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Mahayana Buddhism by Paul Williams

Title Mahayana Buddhism
Author Paul Williams
Publisher Routledge
Release 2008-07-11
Category Religion
Total Pages 456
ISBN 1134250568
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, becoming the prevalent form of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. Over the last twenty-five years Western interest in Mahayana has increased considerably, reflected both in the quantity of scholarly material produced and in the attraction of Westerners towards Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Paul Williams’ Mahayana Buddhism is widely regarded as the standard introduction to the field, used internationally for teaching and research and has been translated into several European and Asian languages. This new edition has been fully revised throughout in the light of the wealth of new studies and focuses on the religion’s diversity and richness. It includes much more material on China and Japan, with appropriate reference to Nepal, and for students who wish to carry their study further there is a much-expanded bibliography and extensive footnotes and cross-referencing. Everyone studying this important tradition will find Williams’ book the ideal companion to their studies.

Mahayana Buddhism by Beatrice Lane Suzuki

Title Mahayana Buddhism
Author Beatrice Lane Suzuki
Publisher
Release 1981
Category Bouddhisme Mahāyāna
Total Pages 131
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Visions of Mahayana Buddhism
Author Nagapriya
Publisher Windhorse Publications
Release 2014-05-13
Category Religion
Total Pages 280
ISBN 1909314390
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In a unique overview of this inspiring tradition, Nagapriya introduces its themes and spectrum of practices, literature and movements. Charting the evolution and expression of the Mahayana as a whole, he tracks its movement across South and East Asia, uncovering its history, culture and doctrines and blending this extensive knowledge with a strong element of lived practice. Ideal for both teaching and personal use, this far-reaching guide provides a solid foundation for any study in Buddhism and a valuable voice on Asian history.

Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

Title Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism
Author Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Publisher Lulu.com
Release 2010-08-07
Category
Total Pages 436
ISBN 0557586348
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki. The object of this book is twofold: (1) To refute the many wrong opinions which are entertained by Western critics concerning the fundamental teachings of Mahayana Buddhism ; (2) To awake interest among scholars of comparative religion in the development of the religious sentiment and faith as exemplified by the growth of one of the most powerful spiritual forces in the world. The book is therefore at once popular and scholarly. It is popular in the sense that it tries to expose the fallacy of the general attitude assumed by other religionists towards Mahayanism. It aims to be scholarly, on the other hand, when it endeavors to expound some of the most salient features of the doctrine, historically and systematically. Reproduction of 1907 Edition.

The Awakening of Faith by Asvaghosa

Title The Awakening of Faith
Author Asvaghosa
Publisher Courier Corporation
Release 2003-01-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 160
ISBN 9780486431413
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This guide to a complex system of Buddhism is so authoritative that it has been employed in the instruction of Buddhist priests. Translated by a distinguished scholar, the text discusses the essentials of Mahayana Buddhism, including how humans can transcend their finite state, practices and techniques to assist in the awakening and growth of faith.

Title Similarities and Differences Between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism
Author Ankur Barua
Publisher CreateSpace
Release 2015-09-17
Category
Total Pages 34
ISBN 9781517543921
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Theravada School of Buddhism was formally established at the Third Buddhist Council during the time of Emperor Asoka in the 3rd Century B.C. In the later period, the Mahayanists took a firm stand and the terms of Mahayana and Hinayana were introduced after the 1st Century A.D. However, during the 2nd Century A.D. Mahayana became clearly defined. There is hardly any difference between Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism with regard to the fundamental teachings of the Buddha. Though there are many similarities, but there are some important aspects in which both schools of Buddhist thoughts differ from each other. The major aspects of these are - the Bodhisattva concept, the deification of the Buddha, emphasis on meditational aspect and the concept of emptiness.

