Buddhist Scriptures

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Penguin UK, Mar 25, 2004 - Religion - 608 pages
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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 from a broad historical and geographical range, and from 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.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Technical Note
Introduction Digesting the Dharma
Further Reading
THE BUDDHIST UNIVERSE
2A CALL TO PRACTISE
3KARMA TALES
4A LESSON FROM A GHOST
30MAKING NEW MONASTIC RULES
31LIVES OF EMINENT MONKS AND NUNS
32THE NINE PATRIARCHS OF THE EAST
33TAKING THE VINAYA ACROSS THE SEA
34ZEN FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE
35HOW A MONK FREED HIS MOTHER FROM HELL
36LIVING IN THE DEGENERATE AGE
MEDITATION AND OTHER RITUALS

5A SCRIPTURE THAT PROTECTS KINGS
6ONE BUDDHA PER UNIVERSE
7TWO BUDDHAS SEATED SIDE BY SIDE
8REBIRTH IN THE LAND OF BLISS
9AVOIDING HELL GAINING HEAVEN
10A CHINESE PILGRIM IN INDIA
11A SACRED PEAK
12MAITREYA DESCRIBES THE FUTURE
THE BUDDHA
14THE NOBLE SEARCH
15A LIFE OF THE BUDDHA
16MĀYĀ MOTHER OF THE BUDDHA
17WHY THE BUDDHA HAD GOOD DIGESTION
18A KING GIVES AWAY HIS HEAD
19RŪPYĀVATĪ GIVES AWAY HER BREASTS
20HOW THE BUDDHA BECAME A BODHISATTVA
21PROVING THE BUDDHA
22ENSHRINING A RELIC
23THE CONSECRATION OF A BUDDHA IMAGE
24A HYMN TO THE BUDDHA
MONASTIC LIFE
26MAKING MEN INTO MONKS
27A MURDERER BECOMES A MONK
28THE ASCETIC IDEAL
29MONKS IN THE MAHĀYĀNA
38WISDOM AND COMPASSION
39SERENITY AND DISCERNMENT
40ON THE RELATION OF STUDY AND MEDITATION
41BOTH SUDDEN AND GRADUAL ENLIGHTENMENT
42RECITING THE NAME OF THE BUDDHA
43THE BODHISATTVA VOW
44FREEING BIRDS AND FISH FROM BONDAGE
45AGAINST ANIMAL SACRIFICE
46FEEDING HUNGRY GHOSTS
47A SŪTRA FOR LONG LIFE
48TRANSFORMING DEATH INTO BUDDHAHOOD
ENLIGHTENMENT
50NUNS TRIUMPH OVER EVIL
51THE PERFECTION OF WISDOM
52IN PRAISE OF REALITY
53SONGS OF THE SIDDHAS
54THE ULTIMATE COUPLE
55BUDDHAHOOD IN THIS LIFETIME
56THE PRACTICE OF NO THOUGHT
57FINDING ENLIGHTENMENT IN THE FINAL AGE
58THE GIFT OF FAITH
59A ZEN MASTER INTERPRETS THE DHARMA
60DEDICATION OF MERIT
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Donald Lopez is Professsor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan. He is the author of Buddhism (Penguin, 2000, r/i 2002) and Modern Buddhism (Penguin, 2002).

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