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Chinese Buddhism

Chinese Buddhism – Joseph Edkins

This is a book of remarkable interest, describing the entrance, progress, and characteristics of Buddhism in China, and containing a Life of Buddha. Dr. Edkins‘ long residence in China and his thorough study of all the historical features of religion in China, render him peculiarly competent to discuss Chiuese Buddhism.

Chinese Buddhism

Chinese Buddhism

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Chinese Buddhism.

ISBN: 9783849672065.

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Biography of Joseph Edkins (from wikipedia.com)

Born at Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, he graduated from the University of London in 1843. He was ordained on 8 December 1847. Sent by the London Missionary Society, he arrived in China on 22 July 1848 at Hong Kong, and reached Shanghai on 2 September. First he worked in the London Missionary Society Press in Shanghai under Walter Henry Medhurst. From 1852 to 1858 he edited the Chinese annual Chinese and Foreign Concord Almanach (華洋和合通書), later known as the Chinese and Western Almanac (中西通書). During this period of time, he collaborated with Li Shanlan, Wang Tao and others to translate many Western scientific works into Chinese. Besides this, he was involved in Bible translation and an active member of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. In the 1850s he travelled extensively in the Shanghai and Ningbo regions. He also was involved in direct evangelism, and accompanied Hudson Taylor on some of his first canal-boat travels in China, distributing portions of Scripture and Christian tracts. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Hymns of the Rigveda

The Hymns of the Rigveda – Ralph T. H. Griffith

This book contains the most important passages selected from the Buddhist Sacred Books. The aim of the present work is to take different ideas and conceptions found in Pâli writings, and present them to the reader in English. Translation has been the means employed as being the most effectual, and the order pursued is in the main that of the Buddhist „Three Jewels“ (in Pâli, Ti-Ratana), to wit, The Buddha, the Doctrine, and the Order. The selections of the first chapter are on The Buddha; next follow those which deal chiefly with the Doctrine; while others concerning the Order and secular life constitute the closing chapter of the book.

The Hymns of the Rigveda

The Hymns of the Rigveda

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The Hymns of the Rigveda.

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The Rigvedic hymns (from wikipedia.com)

The Rigvedic hymns are dedicated to various deities, chief of whom are Indra, a heroic god praised for having slain his enemy Vrtra; Agni, the sacrificial fire; and Soma, the sacred potion or the plant it is made from. Equally prominent gods are the Adityas or Asura gods Mitra–Varuna and Ushas (the dawn). Also invoked are Savitr, Vishnu, Rudra, Pushan, Brihaspati or Brahmanaspati, as well as deified natural phenomena such as Dyaus Pita (the shining sky, Father Heaven), Prithivi (the earth, Mother Earth), Surya(the sun god), Vayu or Vata (the wind), Apas (the waters), Parjanya (the thunder and rain), Vac (the word), many rivers (notably the Sapta Sindhu, and the Sarasvati River). The Adityas, Vasus, Rudras, Sadhyas, Ashvins, Maruts, Rbhus, and the Vishvadevas („all-gods“) as well as the „thirty-three gods“ are the groups of deities mentioned. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Ideals Of The East

The Ideals Of The East – Kakuzo Okakura

The results of Mr. Okakura’s visits to China and India, where he made exhaustive studies, are brilliantly set forth in this book, “ The Ideals of the East „, explaining his important and now generally accepted analysis of the movements of thought and art throughout Asia.

The Ideals Of The East

The Ideals Of The East

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The Ideals Of The East.

ISBN: 9783849672249.

