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Buddhist Scriptures


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Publisher Comments:

While Buddhism has no central text comparable to the Bible or Koran, there is a powerful body of scripture from across Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the teachings of the Buddha. In this rich anthology, eminent scholar Donald S. Lopez, Jr., brings together works from a broad historical and geographical range, and from such languages as Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese. There are tales of the Buddha?s past lives, a discussion of qualities and qualifications for a monk, and an exploration of the many meanings of enlightenment. Together they provide a vivid picture of the Buddha and of the vast and profound nature of the Buddhist tradition.

Book News Annotation:

While acknowledging the extreme difficulty of the task, Lopez (Buddhist and Tibetan studies, U. of Michigan) hopes to provide a representative sampling of canonical Buddhist texts by presenting English translations of works from a variety of historical periods, geographical origins, and literary styles. Sixty selections averaging five pages have been chosen to reflect the development of Buddhist studies to date, but also to provide a more balanced view of the tradition than Lopez's 1995 Buddhism in Practice, which stressed recent scholarship by avoiding works on doctrine and texts already famous in the West and including more works from traditions beyond India and China.
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A selection of Buddhist writings representing the full range of historical periods, geographical origins and literary styles. The text is organized into chapters on: the Buddhist universe; the Buddha; monastic life; meditation and other rituals; and enlightenment.

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.

Table of Contents

Buddhist Scriptures Acknowledgments

Technical Note

Introduction: Digesting the Dharma

Further Reading The Buddhist Universe

1. The Realms of Rebirth

2. A Call to Practise

3. Karma Tales

4. A Lesson from a Ghost

5. A Scripture that Protects Kings

6. One Buddha per Universe

7. Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side

8. Rebirth in the Land of Bliss

9. Avoiding Hell, Gaining Heaven

10. A Chinese Pilgrim in India

11. A Sacred Peak

12. Maitreya Describes the Future

The Buddha

13. The Three Jewels

14. The Noble Search

15. A Life of the Buddha

16. Maya, Mother of the Buddha

17. Why the Buddha Had Good Digestion

18. A King Gives Away His Head

19. Rupyavati Gives Away Her Breasts

20. How the Buddha Became a Bodhisattva

21. Proving the Buddha

22. Enshrining a Relic

23. The Consecration of a Buddha Image

24. A Hymn to the Buddha

Monastic Life

25. The Evolution of Ordination

26. Making Men into Monks

27. A Murderer Becomes a Monk

28. The Ascetic Ideal

29. Monks in the Mahayana

30. Making New Monastic Rules

31. Lives of Eminent Monks and Nuns

32. The Nine Patriarchs of the East

33. Taking the Vinaya Across the Sea

34. Zen for National Defence

35. How a Monk Freed his Mother from Hell

36. Living in the Degenerate Age

Meditation and Other Rituals

37. The Direct Path to Enlightenment

38. Wisdom and Compassion

39. Serenity and Discernment

40. On the Relation of Study and Meditation

41. Both Sudden and Gradual Enlightenment

42. Reciting the Name of the Buddha

43. The Bodhisattva Vow

44. Freeing Birds and Fish from Bondage

45. Against Animal Sacrifice

46. Feeding Hungry Ghosts

47. A Sutra for Long Life

48. Transforming Death into Buddhahood


49. A Lay Minister of Meditation

50. Nuns Triumph Over Evil

51. The Perfection of Wisdom

52. In Praise of Reality

53. Songs of the Siddhas

54. The Ultimate Couple

55. Buddhahood in this Lifetime

56. The Practice of No Thought

57. Finding Enlightenment in the Final Age

58. The Gift of Faith

59. A Zen Master Interprets the Dharma

60. Dedication of Merit


Product Details

Lopez, Donald
Lopez, Donald S.
Lopez Jr, Donald S.
Penguin Books
Buddhism - General
Buddhism - Sacred Writings
Buddhist literature
Religion Eastern-Buddhism-Sacred Writings
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2004
Grade Level:
from 12
198 x 129 in.
Age Level:

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