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  • The Buddhist Catechismby Henry Steel Olcott

    The Floating Press 1908; US$ 5.99

    A founding member of the Theosophical Society, and perhaps the first well-known European to convert to Buddhism, Henry Steel Olcott made a lasting contribution with his Buddhist Catechism of 1881. Seeing Buddhism with a Westernized scientific eye, the work is given in the same question and answer structure used in the Christian Catechism. David McMahan... more...

  • Secret Lives of the Dalai Lamaby Alexander Norman; Dalai Lama

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2010; US$ 15.00

    The Complete Story of the Dalai Lamas    His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is known to the world for his efforts to preserve Tibetan culture and for his inspiring spiritual teachings. Often unnoticed, however, is the long, colorful history from which this most beloved of holy men has emerged. In Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama, Alexander Norman... more...

  • The Spread of Buddhismby Ann Heirman; Stephan Peter Bumbacher

    BRILL 2007; US$ 196.00

    This book unravels some of the complex factors that allowed or hampered the presence of (certain aspects of) Buddhism in the regions to the north and the east of India, such as Central Asia, China, Tibet, Mongolia, or Korea. more...

  • The A to Z of Buddhismby Carl Olson

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 39.99

    The A to Z of Buddhism covers and clarifies Buddhist concepts, significant figures, movements, schools, places, activities, and periods. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 700 cross-referenced dictionary entries. more...

  • Heartwoodby Wendy Cadge

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 30.00

    Theravada is one of the three main branches of Buddhism. In Asia it is practiced widely in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. This fascinating ethnography opens a window onto two communities of Theravada Buddhists in contemporary America: one outside Philadelphia that is composed largely of Thai immigrants and one outside Boston that... more...

  • Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhismby Donald S. Lopez Jr.

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 31.00

    Over the past century, Buddhism has come to be seen as a world religion, exceeding Christianity in longevity and, according to many, philosophical wisdom. Buddhism has also increasingly been described as strongly ethical, devoted to nonviolence, and dedicated to bringing an end to human suffering. And because it places such a strong emphasis on rational... more...

  • Framing the Jinaby John Cort

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 87.99

    John Cort explores the narratives by which the Jains have explained the presence of icons of Jinas (their enlightened and liberated teachers) that are worshiped and venerated in the hundreds of thousands of Jain temples throughout India. Most of these narratives portray icons favorably, and so justify their existence; but there are also narratives... more...

  • Heroic Wives Rituals, Stories and the Virtues of Jain Wifehoodby M. Whitney Kelting

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 82.99

    In this fieldwork-based study, Kelting explores the ways in which Jain women use sati narratives and rituals to understand wifehood as a choice, which these women's ongoing ritual practices continually shape. She focuses on eight well-known Jain sati narratives, recorded in both formal ritual contexts and in informal retellings, and also as read aloud... more...

  • Touching the Earthby Thich Nhat Hanh

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 9.99

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2005. –Shambhala Sun '' Touching the Earth has the capacity to awaken us to the nature of reality, to transform us, to purify us, and to restore joy and vitality to our life. As soon as we begin to practice, we can taste the benefits.'' –Thich Nhat Hanh Touching the Earth is a guide to one of Thich... more...

  • The World We Haveby Thich Nhat Hanh

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 9.99

    IN THICH NHAT HANH'S MOST EXCITING and provocative book in years, he offers a dramatic vision of the future of our planet and links his contemplation of environmental destruction to the Buddhist teachings of interconnectedness and the impermanence of all things. Rather than seeing impermanence as an excuse for disengaging from the world, he argues... more...