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This book is a landmark in the historical literature of Tibet composed by a well known scholar and translator Gos lo-tsaba-gZon-nu dpal (1392-1481 A.D.). It is the main source of information for all later historical compilations in the "Land of Snows". This work is invaluable inasmuch as it establishes a firm chronology of events of Tibetan history and works out in detail the list of the names of famous religious teachers and their spiritual lineage.
BUDDHANUSMRTI: A Glossary of Buddhist Terms by Dr. Kala Acharya
This is an essential resource for anyone who wants to know more about Buddhism and the Buddhist philosophy. The Introduction provides a bird's eye view of the Buddhist Literature. The Glossary compromises selective commonly occurring terms in Buddhism.
CONCISE DICTIONARY OF INDIAN PHILOSOPHY by John Grimes
A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy provides a comprehensive dictionary of Indian philosophical terms in both devanagari and roman transliteration along with an English translation. It offers special meanings of words used as technical terms within particular philosophical systems and contains the meanings of terms fundamental to epistemology, metaphysics, and practical teaching of heterodox and orthodox schools of Indian philosophy.
From bodhi to the true meaning of Zen, the rich diversity of the Buddist tradition is captured succinctly within this concise yet comprehensive new encyclopedia.
Covering the teachings of the early masters to the growth of the tradition in the West, over 900 entries supply information on the key doctrines, practices and figures that constitute this historic movement. Throughout, John Powers balances concision with scholarship, explaining complex ideas in a manner that is both informative and accessible.
Presents more than 2000 entries explaining concepts, texts, terms, doctrines, practices, history, names (deceased scholars as well as classical masters and mythical characters), and Buddhist art and architecture. Brief essays cover the major schools (e.g., Hinayana, Mahayana, Zen) and other topics.
DICTIONARY OF BUDDHIST AND HINDU ICONOGRAPHY by F. Bunce
Man has, from times immemorial, exhibited a striking predilection or symbols. Which, through written words, drawings, sculptures or other visual/iconographic representations, seem to have shaped much of mankind's culture. From the simplest, yet eloquent, drawings on the walls of the prehistoric caves, through the sophistication of Egyptian imagery, the sculptural embroidered wealth of a Khajuraho, or the convoluted elegance of a Mannerist painting all interweave iconographic imagery so inextricably into their very core that, without its visual/didactic richness, these would be a mere shell, a hollow vanity! Veritably, our cultural scenograph will lose much of its 'sthetic charm and meaning, once it is bereft of iconography.
DICTIONARY OF BUDDHIST ICONOGRAPHY, vol. 1 by Lokesh Chandra
The Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography is an endeavour of half a century to identify, classify, describe and delineate the bewildering variation in Buddhist icons. It spans the last twenty centuries, and it is a comparative study of unprecedented geographic variations, besides the everevolving visualisations of great masters who introduced extraordinary plurality of divine forms in the dharanis and sadhanas. The multiple forms of a theonym arise m varying contexts;. For example, Hevajra of the Hevajra-tantra holds crania in his hands while the Hevajra of the Samputa tantra has weapons. Both are subdivided into four each on the planes of kaya vak, citta and hrdaya, with two, four, eight and sixteen arms.
The Dictionary classifies such several types of a deity and places each in its its theogonic structure, specifies the earliest date of its occurrence (e.g. Amoghapasa appears m Chinese in AD 587) the earliest image, the direction in which it is placed in the specific quarter of the mandala, its classification colour crown or hairdo, ferocious or serene appearance, number of eyes and heads, hair standing up and/of flaming, number of ~ and attributes held in 11 consort 16 of the family kulesa), and so esoteric name symbolic form (samaya), bija (hierogram), mantra mudra and mandala are given in this Dictionary for the fiat time and on an extensive scale. The Sanskrit, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Tibetan, Mongolian, Manchu and other names am given under the main entry, as well as cross referenced in their own alphabetic order. The Dictionary details the the attributes, chronology and symbolism over twelve thousand main and minor deities. It reflects the extraordinary cultural, literary, 'sthetic and spiritual of several nations of Asia over two millennia.