Dharma Delight

Dharma Delight
Author: Rodney Alan Greenblat
Publsiher: Tuttle Publishing
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2016-05-10
ISBN 10: 1462918379
ISBN 13: 9781462918379
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dharma Delight Book Review:

In Dharma Delight, abstract artist and Zen practitioner Rodney Greenblat uses lighthearted narrative and vivid pop art paintings to celebrate the joys of living life from the inside out. Part graphic guide, part personal testimony, part art book, Dharma Delight illustrates how seeking the path of compassion and acceptance can be as zany and exuberant as it is profound. It is a happy exploration of Buddhist Enlightenment—what it is, where to seek it—and how to recognize the perfection in ourselves. A great option for Zen beginners and experienced practitioners alike, sutras (teachings), Bodhisattvas (enlightened beings) and jataka tales (parables) are presented in a way that's simple, upbeat and fun to read. The original paintings—some new, some already known on the New York art scene and elsewhere—are an imaginative and affirming mind's-eye view of Buddhist teaching. Together, the words and illustrations are a warm and cheerful invitation to newcomers and a cool splash of refreshment to any traveler on the road to enlightenment.

Dharma Delight

Dharma Delight
Author: Rodney Alan Greenblat
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2019-04-30
ISBN 10: 9780804851800
ISBN 13: 0804851808
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dharma Delight Book Review:

Wisdom comes in many forms, and the search for wisdom has many expressions. InDharma Delight, celebrated New York abstract artist and Zen student Rodney Alan Greenblat uses lighthearted, inviting narrative and vivid pop art paintings to celebrate the joys of living life from the inside out. Part graphic guide book, part personal testimony, part art book,Dharma Delight illustrates how seeking the path of compassion and acceptance can be as zany and exuberant, as it is profound and rewarding. This thoroughly modern and accessible exploration of Enlightenment, including what it is and where to seek it, shows us how to recognize the perfection in ourselves. Sutras (teachings), bodhisattvas (enlightened beings), and jataka tales (parables) are presented in a way that is simple, upbeat, and fun to read.The colorful, inspiring paintings, some of which are new and some of which are well-known within the New York art scene and beyond, are an imaginative and affirming mind's-eye view of Buddhist teaching today. Dharma Delight is greatly appealing to all ages, and together, the words and illustrations are a warm and cheerful invitation to Buddhism newcomers and a cool splash of refreshment to any traveler on the road to Enlightenment.

Teachings of the Buddha

Teachings of the Buddha
Author: Rulu
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2012-01-20
ISBN 10: 1468509039
ISBN 13: 9781468509038
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Teachings of the Buddha Book Review:

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.

Madhyamika and Yogacara

Madhyamika and Yogacara
Author: Gadjin M. Nagao
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 1991-01-08
ISBN 10: 9780791401873
ISBN 13: 0791401871
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Madhyamika and Yogacara Book Review:

Nagao invariably focuses on the core of Mahayana Buddhism--the path of the Bodhisattva, the doctrine of sunyata, and the system of Trisvabhava are explained. Important technical terms used in the Mahayana textual tradition, whose exact understanding is imperative for the study of Mahayana Buddhism, are skillfully presented, making the book indispensable to scholars of Buddhist studies.

Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

Treasury of the True Dharma Eye
Author: Kazuaki Tanahashi
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 1280
Release: 2013-05-14
ISBN 10: 0834828367
ISBN 13: 9780834828360
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Treasury of the True Dharma Eye Book Review:

Treasury of the True Dharma Eye (Shobo Genzo, in Japanese) is a monumental work, considered to be one of the profoundest expressions of Zen wisdom ever put on paper, and also the most outstanding literary and philosophical work of Japan. It is a collection of essays by Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), founder of Zen’s Soto school. Kazuaki Tanahashi and a team of translators that represent a Who’s Who of American Zen have produced a translation of the great work that combines accuracy with a deep understanding of Dogen’s voice and literary gifts. This eBook includes a wealth of materials to aid understanding, including maps, lineage charts, a bibliography, and an exhaustive glossary of names and terms—and, as a bonus, the most renowned of all Dogen’s essays, "Recommending Zazen to All People."

