaments six great commentators of the Buddha s teaching.

  • Product Code: BK11573
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition : January 1, 2018
  • Pages : 1926
  • Weight : 3.700 kg.
  • Size : 10.6 x 7 x 4.7 inches
  • Cover : Hardcover 
  • Auther : Louis De La Vallee Poussin (Author), Gelong Lodro Sangpo (Author), Gelongma Migme Chodron (Author), Alexander 
  • Leonhard Mayer (Author)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN: 8120840674, 978-8120840676
Description: The Cheng weishi lun (=CWSL; T.1585), purporting to be a composite commentary on Vasubandhu's...
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A History of Sanskrit Literature

Sanskrit is indeed the language not only of kavya or literature but of all the Indian sciences, and excepting the Pali of the Hinayana Buddhists and the Prakrt of the jains, it is the only language in which the last 2 or 3 thousand years, and it has united the culture of Indian and given it a synchronous form in spite of general differences of popular speech, racial and geographical, economical and other differences, It is the one ground that has made it possible to develop the idea of Hindu nationhood in which kinship of culture plays the most important part. Under the shadow of one Vedic religion there had indeed developed many subsidiary religions, Saiva, Vaisnava, Sakta, etc., and within each of these, there had been many sects and subsects which have often emphasised the domestic quarrel, but in spite of it all there is a unity of religions among the Hindus, for the mother of all religious and secular culture had been Sanskrit.

Maurice Winterintz' work in three volumes seems to be the most comprehensive treatment of Sanskrit Literature. Prof. S.N. Dasgupta was approached for English translation of its 3rd Volume, after Winternitz death. Later he was approached by Calcutta University to undertake his own work on the subjects that formed the content of Volume 3rd of Professor Winternitz' work. Volume I deals with Kavya and Alamkara and Volume II is expected to deal with other Technical Sciences.

  • Product Code: BK8101-2
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition : July 1, 2013
  • Pages : 962
  • Weight : 1.450 km.
  • Size : 9.6 x 6.7 x 2.5 inches
  • Cover : Hardcover 
  • Auther : Surendranath Dasgupta (Author), Sushil Kumar De (Author)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN: 8120841107, 978-8120841109
Description: Sanskrit is indeed the language not only of kavya or literature but of all...
$65.00 $58.50
The Central Conception of Buddhism

This short treatise explains in detail the principle of Radical Pluralism which asserts that the elements alone are realities while every combination of them is a mere name covering a plurality of separate elements. The principle has been elucidated by its contrast with Arambhavada which maintains the reality of the whole as well as of the elements and with Parinama-vada which ascribes absolute reality to the whole. The work is divided into sixteen sections dealing with Skandhas, Ayatanas, Dhatus, Elements of mind, Pratityasamutpada, Karma, Impermanence in Sankhya-Yoga, Theory of Cognition, Pre-Buddhaic Buddhism etc. It has two appendices dealing with the views of Vasubandhu on the fundamental principles of Sarvastivada and the classification of all elements of existence according to the Sarvastivadins. The two indices appended to the work record proper names and Sanskrit terms occurring in the work.

About the Author
Th. Stcherbatsky (1866-1942) was one of the pioneering scholars of Buddhist Studies whoe wrote, edited and translated several works.

  • Product Code: BK11566
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition : January 1, 2005
  • Pages : 112
  • Weight : 200 gm.
  • Size : 6 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Auther : Th Stcherbatsky
  • Language : English
  • ISBN: 8120805127, 978-8120805125
Description: This short treatise explains in detail the principle of Radical Pluralism which asserts that...
$28.00 $25.20
Buddhist Thought and Ritual

Buddhist thought and ritual will appeal to anyone interested in acquiring an authentic grasp of Buddhism as it lives and functions in today's world. The wide spectrum of Buddhist practice is represented here by the men and women who contributed to this volume. The focus on thought and ritual captures the organic interrelationship of these religious components and moves away from the compartmentalization characteristic of much religious scholarship. The reader discovers the central tenets of Buddhism, Anatta, Pratityasamutpada, Sunyatta, Nirvana and others, not as free floating curiosities, but in terms of their contemporary relevance and active participation in the formation of society and culture. Likewise, commonly practiced rituals such as the Paritta Ceremony and Mantra Recitation are analyzed in terms of their role in living Buddhism.
 
