Shinran and His Work

Shinran and His Work

Arthur Lloyd

The Reverend Arthur Lloyd spent many years in Japan as a missionary and scholar. He extensively studied the Pure Land school of Buddhism, particularly the Shinshu sect founded by Shinran Shonen. This book centers around Lloyd’s translation of the ‘Shoshinge’ or Hymn of True Faith, followed by extended commentary on the text…

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The Jataka Volume II

The Jataka Volume II

W. H. D. Rouse

This is Volume II of The Jataka, a massive collection of Buddhist folklore about previous incarnations of the Buddha, both in human and animal form. Originally written in Pali, and dating to at least 380 BCE, the Jataka includes many stories which have traveled afar. Many of these can be traced cross-culturally in the folklore…

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Beyond Belief, A Buddhist Critique of Fundamentalist Christianity

Beyond Belief, A Buddhist Critique of Fundamentalist Christianity

A. L. DeSilva

From the Preface: ‘The purpose of this book is threefold. Firstly it aims to critically examine the fundamentalist approach to Christianity and thereby highlight its many logical, philosophical and ethical problems. In doing this I hope to be able to provide Buddhists with facts which they can use when Christians attempt to evangelize them. This book should make such encounters fairer and hopefully also make it more likely that…

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The Creed of Half Japan

The Creed of Half Japan

Arthur Lloyd

This is a scholarly study of the evolution of Mahayana Buddhism in Japan. Chapters include; Mahāyāna; The Stage on which S’akyamuni made his Appearance; The Buddha and his Greatest Disciple; The Pre-Christian Expansion of Buddhism; Pusityamitra; The New Testament in Touch with the East; Alexandria and Antioch at the Time of Christ…

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Esoteric Teachings of the Tibetan Tantra

Esoteric Teachings of the Tibetan Tantra

C. A. Muses

This book contains three separate, and very important, works detailing Tibetan Tantric Buddhist thought and practice: Seven Initiation Rituals of the Tibetan Tantra, The Six Yogas of Naropa, and The Vow of Mahamudra. These were translated and edited by Musés assisted by exiled Tibetan monks from manuscripts in the Library of Congress. There are some very strange passages here. There is the mysterious prophecy of Mi-Gyur-Dorje found in one…

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The Jataka Volume I

Robert Chalmers

This is Volume 1 of a 6 Volume set. The Jataka is a massive collection of Buddhist folklore about previous incarnations of the Buddha, both in human and animal form. Dating to at least 380 BCE.

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A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

Fa-Hsien

A Record of Buddhist Kingdoms–Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Hien of Travels in India and Ceylon (Ad 399-414) in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline, is one of the most important source for reconstructing the life and conditions of the times. Though brief, his account of the general characteristics and tendencies of Gupta imperial administration is very valuable. Likewise, the account…

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A Buddhist Bible

A Buddhist Bible

Dwight Goddard

Comprised of the favourite scriptures of the Zen sect, including The Diamond Sutra, The Lankavatara Sutra, The Sutra Of Transcendental Wisdom, and The Sutra Of The Sixth Patriarch. This first edition was self-published in Vermont by Goddard.

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Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist

Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

This is a study of Buddhist mysticism, contrasted and compared with Christian mysticism, particularly the writings of Meister Eckhart. Suzuki explores Buddhist and Christian concepts of infinity, eternity and the transmigration of souls. This book explains many difficult Buddhist concepts, including kono-mama, a state of spiritual contentment. Also included is extensive material about the ‘Pure Land…

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Siddhartha

Siddhartha

Herman Hesse

Siddhartha is a 1922 novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. The story takes place in ancient Nepal. Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, decides to leave behind his home in the hopes of gaining spiritual illumination by becoming an ascetic wandering beggar of the Samanas. Joined by his best friend Govinda, Siddhartha fasts…

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The Religion of the Samurai

The Religion of the Samurai

Kaiten Nukariya

Kaiten Nukariya’s 1913 Religion of the Samurai focuses on Northern (Mahayana) Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism in particular. This short book contains a wealth of detail, as well as very lucid explanations of seemingly elusive Zen Buddhist concepts. It includes a text on the ‘Origin of Man’ by Kwei Fung Tsung Mih, a notable Chinese scholar who was the seventh Patriarch of the Kegon sect. With extensive footnotes.

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The Path of Light

The Path of Light

Lionel D. Barnett

This is a translation of an important treatise of Mahayana Buddhism, the Bodhicharyavatara of Santideva, part of the Wisdom of the East Series. It includes a long introduction by the translator, Barnett, who discusses the rise of Mahayana Buddhism, going into some depth about the significance of these doctrines.

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The Udana

The Udana

Dawsonne Melanchthon Strong

The Udana is a Buddhist scripture, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. The title might be translated as “inspired utterances”. The book comprises 80 such utterances, most in verse, each preceded by a narrative giving the context in which the Buddha utters it.

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India in Primitive Christianity

India in Primitive Christianity

Arthur Lillie

Fully illustrated. The connection between Christianity and Buddhism is unmistakable, both in terms of the traditional narratives of the respective founders, and in their attributed sayings. Arthur Lillie here examines possible historical linkages between the two religions from a critical, rationalist, viewpoint. For some reason, there is what appears to be a missing gap of several paragraphs somewhere in the later pages; a numbered…

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