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  When a monk came to say good bye to Chao-chou Tsung-shen (778-897), a brilliant Chinese Ch'an master.
Chao-chou asked:
-Where will you go?
The monk answered:
-Any place where I can learn Buddha dharma.
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buy this book CONCEPTION OF BUDDHIST NIRVANA: WITH SANSKRIT TEXT OF MADHYAMAKA-KARIAKA
by Nagarjuna, Chandrakirti - Theodore Stcherbatsky (translator)
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publisher (ISBN #: 8120805291, Hardcover, 222 pp, January 1999)
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The present book provides an English translation of Nagarjuna's chapters on Causality and Nirvana and Candrakirti's comprehensive commentary on the Sanskrit Text and presents a rare exposition of the Madhyamaka Dialectic.

buy this book 1. A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF TEACHINGS OF DON JUAN AND MADHYAMAKA BUDDHISM
by Mark MacDowell
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ (ISBN #: 8120801628, Hardcover, 116 pp, January 1991)
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The author was struck by the profound similarities between the teachings of Don Juan and Nagarjuna - in particular concerning Samvrti and Paramartha of Madhyamaka and the Tonal and Nagual of Don Juan and the concept of categorical frameworks.

buy this book 2. AWAKENING TO THE SACRED: CREATING A SPIRITUAL LIFE FROM SCRATCH
by Lama Surya Das
Publisher: Broadway Books (ISBN #: 0767902750, Paperback, 400 pp, May 2000)
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Lama Surya Das, author of the bestselling Awakening the Buddha Within, is the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition. In this elegant, inspiring book, he integrates essential Buddhist practices with a variety of other spiritual philosophies and wisdom traditions, to show you how to create a personalized spiritual practice based on your own individual beliefs, aspirations, and needs. Through reflections on his own life quest, thoughtful essays, and entertaining stories, Surya Das examines the common themes at the heart of any spiritual path, including faith, doubt, love, compassion, creativity, self-inquiry, and transformation. He then explores prayer, yoga, chanting, guided meditations, breathing exercises, and myriad other rituals, providing practical examples of each that we can use day-to-day to nurture our inner spirit.

buy this book 3. BUDDHA NATURE
by Sallie B. King
Publisher: 0791404285 (ISBN #: 0791404285, Paperback, 205 pp, January 1991)
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A study of the concept of Buddha nature as discussed in the Buddha Nature Treatise attributed to Vasubandhu and translated into Chinese by Paramartha in the sixth century. Sallie B.King places the Buddha nature concept in the context of Buddhist intellectual history, explains the language in the text.
In addition, Sallie B. King refutes the accusations that the idea of Buddha nature introduces a crypto-Atman into Buddhist thought, and that it represents a form of monism akin to Brahmanism of the Upanishads. In doing this, King defends Buddha nature in terms of purely Buddhist philosophical principles. Finally, the author engages the Buddha nature concept in dialogue with Western philosophy by asking what it teaches us about what a human being, or person, is. (From the backcover of the book.)

buy this book 4. BUDDHIST LOGIC PART 1
by F. Th. Stchertbatsky
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company (ISBN #: 0766176843, Paperback, 572 pp, August 2002)
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Editorial Reviews
1930. Other volumes in this set include ISBN number(s): 0766176851. Volume 1 of 2. This work claims the consideration of the historian of the culture of Asia, of the Sanskrit philologist and of the general philosopher. It is the last of a series of three works destined to elucidate what is perhaps the most powerful movement of ideas in the history of Asia, a movement which, originating in the 6th century BC in the valley of Hindustan, gradually extended its sway over almost the whole of the continent of Asia, as well as over the islands of Japan and of the Indian archipelago. These works are thus concerned about the history of the ruling ideas of Asia, Central and Eastern.

buy this book 5. BUDDHIST LOGIC PART 2
by F. Th. Stchertbatsky
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company (ISBN #: 0766176851, Paperback, 472 pp, August 2001)
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Excellent means to exit from logic, February 14, 1998
Reviewer: A reader
This Buddhist logic of epistemological-logic has a built-in self-destructive logic in it. When you discover that the ordinary redkneck shares the same fate with the philosopher as far as his innate natural-logic goes, it simply takes you to the last frontier of buddhist logic where you discover the fact that all human beings of all races are naturally ignorant! Unconsciously, Dharmakirti has literally outwitted the very purpose of epistemological sciences by illustrating that there is no logic beyond the logic of whatever experience you are going through! this is the kind of book who knows its disciple! It is not meant for every thinker!

buy this book 6. CALM AND CLEAR
by Lama Mipham; Keith Dowman (translator)
Publisher: Dharma Publishing (ISBN #: 091354602X, Paperback: 127 pages, April 1987)
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Clear and Calm is a unique exposition of the Nyingma method od meditation. Translated from the original Tibetan, it comprises two practice-oriented meditation texts by Lama Mipham (1846-1914), one of the most brilliant teachers in Tibet's history. (From the back cover of the book).

buy this book 7. CENTRAL PHILOSOPHY OF BUDDHISM: A STUDY OF MADHYAMIKA SYSTEM
by T. R. V. Murti
Publisher: Coronet Books Inc (ISBN #: 8121510805, Paperback, 372 papes, January 2003)
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The emergence of the Madhyamaka philosophy was a radical turning point in the evolution of Buddhist thought in terms of which untenability of realism of early Buddhism is established. While delineating the various aspects of Madhyamaka thought in relation to Abhidharmic realism and Brahmanical idealism, Prof. Murti at the same time has analysed the close resemblance that occurs between the philosophy of Kant and Hegel, on the one hand, and Nagarjuna, on the other. Thus the book is a veritable treasure of information covering the evolution of human thought in the East and West.

buy this book 9. EARLY BUDDHIST THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
by K. N. Jayatilleke
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publisher (ISBN #: 8120806190, Hard cover, 519 pages, May 1998)
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This book is based primarily on the source material available in the Pali Canon, studied historically and philosophically in the light of the contemporary, earlier and later literary evidence related to the subject. The antiquity and authenticity of the material is vouchsafed by the literary, linguistic, ideological, sociological, and historical evidence existing into Pali Canon itself. The book traces the origin of the theory of knowledge and its development in early Buddhism - the Hinayana Buddhism of Pali Canon.

buy this book 10. EARLY MADHYAMIKA IN INDIA AND CHINA
by Richard H. Robinson
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publisher (ISBN #: 0877284334, Paperback, 346 pp, January 1978)
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The book gives a descriptive analysis of specific Madhyamika texts. It compares the ideology of Kumarajiva ( a great translator of the four Madhyamika treatises in the fourth century A.D.) with the ideologies of the three Chinese contemporaries - Hui-yuan, Jeng-jui and Seng-chao. It envisagees an inter-cultural transmission of religious and philosophical ideas from India to China.
In eight chapters along with ten documents it details the philosophy, ideology, comparision, "the Lineage of the old Treatise sect" and "the Chief Idea of the Mahayana". (From the back cover of the book).

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