Editorial Reviews
The reader discovers the central tenets of Buddhism, Anatta, Pratityasamutpada, Sunyatta, Nirvana and others, not as free-floating curiosities, but in terms of their contemporary relevance and active participation in the formation of society and culture. Likewise, commonly practiced rituals such as the Paritta Ceremony and Mantra Recitation are analyzed in terms of their role in living Buddhism.


  • Product Code: BK11559
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   January 1, 2001
  • Pages  :   199
  • Weight   :   300 gm.
  • Size   :   8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Cover   :   Paperback
  • Auther :   David J. Kalupahana
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN: 8120817737, 978-8120817739
Description: Buddhist thought and ritual will appeal to anyone interested in acquiring an authentic grasp...
$37.80
Vajrasamadhi-Sutra: Wonhyo's Exposition

Wonhyo (617-686 A.D.) was the dominant figure in the history of Korean Buddhism and one of the most influential thinkers in the Korean philosophical traditio. He was also a prolific writer, whose works cover the gamut of Indian and Sinitic Buddhist materials. Wonhyo's Exposition of the Vajrasamadhi-Sutra is one the finest examples of a scriptural commentary ever written in the East Asian Buddhist tradition. The Exposition is the longest of Wonhyo's extant works and is widely regarded as his masterpiece. His commentary is especially important for understanding the crucial role that the notion of the inherence of enlightenment played in the development of East Asian Buddhist thought and the ways in which this notion influenced Buddhist meditative practice. This book is one of the first attempts to translate the complete text of an indigenous East Asian Buddhist sutra commentary into English. The translator has deliberately chosen to err on the side of literalness in order to convey the substance and flavor of the text. In order to help guide the reader through the labyrinth of interlocking sections that make up Wonhyo's Exposition, he has superimposed an outline schem over his translation of Wonhyo's text.


  • Product Code: BK11559
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   January 1, 2011
  • Pages  :   424
  • Weight   :   680 gm.
  • Size   :   8.6 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Cover   :   Hardcover
  • Auther :   Robert E. Buswell Jr.
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN: 812083500X, 978-8120835009
Description: Wonhyo (617-686 A.D.) was the dominant figure in the history of Korean Buddhism and...
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The Symbolism of the Stupa

In his preface to The Symbolism of the Stupa Prof. Craig Reynolds writes ''The stupa is a symbolic form that pullulates throughout South Southeast and East Asia. In its Indian manifestations it is an extreme case in terms of architectural function: it has no use and has a basic simplicity. In this state of the art' study Adrian Snodrass reads the stupa as a cultural artifact. The monument concretizes metaphysical principles and generates multivalent meanings in ways that can be articulated with literary texts and other architectural forms.'' This study analyses a pattern of interrelated meanings generated by the form of the stupa. It does so by reference to myth, to ritual and to doctrine, viewing the architectural form from within the conceptual framework of the tradition to which it belongs. This approach involves questions of aim and methodology. A deeper understanding of a symbol is gained by studying the grid or net formed by its symbolic homologies.The pattern of meaning that emerges from the juxtaposition of cognate symbols does not exhaust the significance of the symbol, which is ultimately beyond worlds, but it reinforces its intimations, indicating a logical cohesion and integrity which in itself is an intimation of the all-pervasiveness of Principle. It is precisely this pattern of inter-reflection or symbols that this study attempts to delineate. By bringing together cognate symbols in apposition, it attempts to mark out the field of symbolic interactions which the stupa generates.

  • Product Code: BK11558
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   February 1, 2007
  • Pages  :   470
  • Weight   :   910 gm.
  • Size   :   7.8 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Cover   :   Hardcover
  • Auther :   Vaman Shivram Apte
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN: 8120812050, 978-8120812055
Description: In his preface to The Symbolism of the Stupa Prof. Craig Reynolds writes ''The...
$51.00
Pali-English Dictionary

As the Pali Text Society began issuing editons and translations of the Pali Canon and Commentaries in quick succession, Rhys Davids conceived the idea of the compilation of an exhaustive dictionary of Pali, based on the voluminous basic material that was being brought to light. the work took more than twenty years of devoted labour but before his death in 1922, Rhys Davids had the satisfaction of seeing its first volume published. In four volumes issued over 1921-25 the Dictionary contains every Pali word with its sanskrit root identified and meanings given in English.

