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. A History of Indian Buddhism : From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana by Hirakawa Akira, (Tr. & Ed. Paul Groner
) 1998, 23 cm., pp. xviii+402, map, rep., US$ 12.69 or Rs. 495
A History of Indian Buddhism, the summation of a lifetime of research on Indian Buddhism, is an exceptionally comprehensive discussion of Indian Buddhism. The text presents the debates on Indian Buddhism that have occurred in the Japanese academic community and empasize issues that have often been treated only in passing in India and the West. Finally, the book includes bibliography which provides broad book of the study.
. A History of Modern Tibet 1913-1951 : The Demise of the Lamaist State by Goldstein, Melvyn C. 2007, pp. 923, figs. 61, maps 11, US$ 19.23 or Rs. 750
Tibet's loss of independence to Communist China in 1951 has been the subject of bitterly competing views. Melvyn Goldstein's authoritative and comprehensive study presents a detailed, non-partisan account of the events that led to the demise of the Lamaist state.
. A Survey of Bonpo Monasteries and Temples in Tibet and the Himalaya by Yasuhiko Nagano & Samten G. Karmay (Eds.) 2008, 25 cm., pp. iv+883, b/w pls. 219, maps 47+2, US$ 71.67 or Rs. 2795
This book is an outcome of general Survey of Monasteries, Temples and Hermitages of the Bon religion, known as Yung drug Bon. It contains the result of the field work done by the team of scholars of National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka Japan headed by Dr. Yasuhiko Nagano & Dr. Samten G. Karmay. Such concrete & detailed description of the Bonpo Monasteries & people, based on extensive field work, has never before appeared since the beginning of Tibetology. The field survey of actual conditions of Bon Culture was conducted in TAR, Tibet areas in China, India & Nepal. The four scholars who surveyed the monasteries temples and hermitage reached at the conclusion that the Monastic System in the Bon tradition goes back upto the eleventh century, when the Buddhists began to re-establish their monasteries. This publication will prove to e significant milestone for future studies of Tibetan Culture.
. A Survey of Buddhist Temples and Monasteries by Akhtar Malik 2007, pp. viii+332, US$ 76.92 or Rs. 3000
A history of Buddhist architecture is a task for the future; may we some day have the pleasure of welcoming a systematic treatise upon the subject. Nothing guarantees us that in its beginnings the architecture shall be found on a level with the doctrine, or that it shall follow a parallel course, or again that it shall develop with a proportional rapidity. The foundation of Buddhism in our sub-continent is an historic phenomenon. Based on truth, purity of life, non-possession and moral character of the highest degree, it began to spread in several regions of India, Nepal, Ceylon and South-East Asia. The monks and nuns who preached the religious principles of Buddha with their abodes in monasteries showed the way to the people towards a pure domestic life and moral dealings of humanity. As a result of their efforts, several religious centres came into existence in India and other countries as mentioned in this text. The theme deals with the foundation and spread of Buddhism, from Bodh-Gaya to China to other part of the world, art and architecture used in monasteries and last but not the least, the life of monks and nuns in monasteries.
. Anagarika Dharmapala : In Spiritual Quadruplets by Shrikant Prasoon 2007, 20 cm., pp. 60, US$ 4.49 or Rs. 175
. Becoming the Buddha : The Ritual of Image Consecration in Thailand by Swearer, Donald K. 2007, 23 cm.,pp. xviii+332, US$ 12.69 or Rs. 495
Becoming the Buddha is the first book-length study of a key ritual of Buddhist practice in Asia: the consecration of a Buddha image or "new Buddha," a ceremony by which the Buddha becomes present or alive. Through a richly detailed, accessible exploration of this ritual in northern Thailand, an exploration that stands apart from standard text-based or anthropological approaches, Donald Swearer makes a major contribution to our understanding of the Buddha image, its role in Buddhist devotional life, and its relationship to the veneration of Buddha relics. Blending ethnography, analysis, and Buddhist texts related to this mimetic reenactment of the night of the Buddha's enlightenment, he demonstrates that the image becomes the Buddha's surrogate by being invested with the Buddha's story and charged with the extraordinary power of Buddhahood. The process by which this transformation occurs through chant, sermon, meditation, and the presence of charismatic monks is at the heart of this book. Known as "opening the eyes of the Buddha," image consecration traditions throughout Buddhist Asia share much in common. Within the cultural context of northern Thailand, Becoming the Buddha illuminates scriptural accounts of the making of the first Buddha image; looks at debates over the ritual's historical origin, at Buddhological insights achieved, and at the hermeneutics of absence and presence; and provides a thematic comparison of several Buddhist traditions.
. Borobudur : Pyramid of the Cosmic Buddha by Caesar Voute & Mark Long (Photographs by Fitra Jaya Burnama) 2008, 30 cm., pp. xxiv+327, col. photos 163, b/w figs. 20,archiitectural drgs. 8, 2 folded mandalas, US$ 133.33 or Rs. 5200
Borobudur was constructed during the eighth century as a guide to the Noble Path of the Buddha. Born from silence and unfolding into the serenity of the other shore, it expresses the glory of Indonesia's awareness and creativity, the smile of her plastic forms over the centuries as well as her travels along the edge of thoughts that cross the endless corridors of memory. Though the Western world rediscovered this magnificent structure almost 200 years ago, this sacred place nonetheless remains seated in its enigmatic depth, engulfed in vaporous illusions, waiting for someone to find the base simplicity of its Truth. This book is a catalyst and invites adventurous minds to find new directions by bringing into focus the vast universe of the Borobudur in order to cultivate the Way to weeding out error. The questions posed or solutions offered herein are like water and waves: different yet identical in essence. They stir discussion. One of the special contributions of this book lies in its correlating the cyclical movements of the Sun and Moon with the numerical symbolism of Borobudur. The authors cite the magical effect of the Sun suddenly appearing out of the volcano Merapi and empowering the Borobudur-mountain with its radiant energy in poetic imagery. This magic moment of satori or enlightenment echoes the experiences of the unknown Shailendra monarch who had commissioned the monument's construction and the inspiration that made the architect envision this Buddhist wonder.
. Buddha : A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra 2007, pp. 288, US$ 10.13 or Rs. 395
Bestselling author Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping novel of the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today. A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed by those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. Alone and face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer will, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment. Although we recognize Buddha today as an icon of peace and serenity, his life story was a tumultuous and spellbinding affair filled with love and passion, murder and loss, struggle and surrender. From the rocky terrain of the material world to the summit of the spiritual one, Buddha captivates and inspires-ultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and our selves.
. Buddha : His Life, His Doctrine, His Order by Oldenberg, Hermann (Tr. William Hoey) 2006, pp. vii+454, Rep., pb, US$ 7.56 or Rs. 295
(The distinguished author has in this work demolished the sceptical theory of a solar Buddha put forward by M. Senart. He has sifted the legendary elements of Buddhist tradition and has given the reliable residuum of facts concerning Buddha's life.)
. Buddhism : Connexion with Brahmanism and Hinduism, and in its Contrast with Christianity by M. Monier-Williams 2007, pp. xxxiv+468, illus. b/w 21, US$ 19.23 or Rs. 750
Contents: Preface. Lecture: 1. Introductory observations. 2. The Buddha as a personal teacher. 3. The dharma of law and scriptures of Buddhism. 4. The sangha or Buddhist order of monks. 5. The philosophical doctrines of Buddhism. 6. The morality of Buddhism and its chief aim–arhatship or Nirvana. 7. Changes in Buddhism and its disappearance from India. 8. Rise of theistic and polytheistic Buddhism. 9. Theistic and polytheistic Buddhism. 10. Mystical Buddhism in its connexion with the Yoga philosophy. 11. Hierarchical Buddhism, especially as developed in Tibet and Mongolia. 12. Ceremonial and ritualistic Buddhism. 13. Festivals, domestic rites, and formularies of prayers. 14. Sacred places. 15. Monasteries and temples. 16. Images and idols. 17. Sacred objects. 18. Buddhism contrasted with Christianity. Observe.
. Buddhism : From Genesis to Decline by Ram Nandan Singh 2007, 23 cm., pp. 195, US$ 8.97 or Rs. 350
This book titled "Buddhism: From Genesis to Decline" is an exposition on Buddhism from the origin to decay in India. It is a conscientious piece of work exploring different aspects of Buddhism in the light of modern viewpoint. The majority of arguments and interpretations in the book have been based on evidences. It emphasizes on the historical developments of Buddhism from its earlier version Hinayana to its later version Mahayana outlining several factors. Which led to such a growth. The later development of Mahayana Buddhism is Tantrayana, which has got special treatment. The aesthetic aspects of Buddhism in the form of Buddhist art, culture and jurisprudence have also been delineated. Buddhism vis-୶is modern scientific ethics has been discussed in a critical way in this work.
