Teachings of the Buddha

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AuthorHouse, Jan 20, 2012 - Religion - 292 pages

The sixteen sutras in this book are English translations of texts selected from the Chinese Buddhist Canon. Thirteen of them have never before been published in book form. The translators introduction to Buddhist doctrine provides an organized background for readers at all levels to better understand and appreciate the teachings in these sutras, which cover a wide range of interesting topics. For example, in Sutra 1, the Buddha teaches karmic requitals and how one can avoid or mitigate unfortunate requitals. In Sutra 6, He predicts that long after His Dharma has perished, the next Buddha, Maitreya, will bring the Dharma back to this world. In Sutra 13, the Buddha reveals the mystery of consciousness, giving a detailed description of ones rebirth according to karmic force. In Sutra 14, He declares the eternity of nirvana and ones Buddha nature. In Sutra 16, He affirms that ones great compassion for all sentient beings will quickly lead one to Buddhahood.

These English translations are easy to read, and Buddhist terms are explained in the glossary. One can read this book for pleasure, or study it for spiritual development. One can also recite the sutras, prayers, and mantras as a spiritual practice. Students in Buddhist Studies certainly can use this book to support and enhance their learning.

 

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Contents

Sfitras from SiX Sections in the Chinese Canon
37
From the Nirvana Section
71
Sutra of Detecting Good or Evil Karma and Requital fascicle 2
108
From the Prajna Section
119
From the Treasure Pile Section
125
From the Dharrna Flower Section
151
Sutra of Irnrneasurable Meaning TO9nO276
196
Ancient Translators Prayers Mantras
213
Prayers
222
Mantras
226
Appendix
233
Reference
269
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