The Heart Sutra by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Title The Heart Sutra
Author Kazuaki Tanahashi
Publisher Shambhala Publications
Release 2015-01-13
Category Religion
Total Pages 240
ISBN 0834829681
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra is among the best known of all the Buddhist scriptures. Chanted daily by many Zen students, it is also studied extensively in the Tibetan tradition, and it has been regarded with interest more recently in the West in various fields of study—from philosophy to quantum physics. In just thirty-five lines, it expresses the truth of impermanence and the release from suffering that results from the understanding of that truth with a breathtaking economy of language. Kazuaki Tanahashi’s guide to the Heart Sutra is the result of a life spent working with it and living it. He outlines the history and meaning of the text and then analyzes it line by line in its various forms (Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian, and various key English translations), providing a deeper understanding of the history and etymology of the elusive words than is generally available to the nonspecialist—yet with a clear emphasis on the relevance of the text to practice. It includes a fresh and meticulous new translation of the text by the author and Roshi Joan Halifax.

Empty Vision by David McMahan

Title Empty Vision
Author David McMahan
Publisher Routledge
Release 2013-12-19
Category Religion
Total Pages 240
ISBN 1136857192
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Visual metaphors in a number of Mahayana sutras construct a discourse in which visual perception serves as a model for knowledge and enlightenment. In the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita) and other Mahayana literature, immediate access to reality is symbolized by vision and set in opposition to language and conceptual thinking, which are construed as obscuring reality. In addition to its philosophical manifestations, the tension between vision and language also functioned as a strategy of legitimation in the struggle of the early heterodox Mahayana movement for authority and legitimacy. This emphasis on vision also served as a resource for the abundant mythical imagery in Mahayana sutras, imagery that is ritualized in Vajrayana visualization practices. McMahan brings a wide range of literature to bear on this issue, Including a rare analysis of the lavish imagery of the Gandavyuha Sutra in its Indian context. He concludes with a discussion of Indian approaches to visuality in the light of some recent discussions of "ocularcentrism" in the west, inviting scholars to expand the current discussion of vision and its roles in constructing epistemic systems and cultural practices beyond its exclusively European and American focus.

An Introduction to Mah y na Buddhism by William M McGovern

Title An Introduction to Mah y na Buddhism
Author William M McGovern
Publisher Routledge
Release 2010-10-18
Category Reference
Total Pages 244
ISBN 1136913149
Language English, Spanish, and French
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William Montgomery McGovern’s Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism was one of the first books on Mahayana Buddhism written for a Western audience. It predates influential English language overviews of Buddhism by D. T. Suzuki, A. Watts, and W. Rahula. The author was born in New York City in 1897 and spent his latter teenage years (1914-1917) training at the Nishi Hongwanji Mahayana Buddhist monastery in Kyoto, Japan. He founded the Mahayana Association at age eighteen and edited and published the journal "Mahayanist" while completing his studies at the monastery. Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism was written as part of a thesis which secured him his Buddhist degree and an honorary ordination as a Buddhist priest. Intended as a simplified and introductory text for a lay audience, the book reflects the unique perspective of a Westerner trained in Japan at a time when Mahayana Buddhism was little known in the West. Referencing Buddhist literature, it gives a short history of Buddhism and the divergence of schools of Buddhist philosophy, introduces the four noble truths, the philosophy of Karma, the nature of Buddhahood, reincarnation and the road to nirvana, Buddhist cosmology, and psychological and philosophical elements of Buddhist teachings. Although the divisions of non Mahayana Buddhist sects and philosophy described may be considered dated, Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism remains significant for its historical value in presenting Eastern religious and philosophical thought to Westerners at a pivotal time in history.

Ocean of Nectar by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Title Ocean of Nectar
Author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Publisher Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
Release 2000
Category Compassion
Total Pages 592
ISBN 9788120817302
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ocean of Nectar is first complete commentary in English to Chandrakirti`s classic Guide to the Middle Way, one of the most important scriptures in Mahayan Buddhism and regsrded to this day as the principal text on emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. In this long-awaited major work Geshe kelsang provides an entirely new translation of Chandrakirti`s verse masterpiece and explains with outstanding clarity the philosophical reasoning establishing Budda`s most profound view of the middle way.

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