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Chinnamasta

About the Author


Elisabeth Benard became interested in India at the age of twelve years when her father first brought back Hindu image from a trip to India. For many years she looked at these image in her family library never dreaming that one day she would become a scholar in Indian religions. She researched in India under the auspicious of the American Institute of Indian Studies and received her doctorate from Columbia University. She has lectured widely in the United States, including at Smithsonian Institute and Asia Society, as well as in India and Japan. She has taught at Princeton, Rutgers University, Collage of Wooster and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Presently she is teaching Hinduism, Women in Religion, and Asian Religions at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.


ABOUT THE BOOK:

This is the first monograph which examines the rare Hindu and Buddhist Tantric Goddess, Chinnamasta, her rituals, her names and forms (namarupa) and their symbolism by comparing and contrasting her sadhanas (spiritual practices) in Hinduism and Buddhism. The entire Hindu "Chinnamastatantra" section from the Sakta Pramoda, the Buddhist "Chinnamunda Vajravarahisadhana" and the "Trikayavajrayoginistuti" are translated for the first time into English. Since Chinnamasta is a rare goddess, her texts were not popularized or made "fashionable" according to the dictates of a particular group at a particular time. The earliest extant texts date from the ninth and tenth centuries-a time when Hindu and Buddhist Tantras were developing under common influences in the same places in India. Having such texts about Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from these centuries, one can begin to understand the mutuality of a general Tantric tradition and the exclusivity of a particular Hindu or Buddhist Tantric tradition. Hence the study, not only examines Chinnamasta, but also attempts to understand what is a Tantric tradition.


Foreword


Elisabeth Benard’s work on the Hindu-Buddhist goddess Chinnamastã is a product of indefatigable energy, not overlooking any lead from Sanskrit and Tibetan texts or from knowledgeable informants. So to cast light on a goddess that was strangely obscure and yet implicates any Indian goddess properly to be called wondrous or arousing of awe. Although completed in the United States, her treatise does not follow a History of Religions approach with a baggage of technical terms. Besides, Dr. Benard avoids the guessing and speculations that characterized some previous references to this goddess. Throughout she employs a direct communication with the reader while soberly basing her conclusions on stated sources.


One welcome feature of Benard’s book is the translation of much material from the Sakta Pramoda. Another fine feature is the treatment of the goddess’s names, both the 108 and 1,000 list. Her classification of the names by the rasas of Hindu drama is probably unique.


This work is a solid contribution to the theories of the Hindu and Buddhist Tantras and their symbolism, in particular as related to the goddess.



About the AuthorElisabeth Benard became interested in India at the age of twelve years when...
$30.00
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
Practical Buddhism

Practical Buddhism is a collection of insights and tales about practicing dharma in everyday life. These humorous accounts of the mundane successes and failures of the author and his friends offer practical guidance for anyone wishing to align their daily lives with Buddhist values and ideas. Stories about answering the door, quarreling dogs, coping with city traffic, living with cellphones, greeting others, etc. employ wit and irony to demonstrate that really effective progress in improving one s character is often made in mundane ways. The anecdotes and reflections that the author shares in this book is straight from his own life. Of course, each of us has grown up in different circumstances and encounters different situations in our lives, but no matter what culture or historical era we're from, our human minds function in very similar ways. Each of us wants to be happy and avoid suffering although different people, possessions, and places may bring us happiness or suffering. Despite this desire for happiness not misery, we lack the knowledge of what the causes for each are. In fact, we often find that the words we said or deeds we did with the conviction that they would bring us joy resulted in the opposite. The moment we get the gorgeous new car we've craved, we've entered "car hell" for the car will surely break down at the most inopportune times. The repairs will cost more than we like and may not completely fix the problem. Alongside "car hell" are situated "computer hell," "iPod and Blackberry hell," "relationship hell," and on and on. We keep looking outside of ourselves for someone or something that will bring us the satisfaction and joy we seek, yet these continually elude us. And to the contrary, the difficulties we shun find us anyway.

About the Author
Kenneth Liberman is Professor Emeritus at the University Oregon. He is the author of Dialectical Practice in Tibetan Philosophical Culture (Rowman & Littlefield), Husserl's Criticism of Reason (Lexington Books) and More Studies in Ethnomethodology (SUNY Press). He presently divides his time among Sera Jey Monastic University in Bylakuppe, India, where he serves as the Phd Proctor/Professor, and research assignments as the Hans Christian Anderson Visiting Professor at Suddansk Universitet in Denmark and University Research Fellow at the Universita di Trento in Italy.

