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Recently published books on Buddhism in the duPont Library

Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China

This exceptionally successful survey text introduces the teachings and practice of Islam from its earliest origins up to its contemporary resurgence. Islam: The Straight Path traces the development of the religion and its impact on world history and politics, providing keen insight into one ofthe world's least understood religions.


Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism through the Lives of Practitioners provides a series of case studies of Asian and modern Western Buddhists, spanning history, gender, and class, whose lives are representative of the ways in which Buddhists throughout time have embodied the tradition. Portrays the foundational principles of Buddhist belief through the lives of believers, illustrating how the religion is put into practice in everyday life Takes as its foundation the inherent diversity within Buddhist society, rather than focusing on the spiritual and philosophical elite within Buddhism Reveals how individuals have negotiated the choices, tensions, and rewards of living in a Buddhist society Features carefully chosen case studies which cover a range of Asian and modern Western Buddhists Explores a broad range of possible Buddhist orientations in contemporary and historical contexts

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Unlike reference works that focus on a single Buddhist language or school, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism bridges the major Buddhist traditions to provide encyclopedic coverage of the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites from across the history of Buddhism. 

Sword of Zen: Master Takuan and his writings on immovable wisdom and the sword Taie

Takuan S ho's (1573-1645) two works on Zen and swordsmanship are among the most straightforward and lively presentations of Zen ever written. Although dealing ostensibly with the art of the sword, Record of Immovable Wisdom and On the Sword Taie are basic guides to Zen-"user's manuals" for Zen mind that show one how to manifest it not only in sword play but from moment to moment in everyday life. Scholars will welcome this new, annotated translation of Takuan's sword-related works as well as the host of detail it provides, illuminating an obscure period in Zen's history in Japan."

The Buddha and Religious Diversity

Providing a rigorous analysis of Buddhist ways of understanding religious diversity, this book develops a new foundation for cross-cultural understanding of religious diversity in our time. Examining the complexity and uniqueness of Buddha's approach to religious pluralism using four main categories - namely exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralistic-inclusivism and pluralism - the book proposes a cross-cultural and interreligious interpretation of each category, thus avoiding the accusation of intellectual colonialism. The key argument is that, unlike the Buddha, most Buddhist traditions today, including Theravda Buddhism and even the Dalai Lama, consider liberation and the highest stages of spiritual development exclusive to Buddhism. The book suggests that the Buddha rejects many doctrines and practices found in other traditions, and that, for him, there are nonnegotiable ethical and doctrinal standards that correspond to the Dharma. This argument is controversial and likely to ignite a debate among Buddhists from different traditions, especially between conservative and progressive Buddhists. The book fruitfully contributes to the literature on inter-religious dialogue, and is of use to students and scholars of Asian Studies, World Religion and Eastern Philosophy.

Library of Congress call numbers for Buddhism

BQ1-9800 Buddhism

BQ1-10 Periodicals. Yearbooks (General)

BQ12-93 Societies, councils, associations, clubs, etc.

BQ96-99 Financial institutions. Trusts

BQ100-102 Congresses. Conferences (General)

BQ104-105 Directories (General)

BQ107-109 Museums. Exhibitions

BQ115-126 General collections. Collected works

BQ128 Encyclopedias (General)

BQ130 Dictionaries (General)

BQ133 Terminology

BQ135 Questions and answers. Maxims (General)

BQ141-209 Religious education (General)

BQ210-219 Research

BQ221-249 Antiquities. Archaeology

BQ240-244 Literary discoveries

BQ246-249 Inscriptions, etc.

BQ251-799 History

BQ800-829 Persecutions

BQ840-999 Biography

BQ840-858 Collective

BQ860-999 Individual

BQ860-939 Gautama Buddha

BQ940-999 Other

BQ1001-1045 Buddhist literature

BQ1100-3340 Tripit. aka (Canonical literature)

BQ4000-4060 General works

BQ4061-4570 Doctrinal and systematic Buddhism

BQ4180-4565 Special doctrines

BQ4570 Special topics and relations to special subjects

BQ4600-4610 Relation to other religious and philosophical systems

BQ4620-4905 Buddhist pantheon

BQ4911-5720 Practice of Buddhism. Forms of worship

BQ4965-5030 Ceremonies and rites. Ceremonial rules

BQ5035-5065 Hymns. Chants. Recitations

BQ5070-5075 Altar, liturgical objects, ornaments, memorials, etc.

BQ5080-5085 Vestments, altar cloths, etc.

BQ5090-5095 Liturgical functions

BQ5100-5125 Symbols and symbolism

BQ5130-5137 Temple. Temple organization

BQ5140-5355 Buddhist ministry. Priesthood. Organization

BQ5251-5305 Education and training

BQ5310-5350 Preaching

BQ5360-5680 Religious life

BQ5485-5530 Precepts for laymen

BQ5535-5594 Devotional literature. Meditations. Prayers

BQ5595-5633 Devotion. Meditation. Prayer

BQ5635-5675 Spiritual life. Mysticism. Enlightenment. Perfection

BQ5700-5720 Festivals. Days and seasons

BQ5725-5845 Folklore

BQ5821-5845 Miracle literature

BQ5851-5899 Benevolent work. Social work. Welfare work, etc.

BQ5901-5975 Missionary work

BQ6001-6160 Monasticism and monastic life Samgha (Order) .

BQ6200-6240 Asceticism. Hermits. Wayfaring life

BQ6300-6388 Monasteries. Temples. Shrines. Sites

BQ6400-6495 Pilgrims and pilgrimages

BQ7001-9800 Modifications, schools, etc.

BQ7100-7285 Theravada (Hinayana) Buddhism

BQ7300-7529 Mahayana Buddhism

BQ7530-7950 Tibetan Buddhism (Lamaism)

BQ7960-7989 Bonpo (Sect)

BQ8000-9800 Special modifications, sects, etc.

BQ8500-8769 Pure Land Buddhism

BQ8900-9099 Tantric Buddhism

BQ9250-9519 Zen Buddhism  

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