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The Sound of Vultures' Wings

Explores the music of the Tibetan Chöd tradition.

Searching for Ashoka

Reveals how the persona of India's most famous emperor was constantly reinvented in ancient times to suit a variety of social visions, political agendas, and moral purposes.

Introduction to Buddhist East Asia

Offers a variety of pedagogical and theoretical essays designed to assist professors in introducing undergraduate students to Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan.

A Wild and Sacred Call

An ecopsychological, ecospiritual exploration of humankind's relationship with the rest of nature.

New Perspectives in Modern Korean Buddhism

Offers alternative approaches to the study of colonial and postcolonial Korean Buddhism, suggesting new directions for scholarship.

Early Buddhist Society

A richly scholarly yet accessible and imaginative account of society in the time of the Buddha.

Approaches to Chan, Sŏn, and Zen Studies

A comprehensive treatment of the shared traditions of Chan, Sŏn, and Zen in dynamic interaction across East Asia, acknowledging the changing and growing parameters of the field of Zen studies.

Translating Buddhism

Explores key questions about translations and translators of South Asian Buddhist texts, past and present.

Teardrops of Time

Investigates how the Thai poet Angkarn Kallayanapong adapts Buddhist concepts of time to create a modern Asian aesthetic imaginary.

Buddhist Literature as Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy as Literature

Explores the relationship between literature and philosophy in classical and contemporary Buddhist texts.

Tracing the Path of Yoga

A comprehensive and theory-rich investigation of the history and philosophy of yoga, from its Indian origins to the contemporary context.

The Awakening of Modern Japanese Fiction

Argues that the role of Buddhism in modern Japanese prose literature has been significantly overlooked.

The Other Emptiness

Presents a new vision of the Buddhist history and philosophy of emptiness in Tibet.

Malleable Mara

Analyzes the breadth of representations of the mythic figure of Māra in Buddhism to reveal how closely tied such narratives are to the social and historical concerns of Buddhist communities.

Buddhisms in Asia

A guide to Buddhism’s rich variety of traditions and cultural expressions for educators who would like to include Buddhism in their undergraduate courses.

Buddhist Feminisms and Femininities

Adds new voices to the feminist conversation and brings a rich variety of diverse approaches to Buddhist women’s identities, “the feminine,” and Buddhist feminism.

Inoue Enryo

The first comprehensive treatment of Inoue Enryō, a pioneer of modern Buddhism and a key figure in the reception of Western philosophy in East Asia.

Cambodian Buddhism in the United States

The first comprehensive anthropological description of the Khmer Buddhism practiced by Cambodian refugees in the United States over the past four decades.

The Uttaratantra in the Land of Snows

Examines various Tibetan interpretations of the Uttaratantra, the most authoritative Indic commentary on buddha-nature.

Korean Religions in Relation

Examines Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity in Korea, focusing on their mutual accommodation, exclusion, conflict, and assimilation.

Seeing Like the Buddha

Considers film as a form of Buddhist ritual and contemplative practice.

Thailand's Theory of Monarchy

Discusses the origins and cultural history of the Theravada Buddhist ideals behind the Thai institution of monarchy.

Fetishizing Tradition

Describes how religious tradition is established as available within a text, free from ritual and observance, in Buddhism and Christianity.

New World Dharma

Interviews and profiles of spiritual and cultural figures influenced by Buddhism.

Encounters of Mind

Discusses the journey of Buddhist ideas on awareness and personhood from India to China.

Buddhism beyond Borders

Explores facets of North American Buddhism while taking into account the impact of globalization and increasing interconnectivity.

Gendering Chinese Religion

A gender-critical consideration of women and religion in Chinese traditions from medieval to modern times.

Buddhism and American Cinema

Discusses both depictions of Buddhism in film and Buddhist takes on a variety of films.

Eminent Buddhist Women

Explores the exemplary legacy of Buddhist women across the centuries and across the Buddhist world.

Family in Buddhism

A wide-ranging exploration of Buddhism and family in Asia--from biological families to families created in monasteries.

Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions

Discusses the notion of a spiritual master and looks at examples in a variety of world religions.

Love, Rōshi

Robert Baker Aitken’s correspondence with Buddhist sympathizers and solo practitioners reveals a significant, little-understood aspect of American Buddhism.

Valuing Diversity

Uses Buddhist philosophy to discuss diversity as a value, one that can contribute to equity in a globalizing world.

In the Company of Friends

Buddhist-Christian reflection that uses friendship as a model for interreligious understanding.

The Ordination of a Tree

A firsthand look at the Thai Buddhist environmental movement and its activist monks.

Cultivating Spirituality

Four Shin Buddhist thinkers reflect on their tradition’s encounter with modernity.

Alan Watts–Here and Now

Considers the contributions and contemporary significance of Alan Watts.