  • Product Code: BK11575
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition : June 11, 2016
  • Pages : 256
  • Weight : 400 gm.
  • Size : 8.8 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Cover : Hardcover 
  • Auther : Kenneth Liberman
  • Language : English
  • ISBN: 8120810252, 978-8120810259
Description: Practical Buddhism is a collection of insights and tales about practicing dharma in everyday...
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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...
$200.00 $180.00
Isvarapratyabhijna-Vimarsini (3 Vols. Set)

Commentary and supercommentary, with text, on åIâsvarapratyabhijänåa, classical verse work, expounding the Trika philosophy in Kashmir Sivaism, by Utpala, fl. 900-950.

  • Product Code: BK11567
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition : January 1, 1986
  • Pages : xcvii + 1047p. (Set) 
  • Weight : 1.800 kg.
  • Size : 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Cover : Hardcover 
  • Auther : K. A. Subramania Iyer (Author), K. C. Pandey (Author), R. C. Dwivedi (Author)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN: 8120800192, 978-8120800199
Description: Commentary and supercommentary, with text, on åIâsvarapratyabhijänåa, classical verse work, expounding the Trika philosophy...
$98.00 $88.20
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...
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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.
 
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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...
$42.00 $37.80
Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism

Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism discusses the context and contents of the Theravada teachings on love, sympathy, and the collective meditative set of four sublime attitudes (brahmavihara) universal love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. The presentation is based upon the first four of the five collections of Buddha's discourses, a stylistically homogeneous compilation of the earliest strata of Theravada scripture compiled before 350 B.C. After discussing the Pali material relevant to these topics in the first five chapters of this work, the author includes a detailed examination and critique of their position in Chapter Six. His concern is with the motives to social action as well as the psychological and soteriological import of the Theravada teachings on love, sympathy, and the sublime attitudes. Only through seeing these facets can the unique vision of Theravada Buddhism be appreciated.


  • Product Code: BK11559
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   January 1, 2008
  • Pages  :   128
  • Weight   :   220 gm.
  • Size   :   8.4 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Cover   :   Paperback
  • Auther :   Harvey B. Aronson
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN: 8120814037, 978-8120814035
Description: Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism discusses the context and contents of the Theravada...
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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
Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry - The Diamond Healing

Tibetan medicine is a confluent trinity of the Indic, Hellenic and Sinic traditions of medicine wherein the spatial tangents have met and harmonized. The Diamond Healing illuminates the living order of Tibetan wisdom to bring a universal frame of reference to replace the broken image of mechanical notions of the 19th century.

The book will usher in a new understanding of Indo-Tibetan medicine. It summons its intrepid readers to explore further shores of this
transcendent system, which is a holistic approach viewing the individual as a healthy being in body and mind while disease indicates a disturbance of this homeostasis. Tibetan medicine treats the individual as a whole in which the physical and trans-physical faculties combat the disequilibrium of his total being. Contemporary science has gone a long way to establish that the universe is non-material, matter is energy, space is real and processes are as valid as facts, and that the principle of complementa-rity validates the subjective content of human experience.

Tibetan medicine is a unique and holistic system of healing. It has been continuously practiced for over a thousand years, but has still to take its place in the history of medicine as we know it in the West.

This volume presents for the first time a comprehensive introduction to the arcane Tibetan art of healing. The author has provided a well-documented, original and detailed study of Tibetan psychiatry, the world`s oldest system of medical psychiatry. Translated here--for the first time in English--are three fascinating chapters about mental illness from the rGyud-bzhi, the ancient and most important Tibetan medical work. Reproductions of the rare Tibetan texts are also included. Supplementing these translations are extensive explanations of Tibetan psychiatric theory and treatment drawn from the author`s research and interviews with Tibetan refugee doctors in India and Nepal. Great care has been taken to identify over 90 pharmacological substances used in Tibetan psychiatric medicines, and these are listed in an appendix along with their English and Latin
botanical names.

