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they are like dew and like lightning,
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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 PALI-ENGLISH DICTIONARY
by T.W.Rhys Davids (Editor), William Stede (Editor)
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers (ISBN #: 8121504724, Hardcover, 738 pages, October 2001)
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As the Pali Text Society began issuing editions and translations of the Pali Canon and Commentaries in quick succession, Rhys Davids conceived the idea of the compilation of an exhaustive dictionary of Pali, based on the voluminous basic material that was being brought to light. The Dictionary contains every Pali word, with its Sanskrit root identified and meanings given in English. Carrying over 1,50,000 textual references, the work holds the field, even today, as the best Pali-English Dictionary.

buy this book 1. A DICTIONARY OF CHINESE BUDDHIST TERMS
by William E. Soothill (Compiler), Lewis Hodous (Compiler)
Publisher: South Asia Books; 2 edition (2000) (ISBN #: 8120803191 , Hardcover: 510 pages , January 2000)
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Here is an outstanding work for which two eminent scholars of Chinese Buddhism separated by 2000 miles of ocean collaborated for ten years. The authors' aim has been to provide a key for the student with which to unlock a closed door and which does serve to reveal the riches of the great Buddhist thesaurus in China.

buy this book 2. A POPULAR DICTIONARY OF BUDDHISM
by Christmas Humphreys
Publisher: NTC Publishing Group (ISBN #: 0844204196, Paperback, 223 pp, October 1997)
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This book, a dictionary as well as a glossary, attempts to cover the entire field of Buddhism. Its terms, chosen from seven languages spoken in ten countries in at least ten major schools of Buddhism, are those that readers are most likely to find in books on Buddhism. Also included are brief biographies of eminent Buddhists and scholars from both East and West, which will provide a ready reference to authorities normally cited. A Popular Dictionary of Buddhism is a useful compilation and a key religious, ethical, and philosophical reference work in an area of study that commands increasing attention in Western society.

buy this book 3. A SANSKRIT-ENGLISH DICTIONARY: ETYMOLOGICALLY AND PHILOLOGICALLY ARRANGED WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO COGNATE INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES
by Monier, Sir Monier-Williams
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition (1989) (ISBN #: 019864308X, Hardcover, 1369 pages, June 1989)
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The ONLY definitive Sanskrit-English dictionary-, May 7, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
Originally published in 1899, it remains the only comprehensive Sanskrit-English dictionary, comprising 160,000 words. This is the edition published by Oxford in England, and is much clearer print and well worth it if you can't do fine print where the Devanagari script is often ink-smudged (the Indian Edition). However, if your reading vision is good, the Indian edition is exactly the same content and cheaper ($48-65), but poorer quality binding as well.

buy this book 4. BUDDHISM IN PRACTICE
by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. (editor)
Publisher: Princeton University Press (ISBN #: 8121508320, Hardcover: 608 pages, January 1995)
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This anthology illustrates the vast scope of Buddhist practice in Asia, past and present, by presenting a selection of forty-eight translated texts including hagiographies, monastic rules, pilgrimage songs, apocryphal sutras, and didactic tales from India, China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma. Most of these pieces have never before been translated into a Western language, and each is preceded by a substantial introduction by its translator. Together they are designed to do nothing less than reshape the way in which Buddhism is understood.

buy this book 5. CHRISTIAN ZEN
by William Johnston
Publisher: Fordham University Press (ISBN #: 0800871863, Paperback, 134 pp, October 1997)
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When Christian Zen was first published in the early 1970's, it was reviewed enthusiastically in many parts of the world. A subsequent edition added new material from the author's experience. This latest edition, from Fordham University Press, includes a new Preface by the author and a letter to the author from the Christian mystic Thomas Merton, written shortly before Merton's untimely death. William Johnston presents a study of Zen meditation in the light of Christian mysticism.

buy this book 6. COMPLETE GUIDE TO BUDDHIST AMERICA
by Don Morreale
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 1570622701, Paperback, 403 pp, January 1998)
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This completely revised and vastly expanded edition of the author's "Buddhist America: Centers, Retreats, and Practices" contains more than twice the number of listings and articles in the original edition. The book serves not only as the most comprehensive directory of Buddhist activity in North America, but also as a highly readable introduction to Buddhist practice in general.

buy this book 7. COMPREHENSIVE MANUAL OF ABHIDHAMMA: THE ABHIDHAMMATTHA SANGAHA OF ACARIYA ANURUDDHA
by Bhikkhu Bodhi & Mahathera Narada (editors)
Publisher: Pariyatti Publishing (ISBN #: 1928706029, Paperback, 400 pp, January 2000)
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Abhidhamma has the fearsome reputation of being somewhat juiceless to a beginner. I was delighted to find that in the introductory chapter Bhikkhu Bodhi gives his explanation of the four-fold ultimate realities in a very clear, calm, exact and expressive way. He brings to the subject a distinctively passionate voice and profound care and respect for the unfathomable wisdom of the Buddha. This is a brilliant gem of a guidebook and will lead the reader to new dimensions of the wisdom of the Buddha.

buy this book 8. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EASTERN PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION: BUDDHISM, HINDUISM, TAOISM, ZEN
by Franz-Karl Ehrhard, et al
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (ISBN #: 0877739803, Paperback, 468 pp, May 1994)
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Now in paperback--the only desktop encyclopedia offering a complete survey of the teachers, traditions, and terminology of Eastern wisdom. With 4,000 entries, this volume covers Buddhism, Taoism, Zen and Hinduism, the four major religious traditions of Asia. 100 illustrations.

Translated from German

buy this book 9. ESSENTIALS OF BUDDHISM: BASIC TERMINOLOGY AND CONCEPTS OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE
by Kogen Mizuno; Gaynor Sekimori (translator)
Publisher: Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc. (ISBN #: 4333016835, Paperback, 296 pp, April 1997)
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From the Publisher
This book provides a detailed yet accessible guide to basic terminology and concepts of Indian Buddhism in all its forms. The eight chapters elucidate the principle branches of Buddhism, the Three Treasures, the elements of existence, the Seals of the Law, dependent origination, the Four Noble Truths, religious practice, and the defilements.

buy this book 10. GREAT DISCIPLES OF THE BUDDHA: THEIR LIVES, THEIR WORKS, THEIR LEGACY
by Nyanaponika Thera, Bhikkhu Bodhi (editor)
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (ISBN #: 0861711289, Hardcover, 448 pp, October 1997)
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From the Publisher
Great Disciples of the Buddha is a unique book - a collection of biographical profiles of some twenty-four extraordinary men and women whom the Buddha himself named his most outstanding disciples. The stories of their lives presented here, based on the Pali Canon and its commentaries, offer a comprehensive record of the most ancient traditions concerning the Buddha's own direct Dharma heirs. In these engaging tales, told with an eye to the details of ordinary human concerns, you will meet a fascinating and diverse array of people - thinkers and seekers, princes and queens, merchants and housewives, even a serial killer - whose lives were transformed by their encounter with the Buddha. This is not a book merely to be read once and then laid aside, but a work to return to again and again for a vivid picture of the life of discipleship under the Awakened One.

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