Peaceful Action Open Heart

Peaceful Action  Open Heart
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Publsiher: Parallax Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2005-01-09
ISBN 10: 1888375930
ISBN 13: 9781888375930
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Peaceful Action Open Heart Book Review:

Peaceful Action, Open Heartshines 60 years of study and practice upon one of the crowning scriptures of the path of the Buddha, and is destined to be known as one of the most significant writings by Thich Nhat Hanh. The Lotus Sutra is one of the most revered of Mahayana sacred texts and is sometimes called "the king of sutras." Despite this fact, there are very few commentaries in English available today. Thich Nhat Hanh explores the Sutra’s main theme-- that everyone has the capacity to become a Buddha, and that Buddha-nature is inherent in everything--but he also uniquely emphasizes the sutra’s insight that Buddha-nature is the basis for peaceful action. Since we all will one day become a Buddha, he says, we can use mindfulness practices right now to understand and find solutions to current world challenges. In his interpretation of the sutra, he suggests that if the practices, views, and insights of the Lotus Sutra would find application not only by individuals but also by nations, it would offer concrete solutions to transform individual suffering and the global challenges facing the world today. Stamped with his signature depth of vision, lucidity, and clarity, Thich Nhat Hanh’s insights based on the wisdom of the Lotus Sutra invoke a wide range of contemporary topics and concerns, such as the Palestinian-Israeli war, the threat of terrorism, and the degradation of our environment. In proposing radical new ways of finding peaceful solutions to universal, contemporary conflicts, he not only challenges the U.N to change from an organization to a real organism working for peace and harmony in the world, but also encourages all branches of all governments to act as Sangha. In so doing, he demonstrates the practical and direct applicability of this sacred text to today's concerns. This book has been re-released with a new title. The earlier hardcover edition was entitled Opening the Heart of the Cosmos.

The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 760
Release: 2015-06-01
ISBN 10: 9351186644
ISBN 13: 9789351186649
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mahabharata Book Review:

The Mahabharata is one of the greatest stories ever told. Though the basic plot is widely known, there is much more to the epic than the dispute between Kouravas and Pandavas that led to the battle in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated in full, given its formidable length of 80,000 shlokas or couplets. This magnificent 10-volume unabridged translation of the epic is based on the Critical Edition compiled at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute. * With the ninth volume, the magnificent epic approaches its end. The war is over and Yudhishthira is crowned. Bhishma’s teachings that began in the eighth volume continue past the Shanti Parva into the Anushasana Parva. * Every conceivable human emotion figures in the Mahabharata, the reason why the epic continues to hold sway over our imagination. In this lucid, nuanced and confident translation, Bibek Debroy makes the Mahabharata marvellously accessible to contemporary readers.

Text as Father

Text as Father
Author: Alan Cole
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2005-08-29
ISBN 10: 0520242769
ISBN 13: 9780520242760
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Text as Father Book Review:

Alan Cole sheds new light on the origin & nature of Mahayana Buddhism with close readings of four well-known texts: the Lotus Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Tathagatagarbha Sutra, & Vimalakirtinirdesa.

Zen and Material Culture

Zen and Material Culture
Author: Pamela D. Winfield,Steven Heine
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-06-07
ISBN 10: 0190469315
ISBN 13: 9780190469313
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zen and Material Culture Book Review:

