The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra

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Shambhala #ad - Known in chinese as hua-yen and in japanese as kegon-kyo, the Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture, is held in the highest regard and studied by Buddhists of all traditions. Through its structure and symbolism, as well as through its concisely stated principles, it conveys a vast range of Buddhist teachings.

This one-volume edition contains thomas cleary's definitive translation of all thirty-nine books of the sutra, along with an introduction, and Cleary's translation of Li Tongxuan's seventh-century guide to the final book, a glossary, the Gandavyuha, "Entry into the Realm of Reality. ".

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The Surangama Sutra - A New Translation with Excerpts from the Commentary by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

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Buddhist Text Translation Society #ad - For more a thousand years, the surangama shurangama sutra — the "Sutra of the Indestructible” has been held in great esteem in the Mahāyāna Buddhist countries of East and Southeast Asia. Regarded as a complete and practical manual that leads to enlightenment, it gives instruction in the understanding of the Buddha-nature, the potential within all beings for becoming a Buddha.

In much of the sutra the buddha sakyamuni instructs the young monk Ānanda, teaching him to turn the attention of his sense-faculties inward in order to achieve a focused state of meditation known as samādhi. At the heart of the Sutra is the Surangama Mantra. The practice of this mantra can eliminate internal or external obstacles that lie in the way of spiritual progress.

The Surangama Sutra - A New Translation with Excerpts from the Commentary by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua #ad - Due to its wealth of theoretical and practical instruction the Surangama Sutra has often been the first major text to be studied by newly ordained monks in China, particularly those of the Chan School. By practicing the surangama Samādhi, anyone who maintains purity of conduct and develops right understanding can gain awakening.

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The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary

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Counterpoint #ad - In the words of chinese zen masters, these two teachings became known as “have a cup of tea” and “taste the tea. This is the first translation into english of the original text used by Bodhidharma, which was the Chinese translation made by Gunabhadra in 443 and upon which all Chinese Zen masters have relied ever since.

In addition to presenting one of the most difficult of all Buddhist texts in clear English, Red Pine has also added summaries, explanations and notes, including relevant Sanskrit terms on the basis of which the Chinese translation was made. This promises to become an essential text for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding or knowledge of Zen.

The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary #ad - . Although it covers all the major teachings of mahayana buddhism, it contains but two teachings: that everything we perceive as being real is nothing but the perceptions of our own mind and that the knowledge of this is something that must be realized and experienced for oneself and cannot be expressed in words.

Passed down from teacher to student ever since, this is the only Zen sutra ever spoken by the Buddha. The lankavatara Sutra is the holy grail of Zen. Having translated the diamond sutra and the Heart Sutra, and following with The Platform Sutra, Red Pine now turns his attention to perhaps the greatest Sutra of all.

Zen’s first patriarch, bodhidharma, gave a copy of this text to his successor, Hui-k’o, and told him everything he needed to know was in this book.

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The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Complete Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya The Teachings of the Buddha

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Wisdom Publications #ad - If we want to find out what the Buddha himself actually said, these are the most ancient sources available to us. To ensure that his legacy would survive the ravages of time, his direct disciples compiled records of the Buddha's teachings soon after his passing. In the theravada buddhist tradition, which prevails in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, these records are regarded as the definitive "word of the Buddha.

Preserved in pali, an ancient indian language closely related to the language that the Buddha spoke, this full compilation of texts is known as the Pali Canon. Like the river ganges flowing down from the himalayas, the entire Buddhist tradition flows down to us from the teachings and deeds of the historical Buddha, who lived and taught in India during the fifth century B.

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Complete Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya The Teachings of the Buddha #ad - C. E. The suttas were compiled into collections called "Nikayas, " of which there are four, each organized according to a different principle. The present volume, which continues Wisdom's famous Teachings of the Buddha series, contains a full translation of the Anguttara Nikaya. The anguttara arranges the Buddha's discourses in accordance with a numerical scheme intended to promote retention and easy comprehension.

In an age when writing was still in its infancy, this proved to be the most effective way to ensure that the disciples could grasp and replicate the structure of a teaching. The digha nikaya consists of longer discourses; the Majjhima Nikaya of middle-length discourses; the Samyutta Nikaya of thematically connected discourses; and the Anguttara Nikaya of numerically patterned discourses.