  • Product Code: BK11557
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   May 19, 2015
  • Pages  :   748
  • Weight   :   2.360 kg.
  • Size   :   9.2 x 2 x 11.8 inches
  • Cover   :   Hardcover
  • Auther :   William Stede (Editor) T.W.Rhys Davids (Editor) (Author)
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN: 8120811445, 978-8120811447
Description: As the Pali Text Society began issuing editons and translations of the Pali Canon...
$81.00
What the Buddha Taught

Here is an exposition of Buddhism conceived in a resolutely modern spirit by one of the most qualified and enlightened representatives of the religion. The book is a luminous account of fundamental principles of the Buddhist doctrine, as they are found in the most ancient texts, which are called 'The Tradition' (Agama) in Sanskrit and 'The Canonic Corpus' (Nikaya) in Pali. Dr. Rahula, who possesses an incomparable knowledge of these texts, refers to them constantly and almost exclusively. Their authority is recognized unenviously by all the Buddhist schools, which were and are numerous, but none of which ever deviates from these texts, except with the intention of better interpreting the spirit beyond the letter. The interpretation has indeed been varied in the course of the expansion of Buddhism through many centuries and vast regions, and the Law has taken more than one aspect. But the aspect of Buddhism here presented by Dr. Rahula-humanist, rational, Socratic in some respects, evangelic in others, or again almost scientific-has for its support a great deal of authentic scriptural evidence which he only had to let speak for themselves.

Review
'By far the best introduction to Buddhism available.' --R.F. Gombrich, Boden Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oxford.

About the Author
The Venerable Dr Walpola Sri Rahula was a Buddhist monk and scholar. He received a traditional training and education in his native Sri Lanka before studying at the University of Calcutta and the Sorbonne. He held a chair at Northwestern University, Illinois, and was the Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya University, Colombo. He is widely regarded as one of the most qualified and enlightened scholars of the Buddhist tradition, with a deep knowledge of the original texts.

  • Product Code: BK11554
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   January 1, 2017
  • Pages  :   120
  • Weight   :   360 gm.
  • Size   :   8.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Cover   :   Paperback
  • Auther :   Walpola Rahula  (Author), Paul Demieville (Author)
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN : 8120841077, 978-8120841079
    Description: Here is an exposition of Buddhism conceived in a resolutely modern spirit by one...
    $25.00
    Buddhisms and Deconstructions

    Until recently, East-West comparative philosophy has been at best sporadic gestures marked by an imbalance in the way the Eastern and Western ideas were presented. A rather unsuccessful pattern in comparison was partly due to the socio-political and historical relationship between the East and West. The philosophical orientation of the West's Continental metaphysical thinking and the nature of the project of modernity and enlightenment have also played a significant role in creating this pattern. It would be premature to say that such a practice has completely disappeared. However, along with the emergence of nonsubstantialist philosophy in the West, a new direction in comparative philosophy is definitely on the horizon. Buddhisms and Deconstructions, with its acknowledgment of the plurality of both Buddhist traditions and deconstructive philosophy, is an attempt to mark such a change. The thirteen essays in this volume attest to a new relationship between Eastern and Western thought, expand the scope of our understanding of each philosophical tradition, and thus offer a new framework for both.

    Review
    This set of essays crystallizes decades of important developments in the dialogue between Buddhism and postmodern thought, revealing their relevance to each other and to the future of philosophical reflection, East and West. --John Makransky, Boston College

    About the Author
    Jin Y. Park is assistant professor in the department of philosophy and religion at American University.

    • Product Code: BK11553
    • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
    • Edition  :   April 30, 2011
    • Pages  :   290
    • Weight   :   550 gm.
    • Size   :   0.1 x 7.3 x 9.5 inches
    • Cover   :   Hardcover
    • Auther :   Jin Y. Park
    • Language   :    English
    • ISBN : 8120833864, 978-8120833869
      Description: Until recently, East-West comparative philosophy has been at best sporadic gestures marked by an...
      $29.00
      Jnanagarbha on the Two Truths

      Jnanagarbha on the Two Truths is a concise and lucid introduction to the issues and personalities that dominated Indian Madhyamaka thought on the eve of its introduction to Tibet. As an example of the influential but little-known Svatantrika branch of the Madhyamaka School, Jnanagarbha's works shows quite vividly how the commitment to reason in the search for ultimate truth shaped not only the dialogue between Madhyamaka thinkers and members of other Buddhist schools, but also the evolution of the Madhyamaka tradition itself. David Eckel has translated Jnanagarbha's text in its entirety and provided an introduction that situates the text clearly in its historical and philosophical context. Extensive notes, a transliterated version of the Tibetan translation and a reproduction of the original Tibetan block-prints make this volume useful to scholars as well as to the interested general reader.

