Looking for a book recommendation

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Bonsai Doug
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Looking for a book recommendation

Postby Bonsai Doug » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:50 am

I have a book, almost written like a text book, on Buddhism from the Theravada tradition. It covers
things like karma, rebirth, nibbana, the Perfections, etc.

What I'm looking for is a book that presents these kind of teachings from the Mahayana perspective.
Or at the least will give me a basic overview of the Mahayana school of Buddhism; kinda like a primer of sorts.

Any recommendations will be appreciated.

TIA
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

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Re: Looking for a book recommendation

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:58 am

This Friendly Letter text by Nagarjuna was used as a Mahayana primer in ancient India:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchR ... a&x=42&y=8
Every time you recite Amita Buddha’s name, a ray of light shines through empty space. If you recite very sincerely, then this light fills up the universe, so that the energy of all worlds will be auspicious and harmonious.

Master Hsuan Hua

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Re: Looking for a book recommendation

Postby Greg » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:17 pm

Bonsai Doug wrote:I have a book, almost written like a text book, on Buddhism from the Theravada tradition. It covers
things like karma, rebirth, nibbana, the Perfections, etc.

What I'm looking for is a book that presents these kind of teachings from the Mahayana perspective.
Or at the least will give me a basic overview of the Mahayana school of Buddhism; kinda like a primer of sorts.

Any recommendations will be appreciated.

TIA


The Foundations of Buddhism by Gethin is not strictly about Mahayana but will give you a good understand of general principles. Another excellent general survey is Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction by Richard H. Robinson.

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Re: Looking for a book recommendation

Postby Mr. G » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:19 pm

Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition by Prof. Paul Williams
Vision of Buddhism: The Space Under the Tree by Prof. Roger Corless
Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations by Prof. Paul Williams
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
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Re: Looking for a book recommendation

Postby Soar » Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:40 pm

Gateway to Knowledge: v. 3: The Mahayana Journey by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gateway-Knowled ... 9627341460
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