. Buddhism : Pali Text With English Translation, 2 Vols. by Henry Clarke Warren (Ed. N.C. Panda) 2008, 22 cm., pp. 920, US$ 38.46 or Rs. 1500
Lord Buddha's teachings have a great importance today for the common people to live in peace and to maintain brotherhood in the society. The aim of the present work is to take different ideas and conceptions found in Pali writings and present them to the reader in English. The work also contains original Pali texts along with its translations. The book is divided into five chapters and more than one hundred sections. 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 uniqueness of the work lies in the selective presentation of the materials and their systematic organization. The book is accompanied by Introduction, Preface, Bibliography and general Index. Besides Appendices an addition of Glossary of Buddhist technical terms is also a notable feature of this work. Hence, this new and enlarged edition would be immensely useful for the students as well as researchers of Pall and Buddhism. Besides, it will also serve a much larger purpose.
. Buddhism and Zen by Nyogen Senzaki & Ruth Strout McCandless 2007, 20 cm., pp. 123, US$ 2.44 or Rs. 95
. Buddhism in Central Asia by B.N. Puri 2007, pp. xv+352, US$ 12.69 or Rs. 495
Buddhism in Central Asia is a saga of peaceful pursuit by Buddhist scholars from Kashmir and Kabul to propagate the message of the Buddha. This vast region between the Ten-shan and the Kunlun ranges was the center of activities of these Buddhist savants. Here people of different races and professions, speaking many languages, were finally blended into a cosmopolitan culture. This created an intellectual climate of high order. In this context, the famous silk trade route was helpful in adding to the material prosperity of the people in this region. The present study, therefore, is not one of Buddhism in isolation. It equally provides an account of the political forces confronting each other during the course of history of this region for well over a thousand years. For centuries the drifting desert sand of Central Asia enveloped this civilization and the religion connected with it. The late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century explorers and archaeologists successfully uncovered it at different centres along the olk Silk Route. This has been helpful for a comprehensive study of Buddhism with its literature and art. The finds of hundreds of inscriptions have added to the cultural dimensions of the study.
. Buddhist Conceptions of Man and Human Emancipation : A Critical Investigation by Chinchore, Mangala R. 2007, US$ 23.08 or Rs. 900
This book attempts to present, perhaps for the first time, a fairly comprehensive account of Buddhist Conception of Man, Human Emancipation and patterns of complex inter-relationship between them. It seeks to bring out major aspects of each of them, avoiding doctrinal differences and controversies among Buddhists through the history of Buddhism spread over 2500 years and more. Instead, the study highlights profound insights of the Buddhist investigation into the issues under consideration right starting from the Buddha through his prominent followers, and brings out their contemporary relevance and significance in no uncertain ways.
. Buddhist Cosmology : Science and Theology in the Images of Motion and Light by Kloetzli, W. Randolph 2007, pp. xvi+195, figs., Rep., US$ 7.56 or Rs. 295
Disagreements concerning the nature and extent of the universe constitute a focus of theological debate which permeates Buddhism at every level. While there have been numerous attempts to catalogue the details of the Buddhist cosmologies, none has attempted a general interpretation of their underlying intention. This work attempts to begin the process of interpreting the major phases of Buddhist Cosmological speculation by seeing in them various dramas of salvation tailored to the philosophical and theological predilections of their respective traditions. To a large extent, this interpretation relies on an examination of continuities between the Buddhist cosmologies and those of the Hellenistic world as a whole. In the course of this study, two major cosmological traditions emerge; those which rely on metaphors of space. The former are associated with the Hinayana and the latter with the Mahayana forms of Buddhism. Each draws on images of motion and light to articulate its vision of the drama of salvation. This work attempts to begin the process of interpreting the major phases of Buddhist Cosmological speculation by seeing in them various dramas of salvation tailored to the philosophical and theological predilections of their respective traditions.
. Buddhist Goddesses of India by Miranda Shaw 2007, 24 cm., pp. 602, US$ 30.77 or Rs. 1200
This is a detailed study and an essential guide to the female Buddhist deities of India. The Indian Buddhist world abounds with goddesses – transcendent wisdom figures, maternal nurturers, potent healers and protectors, voluptuous tree spirits, cosmic mothers of liberation, and dancing female Buddhas. This book retells the legends of the deities, devoting a chapter each to the images and histories of nineteen goddesses, and conveying, illustrating, and interpreting their character and powers. Additional chapters address human figures and texts relevant to the goddess theme. Shaw draws on a sweeping range of material, from devotional poetry and meditation manuals to rituals and artistic images. She also discusses the deities symbolism and roles of each goddess. In addition to being a comprehensive reference work, this book will enrich readers by acquainting them with the diverse range of deities that evolved through the early, Mahayana, and tantric movements in India and found a place in the pantheons of Tibet and Nepal. It includes: Tara, Sarasvati, Prajnaparamita, Usnisavijaya, Vajrayogini, Nairatmya, Chinnamunda, Simhamukha, Kurukulla, Sitatapatra, Cunda, Vasudhara, Janguli, Marici, Parnasavari, Hariti, Laksmi, Prthivi, Mayadevi, and Yaksinis.
. Buddhist Iconography in Thailand : A South-East Asian Perspective by A.K. Bhattacharyya 2007, 30 cm., pp. xvi+163, figs., US$ 66.67 or Rs. 2600
Beginning with Theravada which formed the core of Hinayana, Thailand in the South-East Asian region formed a strong-hold of Buddhism and remained so till it gave way to Mahayana though in a very small measure. Buddhism in Thai conception is primarily and mostly the adortion to the personal image of Buddha. Sthaviras in this land are the predominant part of Buddhist congregation and naturally, therefore, Buddhist art and iconography is centred round the person Buddha, the greatest of the Sthaviras. Still it can not be denied that thai Buddhism remains the high stronghold of this faith in South-East Asia. The result has been, however, that while the ramifications of the Buddhist pantheon have escaped from the Thai artist yet it effloresced in the variegated innovations in forms touching upon the personality of the Great Master, in a way that can be met with nowhere else. And there lies the interest in the study of Buddhist iconography of Thailand. And this is what the present work has taken up with. The book in eight close Chapters has laid bare the innovative genius of Thai artists step by step following the unfolding path of history. From the earliest style of iconic art that found expression in the Mon-Dvaravati regime to the ravaging conquest by the Mayanmar onslaughts in the late eighteenth century, ending with the Rattanakosin period, the course of Buddhist art history in icons has been followed with examples that retained the traits prescribed by the canonical literature and at the same time did not ignore the overflow of innovations to the extent that Hinayana could compromise with Mahayana. With this analysis, the book affords an interesting study. A Glossary appended, specia-lly of Thai terms, is a useful aid to study the subject, as also a site Map, while a Select Bibliography provides an indication to further researches. Contents : Preface / List of Illustrations / Chapters / Buddhism and Buddhist Art in Thailand / Mon-Dvaravati / Srivijaya / Khmer-Lopburi / Lan Na Thai / Sukhothai / Ayutthaya / Rattanakosin / Glossary / Select Bibliography / Chart / Index / Map.
. Buddhist India by T.W. Rhys Davids 2007, 24 cm., pp. x+222, US$ 8.97 or Rs. 350
Buddhist India This book speaks about Buddhism, its inception and development. It deals mainly with how and under whose reign Buddhism became popular in towns and villages. Social grades have also been discussed in details. An attempt to reconstruct a picture of the economic conditions of that time has also been made. The writings of the Buddha's conversational discourses on the Silas, the development of the writing such as writing on copper plates, etc. were also given emphasis. Language and Literature, like Pali books, Nikayas, the Jataka books, Vinaya have also been discussed. The religion and the position of the Brahmins were also find proper place in the book. And, Buddhism under Chandragupta, Asoka and Kanishka give proper place in the book. instead of principles of Buddhism, development of its with different circumstances and fulfil the purpose very well.
