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The majority of the following books are from the library of Chon Tri. Many of the summaries and in his own words. If you wish to purchase the book, click on the cover image and you will be linked to Amazon.com.
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buy this book 21. SASTRA: NAGARJUNA'S SEVENTY STANZAS: A BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY OF EMPTINESS
by Nagarjuna - Gheshe Sonam Richen, David Ross Komito (translator)
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated (ISBN #: 0937938394, Paperback: 226 pages, June 1987)
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For almost two thousand years, Nagarjuna's teachings have occupied a central position in Mahayana Buddhism. This translation of his work on the Madhyamika system of Buddhist philosophy is accompanied by David Komito's summary of basic Buddhist doctrines on perception and the creation of concepts (traditionally the backdrop for Nagarjuna's teachings) about how people consistently misperceive and misunderstand the nature of reality and the means through which they experience it. Geshe Sonata Rinchen's commentary from the Prasangika viewpoint was created expressly for the contemporary reader.

buy this book 22. SASTRA: NAGARJUNA'S TWELVE GATE TREATISE
by Nagarjuna; Hsueh-li Cheng (translator)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers (ISBN #: 9027713804, Hardcover, 165 pp, July 1982)
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Reviewer: A reader from Los Angeles, California.
This is one of the only available complete English translations of the "Twelve Gate Treatise," which is quoted extensively in many Buddhist writings of all denominations. One of the three foundation writings of the Chinese San-lu (Japanese Sanron) sect, the "Twelve Gate Treatise" discusses the principle of emptiness from different viewpoints using different examples. Of special interest to Western readers is the chapter discussing the impossibility of the existence of a Creator, or supreme God. The book has a brief explanation of the history and doctrines of the Chinese San-lun sect of Buddhism, which reveres the "Twelve Gate Treatise" as one of its three fundamental scriptures.

buy this book 23. SASTRA: SEVEN WORKS OF VASUBANDHU, THE BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGICAL DOCTOR
by Vasubandhu; Stefan Anacker (translator)
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass (ISBN #: 0895812290, Hardcover, 490 pages, January 1995)
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This collection includes the Vada-Vidhi, a work on logic; the Pancaskandhakaprakarana, which deals with the 'aggregates' making up 'personality', the karmasiddhiprakarana, which attacks many features of earlier Buddhist psychology, the Vimsatika and Trimsika, which take Buddhist psychology into hitherto unexplored areas; the Madhyanta-Vibhagabhasya, books of Mahayana realization: and the Tri-svabhav-nirdesa, which shows a way for ridding consciousness of ensnaring mental constructions.

buy this book 24. SASTRA: THE DIALECTICAL METHOD OF NAGARJUNA: VIGRAHAVYAVARTANI
by Nagarjuna, Kamaleswar Bhattacharya (translator)
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publisher (ISBN #: 8120802152, Paperback, 143 pp, January 1998)
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Though only a 'minor work' in form, as regard its contents the Vigrahavyavartani, as well as a fundamental text of Madhyamaka, as well as the early Indian dialectical tradition. Not ony does it admirably illustrate the dialectical method follwed by Nagarjuna, the founder of the school, but it also clarifies the idea of Sunyata (Emptiness) which has been so often misunderstood, not only in modern times aborad, but in India itself and in Nagarjuna's own time. (From the front flap of the book).

buy this book 25. SASTRA: THE FUNDAMENTAL WISDOM OF THE MIDDLE WAY: NAGARJUNA'S MULAMADHYAMAKAKARIKA
by Nagarjuna - Jay L. Garfield (translator)
Publisher: Oxford University Press (ISBN #: 0195093364, Paperback, 400 pp, August 1995)
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The Buddhist saint Nagarjuna, who lived in South India in approximately the second century CE, is undoubtedly the most important, influential, and widely studied Mahayana Buddhist philosopher. His many works include texts addressed to lay audiences, letters of advice to kings, and a set of penetrating metaphysical and epistemological treatises. His greatest philosophical work, the Mulamadhyamikakarika--read and studied by philosophers in all major Buddhist schools of Tibet, China, Japan, and Korea--is one of the most influential works in the history of Indian philosophy. Now, in The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, Jay L. Garfield provides a clear and and eminently readable translation of Nagarjuna's seminal work, offering those with little of no prior knowledge of Buddhist philosophy a view into the profound logic of the Mulamadhyamikakarika.

