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Praises to the Twenty-one Taras

Tara is a deity whom all the sects of Tibetan Buddhism has relied upon. Also the ancient Indian masters of the past, such as Atisha, relied on Tara as a special deity. The great Kadampa masters of Tibet, Lama Tsongkhapa and all the lineage gurus relied on Tara. In short, when you look at all the holy beings of the four […]

Studies in Japanese Buddhism

Studies in Japanese Buddhism. When Buddhism was introduced into Japan in the sixth century it had passed from India into the lands east of the Caspian Sea and then turned to the east, spreading through China and Korea, and all the time gathering up all that it found on its way. For example, its canonical writings by this time had assumed […]

Daily Reflections – Advice from Khen Rinpoche Geshe Thubthen Chonyi

This book then is a compilation of Khen Rinpoche’s opening remarks and motivations at a five year study program launched at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, an affiliate of the FPMT, in August 2003 at the request of its spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. These teachings offer valuable advice related to our Dharma studies and practice: how to check whether our practices […]

The Earliest Recorded Discourses of the Buddha

The Earliest Recorded Discourses of the Buddha are based on translations done by Anandajoti Bhikku, who published this work in 2010. The earliest recorded discourses of the Buddha centers around the period not long after the Awakening. We have three records of this period, they are the Lalitavistara, which originally seems to have belonged to the […]

Bodhisattva Attitude – How to Dedicate Your Life to Others by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Bodhisattva Attitude – How to Dedicate Your Life to Others by Lama Zopa Rinpoche  brings together several motivations taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to be used first thing each morning to generate a bodhicitta motivation. Rinpoche particularly emphasizes the need for have a very clear direction and purpose in life.  Enlightenment depends on first generating bodhicitta, and training our minds in these motivations […]

A Commentary on Attitude-Training Like the Rays of the Sun – His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

A Commentary on Attitude-Training Like the Rays of the Sun is an unpublished transcript by Namkapel of teachings given by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama to an audience with many new arrivals from Tibet in Dharamsala, India, May 9–15, 1985. The text here has been translated by Alexander Berzin. These teachings are mostly concerned with developing the awakening mind, […]

The King of Glorious Sutras called the Exalted Sublime Golden Light

Exalted Sublime Golden Light – an ancient sutra book. When Buddha Shakyamuni visited Girja Kuti (Vultures’ Peak) to teach the ‘great hearers’ or sublime audience of monks, nuns, Bodhisattvas, gods and spirits, he expounded, in his last turning of the wheel of Dharma, the ‘King of Glorious Sutras called ‘The Exalted Sublime Golden Light‘, or in […]

Art of Attention

Art of Attention is written by Pannyavaro, who founded Buddhanet.net back in 1993 – one of the oldest and most comprehensive Buddhist websites. This book was written to be published on the site.  The author states in the foreword that the art of attention is the common thread underpinning all schools of Buddhist meditation: Mahamudra in the Tibetan […]

Teachings in Chinese Buddhism

Teachings in Chinese Buddhism is a collection of selected and translated articles from five books in the Third volume of the Chinese Miao Yun Collection; namely “The Dharma is the Saver of the World”, “The Three Essentials in Practicing the Teaching of the Buddha”, “The Buddha lives in the world”, “To investigate the Dharma according to the […]

Taming the Monkey Mind – A Guide to Pure Land Practice

Taming the Monkey Mind – A Guide to Pure Land Practice. Pure Land Buddhism is branch of mahayana Buddhism. In Pure Land practice people focus on buddha in the form of Amitabha, the buddha of infinite life and infinite light. Believers put their faith in Amitabha Buddha and recite his name, confident in the promises he has given to deliver […]

The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes

The Sacred Books of the East is an enormous  project undertaken by Max Müller and various authors from 1879 and 1910. The groups work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. It is not possible to buy the complete set of these works, but Google […]

Sutra on the Original Vows & the Attainment of Merits of Ksitigarbha Bodhisatta

Sutra on the Original Vows and the Attainment of Merits of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, translated from Chinese into English by Ms Pitt Chin Hui, President of the Singapore Regional Centre of the World Fellowship of Buddhist. Ksitigarbha is known for his vow to take responsibility for the instruction of all beings in the six worlds between the […]

Dzogchen: Four introductory texts on Dzogchen

These books are meant as introductions to the Mahayana Buddhist system know as Dzogchen. There are indications that Dzogchen is a practice that is hundreds of years older than Buddhism itself, but it has been incorporated as advanced techniques into  the practices of Tibetan Buddhism. The four books are from the Berzin Archiches, you might […]

In this very Life – The Liberation Teachings by the Buddha

In this very Life is a collection of talks from the first three month retreat that Sayādaw taught at the Insight Meditation Society. He describes in detail both the practical journey of awakening and a profound theoretical model of understanding. These discourses reward a thoughtful reading, allowing the familiar aspects of the teachings to mature […]

Sutra of the Medicine Buddha

Bhaiṣajyaguru, the Medicine Master and King of Lapis Lazuli Light’, is the buddha of healing and medicine in Mahāyāna Buddhism. Often he is referred to as the “Medicine Buddha“, he is described as a doctor who cures suffering using the medicine of his dhamma teachings. The Sutra of the Medicine Buddha is among the most […]

The Direct and Unmistaken Method by Lama Zope Rinpoche

The Direct and Unmistaken Method of Purifying Yourself of and Protecting Yourself Against the Causes of Problems deals with the practice and benefits of the eight precepts of Mahayana Buddhism. “Practicing the eight-limbed Mahayana Method of Restoring and Purifying is the supreme method for avoiding harm to all sentient beings and bringing them happiness and […]

The wish-fulfilling golden sun of the mahayana thought training

The wish-fulfilling golden sun of the Mahayana thought training by Thubten Zopa gives a direct overview of the path and the goal in Mahayana Buddhism. If you ever wondered what Mahayana is about and how the practices are accomplished, this will give you all the answers, from the posture of meditation, breathing, the Mahayana understanding of the […]

The Buddha-Carita or The Life of Buddha by Aevaghosa

The Buddha-Carita, or The Life of Buddha by Aevaghosa edited and translated by Edward B. Cowell is the original biography of the Buddha. The text is translated directly from sanskrift scriptures written in the fifth century. From the translators foreword: The Buddha-carita was translated into Chinese by Dharmarakùa in the fifth century, and a translation of this was […]

Teachings from Tibet by Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Lamas

Teachings from Tibet by Dalai Lama. In the 1970s and ‘80s most of the great lamas left Tibet, but were still alive and teaching, mainly in India. Many of the teachings in this book were given at Tushita Mahayana Meditation Center, New Delhi, by lamas in exile. Two of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings are also present in […]

How to Practice the Buddhadharma – A Lamp Illuminating the Path to Liberation

How to Practice the Buddhadharma with the subtitle: A Lamp Illuminating the Path to Liberation by Sera Je Lharam Geshe Tsulga is a practical explanation of how to put the Buddha’s teachings into practice, with emphasis on the early stages of the path, guru devotion and the importance of dharma in light of reincarnation. The book gives excellent and throughout instructions […]

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