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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 31. SUTRA: LANKAVATARA SUTRA
by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (translator)
Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul LTD (ISBN #: 0972635742, 5.5x8.5x1.1/4 - Hardcover, 128pp, November 2003)
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Summary
According to the Zen tradition, this is the first Sutra was assigned to Zen practitioners by Bodhidharma, the first Patriarch of Zen.

Translated from Sanskrit by D. T. Suzuki

buy this book 32. SUTRA: LARGE SUTRA ON PERFECT WISDOM
by Edward Conze (translator)
Publisher: University of California Press (ISBN #: 0520053214, 5.5x8.1/4x2 3/4 - Soft cover - 679 pp, January 1994)
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Summary
This sutra belongs to Mahayana Buddhism and one of the most important sutras of Buddhism. It especially deals with Prajna or the Perfect Wisdom and Sunyata or the Emptyness, two sides of the same Reality.

Translated from Sanskrit by Edward Conze

buy this book 33. SUTRA: LOTUS SUTRA
by Kumalajiva, Burton Watson (translators)
Publisher: Columbia University Press (ISBN #: 023108160X, Hardcover: 359 pages , June 1993)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
Since its appearance in China in the third century, the Lotus Sutra has been regarded as one of the most illustrious scriptures in the Mahayana Buddhist canon. The object of intense veneration among generations of Buddhists in China, Korea, Japan, and other parts of East Asia, it has attracted more commentary than any other Buddhist scripture and has had a profound impact on the great works of Japanese and Chinese literature. Conceived as a drama of colossal proportions, the text takes on new meaning in Burton Watson's translation. Depicting events in a cosmic world that transcends ordinary concepts of time and space, the Lotus Sutra presents abstract religious concepts in concrete terms and affirms that there is a single path to enlightenment - that of the bodhisattva - and that the Buddha is not to be delimited in time and space. Filled with striking imagery. memorable parables, and countless revelations concerning the universal accessibility of Buddhahood, the Lotus Sutra has brought comfort and wisdom to devotees over the centuries and stands as a pivotal text in world literature. As Watson notes, "The Lotus Sutra is not so much an integral work as a collection of religious texts, an anthology of sermons, stories and devotional manuals, some speaking with particular force to persons of one type or in one set of circumstances, some to those of another type or in other circumstances. This is no doubt one reason why it has had such broad and lasting appeal over the ages and has permeated so deeply into the cultures that have been exposed to it."

buy this book 34. SUTRA: ORDINARY ENLIGHTENMENT: A TRANSLATION OF THE VIMALAKIRTI NIRDESA
by Charles Luk (translator)
Publisher: Random House, Inc. (ISBN #: 1570629714, Paperback, 192 pp, October 2002)
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Summary
Translated into English and deftly edited for contemporary readers by life-long student of Buddhism Charles Luk, Ordinary Enlightenment: A Translation Of The Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra presents the enduring story of Mahayana Buddhism and Zen, about a householder named Vimalakirti who balances a worldly life with the way of the Bodhisattva. Explanatory notes and a glossary complement this classic, scholarly resource, which is very highly recommended for Buddhist Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Translated from Chinese version of Kumarajiva by Charles Luk.

buy this book 35. SUTRA: PERFECTION OF WISDOM IN EIGHT THOUSAND LINES & ITS VERSE SUMMARY
by Edward Conze (translator)
Publisher: Four Seasons Foundation (ISBN #: 0877040494, 6x9x1.1/8 - Soft cover - 329 pp, January 1995)
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Summary
This sutra is a shorter form of the Larger Surta on Perfect Wisdom, and also translated from Sanskrit by Edward Conze.

buy this book 36. SUTRA: THE DIAMOND SUTRA: THE PERFECTION OF WISDOM, TEXT AND COMMENTARIES TRANSLATED FROM SANSKRIT AND CHINESE
by Red Pine (translator)
Publisher: Counterpoint Publishing Company (ISBN #: 1582432562, Paperback, 471 pp, November 2002)
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From the Publisher
No other text is as important to Buddhists, especially Zen Buddhists, and this translation includes commentary from major Chinese and Japanese historical sources.
Zen Buddhism is often said to be a practice of "mind-to-mind transmission" without reliance on texts —in fact, some great teachers forbid their students to read or write. But Buddhism has also inspired some of the greatest philosophical writings of any religion, and two such works lie at the center of Zen: The Heart Sutra, which monks recite all over the world, and The Diamond Sutra, said to contain answers to all questions of delusion and dualism. This is the Buddhist teaching on the "perfection of wisdom" and cuts through all obstacles on the path of practice.

buy this book 37. SUTRA: THE HEART SUTRA
by Red Pine (translator)
Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard (ISBN #: 1593760094, Hardcover: 208 pages, October 2004)
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
The short text of The Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. It has had the most profound and wide-reaching influence of any text in Buddhism. Its full title, Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra, "The Sutra of the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom," explains that this sutra contains the essence of the Buddha's teaching, the core of perfect enlightenment. It is the source of the famous and puzzling declaration, "form is emptiness, emptiness is form." For this new translation into English, Red Pine, award-winning translator of Chinese poetry and religious texts, has utilized various Sanskrit and Chinese versions, refining the teachings of dozens of ancient teachers together with his own commentary to offer a profound word-for-word explication. The result is a wise book of deep teaching destined to become the standard edition of this timeless statement of Mahayana truth.

buy this book 38. SUTRA: THE HOLY TEACHING OF VIMALAKIRTI: MAHAYANA SCRIPTURE
by Robert A. F. Thurman (translator)
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press (ISBN #: 0271006013, Paperback, 176 pp, June 1976)
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Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer
Although I know nothing about this edition or translation I'm writing this review to turn dharma-interested people on to this remarkable sutra. I've read the translation by Robert A. F. Thurman in an Indian edition and was blown away. For me it is the most eloquent and enjoyable expression of wisdom I've ever encountered. Anyone who has some basic background understanding in Buddhism might have a similar experience... try it.

Translated from Tibetan version by Robert A. F. Thurman

buy this book 39. SUTRA: THE PLATFORM SUTRA OF THE SIXTH PATRIARCH
by Grand Master Hui-neng; Philip B. Yampolsky (translator)
Publisher: Columbia University Press (ISBN #: 0231083610, Paperback, 216 pp, July 1978)
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From the Publisher
The Platform Sutra records the teachings of Hui-neng, the Sixth Patriarch, who is revered as one of the two great figures in the founding of Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. This translation is the definitive English version of the eighth-century Ch'an classic. Phillip B. Yampolsky has based his translation on the Tun-huang manuscript, the earliest extant version of the work. A critical edition of the Chinese text is given at the end of the volume.

buy this book 40. SUTRA: THE SHURANGAMA SUTRA, THE FIFTY SKANDHA-DEMON STATES: BASED ON THE TRANSLATION INTO CHINESE BY DHARMA MASTER PARAMITI : A SIMPLE EXPLANATION
by Hsuan Hua
Publisher: Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (ISBN #: 0881394009, Hardcover: 698 pages, June 1996)
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Summary
Editorial Reviews
Ronald Epstein, PhD, Instructor San Francisco State University:
Master Hua's erudition, wisdom and personal experience bring the text to life and illuminate its current relevance.
Product Description:
When on the path of enlightenment, one is easily waylaid by false states of awakening. This volume of the Shurangama Sutra explains in detail fifty kinds of deviant mental states, the causes of these states and the ways to recognize them. This sutra offers a framework for the classification of all spiritual experiences, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist. Bilingual Chinese/English edition. English only edition has ISBN 0-88139-401-7.

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