The stereotype of Zen Buddhism as a minimalistic or even immaterial meditative tradition persists in the Euro-American cultural imagination. This volume calls attention to the vast range of "stuff" in Zen by highlighting the material abundance and iconic range of the Soto, Rinzai, and Obaku sects in Japan. Chapters on beads, bowls, buildings, staffs, statues, rags, robes, and even retail commodities in America all shed new light on overlooked items of lay and monastic practice in both historical and contemporary perspectives. Nine authors from the cognate fields of art history, religious studies, and the history of material culture analyze these "Zen matters" in all four senses of the phrase: the interdisciplinary study of Zen's matters (objects and images) ultimately speaks to larger Zen matters (ideas, ideals) that matter (in the predicate sense) to both male and female practitioners, often because such matters (economic considerations) help to ensure the cultural and institutional survival of the tradition. Zen and Material Culture expands the study of Japanese Zen Buddhism to include material inquiry as an important complement to mainly textual, institutional, or ritual studies. It also broadens the traditional purview of art history by incorporating the visual culture of everyday Zen objects and images into the canon of recognized masterpieces by elite artists. Finally, the volume extends Japanese material and visual cultural studies into new research territory by taking up Zen's rich trove of materia liturgica and supplementing the largely secular approach to studying Japanese popular culture. This groundbreaking volume will be a resource for anyone whose interests lie at the intersection of Zen art, architecture, history, ritual, tea ceremony, women's studies, and the fine line between Buddhist materiality and materialism.

Poems and Short Stories

Poems and Short Stories
Author: Sangharakshita
Publsiher: Windhorse Publications
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2020-04-07
ISBN 10: 1911407481
ISBN 13: 9781911407485
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Poems and Short Stories Book Review:

This volume contains all of Sanghrakshita's poems and six short stories. It is prefaced by a foreword and two essays introducing the poems in different ways. It also includes edited versions of two talks Sangharakshita gave about specific poems, and a sequence of conversations about his poetry that were recorded towards the end of his life.

Opening the Heart of the Cosmos

Opening the Heart of the Cosmos
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Publsiher: Parallax Press
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2003-10-28
ISBN 10: 1935209787
ISBN 13: 9781935209782
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opening the Heart of the Cosmos Book Review:

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh uses the Lotus Sutra, one of Mahayana Buddhism’s most revered texts, to illustrate the Buddha nature inherent in everyone. With great passion and clarity, he demonstrates how each human being has the capacity to transform their own individual suffering, develop compassion, and help create more peace in the world. Nhat Hanh’s insights invoke a wide range of contemporary topics and concerns, from war and the threat of terrorism to individual anxiety and the degradation of our environment. He proposes a radical new solution to current conflicts, encouraging each of us to work on our own mindfulness practice to create greater peace and harmony. His accessible analysis of the sacred text demonstrates its practical and direct applicability to today’s concerns.

The Vedic Astrologer

The Vedic Astrologer
Author: James Kalomiris
Publsiher: Balboa Press
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2019-09-04
ISBN 10: 1982226382
ISBN 13: 9781982226381
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Vedic Astrologer Book Review:

This volume is newest installment of the series, The Secret History of the Vedas. This is a book of astrology like no other. This book presents an entirely new view of astrology as originally conceived by the Vedic astrologer. The Spiritual Legacy of the Nakshatras focuses on the Vedic lunar mansions in the sky and attempts to reveal their wisdom. It attempts to explain the numerous references to all things astronomical and astrological according to the Vedas and explain the true purpose of reading the stars. It traces the creation of the universe from the very beginnings of time and space to the development of the Nakshatras. It shows how this evolution guides the worshiper in the spiritual journey. The Vedic astrologer also describes the wisdom contained in the Nakshatras and methods by which this wisdom may be incorporated into the worshiper’s life. Because this is what the Nakshatras have to give. The purpose of the lunar mansions was not to tell the future, but to guide the worshiper, to provide the religious edification of the worshiper in the now and present, and to provide the spiritual and religious structure to the Vedic dharma. Accordingly, this book is not concerned with forecasting into the future. It is as astrology was intended to be—a vehicle of spiritual advancement. It is all explained in and through The Vedic Astrologer.

