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सुभाषितरत्ननिधि: Tibetan Quotation
by Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen
Hardcover (Edition: 2015)
Sapan Translation & Research Foundation, Dehradun

Item Code: NZH556
Price: $45.00
The Buddhist Landscape of Varanasi (Sacred Landscapes of South and Southeast Asia)
by Vidula Jayaswal
Hardcover (Edition: 2015)
Aryan Books International

Item Code: NAK569
Price: $50.00
A Dictionary of Buddhist and Hindu Iconography - Illustrated
by Fredrick W. Bunce
Hardcover (Edition: 2001)
D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.

Item Code: IDD238
Price: $120.00
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Buddha and Buddhist Synods in India and Abroad
by Amarnath Thakur
Hardcover (Edition: 1996)
Abhinav Publications

Item Code: IDE034
Price: $29.00
The Gospel of Buddha
by Dr. Paul Carus
Paperback (Edition: 2015)
Publications Division

Item Code: NAK181
Price: $25.00
Elements of Buddhist Iconography
by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
(Edition: 2008)
Munshiram Manoharlal

Item Code: IAB24
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Folk Tales from Eastern Tibet
by Ryoshun Kajihama
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Dharamsala

Item Code: IDC381
Price: $20.00
Tibetan Folk Tales
by A. L. Shelton
Paperback (Edition: 2004)
Pilgrims Publishing Varanasi

Item Code: IDI021
Price: $18.00
Meditation with Mandalas
by Mechthilde Hohmann
Paperback (Edition: 2003)
Pilgrims Publishing, Varanasi

Item Code: IDJ037
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Manual of Pali
by Prof. C. V. Joshi
Paperback (Edition: 2005)
Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratishthan

Item Code: IDJ091
Price: $11.50
The Wheel of Sharp Weapons
by Dharmarakshita
Paperback (Edition: 2007)
Library of Tibetan Works & Archives

Item Code: IHE067
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A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
by Shantideva
Paperback (Edition: 2007)
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

Item Code: IHF005
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Russia’s Tibet File - The Unknown Pages in the History of Tibet’s Independence
by Nikolai S. Kuleshov
Paperback (Edition: 1996)
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamshala

Item Code: IHJ002
Price: $16.00
The Water Horse and Other Years (A History of 17th and 18th Century Tibet)
by K+Dhondup
Paperback (Edition: 2003)
Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Dharamshala

Item Code: IHJ085
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Development of Buddhist Iconography in Eastern India : A study of Tara, Prajnas of Five Tathagatas and Bhrikuti
by Mallar Ghosh
Hardcover (Edition: 1980)
Munshiram Manoharlal

Item Code: NAB075
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The Life of the Mahasiddha Tilopa
by Mar-pa Chos-kyi bLo-gros
Paperback (Edition: 2003)
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

Item Code: NAC479
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A Study of Tibetan Paper Money: With A Critical Bibliography
by Wolfgang Bertsch
Paperback (Edition: 1997)
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

Item Code: NAD023
Price: $25.00
A Manual of Key Buddhist Terms (Categorization of Buddhist Terminology with Commentary)
by Lotsawa Kawa Paltseg
Paperback (Edition: 20015)
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

Item Code: NAD692
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Being as Consciousness (Yogacara Philosophy of Buddhism)
by Fernando Tola & Carmen Dragonetti
Hardcover (Edition: 2004)
Motilal Banarsidass Pvt. Ltd.

Item Code: IDD982
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A Short Practice of Green Tara (Including Praises to the Twenty-One Taras)
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Thubten Yeshe
Paperback (Edition: 2000)
FPMT Education Dept

Item Code: IDJ707
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Buddhist Text Literature: What the Buddha Said and Taught
Knowledge of the teachings of the Buddha is based on several canons of scripture, which derive from the early Sangha’s oral transmission of bodies of teachings agreed on at several councils. The Theravadin ‘Pali Canon’ is preserved in the Pali language, which is based upon a dialect close to that spoken by the Buddha. It is the most complete extant early canon, and contains some of the earliest material. Most of its teachings are in fact the common property of all Buddhist schools, being simply the teachings which the Theravadins preserved from the early common stock.