. Buddhist Literary Heritage in India : Text and Context by Ratna Basu 2007, pp. 181, US$ 10.13 or Rs. 395
. Buddhist Philosophy in India and Ceylon by A. Berriedale Keith 2007, 23 cm., pp. ii+339, US$ 15.38 or Rs. 600
This book deals with almost every aspect of Buddhist Philosophy from Personality to doctrine of the Buddha, fundamental character, nature and spirit of philosophy, doctrine of causation and the path of salvation, the Saint and the Buddha to the School of Hinayana, the philosophy of consciousness and the origin, the development of Buddhisations and Buddhas. The book covers the subject of Buddhism thoroughly in a manner which makes it interesting to read and easy to understand. A special care has been taken to put the principles of Buddhist philosophy in proper order so that the reader finds the book very useful and enjoyable.
. Classical Indian Ethical Thought (A Philosophical Study of Hindu, Jaina and Bauddha Morals) by Kedar Nath Tiwari 2007, pp. 172, Forth Coming, US$ 10.13 or Rs. 395
The book is a philosophical treatise on the Hindu, Bauddha and Jaina morals. The present work is philosophical and critical which takes full cognisance of the recent developments in Western ethical thought and its likely impact on the undrstanding of the traditional Indian ethics. Attempt has been made to understand the subject in the light of certain well-knit conceptual frames developed in the West in the field of ethics maintaining the natural spirit of Indian thought.
. Delog : Journey to Realms Beyond Death by Delog Dawa Drolma 2001, pp. xvi+163, pb, US$ 3.85 or Rs. 150
The Tibetan Word Delog (Day- loak) refers to one who has crossed the threshold of death and returned to tell about it. For Delog Dawa Drolma, a woman renowned as one of the great realization holders of Vajrayana Buddhism in this century, being a delog meant that she lay without any vital sign of breath, pulse, or warmth for five days. During that time the link between her mind and body was released and her consciousness journeyed to other realms of experience. What she saw then, recounted in these pages, engendered in her a limitless compassion for sentient beings. She experienced the almost unimaginable contrast between existence within the pure display of enlightened mind and existence within samsaric delusion and ignorance. "The delog experience is extraordinary, marvelous, even within the esoteric context of Tibetan schools of Vajrayana Buddhism. Yet Delog Dawa Drolma's account has the power and immediacy of direct experience, and I trust that those who read it will find that the phenomena of the realms correspond to aspects of their own mind's experience. May her words inspire the higher spiritual attainment, may they guide whoever reads them to the dominions of the victorious ones.
. Dialogues of the Buddha, 3 Vols. by T.W. Rhys Davids 2007, pp. xlix+990, Rep., Set, US$ 38.33 or Rs. 1495
Here is a reprint of T.W. Rhys Davids' translation of the Digha Nikaya, first published in three parts in 1899, 1910 and 1921 respectively. The Digha Nikaya or "the collection of long doctrinary lectures" of the Buddha is one of the five Nikayas or collections belonging to the Suttapitaka or "the basket of (Buddha's) discourses" which is one of the three major collections of Pali Buddhist texts, the other two being Vinayapitaka and Abhidhammapitaka. It consists of 34 long suttas of which each individual one treats intensively some particular point or points of the doctrine. The author has endeavoured, in the notes and introductions, to emphasise those points on which further elucidation is desirable; and to raise some of the most important of those historical question which will have to be settled before these suttantas can finally be considered as having been rightly understood. The Buddha, like other Indian teachers of his time, taught by conversation. He followed the literary habit of his time by embodying his doctrine in set phrases, sutras, on which he enlarged on different occasions in different ways. When the Buddha died these sayings (suttas) were collected together by his disciples into the great Nikayas of which the present one is the first.
. Dictionary of Pali Proper Names, 2 Vols. by G.P. Malalasekera 2007, pp. xvii+2533, Set, US$ 38.46 or Rs. 1500
The present work Dictionary of Pali Proper Names is a magnum opus of Malalasekera, in two volumes. It is a dedicated work of meticulous scholarship which can be seen from the extensive references from the Pali cononical and non-cononical literature and the vast number of entries on the proper names. The work includes, besides other materials, in formation obtained from the whole of the Timitaka and all the commentaries thereon. Among non-canonical works, it includes, besides the Milindapanha, the Mahavamsa, Dipavamsa, Mahabodhivamsa, Sasanavamsa, Gandhavamsa, and the Sasanavamsadipa. The author has included Culavamsa, chiefly in order to complete the information contained in the Mahavamsa, and the Mahavamsa Tika, because it contains valuable data regarding names occurring in the Mahavamsa. Some references are given in the main body of the dictionary, while others are given in the Appendix, at the end of the second volume. Names of all Suttas, and Jatakas and of Pali work of any literary importance written in India, Burma, Ceylon, prior to about 1700 A.C. are also given.
. Ecological Perspectives in Buddhism by K.C. Pandey (Ed.) 2008, 23 cm., pp. xiv+298, US$ 21.54 or Rs. 840
Human existence–mental as well as physical–is a product of ecology. By way of showing that our ancient culture was concerned with reflections on the intimate relationship between life and ecology, this anthology presents an in-depth analysis of Buddhist response to ecological concerns. It reflects upon the wider range of contemporary relevance and importance, such as the relationship between mental and physical aspects of human life, casual explanation of ecological issues in the light of pratityasamutpada and concept of sunyata, social and legal ecology, tantra and vipasyana aspects of Buddhist Yoga, and Buddhist approach to 'deep' as well as 'shallow' ecology. This book will be useful for the students and scholars of various disciplines who are interested in ecological issues and their possible solutions, development workers, ecologists, and the lay-men interested in the subject.
. Encyclopaedia of Buddhism : A World Faith by D.N. Chaddha 2008, 23 cm., pp. 328, hardcover, US$ 24.36 or Rs. 950
. Encyclopaedia of Indian Architecture : Hindu, Buddhist, Jain & Islamic : Buddhist by K.M. Suresh , D.P. Sharma , Dulari Qureshi & B. L. Nagarch (Eds.) 2008, 29 cm., pp. xxvi+424, figures,plates, hardbound, US$ 115.38 or Rs. 4500
This volume of the work entitled 'Encyclopedia of Indian Architecture' is devoted to the study of Buddhist architecture. It has twenty four chapters. The chapters discuss Buildings during the Rule of the Early Mauryan Dynasty (c. 400 B.C.): Wooden Origins, Asoka and the Beginnings of the Buddhist School (c.250 B.C.) The Stupa and its Symbolism, Architecture of Sungas, Buddhist Rock -Cut Architecture, Rock-Cut Architecture of Hinayana 2nd Century B.C., Buddhist Architecture in Southern India (200 B.C. to 4th Century A.D.), Architecture of Kusanas, the Buddhist Chaitya House, the Mahayana or theistic Buddhist Monasteries of Gandhara (250 B.C. to 450 A.D.), the Vihara or Monastery, Buddhist Architecture of Gupta Period, Architecture of Gupta Period, Architecture of Kausambi of Allahabad Pillar (7th century B.C.), Architecture of Buddhist Monastery of Ghositaram at Kausambi, Mehrauli Iron Pillar (412-415 A.D.), Ancient Indian Universities -Ajanta-Visnu's Last Avtara, The Tirtha of Ellora, the Evolution of Indian Fine Art and its Infulence on Indian Temple architecture, the Buddhist and Brahmanical remains of Kashmir (A.D. 200 to 1300 A.D.), the Rock -Cut Architecture of the Mahayana Buddhist (A.D. 450 to 642 A.D.), Buddhist Rock-Architecture: The Final Phase (A.D. 600 to 900), Buildings in Brick, Buddhist Architecture of Vidarbha region. In short the volume is very much important for the study of Buddhist architecture in India.
. Essays on Tibetan Cultural Heritage by Karubaki Datta (Ed.) 2008, pp. 250, hardbound, US$ 20.38 or Rs. 795
The book contains articles on different aspects of Tibetan culture and religion. It covers the states of and regions of Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Darjeeling and Arunachal Pradesh. Three articles on Tibetan language and religion trace the history of the origin and growth of the Tibetan language while the article on Tibetan art examines Tibetan art in all its aspects and points out its orientation towards religion and religious presuppositions. History of the sects of Mahayana Buddhism and the history of the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan have been discussed in two articles. Role and importance of relics in Tibetan Buddhism is the subject matter of one article. One important aspect of Tibeatan Buddhism is the establishment of monasteries. Both Sikkim and Darjeeling abound in such monasteries with or without monastic estates and colleges for higher religious education. History of the establishment of such monasteries and their economic role have been examined in details in three articles. Finally the article on Arunachal gives an impression of religious practices of the Buddhist tribes of the state.
