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Harding, S.. , 2016. Contains a translation.

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Cabezón, J.. , 2017. Contains a translation.

Staff Picks

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A Revolutionary Artist of Tibet
Another beautifully printed art book from the Rubin Museum including the excellent scholarship of David Jackson. "Published in conjunction with an exhibition organized and presented by the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, September 5, 2014 through February 2, 2015....David Jackson focuses on the Khyenri style, the least known among the three major painting styles of Tibet, dating from the mid-fifteenth through the seventeenth century. The painting of Khyentse Chenmo, the founder of the Khyenri style who flourished from the 1450s to the 1490s, was significant for his radical rejection of the prevailing, classic Indic (especially Nepalese-inspired) styles with formal red backgrounds, enthusiastically replacing them with the intense greens and blues of Chinese landscapes. Jackson also brings to light several of Khyentse's paintings in museums outside Tibet, including some that have been unrecognized for over a century." (Source)

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The Six Lamps
Jean-Luc Achard presents here one of the central texts of the Zhangzhung Nyengyü, Instructions on the Six Lamps (sgron ma drug gi gdams pa) in it's complete form, a set of instructions on Thögal as it is practiced in the Bön tradition. For someone versed in these teachings from the perspective of Nyingma Buddhism, the text presented here will seem almost entirely familiar (save for some term substitutions, g.yung drung for rdo rje, bon for chos, or again some enumerations varying from the Nyingma presentation), making the questions about the origins of Dzogchen put forth by the same author in earlier works such as L'Essence Perlée du Secret (Which came first, Bön or Nyingma? Is there an earlier source that seeded both traditions?) that much more relevant. Whether to the interest of advanced practitioners or dzogchen aficionados, this work adds to the corpus of translated instructions by providing an extensive, thorough, complete account of oral instructions on Thögal that are still hard to come by, certainly when it comes to Bön Dzogchen, and especially as presented by such an established and knowledgable scholar.

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Grains of Gold
In 1941, philosopher and poet Gendun Chopel (1903–51) sent a large manuscript by ship, train, and yak across mountains and deserts to his homeland in the northeastern corner of Tibet. He would follow it five years later, returning to his native land after twelve years in India and Sri Lanka. But he did not receive the welcome he imagined: he was arrested by the government of the regent of the young Dalai Lama on trumped-up charges of treason. He emerged from prison three years later a broken man and died soon after. Gendun Chopel was a prolific writer during his short life. Yet he considered that manuscript, which he titled Grains of Gold, to be his life’s work, one to delight his compatriots with tales of an ancient Indian and Tibetan past, while alerting them to the wonders and dangers of the strikingly modern land abutting Tibet’s southern border, the British colony of India. Now available for the first time in English, Grains of Gold is a unique compendium of South Asian and Tibetan culture that combines travelogue, drawings, history, and ethnography. Gendun Chopel describes the world he discovered in South Asia, from the ruins of the sacred sites of Buddhism to the Sanskrit classics he learned to read in the original. He is also sharply, often humorously critical of the Tibetan love of the fantastic, bursting one myth after another and finding fault with the accounts of earlier Tibetan pilgrims. Exploring a wide range of cultures and religions central to the history of the region, Gendun Chopel is eager to describe all the new knowledge he gathered in his travels to his Buddhist audience in Tibet. At once the account of the experiences of a tragic figure in Tibetan history and the work of an extraordinary scholar, Grains of Gold is an accessible, compelling work animated by a sense of discovery of both a distant past and a strange present. (Source: https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/G/bo17041383.html)

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Strange Tales of an Oriental Idol
A collection of dozens of excerpts from early western sources referencing Buddha Śākyamuni, spanning over 1,500 years, from the work of St. Clement of Alexandria (d. 215 CE) to Eugène Burnouf's influential Introduction à l'histoire du Buddhisme indien (1844). Passages are presented with minimal commentary from the author, who gives a little historical and biographical background for each. This is a work of monumental scholarship on the part of Donal Lopez, who has drawn from a diverse range of sources to compile a roughly chronological depiction of the emergence of the western picture of the buddha, which he explains is not a "relentless linear march of scholarly progress" or an image slowly coming into focus, but "a sheer bulk of verbiage about the Buddha, which clearly increases with the passage of time." Here are accounts of travelers, usually Christian missionaries or clergy members among "idolators", merchants or compilers, and sedentary scholars. Early works, with a few sympathetic exceptions, tend to describe misguided idolators and primitive devil worshippers, while Lopez ultimately traces the later emergence in western consciousness of a single "historical buddha", a western invention that has remained largely unchanged since the 19th century.