Bodhisattva Precepts

Bodhisattva Precepts
Author: Rulu
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2012-02-02
ISBN 10: 146706467X
ISBN 13: 9781467064675
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bodhisattva Precepts Book Review:

The spiritual training of a Buddhist comprises the Three Learning: precepts, meditation, and wisdom. Observance of precepts is the foundation of one’s spiritual journey to Buddhahood. Classified into three clusters—restraining precepts, precepts for doing good dharmas, and precepts for benefiting sentient beings—Bodhisattva precepts are called the three clusters of pure precepts. This book, Rulu’s third, presents seven sutras in English, all translated from texts in the Chinese Buddhist Canon. Five of these seven English translations have never before been published in book form. Sutras 1 and 2 cover the ten good karmas; Sutra 3 teaches repentance of sins; Sutra 4 expounds the Mahayana Vinaya; Sutras 5–7 each contain time-honored Bodhisattva precepts. Sutra 6 is the well-known Brahma Net Sutra; Sutra 7, Sutra of the Upasaka Precepts, also covers the six paramitas in detail. Buddhist terms are explained in the glossary. The translator’s introduction presents sets of Buddhist precepts and describes the arrival of the Hinayana Vinaya in China. It explains the development of the Vinaya School, a Mahayana school originated in China, and summarizes its tenets. It compares voice-hearer precepts with Bodhisattva precepts, and discusses five texts of the latter. It also touches on selecting those Bodhisattva precepts that suit our modern times. Such precepts will be fewer in number but complete in spirit. Buddhist or non-Buddhist, those who seek to benefit themselves and others need to learn and observe such Bodhisattva precepts.

Abhidharmakosa Bhasya of Vasubandhu

Abhidharmakosa Bhasya of Vasubandhu
Author: Gelong Lodro Sangpo,Bhikkhu K.L. Dhammajoti
Publsiher: Motilal Banarsidass
Total Pages: 2516
Release: 2012-01-01
ISBN 10: 8120836103
ISBN 13: 9788120836105
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Abhidharmakosa Bhasya of Vasubandhu Book Review:

Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakosa-Bhasya (ca. 380-390), besides its culminating achievement in streamlining the overall structure of the exposition of the preceding Abhidharma manuals, is unmatched by any of the preceding manuals in respect of its comprehensiveness-incorporating all important Vaibhasika doctrines since the time of the Abhidharma-mahavibhasa-of its excellent skill in definition and elucidation, and of its ability to clarify the difficult point involved in doctrinal disputations. Added to these qualities is its great value as a brilliant critique and insightful revaluation of all the fundamental Sar-vastivada doctrines developed up to its time. Since its appearance, it has been used as a standard textbook for the understanding of not only the Abhidharma doctrines but all the fundamental Buddhist doctrines in general. Translated into Chinese by Paramartha in 563 A.D. and by Hsuan-tsang in 651-654 A.D., Hsuan-tsang's disciple P'u-kuang tells us that in India the Abhidharmakosa-Bhasya was hailed as the 'Book of Intelligence'. In China, Japan and the Far-east, too, the Kosa has generally been highly treasured as a textbook of fundamental importance for Buddhist studies. Vasubandhu's brilliant critique of the doctrines of the Vaibhasika was answered by the equally brilliant Samghabhadra - a contemporary staunch defender and expounder of the doctrines of the Vaibhasikas - in his masterwork, the Abhidharmanyayanusara, now extant only in Hsuan-tsang's translation (653-654 A.D.). The Sanskrit text, considered for a long time to be irremediably lost, was discovered by Rahula Samkrtyayana in 1935 in the Tibetan monastery of Ngor and was published by P. Pradhan in 1967 (1st edition).

Love Dharma

Love Dharma
Author: Geri Larkin
Publsiher: Tuttle Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2012-01-31
ISBN 10: 1462902022
ISBN 13: 9781462902026
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Love Dharma Book Review:

Love Dharma offers compassionate guidance and advice, looking at contemporary relationship dilemmas from a Buddhist perspective as expressed in traditional stories of enlightened Buddhist women who lived and loved during the Buddha's lifetime. We all experience the ups and downs of relationships—the fun of dating, the pain of breaking up, the demands of serious partnerships, and the ache of loneliness. But we often forget that they affect not only our love lives, but our spirits as well. With Love Dharma you will discover how to use your romantic triumphs and tragedies to achieve personal peace and happiness, develop more satisfying connections with others, and share yourself without losing yourself. Author Geri Larkin teaches that the difficult and joyous moments of our love lives are truly opportunities to continue our spiritual journey

The Mahabharata Volume 7

The Mahabharata  Volume 7
Author: Johannes Adrianus Bernardus Buitenen,James L. Fitzgerald
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 848
Release: 1973
ISBN 10: 0226252507
ISBN 13: 9780226252506
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mahabharata Volume 7 Book Review:

The second-longest poem in world literature, this is an epic tale, replete with legends, romances, theology, and metaphysical doctrine written in Sanskrit. One of the foundational elements of Hindu culture, this work in its entirety consists of 75,000 stanzas in eighteen books, and this volume marks the resumption of its first complete modern English translation.--From book jacket.