. Gospel of the Buddha by Paul Carus 2006, pp. 311, US$ 5.77 or Rs. 225
The Gospel of Buddha is the story of an individual, who, almost five hundred years before Christ, conquered the civilized world with simplicity, love and compassion. It provides details of Buddha's birth, life and belief, and contains parables and stories associated with Buddhist thought. First published in 1894 and reprinted several times since, The Gospel of Buddha by Paul Carus enjoys the rank of a classic today. Who was the Buddha? What did he teach? How do his thoughts differ from those of Christ? While answering these questions, Paul Carus has set off a thought-stimulating process in this book. He has shown Buddhist and Christian teachings in a new light altogether, exploring the relationship between the two in a convincing manner. The Gospel of Buddha will help people comprehend Buddhism better. Besides, its simple style will also impress the readers with the poetic grandeur of the Buddha's personality. However, the real purpose of the book is to sketch the picture of a religious leader of the remote past with a view to making it bear upon the living present and become a factor in the formation of the future. The striking and beautiful line drawings in the book are based on ancient paintings from the Ajanta caves and on works from the classical period of Buddhist art.
. History of Ancient India : On the Basis of Buddhist Literature by Khoinaijam Rita Devi 2007, 23 cm., pp. 264, US$ 17.95 or Rs. 700
This volume presents well-researched material on History of Ancient India, with special emphasis on socio-economic and political life. The entire information is culled from the available authoritative texts of Buddhist literature from 6th to 2nd century B.C. Contemporary social life, general economic conditions, trade and commerce, kings and kingdoms, the mahajanapadas; towns and cities etc. are the major aspects, given elaborate treatment. This gives insights into ancient history of India. A veritable mine of information, this will delight and enlighten all inquisitive readers.
. How Buddhism Began : The Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings by Gombrich, Richard F. 2007, pp. 192, US$ 10.26 or Rs. 400
This book takes a fresh look at the earliest Buddhist texts and offers various suggestions how the teachings in them had developed. Two themes predominate, firstly, it argues that we cannot understand the Buddha unless we understand that he was debating with other religious teachers, notably Brahmins. For example, he denied the existence of a "soul"; but what exactly was he denying? Another chapter suggests that the canonical story of the Buddha?s encounter with a brigand who wore a garland of his victims? fingers probably reflects an encounter with a form of ecstatic religion. The other main theme concerns metaphor, allegory and literalism. By taking the words of the texts literally?despite the Buddha?s warning not to?successive generations of his disciples created distinctions and developed doctrines far beyond his original intention. One chapter shows how this led to a scholastic categorisation of meditation. Failure to understand a basic metaphor also gave rise to the later argument between the Mahayana and the older tradition. Perhaps most important of all, a combination of literalism with ignorance of the Buddha?s allusions to Brahminism led Buddhists to forget that the Buddha had preached that love, like Christian charity, could itself be directly salvific.
. Impact of Buddhism on Socio-Religious Life of the Asian People : With Special Reference to Sri Lanka, China and Tibet by Bhupender Heera 2007, 24 cm., pp. xviii+269, US$ 14.10 or Rs. 550
Buddhism is an ancient religion that spread across Asia in a matter of centuries and had a rare kind of influence on the social and religious life of the Asian peoples. The volume stresses on the social and cultural transformation brought about by Buddhism when the royalty in these countries adopted the religion and propagated it. It deals with Sri Lanka's evolution into a stronghold of Theravada Buddhism and China and Tibet's contribution to the Mahayana and Tantrayana Buddhist traditions. It takes up the royal patronage and zeal of missionaries, Buddhist influence on the social structure and personal names, impact of Buddhism on customs, lifestyle, food habits and spread of education and learning in Sri Lanka. It covers factors that encouraged spread of Buddhism in China, architectural and art works undertaken there, and the flourishing of Buddhist literature and missionary work under royal patronage in that country. The work captures the effect of Buddhism on Tibetan religious thinking and social life. It also discusses the later socio-cultural transformation of people of nearby countries owing to the missionary zeal of Buddhism in those countries. Throughout, the work refers to numerous legends and accounts for detailing the contribution of monks, missionaries and royal personages. The book will prove immensely valuable to Buddhist scholars keen on studying the evolution and impact of Buddhism in Asia.
. Indian Buddhism : A Survey with Bibliographical Notes by Hajime Nakamura 2007, pp. xii+423, Rep., US$ 20.38 or Rs. 795
This work presents a survey of Indian Buddhism with detailed bibliographical notes. The main text constitutes a genral survey of the development of Indian Buddhism, and studies by scholars past and present are mentioned in full detail in copious footnotes with due evaluations. This work can be regarded, so to speak, as a development with revisions, of the Buddhist portion of M. Winternitz's History of Indian Literature. Major studies before and after Winternitz's work are exhaustively mentioned.
. Indo-Thai Historical and Cultural Linkages by Neeru Misra & Sachchidanand Sahai 2007, US$ 12.18 or Rs. 475
The topic discussed include the linkage between Hinduism & Buddhism in Thailand, Trade Contracts between two countries from ancient times, Artefacts and heritage sites among many others.
. Ladakh Buddhist Culture and Tradition by Prem Singh Jina 2007, 23 cm., pp. 264, figs., pls., US$ 17.82 or Rs. 695
Ladakh is one of the remote region of Jammu & Kashmir State in India. Its people were negelected in the past due to the inaccessible terrain and inhospitable climatic conditions. However, Buddhist Yogis (Tib. Rnal-byor-pas-rGod-tsang-pa, stag0tsang-ras-pa etc. Indian Acharyas-Padmasambhava and Naropa and Rinpoches of Geluk, Saskya, Nyingma and Ka'gyud tradition have made their valuable contribution for the preservation of Buddhist culture and tradition. The Naropa came in Zanskar, Phokar dzong near Shargol and rgod-tsang above Hemis monastery in the high mountain ranges are such hermits where these great siddhas meditated years together. Author who came in Ladakh 1981, visited many such places. The present document is based upon the work, and a study over a long period of his stay in Ladakh. This book thus, a multidisciplinary approach to study Ladakhi culture and tradition, and would be useful for tourists, research scholars and those who are interested in Ladakhi Buddhist Culture.
. Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala by Alex Wayman & Hideko Wayman (Tr.) 2007, pp. xiv+142, US$ 7.56 or Rs. 295
The Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala, or Sri-mala-sutra, became the Mahayana scripture preeminent for teaching that all sentient beings have the potentiality of Buddhahood. it was an inspiration for both Lankavatara-sutra and the Chinese classic Awakening of Faith. The scripture is initially noteworthy for its forceful and eloquent portrayal of "Embrace of the Illustrious Doctrine." And later particularly for its exposition of the Tathagatagarbha theory (the potentiality of Buddhahood in sentient beings), for which it is the chief scripture. It is an important source for "One Vehicle" (ekayana) doctrine, and probably unparalleled in its teaching of the lay Bodhisattva path. The translators present evidence that it was composed in the Andhra region of South India in the third century A.D. thereafter it had remarkable success in China, and through Korea entered into the beginnings of Buddhism in Japan, where it has been important up to the present time. This, the first complete rendering of the scripture into a western language, utilizes all the known Sanskrit fragments, the Tibetan, the two chinese versions and the Japanese commentaries, and various studies in Japanese.
. Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism by Harvey B. Aronson 2007, pp. vii+126, Rep., pb, US$ 5.00 or Rs. 195
Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism discuses the context and contents of the Theravada teachings on love, sympathy, and the collective meditative set of four sublime attitudes (brahmavihara)- universal love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. The presentation is based upon the first four of the five collections of Buddha's discourses, a stylistically homogeneous compilation of the earliest strata of Theravada scripture compiled before 350 B.C.After discussing the Pali material relevant to these topics in the first five chapters of this work, the author includes a detailed examination and critique of their position in Chapter Six. His concern is with the motives to social action as well as the psychological and soteriological import of the Theravada teachings on love, sympathy, and the sublime attitudes. Only through seeing these Theravada Buddhism be appreciated.
. Madhyamaka Schools in India (A Study of the Madhyamaka Philosophy and of the Division of the System into the Prasangika and Svatantrika Schools) by Peter Della Santina 2008, 23 cm., pp. xxiii+242, Rep., US$ 10.13 or Rs. 395
This volume traces the development of one of the most divisive debates in Buddhist philosophy with particular references to the postitions of Nagarjuna, Bhavaviveka and Candrakirti.
