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A volume of key writings on the Buddha, collected from a variety of languages and traditionsWhile Buddhism has no central text comparable to the Bible or Koran, there is a powerful body of scripture from across Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the teachings of the Buddha. In this rich anthology, eminent scholar Donald S. Lopez, Jr. brings together works from a broad hiA volume of key writings on the Buddha, collected from a variety of languages and traditionsWhile Buddhism has no central text comparable to the Bible or Koran, there is a powerful body of scripture from across Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the teachings of the Buddha. In this rich anthology, eminent scholar Donald S. Lopez, Jr. brings together works from a broad historical and geographical range, and from such languages as Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese. There are tales of the Buddha's past lives, a discussion of qualities and qualifications for a monk, and an exploration of the many meanings of enlightenment. Together they provide a vivid picture of the Buddha and of the vast and profound nature of the Buddhist tradition.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators....

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ISBN : 9780140440881
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Buddhist Scriptures Reviews

  • Chris brown
    2019-01-26 12:18

    I showed this book to one of my Buddhist friends and he explained what the difference between "pure land" and "Zen" Buddhism. With that knowledge in hand, I re-read this book. I found that what we have come to know here in America as Buddhism is, in truth “Zen” Buddhism. This book is more "pure land" with some ZEN in the back. Its worth the read to get some history and what the rest of the world practices but if your not a Buddhist or your just want somewhere to start to learn about Buddhism this is not the book for you. If you’re familiar with things and want some more "indepthness" then get this.To visualize the average American reading this book for the first time would be akin to being a Tibetan Buddhist not knowing anything about Christianity but wanting to learn and someone hands you the Dead Sea scrolls. It’s not a good place to start but it’s a nice middle ground

  • James
    2019-02-06 14:12

    Maybe it's just me, but Penguin seems to have the most aggressive Let's-Make-Texts-Boring strategy. There's great stuff in here, but whether it's because of the dry notes or the sawdust-translation, it just doesn't feel like a zinger.

  • John
    2019-01-20 10:08

    Good collection of Buddhist scriptures. Another "made for Westerners" style document, with a rather diverse source of Buddhist documents from various traditions. I like how Conze organized it into a New Testament, but it should be noted, which I don't think Conze did a fully, that few traditions would be familiar with all of the documents presented in the book, and would agree with them 100% (obviously, since some are labelled "Mahayana" or (sorry) "Hinayana.") Decent introduction to Buddhism for the Westerner. Fun read for others.

  • Harry
    2019-02-05 09:56

    If you've found your way into Buddhism through the books of D. T. Suzuki, Eugen Herrigel or HHDL's books and teachings, like I have, you might be excused to think that it is almost a kind of secular religion, a branch of moral philosophy and epistemology that steers clear from most of the usual metaphysical pitfalls. This collection of texts goes a long way towards dispelling this falsehood. Gods, ghosts, demons, heavens, hells, even a multiverse is here, as well as promises for longevity, good health and riches for the true believers. Not that it takes anything away from the core of the dharma; if anything, I'm glad to have a better understanding of the religion as a whole, and I'm adding a couple of Sutras in my reading list. And, like all religious texts, the book leaves you with a resolution to be a better person.Personal favourite: Chapter 21, "Proving the Buddha", where the 7th century scholar Dharmakīrti precedes all of western philosophy by a thousand years with sentences such as: "Knowledge is non-deceptive cognition. Non-deception consists in suitability for the accomplishment of a purpose. Non-deception occurs even in the case of what is acquired through language, because it is a means of communicating the speaker's intention.".

  • Stephanie Wilcox
    2019-01-21 14:23

    Confusing af. Seriously, what the heck Buddhism lol. Super thankful tomorrow is the last day we discuss this book in class. Buddhists: I don't know how you understand this stuff, but man I commend you for doing it.-500/10 would never read again

  • Landon Shaw
    2019-02-07 09:06

    This book is a nice enough anthology of Buddhist sutras, stories, and other texts from various Buddhist cultures throughout Asia, particularly Mahayana traditions. It definitely seems geared more towards readers with a casual interest in Buddhism, as the translations and the author's commentaries on the different texts read more like a glossary than an in-depth exploration. However, there are a lot of good, pithy readings on some fundamental aspects of Buddhist thought and practice, such as the Three Jewels (Triratna), the Buddha's life and family, Buddhist cosmology, karma stories, and the like. With that in mind this book can be looked at as a bit of a refresher in some ways. All in all, I'm glad to have this on my shelf!