      • Product Code: BK11552
      • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
      • Edition  :   January 1, 1992
      • Pages  :   230
      • Weight   :   390 gm.
      • Size   :   8.7 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
      • Cover   :   Hardcover
      • Auther :   Malcolm David Eckel
      • Language   :    English
      • ISBN : 8120807782, 978-8120807785
        Description: Jnanagarbha on the Two Truths is a concise and lucid introduction to the issues...
        $32.00
        The Concealed Essence of the Hevajra Tantra (English and Sanskrit Edition)

        Treatise on Tantric Buddhism; includes Yogaratnamåalåa or Hevåajra Paänjikåa, commentary by Kôròsònavajrapåada, 11th cent.

        • Product Code: BK11549
        • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
        • Edition     :   January 1, 2003
        • Pages     :   308    
        • Weight      :   640 gm.
        • Size      :   6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
        • Cover      :   Hardcover    
        • Auther    :   G.W. Farrow (Author), I Menon (Editor)
        • Language   :    English, Sanskrit
        • ISBN : 8120809114, 978-8120809116
          Description: Treatise on Tantric Buddhism; includes Yogaratnamåalåa or Hevåajra Paänjikåa, commentary by Kôròsònavajrapåada, 11th cent....
          $45.00
          Tibetan Renaissance: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture

          How did a society on the edge of collapse and dominated by wandering bands of armed men give way to a vibrant Buddhist culture, led by yogins and scholars? Ronald M. Davidson explores how the translation and spread of esoteric Buddhist texts dramatically shaped Tibetan society and led to its rise as the center of Buddhist culture throughout Asia, replacing India as the perceived source of religious ideology and tradition. During the Tibetan Renaissance (950-1200 C.E.), monks and yogins translated an enormous number of Indian Buddhist texts. They employed the evolving literature and practices of esoteric Buddhism as the basis to reconstruct Tibetan religious, cultural, and political institutions. Many translators achieved the de facto status of feudal lords and while not always loyal to their Buddhist vows, these figures helped solidify political power in the hands of religious authorities and began a process that led to the Dalai Lama's theocracy. Davidson's vivid portraits of the monks, priests, popular preachers, yogins, and aristocratic clans who changed Tibetan society and culture further enhance his perspectives on the tensions and transformations that characterized medieval Tibet.

          About the Author
          Ronald M. Davidson is professor of religious studies at Fairfield University. He is the author of Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement (Columbia) and the coeditor (with Steven D. Goodman) of Tibetan Buddhism: Reason and Revelation.

          • Product Code: BK11548
          • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
          • Edition  :   January 30, 2008
          • Pages  :   610
          • Weight   :   730 gm.
          • Size   :   9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
          • Cover   :   Hardcover
          • Auther :   Ronald M. Davidson
          • Language   :    English
          • ISBN : 8120832787, 978-8120832787
            Description: How did a society on the edge of collapse and dominated by wandering bands...
            $35.00
            Karma and Rebirth in the Classical Indian Tradition

            Karma is perhaps the most famous concept in Indian philosophy, but there is no comprehensive study of its various meanings or philosophical implications. Under the sponsorship of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council, leading American Indologists met on several occasions to discuss their ideas about karma. The result is this volume. This book will have a considerable impact upon the teaching of Indian philosophy.  At the very least, it demonstrates the impossibility of speaking of "the theory of karma," as is so often done. It also supplies the basis for a full study of this important theory. Finally, it raises basic methodological problems about the study of a non-western system of soteriology and rebirth, questions regarding the interaction of medical and philosophical models of the human body, the incorporation of philosophical theories into practical religions with which they are logically incompatible and the problem of historical reconstruction of a complex theory of human life. List of Contributors, Introduction,part I: hinduism and its roots: karma and rebirth in the Vedas and Puranas, the concepts of human action and rebirth in the mahabharata, karma and rebirth in dharmasastras, caraka samhita on the doctrine of karma, the theory of reincarnation among the Tamils, part II: Buddhism and Jainism: the rebirth Eschatology and its transformations: A contribution to the sociology of early Buddhism, Karma and Rebirth in early Buddhism, the medical Soteriology of karma in the buddhist tantric tradition, karma and the problem of rebirth in jainism, part III: philosophical traditions, the karma theory and its interpretation in some Indian philosophical systems, karma, apurva and "natural" causes: Observations on the growth and limits of the theory of samsara, karma as a "Sociology of Knowledge" or "Social Psychology" of Process.