. Mandala Workbook : For Inner Self-Development by Anneke Huyser 2007, pp. xx+401, pb, US$ 7.56 or Rs. 295
Personal mandalas protect and adorn, express your subconscious, and bring you back to your center. The theme of the mandala-the square within the circle, containment within the infinite-can be found in nature as well as throughout history in cultures all over the world. In this fun and unique book, Anneke Huyser shares the mandala-making methods she has developed over the course of a decade. She gives you just the right amount of background information to inspire you to make your own mandala-a symbol of your journey toward wholeness. In addition to showing you what materials you need to paint or draw a mandala, Anneke teaches you how to embroider one using the cross-stitch method. You can also make a mandala out of tissue paper and hang it in front of a window, or you can make a mandala quilt out of cloth for each mandala-making method.Anneke provides a practical list of materials you need along with step-by-step directions. A chapter on symbolism describes the significance of different shapes, colors, and numbers so you can either pick images you want to work with or later analyze a mandala you have made. She also offers several ideas on what to do with your mandala once you have completed it.
. Mountains of The God : Spiritual Ecology of Himalayan Region, 2 Vols. (Himalaya Past and Present Series) by Gulia, Kuldip Singh 2007, Set, US$ 46.15 or Rs. 1800
Volume 1: Spiritual Ecology Including Dharma Rituals and Customs: This book presents a new vista to the Himalayan religions-Brahmanical as well as non-Brahmanical and primitive. Most of the pre-historic primitive religions, however, are adopting nowadays Brahmanical religious practices in order to climb up the social ladder. The book reveals that the Himalayan Temples also serve to preserve and protect the culture of the social segments concerned. But large shrines like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri have power of influencing the non-Brahmanical and primitive culture, and set pace for a new cultural trend, besides the religious trends. Volume 2: Spiritual Ecology of Monasteries and Gompas: Hindu and Mahayana Buddhist Philosophies followed in the Himalayan region, offer much to ponder on the spiritual and metaphysical connections between human and nature. The Buddhist ^Monasteries^ and ^Gomaps^ in the Himalayas, and Tibet include the erstwhile cave-hermitages, the ^hlakkangs^ or ^small temples^ and conglomerations of temples. The building sites for ^gompas^ and ^monasteries^ are selected with great care, with due considerations to auguries and omens. Prayer wheels and prayer flags are duly placed and erected, and differentiated on the basis of their colour patterns. A number of legends are associated with the monasteries and gompas. The volume addresses about secrets in detail.
. Nagarjuna in Context : Mahayana Buddhism and Early Indian Culture by Joseph Walser 2008, pp. x+369, US$ 12.69 or Rs. 495
Nagarjuna, one of India's greatest philosophers, is the most influential thinker in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. While his philosophy has been the subject of numerous studies and translations, Joseph Walser provides the first examination of Nagarjuna's life and writings within the social, religious, and institutional contexts of the early history of Buddhism. Walser locates Nagarjuna's second-century writings at a critical juncture in the development and spread of Mahayana Buddhism. At this time, Mahayanist writings and teachings were regarded with great suspicion, and its followers were subject to legal censure. Walser explores how Nagarjuna's writings, including his most famous works, The Jeweled Garland and Foundational Stanzas, established a connection between the authority of the existing Buddhist canon and Mahayana teachings. In doing so, Nagarjuna was able to demonstrate the legality of Mahayana interpretation within the strictures of Buddhist monastic law. This established a place for Mahayana in the Buddhist tradition and insured the reproduction and transmission of the sect's central texts. Walser's analysis draws on close readings of Nagarjuna's texts, particularly their treatment of the "three baskets" of the Buddhist canon: Vinaya (Buddhist monastic law), Sutra (the sermons of the Buddha), and Abhidharma (Buddhist sectarian treatises). Walser also examines how the philosopher forged alliances with the laity and other Buddhist sectsùalliances that proved pivotal in insuring the survival of Mahayana teachings. In addition to his analysis of Nagarjuna's writings, Walser explores a range of Buddhist and non-Buddhist sources, as well as art historical and epigraphic evidence to offer a creative and original contribution to the understanding of Nagarjuna and the early history of Buddhism.
. Nalanda, 3 Vols. (Vol.1 : Source & Background; Vol. 2 : Art; Vol. 3 : Iconography & Architecture) by Mishra, B.N. 2008, 29 cm., pp. Vol. 1: pp. x+436, maps 6; Vol. 2 : pp. xiv+330, ills. 144; Vol.3 : pp. xviii+400, ills. 328, Reprint, Set Price, US$ 307.69 or Rs. 12000
(First book of its kind on all the important aspects of Nalanda is the first book of its kind prepared on nearly all the important aspects of Nalanda – Sources, History, Education, Religion and Philosophy, Art, Iconography, Architecture, etc. It excels all other such publications in this respect. A peep into his book means a pilgrimage to all the leading centres of Magadhan Indian Art. It gives a graphic picture of the conditions of Buddhism as it prevailed in Eastern India from beginning to end. This monumental book is the result of the painstaking research work by the author for a number of years and is presented in three volumes : Sources & Background , Art, Iconography & Architecture respectively. The first volume gives a complete picture of the rich materials concerning Nalanda as hitherto published and as collected and unearthed at Nalanda. It consists of (a) historical, (b) educational and (c) religion and philosophic aspects of Nalanda Volume two is devoted to the Art of Nalanda. It is closely interwoven with the neighboring centres of art in Magadha and closely connected with the art centres of the outside world, thus playing a leading role for the last 1000 years of Indian art in a coherent constructive manner. The third volume is presented in three parts. Part I places before the reader a connected account of the iconography in relation to other Indian and foreign art centres, while Part II describes the architecture of the monasteries, the temples, the stupas and other monuments and allied aspects. Part III gives in netshell the special features of all the volumes on Nalanda. The book is meant for all those who desire to know in detail the history and culture of Nalanda. The author has presented to the readers a verified and reliable factual account of Nalanda in all its spheres.
. Nirvana by Paul Carus 2007, 20 cm., pp. 65, pb, US$ 2.56 or Rs. 100
This book provides us with a refreshing and lucid approach to a most complex and often confusing subject. It also explains how Buddhism spread and found acceptance amongst the orthodox Hindus of the times.
. Nyayacandrika by C. Krishnan Kutty Nair 2007, 23 cm., pp. xx+316, US$ 20.38 or Rs. 795
Nyayacandrika is an introductory text, which aims at introducing both the sixteen padarthas of Gautama and the seven padarthas of the Nyaya-Vaisesika system of Indian Philosophy. Some topics such as jati and nigrahasthana which are so important in a debate and discourse are discussed here.
. Origin and Development of Buddhist Images by Srivastava, Shankar Kamal 2007, 25 cm., US$ 12.82 or Rs. 500
The problem of correct identification of Buddhist images presents real difficulty which great scholars have more than once attempted to solve. Scholars of several countries notably Waddell, Grunwedel, Foucher, Burgess, Getty including Dr. A.K. Coomaraswamy, Bhattasali and Stella Kramrisch have written useful and authoritative works. The available rich sculptural material from central India, Bihar, Gandhara, Ujjain and Mathura region has been studied in order to trace the evolution of the study of Buddhist art from symbolic to the anthropomorphic forms. In the following pages of the monograph entitled "Origin and Development of Buddhist Images" an attempt has been made to deal exhaustively the images of Bodhisattvas, Buddha as their origin, development of symbolic, Theriomorphic, Anthromorphic as well as divine icons of Gautama, the Buddha are described in this present work. The present monography is narrated, and fascinated in elegant manner with the addition to illustrations and detailed bibliography. Contents : Lord Buddha & Buddhist Art – An Introduction / Lord Buddha & Buddhist Philosophy / Origin of Buddha Image / Lord Buddha & Buddhist Icon-Myths and Development / Dhya ni and Mortal Buddhas / Forms of Avalokitesvara / Forms of Amoghasiddhi / Forms of Ratnasambhava / OtherBuddhist Dieties / The Monuments of Asoka (250 B.C.) and the National School of Sculpture of Central India (150-50 B.C.) / The Graeco-Buddhist Icons of Gandhara (50 B.C. -A.D.500) / The Buddhist Icons of Mathura Under The Kushana Dynasty (A.D. 50-200) / The South-Indian Icon of Amaravati (A.D. 150 300) / The Golden Age During The Gupta dynasty (A.D. 300-600) / The Buddhist Cave Temples (50 B.C. – A.D. 700)/ Afternath and Decline (A.D. 600-1200) / Conclusion / Bibliography / Plates.
