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  • An American's Journey into Buddhismby Albert Shansky

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2008; US$ 19.99

    Structured as a patchwork of conversations, recollections, and lyrical encounters, this rich spiritual autobiography allows readers to eavesdrop on a restless soul in quest of self, God, and home. The memoir tells the story of an American who became intrigued by Buddhism through his love of Asian art and who decided to study the discipline in a Japanese... more...

  • The Quest for Selfby Takeshi Iizuka

    NYU Press 1995; US$ 63.20

    The principles of Zen philosophy have been applied to professions as varied as motorcycle maintenance and baseball. In The Quest for Self author Takeshi Iizuka shows how he has himself applied Zen principles in business. Iizuka starts from the realization that life is but a single existence, and this leads to his reflections about how best we should... more...

  • Buddhist Hagiography in Early Japanby Jonathan Morris Augustine

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 48.95

    Hagiographies or idealized biographies which recount the lives of saints, bodhisattvas and other charismatic figures have been the meeting place for myth and experience. In medieval Europe, the 'lives of saints' were read during liturgical celebrations and the texts themselves were treated as sacred objects. In Japan, it was believed that those who... more...

  • Shin Buddhismby Taitetsu Unno

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2002; US$ 19.00

    Interest in Buddhism continues to grow throughout North America, and more and more readers are moving beyond the familiar Zen and Tibetan traditions to examine other types of Buddhism. In Shin Buddhism , Taitetsu Unno explains the philosophy anc practices of "Pure Land" Buddhism, which dates back to the sixth century C.E., when Buddhism was first... more...

  • The Buddha: A Very Short Introductionby Michael Carrithers

    OUP Oxford 2001; US$ 7.99 US$ 6.87

    Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time, and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its... more...

  • Women Living Zenby Paula Kane Robinson Arai

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 27.99 US$ 24.07

    In this study, based on both historical evidence and ethnographic data, Paula Arai shows that nuns were central agents in the foundation of Buddhism in Japan in the sixth century. They were active participants in the Soto Zen sect, and have continued to contribute to the advancement of the sect to the present day. Drawing on her fieldwork among the... more...

  • The Zen Canonby Steven Heine; Dale S. Wright

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 30.99 US$ 26.65

    Bodhidharma, its first patriarch, reputedly said that Zen Buddhism represents "a special transmission outside the teaching/Without reliance on words and letters." This saying, along with the often perplexing use of language (and silence) by Zen masters, gave rise to the notion that Zen is a "lived religion," based strictly on non-linguistic practice... more...

  • The Koanby Steven Heine; Dale S. Wright

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 43.99 US$ 37.83

    Koans are enigmatic spiritual formulas used for religious training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Arguing that our understanding of the koan tradition has been severely limited, contributors to this collection examine previously unrecognized factors in the formation of this tradition, and highlight the rich complexity and diversity of koan practice... more...

  • Critical Sermons of the Zen Traditionby Christopher Ives; Tokiwa Gishin

    Palgrave Macmillan 2002; US$ 50.00

    The Record of Linji stands as one of the great classics of the Zen tradition, and modern Zen master and reformer Hisamatsu Shin'ichi offers a lively and penetrating exploration of the religious essence of the text. The Record is a compilation of the sayings of Linji, the Chinese founder of Rinzai Zen. Several decades ago, Hisamatsu gave the twenty-two... more...

  • Wisdom of the Eastby Shinran Shonin; S. Yamabe; L. Adams Beck

    The Floating Press 1900; US$ 5.95

    Buddhism passed into Japan from China and Korea about 1320 years ago, in or about the year A.D. 552. It adapted itself with perfect comprehension to the ideals of the Japanese people, inculcating among them the teachings of morality common to the great faiths with, in addition, the spiritual unction, the passion of love and sympathy, self-devotion,... more...