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I Am Not a Monk “Sponging Off” Buddhism
(Chinese: 我不是「呷教」的和尚)

A personal, profoundly honest collection of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s thoughts on a variety of topics, anecdotes, and memories going back almost 90 years, this book is rich with photographs of the Venerable Master throughout his life, along with many of those whom he has impacted and who have impacted him. Read more

Language: English

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The Great Perfection of Wisdom Treatise (Fascicles 16-20)
(Chinese: 大智度論 / Sanskrit: Mahāprajñāpāramitā Upadeśa)

In fascicles sixteen through eighteen, The Great Perfection of Wisdom Treatise guides us through the perfections of diligence, meditative concentration, and prajñā wisdom, respectively. Stories of striving forth, descriptions of sentient beings in the cycle of birth and death, cautionary tales, as well as detailed instructions and analyses inspire us to be diligent, … Read more

Language: Chinese, 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 Amitabha Buddha and highlights the importance of being reborn there for one’s path to the final enlightenment. Read more.

Language: Chinese with pinyin, English

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

An Inspiration to Give Rise to the Bodhi Mind was composed by the 11th patriarch of the Chinese Pure Land School, Master Xing’an (16861734), when he experienced sudden enlightenment and generated the great vows of enlightenment for all sentient 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 Diamond Prajnaparamita Sutra
(Chinese: 金剛經)

The Diamond Sutra is one of the most influential sutras in Mahayana Buddhism. Considered the essential object of devotion and study in Chan Buddhism, it explains the emptiness of all phenomena and the importance of liberating all sentient beings without attachment. Read more.

Language: Chinese with pinyin, English

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The Difficulty of Repaying the Profound Kindness of Parents Sutra
(Chinese: 父母恩重難報經)

The Difficulty of Repaying the Profound Kindness of Parents Sutra serves as another kind of reminder that we all owe a great deal to our parents. Best of all, it demonstrates a way to show our appreciation for them and to repay their kindness. Read more.

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.

Languages: English, French

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Flower Adornment Sutra-Samantabhadra

The Flower Adornment Sutra’s Practices and Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Chapter
(Chinese: 華嚴經普賢菩薩行願品)

In The Flower Adornment Sutra’s “Practices and Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Chapter,” Samantabhadra teaches that there are ten great practices and vows for us to cultivate . . . with an emphasis on the last and most poignant vow: to dedicate all virtues and merits earned through good deeds to eternally benefit all sentient beings. … Read more

Language: Chinese, English

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The Great Perfection of Wisdom Treatise (Fascicles 1-5)
(Chinese: 大智度論 / Sanskrit: Mahāprajñāpāramitā Upadeśa)

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, … Read more

Language: Chinese, English

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The Great Perfection of Wisdom Treatise (Fascicles 6-10)
(Chinese: 大智度論 / Sanskrit: Mahāprajñāpāramitā Upadeśa)

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, … Read more

Language: Chinese, English

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The Great Perfection of Wisdom Treatise (Fascicles 11-15)
(Chinese: 大智度論 / Sanskrit: Mahāprajñāpāramitā Upadeśa)

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, … Read more

Language: Chinese, 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 (Chinese: Guanyin), who has been a source of inspiration and devotion for Buddhists and non-Buddhists for centuries. This short chapter of The Lotus 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 Medicine Buddha Sutra
(Chinese: 藥師琉璃光如來本願經)

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

Language: Chinese with pinyin, English

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

The Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra is a Mahayana Buddhist teaching on Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, who vowed not to attain final enlightenment until after the hell realm is emptied. The sutra illustrates how Ksitigarbha became a bodhisattva with his great vows for the well-being of all sentient beings. It also displays Ksitigarbha’s practice of filial piety in his past lives. Read more.

Language: Chinese with pinyin, English

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The 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

Where Is the Way
(Chinese: 人間佛教何處尋)

Compassion, relationships, education, entertainment, love, wealth, the environment, government, democracy–Venerable Master Hsing Yun addresses all of these topics and more. He does so using stories and anecdotes pulled from today’s headlines, recent history, ancient texts, and his own personal experiences, relating them with a down-to-earth style.  Read more. 

Language: English

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Many Buddhist terms and concepts are directly translated from Sanskrit and Chinese in FGSITC publications. The Glossary will help readers understand their meaning and implied concepts in the Buddhist context.