The Pali literature has been divided by one scholar into roughly three periods. The early, or classical, period begins with the Pali Canon itself and ends with the Milindha-pañha about the turn of the Christian era. After a period of being in comparative disuse or decline, Pali underwent a renaissance in the 4th or 5th century with the help of Buddhaghosa, and this period lasted until the 12th Century. The third period coincides with major political changes in Burma and lasted for some time in Sri Lanka, and much longer in Burma.

The Canon is traditionally described by the Theravada as the Word of the Buddha (Buddhavacana), though this is obviously not intended in a literal sense, since it includes teachings by disciples.

The traditional Theravādin (Mahavihārin) interpretation of the Pali Canon is given in a series of commentaries covering nearly the whole Canon, compiled by Buddhaghosa (4th–5th century CE) and later monks, mainly on the basis of earlier materials now lost. Subcommentaries have been written afterward, commenting further on the Canon and its commentaries. The traditional Theravādin interpretation is summarized in Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga.

The Pāli Canon falls into three general categories, called pitaka (from Pali piṭaka, meaning "basket"). Because of this, the canon is traditionally known as theTipiṭaka (Sanskrit: Tripiṭaka; "three baskets"). The three pitakas are as follows:

Vinaya Pitaka ("Discipline Basket"), dealing with rules for monks and nuns

Sutta Pitaka (Sutra/Sayings Basket), discourses, mostly ascribed to the Buddha, but some to disciples

Abhidhamma Pitaka, variously described as philosophy, psychology,metaphysics, etc.

Six complete vinayas survive:

Theravada, written in Pali.

Mula-Sarvāstivāda, written in Sanskrit, but surviving complete only in Tibetan translation.

Mahāsānghika, Sarvāstivāda, Mahīshāsika, and Dharmagupta, originally in Indian languages, but only surviving in Chinese translation.

The Suttas contain the main teachings of Buddhism. Which in the Pali Canon are divided into five Nikaya’s or ‘Collections’, the first four (sixteen volumes) generally being the older. The Pali Canon was one of the earliest to be written down, this being in Sri Lanka in around 80 BC, after which little, if any, new material was added to it. There are also sections of six non-Theravadin early canons preserved in Chinese and Tibetan translations, fragments of a Sanskrit Canon still existing in Nepal, and odd texts in various languages of India and Central Asia found in Tibet, Central Asia, and Japan.

Abhidharma (in Pali, Abhidhamma) means 'further Dharma' and is concerned with the analysis of phenomena. It grew initially out of various lists of teachings such as the 37 Bodhipaksika-dharmas or the 37 Factors leading to Awakening. The Abhidharma literature is chiefly concerned with the analysis of phenomena and the relationships between them. The Theravāda Abhidhamma survives in the Pali Canon. Outside of the Theravada monasteries the Pali Abhidharma texts are not well-known.

The extensive non-canonical Pali literature includes additional Abhidhamma works, historical chronicles, and many volumes of commentaries. An extremely clear introduction to many points of Buddhist doctrine is the Milindapanha, which purports to record conversations between a Buddhist monk and Milinda (Menander; c.155-130 BC), a king of Greek ancestry. Another is the Visuddhimagga, a very influential Theravada compendium of meditation practices and doctrine, written by Buddhaghosa (fifth century AD).

Mahayana texts were composed from around the first century BC, originating as written, not oral, works. In time, they were recorded in a form of the Indian prestigious language, Sanskrit. Mahayana sutras are traditionally considered by Mahayanists to be the word of the Buddha, but transmitted either in secret, via lineages of supernatural beings (such as the nagas), or revealed directly from other Buddhas or bodhisattvas. Some 600 Mahayana Sutras have survived in Sanskrit, or in Chinese and/or Tibetan translation.While many are attributed to the Buddha, their form and content clearly show that they were later re-statements and extensions of the Buddha’s message. The main sources for our understanding of Mahayana teachings are the very extensive Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist Canons. While most of the Pali Canon has been translated into English, only selected texts from these have been translated into Western languages, though much progress is being made.

Here is a wide range of Buddhist books, covering the primary literature of Buddhism, including the complete Pali canon, as also secondary and modern studies on the texts believed to reflect the Buddha's teachings directly.

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