Translations from 2018

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Brunnhölzl, K.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

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Brunnhölzl, K.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

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Brunnhölzl, K.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

A Feast of the Nectar of the Supreme Vehicle-front.jpg

Padmakara Translation Group. , 2018. Contains a translation.

A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart-front.jpg

Brunnhölzl, K.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

A Vase of Nectar to Inspire the Faithful-front.jpg

Chonam, Lama, Hinkle, T.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

Beyond the Ordinary Mind-front.jpg

Pearcey, A.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

Boundless Vision A Manual of Dzogchen Changter Yoga-front.jpg

Thondup, Tulku. , 2018. Contains a translation.

Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight Vol. 1-front.jpg

Swanson, P.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

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Swanson, P.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

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Swanson, P.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

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Westerhoff, J.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

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Translations from 2017

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(No author, translator, or editor). , 2017. Contains a translation.

A Collection of Commentaries on the Four-Session Guru Yoga-front.jpg

Choephel, D.. , 2017. Contains a translation.

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Canti, J., Duckworth, D., Fletcher, W., Sheehy, M., Deroche, M., Harding, S., Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, A., Gayley, H., Ronis, J., Willock, N., Draszczyk, M., Barstow, G., Schapiro, J.. , 2017. Contains a translation.

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(No author, translator, or editor). , 2017. Contains a translation.

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Palmo, A. J.. , 2017. Contains a translation.

(No author, translator, or editor). , 2017. Contains a translation.

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Gupta, B.. , 2017. Contains a translation.

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Lopez, D., Jinpa, Thupten. , 2017. Contains a translation.

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Ricard, M., Pearcey, A.. , 2017. Contains a translation.

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Sur, D.. , 2017. Contains a translation.

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Fletcher, W., Padmakara Translation Group, Blankleder, H.. , 2017. Contains a translation.

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Gray, D.. , 2017. Contains a translation.

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New Book Additions

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Brunnhölzl, K.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

A Compendium of the Mahāyāna Volume Two-front.jpg

Brunnhölzl, K.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

A Compendium of the Mahāyāna Volume One-front.jpg

Brunnhölzl, K.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

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Padmakara Translation Group. , 2018. Contains a translation.

Perfecting Patience-front.jpg

Jinpa, Thupten. , 2018. Contains a translation.

A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart-front.jpg

Brunnhölzl, K.. , 2018. Contains a translation.

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New Tibetan Publications

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bla rung Arya tA re'i dpe tshogs tsom sgrig khang བླ་རུང་ཨཱརྱ་ཏཱ་རེའི་དཔེ་ཚོགས་ཙོམ་སྒྲིག་ཁང་. Larung Ārya Tāré Book Association Editorial Office, eds. sa skya'i rta mgrin...

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bla rung Arya tA re'i dpe tshogs tsom sgrig khang བླ་རུང་ཨཱརྱ་ཏཱ་རེའི་དཔེ་ཚོགས་ཙོམ་སྒྲིག་ཁང་. Larung Ārya Tāré Book Association Editorial Office, eds. 'das log ma'i lo rg...

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bla rung Arya tA re'i dpe tshogs tsom sgrig khang བླ་རུང་ཨཱརྱ་ཏཱ་རེའི་དཔེ་ཚོགས་ཙོམ་སྒྲིག་ཁང་. Larung Ārya Tāré Book Association Editorial Office, eds. lha la+cma pad+ma g...