Deeply researched and clearly written, this work will be of interest to both scholars and general readers in the fields of Buddhist studies, holistic healing, Oriental medicine, transpersonal psychology, ethnopsychiatry and medical anthropology.

Review:

 "Based on the holistic Buddhist concept of mind-body, Tibetan medicine is a system of psycho-cosmo-physical healing whose philosophy and healing techniques have much to offer towards the world-wide campaign against disease." TENZIN CHOEDHAR, Personal Physician to H.H. The Dalai Lama

"...a well organized and exceptionally clear introduction to this complex and seemingly esoteric healing system. The book lays special emphasis on the Tibetan medical approach to mental illness-a form of illness for which it has proven particularly successful..."-Yoga Journal

"...the most comprehensive summary of this tradition yet to appear in the English language... an intelligent, balanced, thorough synthesis of information..." - ReVision Magazine

"...intriguing book...Ms. Clifford's thoroughly researched, well-written account would strengthen any library." - Venture Inward

"...an authoritative work on one branch of Ayurvedic medicine." - American Health

"...an important introduction to a rapidly disappearing Eastern medical tradition." - Choice

"...serves to fill a long-felt lacuna in the literature of Asian medicine." - The Johns Hopkins University Pres Bulletin

"This volume presents for the first time a comprehensive introduction to the arcane Tibetan art of healing." - American Journal of Acupuncture

"A very useful book for health practitioners, psychologists and psychiatrists." - International Journal of Humanities & Peace, 1991

"This work presents a clear introduction of this seemingly complex and esoteric system of health." - The Beacon, Nov.-Dec. 1990

  • Product Code: BK8364
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   April 30, 2003
  • Pages  :   288
  • Weight   :   450 kg.
  • Size   :   8.5" x 5.7" x 1" inches
  • Auther :   Terry Clifford
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN: 8120812050, 978-8120812055
Description: Tibetan medicine is a confluent trinity of the Indic, Hellenic and Sinic traditions of...
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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
Development in Meditation and State of Consciousness: Zen Brain Reflections

This sequel to the widely read Zen and the Brain continues James Austin's explorations into the key interrelationships between Zen Buddhism and brain research. In Zen-Brain Reflections, Austin, a clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practi-tioner, examines the evolving psycho-logist, researcher, and Zen practi-tioner, examines the evolving psycho-logical processes and brain changes associated with the path of long-range meditative training. Austin draws not only on the latest neuroscience research and new neuroimaging studies but also on Zen literature and his personal experience with alternate states of consciousness.

  • Product Code: BK11555
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   September 30, 2008
  • Pages  :   586
  • Weight   :   1.270 kg.
  • Size   :   9.6 x 7.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Cover   :   Hardcover
  • Auther :   James H. Austin
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN: 8120833481, 9788120833487
Description: This sequel to the widely read Zen and the Brain continues James Austin's explorations...
$62.00
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
              Tibetan Treasure Literature

              The Treasure tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism is richly permeated with wonder and controversy. This unique, mysterious tradition embraces revelation as the primary path to spiritual awakening. Over the course of Tibetan history, revelations-known as Treasures have been discovered hidden in nature or have emerged directly from the great minds of the Nyingma School, creating a profound and lasting effect on Tibetan religious societyand culture. Tibetan Treasure Literature discusses central themes and personalities in the history and practice of Tibetan Treasure revelation. In particular, this book presents the first through survey of the revelations of the great visionary master Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870). Chokgyur Lingpa was a prominent member of the famed ecumenical tradition and his revelations are widely practiced today in many schools and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Particular emphasis is placed on his revelations of Tibetan Buddhism. Particular emphasis is placed on his revelations pertaining to the wrathful deity Vajrakilaya. Translations of selected texts are presented together with a detailed commentary on their practice composed by Khenpo Rinchen Namgyal (nineteenth century), one of Chokgyur Lingpa's foremost students. Also included is a translation of the renowned master Ju Mipham's (1846-1912) discussion of the criteria for evaluation the authenticity of those beings who claim to have revealed such treasures of Buddhist teaching.

