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Buddhism A to Z by Ron Epstein, Buddhist Text Translation Society, 2012

See also Buddhist Encyclopedias, Buddhist Bibliography.

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Ronald Epstein received his BA from Harvard University and his PhD from University of California, Berkeley in Buddhism. He collaborated in the translation of the Heart Sutra and the Shurangama Sutra under the direction of Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua. He has been teaching philosophy and religion at San Francisco State University for 30 years and is also a research professor at the Institute for World Religions in Berkeley.

Have you confused karma with dharma? Amida with Gautama? The Five Desires with the Eightfold Path? Then Ronald Epstein’s Buddhism A to Z can provide a little enlightenment. Geared for English-speaking Westerners who want to know more about Buddhism, this alphabetical dictionary covers everything from the role of an abbot to the contributions of Zen. The format is very user-friendly, with a dual-column layout, 100 illustrations, and explanatory quotes from Buddhist masters.

  • Publisher: Buddhist Text Translation Society
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • ASIN: B007JWL3CQ
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2012

List of Introductory Readings

For a general understanding of basic Buddhist teachings, start with the entries in Group I, then move on to Group II, and so forth. If you want information on a particular topic, read the specific entry that most closely approximates your topic, then check the entries listed after the “SEE ALSO” at the end of the entry, then check the sources listed for that entry in Appendix A: Additional Reference Material for Entries.

  1. Five Moral Precepts
    “I Take Refuge in the Triple Jewel (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha)”
    karma
    rebirth
    enlightenment
    Buddha – see also Shakyamuni Buddha Siddhartha Gautama – “The Buddha
    Thus Come One – Tathagata
    Dharma/dharma
  2. Arhat
    Four Holy Truths
    Noble Eightfold Path
    Twelvefold Conditioned Arising – 12 Links of Dependent Origination
    Bodhisattva
    pāramitā – Paramita – Perfection
    Six Pāramitās
  3. Six Spiritual Powers
    Six Paths of Rebirth
    Ten Dharma Realms
    Five Skandhas
    Eighteen Realms
  4. meditation
    mindfulness
    Four Applications of Mindfulness
    lotus posture
    samadhi – dhyāna-samadhi
    Chan School – Zen
    Four Dhyānas
    Four Formless Realms
  5. Five Types of Buddhist Study and Practice
    Mahayana and Hinayana Compared
    Pure Land
    Buddha Recitation
    Eight Consciousnesses
    One Hundred Dharmas
    emptiness – Shunyata – Prajna – Maha Prajna Paramita – “Merely labelled”
  6. demon
    lineage – traditions, sects, schools of Buddhism

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Catalogue of the Taisho Tripitaka – Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo

Catalogue of the Taisho Tripitaka (Taishô Shinshu Daizôkyô) 《大正藏》經錄

Takakusu and Watanabe, eds. Taisho shinshu Daizokyo. (T. nnnn)

The Taisho Tripitaka, full name Taisho Edition Tripitaka, was compiled in 1924 by Takakusu Junjirou and Watanabe Kaikyoku and published in 1934, the Taisho Era in Japan. Comprised of 100 volumes, the Taisho edition can be divided into three parts: main works 55 volumes, sequels 30 volumes, and supplement 15 volumes (12 on Buddhist iconography and 3 on indexes). It contains the most number of Buddhist canons collected and is distinctive for its organization of canons.

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Huayan Shuchao Shastra – Qingliang’s Commentary on Flower Adornment Sutra (HYSC)

Huayan Shuchao (National Master Qingliang’s Commentary on the Flower Adornment Sutra) (HYSC)

Dharma Talks and Shastra Commentary by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.

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Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary (PTSD)

See also Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names (Pali Text Society) (DPPN)

Rhys Davids, T. W., ed. The Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary. (PTSD)

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Malalasekera, G.P. – Encyclopedia of Buddhism (EB)

See also Buddhist Encyclopedias and Buddhist Dictionaries

Malalasekera, G.P., Encyclopedia of Buddhism (EB)

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Buddhist Encyclopedias

Buddhist Encyclopedias.

See also Buddhist Dictionaries

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Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names (Pali Text Society) (DPPN)

See also The Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary. (PTSD)

Malalasekera, G.P., ed. Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names (Pali Text Society) (DPPN)

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Buddhist Dictionaries – Sanskrit-Pali-Tibetan-Chinese-Japanese-Korean-Vietnamese

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Hsüan-tsang. Ch’eng Wei-shih Lun; The Doctrine of Mere-Consciousness (CWSL)

Hsüan-tsang. Ch’eng Wei-shih Lun; The Doctrine of Mere-Consciousness (CWSL)

Consciousness Only School

Dharma Talks and Shastra Commentary by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.

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City of 10,000 Buddhas Recitation Handbook Buddhist Text (RH)

City of 10,000 Buddhas Recitation Handbook Buddhist Text (RH)

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Human Roots Buddhist Text (HR)

Human Roots Buddhist Text (HR)

Dharma Talks and Shastra Commentary by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.

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Records of High Sanghans Buddhist Text (RHS)

Records of High Sanghans Buddhist Text (RHS)

Dharma Talks and Shastra Commentary by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.

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Shurangama Mantra Commentary Buddhist Text (SM)

Shurangama Mantra Commentary Buddhist Text (SM)

See also Śūraṅgama Sutra – Shurangama Sutra (SS)

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Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva Buddhist Text (SPV)

Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva Buddhist Text (SPV)

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Shramanera Vinaya and Rules of Deportment Buddhist Text (SV)

Shramanera Vinaya and Rules of Deportment Buddhist Text (SV)

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