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Buddhist literature

  • First Buddhist Womenby Susan Murcott

    Parallax Press 2009; US$ 12.99

    First Buddhist Women is a readable, contemporary translation of and commentary on the enlightenment verses of the first female disciples of the Buddha. Through the study of the Therigatha, the earliest-known collection of women?s religious poetry, the book explores Buddhism's 2,600-year-long liberal attitude toward women. Utilizing commentary and... more...

  • Head, Eyes, Flesh, Bloodby Reiko Ohnuma

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 59.99

    Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood is the first comprehensive study of a central narrative theme in premodern South Asian Buddhist literature: the Buddha's bodily self-sacrifice during his previous lives as a bodhisattva. Conducting close readings of stories from Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, and Tibetan literature written between the third century B.C.E.... more...

  • Jataka Stories in Theravada Buddhismby Naomi Appleton

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 119.95

    Jataka stories (stories about the previous births of the Buddha) are very popular in Theravada Buddhist countries, where they are commonly used in sermons, children's books, plays, poetry, temple illustrations, rituals and festivals. Buddhist tradition tells us that the stories illustrate the gradual path to perfection exemplified by the Buddha... more...

  • The Lotus of the Wonderful Lawby W. E. Soothill

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 48.95

    The "Lotus of the Wonderful (or Mystic) Law" is the most important religious book of the Far East, and has been described as "The Gospel of Half Asia". It is also the chief scripture of Buddhism in China, and therefore the chief source of consolation of the many millions of Buddhists in East Asia. It is justifiable to consider it as one of the greatest... more...

  • Miracles of Book and Bodyby Charlotte Eubanks

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 57.95

    Miracles of Book and Body is the first book to explore the intersection of two key genres of sacred literature in medieval Japan: sutras, or sacred Buddhist texts, and setsuwa , or "explanatory tales," used in sermons and collected in written compilations. For most of East Asia, Buddhist sutras were written in classical Chinese and inaccessible... more...

  • Speaking for Buddhasby Richard F. Nance

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 59.99

    As with many religious and philosophical traditions, Buddhist intellectual discourse owes its development to a dynamic interplay of primary source material and subsequent interpretation, yet until now Buddhist scholarship has neglected to privilege one crucial series of texts. Commentaries on Buddhist scripture, particularly the sutras, written by... more...

  • The Tibetan Book of Living and Dyingby Sogyal Rinpoche

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 16.99

    ?A magnificent achievement. In its power to touch the heart, to awaken consciousness, [ The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying ] is an inestimable gift.? ? San Francisco Chronicle A newly revised and updated edition of the internationally bestselling spiritual classic, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying , written by Sogyal Rinpoche, is the ultimate... more...

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