              Editorial Reviews
              The treasure tradition of the nyingma school of tibetan buddhism is richly permeated with wonder and controversy this unique, mysterious tradition embraces revelation as the primary path to spiritual awakening over the course of tibetan history, revelations-known as treasures have been discovered hidden in nature or have emerged directly from the great minds of the nyingma school, creating a profound and lasting effect on tibetan religious societyand culture tibetan treasure literature discusses central themes and personalities in the history and practice of tibetan treasure revelation in particular, this book presents the first through survey of the revelations of the great visionary master chokgyur dechen lingpa (1829-1870) chokgyur lingpa was a prominent member of the famed ecumenical tradition and his revelations are widely practiced today in many schools and traditions of tibetan buddhism particular emphasis is placed on his revelations of tibetan buddhism particular emphasis is placed on his revelations pertaining to the wrathful deity vajrakilaya translations of selected texts are presented together with a detailed commentary on their practice composed by khenpo rinchen namgyal (nineteenth century), one of chokgyur lingpas foremost students also included is a translation of the renowned master ju miphams (1846-1912) discussion of the criteria for evaluation the authenticity of those beings who claim to have revealed such treasures of buddhist teaching

              • Product Code: BK10560
              • Publisher  :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
              • Edition  :   January 1, 2009
              • Pages  :   245
              • Weight   :   430g.
              • Size   :   6 x 1 x 9 inches
              • Cover   :   Hardcover
              • Auther :   Andreas Doctor
              • ISBN : 8120834143, 978-8120834149
              Description: The Treasure tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism is richly permeated with...
              $29.00
              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...
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              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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              Tantric Revisionings by Geoffrey Samuel

              Tantric Revisionings presents stimulating new perspectives on Hindu and Budhist religion, particularly their Tantric versions, in India, Tibet or in modern Western societies. Geoffrey Samule adopts an historically and textually informed anthropoliogical approach, seeking to locate and undrstand religion in its social and cultural context. The question of the relation between `popular` (folk, domestic, village, monastic) religion and elite (Literary, textual, monastic) religion forms a recurring theme through these studies.

              Tantric Revisionings presents stimulating new perspectives on Hindu and Budhist religion, particularly their Tantric versions,...
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              Principles of Buddhist Tantra
              This work is a textual based discourse on the Cittavisuddhi-prakarana of Aryadeva, a seminal text which describes the principle and philosophy of Buddhist Tantra. The dispute on the question of Tantric meditative practices having any philosophical foundation or whether those practices have been introduced into the ethico-religious praxis of various religious traditions as a later introduction is a continuing discussion. In this work, it is trying to prove that the introduction of Tantra into Madhyamika philosophy is a natural development and it is proved beyond doubt by reviewing an important work in the Buddhist tradition written by Aryadeva, the Cittavisuddhi-prakarana. The unique dialectical method introduced and used by the Madhyamikas to interpret their philosophy and the conception of sunyata is the guiding principle in this regard. Mdhyamika envisages that the conception of sunyata can be interpreted as the proper understanding of the insubstantial nature of object of the world (dharma-nairatmya) and the insubstantial nature of the subjective self which perceives such objects of the world (pudgala-nairatmya). The dialectics advanced by the Madhyamika is efficient in deconstructing the substantiality of the phenomenal world of objects, but that is effectively possible only after reconstructing the notion of a substantive self using Tntric spiritual practices. The sunyata as the conception of dharma-nairatmya is achieved through reconstructing the substantive notion of the phenomenal world using dialectics, while it as the conception of pudgala-nairatmya is achieved using Tantric spiritual practices.

              Buddhist Tantra Cittavisuddhi-prakarana India Aryadeva


              This work is a textual based discourse on the Cittavisuddhi-prakarana of Aryadeva, a seminal text...
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              The Chinese Hevajratantra

              The Hevajrantra, the well-known Anuttarayogatantra, about `unsurpassed yoga`, is a direct successor of the Tattvasamgraha, a yogatantra. It was translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in the 11th century. The Chinese translators offer a text which remains true to its contents, but which is at the same time acceptable to the Chinese milieu of the 11th century. This diplomatic effort explains many discrepancies, which were no problem to the initiate.