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The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya The Teachings of the Buddha

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Wisdom Publications #ad - The present work begins with an insightful general introduction to the Samyutta Nikaya as a whole. This collection, was directed mainly at those disciples who were capable of grasping the deepest dimensions of wisdom and of clarifying them for others, it seems, and also provided guidance to meditators intent on consummating their efforts with the direct realization of the ultimate truth.

This volume offers a complete translation of the Samyutta Nikaya, The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, the third of the four great collections in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. They combine into orderly chapters all the important short discourses of the Buddha on such major topics as dependent origination, the six sense bases, the seven factors of enlightenment, the five aggregates, the Noble Eightfold Path, and the Four Noble Truths.

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya The Teachings of the Buddha #ad - Each of the five parts is also provided with its own introduction, intended to guide the reader through this vast, ocean-like collection of suttas. This book ranks as one of the most inspiring compilations in the Buddhist canon, showing the Buddha in his full grandeur as the peerless "teacher of gods and humans.

The other four books deal in depth with the philosophical principles and meditative structures of early Buddhism. The first, the book with Verses, is a compilation of suttas composed largely in verse. The samyutta nikaya consists of fifty-six chapters, each governed by a unifying theme that binds together the Buddha's suttas or discourses.

Among the four large nikayas belonging to the pali Canon, the Samyutta Nikaya serves as the repository for the many shorter suttas of the Buddha where he discloses his radical insights into the nature of reality and his unique path to spiritual emancipation.

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The Heart Sutra

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Counterpoint #ad - Divided into four parts and broken into thirty-five lines to make it easier to study or chant, and texts, terms, and containing a glossary of names, The Heart Sutra is a wise book of deep teaching destined to become the standard edition of this timeless statement of Mahayana truth. Although the original author is unknown, he was clearly someone with a deep realization of the Dharma.

For this new english translation, has utilized various Sanskrit and Chinese versions, award-winning translator of Chinese poetry and religious texts, Red Pine, refining the teachings of dozens of ancient teachers together with his own commentary to offer a profound word-for-word explication. The heart sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell.

The Heart Sutra #ad - . It has had the most profound and wide-reaching influence of any text in Buddhism. This short text covers more of the Buddha’s teachings than any other scripture, and it does so without being superficial or hurried.

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The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya The Teachings of the Buddha

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Wisdom Publications #ad - Winner of the 1995 choice magazine outstanding Academic Book Award, and the Tricycle Prize for Excellence in Buddhist Publishing for Dharma Discourse. This book offers a complete translation of the majjhima Nikaya, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, or Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism.

This collection--among the oldest records of the historical Buddha's original teachings--consists of 152 suttas or discourses of middle length, distinguished as such from the longer and shorter suttas of the other collections. The majjhima nikaya might be concisely described as the Buddhist scripture that combines the richest variety of contextual settings with the deepest and most comprehensive assortment of teachings.

The translation is based on an original draft translation left by the English scholar-monk Bhikkhu Nanamoli, which has been edited and revised by the American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, who provides a long introduction and helpful explanatory notes. Replete with drama, and illuminating parable and simile, these discourses exhibit the Buddha in the full glory of his resplendent wisdom, majestic sublimity, reasoned argument, and compassionate humanity.

The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya The Teachings of the Buddha #ad - . Combining lucidity of expression with accuracy, value, this translation enables the Buddha to speak across twenty-five centuries in language that addresses the most pressing concerns of the contemporary reader seeking clarification of the timeless issues of truth, and the proper conduct of life. These teachings, which range from basic ethics to instructions in meditation and liberating insight, unfold in a fascinating procession of scenarios that show the Buddha in living dialogue with people from many different strata of ancient Indian society: with kings and princes, priests and ascetics, simple villagers and erudite philosophers.

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The Suttanipata: An Ancient Collection of the Buddha's Discourses Together with Its Commentaries The Teachings of the Buddha

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Wisdom Publications #ad - The suttanipata contains discourses that extol the figure of the muni, the illumined sage, who wanders homeless completely detached from the world. Translator bhikkhu bodhi provides an insightful, a guide to the individual suttas, a list of parallels to the discourses of the Suttanipata, in-depth introduction, extensive notes, and a list of the numerical sets mentioned in the commentaries.