The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom

The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom
Author: Edward Conze
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 697
Release: 1985-01-24
ISBN 10: 9780520053212
ISBN 13: 0520053214
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom Book Review:

Some 2000 years ago Buddhism experienced a major reformation through a movement called the Mahayana, or "Great Vehicle," which dominated religious through in much of Asia for many centuries and still exerts considerable influence. The basic Mahayana texts, sermons ascribed to the Buddha and called "sutras" in Sanskrit, discussed the "perfect wisdom." The "Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom" took shape between 50 and 2000 A.D. in southern India during one of the most momentous outbursts of religious creativity in human history.

The Training Anthology of Santideva

The Training Anthology of Santideva
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-08-15
ISBN 10: 0199391378
ISBN 13: 9780199391370
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Training Anthology of Santideva Book Review:

The Training Anthology--or Siksa-samuccaya--is a collection of quotations from Buddhist sutras with illuminating and insightful commentary by the eighth-century North Indian master Santideva. Best known for his philosophical poem, the Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva (or Shantideva) has been a vital source of spiritual guidance and literary inspiration to Tibetan teachers and students throughout the history of Tibetan Buddhism. Charles Goodman offers a translation of this major work of religious literature, in which Santideva has extracted, from the vast ocean of the Buddha's teachings, a large number of passages of exceptional value, either for their practical relevance, philosophical illumination, or aesthetic beauty. The Training Anthology provides a comprehensive overview of the Mahayana path to Awakening and gives scholars an invaluable window into the religious doctrines, ethical commitments, and everyday life of Buddhist monks in India during the first millennium CE.

The Legend of King A oka

The Legend of King A  oka
Author: John S. Strong
Publsiher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
Total Pages: 336
Release: 1989
ISBN 10: 9788120806160
ISBN 13: 8120806166
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Legend of King A oka Book Review:

This first English translation of the Asokavadana text, the Sanskrit version of the legend of King Asoka, first written in the second century A.D. Emperor of India during the third century B.C. and one of the most important rulers in the history of Buddhism. Asoka has hitherto been studied in the West primarily from his edicts and rock inscriptions in many parts of the Indian subcontinent. Through an extensive critical essay and a fluid translation, John Strong examines the importance of the Asoka of the legends for our overall understanding of Buddhism. Professor Strong contrasts the text with the Pali traditions about Kind Asoka and discusses the Buddhist view of kingship, the relationship of the state and the Buddhist community, the king s role in relating his kingdom to the person of the Buddha, and the connection between merit making, cosmology, and Buddhist doctrine. An appendix provides summaries of other stories about Asoka.

Abhisamayalamkara with Vrtti and Aloka Vol 1

Abhisamayalamkara with Vrtti and Aloka   Vol  1
Author: Maitreya-natha,Arya Vimuktisena (Vrtti),Haribhadra (Aloka)
Publsiher: Jain Publishing Company
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2015-11-15
ISBN 10: 0875730116
ISBN 13: 9780875730110
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Abhisamayalamkara with Vrtti and Aloka Vol 1 Book Review:

Maitreya's Abhisamayalamkara is the most widely studied book in Tibet, where it was brought from India many centuries ago. It is used in all the monasteries to teach the path to Buddhahood, in accordance with the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras. It teaches this in outline form, so it requires a commentary to be understood. The oldest extant commentary is Arya Vimuktisena's Vrtti. Haribhadra, the most influential Indian commentator, drew upon this to write his Aloka. Virtually all of the many famous Tibetan teachers who wrote their own commentaries on the Abhisamayalamkara relied on Haribhadra as their primary source. This is the first of four volumes.