PDF Doc. (1,474
KB) Cloud and Water Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
|This is a collection of Ch’an poems; Cloud and Water by Venerable Master Hsing Yun . What do we mean by cloud and water? Clouds float by water flows on. In movement there is no grasping, in Ch’an there is no settling. The cloud and water life is a life of living in the moment, always fresh and ready to experience. These poems have been grouped together because of the tone and feeling that they share. Many of these poems were set down by celebrated masters, while for others their authors remain unknown. Master Hsing Yun has given a brief commentary on each of these verses, giving us the benefit of his many years of deep practice and insight. The commentaries contain many stories and even new verses of their own which shed light on the meaning of the poems. The poems and the commentaries offer a glimpse of Chinese culture and in particular how Buddhism came to be expressed through the many aspects of Chinese society throughout the ages. With his down to earth comments, Master Hsing Yun has been able to show the relevance of these poems to everyday life, and the universality of Ch’an.
PDF Doc. (790 KB) Teachings in Chinese Buddhism The Most Venerable Yin Shun.
|The Most Venerable Yin Shuns expertise and writings in Buddhism have been widely acknowledged by Chinese Buddhists this century. The "Miao Yun Collection" (Teachings in Chinese Buddhism) provides us with important information and a systematic approach to Buddhism. These teachings give us a clear insight into, and a deep understanding of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism. This book also includes a section on the position of the Chinese Tripitaka in World Buddhism.
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Deities of Chinese Buddhism Kuan Ming.
|"This elementary book on Chinese Buddhism
and its more popularly worshipped Deities, has been written
for the benefit of Buddhists amongst the Chinese community.
Apart from giving a general outline of Buddhism and its entry
into China, I have also attempted to provide brief accounts
on the important doctrines that the Buddha has taught, prayers
that one may recite to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, how to
become a Buddhist, and a number of interesting articles that
are related to Chinese Buddhism" - Kuan Ming.
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Land Buddhism Patriarch Chih I & Master
Thich Thien Tam.
|This book presents the teachings and major
tenets of the Pure Land school of Buddhism ,a s seen from the
perspective of two major sister schools: Zen and Tien
Tai (Lotus School). Further insights,from the viewpoint
of a contemporary Pure Land Master are included in the Appendix.
The principal teachings of the Pure Land School are summarized
for the benefit of readers.
PDF Doc. (794 KB) Pure-Land Zen, Zen Pure-land Letters from Patriarch Yin Kuang.
|Note to the reader. This is an electronic version of the book “Pure-Land Zen, Zen Pure-Land” (second edition 1993*), which is a translation of selected passages from the letters of Elder Master Yin Kuang, the Thirteenth Patriarch of Pure Land. The original Chinese titles are Yin Kuang Fa Shih Wen Ch’ao and Yin Kuang Ta Shih Chia Yen Lu. Except for the two pictures of Master Yin Kuang, nothing has been added or changed. However, the notes to the letters and the Glossary prepared by the Van Hien Study Group as well as the Appendix (The Practices and Vows of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra) were left out, but will hopefully be added later on. T.G., May 2005, * Reprinted and donated for free distribution by The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
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Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra (2nd Edition) Tr.
by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Tsang.
The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra Translated from Sanskrit
into Chinese by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Tsang Commentary by
Grand Master T'an Hsu Translated into English by Ven. Dharma
Master Lok To. The Prajna Paramita Hrydaya Sutra is
the core of the Maha Prajna Paramita in six hundred scrolls.
This book is based on a nine-day teaching in which Grand Master
T'an Hsu went through the sutra line by line, giving a clear
and extensive commentary on each one, using many carefully
chosen examples along the way to make his discourse more relevant
in terms of everyday life. [French
Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada
New York - San Francisco - Toronto 2000. First published 1995.
Second Edition 2000. Sutra Translation Committee of the United
States and Canada].
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Surangama Sutra Tr. by Upàsaka Lu K'uan
Yu (Charles Luk).
|The Suragama Sutra (Leng Yen Ching). Chinese
Rendering by Master Paramiti of Central North India at Chih
Chih Monastery, Canton, China, A.D. 705. Commentary (abridged)
by Chan Master Han Shan (1546-1623). Translated by Upàsaka
Lu K'uan Yu (Charles Luk). The Suragama Sutra is the text used
in the Cha'n school or meditation tradition in Chinese Buddhism.
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Commentary on the Infinite Life Sutra Ven.
Master Chin Kung.
|Passages from the Commentary on The Infinite
Life Sutra. The full name of this sutra is: The Buddha Speaks
of the Infinite Life Sutra of Adornment, Purity, Equality and
Enlightenment of the Mahayana School. Mahayana sutras, such
as The Lotus Flower Sutra and The Flower Adornment Sutra, explain
the way of becoming enlightened. Nevertheless, both of them
are difficult to comprehend and even more so to practice. The
Infinite Life Sutra provides a convenient method while it aims
for the highest goal - to become a Buddha.