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Biography of Kakuzo Okakura (from wikipedia.com)

Born in Yokohama to parents originally from Fukui, Okakura learned English while attending a school operated by Christian missionary, Dr. Curtis Hepburn. At 15, he entered Tokyo Imperial University, where he first met and studied under Harvard-educated professor Ernest Fenollosa. In 1889, Okakura co-founded the periodical Kokka. In 1887 he was one of the principal founders of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (東京美術学校 Tōkyō Bijutsu Gakkō), and a year later became its head, although he was later ousted from the school in an administrative struggle. Later, he also founded the Japan Art Institute with Hashimoto Gahō and Yokoyama Taikan. He was invited by William Sturgis Bigelow to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1904 and became the first head of the Asian art division in 1910. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Creed of Buddha

The Creed of Buddha – Edmond Holmes

The author of “ The Creed of Buddha “ can safely say that no better exposition of Buddhism has ever been given to the world. It is sympathetic, it is scholarly, and it is complete. Between east and west, says the author, a gulf has been fixed, a gulf created by basic ideas, hollowed out by the erosive action of speculative thought. The Western mind takes for granted the reality of outward things. The Eastern mind attributes the only reality to the soul. All else is maya, illusion. And there are very few that can bridge thatgulf.In the East, where the soul is the supreme and fundamental reality, the identification of God with the world-soul, or soul of universal Mature, is the outcome of a movement of thought which is at once natural and logical. This divine soul is the only real existence: by comparison with it all outward things are shadows, and all inward things, so far as they hold aloof from the all-embracing consciousness, are dreams. The worship of the supernatural, such as is to be found in Christianity, often ends in the despiritualization of Nature. which becomes merely the world without and therefore opposed to the Supernatural, which becomes the dwelling place of God . Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Essential Buddhist Discourses

Essential Buddhist Discourses – Henry Clarke Warren

This book contains the most important passages selected from the Buddhist Sacred Books. The aim of the present work is to take different ideas and conceptions found in Pâli writings, and present them to the reader in English. Translation has been the means employed as being the most effectual, and the order pursued is in the main that of the Buddhist „Three Jewels“ (in Pâli, Ti-Ratana), to wit, The Buddha, the Doctrine, and the Order. The selections of the first chapter are on The Buddha; next follow those which deal chiefly with the Doctrine; while others concerning the Order and secular life constitute the closing chapter of the book.

Essential Buddhist Discourses

Essential Buddhist Discourses

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Essential Buddhist Discourses.

ISBN: 9783849673277.

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Biography of Henry Clarke Warren (from wikipedia.com)

He was the second of four sons of Susan Cornelia Clarke (1825-1901) and Samuel Denis Warren (1817-1888), a wealthy paper manufacturer in Boston, who died in 1888.He had four siblings: Cornelia Lyman Warren, philanthropist; Samuel D. Warren (1854-1899), businessperson; Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928), art collector; Fredrick Fiske Warren (1862-1938), political radical and utopist. He graduated in 1879 with an A.B. from Harvard University, and followed it up with studies at Johns Hopkins University under Lanman and Maurice Bloomfield, and at Oxford University with T. W. Rhys Davids. He purchased the house of Charles Beck in 1891, and lived in it until his death in 1899 at which he bequeathed it, along with the bulk of his estate, to Harvard University; the building is now known as the Beck-Warren House (or Warren House). Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Jataka Tales Volume 1

The Complete Jataka Tales – Edward Byles Cowell

The Pali work, entitled ‚the Jataka‘, the first volume of which is now presented to the reader in an English form, contains 550 Jatakas or Birth-stories, which are arranged in 22 nipatas or books. This division is roughly founded on the number of verses (gathas) which are quoted in each story; thus the first book contains 150 stories, each of which only quotes one verse, the second 100, each of which quotes two, the third and fourth 50 each, which respectively quote 3 and 4, and so on to the twenty-first with 5 stories, each of which quotes 80 verses, and the twenty-second with 10 stories, each quoting a still larger number. Each story opens with a preface called the paccuppannavatthu or ’story of the present‘, which relates the particular circumstances in the Buddha’s life which led him to tell the birth-story and thus reveal some event in the long series of his previous existences as a bodhisatta or a being destined to attain Buddha-ship. This is volume 1, comprising the ‘Ekanipata.’ Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Inner Teachings Of The Philosophies and Religions of India

The Inner Teachings Of The Philosophies and Religions of India – William Walker Atkinson

This book gives essential insights on Indian philosophy and religion and offers twelve lessons on what you need to understand when diving into this topic. From the Contents:

The First Lesson – The Land Of The Ganges.
The Second Lesson – The Inner Teachings.
The Third Lesson – The Sankhya System.
The Fourth Lesson – The Vedanta System.
The Fifth Lesson – Patanjali’s Yoga System.
The Sixth Lesson – The Minor Systems.
The Seventh Lesson – Buddhism.
The Seventh Lesson – Sufism.
.. and many more ..

