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The Dhammapada
by Roebuck, Valerie J

9780140449419Valerie Roebuck; Penguin Classics Library EditorsThe Dhammapada'Though you might conquer in battle A thousand times a thousand men, You're the greatest battle winner If you conquer just one-yourself' One of the best-known and best-loved works of Buddhist literature, the Dhammapada forms part of the oldest surviving body of Buddhist writings, and is traditionally regarded as the authentic teachings of the Buddha himself, spoken by him in his lifetime, and memorized and handed on by his followers after his death. A collection of simple verses gathered in themes such as 'awareness', 'fools' and 'old age', the Dhammapada is accessible, instructional and mind-clearing, with lessons in each verse to give ethical advice and to remind the listener of the transience of life. Valerie Roebuck's new translation is accompanied by an introduction examining the language of the Dhammapada , its status as literature and the school of Buddhist teaching from which it comes. This edition also includes extracts from related literature from other early Buddhist schools, notes, suggested further reading and a glossary. Translated and introduced by VALERIE J. ROEBUCK - Description from Syndetics
GCC Main & North -- GENERAL - BQ1372 .E5 R64 2010
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Buddhism: one teacher, many traditions
by Bstan-¼dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV; Thubten Chodron

9781614291275Dalai Lama XIV; Thubten Chodron; Henepola Gunaratana (Foreword by)Buddhism: One Teacher, Many TraditionsExplore the common ground underlying the diverse expressions of the Buddha's teachings with two of Tibetan Buddhism's bestselling authors. Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from Tibetan caves to Tokyo temples to redwood retreats. To an outside viewer, it might be hard to see what they all have in common. In Buddhism , His Holiness the Dalai Lama and American Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron map out with clarity the convergences and the divergences between the two major strains of Buddhism--the Sanskrit traditions of Tibet and East Asia and the Pali traditions of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Especially deep consideration is given to the foundational Indian traditions and their respective treatment of such central tenets as the four noble truths the practice of meditation the meaning of nirvana enlightenment. The authors seek harmony and greater understanding among Buddhist traditions worldwide, illuminating the rich benefits of respectful dialogue and the many ways that Buddhists of all stripes share a common heritage and common goals. - Description from Syndetics
Online & GCC Main -- GENERAL - BQ7935 .B774 B85 2014
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Buddhism goes to the movies: introduction to Buddhist thought and practice
by Green, Ronald S

9780415841481Ronald GreenBuddhism Goes to the Movies: Introduction to Buddhist Thought and PracticeBuddhism Goes to the Movies: Introduction to Buddhist Thought and Practice explains the basics of Buddhist philosophy and practice through a number of dramatic films from around the world. This book introduces readers in a dynamic way to the major traditions of Buddhism: the Theravāda, and various interrelated Mahāyāna divisions including Zen, Pure Land and Tantric Buddhism. Students can use Ronald Green's book to gain insights into classic Buddhist themes, including Buddhist awakening, the importance of the theory of dependent origination, the notion of no-self, and Buddhist ideas about life, death and why we are here. Contemporary developments are also explored, including the Socially Engaged Buddhism demonstrated by such figures as the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Aung San Suu Kyi, and other Buddhist activists. Finally, comparisons between filmic expressions of Buddhism and more traditional artistic expressions of Buddhism--such as mandala drawings--are also drawn. An important addition to any introduction to Buddhist philosophy and practice, Buddhism Goes to the Moviesis an excellent way to bring Buddhist thought, history, and activity to the uninitiated and interested reader. - Description from Syndetics
GCC Main -- GENERAL - PN1995.9.B795 G74 2014
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Engaging Buddhism: why it matters to philosophy
by Garfield, Jay L

9780190204334Jay L. GarfieldEngaging Buddhism: Why It Matters to PhilosophyThis is a book for scholars of Western philosophy who wish to engage with Buddhist philosophy, or who simply want to extend their philosophical horizons. It is also a book for scholars of Buddhist studies who want to see how Buddhist theory articulates with contemporary philosophy. EngagingBuddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy articulates the basic metaphysical framework common to Buddhist traditions. It then explores questions in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, phenomenology, epistemology, the philosophy of language and ethics as they are raised and addressed in a variety ofAsian Buddhist traditions. In each case the focus is on philosophical problems; in each case the connections between Buddhist and contemporary Western debates are addressed, as are the distinctive contributions that the Buddhist tradition can make to Western discussions. Engaging Buddhism is not anintroduction to Buddhist philosophy, but an engagement with it, and an argument for the importance of that engagement. It does not pretend to comprehensiveness, but it does address a wide range of Buddhist traditions, emphasizing the heterogeneity and the richness of those traditions. The bookconcludes with methodological reflections on how to prosecute dialogue between Buddhist and Western traditions. - Description from Syndetics
GCC Main -- GENERAL - B162 .G37 2015
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The art of happiness: a handbook for living
by Bstan-¼dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV; Cutler, Howard C