. Perspective of Indian Thought by Narasingha Charan Panda 2007, 26 cm., pp. 283, illus., figs. 4, pls. 15, US$ 30.77 or Rs. 1200
Perspective of Indian Thought is a collection of seventeen research Articles on Indology, written by Dr. Narasingha Charan Panda. These research articles are presented before the intellectual audience on various conferences and highly appreciated because of their originality and deep clarity on the subject. The articles contained in this volume deal with an extended canvas of topics including Vedas, Epics, Puranas, Buddhism, Kashmir Saivism and some other renowned works of Classical Sanskrit literature which are very much useful for the researchers as well as the seekers of knowledge in Indian systems of philosophical thought and ethical principles. Moreover, every article is a brilliant testimony to the Author's original ideas and independent thinking supported by a wonderful knowledge of the subject concerned and wider reading. The analysis of the references and the interpretation of the text passages logical and findings are all well supported by the textual evidence. The work is also enriched with a number of illustrations/plates, a detailed Glossary of selected technical terms of different disciplines, Index and a General Bibliography.
. Relics of the Buddha by John S. Strong 2007, pp. xxii+290, US$ 15.26 or Rs. 595
Buddhism is popularly seen as a religion stressing the truth of impermanence. How, then, to account for the long-standing veneration, in Asian Buddhist communities, of bone fragments, hair, teeth, and other bodily bits said to come from the historic Buddha? Early European and American scholars of religion, influenced by a characteristic Protestant bias against relic worship, declared such practices to be superstitious and fraudulent, and far from the true essence of Buddhism. John Strong's book, by contrast, argues that relic veneration has played a serious and integral role in Buddhist traditions in South and Southeast Asia-and that it is in no way foreign to Buddhism. The book is structured around the life story of the Buddha, starting with traditions about relics of previous buddhas and relics from the past lives of the Buddha Sakyamuni. It then considers the death of the Buddha, the collection of his bodily relics after his cremation, and stories of their spread to different parts of Asia. The book ends with a consideration of the legend of the future parinirva&ndot;a (extinction) of the relics prior to the advent of the next Buddha, Maitreya. Throughout, the author does not hesitate to explore the many versions of these legends and to relate them to their ritual, doctrinal, artistic, and social contexts.
. Remaking Buddhism for Medieval Nepal : The Fifteenth-Century Reformation of Newar Buddhism by Will Tuladhar-Douglas 2007, pp. 256, US$ 20.38 or Rs. 795
Will Tuladhar-Douglas sheds new light on an important branch of Mahayana Buddhism and establishes the existence, character and causes of a renaissance of Buddhism in the fifteenth century in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. He provides the basis for the historical study of Newar Buddhism as one distinct tradition among the many that comprise Indic Buddhism. Through a thorough study of the relevant texts in the classical Himalayan languages (Sanskrit, Newari, Tibetan and Nepali), the book puts forward a new thesis about how the Newars legitimated and reinvented their tradition by devising new concepts of canonicity, as such it will appeal to scholars of the history and philology of Buddhism.
. Shaman : Roots of the Rig Veda by GD Bakshi 2006, 22 cm., pp. 171, US$ 4.10 or Rs. 160
. Some Facets of Buddhism by T.R. Sharma 2007, pp. 253, US$ 14.10 or Rs. 550
. Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra : One of the Most Important text of Mahayana Buddhism in which almost all its Principal Tenets are Presented, Including the Teaching of Zen by Suzuki, D.T. 2007, 23 cm., pp. xxxii+463, Rep., US$ 15.26 or Rs. 595
The author has greatly helped the reader to comprehend this scripture by explaining the main ideas in the Lankavatara Sutra. He tells how to study this scripture, compares it with the popular Zen Buddhist, discusses such typical and important doctrines as "Mind-only', the Triple body of the Buddha, and many monor topics.
. Symphony in Stone : Festivities in Early Buddhism by Garima Kaushik 2007, 25 cm., pp. ix+141, b/w ills. 21, US$ 38.46 or Rs. 1500
Early Buddhism i.e. the Theravada doctrine, as we know it today is considered synonymous with renunciation, austerity and a very severe monastic code, which strictly forbade through its canons any kinds of festivities. Contrary to popularly projected view and accepted beliefs, one does find in the sculptured delineations associated with early Buddhist architecture and contemporaneous Buddhist literature. Evidence and references, albeit marginal, to dance and musical instruments. The aim of this study is to bring out the underlying contradiction between canonical precepts and actual practices as is evident from sculptural representations: and to study the various contexts in which dance and music existed in Theravada Buddhism. This study attempts to document and classify the existing references through archaeological (painting and sculptures), literary (primarily non-canonical texts, like the biographies of the Buddha, The Jatakas, travelogues of the Chinese travelers etc.) and epigraphic evidences and to sort them according to the rules of conduct for the monastic as well as the lay mode of living. A Cursory study of the sculptural and literary evidences representing dance and music have been classified, based on the themes they represent into three categories, which form the basis of the three chapters of this book. These are : Chapter 1. Festivities and Ceremonials : It discusses under its head three categories of representations. They are all secular scenes which include:1)Musicians and / or dancers accompanying royal processions. 2) Court scenes, which also include the Hare scenes. 3) Depictions of the Buddha's previous lives (Jatakas), in association with dance and music e.g. The Mahakapi Jataka, where musicians and archers are engaged in a fight with monkeys. Chapter 2. Evolution of the Buddha Legend In this chapter, the gradual incorporation of dance and music within and as a part of the biographical narrative of the Buddha has been discussed. It discusses how this incorporation was undertaken over a long period while also discussing the assimilation and significance of mythical creatures within the narratives of Buddhas live's. Chapter3. Worship of the Buddha. It discusses the worship of the Buddha in accompaniment with dance and music. It gives a detailed description of all the festivals in which music and dance figured prominently. These Chapter are an attempt to study the gradual incorporation and evolution of festivities ( that include dance and music) within Early (Theravada) Buddhism.
. Tantric Grounds and Paths : How to Begin, Progress on, and Complete the Vajrayana Path by Gyatso, Geshe Kelsang 2007, pp. viii+272, pb, Rep., US$ 7.56 or Rs. 295
These days there is great interest in the practice of Tantra, and an urgent need for a comprehensive guide to its practice written by a fully qualified Tantric Master. Based on a completely pure lineage of instruction and practice that dates back to Buddha himself, Tantric Grounds and Paths meets this need by providing a definitive manual for Tantric practitioners. With remarkable clarity and authority Geshe Kelsang presents a comprehensive guide to the four classes of Tantra, including an extensive explanation of the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra. All the stages of the Tantric path of full enlightenment are described in breathtaking detail, making the publication of this book an event of major contemporary importance in the history of Buddhist literature. The book narrates : What is the relationship between Sutra and Tantra. How to enter and progress in Vajrayana practice through the four classes of Tantra. How to complete the path to full enlightenment through the practice of Highest Yoga Tantra.
. The Basic Conception of Buddhism by Vidhushekhara Bhattacharya 2007, 23 cm., pp. x+103, US$ 6.41 or Rs. 250
This book is a serious attempt to let the reader know the basic conception of Buddhism. Through, the importance of Sankhyas and disminishing knowledge of Vedas was mentioned. How the Buddha's teachings become so popular with the common man and the causes of misery, the true conduct, the sins, ignorance, desire, just, etc., were the main principles of Buddhism which help it evolve and become popular. Hinayana, Mahayana, Dhammapada, Nirvana, also find place is the book. Tantricism, Bhakti, consequence of Sunyata Doctrine, etc. are another important points. By and large, this book covers almost every aspect of Buddhism in a concise and lucid manner. The expression and the language used in the book makes it readable. The book will surely serve the purpose to the fullest extent possible and prove to be very useful for all the readers.
. The Bodhicaryavatara of Santideva : Entering the Path of Enlightenment by Marion L. Matics 2007, pp. 318, pb, US$ 12.69 or Rs. 495
This work contains the first complete English translation of the Sanskrit Bodhicaryavatara of the Buddhist poet Santideva. In this beautiful and moving classic of Mahayana Buddhism, Santideva, a monk living in Nalanda in the early eighth century A.D., describes the Bodhisattva Vow, the promise of heroic beings to strive for nirvana, but to postpone full entrance into the Realm of the Absolute until every other sentient creature also attains the bliss of Enlightenment. The Mind of the Bodhisattva is the real theme of Santideva's work, and to him, as to any Mahayan adherent, it is a truly tremendous theme. It is like taking the Mind of Christ, as defined by orthodox Christianity, and trying to find out all that is contained within it. Perhaps, in some ways, it is an even greater theme…for to understand the Mind of the Enlightenment Being, as defined by the Mahayana, is to understand all the myriad works of illusion through which we are said to be swept of karma, and it is to understand exactly how to escape from those terrible worlds, and it is to find out precisely what lies beyuond them, and in the end, it is to be what lies beyond them. It is not only to understand all things. It is to become oneself the Mind of the Bodhisttva,…such is the theme which Santideva examines.