The Inner Teachings Of The Philosophies and Religions of India

The Inner Teachings Of The Philosophies and Religions of India

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The Inner Teachings Of The Philosophies and Religions of India.

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Atkinson, hinduism and yoga (from wikipedia.com)

In the 1890s, Atkinson had become interested in Hinduism and after 1900 he devoted a great deal of effort to the diffusion of yoga and Oriental occultism in the West. It is unclear at this late date whether he actually ever converted to any form of Hindu religion, or merely wished to write on the subject. If he did convert, he left no record of the event. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Dhammapada

Dhammapada – Friedrich Max Müller

The Buddhist scripture called ‘The Dhammapada’ is traditionally ascribed to Buddha himself. It is an essential part of the Theravada canon.

Dhammapada

Dhammapada

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Dhammapada.

ISBN: 9783849673383.

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History of the Dhammapda (from wikipedia.com)

According to tradition, the Dhammapada’s verses were spoken by the Buddha on various occasions. „By distilling the complex models, theories, rhetorical style and sheer volume of the Buddha’s teachings into concise, crystalline verses, the Dhammapada makes the Buddhist way of life available to anyone…In fact, it is possible that the very source of the Dhammapada in the third century B.C.E. is traceable to the need of the early Buddhist communities in India to laicize the ascetic impetus of the Buddha’s original words.“ The text is part of the Khuddaka Nikaya of the Sutta Pitaka, although over half of the verses exist in other parts of the Pali Canon. A 4th or 5th century CE commentary attributed to Buddhaghosa includes 305 stories which give context to the verses. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Buddhist Mahâyâna Texts

Buddhist Mahâyâna Texts – Müller/Cowell

The Buddha-karita is an early Sanskrit poem written in India on the legendary history of Buddha, and therefore contains much that is of interest for the history of Buddhism, beside its special importance as illustrating the early history of classical Sanskrit literature. It is ascribed to Asvaghosha; and, although there were several writers who bore that name, it seems most probable that our author was the contemporary and spiritual adviser of Kanishka in the first century of our era. This poem and many more Buddhist writings are included in this compilation.

Buddhist Mahâyâna Texts

Buddhist Mahâyâna Texts

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Buddhist Mahâyâna Texts.

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What is the Mahayana? (from wikipedia.com)

Mahāyāna (Sanskrit for „Great Vehicle“) is one of two (or three, under some classifications) main existing branches of Buddhism and a term for classification of Buddhist philosophiesand practice. This movement added a further set of discourses, and although it was initially small in India, it had long-term historical significance. The Buddhist tradition of Vajrayana is sometimes classified as a part of Mahayana Buddhism, but some scholars may consider it as a different branch altogether. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Indian Fairy Tales

Indian Fairy Tales – Joseph Jacobs

The book contains 29 fairy tales from the Jatakas, or birth stories of Buddha, the fables of Bidpai and from other Sanskrit sources. The stories are humorous and imaginative and preserve the best nursery elements of Hindu folk-tales.

Indian Fairy Tales

Indian Fairy Tales

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Indian Fairy Tales.

ISBN: 9783849673550.

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History of the Jakatas (from wikipedia.com)

The Jātakas were originally amongst the earliest Buddhist literature, with metrical analysis methods dating their average contents to around the 4th century BCE. The Mahāsāṃghika Caitika sects from the Āndhra region took the Jātakas as canonical literature and are known to have rejected some of the Theravāda Jātakas which dated past the time of King Ashoka. The Caitikas claimed that their own Jātakas represented the original collection before the Buddhist tradition split into various lineages.

According to A. K. Warder, the Jātakas are the precursors to the various legendary biographies of the Buddha, which were composed at later dates. Although many Jātakas were written from an early period, which describe previous lives of the Buddha, very little biographical material about Gautama’s own life has been recorded. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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