            • Product Code: BK11547
            • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
            • Edition  :   January 1, 2007
            • Pages  :   342
            • Weight   :   550 gm.
            • Size   :   8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
            • Cover   :   Hardcover
            • Auther :   W. D. O. Flaherty
            • Language   :    English
            • ISBN : 8120808843, 978-8120808843
              Description: Karma is perhaps the most famous concept in Indian philosophy, but there is no...
              $45.00
              Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom With the Divisions of the Abhisamayalankara

              Some two thousand years ago Buddhism experienced a major reformation through a movement called the Mahayana, or "Great Vehicle," which dominated religious thought in much of Asia for many centuries and still exerts considerable influence. The basic Mahayana texts were sermons ascribed to the Buddha, called "Sutras" in Sanskrit. The earliest and most influential of these Mahayana Sutras had the "perfection of wisdom" as its main subject matter. Of these texts, the famous "Diamond" and "Heart" Sutras have been known in the West for many years, but they are merely condensations of the original "Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom" that took shape between 50 and 200 A.D. In the present volume, Dr. Conze offers the result of thirty-five years of close study, and makes available this "Large Sutra," the key document for dealing with early Mahayana doctrine. This scripture has, throughout the centuries, been revered as "The great mother of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas" not only in India but in China, Tibet, Japan, Mongolia and Southeast Asia as well. It is now made available in its complete form for the first time in an annotated translation.

            • Product Code: BK11546
            • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
            • Edition  :   October 1990
            • Pages  :   678
            • Weight   :   1 kg.
            • Size   :   0.2 x 7.3 x 9.5 inches
            • Cover   :   Hardcover
            • Auther :   Edward Conze
            • Language   :    English
            • ISBN : 8120807529, 978-8120807525
            • Description: Some two thousand years ago Buddhism experienced a major reformation through a movement called...
              $55.00
              Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Grammar and Dictionary (Vol. 1: Grammar; Vol. 2: Dictionary)

              This is the first attempt at a description of the grammar and lexicon of Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit. Most North Indian Buddhist texts are composed in it. It is based primarily on an old Middle Indic vernacular not otherwise identifiable. But there seems reason to believe that it contains features which were borrowed from other Middle Indic dialects. In other words, even its Middle Indic aspects are dialectically somewhat mixed. Most strikingly, however, BHS was also extensively influenced by Sanskrit from the very beginning of the tradition as it has been transmitted to us, and increasingly as time went on. Many (especially later) products of this tradition have often, though misleadingly, been called simply `Sanskrit`, without qualification. In principle, the author has excluded from the grammar and dictionary all forms which are standard Sanskrit, and all words which are used in standard Sanskrit with the same meanings.

              About the Author

              FRANKLIN EDGERTON (July 24, 1885 December 7, 1963) was an American linguistic scholar. He was Salisbury Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology at Yale University (1926) and visiting Professor at Benares Hindu University (1953 ). Between 1913 and 1926, he was the Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Pennsylvania. He is well known for his exceptionally literal translation of the Bhagavad Gita which was published as volume 38-39 of the Harvard Oriental Series in 1944. He also edited the parallel edition of four recensions of the Simhasana Dvatrmsika (32 Tales of the Throne), also known as Vikrama Charita: Adventures of Vikrama), and a reconstruc-tion of the (lost) original Sanskrit text of the Pancatantra.