buy this book 26. SASTRA: TREATISE IN THIRTY VERSES ON MERE-CONSCIOUSNESS: A CRITICAL TRANSLATION OF HSUAN-TSANG'S CHINESE VERSION OF THE VIJNAPTIMATRATATRIMSIKA WITH NOTES
by Vasubandhu; Sawati Ganguly (translator)
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Pub (ISBN #: 8120809245, Hardcover: 271 pages, November 1999)
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The book explores the developments and the various implications of the doctrine of Mere-consciousness. It aims at evaluating and reconstructing the patterns of Buddhist idealism from the Sanskrit and Chinese sources. It contains a comprehensive translation with interpretation of the basic Yogacara-Vijnanavada texts preserved in Chinese.

buy this book 27. SASTRA: UTTARATANTRA OF MAITREYA (OR BUDDHA-NATURE TREATISE)
by Arya Maitreya; Eugene Obermiller (translator)
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications (ISBN #: 8170302633, Hardcover, 436 pp, January 1991)
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Summary
This book is a radical departure from the traditional interpretations of Buddhism and Madhyamika philosophy in particular. It aims at reviving philosophy as cultural activity, a path to enlightenment as spiritual discipline. (From the front flap of the book)

Translated from Tibetan version by Eugene Obermiller

buy this book 28. SASTRA: YOGIC DEEDS OF BODHISATTVAS: GYELTSAP ON ARYADEVA'S FOUR HUNDRED
by Aryadeva - Sonam Rinchen - Ruth Sonam (translator)
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated (ISBN #: 1559390190, Paperback, 400 pp, January 1994)
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Reviewer: Nicola HernĂ di,ABU-concept@t-online.de (Berlin, Germany)
"In the " 400 stanzas", Aryadeva, an ancient indian saint, famous scholar of Nagarjuna, explains, how to regard life out of Buddhist insight. His compressed verses show a radical wit, provoking the readers' contradiction, making them think about the actual meaning.
To unfold the contents of Aryadeva's mental seeds, comments and explaining stories have been added by following Indian and Tibetan Buddhist personalities, which are a pleasure to read, due to their poetical, funny and colourful descriptions of how to consider apparently common situations in a refreshing new way.
Geshe Rinchen La rounds up each chapter, summarizing the essentials, clearing them from the narrative ornaments to emphasize their advice for the present time. 'Though dealing with highly complex philosophical subjects, this book is earth-bound as life itself. It fascinates in combining a thousand years of Buddhist spirit, serving to improve human life through changing ones own mental influence on it.

buy this book 29. SUTRA OF HUI-NENG
by Thomas Cleary (translator)
Publisher: (ISBN #: 1570623481, 6x9x0.5 - Soft cover - 161 pp, January 1998)
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Summary
This record of the Discourses of Grand Master of Zen Hui-neng was the only one Zen record classified as a Sutra beside the Sutras which recorded the Sayings of the Buddha himself.

Translated form Chinese by Thomas Cleary

buy this book 30. SUTRA: FLOWER ORNAMENT SCRIPTURE, A TRANSLATION OF THE AVATAMSAKA SUTRA
by Thomas Cleary (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala (ISBN #: 0877739404, 6x9x2.1/4 - Hard cover - 1643 pp, January 1993)
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Summary
This Sutra is teaching on the totality. Many Zennists used it to develop their insight after kensho.

Translated from Chinese version by Thomas Cleary.

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