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Diamond Sutra Dhyana Master Hsuan Hua.
|A general explanation of the Vajra Prajna Paramita
Sutra. This sutra says, "One should produce a heart without
dwelling anywhere." The Sixth Patriarch, the Great Master
Hui, heard that sentence and awakened to the Way. "Any
dwelling of the heart is no dwelling." Therefore, the Larger
Chapters say, "If one dwells in dharmas, he does not dwell
in prajna paramita. If one does not dwell in dharmas, he dwells
in prajna paramita." That is why every one of the Great
Prajna assemblies begins with an explanation of "not dwelling".
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of the Medicine Buddha Dharma Master Hsuan
|In the Mahayana tradition of East Asia, particularly
China, Japan, Vietnam and Tibet, Bhaishajya-guru, the Medicine
Buddha, occupied a special place in the hearts of the devout.
Specialising in curing diseases, both physical and mental -
of which delusion is the root cause. His healing acts are but
the prelude to Supreme Enlightenment for those seekers who have
the good fortune to learn of his vows or merely to hear his
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The Sutra of the Master of Healing Revised
by Upasaka Shen Shou-Liang.
|Translated into Chinese from Sanskrit by Master
Hsuan Tsang; Translated into English from the Chinese. This
version by Professor Chow Su-Chia Ph.D., and revised by Upasaka
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Sutra on Ksitigarbha Bodhisatta Translated
by Ms Pitt Chin Hui.
|Sutra on the Original Vows and the Attainment
of Merits of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, translated from Chinese
into English by Ms Pitt Chin Hui, President of the Singapore
Regional Centre of the World Fellowship of Buddhist.
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Sutra on the Eight Great Realization of Great Beings
Thich Nhat Hanh.
|Wholeheartedly, day and night, a disciple of
the Buddha should recite and meditate on the Eight Realizations
discovered by the Mahasattvas, the Great Beings - Commentary
by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.
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Sutra on the Merits of the Master of Healing
|Sutra on the Merits of the Fundamental Vows
of the Master of Healing, The Lapis Lazuli Radiance Tathagata;
Sutra of the Sacred Formula of the Binding Vows of the Twelve
Deva Generals to Enrich All Sentient Beings; Sutra of Tearing
Away All Karma Veils. From the Chinese version
of the Tripitaka Master Hsuan-tsang (T'ang, 650 C.E.) T. XIV,
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The Vows of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Sutra
Tr. by Upasika Chihmann.
|On Entering into the Inconceivable State of
Emancipation by the Practice and Vows of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra
of the Mahavaipulya Buddha Avatamsaka Sutra.
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- Dawn of Enlightenment Lama Choedak Yuthok.
|This is a series of lectures on the precious Lamdre
teachings of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, given by Lama
Choedak Yuthok. Lamdre is a complete path to enlightenment. The extraordinary
qualities of Lamdre teachings are based on the Hevajra Tantra. They
were initially received by the 7th century Indian Mahasiddha Virupa,
who founded the lineage and transmitted the teachings to a line of
disciples in India. Virupa also wrote pith instructions known as Vajragatha.
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|This is the Tibetan text with romanization of Shantideva's
The Way of the Bodhisattva. Shantideva is representative of
the Madhyamika school of Mahayana Buddhism. Shantideva was a king's
son from South India. He flourished in the 7th to 8th centuries and
was a monk at the monastic university Nalanda. He was the author of
two surviving works, the Collection of Rules and Entering
the Path of Enlightenment.
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Wisdom of Nagarjuna Dr Peter Della Santina.
|Nagarjuna holds an almost unequaled
place among the ranks of those Buddhist saints who expounded
the teaching of the Buddha Sakyamuni for the benefit of the
world. Nagarjuna revolutionized the interpretation of the doctrine
of the Enlightened One which was current at his time and lent
it a vitality and dynamism which has continued to sustain it
even to our day among the votaries of the Mahayana. The revolution
which Nagarjuna accomplished within the fold of Buddhism was
not a radical departure from the original doctrine of the Buddha
Sakyamuni. On the contrary, the adherents of the Madhyamaka
school are undoubtedly justified in asserting that their interpretation
represents the true import of the doctrine of the Buddha and
the essence of Buddhism.
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Songs of Milarepa Translated by Garma C.C.
|The songs printed here all concern
that Dharma which is common to the whole Buddhist tradition.
Among the Bhikkhus living in the Buddha's time, Vangisa Thera
was outstanding for his inspired utterances (see Samyutta Nik.I.viii;
Theragatha 395). The mind inspired and illumined with the knowledge
of liberation pours forth its wisdom with ease in the shape
of verses of great beauty and deep significance. Such was the
case with Lord Buddha and some of his immediate disciples, and
later, such was the case with Milarepa.
