A Buddhist Bible

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Indian types of ethical and philosophical Buddhism did not easily find acceptance in China; it took centuries of contact before a distinctively Chinese adaptation of Buddhism was effected that proved to be congenial to Chinese soil. This Chinese type of Buddhism is called Ch'an in China, and Zen in Japan, and Zen seems to be the more familiar name for it in America and Europe. Other sects have risen and decreased but they proved to be more or less exotic, they never became indigenous as did Zen. An exception may ...
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A Buddhist Bible

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Indian types of ethical and philosophical Buddhism did not easily find acceptance in China; it took centuries of contact before a distinctively Chinese adaptation of Buddhism was effected that proved to be congenial to Chinese soil. This Chinese type of Buddhism is called Ch'an in China, and Zen in Japan, and Zen seems to be the more familiar name for it in America and Europe. Other sects have risen and decreased but they proved to be more or less exotic, they never became indigenous as did Zen. An exception may be suspected in the case of the Pure Land Sects, but it should be remembered that the Pure Land Sects developed from Zen and not independently. To tell the story of this adaptation of the Indian type of Buddhism until it became fixed in the teachings of the Sixth Patriarch, is the purpose of this book. The main part of the book is given over to English Versions of the favorite scriptures of the Zen Sect. To this is added Historical and Literary Introductions and a few notes that seem to be called for to make certain phases of the Sutras more easily intelligible.
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This is the book that introduced Jack Kerouac to Buddhism. Originally published in 1932 and then republished in its present, enlarged form in 1938, this edition contains a fine new introduction by Robert Aitken and covers a wide selection of readings from Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan, and modern sources intended to provide the reader with a foundation in classical Buddhist thought. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602067943
  • Publisher: Cosimo
  • Publication date: 10/22/2007
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald S. Lopez, Jr. is professor of Buddhist and Tibetan studies at the University of Michigan. His most recent books are The Story of Buddhism: A Concise Guide to Its History and Teachings and Prisoners of Shangri-La.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Editor's Preface
Selections from Pali Sources
The Historic Buddha, Narasu 3
The Word of the Buddha, Nyanatiloka 22
Tevigga Sutta, Rhys-Davids 61
118th Discourse, Chao Kung 73
Selections from Sanskrit Sources
Maha-Prajna-Paramita-Hridaya, Goddard 85
The Diamond Sutra, Wai-tao 87
The Surangama Sutra, Wai-tao 108
Lankavatara Scripture, Suzuki and Goddard 277
The Awakening of Faith, Wai-tao 357
Selections from Chinese Sources
Tao-teh-king, Wai-tao 407
Dhyana for Beginners, Wai-tao 437
Sutra Spoken by the Sixth Patriarch, Wong Mou-lam 497
Selections from Tibetan Sources
The Life and Hymns of Milarepa, Evans-Wentz 561
The Supreme Path, Evans-Wentz 600
Selections from Modern Sources
Homeless Brothers, Yamabe 625
Practising the Seventh Stage, Goddard 634
Summary of Buddha's Dharma 615
Appendix 659
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Excellent book. Just like other books, this book is meant for pe

    Excellent book. Just like other books, this book is meant for people to relate their problems and get involved in it (for instance, the Lord of the Rings). Unlike as the title states, it is not a 'holly book.' Nor is is meant for people to turn to another belief. Buddhism is purely a way of life, not a belief. It doesn't preach to believe in one entity, nor does it ask to read only one book. There was no such thing as 'you' or 'me'; nor was there such thing as religion in Buddhism until others came along and started nosing in and started spreading hate.

    Overall, a great book if you are willing to read it. Remember, it is purely a book like any other book that you might read. Nothing special here. Don't let people who can't spell or write properly stop you from reading it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    Well done!

    This is just the text I was looking for.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Buddhists needd to accept Christ

    Top says all

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    Nooooo

    Sooooo fake jesus is lord and always is

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Excellent source of Buddhist Scripture

    Easy reading for an open mind and open heart.

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