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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhismby Matthew T. Kapstein

    Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 60.00 US$ 51.60

    This volume brings to bear the methodological insights of the contemporary human sciences and at the same time aims to convey to non-specialist readers an impression of the broad domain of Tibetan religious and philosophical thought. 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 New Buddhismby James William Coleman

    Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 34.99 US$ 30.09

    In our multicultural society, faiths formerly seen as exotic have become attractive alternatives for many people seeking more satisfying spiritual lives. This is especially true of Buddhism, which is the focus of constant media attention--thanks at least in part to celebrity converts, major motion pictures, and the popularity of the Dalai Lama. Following... 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...

  • Himalayan Hermitessby Kurtis R. Schaeffer

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 32.99 US$ 28.37

    Himalayan Hermitess is a vivid account of the life and times of a Buddhist nun living on the borderlands of Tibetan culture. Orgyan Chokyi (1675-1729) spent her life in Dolpo, the highest inhabited region of the Nepal Himalayas. Illiterate and expressly forbidden by her master to write her own life story, Orgyan Chokyi received divine inspiration,... more...

  • Ocean of Reasoningby Tsong khapa; Geshe Ngawang Samten; Jay L. Garfield

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 26.99 US$ 23.21

    Tsong kha pa (14th-century) is arguably the most important and influential philosopher in Tibetan history. An Ocean of Reasoning is the most extensive and perhaps the deepest extant commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way ), and it can be argued that it is impossible to discuss Nagarjuna's work in an informed... more...

  • British Buddhismby Robert Bluck

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    British Buddhism presents a useful insight into contemporary British Buddhist practice. It provides a survey of the seven largest Buddhist traditions in the United Kingdom, including the Forest Sangha (Theravada) and the Samatha Trust (Theravada), the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition (Soto Zen) and Soka Gakkai (both originally Japanese),... 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...