By Karen Armstrong
With such bestsellers as A heritage of God and Islam, Karen Armstrong has always introduced ?penetrating, readable, and prescient? (The long island Times) works that experience lucidly engaged a variety of religions and non secular matters. In Buddha she turns to a determine whose concept remains to be reverberating through the international 2,500 years after his death.
Many be aware of the Buddha basically from seeing numerous serene, iconic pictures. yet what of the fellow himself and the realm he lived in? What did he truly do in his approximately 80 years on the earth that spawned one of many maximum religions in international background? Armstrong tackles those questions and extra through reading the existence and instances of the Buddha during this engrossing philosophical biography. opposed to the tumultuous cultural history of his global, she blends background, philosophy, mythology, and biography to create a compelling and illuminating portrait of a guy whose awakening maintains to motivate millions.
By Damien Keown
The latter half the 20 th century witnessed a becoming curiosity in Buddhism, and it maintains to seize the mind's eye of many within the West who see it as both another or a complement to their very own spiritual ideals. quite a few introductory books have seemed lately to cater to this transforming into curiosity, yet virtually none devotes cognizance to the particularly moral dimensions of the culture. for numerous complicated cultural and historic purposes, ethics has now not bought as a lot consciousness in conventional Buddhist inspiration because it has within the West. Written by means of Damien Keown, one of many few specialists world wide who focuses on the world, Buddhist Ethics illustrates how Buddhism may strategy quite a number modern ethical matters, starting from abortion to euthanasia, sexuality to cloning, or even warfare and economics.
About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions offer an creation to a couple of life's finest issues. Written by means of specialists for the newcomer, they reveal the best modern considering the significant difficulties and concerns in hundreds of thousands of key themes, from philosophy to Freud, quantum thought to Islam.
The perform of every of those American colleges, not like most standard Asian Buddhist sects, is grounded within the inspiration that each one individuals are able to achieving enlightenment in “this lifetime.” however the adjustments also are profound: the spectrum of philosophical expression between those American Buddhist colleges is as diverse as that saw among Reformed, Orthodox, and Hasidic Judaism.
The celebrity Spangled Buddhist isn’t written from the viewpoint of a monk or educational yet fairly from the view of writer Jeff Ourvan, a lifelong-practicing lay Buddhist. As Ourvan explores the yankee Buddhist move via its preferred colleges, he arrives at a clearer realizing for himself and the reader approximately what it skill to be—and how one may well decide to be—a Buddhist in America.
By Andrew Quintman
One of the main cherished tales of the Tibetan humans and an exceptional literary instance of the contemplative life
The lifetime of Milarepa, a biography and a dramatic story from a tradition now in trouble, will be learn on numerous degrees. a private and relocating advent to Tibetan Buddhism, it's also a close consultant to the quest for liberation. It provides a quest for purification and buddhahood in one lifetime, tracing the trail of a good sinner who grew to become a superb saint. it's also a powerfully evocative narrative, filled with magic, miracles, suspense, and humor, whereas reflecting the spiritual and social lifetime of medieval Tibet.
For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts stronger by means of introductions and notes by means of uncommon students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.
By James Mark Shields
Within the overdue Eighties and early Nineties, the relative calm international of eastern Buddhist scholarship was once thrown into chaos with the e-book of a number of works by means of Buddhist students Hakamaya Noriaki and Matsumoto Shiro, devoted to the advertising of anything they referred to as serious Buddhism (hihan bukkyo). of their quest to re-establish a "true" - rational, moral and humanist - kind of East Asian Buddhism, the serious Buddhists undertook an intensive deconstruction of old and modern East Asian Buddhism, rather Zen. whereas their debatable paintings has bought a few consciousness in English-language scholarship, this can be the 1st book-length therapy of serious Buddhism as either a philosophical and non secular move, the place the strains among scholarship and perform blur. supplying a severe and positive research of serious Buddhism, really the epistemological different types of critica and topica, this ebook examines modern theories of data and ethics which will situate severe Buddhism inside of smooth jap and Buddhist suggestion in addition to with regards to present traits in modern Western proposal.
By Seung Sahn
Here's the inimitable Zen grasp Seung Sahn up shut and personal—in decisions from the correspondence that used to be one in all his fundamental modes of training. Seung Sahn obtained enormous quantities of letters per thirty days, every one of which he responded individually, and a few of the simplest of that are integrated the following. His frank and humorous sort, commonplace to readers of Dropping Ashes at the Buddha, is noticeable right here in a so much intimate shape. The cherished Zen grasp not just solutions questions about Zen educating and perform, yet applies an enlightened method of issues of paintings, relationships, agony, and the teacher-student dating.
