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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. STUDIES IN THE LANKAVATARA SUTRA
by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Publisher: S M C Publishing, Incorporated (ISBN #: 9576380324, Hardcover, 464 pp, January 1977)
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The author has greatly helped the reader to comprehend this scripture by explaning the main ideas in the Lankavatara Sutra. He tells how to study this scripture, compares it with the popular Zen Buddhist, discusses such typical and important doctines as 'Mind-only', the Triple body of the Buddha, and many other topics.

buy this book 32. THE BUDDHA WITHIN: TATHAGATAGARBHA DOCTRINE ACCORDING TO THE SHENTONG INTERPRETATION OF THE RATNAGOTRAVIBHAGA (SUNY SERIES IN BUDDHIST STUDIES)
by S. K. Hookham
Publisher: State University of New York Press (ISBN #: 0791403572, Hardcover: 422 pages, July 1991)
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Reviewer: W.A.Dickens (Australia)
This book is an informative and useful explanation of the Shentong (AKA Yogachara-Madhyamika) view of Reality in the context of a commentary on the Ratnagotravibhaga. Any serious student of Tantric Buddhism will find this very useful in reconciling sutric views and tenet systems with those of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

buy this book 33. THE BUDDHISM OF TIBET OR LAMAISM
by L.A. Waddell
Publisher: W. Heffer; [2d ed.] (ISBN #: 0852700628 , Hard cover, 598 pages, January 1971)
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Book Description
The present volume provides wealth of information on the Buddhism of Tibet or "Lamaism" as it has been called, after its priests, as well as later Indian developments of Buddhism.

buy this book 34. THE BUDDHIST TEACHING OF TOTALITY: THE PHILOSOPHY OF HWA YEN BUDDHISM
by Garma C.C. Chang
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press (ISBN #: 0271011793, Paperback, 270 pp, April 1998)
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The Garma Chang book covers a lot more basics before going into the heavy stuff. The pace may be slower, but in the end, I have a much clearer picture. And after that, the Cleary book becomes much more palatable.
Another reviewer mentioned that Garma Chang seems to think he knows everything. I don't know, but from the writing, it's clear that he has a great deal of personal experience on the subject at hand. His discussion on emptyness, for example, is particularly subtle and insightful. Thomas Cleary, on the other hand, doesn't seem to show much opinion of his own. Much of the "Entry into the Inconceivable" text is translated from Chinese works. Same goes for his translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra itself as well. Even the introduction is paraphrasing of Chinese text. Not that translation is not useful of course...
(Reviewer: Anderson C Wai from Ontario Canada)

buy this book 35. THE CENTRAL CONCEPTION OF BUDDHISM AND MEANING OF THE WORD
by Theodore Stcherbatsky
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publisher (ISBN #: 8120805127, Paperback, 112 pp, January 1994)
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About the Author
Th. Stcherbatsky (1866-1942) was one of the pioneering scholars of Buddhist Studies who wrote, edited and translated several works.
Book Description
Explains in detail the principle of Radical Pluralism which asserts that the elements alone are realities while every combination of them is a mere name covering a plurality of seperate elements.

buy this book 36. THE CENTRAL PHILOSOPHY OF TIBET
by Robert A. F. Thurman
Publisher: Princeton University Press (ISBN #: 0691020671, Paperback: 476 pages , March 1991)
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This is the paperback edition of the first full study, translation, and critical annotation of the Essence of True Eloquence by Jey Tsong Khapa (1357-1419), universally acknowledged as the greatest Tibetan philosopher. Robert Thurman's translation and introduction present a strain of Indian Buddhist thought emphasizing the need for both critical reason and contemplative realization in the attainment of enlightenment. This book was originally published under the title Tsong Khapa's Speech of Gold in the "Essence of True Eloquence."

buy this book 37. THE EMPTINESS OF EMPTINESS: AN INTRODUCTION TO EARLY INDIAN MADHYAMIKA
by Chandrakirti, C. W. Huntington, Jr. & Geshe Namgyal Wangchen (translators)
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The (ISBN #: 0824817125, Paperback, 304 pp, February 1995)
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"This work is valuable as one of the first book-length attempts to interrogate matters that will surely be significant for contemporary scholarly understandings of zbuddhism. As the first complete translation of Candrakirti's major works into prcise and readable English, an achivement that might well encourage further collaboration between Western and Tibetan scholars, it is a contribution to be applauded." -- The Journal of Religion.

buy this book 38. THE ESSENTIALS OF THE VINAYA TRADITION & THE COLLECTED TEACHINGS OF THE TENDAI LOTUS SCHOOL
by Gyonen - Gishin, Paul L. Swanson, et al... (translators)
Publisher: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation & Research (ISBN #: 0962561894, Hardcover, 331 pp, April 1996)
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"The precepts (sila) are bejewelled boat to cross the river of desires, a divine carriage to traverse the mountains of hatred, a proximate cause of entering the citadel of Enlightenment (bodhi), and a direct path leading to the realms of Buddhas. Further, because of the precepts, the sustaining power of the Three Jewels leading all sentient beings to Enlightenment is ever new; the saving virtue of the vehicles of the five classes of beings is tremendously great." (From the Preface of the book).

buy this book 39. THE HEART OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY: DINNAGA AND DHARMAKIRTI
by Amar Singh
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal (ISBN #: 8121501210, Hard cover 168 pages, May 2004)
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Editorial Reviews
This is an interesting and exciting book in showing how modern scholarship misunderstood three great Sautrantika critical philosophers. If the evidence adduced in this book is correct, then the history of Buddhist philosophy, fifth century onward, has to be rewritten. Also, new studies and translations are implied of all the works of Dinnaga and Dharmakirti. The author sheds a new light, taking into consideration the views of ancient and modern scholars, on many complex and polemic issues of the Buddhist philosophy.

buy this book 40. THE HUNDRED THOUSAND SONGS OF MILAREPA
by Milarepa; Garma C. C. Chang (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 1570624763, Hardcover, 730 pp, May 1999)
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From the Publisher
Tibetans accord The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa a classic status comparable to that of the Mahabharata and the Bible, and revere its author as probably the best single exemplar of the religious life. Milarepa was an eleventh-century Buddhist poet and saint, a cotton-clad yogi who avoided the scholarly institutions of his time and wandered from village to village, teaching enlightenment and the path to Buddhahood through his spontaneously composed songs. With titles like "The Salvation of the Dead," "A Woman's Role in the Dharma," and "Challenge from a Wise Demoness," Milarepa's poems are filled with fascinating tales of miraculous encounters and colorful imagery, and present a valuable insight into the living quality of Tibetan Buddhism.

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