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bla rung Arya tA re'i dpe tshogs tsom sgrig khang བླ་རུང་ཨཱརྱ་ཏཱ་རེའི་དཔེ་ཚོགས་ཙོམ་སྒྲིག་ཁང་. Larung Ārya Tāré Book Association Editorial Office, eds. shug gseb mkha' 'gr...

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bla rung Arya tA re'i dpe tshogs tsom sgrig khang བླ་རུང་ཨཱརྱ་ཏཱ་རེའི་དཔེ་ཚོགས་ཙོམ་སྒྲིག་ཁང་. Larung Ārya Tāré Book Association Editorial Office, eds. kun bzang chos sgro...

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bla rung Arya tA re'i dpe tshogs tsom sgrig khang བླ་རུང་ཨཱརྱ་ཏཱ་རེའི་དཔེ་ཚོགས་ཙོམ་སྒྲིག་ཁང་. Larung Ārya Tāré Book Association Editorial Office, eds. ma cig lab sgron so...

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New Dissertations

Chih-Mien Adrian Tseng. "Buddha-Nature and Dao-Nature of Medieval China: A Comparison of the Concepts of Buddha-Nature and Dao-Nature of Medieval China." PhD diss., McMaster University, 2014.

Denis, Diane, Le Dharmadharmatāvibhāga, texte bouddhique de l’Inde du IV siècle, traduction des stances et du commentaire de Mipham, suivie d’un examen minutieux. Quebec: Universite Laval, 2013.

Cotter, Martina N. Mipham on the Dependent Nature: The Three Natures through the Lens of Purity and Delusion. MA thesis, Kathmandu University, 2017.

Harris, Stephen. Demandingness, Self-Interest and Benevolence in Śāntideva's Introduction to the Practice of Awakening (Bodhicaryāvatāra). PhD diss., University of New Mexico, 2014.

Mellor, P. A. 1989. “The Cultural Translation of Buddhism: Problems of Theory and Method in the Study of Buddhism in England.” PhD. Thesis, University of Manchester.

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New Periodical Issues

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Journal of Dharma Studies: Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, and Culture Volume 1, Issue 1, Springer, 2018.

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Journal of the American Academy of Religion Vol. 86 No. 4. Oxford University Press, 2018.

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Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, Vol. 17 - 1, Winter 2018. Boulder: Lion's Roar, 2018.

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Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, Vol. 16 - 4, Fall 2018. Boulder: Lion's Roar, 2018

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Journal of the American Academy of Religion Vol. 86 No. 3. Oxford University Press, 2018.

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Journal of the American Academy of Religion Vol. 86 No. 2. Oxford University Press, 2018.

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New Articles

Griffiths, Paul J.. "Painting Space with Colors: Tathāgatagarbha in the Mahāyānasūtrâlaṅkāra-Corpus IX.22-37." In Buddha Nature: A Festschrift in Honor of Minoru Kiyota, edited by Paul J. Griffiths and John P. Keenan, 41-63. Tokyo: Buddhist Books International, 1990.

Griffiths, Paul J. "Review of The Buddha Within: Tathagatagarbha Doctrine According to the Shentong Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhaga by S. K. Hookham." Journal of the American Oriental Society 113, no. 2 (1993): 317-19.

Gregory, Peter N., "The Problem of Theodicy in the Awakening of Faith." Religious Studies 22, no. 1 (1986): 63-78.

Gregory, Peter N. "Is Critical Buddhism Really Critical?" In Pruning the Bodhi Tree: The Storm over Critical Buddhism, edited by Jamie Hubbard and Paul Swanson, 286-297. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1997.

Goswami, S.C. "The monistic absolute of the Uttaratantra and modern science", Philosophy, Grammar and Indology: Essays in Honour of Prof. Gustav Roth, 275-282. Edited by Hari Shankar Prasad. Delhi 1992.

Gokhale, Vasudeva Vishnunath. "A Note on Ratnagotravibhāga I.52 + Bhagavadgītā XIII.32." In Studies in Indology and Buddhology Presented in Honour of Professor Susumu Yamaguchi on the Occasion of His Sixtieth Birthday, 90-91. Kyoto: Hozokan, 1955.

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