A Buddhist Bible: History of Early Zen Buddhism, Self-Realisation of Noble Wisdom, The Diamond Sutra, The Prajna Paramita Sutra, The Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (Forgotten Books)

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"One of the favorite books of the Beat writers, particularly the ultimate 'Dharma Bum' Jack Kerouac, A Buddhist Bible has had a huge influence on the growth of Buddhism in the English-speaking world in the 20th century and beyond. This etext was scanned and proofed from an autographed copy of the first edition. We are indeed fortunate that this book slipped into the public domain due to a lack of timely copyright renewal.

The first edition, which was tightly focused on source documents of Zen Buddhism, was self-published in Vermont by Goddard and had 316 pages. Subsequently, a second revised and greatly enlarged edition of 677 pages was published in 1938 by E.P. Dutton (New York), and later republished by Beacon Press. The second edition, which has been in print ever since... covers a much wider range of Buddhist texts including Southern Buddhism, some related documents such as the Tao te Ching, and modern texts. The reprint also includes introductions by Robert Aitken and Huston Smith." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)

Table of Contents:

Publisher’s Preface; Preface; History Of Ch’an Buddhism Previous To The Times Of Hui-neng (wei-lang); The Lankavatara Sutra; Preface; Introduction; Discrimination; False-imagination And Knowledge Of Appearances; Right Knowledge Or Knowledge Of Relations; Perfect Knowledge, Or Knowledge Of Reality; The Mind System; Transcendental Intelligence; Self-realisation; The Attainment Of Self- Realisation; The Fruit Of Self- Realisation; Discipleship: Lineage Of The Arhats; Bodhisattvahood And Its Stages; Tathagatahood Which Is Noble Wisdom; Nirvana; The Diamond Sutra; Preface; The Diamond Scripture; Sutra Of Transcendental Wisdom; Preface; Sutra Of Transcendental Wisdom; Sutra Of The Sixth Patriarch; Preface; Autobiography Of Hui-neng; Discourse On Prajna ; Discourse On Dhyana And Samadhi ; Discourse On Repentance ; Discourse On The Three-bodies Of Buddha; Dialogues Suggested By Various Temperaments And Circumstances; Sudden Enlightenment And Gradual Attainment ; Royal Patronage; Final Words And Death Of The Patriarch; Endnotes

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology. www.forgottenbooks.org

Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.

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"Dwight Goddard was an American writer and a Christian minister (Congregational), who but for one exception, has nearly faded into the woodwork. Goddard was born in Worcester Massachusetts and seemed to be on his way to a successful career in the business world when his own world fell apart. He was 29 years old when his wife of only a year, Harriet, died. The next year, Goddard enrolled in Hartford Theological Seminary and graduated from there three years later. One of his first postings was auspicious - he was sent to China. Two interesting things happened during his years in China. First, he became somewhat dissatisfied with the efficacy of the Christian religion in the lives of those to whom he ministered, and second, he had the opportunity to visit many Buddhist temples in the Orient. This would set the stage for his later, most important contribution to the world of Buddhism. Following a decade or so of ministry, Dwight again returned to the business world, where an invention proved to be so successful that he was able to retire from work at the age of 52. He continued his spiritual search and visited China several times in the 1920s, notably making several visits to a monastery in Nanking, which had been set up by a Lutheran minister, Karl Ludwig Reichelt. The monastery was a mixture of Christian and Buddhist tradition. Late in the decade, Goddard met with D.T. Suzuki in Japan, and learned much about Zen Buddhism. In 1932, he published A Buddhist Bible." (Quote from geocities.com/josephebecker)

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