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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 group’s work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. These translations might be some of the most […]

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 Sanskrit scriptures written in the fifth century. From the translator’s foreword: The Buddha-carita was translated into Chinese by Dharmarakùa in the fifth century, and a translation of […]

Teachings from Tibet by Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Lamas

Teachings from Tibet by Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Lamas. In the 1970s and ‘80s most of the great Tibetan lamas left Tibet. They continued to teach, 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 […]

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 […]

Lankavatara Sutra A Mahayana Text

The Lankavatara Sutra – A Mahayana text translated for the first time from the original Sanskrit by DAISETZ TEITARO SUZUKI. The Lankavatara Sutra is one of nine principal, and one of the most important, texts of Mahayana Buddhism. Lankavatara literally means “entering into Lanka”. Lanka is one of the islands in the south of India, […]

Heart, Diamond and Lankavatara Sutras

The Heart Sutra is a member of the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajñāpāramitā) class of Mahāyāna Buddhist literature, and along with the Diamond Sutra, is perhaps the most prominent representative of the genre. Its Sanskrit name Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya literally translates to the “Heart of the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom.” From the book: Since in emptiness nothing […]

The Diamond Sutra – A General Explanation of the Vajra Prajña Paramita Sutra by Dhyana Master Hsüan Hua

The Diamond Sutra, along with The Heart Sutra, are among the most popular works of the Prajnaparamita group of Sutras. Indeed they are among the most popular Sutras within the Mahayana cannon as a whole.  This translation has been prepared by the Buddhist Text Translation Society of the Sino-American Buddhist Association, under the auspices of Gold Mountain […]

The Surangama Sutra

The Surangama Sutra is one of the most important texts in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhism tradition. It deals with the worthlessness of the Dharma when unaccompanied by samadhi power, and the importance of moral precepts as a foundation for the Buddhist practice. Also stressed is the theme of how one effectively combats delusions that may arise during […]

Transforming Problems Into the Dharma Path by Thubten Gyatso

Transforming Problems Into the Dharma Path by Thubten Gyatso is a set of lessons about the transformation of both adverse and happy situations into the Dharma Path with skill, to make them worthwhile and beneficial to ourselves and others. The whole Path, all of the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, leads towards the understanding of our situation […]

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