              • Product Code: BK9900
              • Publisher  :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
              • Edition  :   April 15, 1998
              • Pages  :   866
              • Weight   :   2.630g.
              • Size   :   8.9 x 2.1 x 11.1 inches
              • Cover   :   Hardcover
              • Auther :   Franklin Edgerton
              • Language   :    English
              • ISBN : 8172765819, 978-8172765811
              Description: This is the first attempt at a description of the grammar and lexicon of...
              $110.00
              The Art of Ancient India
              To scholars in the field, the need for an up-to-date overview of the art of South Asia has been apparent for decades. Although many regional and dynastic genres of Indic art are fairly well understood, the broad, overall representation of India’s centuries of splendor has been lacking. The Art of Ancient India is the result of the author’s aim to provide such a synthesis. Noted expert Sherman E. Lee has commented: “Not since Coomaraswamy’s History of Indian and Indonesian Art (1927) has there been a survey of such completeness.” Indeed, this work restudies and reevaluates every frontier of ancient Indic art – from its prehistoric roots up to the period of Muslim rule, from the Himalayan north to the tropical south, and from the earliest extant writing through the most modern scholarship on the subject.

              This dynamic survey-generously complemented with 775 illustrations, including 48 in full color and numerous architectural ground plans, and detailed maps and fine drawings, and further enhanced by its guide to Sanskrit, copious notes, extensive bibliography, and glossary of South Asian art terms-is the most comprehensive and most fully illustrated study of South Asian art available.

              The works and monuments included in this volume have been selected not only for their artistic merit but also in order to both provide general coverage and include transitional works that furnish the key to an all encompassing view of the art.

              An outstanding portrayal of ancient India’s highest intellectual and technical achievements, this volume is written for many audiences: scholars, for whom it provides an up-to-date background against which to examine their own areas of study; teachers and students of college level, for whom it supplies a complete summary of and a resource for their own deeper investigations into Indic art; and curious readers, for whom it gives a broad-based introduction to this fascinating area of world art.
              To scholars in the field, the need for an up-to-date overview of the art of...
              $120.00
              The Emptiness of Emptiness
              The Madhyamika or Middle Way, a school of Buddhist thought that originated in India in the second or third century, was a decisive influence in the subsequent developement of Mahayana Buddhism. In a new approach to its study, The Emptiness of Emptiness reconsiders the central doctrine of emptiness and shows that the Madhyamika critique of all philosophical views is both subtler and more radical than most Western interpretation indicates.

              Building on earlier research into Sanskrit and Tibetan sources, the present work also examines the assumptions that have governed the study of Asian soteriological philosophy. In assessing the philosophical significance of the Madhyamika, the author demonstrates that the thrust toward a self-critical awareness of methodological presuppositions lies at the very heart of early Indian Madhyamika.

              In this analysis, the self-deconstructing categories of Nagarjuna and his immediate followers emerge as an edifying philosophy that may have a great deal to offer to discussion of the related problems of objectivity and relativism issues crucial to current philosophical conversation in the West.

              The volume also contains the first complete English translation of Candrakirti's Madhyamakavatara (The Entry into the Middle Way), with extensive exegetical and text-critical notes.
              The Madhyamika or Middle Way, a school of Buddhist thought that originated in India in...
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              Bauddha Darshan tatha anya Bharatiya Darshan
              Bauddha Darshan tatha anya Bharatiya Darshan (Pratham Bhag): Aetihasik Shodhpurna, Pakshapatrahit, Tulnatamak Vivechan
              Bauddha Darshan tatha anya Bharatiya Darshan (Pratham Bhag): Aetihasik Shodhpurna, Pakshapatrahit, Tulnatamak Vivechan
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              Buddhist Suttas (SBE Vol. 11)
              These seven scriptural writings are considered to be the most important and oldest of the Buddhist religion. Originally written in the Pali language, they date to the fourth and third centuries BC. This early date is what makes them so important —they form the very core of Buddhist teachings, sought after and studied by monks and scholars for centuries.
              These seven scriptural writings are considered to be the most important and oldest of the...
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              The Dhammapada and Suttanipata (SBE Vol. 10)
              The Dhammapada and Suttanipata (SBE Vol. 10): A Collection of Verses, Being One of the Canonical Books of the Buddhists
              The Dhammapada and Suttanipata (SBE Vol. 10): A Collection of Verses, Being One of the...
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              The Questions of King Milinda (SBE Vol. 35)
              The present book being an English translation of a German book entitled Der Saiva Siddhanta by H.W. Schomerus gives a full and documented account of this theistic movement then as now little known in the West. The book quickly became and still is the major reference work in this field in any European language.
              The present book being an English translation of a German book entitled Der Saiva Siddhanta...
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              Vinaya Texts (SBE Vol. 13)
              First of three-volume set of Canonical texts of Theravada Buddhism outlining monastic rules; this volume -- the Patimokkha, and the Mahavagga I-IV.
              First of three-volume set of Canonical texts of Theravada Buddhism outlining monastic rules; this volume...
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              Vinaya Texts, Part 2 (SBE Vol. 17)
              Second to three-volume set of Canonical texts of Theravada Buddhism outlining monastic rules; this volume -- the Mahavagga V-X, and the Kullavagga I-III.
              Second to three-volume set of Canonical texts of Theravada Buddhism outlining monastic rules; this volume...
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              Vinaya Texts, Pt.3 (SBE Vol. 20)
              Third in a three-volume set of Canonical texts of Theravada Buddhism outlining monastic rules; this volume -- the Kullavagga, IV-end.
              Third in a three-volume set of Canonical texts of Theravada Buddhism outlining monastic rules; this...
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              The Sacred Books of China Pt. 1 (SBE Vol. 3)
              Part I: The Shu King the Religious Portion of the Shih King The Hsiao King