. The Buddhist Visnu : Religious Transformation, Politics, and Culture by John Clifford Holt 2008, pp. xii+441, US$ 15.26 or Rs. 595
John Holt's groundbreaking study examines the assimilation, transformation, and subordination of the Hindu deity Visnu within the contexts of Sri Lankan history and Sinhala Buddhist religious culture. Holt argues that political agendas and social forces, as much as doctrinal concerns, have shaped the shifting patterns of the veneration of Visnu in Sri Lanka. Holt begins with a comparative look at the assimilation of the Buddha in Hinduism. He then explores the role and rationale of medieval Sinhala kings in assimilating Visnu into Sinhala Buddhism. Offering analyses of texts, many of which have never before been translated into English, Holt considers the development of Visnu in Buddhist literature and the changing practices of deity veneration. Shifting to the present, Holt describes the efforts of contemporary Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka to discourage the veneration of Visnu, suggesting that many are motivated by a reactionary fear that their culture and society will soon be overrun by the influences and practices of Hindus, Muslims, and Christians.
. The Centrality of Ethics in Buddhism : Exploratory Essays by Prasad Hari Shankar 2007, 22 cm., pp. xvi+602, US$ 20.38 or Rs. 795
. The Divine Madman : The Sublime Life And Songs Of Drukpa Kunley by Keith Dowman 2000, pp. 188, US$ 5.00 or Rs. 195
This is the 'secret biography' of one of Tibet's foremost saints, the Buddha Drukpa Kunley (1455-1570). Appearing in the spiritual lineage established by Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa and Milarepa. Drupka Kunley was recognized as an incarnation of the great Mahasiddha, Saraha. He is greatly loved by the people of Tibet as a 'Crazy Wise' teacher and enlightened Master whose outrageous behavior and ribald humor were intended to awaken common people and yogis alike from the sleep of religious dogmatism and egoistic self-possession. This book is a compilation of anecdotes and songs passed on to this day in the taverns and temples of Tibet and Bhutan.
. The Essential Teachings of the Buddha by Urgyen Sangharakshita 2007, pp. 261, pb, US$ 5.77 or Rs. 225
The book is based on material taken from several periods of Sangharakshita's speaking career: from his addresses to the Theosophists in Singapore in the 1940s; from talks given in the sixties to Londoners getting their first taste of Buddhism as practical proposition; from the eighties in India, where he addressed thousands of new Buddhists; from the talks given under the auspices of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, the Western Buddhist movement which he founded in 1967; and from lectures given in America in the nineties. These talks were addressed to diverse audiences at different points in the early development of Buddhism in the West. This book brings together a series of variations on a single fundamental theme, to which Sangharakshita has returned again and again: what is the Dharma? The result is a basic starter kit of teachings and practices, which emphasizes the fundamentally practical nature of Buddhism. In turn refreshing, unsettling, and inspiring, this book lays before us the essential Dharma, timeless and universal: the Truth that addresses the deepest questions of our hearts and minds and the path that shows us how we can renew our lives. This book puts together the very essence of Buddhist teachings and practices to help us towards Enlight-enment.
. The Indian Buddhist Iconography by Benoytosh Bhattacharyya 2008, 29 cm., pp. 274, b/w pls. 69, US$ 56.41 or Rs. 2200
This volume is an attempt to present a comprehensive work on Buddhist iconography of India, and is mainly based on Sanskrit text prepared from seven recensions of the Sadhanamala alias Sadhanasamuccaya. The text has been illustrated by pictures representing images in several museums in India and elsewhere in the collection of numerous Nepalese monasteries. In the present work endeavour has been made to identity the images of Buddhist deities by means of Dhyanas given in the Sadhanamala. Wherever images could not be procured, the Sadhana has been illustrated with the help of sketches or drawings prepared by Nepalese chitrakaras of Buddhist origin from the ancient albums of their forefathers, Where no drawing could be obtained only the original text has been quoted with a translation. The importance of Indian Buddhist Iconography lies not only in its being one of the earliest authentic account but also as one of the most outstanding work on the subject not withstanding the change in perception due to new material and research. The work which has long been out-of-print is being re-issued for the use of art-historians, archeologists, conservators and also for the lay readers.
. The Invisible Influence : A Story of the Mystic Orient with Great Truths Which Can Never Die by Alexander Cannon 2007, 20 cm., pp. 93, US$ 4.36 or Rs. 170
The invisible influence is thought-provoking book based on the author's experience in number of eastern countries, and it will open its readers to some difficult questions. What are the driving forces hidden from the eyes of the world?
. The Jatakamala or Bodhisattvavadanamala (Garland of Birth-Stories) of Aryasura by Satkari Mukhopadhyaya (Ed.) & J.S. Speyer (English Tr.) 2007, 25 cm., pp. xxxii+615, US$ 25.64 or Rs. 1000
The Jatakamala of Aryasura, also known as Bodhisattvavadanamala is a 3rd-4th cent. AD collection of thirty-four Jataka tales of the Sanskrit tradition, narrated in the form of a campukavya. Due to its unique place in the Buddhist narrative literature and its literary qualities this text has gone through quite a few editions and translations.;Of all the editions of the Jatakamala so far the best. The text published in this edition has been reconstructed primarily on the basis of two earlier editions – one by Hendrik kern and the other by P.L. Vaidya. While editing the text variants noted by Kern and emendations suggested by Vaidya have been taken into consideration. In addition, the readings adopted by the anonymous commentary and the suggestions of the translator, J.S. Speyer, have also helped the finalization of the text. The text has been printed elegantly on a Devanagari font, specially developed for the series. J.S. Speyer's faithfull and lucid translation of Sanskrit words has been standardized according to the latest system internationally accepted.;The learned editor, Pandit Satakari Mukhopadhyaya, has augmented the edition with an informative and exhaustive introduction of nineteen pages, which traces the entire history of the origin and development of the Jataka stories in Pali and Sanskrit and also furnishes latest information about the Jataka Literature. A new index of verses has been appended which will prove useful to the readers.;Aryasura's Jatakamala narrates the pious and super-human deeds of Bodhisattvas former existences of the Buddha. The Jatakamala is an excellent campukavya (poetry in prose and verse). The thirty-four stories, as contained in the Jatakamala are intended to illustrate the six paramitas (perfections), viz. dana (munificence), sila (good conduct), ksanti (forbearance), virya (courage), dhyana (meditation) and prajna (wisdom).;The style of the author of the Jatakamala is classical and his language is chaste Paninian Sanskrit. Aryasura's complete command over the art of poetry both in prose and verse has been amply displayed.;Till recently very little was known about the life and personality of Aryasura. It is now known on the basis of the introductory sentences of the newly discovered anonymous Sanskrit commentary (edited from a single manuscript preserved in the Tokyo University Library) that the author was the son of a king of the Deccan but he renounced the duly inherited kingdom and embraced monkhood. He composed the Jatakamala with a view to bringing people to the path of wisdom. In the Chinese translation he is mentioned as Bodhisattva
. The New Tibetan-English Dictionary of Modern Tibetan by Goldstein, Melvyn C. et al. 2007, pp. 1214, US$ 30.77 or Rs. 1200
The New Tibetan – English Dictionary of Modern tibetan surpasses existing dictionaries in both scope and comprehensiveness. Containing over 80,000 lexical items used in political,social, economic, literary, and scientific discourses, this invaluable sourcebook includes the tens of thousands of new words that have been coined or that have come into use sine Tibet was incorporated into the people's Republic of China in 1951. The dictionary includes lexical items Characteristic of the special written genre employed by Tibetan government officials up to 1959 but also lists new terminology used in the Tibetan exile communities in South Asia. It contains both the core lexical terminology found in everyday life and standard modern writing and many proverbs and sayings that appear frequently in contemporary literary materials. All entries include spoken pronunciation, and the dictionary provides thousands of illustrative sentences.
