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General Buddhism

Founded in India by Siddhartha Gautama, Buddhism has thrived in the East for more than 2,500 years—and has been steadily gaining adherents in the West in the last century or so. While our catalog offers many dharma books that spring from specific lineages, such as Tibetan Kagyu or Japanese Soto Zen, the books you’ll find below offer a more general approach to the Buddhist view.

Interested, but not sure where to start? Visit our Expert Picks, where author and noted blogger Reverend Danny Fisher offers some recommendations.

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  1. Graceful Exits

    Graceful Exits

    How Great Beings Die

    • by
    • Sushila Blackman
    Death is a subject obscured by fear and denial. When we do think of dying, we are more often concerned with how to avoid the pain and suffering that may accompany our death than we are with really confronting the meaning of death and how to approach it. Sushila Blackman places death—and life—in a truer perspective, by telling us of others who have left this world with dignity. … Read More

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  2. Classics of Buddhism and Zen

    Classics of Buddhism and Zen

    The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary

    Volume One of Classics of Buddhism and Zen contains teachings predominantly from the Chinese Zen (Chan) tradition, including the writings of revered Chinese masters such as Pai-chang, founder of the Chan monastic tradition; Huang-po, one of the forefathers of the Lin-chi-tsung or Rinzai school; Foyan, the great master of the twelfth-century Chinese Zen "renaissance"; and many others. The volume includes: Zen Lessons: The Art of… Read More

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  3. Classics of Buddhism and Zen

    Classics of Buddhism and Zen

    The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary

    Volume Two of Classics of Buddhism and Zen contains teachings predominantly from the Japanese Zen tradition including the writings of Dogen, the founder and most venerated master of Japanese Zen. Also included is a translation of the Carya-Gita, a collection of the teachings of famous tantric masters who lived during the illustrious Pala dynasty of old Bengal—a text with striking parallels to the early Zen tradition. … Read More

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  4. Classics of Buddhism and Zen

    Classics of Buddhism and Zen

    The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary

    Volume Three of Classics of Buddhism and Zen contains translations of works by the key figures of Zen, including the Japanese master Dogen; Chinul, the twelfth-century Korean master; and Hakuin, founder of the Rinzai school. Also included are selections from the Prajnaparamita, or "Perfection of Wisdom" sutras, a key source of the Zen tradition. The volume includes: The Sutra of Hui-neng: Grand Master of… Read More

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  5. Classics of Buddhism and Zen

    Classics of Buddhism and Zen

    The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary

    Volume Five of Classics of Buddhism and Zen represents the broad spectrum of Cleary's interest in Buddhism—from Buddhist yoga and the Chinese Buddhist perspective on the I Ching to the most basic and universally loved of the Buddhist sutras, the Dhammapada. The volume includes: Dhammapada: The Sayings of Buddha The famous collection of 423 verses of Buddhist wisdom that has been profoundly influential… Read More

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  6. Classics of Buddhism and Zen

    Classics of Buddhism and Zen

    The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary

    Volume Four of Classics of Buddhism and Zen features several essential works on the practice of Zen koans, including a complete translation of Gateless Barrier , a classic collection of Zen parables, paradoxes, and teaching stories. Also included is a collection of poetry from the Chinese Buddhist poet Wen-Siang. The volume includes: Transmission of Light: Zen in the Art of Enlightenment This first complete… Read More

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  7. Hooked!

    Hooked!

    Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume

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    • Stephanie Kaza
    At one time or another, most of us have experienced an all-consuming desire for a material object, a desire so strong that it seems like we couldn't possibly be happy without buying this thing. Yet, when we give in to this impulse, we often find ourselves feeling frustrated and empty. Advertisers, of course, aim to hook us in this way, and, from a global perspective, our tendency to get hooked… Read More

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  8. Buddhist Animal Wisdom Stories

    Buddhist Animal Wisdom Stories

    • by
    • Mark W. McGinnis
    Around the beginning of the common era, Indian Buddhists began to collect fables, or jataka tales, illuminating various human virtues and foibles—from kindness, cooperation, loyalty and self-discipline on the one hand to greed, pride, foolishness, and treachery on the other. Instead of populating these stories with people, they cast the animals of their immediate environment in the leading roles—which may have given the tales a universal appeal that helped them… Read More

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  9. Buddhist Practice on Western Ground

    Buddhist Practice on Western Ground

    Reconciling Eastern Ideals and Western Psychology

    • by
    • Harvey B. Aronson
    This is the first book to offer Buddhist meditators a comprehensive and sympathetic examination of the differences between Asian and Western cultural and spiritual values. Harvey B. Aronson presents a constructive and practical assessment of common conflicts experienced by Westerners who look to Eastern spiritual traditions for guidance and support—and find themselves confused or disappointed. Issues addressed include: Our cultural belief that anger should not be… Read More

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  10. Food of Bodhisattvas

    Food of Bodhisattvas

    Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat

    • by
    • Shabkar Natshok Rangdrol
    Based on the teachings of the Buddha, this book offers the most compelling and impassioned indictment of meat-eating to be found in Tibetan literature and is pertinent to anyone interested in vegetarianism as a moral or spiritual issue. The Buddha's teachings show how destructive habits can be examined and transformed gradually from within. The aim is not to repress one's desire for meat and animal products by force of will,… Read More

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