Buddhist Scriptures

Buddhist Scriptures


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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140447583
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/31/2004
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 341,731
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.79(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Donald S. Lopez, Jr., is a professor of Buddhist and Tibetan studies at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Buddhist ScripturesAcknowledgments
Technical Note
Introduction: Digesting the Dharma
Further ReadingThe 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


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Buddhist Scriptures 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Fledgist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A selection from the major works of the Buddhist tradition.
AnnaOok on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very broad collection of scriptures from a variety of Buddhist schools, in modern translations (most of them new translations, and quite a few previously untranslated texts). The 1-page introductions to each piece by Lopez are intelligent and to the point. It gives a good idea of the size and diversity of traditional Asian buddhism.