PDF Doc. (945
KB) Manual of Zen Buddhism D.T.Suzuki, D.Litt.
| Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, D.Litt., Professor of Buddhist Philosophy in the Otani University, Kyoto, was born in 1870. He is probably now the greatest living authority on Buddhist philosophy, and is certainly the greatest authority on Zen Buddhism. Dr. Suzuki writes with authority. Not only has he studied original works in Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese and Japanese, but he has an up-to-date knowledge of Western thought in German and French as well as in the English which he speaks and writes so fluently. He is, moreover, more than a scholar; he is a Buddhist. Though not a priest of any Buddhist sect, he is honoured in every temple in Japan, for his knowledge of spiritual things, as all who have sat at his feet bear witness, is direct and profound.
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Hymn to the Buddha Translated by Ven. S. Dhammika.
|An English rendering of the Satpãncãsatka
by the 1st century Indian poet, Mãtrceta. I-tsing, the
Chinese pilgrim who travelled through India in the 7th century
AD, says of Mãtrceta's poems: These charming compositions
are equal in beauty to the heavenly flowers and rival in dignity
the lofty peaks of a mountain. Consequently in India all who
compose hymns imitate his style, considering him the father
of literature. Even men like Bodhisattvas Asanga and Vasubandhu
admired him greatly.
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Teachings Ven. Tenzin Palmo.
|Tenzin Palmo's Teachings on Retreat, Mahamudra
and Mindfulness are a delight to read. Transcribed from talks
she gave in Singapore in May 1999, the teachings are delivered
in plain language, seasoned with plenty of audience participation.
Each subject is discussed with humour, liveliness and compassion.
She has the great gift of showing how to put the Dharma into
every part of our everyday lives. Born in London in 1993, Tenzin
Palmo traveled to India and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in
1964. Her 12-year retreat in a cave high in the Himalayas, described
in the book 'Cave in the Snow', focused international attention
on the role of women and their spirituality in the Buddhist
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Your Mind an Ocean Ven. Lama Thubten Yeshe.
|Aspects of Buddhist Psychology by the late
Ven. Lama Thubten Yeshe. "To enter the spiritual path,
you must begin to understand your own mental attitude and how
your mind perceives things. If you're all caught up in attachment
to tiny atoms, your limited, craving mind will make it impossible
for you to enjoy life's pleasures. External energy is so incredibly
limited that if you allow yourself to be bound by it, your mind
itself will become just as limited. When your mind is narrow,
small things easily agitate you." In this series of lectures,
Lama speaks on the nature of mind and the Buddhist approach
to mental health. Of particular interest here is 'A Buddhist
Approach to Mental Illness', a talk Lama gave to a group of
Western mental health practitioners, and which highlights the
differences between the two approaches to mental health and
perhaps lays the foundation for a greater understanding between
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Your Own Therapist Ven. Lama Thubten Yeshe.
| Lord Buddha's timeless teachings are as universally
relevant today as they were when they were first given, over
2,500 years ago, as Lama explains in these three general talks
on the philosophy, psychology and practice of Buddhism. Although
called lectures, these talks are not intended to be didactic,
but rather for us to use as a mirror for our minds, to allow
us to look beyond the words, find ourselves, and become our
own psychologist. Each lecture is followed by an informative
question and answer session, where Lama expands upon aspects
of the talks in further detail.
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and Reality Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.
|Method and Wisdom in the practice of Dharma
by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. The teachings of the Buddha can
be divided into two categories - extensive method and profound
wisdom. In this series of talks, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual
director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana
Tradition (FPMT), offers a practical explanation of these two
paths. As presented here, method is the loving, compassionate
Bodhicitta and wisdom is the realisation of ultimate reality,
the right view of emptiness. Through practicing method, we attain
the holy body of a Buddha; through developing wisdom we attain
the enlightened mind. Recognizing the workaday world reality
in which most of his students live, Rinpoche shows us how to
think and act so that every moment of our lives will be of maximum
benefit to both others and ourselves.
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for Monks and Nuns Lama Yeshe and
Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
|The continued existence of the Buddha Dharma
depends upon the continued existence of the Sangha - the community
of ordained practitioners, monks and nuns - one of the three
Buddhist Refuges. In these talks, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
explain the great benefits of practicing Dharma as an ordained
person, how to keep the ordination pure, the purpose of the
monastic community, how to live together as monks and nuns,
and much more. The necessity for the lay community to support
the Sangha is also made clear, and not only monks and nuns but
lay practitioners, too, will gain much by reading this book.
PDF Doc. (804 KB) Transforming Problems Into the Dharma Path Ven. Thubten Gyatso.
|These lessons will help us to understand how to transform both adverse and happy situations into the Dharma Path with skill, to make them worthwhile and beneficial to ourselves and others. The whole Path, all of the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, leads towards the understanding of our situation in the world, by which I mean understanding how we relate to others. Especially knowing we have a great connection with each other, that in previous lives we have been very close to each other. We have experienced kindness from all other living beings, in so many ways — when others have been our parents, our husbands and wives, our teachers. They have looked after us so much. Each individual is merely part of the great universal family of sentient beings — living beings with minds.
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