              The Hevajrantra, the well-known Anuttarayogatantra, about `unsurpassed yoga`, is a direct successor of the Tattvasamgraha,...
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              The Theory and Practice of Mantra
              The contents of this book focus on the evolution and practice of mantra. This work consists of five chapters. The second and third chapters discuss the historical speculation of mantra and the purpose of mantric practice and its practical aspect in Brahmanic and Buddhist traditions respectively. The fourth chapter draws out the basic theory of mantric practice, and clarifies the role of mantra in Esoteric Buddhism. Firstly, it brings out the theory of vibration and symbolism in the practice of mantra, and from them it examiners how they are applied to mantic practice. The book highlights the position of mantra in Esoteric Buddhism. Thus, the definition of Esoteric Buddhism is examined, and the basic theory and practical system of Esoteric Buddhism. Lastly, the dimensions of mantric practice are suggested briefly. Printed Pages: 467.

              Theory Practice Mantra Buddhism Buddha Buddhist Korea India


              The contents of this book focus on the evolution and practice of mantra. This work...
              $48.00
              The Rise of Esoteric Buddhism in Tibet

              In most Asian countries esoteric Buddhism (Tantrayana) declined in the past, while the Tibetans alone preserved the full richness of tantric traditions to our times. Thus this study is based on several Tibetan sources never presented in any modern language - some of them were translated, some were given as a summary.


              The main concern of this study is to exhibit and analyse the traditions of the Old School of Tibetan Buddhism i.e., the mying-ma-pa. For the first time there is shown that the history of the Old Schools goes far beyond the Padmasambhava; some sources hint at a non-Indian origin of some tantric cycles. The whole tradition of the Old School is divided into two lineages: one of the Pronouncements and the other of the Concealed Treasures. Each lineage is discussed in detail - more than twenty biographies of the famous masters of the Old School are on these facts and events aims at giving an impression of the spiritual life within the Old School and links the results of this study with the hitherto existing knowledge of esoteric Buddhism. This study exhibits a great deal of so far unknown facts and events that indispensable for understanding thought and history of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet.


              About the Author:


              The author Dr. (Mrs.) Eva Dargyay, is Reader in Tibetology at the University of Munich (West Germany). Being a German specialist in Tibetan and Buddhist studies, she is married to a Tibetan Geshay.

              In most Asian countries esoteric Buddhism (Tantrayana) declined in the past, while the Tibetans alone...
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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
              $33.00
              The Path of Serenity and Insight
              "In the oldest scriptures of Theravada Buddhism much attention is given to the jhanas, high levels of meditative attainment distinguished by powerful concentration and purity of mind. Ven. Dr. Gunaratana examines these jhanas within the context of Buddhist teaching as a whole and particularly within the meditation disciplines taught by the Buddha. Beginning with the ethical foundation for meditation, the role of the teacher, the classical subjects of meditation, and the appropriateness of these subjects to individual practitioners, the author traces the practice of meditation to the higher reaches of realization. The eight stages of jhana are individually analyzed and explained in terms of their relation to one another and to the ultimate goal of the teaching. The author makes the critical distinction between the mundane jhanas and supermundane jhanas, pointing out that the lower four, while leading to various mental powers and psychic attainments, are not necessary to full enlightenment and may be developed or bypassed as the medita-tor wishes.

              The author goes on to explain the place of the jhanas among the accomplishments of an arahat and elucidate their usefulness for a dedicated meditator.

              Review:

              ...This is a work which combines sound scholarship with considerable practical experience.
              Amadeo Sole-Leris
              Buddhist Studies Review, 5.1 (1988)

              ...This should be a useful book for those interested in well-documented, traditional analysis of the cons

              ....For a long time in my experience newcomers to Buddhism have been confused about the position of the jhanas (absorptions) in Buddhist meditation practice. This is the first book... which deals clearly and exhaustively with the subject. -PHILIP M. EDEN, Middle Way"
              "In the oldest scriptures of Theravada Buddhism much attention is given to the jhanas, high...
              $21.00
              Seven Works of Vasubandhu

              About the Book:


              Vasubandhu, one of the most famous Mahayana Buddhist Philosophers, wrote works on a vast variety of subjects. This collection of translations includes the Vada-Vidhi, a work on logic; the Panca-skandhaka-prakarana, which deals with the 'aggregates' making up 'personality'; the Karmasiddhi-prakarana, which in explaining psychic continuity, also attacks many features of earlier Buddhist Psychology; the famous Vimsatika and Trimsika, which take Buddhist psychology into hitherto unexplored areas; the Madhyanta-Vibhaga-bhasya, one of the most profound books for Mahayana realization; and the Tri-svabhava-nirdesa which shows a way for ridding consciousness of ensnaring mental constructions. A glossary of key words is included, as are the texts of those works which survive in Sanskrit. Each translation is prefaced by an explanatory introduction and is followed by notes. These include also references to other Indian philosophical systems and occasional comparisons with modern Western psychology systems, particularly where the latter seem inadequate in comparison with Vasubandhu's Yogacara.


