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The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

by Paul Copp

Whether chanted as devotional prayers, intoned against the dangers of the wilds, or invoked to heal the sick and bring ease to the dead, incantations were pervasive features of Buddhist practice in late medieval...


Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy

by Evan Thompson & Stephen Batchelor

A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian...


Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro

by Sarah H. Jacoby

Love and Liberation reads the autobiographical and biographical writings of one of the few Tibetan Buddhist women to record the story of her life. Sera Khandro Künzang Dekyong Chönyi Wangmo (also called Dewé...


Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy

by Jonathan Gold

The Indian Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu (fourth–fifth century C.E.) is known for his critical contribution to Buddhist Abhidharma thought, his turn to the Mahayana tradition, and his concise, influential...


Dying: What Happens When We Die?: A Selection from Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy

by Evan Thompson

In the ancient Indian epic, Mahabharata, the Lord of Death asks, “What is the most wondrous thing in the world?”, and his son answers, “It is that all around us people can be dying and we don’t believe...


Adventures of the Mad Monk Ji Gong: The Drunken Wisdom of China's Most Famous Chan Buddhist Monk

by Guo Xiaoting, John Robert Shaw & Victoria Cass

Follow the brilliant and hilarious adventures of a mad Zen Buddhist monk who rose from humble beginnings to become one of China's greatest folk heroes!

Ji Gong studied at the great Ling Yin monastery, an immense...


The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha's Radical Teachings of Forgiveness, Compassion, and Kindness

by Noah Levine

“The Buddha’s teachings are not a philosophy or a religion; they are a call to action and invitation to revolution.”

Noah Levine, author of the national bestseller Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, is...


Spells, Images, and Mandalas: Tracing the Evolution of Esoteric Buddhist Rituals

by Koichi Shinohara

Koichi Shinohara traces the evolution of Esoteric Buddhist rituals from the simple recitation of spells in the fifth century to complex systems involving image worship, mandala initiation, and visualization...


"The Tibetan Book of the Dead": A Biography

by Donald S. Lopez Jr.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most famous Buddhist text in the West, having sold more than a million copies since it was first published in English in 1927. Carl Jung wrote a commentary on it, Timothy...


The Empty Mirror

by Janwillem Van De Wetering

Seen by many as a contemporary classic, Janwillem van de Wetering's small and admirable memoir records the experiences of a young Dutch student—later a widely celebrated mystery writer—who spent a year and...


The Weeping Buddha

by Heather Dune Macadam

National Book Award nominee Heather Dune Macadam presents her first mystery--as alluring as a Buddhist Koan.


Translating Totality in Parts: Chengguan's Commentaries and Subcommentaries to the Avatamska Sutra

by Guo Cheen

This book offers an annotated translation of two of preeminent Chinese Tang dynasty monk Chengguan’s most revered masterpieces. With this book, Chengguan’s Commentaries to the Avatamsaka Sutra and The Meanings...


Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction

by Peter D. Hershock

This deeply informed book introduces the basic teachings and practices of Buddhism and their spread across Asia. Peter D. Hershock explores the history of the enduring Japanese tradition of Zen—from its beginnings...


Zen Masters of Japan: The Second Step East

by Richard Bryan McDaniel

Zen Masters of Japan is the second book in a series that traces Zen's profoundly historic journey as it spread eastward from China and Japan, toward the United States. Following Zen Masters of China, this book...


Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists

by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy & Sister Nivedita

Great stories of the epics; deeds of Krishna, Shiva, taken from puranas, Vedas, folk tales, more. 32 illustrations.


Wisdom of the Buddha: The Unabridged Dhammapada

by F. Max Muller

A compelling introduction to Buddhist thought, revealing the Four Truths and the Eightfold Path to enlightenment, the means by which to overcome essential suffering.


Chinese Religious Art

by Patricia Eichenbaum Karetzky

Chinese Religious Art is a broad survey of the origins and development of the various forms of artistic expression of Chinese religions. This survey of icons, temples, and rituals reveals the varied ways the...


A Voluntary Exile: Chinese Christianity and Cultural Confluence since 1552

by Anthony E. Clark

Western missionaries in China often considered themselves “voluntary exiles” in a distant land, while Chinese considered Christians either the demons of imperialism or the angels of modernization. This collection...


The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

by Robert E. Buswell Jr. & Donald S. Lopez Jr.

With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the...


Archaeology of Early Buddhism

by Lars Fogelin

How do archaeologists explore the various dimensions of religion? Lars Fogelin uses archaeological work at Thotlakonda in Southern India as his lens in a broader examination of Buddhist monastic life. He discovers...