. The Symbolism of the Stupa by Adrian Snodgrass 2007, pp. ix+469, illus., figs., US$ 25.51 or Rs. 995
The stupa is a symbolic form that pullulates throughout South, Southeast and East Asia. In its Indian manifestations it is an extreme case in terms of architectural function : it has no usable interior space and its construction has a basic simplicity. In this 'state of the art' study Adrian Snodgrass reads the stupa as a cultural artifact. The monument concretizes metaphysical principles and generates multivalent meanings in ways that can be articulated with literary texts an other architectural forms.
. The Thakali : A Himalayan Ethnography by Michael Vinding 2008, 25 cm., pp. 470, US$ 22.44 or Rs. 875
This monograph presents a comprehensive ethnography of the Thakali with particular reference to the Thak Khola vallery of Mustang district, Nepal – the homeland of the Thakali. Based on several years of fieldwork since 1972, it provides a wealth of hitherto unrecorded detail and much insight on Thakali history, culture, and society.
. The Yogacara Idealism by Ashok Kumar Chatterjee 2007, 23 cm., pp. xxiii+237, Rep., US$ 10.13 or Rs. 395
The present book is an attempt to expound the metaphysics of the Yogacara school of Buddhism and to analyse its logical implications. The author has taken considerable pains to present a complete picture of the system, to collect the scattered details into a coherent picture and to size it up, not merely as a phase of Buddhism, but rather as an original and constructive philosophy. In the exposition of the system he as argued that Yogacara is not merely and idealism but a synthesis of idealism and absolutism.
. Tibetan Mahayoga Tantra : An Ethno-Historical Study of Skulls, Bones and Relics by Andrea Loseries-Leick 2008, 23 cm., pp. xxviii+226, US$ 38.33 or Rs. 1495
Bone carving, one of the most ancient crafts of Tibet, is here treated in the context of Mahayoga Tantra. Since the first missionary reports from Tibet in the letters to Rome (17th -18th century) the use of skills and bones in Tibet was described as sorcery involving all sorts of magic operations, and referred in the context to head hunting practices and ancestry cults. For the first time a full and thorough ethno-historical investigation is presented, combining the study of early Indian written documents (5th -12th cent.) and Tibetan texts (11th -20th cent.) on the subject with field study and participating observation (1983-1994). The Author, herself a practicing Tantrik Buddhist, relates the use of skulls and bones to rituals of the Mahayoga tantra within Vajrayana Buddhism. On the example of five traditional ritual instruments made of human bones: Thigh bone trumpet, Damaru, Skull cup, Prayer beads and Bone ornaments, she explains the philosophical ground, application and aim of the technology, functions and symbolism of Tibetan 'bone lore', including relics, sacred mummies and the practice of mummification in Tibet. Spices with autobiographical accounts this book gives a rare ethno-historical insight into the magical mysteries of Tibet. Whoever wants to know about Trance-runners, skull oracles or how to fabricate a cloak of invisibility may find her the answers.
. Tibetan Religious Dances : Tibetan Text and Annotated Translation of the 'Chams Yig by Rene de Nebewsky-Wojkowitz 1997, pp. 318, pb, US$ 15.38 or Rs. 600
This unique work presents invaluable material related to the Tibetan sacred dances, which have met their doom with the destruction of monastic life in Tibet. Nebewsky-Wojkowitz, during several periods of fieldwork in the Himalayas, studied these Buddhist temple dances. He brings to their description his expert knowledge of Tibetan iconography and ritual. Of particular interest is his translation of the Tibetan texts containing detailed instructions for the performance of the dances. The existence of such choreographical manuals explains the uniformity in the performance of temple dances and the persistence of an unchanging tradition over long periods. Realising that none of the Buddhist rituals referred to in this book can be performed in present-day Tibet and with the rapid decline in the art of the "chams" dances, Dr de Nebewsky-Wojkowitz's work becomes all the more valuable. Written before the flight to India of the Dalai Lama in 1959 and left uncompleted at the author's death, this is a detailed description and analysis of Tibetan ritual dances from the Bon period onwards, based on both textual evidence and fieldwork. Of particular interest is the translation of the texts which include detailed choreographic instructions for the performance of the dances. The appendix by Walter Graf is concerned with the performance of Tibetan music and annotations." – John Whelpton, Tibet.
. Tibetan Renaissance : Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture by Ronald M. Davidson 2008, pp. xiv+596, US$ 20.38 or Rs. 795
How did a society on the edge of collapse and dominated by wandering bands of armed men give way to a vibrant Buddhist culture, led by yogins and scholars? Ronald M. Davidson explores how the translation and spread of esoteric Buddhist texts dramatically shaped Tibetan society and led to its rise as the center of Buddhist culture throughout Asia, replacing India as the perceived source of religious ideology and tradition. During the Tibetan Renaissance (950-1200 C.E.), monks and yogins translated an enormous number of Indian Buddhist texts. They employed the evolving literature and practices of esoteric Buddhism as the basis to reconstruct Tibetan religious, cultural, and political institutions. Many translators achieved the de facto status of feudal lords and while not always loyal to their Buddhist vows, these figures helped solidify political power in the hands of religious authorities and began a process that led to the Dalai Lama's theocracy. Davidson's vivid portraits of the monks, priests, popular preachers, yogins, and aristocratic clans who changed Tibetan society and culture further enhance his perspectives on the tensions and transformations that characterized medieval Tibet.
. Understanding Buddhism : An Insight into the Faith by Vidyotma Singh 2007, 22 cm., pp. vi+276, US$ 17.82 or Rs. 695
This book is all about the Buddha and the faith the profounder in the 6 century B.C. detailed account of the early and later life of Buddha has been given. The contemporary social conditions as provided at the time of Buddha's birth are well described. The spiritual Odyssey and the contribution made to the contemporary society have been chronologically and extensively narrated in a lucid manner. The Four Noble Truths and the Ashtangika Marga (the Eight Fold Path) form an important part of the book. The volume will be of great value for those, who wish to have a deeper insight into the Buddhist order. The book will be a treasure possession for any library. Contents : Preface / Birth of prince Siddhartha / Astrologer's prediction / The Yana teachings / Founding of Buddhism / The enlightenment / Essence of Buddha's teachings / Awakening : here and now / Meditation / The Noble eightfold path / Who am I? / Karma / The ultimate truth : taking refuge in all / Final practice and simple end.
. Vajrasuci of Asvaghosa by Ramesh Bhardwaj 2007, 23 cms., pp. ix+173, US$ 8.33 or Rs. 325
. Women Under Primitive Buddhism : Laywomen And Almswomen by I.B. Horner 2007, 23 cm., pp. xxiv+391, pls. 1, Rep., US$ 11.54 or Rs. 450
An attempt to present the position of the laywomen and the almswomen in historical focus. Here, for the first time, we read of women of sincere aspirations and earnest will, seeking the more, the better, in life.
. Xuanzang and the Silk Route by Lokesh Chandra & Radha Banerjee (Eds.) 2008, 29 cms., pp. xxii+292, figs. & plates, US$ 25.64 or Rs. 1000
China as we know is a great civilization and Xuazang's (who is popularly known as Hsuan-tsang) visit to Indian was a great event. The noted Chinese traveler and Buddhist pilgrim, Xuanzang, reached Indian in AD 630, having undertaken arduous journey across central Asia. A Chinese emperor called him "the jewel of the empire." nearly fourteen years of his life (from AD 630 to AD 644) were spent visiting Buddhist temples and monasteries, cities and places of interest in the Indian subcontinent. He was a keen observer of men and affairs. Apart from being a devout monk, he has left behind a fascinating and authentic account of India's history, geography, economy, and society of the times when King Harsha (AD 606-47) ruled over Northen India. This volume contains articles on the life and achievement of Xuanzang. Dharmamaster Xuanzang came to India particularly in search of Buddhist texts which were not available in China. He studies his favourite text Yogacarabhumisastra under the famous teacher Shilabhadra of Nalanda. He was a great recorded of historical sites of the Silk Route. His description of the Silk Route countries in Afghanistan and Gandhara are valuable for the political and cultural history of these lands. The study of bamiyan monasteries and colossal Buddhas have inspired Art historians to make a thorough study of the Cultural history of Afghanistan. The articles in this present volume show; through wide range of studies, not only Xuanzang's love and knowledge of Buddhism, but only an account of various countries and their cultural heritage.
. Yoga Tantra : Theory and Praxis — In the Light of Hevajra Tantra (A Metaphysical Perspective) by Tomy Augustine 2008, 23 cm., pp. 421, US$ 20.51 or Rs. 800
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