              About the Author:


              Stefan Anacker, born in the USA of Swiss parents, received his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wis., USA) in Buddhist Studies. He has also studied Sanskrit and Old Kannada at the University of Mysore. At present he is a research scholar living in Lausanne, Switzerland.

              About the Book:Vasubandhu, one of the most famous Mahayana Buddhist Philosophers, wrote works on a...
              $36.00
              Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism

              About the Author


              Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki was Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at the Otani University, Kyoto. He was probably the greatest authority on Buddhist Philosophy and Zen Buddhism.


              About the Book


              Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism of Dr. Suzuki is one of the finest introductory manuals to date on Mahayana school of Buddhism. As an introductory essays, Dr. Suzuki has endeavored, within the limitations space, to be as comprehensive as is possible: Written in a style that is lucid, transparent and easy to read, the book sets out to present the most intricate and complex Mahayana philosophical doctrines in such a manner that an average reader can grasp them. In this noble mission the author has greatly succeeded.


              Introduction


              The Mahayana and The Hinayana Buddhism
              The terms "Mahayana" and "Hinayana" may sound unfamiliar to most of our readers, perhaps even to those who have devoted some time to the study of Buddhism. They have hitherto been induced to believe that there is but one form of Buddhism, and that there exists no such distinction as Mahayanism and Hinayanism. But, as a matter of fact, there are diverse schools in Buddhism just as in other religious systems. It is said that, within a few hundred years after the demise of Buddha, there were more than twenty different schools, all claiming to be the orthodox teaching of their master. These, however, seem to have vanished into insignificance one after another, when there arose a new school quite different in its general constitution from its predecessors, but far more important in its significance as a religious movement. This new school or rather system made itself so prominent in the mean time as to stand distinctly alone from all the other schools, which later became a class by itself. Essentially, it taught everything that was considered to be Buddhistic, but it was very comprehensive in its principle and method and scope. And, by reason of this, Buddhism was now split into two great systems, Mahayanism and Hinayanism, the latter indiscriminately including all the minor schools which preceded Mahayanism in their formal establishment.


              Broadly speaking, the difference between Mahayanism and Hinayanism is this: Mahayanism is more liberal and progressive, but in many respects too metaphysical and full of speculative thoughts that frequently reach a dazzling eminence: Hinayanism, on the other hand, is somewhat conservative and may be considered in many points to be a rationalistic ethical system simply.


              Mahayana literally means "great vehicle" and Hinayana "small or inferior vehicle," that is, of salvation. This distinction is recognized only by the followers of Mahayanism, because it was by them that the unwelcome title of Hinayanism was given to their rival brethren, - thinking that they were more progressive and had a more assimilating energy than the latter. The adherents of Hinayanism, as a matter of course, refused to sanction the Mahayanist doctrine as the genuine teaching of Buddha, and insisted that there could not be any other Buddhism than their own, to them naturally the Mahayana system was a sort of heresy.


              Geographically, the progressive school of Buddhism found its supporters in Nepal, Tibet, China, Corea, and Japan, while the conservative school established itself in Ceylong, Siam and Burma. Hence the Mahayana and the Hinayana are also known respectively Northern and Southern Buddhism.


              En passant, let me remark that this distinction, however, is not quite correct, for we have some schools in China and Japan, whose equivalent or counterpart cannot be found in the so called Northern Buddhism, that is, Buddhism flourishing in Northern India. For instance, we do not have in Nepal or in Tibet anything like the Sukhavati sects of Japan or China. Of course, the general essential ideas of the Sukhavati philosophy are found in the sutra literature as well as in the writings of such authors as Acvaghosa, Asanga, and Nagarjuna. But those ideas were not developed and made into a new sect as they were in the East. Therefore, it may be more proper to divide Buddhism into three, instead of two, geographical sections: Southern, Northern, and Eastern.

