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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. INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF NAGARJUNA
by Musashi Tachikawa
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publisher (ISBN #: 8120814665, Hardcover: 213 pages , September 1997)
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This book is a study of the Mulamadhya-makakarika (Middle Stanzas), the chief work of Nagarjuna. The Middle Stanzas is a treatise that integrates the concepts of dependent co-arising (Pratityasamutpada) and emptiness (Sunyata), fundamental to the thought of Mahayana Buddhism, but the manner in which Nagarjuna develops his arguments is unsual and the middle Stanzas has acquired a reputation as a difficult work.

buy this book 22. LIVING ZEN
by Robert Linssen; Diana Abrahams-Curiel (translator)
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (ISBN #: 0802131360, Paperback, 348 pp, August 1977)
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Living Zen is that rare achievement, both a survey of the rich history of Zen Buddhism and a guide to the practice of this most demanding and effortless art of being. The distinguished Belgian Scholar Robert Linssen offers a sage corrective to the idea that the Zen way is available only to those prepared to sit life out under the Bhodi-Tree. Gently but insistently he undermines this typically Western View, inviting and enabling us, as Christmas Humphreys puts it in his preface, to take 'the leap from thought to No-thought, from the ultimate duality of Illusion/Reality to a burst of laughter and a cup of tea.'

buy this book 23. MADHYAMIKA AND YOGACARA: A STUDY OF MAHAYANA PHILOSOPHIES
by Gadjin M. Nagao, Leslie S. Kawamura (translator)
Publisher: State University of New York Press (ISBN #: 0791401863, Hardcover, 318 pp, January 1989)
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"It ties together for the first time the two primary schools of Indian Mahayana tradition. Nagao's insights have been valued by Japanese scholars all along and only recently have Western scholars appreciated them. This offers a complete picture of his novel deliberations, showing a first-rate thinker at work." - Kenneth Inada, State University of New York, Buffalo. (From the back cover of the book).

buy this book 24. MIND ONLY (A PHILOSOPHICAL AND DOCTRINAL ANALYSIS OF THE VIJNANAVADA)
by Thomas E. Wood
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publisher (ISBN #: 8120812395, Hardcover: 290 pages, January 1994)
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The Vijnanavadins have long been characterized as believing in an Absolute. Thomas Wood investigates the extent to which this characterization is true. Through a detailed analysis of some of their fundamental texts, Dr. Wood demonstrates that the Vijnanavadins were in fact ambivalent and in some cases inconsistent in their philosophical views on this point.

buy this book 25. MYSTICISM: CHRISTIAN AND BUDDHIST
by D. T. Suzuki
Publisher: Routledge (ISBN #: 0415285860 , Paperback: 192 pages , September 2002)
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If the western world knows anything about Zen Buddhism, it is down to the efforts of one remarkable man, D.T. Suzuki. The twenty seven-year-old Japanese scholar first visited the west in 1897, and over the course of the next seventy years became the world's leading authority on Zen. His radical and penetrating insights earned him many disciples, from Carl Jung to Allen Ginsberg, from Thomas Merton to John Cage. In Mysticism Christian and Buddhist Suzuki compares the teachings of the great Christian mystic Meister Eckhart with the spiritual wisdom of Shin and Zen Buddhism. By juxtaposing cultures that seem to be radically opposed, Suzuki raises one of the fundamental questions of human experience: at the limits of our understanding is there an experience that is universal to all humanity? Mysticism Christian and Buddhist is a book that challenges and inspires; it will benefit readers of all religions who seek to understand something of the nature of spiritual life.

buy this book 26. NAGARJUNIAN DISPUTATIONS: A PHILOSOPHICAL JOURNEY THROUGH AN INDIAN LOOKING-GLASS
by Thomas E. Wood
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (ISBN #: 0824816099, Paperback, 424 pp, January 1995)
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The Madhyamikas were interesting philosophers, and their arguements should be taken seriously. They were, perhaps, the most radical philosopers that have ever lived, but it was precisely for this reason that they made such an important and unique contribution to Indian philosophy. If nothing else, the Madhyamikas continue to have an enduring value in philosophy because they challenge us to "modify, clarify, and reorganize our thoeries" (NMD 167). Few philosophers in the history of the world have done this as brilliantly or as effectively as the Madhyamikas. (From the INTRODUCTION of the book)

buy this book 27. OUTLINES OF MAHAYANA BUDDHISM
by D. T. Suzuki
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group (ISBN #: 0805200592, Paper back, 383 pp, January 1963)
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"This book is the basic introduction to the main tradition of Buddhism. It defines Buddhist concepts clearly, compares and contrasts them with those of Judaism and Christianiry. With "Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism" in hand the struggling reader can turn confidently to the welter of contemporary materials on one of the world's great religion.
Mahayana Buddhism represents one of the great systems of perceptions on nature of man and his relation to the world. It is concerned with human suffering and offers a remarkable set of insights on how one ought to live and by what priciples." (from backcover of the book).

buy this book 28. PHILOSOPHY OF MIND IN SIXTH-CENTURY CHINA: PARAMARTHA'S
by Parmartha, Diana Y. Paul (editor)
Publisher: Stanford University Press (ISBN #: 0804711879, Hardcover, 280 pp, January 1984)
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"This is the first study of Paramartha in Western language focuses on the the 'Chuan shih lun' (Evolution 0f Consciousness), a text that reveals the outline of Paramartha's Yogachara thought...It then decribes Paramartha's treatment of Yogacarin views on language and the process of cognition, both central to this system of thought...The book concludes with a new translation of the text, with extensive annotations." (From the front flap of the book).

buy this book 29. REALIZING EMPTINESS: MADHYAMAKA CULTIVATION OF INSIGHT
by Gen Larimpa - - B. Alan Wallace (translator)
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated (ISBN #: 1559391189, Paperback, 184 pp, May 1999)
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Trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation by some of the greatest Gelugpa masters of the 20th century, the Tibetan contemplative Gen Larimpa spent some 20 years in solitary retreat before returning at the request of H.H. the Dalai Lama. These teachings were given in the U.S. in 1998 after a year-long meditation retreat to cultivate meditative quiescence. Drawing from his wealth of study and personal experience, he shows how to use Madhyamaka reasoning to experience the way in which all things exist as dependently related events, a concept generally misperceived and misunderstood because of our many delusions.

buy this book 30. STOPPING & SEEING: A COMPREHENSIVE COURSE IN BUDDHIST MEDITATION
by Grand master Chi-i; Thomas Cleary (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 1570622752, Paperback, 208 pp, March 1997)
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"Stopping" and "seeing" are sometimes referred to as the yin and yang of Buddhist meditation - complementary twin halves of a unified whole. In essence, "stopping and seeing" refers to stopping delusion and seeing truth, processes basic to Buddhist practice. One of the most comprehensive manuals written on these two essential points of Buddhist meditation is "The Great Stopping and Seeing," a monumental work written by sixth-century Buddhist master Chih-i. Stopping and Seeing, the first translation of this essential text, covers the principles and methods of a wide variety of Buddhist meditation techniques and provides an in-depth presentation of the dynamics of these practices.

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