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Buddhist Scriptures : Penguin Classics - Donald Lopez

Buddhist Scriptures

Penguin Classics

By: Donald Lopez (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th May 2004
ISBN: 9780140447583
Number Of Pages: 608
For Ages: 18+ years old

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While Buddhism has no central text such as the Bible or the Koran, there is a powerful body of scripture from across Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the teachings of Buddha. This rich anthology brings together works form a broad historical and geographical range, and form languages such as Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese. There are tales of the Buddha's past lives, a discussion of the qualities and qualifications of a monk, and an exploration of the many meanings of Enlightenment. Together they provide a vivid picture of the Buddha and of the vast nature of the Buddhist tradition.

This new edition contains many texts presented in English for the first time as well as new translations of some well-known works, and also includes an informative introduction and prefaces to each chapter by scholar of Buddhism Donald S. Lopez, with suggestions for further reading and a glossary.

About The Author

Donald S. Lopez, Jr., is a professor of Buddhist and Tibetan studies at the University of Michigan. His publications include The Story of Buddhism and, as editor, Buddhism in Practice.

Technical Note
Introduction: Digesting the Dharma
Further Reading
The Buddhist Universe
The Realms of Rebirthp. 3
A Call to Practisep. 19
Karma Talesp. 24
A Lesson from a Ghostp. 34
A Scripture that Protects Kingsp. 37
One Buddha per Universep. 46
Two Buddhas Seated Side by Sidep. 51
Rebirth in the Land of Blissp. 60
Avoiding Hell, Gaining Heavenp. 69
A Chinese Pilgrim in Indiap. 78
A Sacred Peakp. 84
Maitreya Describes the Futurep. 90
The Buddha
The Three Jewelsp. 101
The Noble Searchp. 105
A Life of the Buddhap. 116
Maya, Mother of the Buddhap. 129
Why the Buddha Had Good Digestionp. 136
A King Gives Away His Headp. 142
Rupyavati Gives Away Her Breastsp. 159
How the Buddha Became a Bodhisattvap. 172
Proving the Buddhap. 185
Enshrining a Relicp. 193
The Consecration of a Buddha Imagep. 200
A Hymn to the Buddhap. 212
Monastic Life
The Evolution of Ordinationp. 223
Making Men into Monksp. 230
A Murderer Becomes a Monkp. 252
The Ascetic Idealp. 262
Monks in the Mahayanap. 269
Making New Monastic Rulesp. 278
Lives of Eminent Monks and Nunsp. 285
The Nine Patriarchs of the Eastp. 297
Taking the Vinaya Across the Seap. 306
Zen for National Defencep. 318
How a Monk Freed his Mother from Hellp. 329
Living in the Degenerate Agep. 335
Meditation and Other Rituals
The Direct Path to Enlightenmentp. 343
Wisdom and Compassionp. 350
Serenity and Discernmentp. 361
On the Relation of Study and Meditationp. 370
Both Sudden and Gradual Enlightenmentp. 375
Reciting the Name of the Buddhap. 379
The Bodhisattva Vowp. 388
Freeing Birds and Fish from Bondagep. 394
Against Animal Sacrificep. 402
Feeding Hungry Ghostsp. 416
A Sutra for Long Lifep. 423
Transforming Death into Buddhahoodp. 430
A Lay Master of Meditationp. 441
Nuns Triumph over Evilp. 445
The Perfection of Wisdomp. 450
In Praise of Realityp. 464
Songs of the Siddhasp. 478
The Ultimate Couplep. 488
Buddhahood in this Lifetimep. 495
The Practice of No Thoughtp. 504
Finding Enlightenment in the Final Agep. 513
The Gift of Faithp. 522
A Zen Master Interprets the Dharmap. 531
Dedication of Meritp. 540
Glossaryp. 549
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780140447583
ISBN-10: 014044758X
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 13th May 2004
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1

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