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The Buddha Mimansa: The Buddha and his relation to the religion of the Vedas (Being a collection of arguments with authoritative references and of notes with original texts, intended as materials any future treatise on Buddhism)
by Yogiraja's Disciple Maitreya
Paperback (Edition: 2004)
Pilgrims Publishing Varanasi

Item Code: IDI139
Price: $16.00
When Did The Buddha Live? (The Controversy on The Dating of The Historical Buddha)
by Heinz Bechert
Hardcover (Edition: 1995)
Sri Satguru Publications

Item Code: IHL078
Price: $55.00
The Buddha-Carita By Asvaghosa or Acts of Buddha
by Edward B. Cowell
Hardcover (Edition: 2003)
New Bharatiya Book Corporation

Item Code: IDJ469
Price: $35.00
On Being Buddha (The Classical Doctrine of Buddhahood)
by Paul J. Griffiths
Hardcover (Edition: 1995)
Sri Satguru Publications

Item Code: NAE651
Price: $30.00
Asvaghosa's Buddhacarita or Acts of the Buddha
by E.H. Johnston
Paperback (Edition: 2007)
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited

Item Code: IDC114
Price: $34.50
Maitreya Buddha in Literature History and Art
by Asha Das
Hardcover (Edition: 2003)
Punthi Pustak

Item Code: NAF814
Price: $105.00
Moving Into The Unknown (The Discipline of Transcendence on Buddha's Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters)
by Osho
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Osho Media International

Item Code: NAG258
Price: $45.00
The Supereme Buddha
by Rahul Sankrityayan
Paperback (Edition: 2009)
Samyak Prakashan

Item Code: NAG330
Price: $10.00
Best of Lord Buddha Tales
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)
Tiny Tot Publications

Item Code: IHG046
Price: $22.50
The Buddha's Ancient Path
by Piyadassi Thera
Hardcover (Edition: 2005)
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Item Code: IDE102
Price: $27.50
Speaking for Buddhas (Scriptural Commentary in Indian Buddhism)
by Richard F. Nance
Hardcover (Edition: 2014)
Dev Publishers And Distributors

Item Code: NAF950
Price: $40.00
The Teachings of Buddha 425 Dhammapadas In English Poetry
by Dr. Sant Kumar Bhatnagar
Paperback (Edition: 2008)
Pustak Mahal

Item Code: NAF718
Price: $15.00
Lord Buddha (The Messiah of Truth, Non-Violence, Compassion Mercy and Brotherhood of Mankind)
by Dr. Mahendra Mittal and Igen B.
Paperback
Manoj Publications

Item Code: NAF638
Price: $10.00
Buddha and Buddhism
by Edited By: Biswanath Banerjee & Sukomal Chaudhuri
Hardcover (Edition: 2005)
The Asiatic Society

Item Code: IDF393
Price: $27.50
A New Course in Reading Pali (Entering the Word of the Buddha)
by JAMES W. GAIR & W.S. KARUNATILLAKE
Paperback (Edition: 2001)
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Item Code: IDC255
Price: $16.50
Our Festivals: Buddha Jayanti
by Komal Mehra
Hardcover (Edition: 2005)
Rising Sun

Item Code: IDL219
Price: $10.00
Buddha
by Anant Pai
Paperback Comic Book (Edition: 2000)
India Book House Pvt. Ltd.

Item Code: ACK23
Price: $6.50
Where the Buddha Walked: A Companion to the Buddhist Places of India
by Rana P.B. Singh
Hardcover (Edition: 2003)
Indica Books, Varanasi

Item Code: IDE180
Price: $32.00
Life of Buddha
by Kashinath Potdar
Paperback (Edition: 2003)
Shri Samarth Granth Bhavan

Item Code: NAF174
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In Quest of the Buddha: A Journey on The Silk Road
by Sunita Dwivedi Foreword by Lokesh Chandra
Hardcover (Edition: 2009)
Rupa. Co.

Item Code: IHL674
Price: $95.00
The Life of Princess Yashodara: Wife and Disciple of the Lord Buddha
by Sunity Bevee
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
Pilgrims Publishing Varanasi

Item Code: IDI068
Price: $27.50
The Best Way To Catch A Snake (A Practical Guide To The Buddha’s Teachings)
by Karma Yeshe Rebgye
Paperback (Edition: 2012)
Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd.