  • Dominic Munsill
    2019-02-08 15:22

    A great and diverse collection. As a practitioner of Zen Buddhism, it did not take too long to recognize that most of the texts within this compilation are drawn from the Pure Land school of Mahayana Buddhism. Zen Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism are two major schools of Mahayana Buddhism, which is the form of Buddhism that has exercised the greatest amount of influence over the West. Zen Buddhism has a greater presence in the US, specifically, but Zen Buddhism would not exist without Pure Land Buddhism; and so whether one practices Pure Land or Zen, these scriptures of Pure Land Buddhism are a shared tradition of both schools. The texts of Mahayana Buddhism are great in number and the traditions passed from generation to generation are greater and so the texts contained within this collection are only a very small fraction of Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. However, the compilation is of much worth to any who are serious about studying Mahayana Buddhism; the texts are inexhaustible and contain much wisdom. Highly recommended.

  • L
    2019-02-15 14:19

    All scriptures, regardless of the religion, have sublime passages as well as parts that are dry as Tyrannosaurus bones. Donald Lopez presents a wide variety of Buddhist Scriptures diverse in time and culture. This collection is quite entertaining with fewer dry bones, yet Lopez doesn't shy away from the important doctrinal texts. Reading this book expanded my understanding of Buddhism and of the diversity within this religion.

  • James Conigrave
    2019-01-25 10:14

    Somewhat naively I was expecting to read a book filled with historical Buddhist teachings. Whilst there were a few gems in this collection of mythologies and stories they pale in comparison to other Buddhist works.Beyond this disappointment the work was nicely translated and explained well by the editor.

  • Stephen Simpson
    2019-02-16 11:56

    Boiling down a huge canon to a few choice selections is a thankless, if not impossible, task. The editor did a reasonably good job of including representative excerpts from a wide range of texts to illustrate major points, but there is so much that is left out it compromises the value of the work as a whole.

  • Zachery
    2019-01-21 16:01

    The only thing about this book I didn't like is the fact that the labguage has not been updated since it was originally published. This can be a little distracting, as the lingo used is definitely dated. I hope to see a revised version in the future!

  • Satia
    2019-01-29 17:12

    I was disappointed by my own expectations, to which this collection of texts, many summarized rather than offered in their entirety, simply could not live up. For more:

  • Ben
    2019-01-20 09:00

    9 years reading this, on and off - because I kept getting bored. Some pieces were valuable and insightful to me, and many of Lopez's introductions are excellent (not to mention helpful), but much of it I found hard-going and impenetrable, unfortunately.

  • Linda
    2019-01-27 08:59

    I only read the story of the life of Buddha (this collection has other things in it) and it was pretty much the worst telling of that story I have ever read. If you want to know about Buddhism I would recommend The Words of My Perfect Teacher.

  • Matt Harris
    2019-01-22 09:08

    This classic brings amazing translations of tantras, sutras, poems, and more from way back in the Buddhist canon. Also contains succinct description of Siddhartha's getting of wisdom, and even a description of the future Buddha of the next age, Maitreya.

  • Julian
    2019-02-08 12:54

    Time off martial arts training was an excellent opportunity to digest this dharma work. I am grateful toward the mild illness for creating this window of opportunity!

  • Daniel
    2019-01-26 09:13


  • Joseph Harriott
    2019-02-02 12:11

    one of the best

  • Kate Larson
    2019-01-31 09:18

    I read this as part of a course at Lancaster University. One of my many favourite Buddhist volumes.

  • Stephen Heverin
    2019-02-15 09:57

    A pretty heavy read for a dive into Buddhism. it takes some time to get through.

  • Blue Caeruleus
    2019-02-05 10:01

    The narratives of legends from ancient times that have shaped the cultures and values of people all over the world are more than worth looking into, but beware of some of the boredom that may ensue.

  • Joshua Duffy
    2019-01-20 10:22

    aside from some interesting stories, this one was kinda boring. gives you a good overview of what is deemed inspired writings by Buddhism

  • Douglas
    2019-01-23 10:57

    interesting sampling of historic material