The Dhammapada introduced the actual utterances of the Buddha nearly twenty-five hundred years ago, when the master teacher emerged from his long silence to illuminate for his followers the substance of humankind's deepest and most abiding concerns. The nature of the self, the value of relationships, the importance of moment-to-moment awareness, the destructiveness of anger, the suffering that attends attachment, the ambiguity of the earth's beauty, the inevitability of aging, the certainty of death these dilemmas preoccupy us today as they did centuries ago. No other spiritual texts speak about them more clearly and profoundly than does the Dhammapada.
CONFESSION OF DOWNFALLS: The Confession Sutra and Vajrasattva Practice by Ngawang Dhargyey, trans. & ed. by Brian Beresford
The Confession of Downfalls contains translations along with extensive commentaries to the two main sutra and tantra practices of mental purification in Tibetan Buddhism, the Sutra of Three Heaps and the visualization and mantra recitation of Vajrasattva.- The commentaries include excerpts from a sastra by the Indian master Nagarjuna to the Sutra of Three Heaps and both practices are supplemented by verbally transmitted commentaries from The Tibetan lamas Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, Geshe Rabten, Tubten Zopa Rinpoche and Gegen Kyentse.
ESSENCE OF THE HEART SUTRA: The Dalai Lama's Heart of Wisdom Teachings by H.H. the Dalai Lama, trans. & ed. by Thupten Jinpa
The Heart Sutra is a presentation of profound wisdom on the nature of emptiness and selflessness, but these terms can be easily misunderstood. Here, the Dalai Lama identifies misconceptions and shows how an understanding of emptiness leads not to nihilism, but to a view of reality and to a deep and compassionate understanding. Masterfully edited by Thupten Jinpa, this book includes an overview of Buddhism.
ESSENTIAL LOTUS: Selections from the Lotus Sutra by Burton Watson
Since its first appearance in China in the third century CE, the Lotus Sutra has been the object of intense veneration among generations of Buddhists in China, Korea, and Japan, as well as other parts of the world. It is often considered the fundamental Mahayana Buddhist sutra, has attracted more commentary than any other Buddhist scripture, and has had a profound impact on the great works of Japanese and Chinese literature. No one can understand East Asia without some knowledge of its teachings.
GANDHARI VERSION OF THE RHINOCEROS SUTRA by Salomon
Prominent in several Buddhist traditions, the Rhinoceros Sutra espouses the virtues of solitude, explaining the dangers of attachments, prescribing a solitary spiritual life, and discussing the nature of friends and friendship. British Library Fragment 5B is the remnant of a scroll that originally contained a complete text of the Rhinoceros Sutra. A Gandhari Version of the Rhinoceros Sutra examines in detail the literary and textual background of the su°tra, describes the condition of the scroll and its reconstruction, analyzes the text, comparing it with other extant versions, and presents a literal English translation.
The "Heart Sutra Explained" offers new insights of "emptiness and form," and on the mantra, "gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha," and on the synthesis of Madhyamika, Yogacara, and tantric thought that characterized the final period of Buddhism in India. It also includes complete translations of two nineteenth-century Tibetan commentaries demonstrating the selective appropriation of Indian sources.
THE LARGE SUTRA ON PERFECT WISDOM with the Divisions of the Abhisamayalankara trans. & ed. by Edward Conze
A full translation of the 100,000 line perfection of wisdom sutra. Buddha Shakyamuni explains the evolution of beings into bodhisattvas and buddhas. A major portion of the traditional training offered in Tibetan monasteries is based on this text.
PRATYUTPANNA SAMADHI SUTRA / SURANGAMA SAMADHI SUTRA by Lokaksema and Paul Harrison, Tr. / Kumar
The Pratyutpanna-buddha-sammukhavasthita-samadhi-sutra (hereafter abbreviated to PraS) is one of the important sources of information on the early development of Mahayana Buddhism, even though it may not be appropriate to regard it as an early Mahayana sutra itself.
The PraS is generally thought to be a work of Pure Land Buddhism. Certainly it has been much used by followers of that school in China and Japan, as well as by adherents of other sects.
PROFOUND WISDOM OF THE HEART SUTRA by Bokar Rinpoche
The Heart Sutra is one of the most famous texts of Buddhism. Here Shakyamuni Buddha, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra together with Prajnaparamita, the Mother of all Buddhas reveal to us the wisdom that views phenomena as they are. Bokar Rinpoche penetrates the essence of this sutra transcending words and images.