The Dharma Master Chongsan of Won Buddhism

The first English translations of the writings of Chŏngsan (1900-62), who codified the central doctrines of Won Buddhism.

This-Worldly Nibbana

A Buddhist feminist social ethics for contemporary times.

Visions of Unity

Presents the thought of a controversial Tibetan Buddhist thinker on the Yogācāra and Madhyamaka systems.

Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen

Explores the roles of Korean Buddhist nuns and laywomen from the Koryo period to the present.

Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies

An annotated translation of an essential work of twentieth-century Tibetan Buddhist thought, one that explicates teachings on the Middle Way.

Writing as Enlightenment

Explores the prevalence of Buddhist ideas in American literature since the 1970s.

Meditation and the Classroom

A ground-breaking book on using meditation in education and how it can enhance teaching and learning.

Taiwan's Buddhist Nuns

Explores the milieu of Taiwan’s Buddhist nuns, who have the greatest numbers in the Buddhist world and a prominent place in their own country.

American Buddhism as a Way of Life

Explores a range of Buddhist perspectives in a distinctly American context.

Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism

An overview of Korean Buddhism and its major figures in the modern period.

The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia

A wide-ranging, readable account of the Theravada Buddhist thought and practice in the Southeast Asian societies of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.

The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature

Looks at Buddhist influences in American literature and how literature has shaped the reception of Buddhism in North America.

Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka

Looks at how a spiritual tradition can be appropriated by those involved in ethno-nationalist conflict.

Yasodhara, the Wife of the Bodhisattva

Translations of two works from Sri Lanka on Yasodharā, the wife of the Buddha—an allusive and intriguing figure in Buddhist lore and literature.

Nirvana for Sale?

Explores the relationship between material prosperity and spirituality in contemporary Thai Buddhism.

Awareness Bound and Unbound

Essays from the singular experience of Buddhist social critic and philosopher David R. Loy on classic and contemporary concerns.

Mipam on Buddha-Nature

A comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Mipam’s work on emptiness and Buddha-nature.

Buddhism in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra

Explores the importance of Buddhism as it developed in the Krishna River Valley of Andhra (modern-day Andhra Pradesh) and its influence.

One Korean's Approach to Buddhism

Insights into the experience and philosophy of Buddhism from a Korean perspective.

Stairway to Nirvana

Discusses an essential Tibetan Buddhist work that shows how Noble Beings progress toward enlightenment.

A Buddhist in the Classroom

A Buddhist perspective on classroom teaching.

The Dharma's Gatekeepers

A study of the seminal Tibetan Buddhist work, Gateway to Learning.

Dreamworlds of Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism

By Angela Sumegi
Subjects: Psychology

Explores shamanic and Tibetan Buddhist attitudes toward dreams.

Sacred Koyasan

Takes the reader on a pilgrimage to Mount Kōya, the holy Buddhist mountain in Japan.

Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death

A fascinating look at Buddhist, especially Tibetan, views of death and their implications for a Buddhist bioethics.

Samadhi

Explores yoga and meditation in Eastern religions, incorporating psychological and social aspects of these practices.

Bhakti Karuna Agepe with Raimundo Panikkar

A collection of essays on the nature of love in religious tradition and theory, inspired by Raimundo Panikkar's ecumenical embrace of Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal

Drawing on textual and anthropological research, this book demonstrates how popular ritual texts and stories have shaped the religion and culture of the only surviving Mahayana Buddhist society, the Newars of Kathmandu.

Interpreting Amida

Examines the history of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism and how orientalist assumptions have caused the West to ignore this important tradition.

Sisters in Solitude

Provides the first English translation of the Tibetan and Chinese texts on monastic discipline for Buddhist nuns and presents a comparative study of the two texts. An important contribution for studies of women’s history, feminist philosophy, women’s studies, women in religion, and feminist ethics.

Path to the Middle: Oral Madhyamika Philosophy in Tibet

Does a Bodhisattva's initial direct cognition of emptiness differ from subsequent ones? Can one "improve" a nondualistic understanding of the unconditioned and, if so, what role might subtle states of ...

Wholeness Lost and Wholeness Regained

This book deals in narrative form with the theme of recovering lost wholeness—with the perennial question of beginnings and what role a human being must play in order to find meaning in his or her life. ...

Journey in Search of the Way

A rich and detailed autobiography of one Japanese woman’s journey through life.

Ocean of Eloquence

This book is of particular interest because it shows the presence of the Yogacara (Mind Only) school in Tibet. It is well known that the Madhyamaka school flourished in Tibet, but less well known that ...

On Understanding Buddhists

Carter unfolds the cumulative traditions of Theravada Buddhism by showing how one "looks at the world through Buddhist eyes. " Presenting evidence from the Buddhist heritage in Sri Lanka, he develops ...

