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  • Altered Statesby Douglas Osto

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 34.99

    In the 1950s and 1960s, Americans combined psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to achieve direct experience through altered states of consciousness. As some practitioners became more committed to Buddhism, they abandoned the use of psychedelics in favor of stricter mental discipline, but others carried on with the experiment, advancing a fascinating... more...

  • The Gathering of Intentionsby Jacob P. Dalton

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 59.99

    This unique study reads a single Tibetan Buddhist ritual system through the movements of Tibetan history, revealing the social and material dimensions of a seemingly timeless tradition. By subjecting tantric practice to historical analysis, the book offers new insight into the origins of Tibetan Buddhism, the formation of its canon, the emergence... more...

  • Readings of the Vessantara Jatakaby Steven Collins

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 29.99

    The Vessantara Jataka is one of the most popular and influential Theravada Buddhist texts and the final and longest scripture in the Pali Canon. It tells the story of Prince Vessantara, who attained the Perfection of Giving by giving away his fortune, his children, and his wife. Prince Vessantara was the penultimate rebirth as a human of the future... more...

  • Peacock in the Poison Groveby Lhundub Sopa; Matthew J. Sweet; Leonard Zwilling

    Wisdom Publications 2016; US$ 16.95 US$ 12.50

    Geshe Sopa offers insightful commentary on two of the earliest Tibetan texts that focus on mental training.  Peacock in the Poison Grove presents powerful yogic methods of dispelling the selfish delusions of the ego and maintaining purity in our motives. Geshe Sopa's lucid explanations teach how we can fight the egocentric enemy within by realizing... more...

  • The History of the Buddha's Relic Shrineby Stephen C. Berkwitz

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 87.99

    Buddhist chronicles have long been had a central place in the study of Buddhism. Scholars, however, have relied almost exclusively on Pali works that were composed by elites for learned audiences, to the neglect of a large number of Buddhist histories written in local languages for popular consumption. The Sinhala Th?pavamsa, composed by Parakama Pandita... more...

  • Did D?gen Go to China?by Steven Heine

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 64.99

    D?gen (1200-1253), the founder of the S?t? Zen sect in Japan, is especially known for introducing to Japanese Buddhism many of the texts and practices that he discovered in China. Heine reconstructs the context of D?gen's travels to and reflections on China by means of a critical look at traditional sources both by and about D?gen in light of recent... more...

  • Buddhist Poetry and Colonialismby Stephen C. Berkwitz

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 49.99

    Buddhist Poetry and Colonialism examines five works by the poet Alagiyavanna to demonstrate how Buddhism in Sri Lanka was transformed by the encounters with Portuguese colonialism in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. more...

  • Four Illusionsby Candrakirti; Karen C. Lang

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 54.99

    This book provides the first English translation of Candrakirti's commentary (ca. 6-7th century C.E.) on four illusions that prevent us from becoming Buddhas. Lang's translation captures the clarity of Candrakirti's arguments and the lively humor of the stories and examples he uses. Lang's introduction explores the range of Candrakirti's interests... more...

  • Yongming Yanshou's Conception of Chan in the Zongjing luby Albert Welter

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 87.99

    Yongming Yanshou ranks among the great figures of the Chinese and East Asian Buddhist tradition. His main work, the one-hundred fascicle Zongjing lu (Records of the Source-Mirror), is regularly cited but has been subjected to little systematic investigation. Through a vivid reconstruction of the environment in which Yanshou lived and wrote, Welter... more...

  • The Holy Madmen of Tibetby David M. DiValerio

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 33.99

    This book is the first comprehensive study of the "holy madmen" of Tibetan Buddhism - tantric yogins who achieved a degree of saintliness through shocking, norm-overturning behavior. more...