              While submitting here some prefatory observations on the version of the Shri King presented in this volume I think it well to prefix also a brief account of what are regarded as the sacred books of the religions of China. Those religions are three Confucianism, Taism and Buddhism.

              I begin with a few words about the last. To translate any of its books does not belong to my province and more than a few words from me are unnecessary. It has been said that Buddhism was introduced into China in the third century B.C. but it certainly did not obtain an authoritative recognition in the empire till the third quarter of our first century. Its texts were translated into Chinese one portion after another as they were gradually obtained from India but it was not till very long after words that the Chinese possessed in their own language a complete copy of the Buddhist canon. Translations from the Sanskrit constitute the Principal part of the Buddhistic literature of china though there are also many original works in Chinese belonging to it.

              II. Confucianism is the religion of China par excellence, and is named from the great sage who lived in the fifth and sixth centuries B.C. Confucius indeed did not originate the system, nor was he the first to inculcate its principles or enjoin its forms of worship. He said of himself (Analects, VII, i) that he was a transmitter and not a maker, one who believed in and loved the ancients; and hence it is said in the thirtieth chapter of the Doctrine of the Mean, ascribed to his grandson, that ‘he handed down the doctrines of Yâo and Shun, as if they had been his ancestors, and elegantly displayed the regulations of Wan and Wan, taking them as his models.’

              In fulfilling what he considered to be his mission, Confucius did little towards committing to writing the views of antiquity according to his own conception of them. He discoursed about them freely with the disciples. of his school, from whom we have received a good deal of what he said; and it is possible that his accounts of the ancient views and practices took, unconsciously to himself, some colour from the peculiar character of his mind. But his favorite method was to direct the attention of his disciples to the ancient literature of the nation. He would neither affirm nor relate anything for which he could not adduce some document of acknowledged authority. He said on one occasion (Analects, III, ix) that he could describe the ceremonies of the dynasties of Hsiâ (B.C. 2205—1767) and Yin (B. C. 1766—1123), but did not do so, because the records and scholars in the two states of Káu, that had been assigned to the descendants of their sovereigns, could not sufficiently attest his words. It is an error even to suppose that he compiled the historical documents, poems, and other ancient books from various works existing in his time. Portions of the oldest works had already perished. His study of those that remained, and his exhortations to his disciples also to study them, contributed to their preservation. What he wrote or said about their meaning should be received by us with reverence; but if all the works which he handled had come down to us entire, we should have been, so far as it is possible for foreigners to be, in the same position as he was for learning the ancient religion of his country. Out text-books would be the same as his. Unfortunately most of the ancient books suffered loss and injury after Confucius had passed from the stage of life. We have reason, however, to be thankful that we possess so many and so much of them. No other literature, comparable to them for antiquity, has cçme down to us in such a state of preservation.

              But the reader must bear in mind that the ancient books of China do not profess to have been inspired, or to contain what we should call a Revelation. Historians, poets, and others wrote them as they were moved in their own minds. An old poem may occasionally contain what it says was spoken by God, but we can only understand that language as calling attention emphatically to the statements to which it is prefixed. We also read of Heaven’s raising up the great ancient sovereigns and teachers, and variously assisting them to accomplish their undertakings; but all this need not be more than what a religious man of any country might affirm at the present day of direction, help, and guidance given to himself and others from above. But while the old Chinese books do not profess to contain any divine revelation, the references in them to religious views and practices are numerous and it is from these that the student has to fashion for himself an outline of the early religion of the people. I will now state what the books are.

