Looking for a book recommendation

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Bonsai Doug
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Looking for a book recommendation

Post by Bonsai Doug » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:50 am

I have a book, almost written like a text book, on Buddhism from the Theravada tradition. It covers
things like karma, rebirth, nibbana, the Perfections, etc.

What I'm looking for is a book that presents these kind of teachings from the Mahayana perspective.
Or at the least will give me a basic overview of the Mahayana school of Buddhism; kinda like a primer of sorts.

Any recommendations will be appreciated.

TIA
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Re: Looking for a book recommendation

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:58 am

This Friendly Letter text by Nagarjuna was used as a Mahayana primer in ancient India:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchR ... a&x=42&y=8" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
It is not a matter of achieving Bodhi or attaining Buddhahood. Rather, you yourself become aware that your own mind has always been fully enlightened.

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Re: Looking for a book recommendation

Post by Greg » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:17 pm

Bonsai Doug wrote:I have a book, almost written like a text book, on Buddhism from the Theravada tradition. It covers
things like karma, rebirth, nibbana, the Perfections, etc.

What I'm looking for is a book that presents these kind of teachings from the Mahayana perspective.
Or at the least will give me a basic overview of the Mahayana school of Buddhism; kinda like a primer of sorts.

Any recommendations will be appreciated.

TIA
The Foundations of Buddhism by Gethin is not strictly about Mahayana but will give you a good understand of general principles. Another excellent general survey is Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction by Richard H. Robinson.

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Re: Looking for a book recommendation

Post by Mr. G » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:19 pm

Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition by Prof. Paul Williams
Vision of Buddhism: The Space Under the Tree by Prof. Roger Corless
Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations by Prof. Paul Williams
  • How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu

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Re: Looking for a book recommendation

Post by Soar » Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:40 pm

Gateway to Knowledge: v. 3: The Mahayana Journey by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gateway-Knowled ... 9627341460" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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