Item Code: NAE120
Price: $20.00
The Buddha Image: Its Origin and Development
by Y. Krishan
Hardcover (Edition: 2012)
Munshiram Manoharlal

Item Code: IAB12
Price: $65.00
Reiki and the Healing Buddha
by Maureen J. Kelly
Paperback (Edition: 2001)
Full Circle Publishing

Item Code: IDJ955
Price: $16.50
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Buddha Biographies
The earliest sources for the biography of the Buddha are the fragments in the sutra and Vinaya texts, which are unconcerned with chronology or continuity. The Sutra literature emphasizes stories of the Buddha's previous births (jataka), episodes leading up to the Enlightenment, the Enlightenment itself, and an account of his last journey, death, and funeral.

The Vinaya texts, on the other hand, focus on the Buddha as teacher and incorporate - in addition to account of the events associated with his Enlightenment - narratives that describe the early days of his ministry, including an account of the conversion of his first disciples.

The oldest of the surviving autonomous biographies is the Mahavastu, an anthology written in Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit. Other more tightly constructed biographies were produced soon after the Mahavastu-notably, the Lalitavistara, which played an important role in various Mahayana traditions; the Abhiniskramana Sutra, which was especially popular in China, where at least five Chinese works were, nominally at least, translations of it; and the very famous and popular Buddhacarita, by Asvaghosa. Much later, still another biography, known as the Vinaya of the Mulasarvastivadins, was given its final form. This voluminous compendium of biographical traditions provided later Mahayana schools with a major source for stories about the Buddha.

These new biographies continued to incorporate stories that had developed at the pilgrimage sites associated with the Buddha's birth and great renunciation, his Enlightenment, and his first sermon. For example, in the Lalitavistara an episode is recounted that is clearly related to a specific shrine at the Buddhist pilgrimage site at Kapilavastu-namely, the story in which the Buddha's charioteer leaves him and returns to the palace in Kapilavastu.

The important change exhibited by these new autonomous biographies was the ubiquitous inclusion of stories about the Buddha's previous lives (jataka) as a device for explicating details of his final life as Gautama. This is particularly evident in the Mahavastu and in certain versions of the Abhiniskramana Sutra, in which the Jatakas become the prime mover of the narration: each episode in the life of the Buddha is given as the result and reproduction of an event from previous lives.

With the emergence and development of Mahayana, new narratives began to appear that portrayed the Buddha preaching a highly exalted doctrine, sometimes on a mountain peak, sometimes in a celestial realm, sometimes to his most receptive disciples, sometimes to a great assembly of bodhisattvas and gods.

Theravada Biographies of the Buddha:

Two types of Buddha biographies have had an important impact and role in the later history of the Theravada tradition. The model for the classical type is the Nidanakatha, a text that serves as an introduction to the Jataka Commentary and thus continues the pattern of using biography to provide a narrative context that authenticates the teaching. It traces the Buddha's career from the time of his previous birth as Sumedha (when he made his original vow to become a buddha) to the year following Gautama's Enlightenment, when he took up residence in the Jetavana Monastery. Subsequent Theravada biographies, based on the Nidanakatha continued the narration through the rest of Gautama's ministry and beyond.

The second type of Theravada biography-the chronicle (vamsa) biography-illustrates a distinctive Theravada understanding of the Buddha. From very early in their history the Theravadins had distinguished between two bodies of the Buddha, his physical body (rupakaya) and his both: truth (dharmakaya). After the Buddha's death, or parinirvana, the rupakaya continued to be present to the community in his relics, and his dharmakaya continued be present in his teachings. The Theravadins composed biographical chronicles that focused on these continuing legacies. These begin with previous lives of the Buddha, then provide an abbreviated account of his "final" life as Gautama. They go on to narrate the history of the tradition by interweaving accounts of kings who maintain the physical legacy (in the form of relics, stupas, and the like) with accounts of the monastic order, which maintains his legacy (in the form of proper teaching and discipline). Examples of this type of biographical chronicle are numerous, beginning with the Dipavamsa and Mahavamsa and continuing through many other vamsa texts written in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

In the modern period, a new genre of Buddha biographies has been introduced. This new type of biography has been influenced by Western scholarship on Buddhism and by Western attempts to recover the historical Buddha, who had-from the modernist perspective-been hidden from view by the accretions of tradition. New, largely urban- red elites throughout the Buddhist world have sought to 'demythologize" the Buddha biography, deleting miraculous elements of the Buddha's life and replacing them with an image of the founder as a teacher of a rationalistic ethical system or a "scientific" system of meditation or as a social reformer committed to the cause of egalitarianism.

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