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  Chang-ch'o, an educated man, once asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chih-t'sang:
-Is there paradise or hell?
Chih-t'sang replied:
-No.
Chang-ch'o protested:
-That is not correct. When I was studying under the priest... continue...

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buy this book 11. EMPTY LOGIC: MADHYAMIKA BUDDHISM FROM CHINESE SOURCES
by Hsueh-li Cheng
Publisher: Philosophical Library Inc (ISBN #: 0802224423, Hardcover: 220 pages, January 1984)
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Madhyamika Buddhism was founded by Nagarjuna in India in the 2nd century A.D. It is considered to be "the most important outcome of Buddha's teachings" and "philosophical Buddhism par excellence". Nagarjuna is often regarded as the father of Mahayana Buddhism. Since many of Nagarjuna's Sanskrit writings have disappeared, this book expounds his teaching as presented in the Chinese sources which predate the later Sanskrit and Tibetan sources commonly referred to. (From the front flap of the book).

buy this book 12. ESSAYS IN ZEN BUDDHISM: 1ST SERIES
by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc (ISBN #: 0802151183, Paperback, 400 pp, July 1972)
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From the Publisher: In this collection of his most important essays, Suzuki explores a variety of topics, including the history of Buddhism, the daily life of a Zen monk, and the path to enlightenment. At once a critical explication of the facets of Zen and a meditation on the meaning of existence, Essays in Zen Buddhism is an indispensable document to the student of Eastern religion.

buy this book 13. ESSAYS IN ZEN BUDDHISM: 2ND SERIES
by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharial Publishers Private, Limited (ISBN #: 8121509564, Paperback, 367 pp, January 2000)
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Summary
This is the 2nd series of the set of 3 volumes.

buy this book 14. ESSAYS IN ZEN BUDDHISM: 3RD SERIES
by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharial Publishers Private, Limited (ISBN #: 8121509572, Paperback, 396 pp, September 2000)
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Summary
This is the 3rd series of the set of 3 volumes.

buy this book 15. ESSENTIALS OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY
by Junijiro Takakusu
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass (ISBN #: 8120804295, Hardcover, 235 pp, January 1998)
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Summary
In Japan the whole of Buddhism became the living and active faith of the mass of the people. The present study related to Japanese Buddhism, as in Japan alone the whole of Buddhism has been preserved. Divided into fifteen chapters, the book deals with different schools of Buddhist Philosophy. The author has grouped these schools under two heads: (1) the schools of Negative Rationalism, i.e. the Religion of Dialectic Investigation, and (2) the schools of Introspective Intutitionism, i.e. the Religion of Meditative Experience.

buy this book 16. EXISTENCE AND ENLIGHTENMENT IN THE LANKAVATARA-SUTRA: A STUDY IN THE ONTOLOGY AND THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF THE YOGACARA SCHOOL OF MAHAYANA BUDDHISM
by Florin Giripescu Sutton
Publisher: State University of New York Press (ISBN #: 0791401723, Hardcover, 371 pp, December 1990)
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From The Critics
A systematic analysis of important concepts characteristic of the Yogacara school of Buddhism as expressed in an influential text from the late 4th century A.D. Outlines the three-fold nature of being as conceptualized in Buddhist metaphysics, explores the Buddhist approach to knowledge in its religious sense, and argues that Buddhists used dialectical reasoning to transcend the dualities of common perceiving and thinking. (booknews.com)

buy this book 17. EXPLORING ZEN
by Hsueh-li Cheng
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, Incorporated (ISBN #: 0820436534, Paperback, 236 pp, October 1996)
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This book is a philosophical and comparative exposition of Zen. It brings out the values in Zen that are similar to Western philosophy. It also discusses how Zen's perception of truth, spiritual language, and religious communication resembles neo-orthodox Christianity. Zen's approach to education has roots in Confucianism. The liberation which Zen Buddhists seek cannot be explained by a metaphisical system. Yet this book repudiates the view that Zen is illogical or amoral. The inner logic of Zen is explored, and also the ways in which Zen Buddhism is a highly moral practice. (From the back cover of the book.)

buy this book 18. FOUNDATIONS OF TIBETAN MYSTICISM
by Lama Anagarika Govinda
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (ISBN #: 0877280649, Paperback, 311 pp, June 1972)
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A thorough presentation of Tibetan esoteric principles, "Foudations of Tibetan Mysticism" is one of the most valuable books ever written on the subject. Lama Anagarika Govinda spent ovee 20 years of his life as a member of Kargyutpa Order. Studying st the feet of masters in Tibetan hermitages and monasteries, his direct experience has given him a clear insight into much that has remained totally obscure to the world. This work, regarded as a classic of Tibetan mysticism, explains the esoteric principles of Mantras and clarifies the differences between Hindu and Tibetan yoga, and is our direct link to the spiritual achievements of the past and their relationship to a futire higher civilization of humanity. (From the back cover of the book.)

buy this book 19. FOUNDATIONS OF T'IEN-T'AI PHILOSOPHY: THE FLOWERING OF THE TWO TRUTHS THEORY IN CHINESE BUDDHISM
by Grand master Chih-I; Paul L. Swanson (translator)
Publisher: Asian Humanities Press (ISBN #: 0895819198, Paperback, 399 pp, June 1989)
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From the Publisher
A chronological account of the development of the Two-Truth theory which forms the foundation of T'ien T'ai philosophy, the teaching of the Threefold Truth, and includes an annotated translation of Chih-i's Fa hua hsuan i.

buy this book 20. GREAT CALMING AND CONTEMPLATION: A STUDY AND ANNOTATED TRANSLATION OF THE FIRST CHAPTER OF CHIH-I'S MO-HO CHIH-KUAN
by Grand master Chih-I; Neal Donner & Daniel B. Stevenson (translators)
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (ISBN #: 0824815149, Hardcover, 385 pp, March 1995)
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From the Publisher
Chih-i (538-597) was the principal founder of the T'ien-t'ai (Tendai) school, one of the most influential and enduring traditions of East Asian Buddhism. In the Mo-ho chih-kuan (Great calming, contemplation), an extraordinarily comprehensive treatise on the theory and practice of meditation, the revered master sets forth the "perfect and sudden" approach to Buddhahood, a distinctively East Asian conception of the Buddhist path regarded by Chih-i and his contemporaries as the epitome of the Buddha's teaching. In many ways Chih-i's systematization of Chinese Buddhist meditation practice led the way to the development of Ch'an (Zen) and Pure Land. Such an illustrious history and catholicity of appeal secure it a place alongside Buddhagosa's Visuddhimagga and Tsong-kha-pa's Lam-rim chen-mo as one of the great classics of Buddhist spirituality. The original text of the Mo-ho chih-kuan consists of ten main chapters distributed over ten fascicles - the equivalent of four or five volumes in English. The translation of the first chapter is offered here together with the influential preface composed by Chih-i's disciple Kuan-ting (561-632), the man responsible for recording and editing the work. Known as the Synopsis, this chapter rehearses in condensed form the basic structure and thematic content of the Mo-ho chih-kuan as a whole. Because of the self-contained character of this chapter, T'ien-t'ai exegetes have treated it almost as a work unto itself; it contains an important and influential exposition of the Four Forms of Samadhi (not contained in the body of the text). The annotation provided in this volume draws from the authoritative commentary by Chan-jan (711-782). Scholars of Buddhism, most especially the T'ien-t'ai tradition, will appreciate the availability in English of this important work.

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