In the Mirror of Memory

This book studies the diverse array of species of memory in Buddhism. Contributors focus on a particular school, group of texts, terms, or practices and identify a considerable range of types of mnemonic ...

The Eternal Food

The interdisciplinary approaches presented here investigate food in India and Sri Lanka for its wide ranging cultural meaning and uses. The authors examine food in religious and literary contexts, where ...

Tibetan Buddhism

This volume consists of eight studies, each one bringing to light new material of use to comparative religionists and historians of religion, as well as to students of Tibetan Buddhism. These studies ...

A Dose of Emptiness

This book is an annotated translation of one of the great Tibetan classics of Mahayana Buddhist thought, mKhas grub rje's sTong thun chen mo. The text is a detailed critical exposition of the theory and ...

Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender

This book explores historical, textual, and social questions relating to the position and experience of women and gay people in the Buddhist world from India and Tibet to Sri Lanka, China, and Japan. ...

A Study of Dogen

This complete translation of Masao Abe's essays on Dogen probes the core of the Zen master's philosophy and religion. This work analyzes Dogen's formative doubt concerning the notion of original awakening ...

The Disguises of the Demon

Among the most ancient deities of South Asia, the yaksstraddles the boundaries between popular and textual traditions in both Hinduism and Buddhism and both benevolent and malevolent facets. As a figure ...

Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory

This book brings important new dimensions to the interface between contemporary Western science and ancient Eastern wisdom. Here for the first time the concepts and insights of general systems theory ...

The Buddha Within

Tathagatagarbha — Buddha Nature — is a central concept of Mahayana Buddhism crucial to all the living practice traditions of Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. Its relationship to the concept of emptiness ...

Buddha Nature

This volume presents the first book-length study in English of the concept of Buddha nature as discussed in the Buddha Nature Treatise (Fo Xing Lun), attributed to Vasubandhu and translated into Chinese ...

Madhyamika and Yogacara

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 ...

Existence and Enlightenment in the Lankavatara-Sutra

This book offers a systematic analysis of one of the most important concepts characterizing the Yogacara School of Buddhism (the last creative stage of Indian Buddhism) as outlined and explained in one ...

Tao-Sheng's Commentary on the Lotus Sutra

(Chu) Tao-sheng stands out in history as a unique and preeminent thinker whose paradigmatic, original ideas paved the way for the advent of Chinese Buddhism. The universality of Buddha-nature, which Tao-sheng ...

The Poetry of Han-shan

This is an annotated English translation of the poetry of Han-shan (Cold Mountain), a 7th or 8th century Chinese Buddhist recluse who wrote many poems about his life alone in the hills. Many of his poems ...

Me and Mine

This work brings together in a single volume the translated essays of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, the major interpreter of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia.

Sounds of Valley Streams

Sounds of Valley Streams is a study of Zen Buddhist enlightenment in nine chapters of Shobogenzoby Dogen. Francis H. Cook has translated the nine chapters and has preceded them with four chapters of discussion. ...

The Heart Sutra Explained

Renowned for its terse declaration of the perfection of wisdom, the Heart Sutra is the most famous of Buddhist scriptures. The author draws on previously unexamined commentaries, preserved only in Tibetan, ...

The Body

Explores mind-body philosophy from an Asian perspective.

The Logic of Unity

This clear and elegant translation reveals how a modern Japanese thinker dared to show the basic flaw of Western epistemology. In unmasking this limitation, Matsuo presents an Eastern view of a unified ...

Jnanagarbha's Commentary on the Distinction Between the Two Truths

The Madhyamaka School of Indian Buddhist thought has had tremendous influence in the Buddhist world, particularly in Tibet, China and Japan: in the West it has become the subject of intense interest in ...

The Dharma

The Dharma is the first major collection of teachings by Kalu Rinpoche, a great meditation master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. These discourses were presented in America with a Western audience ...

Masters of Mahamudra

In Tibetan Buddhism, Mahamudra represents a perfected level of meditative realization: it is the inseparable union of wisdom and compassion, of emptiness and skillful means. These eighty-four masters, ...

The Real is Not the Rational

What is real? What is man? Beginning with these two fundamental questions, The Real is not the Rational searches back into the history of philosophy for the development of these issues. It presents selected ...

Sand and Pebbles

Sand and Pebbles presents the first complete English rendering of Shasekishu--the classic, popular Buddhist "Tale Literature" (setsuwa). This collection of instructive, yet often humorous, anecdotes appeared ...

Buddhist Faith and Sudden Enlightenment

Buddhist Faith and Sudden Enlightenment explains how sudden enlightenment occurs through the awakening of patriarchal faith. This is the non-dual affirmation that one is already Buddha as opposed to the ...