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The Dhammapada and Suttanipata (SBE Vol. 10)
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
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The Questions of King Milinda (SBE Vol. 35)
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.
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The Saddharma-Pundarika (SBE Vol.21)
The Saddharma-Pundarika (SBE Vol.21)
One of the nine Dharmas of the Mahayana Buddhism; deals with the state of things in the present, past and future according to Mahayana philosophy.
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Vinaya Texts (SBE Vol. 13)
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.
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Vinaya Texts, Part 2 (SBE Vol. 17)
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.
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Vinaya Texts, Pt.3 (SBE Vol. 20)
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.
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The Sacred Books of China Pt. 1 (SBE Vol. 3)
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.
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The Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King (SBE Vol. 19)
The Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King (SBE Vol. 19)
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The Zend-Avesta, Pt. 2 (SBE Vol. 23)
The Zend-Avesta, Pt. 2 (SBE Vol. 23)
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The Zend-Avesta Pt. 1(SBE Vol. 4): Parsis
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
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Contribution of Tibetan Language, History and Culture (2 Vols.)
Contribution of Tibetan Language, History and Culture (2 Vols.)

The Csoma de Koros-Symposium on Tibetan central Asian and Buddhist studies held at Velm near Vienna in 1981 demonstrated the quickly expanding development of the more and more differentiated field of Tibetan Studies. Alongside of the traditionally established fields of tibetological research history, cultural history, linguistics, and literature the new presence of research in the original theoretical contribution of the Tibetans within their religious and philosophical culture was a distinguishing feature of this conference. That the originality of the Tibetan masters goes well beyond their fascinating achievements in buddhist exegesis is clearly recognized.

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Abhisamayalankara Prajna Paramita Upadesa Sastra
Abhisamayalankara Prajna Paramita Upadesa Sastra
Specification
  • 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
Description

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

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Anatta/Anatmata
Anatta/Anatmata
Specification
  • Product Code :BK10543
  • Size :5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Weight :350g.
  • Author :Mangala R. Chinchore
  • ISBN :978-8170304555, 8170304555
  • Publisher :Sri Satguru Publication
  • Edition : November 1, 1995
  • Cover :Hardcover
  • Language :English
  • Pages :196
    Description

    Within Buddhist conceptual framework in general and in the world of Buddhist Scholarship in particular the present work is the first full-scale inquiry into the rationale of the acceptance of two important concepts in Buddhist philosophy, viz. Santana and Santanantara. In the work, the rationale of their acceptance and intricate mode of inter-relationship has been explained in great detail. And it has been argued that their acceptance paves way for (a). philosophically satisfactory account of continuity, transformation and transcendence-no matter in case of isolated or inter-related items, and (b) laying foundation of an alternative philosophical psycho- logy in Buddhist Philosophy. It is argued that these features of them hold even in the face of acceptance of complete discreteness and literal momentariness. Assessing pioneering importance of the works of Dharmakirti like the Santanantara-siddhi on these counts, it has been maintained that such an account of continuity, transformation and transcendence on the one hand and adoption of an alternative philosophical psychology on the other has to be embedded in the conception of the three major pillars of Buddhism viz. Duhkha, Anatmata and Anityata together with complex sort of inter-relationship between them. The work, thus, underscores the unmistakable importance of the three pillars under consideration in general and of Anityata in particular in properly under- standing Buddhist ontology, epistemology, anthropology and psychology along with complex inter-relationship between them. This is, further, sought to be done in such a way that philosophically significant account of continuity, transformation etc. does not fail to be available in the Buddhist conceptual framework.

    About the Author

    Dr. Mangala R. Chinchore (M.A., Ph. D -Philosophy) is a Faculty Member of the Department of Philosophy, Pune University. She has been a sustained researcher in Buddhist Philosophy and her earlier publications include Vadanyaya : A Glimpse of Nyaya-Buddhist Controversy, Dharmakirti’s Theory of Hetu-Centricity of Anumana, Anatta/Anatmata : An Analysis of Buddhist Anti-substantialist Crusade, and Aniccata/Anityata : An Analysis of the Buddhist Opposition to Permanence/Stability and Alternative Foundation of Ontology and/or Anthropology. Of them, the second was given the Swami Prannavananda Award by the Indian Philosophical Congress in 1991. Besides, she has more than a dozen papers to her credit presented to national/international seminars/conferences, appreciated by scholars and published. in nationally or international y acclaimed journals.

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    Aniccatta/Anityata
    Aniccatta/Anityata
    Specification
    • 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
      Description

      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.

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