By Wu Cheng'en
Anthony C. Yu’s translation of The trip to the West,initially released in 1983, brought English-speaking audiences to the vintage chinese language novel in its entirety for the 1st time. Written within the 16th century, The trip to the West tells the tale of the fourteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Xuanzang, considered one of China’s most renowned spiritual heroes, and his 3 supernatural disciples, looking for Buddhist scriptures. all through his trip, Xuanzang fights demons who desire to consume him, communes with spirits, and traverses a land riddled with a large number of stumbling blocks, either actual and fantastical. An experience wealthy with possibility and pleasure, this seminal paintings of the chinese language literary canonis by means of turns allegory, satire, and fantasy.
With over 100 chapters written in either prose and poetry, The trip to the West has continuously been a sophisticated and hard textual content to render in English whereas maintaining the lyricism of its language and the content material of its plot. yet Yu has effectively taken at the job, and during this new version he has made his translations much more exact and available. The explanatory notes are up-to-date and augmented, and Yu has further new fabric to his creation, according to his unique examine in addition to at the latest literary feedback and scholarship on chinese language non secular traditions. He has additionally modernized the transliterations incorporated in each one quantity, utilizing the now-standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization process. might be most crucial, Yu has made adjustments to the interpretation itself so that it will make it as targeted as possible.
One of the good works of chinese language literature, The trip to the West is not just worthy to students of jap faith and literature, yet, in Yu’s dependent rendering, additionally a satisfaction for any reader.
By Peter Jaeger
John Cage was once one of the first wave of post-war American artists and intellectuals to be motivated by means of Zen Buddhism and it was once a power that led him to develop into profoundly engaged with our present ecological hindrance. In John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics, Peter Jaeger asks: what did Buddhism suggest to Cage? and the way did his realizing of Buddhist philosophy influence on his illustration of nature? Following Cage's personal artistic suggestions within the poem-essay shape and his use of the traditional chinese language textual content, the I Ching to form his tune and writing, this e-book outlines a brand new serious language that reconfigures writing and silence.
Interrogating Cage's ‘green-Zen' within the mild of latest psychoanalysis and cultural critique in addition to his personal later flip in the direction of anarchist politics, John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics presents readers with a seriously performative website for the Zen-inspired "nothing" which is living on the center of Cage's poetics, and which so essentially intersects together with his ecological writing.
By John Daido Loori
The Zen culture has simply major meditative practices: shikantaza, or "just sitting"; and introspection guided via the robust Zen instructing tales known as koans. Following within the culture of The paintings of simply Sitting (endorsed as a "A ebook we've got wanted for a protracted, lengthy time"), this new anthology from John Daido Loori illuminates the delicate perform of koan research from many various issues of view.
Includes writings by:
- Robert Aitken
- William Bodiford
- Robert Buswell
- Roko Sherry Chayat
- Francis Dojun Cook
- Eihei Dogen
- Heinrich Dumoulin
- Hakuin Ekaku
- Victor Sogen Hori
- Keizan Jokin
- Philip Kapleau
- Chung-fen Ming-Pen
- Taizan Maezumi
- Dennis Genpo Merzel
- Soen Nakagawa
- Ruth Fuller Sasaki
- Sokei-an Sasaki
- Nyogen Senzaki
- Zenkei Shibayama
- Eido Shimano
- Philip Yampolsky
- Hakuun Yasutani
- Wayne Yokoyama
- Katsushiro Yoshizawa
By Tenzin Chogyel, Kurtis R. Schaeffer
A blueprint for a lifetime of mindfulness, devoted to the easing of agony either for oneself and for others
The tale of Shakyamuni Buddha’s epic trip to enlightenment is likely to be crucial narrative within the Buddhist culture. Tenzin Chögyel’sThe lifetime of the Buddha, composed within the mid–eighteenth century and now in a bright new translation, is a masterly storyteller’s rendition of the twelve acts of the Buddha. Chögyel’s classical story seamlessly weaves jointly the colossal and the minute, the earthly and the celestial, reflecting the near-omnipresent relief of the gods along the Buddha’s relocating ultimate reunion along with his dedicated son, Rahula. The lifetime of the Buddha has the ability to have interaction humans via a deeply human tale with cosmic implications.
For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more advantageous by means of introductions and notes by way of exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.