Category Archives: Buddhism & Jainism

The Aryan Path of the Buddha by Gupta

K. Manohar Gupta. The Aryan Path of the Buddha. Dev Nagar, India: Sundeep Prakashan, 2005. Hardcover, xx + 512 pp. I was genuinely looking forward to plowing through this massive tome of 500 pages. Both the subject matter and the … Continue reading

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The Adornment of the Middle Way ed. by Padmakara Translation Group

The Adornment of the Middle Way: Shantarakshita’s Madhyamakalankara with Commentary by Jamgön Mipham. Translated by the Padmakara Translation Group. Boston, Mass.: Shambhala, 2005. Hardcover, x + 445 pages. The Indian Buddhist master Shantarakshita, the eighth-century abbot of Nalanda, was a … Continue reading

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Text as Father by Cole

Alan Cole. Text As Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahāyāna Buddhist Literature. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. Hardcover, xiii + 356 pp. Who was the intended audience of early Mahāyāna scriptures like the Lotus Sūtra, Diamond Sūtra, Tathāgatagarbha-Sūtra, and Vimalakīrti-Nirdesha? Considering the … Continue reading

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Tantric Ethics by Tsongkhapa

Tsongkhapa. Tantric Ethics: An Explanation of the Precepts for Buddhist Vajrayāna Practice. Trans. by Gareth Sparham. Foreword by Jeffrey Hopkins. Boston, Mass.: Wisdom Publications, 2005. Paperback, x + 189 pp. Any work by Je Tsongkhapa is bound to be profound … Continue reading

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Steps on the Path to Enlightenment by Lhundub Sopa (2 vols.)

Lhundub Sopa. Steps on the Path to Enlightenment: A Commentary on Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo. Vol. 1: The Foundation Practices; vol. 2: Karma. Ed. by David Patt and Beth Newman. Foreword by H. H. the Dalai Lama. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2004 and … Continue reading

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Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas by Muller

Claudia Müller-Ebeling, Christian Rätsch, and Surendra Bahadur Shahi. Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas. Transl. by Annabel Lee. Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions, 2002. Large-size hardcover, x + 309 pages. Shamanism and Tantra are popular subjects, and the present volume is … Continue reading

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Self, Reality and Reason by Jinpa

Thupten Jinpa. Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy: Tsongkhapa’s Quest for the Middle Way. Milton Park, England: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002. Hardcover, xvi + 248 pp. Thupten Jinpa holds a Geshe Lharam degree from Ganden Monastic University in India and also earned … Continue reading

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Ruling Our World by Sakyong Mipham

Sakyong Mipham. Ruling Your World. New York: Morgan Road Books, 2005. Hardcover, 210 pp. Sakyong Mipham, a son of the famous Chogyam Trungpa, is the leader of the worldwide network of meditation and retreat centers called Shambhala. Living in the West and … Continue reading

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Reading Buddhist Art by McArthur

Meher McArthur. Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs & Symbols. London: Thames & Hudson, 2004. Paperback, 216 pp, 304 Illustrations. Buddhist art is as complex as the Buddhist tradition itself, and newcomers find it difficult to find their … Continue reading

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Penetrating Wisdom by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspriation of Samantabhadra. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications, 2006. Hardcover, viii + 174 pages. Forty-two-year-old Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is deemed an accomplished meditation master, calligrapher, visual artist, and poet, as well as gifted and innovative … Continue reading

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