Buddhist Reader Selections from the Sacred Books

ISBN-10: 0486433730
ISBN-13: 9780486433738
Edition: 2004
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Description: This much-cited scholarly anthology of key Theravada Buddhist documents originally appeared in 1896 as part of the renowned Harvard Oriental Series. An excellent, accessible presentation of the vast range of Pli Buddhist literature, it was among the  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

This much-cited scholarly anthology of key Theravada Buddhist documents originally appeared in 1896 as part of the renowned Harvard Oriental Series. An excellent, accessible presentation of the vast range of Pli Buddhist literature, it was among the first English translations of the direct words of the Buddha. Its high-quality translations and extensive excerpts are essential reading for students of Eastern religion and philosophy and include a number of complete texts. Some items--particularly the passages from theVisuddhi Magga--are difficult to find elsewhere. A second table of contents conveniently reorganizes the material according to the original sources.

Abbreviations
General Introduction
The Buddha
Introductory Discourse
The Story of Sumedha
A List of former Buddhas
The Characteristics of a Future Buddha
The Birth of The Buddha
The young Gotamid Prince
The Great Retirement
The Great Struggle
The Attainment of Buddhaship
First Events after the Attainment of Buddhaship
The Conversion of Sariputta and Moggallana
The Buddha's daily Habits
The Death of The Buddha
Sentient Existence
Introductory Discourse
Questions which tend not to Edification
King Milinda and Nagasena come to an Understanding
There is no Ego
All Signs of an Ego are Absent
No continuous Personal Identity
The Mind less permanent than the Body
What is Unity or One?
Analysis of the Human Being
The Composition of the Body
On getting Angry
The Origin and Cessation of the Human Being
Inanimate Nature
The Middle Doctrine
Ignorance
Karma
Consciousness
Name and Form
The Six Organs of Sense
Contact
Sensation
Desire
Attachment
Existence
Birth etc.
Discussion of Dependent Origination
Karma and Rebirth
Introductory Discourse
Be a Friend to Yourself
The Cause of Inequality in the World
Fruitful and barren Karma
The Death of Moggallana
Good and bad Karma
How to obtain Wealth, Beauty, and Social Position
The Round of Existence
Cause of Rebirth
Is this to be my Last Existence?
Rebirth is not Transmigration
Reflections on Existence
Different kinds of Death
How Existence in Hell is Possible
Death's Messengers
"The Three Warnings"
The Ass in the Lion's Skin
The devoted Wife
Friendship
Virtue is its own Reward
The Hare-mark in the Moon
Meditation and Nirvana
Introductory Discourse
The Way of Purity
Concentration
The Thirty-one Grades of Being
The Forty Subjects of Meditation
The Earth-kasina
Beauty is but Skin-deep
The Conversion of Animals
Love for Animals
The Six High Powers
Spiritual Law in the Natural World
Going Further and Faring Worse
Sariputta and the Two Demons
World-cycles
Wisdom
The Summum Bonum
Mara as Plowman
The Fire-sermon
The Four Intent Contemplations
The Attainment of the Paths
Nirvana to be attained at Death
The Attainment of Nirvana by Godhika
The Trance of Cessation
The Attainment of Nirvana
The Order
Introductory Discourse
Conduct
The Admission and Ordination Ceremonies
The Serpent who wanted to be a Priest
The Buddhist Confession of Priests
The Order receive leave to dwell in Houses
Residence during the Rainy Season
The Mendicant Ideal
The Value of Training in Religion
The colorless Life
Can the Saint suffer?
The Body is an open Sore
Heaven not the Highest Good
The Saints Superior to the Gods
The Anger-eating Demon
Contentment is Riches
The Story of a Priest
The young Stone-Thrower
"And hate not his father and mother"
No Buddhist should commit Suicide
The Admission of Women to the Order
A Family of Magicians
The Story of Visakha
The Buddhist Apocalypse
Appendix
The Five Groups
Index

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