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Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory
Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (July 1991)
The Dharma of Natural Systems
Joanna Macy - Author

"This book deals with a very important and contemporary topic--breaking out of casual patterns of a reductive sort into more holistic non-reductive ways of thinking and explanation. It also brings together Western and Eastern ideas combining a particularly important aspect of Buddhist thought with new Western conceptions. It belongs to movements toward global integration." -- Henry Le Roy Finch, Hunter College and Graduate Center of the City Unive...(Read More)
The Disguises of the Demon
The Disguises of the Demon (July 1991)
The Development of the Yaksa in Hinduism and Buddhism
Gail Hinich Sutherland - Author

"The author does a very successful job in exploring the place and function of demons in Hindu/Buddhist mythology and iconography. She addresses the ways in which demons dwell on the boundaries between good and evil, human and divine, and, as boundary transgressors, serve to connect the disparate aspects of the religious traditions together." -- Paul Courtright, Emory University

Among the most ancient deities of South Asia, the yaksstraddles t...(Read More)
The Buddha Within
The Buddha Within (May 1991)
Tathagatagarbha Doctrine According to the Shentong Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhaga
Susan K. Hookham - Author

Tathagatagarbha -- Buddha Nature -- is a central concept of Mahayana Buddhism crucial to all the living practice traditions of Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. Its relationship to the concept of emptiness has been a subject of controversy for seven hundred years. Dr. Hookam's work investigates the divergent interpretations of these concepts and the way the Tibetan tradition is resolving them.

In particular she does this with referen...(Read More)
Buddha Nature
Buddha Nature (January 1991)
Sallie B. King - Author

This volume presents the first book-length study in English of the concept of Buddha nature as discussed in the Buddha Nature Treatise (Fo Xing Lun), attributed to Vasubandhu and translated into Chinese by Paramartha in the sixth century. The author provides a detailed discussion of one of the most important concepts in East Asian Buddhism, a topic little addressed in Western studies of Buddhism until now, and places the Buddha nature concep...(Read More)
Jewels of the Doctrine
Jewels of the Doctrine (January 1991)
Stories of the Saddharma Ratnavaliya
Dharmasena - Author
Ranjini Obeyesekere - Translator

“It is a fascinating and rich repository of Buddhist culture from which I have learned much—the tales are so beguiling, and the imagery so striking.” — Steven Collins, Concordia University

This is a translation of the first fifteen stories of the thirteenth century Sinhala work, the Saddharma Ratnāvaliya written by the monk Dharmasēna. The Saddharma Ratnāvaliya is in turn an ...(Read More)
Madhyamika and Yogacara
Madhyamika and Yogacara (January 1991)
A Study of Mahayana Philosophies
Gadjin M. Nagao - Author
Leslie S. Kawamura - Editor

"It ties together for the first time the two primary schools of Indian Mahayana tradition. Nagao's insights have been valued by Japanese scholars all along and only recently have Western scholars appreciated them. This offers a complete picture of his novel deliberations, showing a first-rate thinker at work." -- Kenneth Inada, State University of New York, Buffalo

"Professor Nagao is one of the most respected scholars in Buddhism, especially...(Read More)
Existence and Enlightenment in the Lankavatara-Sutra
Existence and Enlightenment in the Lankavatara-Sutra (December 1990)
A Study in the Ontology and the Epistemology of the Yogacara School of Mahayana Buddhism
Florin G. Sutton - Author

"No comparable work has been published on the Lankavatara-sutra since that of D. T. Suzuki." -- Dr. Shohei Ichimura

This book offers a systematic analysis of one of the most important concepts characterizing the Yogacara School of Buddhism (the last creative stage of Indian Buddhism) as outlined and explained in one of its most authoritative and influential texts, Lankavatara-sutra. Compiled in the second half of ...(Read More)
Tao-Sheng's Commentary on the Lotus Sutra
Tao-Sheng's Commentary on the Lotus Sutra (August 1990)
A Study and Translation
Young-ho Kim - Author

(Chu) Tao-sheng stands out in history as a unique and preeminent thinker whose paradigmatic, original ideas paved the way for the advent of Chinese Buddhism. The universality of Buddha-nature, which Tao-sheng championed at the cost of excommunication, was to become a cornerstone of the Chinese Buddhist ideology. This book presents a comprehensive study of the only complete document by Tao-sheng still in existence.

"The reliability and deta...(Read More)
The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine
The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine (August 1990)
Ching-ying Hui-yuan's Commentary on the Visualization Sutra
Kenneth K. Tanaka - Author

"Tanaka discusses a very important issue in Chinese Buddhism in an innovative way. The text that he has translated is Hui-yuan's Commentary on the Sutra of Visualization on the Buddha of Immeasurable Life, which is not only the oldest extant commentary on this sutra, but also the key text in the history of Pure Land Buddhism in China. In light of the growing interest in Pure Land Buddhism, this translation is truly a timely one. The transl...(Read More)
The Poetry of Han-shan
The Poetry of Han-shan (March 1990)
A Complete, Annotated Translation of Cold Mountain
Robert G. Henricks - Author

This is an annotated English translation of the poetry of Han-shan (Cold Mountain), a 7th or 8th century Chinese Buddhist recluse who wrote many poems about his life alone in the hills. Many of his poems describe the mountains where he lived in dramatic, yet appealing terms, while at the same time symbolizing in Zen fashion the Buddhist quest for enlightenment. Han-shan became a cult figure in the Ch'an/Zen tradition, and legends portray him and h...(Read More)
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