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-I would like to know which way that leads to Chao-chou, would you please give me the direction?
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buy this book 31. 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 32. 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 33. 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 34. 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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From the Publisher
"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.

buy this book 35. 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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Summary
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 36. 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 37. 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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Summary
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 38. 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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Summary
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 39. 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 40. 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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Editorial Reviews
Book Description
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."

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