9781573221115Dalai Lama XIV (Illustrator, Illustrator); Howard C. CutlerThe Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living"Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and an increasingly popular speaker and statesman. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is towards happiness." How to get there has always been the question. He's tried to answer it before, but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand." "Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved - Description from Syndetics
GCC Main -- GENERAL - BQ7935.B774 A78 1998
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Critical Buddhism: Engaging with Modern Japanese Buddhist Thought
by Shields, James Mark

9781409417989James Mark ShieldsCritical Buddhism: Engaging with Modern Japanese Buddhist ThoughtIn the late 1980s and early 1990s, the relative calm world of Japanese Buddhist scholarship was thrown into chaos with the publication of several works by Buddhist scholars Hakamaya Noriaki and Matsumoto Shiro, dedicated to the promotion of something they called Critical Buddhism (hihan bukkyo). In their quest to re-establish a "true" - rational, ethical and humanist - form of East Asian Buddhism, the Critical Buddhists undertook a radical deconstruction of historical and contemporary East Asian Buddhism, particularly Zen. While their controversial work has received some attention in English-language scholarship, this is the first book-length treatment of Critical Buddhism as both a philosophical and religious movement, where the lines between scholarship and practice blur. Providing a critical and constructive analysis of Critical Buddhism, particularly the epistemological categories of critica and topica, this book examines contemporary theories of knowledge and ethics in order to situate Critical Buddhism within modern Japanese and Buddhist thought as well as in relation to current trends in contemporary Western thought. - Description from Syndetics
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Tell me something about Buddhism: questions and answers for the curious beginner
by Manuel, Zenju Earthlyn; Nhát H¡nh, Thích

9781571746580Zenju Earthlyn Manuel; Thich Nhat Hanh (Foreword by)Tell Me Something about Buddhism: Questions and Answers for the Curious BeginnerFor anyone who is curious about the teachings of Buddha and modern Buddhist practice, Tell Me Something about Buddhism offers the perfect introduction. Organized in an easy-to-use Question and Answer format, Soto Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel answers the many common questions people have about Buddhism, such as: Who Was Buddha? What are the Four Noble Truths? Do you have a holy book like the Bible or Koran? What do Buddhists believe? Are there core teachings? Do you believe in a god? Do some people have good karma and some bad? Why do the monks, nuns, and priests shave their heads? Can Buddhists eat meat? Manuel intertwines throughout the book her personal experiences as one of the first African-American Zen priests in the U.S., her life in the Sangha, and her travels around the world meeting other Buddhist practitioners. Included are about 20 illustrations by the author in her trademark charcoal-and-pencil style. - Description from Syndetics
GCC Main -- GENERAL - BQ135 .M36 2011
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The Lotus sutra: a contemporary translation of a Buddhist classic
by Reeves, Gene

9780861715718Gene Reeves (Translator)The Lotus Sutra: A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist ClassicThe Lotus Sutra is regarded as one of the world's great religious scriptures and most influential texts. It's a seminal work in the development of Buddhism throughout East Asia and, by extension, in the development of Mahayana Buddhism throughout the world. Taking place in a vast and fantastical cosmic setting, the Lotus Sutra places emphasis on skillfully doing whatever is needed to serve and compassionately care for others, on breaking down distinctions between the fully enlightened buddha and the bodhisattva who vows to postpone salvation until all beings may share it, and especially on each and every being's innate capacity to become a buddha. Gene Reeves's new translation appeals to readers with little or no familiarity with technical Buddhist vocabulary, as well as long-time practitioners and students. In addition, this remarkable volume includes the full "threefold" text of this classic. - Description from Syndetics
GCC Main -- GENERAL - BQ2052 .E5 R44 2008
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Being peace
by Nh¥t H¡nh, Thích; Neumann, Rachel

9781888375404Mayumi Oda (Illustrator); Jack Kornfield (Introduction by); Thich Nhat HanhBeing PeaceA bestseller with over 250,000 copies sold, Being Peace is the seminal founding work by Zen Master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh. With a new introduction by Jack Kornfield and the first update since its release over fifteen years ago, this eloquent meditation on "being peace in order to make peace" is more relevant than ever. A book for everyone concerned about the state of the world and the quality of our lives, it has lost none of its timeliness since it was first published in 1987. It is filled with practical suggestions how to create a more peaceful world "right in the moment we are alive." Contains Thich Nhat Hanh's key practices, including a guide to the practice of reconciliation which has become a peacemaking tool in many other religious traditions. This beautiful, newly revised edition is the perfect starting point for those who are getting their first introduction to Buddhism as well as a must-have for those already engaged in the tradition. With illustrations by Mayumi Oda. - Description from Syndetics
GCC Main -- GENERAL - BQ5410 .N45 2005
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