Other suttas, such as the discourse on Downfall and the Discourse on Blessings, establish the foundations of Buddhist lay ethics. The commentary, the Paramatthajotika, relates the background story to each sutta and explains each verse in detail. The last two chapters—the atthakavagga chapter of Octads and the Parayanavagga The Way to the Beyond—are considered to be among the most ancient parts of the Pali Canon.

The atthakavagga advocates a critical attitude toward views and doctrines. The volume includes numerous excerpts from the niddesa, the Parayanavagga, an ancient commentary already included in the Pali Canon, which offers detailed expositions of each verse in the Atthakavagga, and the Rhinoceros Horn Sutta.

The Suttanipata: An Ancient Collection of the Buddha's Discourses Together with Its Commentaries The Teachings of the Buddha #ad - The suttas are primarily in verse, though several are in mixed prose and verse. The parayanavagga is a beautiful poem in which sixteen spiritual seekers travel across India to meet the Buddha and ask him profound questions pertaining to the highest goal. This landmark volume in the teachings of the Buddha series translates the Suttanipata,  a text that matches the Dhammapada in its concise power and its centrality to the Buddhist tradition.

Celebrated translator Bhikkhu Bodhi illuminates this text and its classical commentaries with elegant renderings and authoritative annotations.

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The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng

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Counterpoint #ad - However,  the platform sutra presents the autobiography of Hui-neng, which transcribe the teachings of the Buddha himself, the controversial 6th Patriarch of Zen, unlike the other sutras, and his understanding of the fundamentals of a spiritual and practical life. Hui-neng’s instruction still matters—the 7th-century school of Sudden Awakening that he founded survives today, continuing to influence the Rinzai and Soto schools of contemporary Zen.

A zen buddhist masterpiece, winner of the 2018 Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation. The platform sutra occupies a central place in Zen Ch’an Buddhist instruction for students and spiritual seekers worldwide. It is often linked with the heart sutra and The Diamond Sutra to form a trio of texts that have been revered and studied for centuries.

The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng #ad - He adds remarkable commentary to a translation that, a glossary, and notes, combined with the full Chinese text, results in a Mahayana masterpiece sure to become the standard edition for students and seekers alike. Red pine, whose translations of the heart sutra and The Diamond Sutra have been celebrated and widely received, now provides a sensitive and assured treatment of the third and final sutra of the classic triumvirate.

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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment Volume 1 The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path, the Lamrim Chenmo

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Snow Lion #ad - Lam rim chen mo is one of the brightest jewels in the world’s treasury of sacred literature. The author, tsong-kha-pa, completed it in 1402, and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. In this way the text demonstrates clearly how Tibetan Buddhism carefully preserved and developed the Indian Buddhist traditions.

This first of three volumes covers all the practices that are prerequisite for developing the spirit of enlightenment bodhicitta. The great treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment Tib. Because it condenses all the exoteric sūtra scriptures into a meditation manual that is easy to understand, scholars and practitioners rely on its authoritative presentation as a gateway that leads to a full understanding of the Buddha’s teachings.

The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment Volume 1 The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path, the Lamrim Chenmo #ad - Tsong-kha-pa took great pains to base his insights on classical Indian Buddhist literature, illustrating his points with classical citations as well as with sayings of the masters of the earlier Kadampa tradition.

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The Lotus Sutra: A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classic

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Wisdom Publications #ad - It's a seminal work in the development of Buddhism throughout East Asia and, by extension, in the development of Mahayana Buddhism throughout the world. Taking place in a vast and fantastical cosmic setting, on breaking down distinctions between the fully enlightened buddha and the bodhisattva who vows to postpone salvation until all beings may share it, the Lotus Sutra places emphasis on skillfully doing whatever is needed to serve and compassionately care for others, and especially on each and every being's innate capacity to become a buddha.

. Gene reeves's new translation appeals to readers with little or no familiarity with technical Buddhist vocabulary, as well as long-time practitioners and students. In addition, this remarkable volume includes the full "threefold" text of this classic. The lotus sutra is regarded as one of the world's great religious scriptures and most influential texts.

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