              First, and of greatest importance, there is the Book of Historical Documents, called the Shü and, since the period of the Han dynasty (began B.C. 202), the Shu King. Its documents commence with the reign of Yao in the twenty-fourth century B. C., and come down to that of king Hsiang of the Kau dynasty, B.C. 651—619. The earliest chapters were not contemporaneous with the events which they describe, but the others begin to be so in the twenty- second century B. C. The reader will find a translation of the whole of this work without abridgment.
              Part I: The Shu King the Religious Portion of the Shih King The Hsiao KingWhile...
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              The Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King (SBE Vol. 19)
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              The Zend-Avesta, Pt. 2 (SBE Vol. 23)
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              The Zend-Avesta Pt. 1(SBE Vol. 4): Parsis
              This book comprises fifteen research articles primarily based on the discipline of Indian and Buddhist studies the connection is designed to propose a Buddhist philosophy of religion--that the insight of prajna and sunyata initiates a future religion which is freed both from conflict between reasoning and believing, and from goal-oriented cycles of life. It addresses transformation from the conflict-ridden quest for a supreme being, to the search for a non-theistic nature of spirituality that provides a foundation for universal human happiness and salvation for the discipline of Buddhist studies, this connection also demonstrates the productive value of drawing upon cross-cultural and cross-racial literary sources and traditions
              This book comprises fifteen research articles primarily based on the discipline of Indian and Buddhist...
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              Abhisamayalankara Prajna Paramita Upadesa Sastra
              • Product Code :BK10537
              • Size :5.7 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
              • Weight :280g.
              • Author :Bodhisattva Maitreya
              • ISBN :8170303044 ,978-8170303046
              • Publisher :Sri Satguru Publication
              • Edition :December 31, 1929
              • Cover :Hardcover
              • Language :English
              • Pages :129

              Canonical work of the Yogacara school in Buddhism; includes Tibetan translation.

              Specification Product Code :BK10537 Size :5.7 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches Weight :280g. Author :Bodhisattva...
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              Aniccatta/Anityata
              • Product Code :BK10544
              • Size :8.7 inch X 5.5 inch
              • Weight :410g.
              • Author :Mangala R. Chinchore
              • ISBN :8170304561
              • Publisher :Sri Satguru Publication
              • Edition :1995
              • Cover :Hardcover
              • Language :English
              • Pages :262

                This work undertakes a detailed study of the nature and rationale of Anitayata the third pillar of Buddhism. It explores into the concerned rationale in its three phases (a) Anityata in general in the sense of permanent susceptibility to change (b) Ksanikata as the adequate condition of the occurrence / cognition of change and (c) Ksanabhanga as the adequate condition of the occurrence cognition of the most radical change. The inquiry into the rationale of Anitayata in its different phases in undertaken with two aims in view (a) To explore into the aspects of Buddhist opposition to permanence and or stability in any form and adopted in anybody Buddhist or non Buddhist and (b) to bring out conceptual change in the Buddhist camp and articulate the way Anityata provided a sound basis for putting forth characteristically Buddhist alternative ontology and or anthropology in opposition ot th eons which were then current opposition to the ones which were then current assessing the significance and importance of it. This study is novel and no one has yet undertaken any of its kind.

                About the Author
                Dr. Mangala R, Chinchore M.A Ph.D. in Philosophy (Poona University) its working as a faculty Member in the Department of Philosophy University of Poona. Apart from participating in national and international Seminars and conferences and contributing well received papers to them she is presently working as a career awarded of the U.G.C.

                Her previous publications are Vadanyaya A Glimpse of Nyaya Buddhist Controversy, Dharmakirti’s Theory of Hetucentricity of Anumana and Anatta/Anatamata An Analysis of Buddhist Anti Substantialist Crusade of them the second was given the Swami Pranavananda Award by the I.P.C. in 1991. She has also to her credit couple of research papers published in nationally and internationally renowned journals.

                Specification Product Code :BK10544 Size :8.7 inch X 5.5 inch Weight :410g. Author :Mangala R....
                $29.00
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