              About the AuthorDaisetz Teitaro Suzuki was Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at the Otani University, Kyoto....
              $50.00
              Cult of Nothingness - The Philosophers and the Buddha

              From the Jacket


              The common Western understanding of Buddhism today envisions this major world religion as one of compassion and tolerance. But as the author Droit reveals, this view bears little resemblance to one broadly held in the nineteenth-century European philosophical imagination that saw Buddhism as a religion of annihilation calling for the destruction of the self.


              The Cult of Nothingness traces the history of the Western discovery of Buddhism. In so doing, the author shows that such major philosophers as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Hegel, Cousin, and Renan imagined Buddhism as a religion that was, as Nietzsche put it, a “negation of the world.” In fact, says the author, such portrayals were more a reflection of what was happening in Europe at the time - when the collapse of traditional European hierarchies and values, the specter of atheism, and the rise of racism and social revolts were shaking European societies-than an accurate description of Buddhist thought. The author also reflects on how this history continues to echo in contemporary Western understanding of Buddhism. The book includes a Buddhism published in the West between 1638 and 1890.


              Roger-Pol Droit is a researcher in Philosophy at the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and a columnist for Le Monde. His most recent book is 101 Experiences de philosophie quotidienne.

              From the JacketThe common Western understanding of Buddhism today envisions this major world religion as...
              $32.00
              Buddha's Ancient Path

              From the Jacket:


              This is a book on basic Buddhism with a difference, for it is written by a monk who was native of Ceylon, a scholar and a well-known preacher and broadcaster in Ceylon. He had the Pali canon and the commentaries at his fingertips, so that his book is full of apposite stories and quotations of what the Buddha said - many of them appearing in English for the first time.


              In recent years a number of expositions of the Buddha's teachings have been published in English, but most of them lack authenticity and do not represent what the Buddha taught correctly. Hence the need for this authentic book based on the Four Noble Truths about suffering which are the central conception of Buddhism and on the Noble Eightfold Path which is Buddhism in Practice.


              This should prove the standard textbook from which basic Buddhism of the Theravada is taught for many years to come. It cannot be stressed too strongly that the Mahayana Buddhism of Tibet, China and Japan is based on and developed out of this basic Buddhism of the Theravadins in Ceylon.


              About the Author:


              The Venerable Piyadassi Thera was born in Ceylon. He was educated at Nalanda College, one of the most important centres of Buddhist education in Ceylon. He then entered the Ceylon University on a scholarship and read philosophy, culture and civilization. After completing the course he left the university without sitting for his examination as it was not his intention to study for degrees.


              At the age of twenty he joined the Order as pupil of the Venerable Vajiranana Sangha Nayaka. At the feet of this great authority on Buddhism he imbibed the knowledge of Buddhism. Having traveled widely as a Buddhist missionary both in the East and in the West, he was able to write in a manner that could appeal to both.








              From the Jacket:
              This is a book on basic Buddhism with a difference, for it is written by a monk who was native of Ceylon, a scholar and a well-known preacher and broadcaster in Ceylon. He had the Pali canon and the commentaries at his fingertips, so that his book is full of apposite stories and quotations of what the Buddha said - many of them appearing in English for the first time.

              In recent years a number of expositions of the Buddha's teachings have been published in English, but most of them lack authenticity and do not represent what the Buddha taught correctly. Hence the need for this authentic book based on the Four Noble Truths about suffering which are the central conception of Buddhism and on the Noble Eightfold Path which is Buddhism in Practice.

              This should prove the standard textbook from which basic Buddhism of the Theravada is taught for many years to come. It cannot be stressed too strongly that the Mahayana Buddhism of Tibet, China and Japan is based on and developed out of this basic Buddhism of the Theravadins in Ceylon.



              About the Author:


              The Venerable Piyadassi Thera was born in Ceylon. He was educated at Nalanda College, one of the most important centres of Buddhist education in Ceylon. He then entered the Ceylon University on a scholarship and read philosophy, culture and civilization. After completing the course he left the university without sitting for his examination as it was not his intention to study for degrees.

              At the age of twenty he joined the Order as pupil of the Venerable Vajiranana Sangha Nayaka. At the feet of this great authority on Buddhism he imbibed the knowledge of Buddhism. Having traveled widely as a Buddhist missionary both in the East and in the West, he was able to write in a manner that could appeal to both.
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