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  • Understanding Buddhismby Nolan Pliny Jacobson

    Southern Illinois University Press 2010; US$ 22.00

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

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 19.95

    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 recently,... more...

  • Understanding Our Mindby Thich Nhat Hanh

    Parallax Press 2006; US$ 12.99

    This profound look at Buddhist psychology offers important insights into how Buddhism's ancient teachings apply to the modern world. Basing his work on the writings of the great fifth-century Buddhist master Vasubandhu and the teachings of the Avatamsaka Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognizing the true nature of consciousness.... more...

  • Beyond Happinessby Gay Watson

    Karnac Books 2008; US$ 26.95

    This book attempts to open out the discussion between Buddhist thought and psychotherapy and the new findings of neuroscience in the context of our search for wellbeing. Buddhist teachings are concerned with a way of living and engage most resonantly with practice rather than with theory. Thus the conversation between Buddhism and psychotherapy has... more...

  • Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canonby David Webster

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 54.95

    David Webster explores the notion of desire as found in the Buddhist Pali Canon. Beginning by addressing the idea of a 'paradox of desire', whereby we must desire to end desire, the varieties of desire that are articulated in the Pali texts are examined. A range of views of desire, as found in Western thought, are presented as well as Hindu and Jain... more...

  • Concept of the Buddhaby Guang Xing

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 54.95

    Guang Xing gives an analysis of one of the fundamental Mahayana Buddhist teachings, namely the three bodies of the Buddha (the trikaya Theory), which is considered the foundation of Mahayana philosophy. He examines how and why the philosophical concept of three bodies was formed, particularly the Sambhogakaya , which is the Buddha to be worshipped... more...

  • Notion of ditthi in Theravada Buddhismby Paul Fuller

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 48.95

    The notion of 'view' or 'opinion' ( ditthi ) as an obstacle to 'seeing things as they are' is a central concept in Buddhist thought. This book considers the two ways in which the notion of views are usually understood. Are we to understand right-view as a correction of wrong-views (the opposition understanding) or is the aim of the Buddhist path the... more...

  • The Buddhist Theory of Self-Cognitionby Zhihua Yao

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    This highly original work explores the concept of self-awareness or self-consciousness in Buddhist thought. Its central thesis is that the Buddhist theory of self-cognition originated in a soteriological discussion of omniscience among the Mahasamghikas, and then evolved into a topic of epistemological inquiry among the Yogacarins. To illustrate this... more...

  • Skilful Meansby Michael Pye

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 54.95

    'Skilful Means' is the key principle of Mahayana, one of the great Buddhist traditions. First described in the Lotus Sutra, it originates in myths of the Buddha's compassionate plans for raising life from the ceaseless round of birth and death. His strategies or interventions are 'skilful means' - morally wholesome tricks devised for the purpose... more...

  • Philosophy of the Buddhaby Christopher Gowans

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 41.95

    Philosophy of the Buddha is a philosophical introduction to the teaching of the Buddha. It carefully guides readers through the basic ideas and practices of the Buddha, including kamma (karma), rebirth, the not-self doctrine, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, ethics, meditation, non-attachment, and Nibbâna (Nirvana). The book includes... more...