Books

The Great Perfection of Wisdom Treatise (Sanskrit: Mahāprajñāpāramitā Upadeśa; Chinese: 大智度論)

Composed by one of the most remarkable yet enigmatic figures of Buddhism, the legendary Nāgārjuna, this treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sūtra builds on the ancient traditions of early Buddhism, adds scholastic systematic analysis, and rallies together the sūtras and treatises of Mahāyāna Buddhism, to champion the Madhyamaka, “Middle Way” of the bodhisattva’s spiritual path to the omniscience of a fully awakened Buddha.

Language: Chinese, English

Fascicle: 1-5

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An Inspiration to Give Rise to the Bodhi Mind (Chinese: 勸發菩提心)

Composed by the 11th patriarch of Chinese Pure Land school--Master Xing'an (1686-1734), when he experienced sudden enlightenment and generated the great vows of enlightenment for all living beings. He emphasizes the importance of generating the enlightenment mind and how to stabilize the vow in life-long practice. Read more.

Language: Chinese with pinyin, English

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The Amitabha Sutra (Chinese: 阿彌陀經)

The Amitabha Sutra is greatly influential in Chinese Buddhism. Its practice has been highly emphasized in traditional monasteries and modern Buddhist temples. It introduces the wondrous  Western Pure Land of the Amitabha Buddha and highlights the importance to be reborn there for one's path to the final enlightenment. Read more.

Language: Chinese with pinyin, English

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The Lotus Sutra’s Universal Gate Chapter on Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Chinese: 觀世音菩薩普門品)

The Universal Gate Chapter introduces the compassionate visage of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Chi:Guanyin), who has been a source of inspiration and devotion for Buddhists and non-Buddhists for centuries. This short chapter of sutra, chanted and memorized throughout East Asia, is believed to be a strong protection of our body and mind. Read more.

Language: Chinese with pinyin, English

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The Diamond Prajnaparamita Sutra (Chinese: 金剛經)

The Diamond Sutra is one of the most influential Mahayana Buddhism. It has been considered the essential object of devotion and study in Chan Buddhism. It explains the emptiness of all phenomena and the importance of liberating all living beings without attachment. Read more.

Language: Chinese with pinyin, English

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The Sutra of Medicine Buddha (Chinese: 藥師琉璃光如來本願經)

Medicine Buddha is the Buddha of healing in Chinese Buddhism, who is believed to cure all sufferings (both physical and mental) of living beings. The Medicine Buddha Sutra is commonly chanted and recited in Buddhist monasteries. And the Medicine Buddha's great 12 vows are widely praised. Read more.

Language: Chinese with pinyin, English

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The Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra (Sanskrit:Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra Chinese: 地藏菩薩本願經)

The Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra is  the Mahayana Buddhist teachings on the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, who vows to attain the final enlightenment after the hell realm is emptied. The sutra illustrates how Ksitigarbha became a bodhisattva with his great vows for the well-being of all living beings. It also displays Ksitigarbha's practice of filial piety in his past lives.

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Language: Chinese with pinyin, English

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FaXiang(Chinese: 法相)

The Buddha's teachings have a unique and sometimes challenging language all their own, constructed from the many cultures and generations of practitioners they have touched. To help readers navigate this vast lexicon, Venerable Tzu Chuang, a senior Fo Guang Shan monastic and the first abbot of Hsi Lai Temple, compiled FaXiang, an encyclopedia of Buddhist terms both extensive and accessible. Read more.

Language: English

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A Short March to Wisdom

The Short March to Wisdom is an excellent tool for teaching Buddhist concepts and ethics to young adults.  Instead of heavy-handed moralizing, this book presents the reader with open-ended questions to help examine the deeper meaning behind each story, allowing readers to take charge of their learning and growth. Read more.

Language: English

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