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  • The Madman's Middle Wayby Donald S. Lopez Jr.

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 20.00

    Gendun Chopel is considered the most important Tibetan intellectual of the twentieth century. His life spanned the two defining moments in modern Tibetan history: the entry into Lhasa by British troops in 1904 and by Chinese troops in 1951. Recognized as an incarnate lama while he was a child, Gendun Chopel excelled in the traditional monastic curriculum... more...

  • Buddhism and Scienceby Donald S. Lopez Jr.

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 18.00

    Beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing to the present day, both Buddhists and admirers of Buddhism have proclaimed the compatibility of Buddhism and science. Their assertions have ranged from modest claims about the efficacy of meditation for mental health to grander declarations that the Buddha himself anticipated the theories of relativity,... more...

  • Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhismby Donald S. Lopez Jr.

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 31.00

    Over the past century, Buddhism has come to be seen as a world religion, exceeding Christianity in longevity and, according to many, philosophical wisdom. Buddhism has also increasingly been described as strongly ethical, devoted to nonviolence, and dedicated to bringing an end to human suffering. And because it places such a strong emphasis on rational... more...

  • "The Tibetan Book of the Dead"by Jr. Donald S. Lopez

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 19.95 US$ 15.96

    The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most famous Buddhist text in the West, having sold more than a million copies since it was first published in English in 1927. Carl Jung wrote a commentary on it, Timothy Leary redesigned it as a guidebook for an acid trip, and the Beatles quoted Leary's version in their song "Tomorrow Never Knows."... more...

  • Into the Teeth of the Tigerby Donald S. Lopez

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 17.95

    Into the Teeth of the Tiger provides a vivid, pilot?s-eye view of one of the most extended projections of American air power in World War II Asia. Lopez chronicles every aspect of fighter combat in that theater: harrowing aerial battles, interludes of boredom and inactivity, instances of courage and cowardice. Describing different pilots? roles in... more...

  • Fighter Pilot's Heavenby Donald S. Lopez

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 16.95

    Fighter Pilot's Heaven presents the dramatic inside story of the American military's transition into the jet age, as told by a flyer whose life depended on its success. With colorful anecdotes about fellow pilots as well as precise technical information, Donald S. Lopez describes how it was to be ?behind the stick? as a test pilot from 1945 to 1950,... more...

  • Buddhism in Practiceby Jr. Donald S. Lopez

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 45.00 US$ 36.00

    This anthology, first published in 1995, illustrates the vast scope of Buddhist practice in Asia, past and present. Re-released now in a slimmer but still extensive edition, Buddhism in Practice presents a selection of thirty-five translated texts--each preceded by a substantial introduction by its translator. These unusual sources provides... more...

  • The "Lotus S?tra"by Jr. Donald S. Lopez

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 20.50 US$ 16.40

    The Lotus Sutra is arguably the most famous of all Buddhist scriptures. Composed in India in the first centuries of the Common Era, it is renowned for its inspiring message that all beings are destined for supreme enlightenment. Here, Donald Lopez provides an engaging and accessible biography of this enduring classic. Lopez traces the many roles... more...

  • Strange Tales of an Oriental Idolby Donald S. Lopez Jr.

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 27.50

    We tend to think that the Buddha has always been seen as the compassionate sage admired around the world today, but until the nineteenth century, Europeans often regarded him as a nefarious figure, an idol worshipped by the pagans of the Orient. Donald S. Lopez Jr. offers here a rich sourcebook of European fantasies about the Buddha drawn from the... more...

  • Elaborations on Emptinessby Jr. Donald S. Lopez

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 52.50 US$ 42.00

    The Heart Sutra is perhaps the most famous Buddhist text, traditionally regarded as a potent expression of emptiness and of the Buddha's perfect wisdom. This brief, seemingly simple work was the subject of more commentaries in Asia than any other sutra. In Elaborations on Emptiness , Donald Lopez explores for the first time the elaborate philosophical... more...