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Bibliography of Buddhist Texts – The Buddha Dharma

Abbreviations of BTTS Publications

Texts from Ven. Buddhist Master Hsuan Hua

ASAmitābha Sutra (AS)
BNSBrahma Net Sutra (BNS)
BRFBuddha Root Farm (BRF)
CLCherishing Life (CL)
CPLCh’an and Pure Land Dharma Talks (CPL) (reprinted in LY, vol. 2)
DFSDharma Flower SutraLotus Sutra or Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra – White Lotus of the True Dharma (DFS)
DSDhāraṇī Sutra – Dharani Sutra – Thousand Handed Thousand Eyed Dharani Sutra – The Sutra of the Vast, Great, Full, Unimpeded Great Compassion Heart Dhāraṇī of the Thousand-Handed, Thousand-Eyed Bodhisattva Who Regards the World’s Sounds (Avalokiteshvara Guanyin) – 千手千眼陀羅尼經 (DS)
EDREntering the Dharma Realm (EDR) (FAS, ch. 39)
FASFlower Adornment Sutra – Avatamsaka – Mahāvaipulya Buddhāvataṃsaka Sūtra (FAS)
FASPFlower Adornment Sutra Prologue (FASP)
FASVPFlower Adornment Sutra Verse Preface (FASVP)
FHSFiliality: The Human Source (FHS)
HRHuman Roots (HR)
HSHeart Sutra – Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra – Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra (HS)
LYListen to Yourself, Think Everything Over (LY)
NSNirvana Sutra (NS), also called Maha Parinirvana Sutra – (unpublished draft translation)
NTCNews from True Cultivators (NTC)
OYEOpen Your Eyes, Take a Look at the World (OYE)
PBPictorial Biography of the Venerable Master Hsu Yun (PB)
PDSProper Dharma Seal (PDS)
PSSixth Patriarch’s Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra (PS)
RHCity of 10,000 Buddhas Recitation Handbook (RH)
RHSRecords of High Sanghans (RHS)
RLRecords of the Life of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua (RL)
S42Sutra in Forty-two Sections (S42)
SESong of Enlightenment (SE)
SMŚūraṅgama Mantra – Shurangama Mantra Commentary (SM)
SPVSutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva – Ksitigarbha Sutra (SPV)
SSŚūraṅgama Sutra – Shurangama Sutra (SS)
SVShramanera Vinaya (Pratimoksha) Śrāmaṇera Vinaya and Rules of Deportment (SV)
TDThe Ten Dharma Realms Are not Beyond a Single Thought (TD)
TSThree Steps One Bow (TS)
TTHerein Lies the Treasure Trove (TT)
UWUniversal Worthy’s Conduct and VowsKing of Prayers Samantabhadra from Avatamsaka Sutra Chapter 40 Buddhist Text (FAS, ch. 40) (UW)
VBSVajra Bodhi Sea (VBS)
VSVajra SutraDiamond Sutra (VS)
WMWater Mirror Reflecting Heaven (WM)
WOHWith One Heart Bowing to the City of 10,000 Buddhas (WOH)
WPGWorld Peace Gathering (WPG)

Volume numbers are indicated by roman numerals.

CWSLHsüan-tsang. Ch’eng Wei-shih Lun; The Doctrine of Mere-Consciousness (CWSL)
DPPNMalalasekera, G.P., ed. Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names (Pali Text Society) (DPPN) — see Buddhist Dictionaries
EBMalalasekera, G.P., ed. Encyclopedia of Buddhism (EB) – see Buddhist Encyclopedias
HYSCHuayan Shuchao (National Master Qingliang’s Commentary on the Flower Adornment Sutra) (HYSC)
PTSDRhys Davids, T. W., ed. The Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary. (PTSD)
T.Takakusu and Watanabe, eds. Taisho shinshu Daizokyo. (T. nnnn)

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)

One of the editor’s Buddhist teachers is the Venerable Master Lama Zopa Rinpoche, founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana. The editor ordained as a Buddhist Monk in the Sangha. The editor is a former monk and is now a Buddhist Upasaka (lay person).

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator who for over 30 years has overseen the spiritual activities of the extensive worldwide network of centers, projects and services that form the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) which he founded with Lama Thubten Yeshe.

Rinpoche has set in motion a host of Vast Visions for the FPMT organization that will span generations to accomplish. These include the proliferation of many charitable projects and beneficial activities. Among many projects dear to Rinpoche’s heart are the two Maitreya Projects: under Rinpoche’s guidance, FPMT plans to build two large statues of the future Buddha, Maitreya, in Bodhgaya and Kushinagar in India; The Sera Je Food Fund, which offered three vegetarian meals a day to all 2,500 monks studying at Sera Je Monastery in south India for twenty-six years, culminating into a large endowment fund, which now covers all the cost of food for all the monks for as long as the endowment fund remains; Animal Liberation events around the world, at which creatures, big and small, are freed from immediate harm or blessed every year– with hundreds of millions of animals liberated to date (by Lama Zopa Rinpoche or those inspired by him) and counting! Rinpoche is also utterly dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama wherever and whenever possible and holds this to be an utmost priority for FPMT.

More details of Rinpoche’s ongoing philanthropy can be followed through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund.

Rinpoche’s Life and Vision

Read a short biography, some of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s life accomplishments and Vast Visions for the FPMT organization.

Lama and Rinpoche, early Kopan

Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the steps of Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1970. Photo courtesy Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

Born in the Mount Everest region of Thami in 1946, Rinpoche was recognized soon afterwards by His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche and five other lamas as the reincarnation of the great yogi Kunsang Yeshe. Rinpoche was taken under the care of FPMT’s founder Lama Thubten Yeshe, soon after leaving Tibet, in Buxa Duar, India, in the early 1960’s. Rinpoche was with Lama Yeshe until 1984 when Lama Yeshe passed away and Lama Zopa Rinpoche took over as spiritual director of FPMT.

At the age of ten, Rinpoche went to Tibet and studied and meditated at Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s monastery near Pagri, until the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 forced him to forsake Tibet for the safety of Bhutan.

Rinpoche then went to the Tibetan refugee camp at Buxa Duar, West Bengal, India, where he met Lama Yeshe, who became his closest teacher. The Lamas met their first Western student, Zina Rachevsky, in 1967 then traveled with her to Nepal in 1968 where they began teaching more Westerners.

Over the next few years they built Kopan and Lawudo Monasteries. In 1971 Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the first of his famous annual lam-rim retreat courses, which continue at Kopan to this day.

FPMT was established at the end of 1975. Lama Yeshe served as the organization’s spiritual director until he passed away in 1984, at which time Rinpoche took over. Since then, under his peerless guidance, the FPMT has continued to flourish.

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