all ebooks in category: History of Buddhism

The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw
English | ISBN: 022600080X | 2013 | 280 pages | PDF | 1522 KB

Insight meditation, which claims to offer practitioners a chance to escape all suffering by perceiving the true nature of reality, is one of the most …

Readings of the Lotus Sutra
2009 | ISBN: 0231142897, 0231142889 | English | 284 pages | PDF | 14 MB

The Lotus Sutra proclaims that a unitary intent underlies the diversity of Buddhist teachings and promises that all people without exception can achieve supreme awakening. …

Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0199915652, 0199915679 | 288 pages | PDF | 1,4 MB

Reiko Ohnuma offers a wide-ranging exploration of the complex role of maternal imagery and discourse in pre-modern South Asian Buddhism. Motherhood was sometimes extolled as …

The Circle of the Way: A Concise History of Zen from the Buddha to the Modern World
English | November 12th, 2019 | ISBN: 1611805783 | 328 pages | EPUB | 9.77 MB

A comprehensive, accessible guide to the fascinating history of Zen Buddhism—including important figures, schools, foundational texts, practices, and politics. Zen Buddhism has a storied history—Bodhidharma …

Conversations with Buddha: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts
English | November 12th, 2019 | ISBN: 1786782472 | 128 pages | EPUB | 1.85 MB

A relaxed chat with the Buddha tells us what he thought about impermanence, karma, mindfulness, compassion, love, and everything else that leads us toward a …

German Visions of India, 1871–1918: Commandeering the Holy Ganges during the Kaiserreich
English | ISBN: 1137299711 | 2013 | 259 pages | PDF | 4 MB

The wide-ranging fascination with India in Wilhelmine Germany emerged during a time of extraordinary cultural and political tensions. This study shows how religious (denominational and …

Buddhist Poetry and Colonialism: Alagiyavanna and the Portuguese in Sri Lanka
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0199935785, 0199935769 | 336 pages | PDF | 1,6 MB

Many researchers have explored the impact of British and French Orientalism in the reinterpretations of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia during the nineteenth and …

Korea's Great Buddhist-Confucian Debate: The Treatises of Chŏng Tojŏn (Sambong) and Hamhŏ Tŭkt'ong (Kihwa)
English | May 31st, 2015 | ISBN: 0824853806 | 192 pages | EPUB | 1.25 MB

This volume makes available in English the seminal treatises in Korea's greatest interreligious debate of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. On Mind, Material Force, and …

Why I Am Not a Buddhist
English | January 24th, 2020 | ISBN: 0300226551 | 240 pages | EPUB | 2.02 MB

A provocative essay challenging the idea of Buddhist exceptionalism, from one of the world's most widely respected philosophers and writers on Buddhism and science Buddhism …