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28 augustus 2020

Het Diamant Sūtra – Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā

Van commentaar voorzien en uit het Sanskriet vertaald door Prof. dr. Rob Janssen.

95 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 2016 | Hardcover | Asoka, een Imprint van Milinda Uitgevers BV. | ISBN: 9789056703608.

Het sutra van de ‘Diamantsnijder’ (Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā), beter bekend als het ‘Diamant-Sūtra, behoort tot de zogenaamde Prajñāpāramitā-literatuur, teksten die de ‘perfectie van inzicht’ tot onderwerp hebben. Het mahāyāna kent zes perfecties (pāramitā) of deugden, die door de Bodhisattva beoefend moeten worden om tot Verlichting te komen. De ‘perfectie van inzicht’ is de laatste en de meest belangrijke. Het sutra behoort tot de oudste mahāyāna-teksten en is geschreven in het Sanskriet in de eerste eeuwen van onze jaartelling. De tekst was en is zeer populair onder mahāyāna-boeddhisten in Oost en West en heeft vooral een grote invloed uitgeoefend op zen en het Tibetaans Boeddhisme.

Het sutra bevat voor die tijd twee belangrijke nieuwe inzichten. Het eerste inzicht is dat er geen zelf is. Een tweede nieuwe inzicht is dat er twee te onderscheiden waarnemingsniveaus zijn: het relatieve dagelijkse en het absolute niveau. Het sutra schudt ons wakker uit de relatieve logica van ons dagelijks leven en opent onze ogen voor een andere blik op de werkelijkheid, waardoor niets meer is wat het lijkt . . . Beide inzichten worden door de bekende zenmeester Rients Ritskes in een verhelderende inleiding uiteengezet.

Afkomstig uit de ‘Diamant-Sūtra’ 14f. (p. 38 & 39):

” En verder Subhūti, een Bodhisattva moet op een dergelijke manier een opgeven van (de vrucht van) het geven beoefenen ten behoeve van alle wezens. En waarom? Deze voorstelling van wezens, die is juist een niet-voorstelling. Alle wezens, die aldus door de Tathāgata zijn genoemd, dat zijn juist niet-wezens. En waarom? De Tathāgata brengt de werkelijkheid tot uitdrukking, is een spreker van de waarheid, spreekt over de dingen zoals ze werkelijk zijn en niet anders. Hij spreekt geen onwaarheid. “


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Studies in Abhidharma Literature and the Origins of Buddhist Philosophical Systems

By Erich Frauwallner (1898 – 1974), translated from the German by Sophie Francis Kidd and under the supervision of Ernst Steinkellner.

247 Pages | Published in 1995 | Softcover | State University of New York | ISBN: 0791427005.

This is a translation of Frauwallner’s Abhidarmastudien. It analyzes the literary traditions, doctrinal tendencies, and structural methods of the Buddhist Abhidharma Canon in order to expose the beginnings of systematic philosophical thought in Buddhism. Frauwallner’s insights illuminate the path of meditation toward liberation, the development of Buddhist psychology, and the evolution of the Buddhist view of causality and the problem of time. He provides a clear explanation of the gradual development of Buddhist thought from its early doctrinal beginning to some of the most complex and remarkable philosophical edifices in history.

From Chapter I – ‘The Earliest Abhidharma’ (p. 3):

” The question as to how the system of the Sarvāstivāda originated, the last authoritative summary of which is represented by Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośa and Saṃghabhadra’s Nyāyānusāra, can be answered – at least as far as the earliest period is concerned – with reference to a wealth of material in the canonical Abhidharma works of this school. Thus, it is with these works that research must begin, and the following essay is an attempt to characterize these works, assign them a place in the overall development, and demonstrate the contribution of each particular work to this development. ” 

Auteur: Frauwallner, E.
ISBN: 0791427005

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Buddhism and Hinduism

By Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907) and Anagārika Dharmapāla (1864 – 1934), edited by Venerable Dr. D. Rewatha Thero, General Secretary of the Maha Bodhi Society of India.

68 Pages | Published in 1996 | Softcover | Sattanam Printing Press, Varanasi | No ISBN.

In the recent times, some have shown interest in uniting, coming together of the Buddhist and the Hindus. ‘Truth’ has got to be stated in different terms, different codes of conduct need to be laid down for beings standing on different rungs of the evolutionairy ladder. No great Teacher ‘founded’ any religion. The term ‘religion’ is no good a translation of ‘Dharma’. It is the followers, who crystallized the sublime teachings into concepts, precepts and doctrines. Some went further to create dogmas and tried to impose them on others. Later, the priestcraft, as distinct from the true sannyasis, the true Bhikkhus, exploited the ignorant.

The path that one can follow depends to a large extent on the point, where one stands. For, the goal, if there be a goal, is a far distant horizon, unknown and unknowable to a mind full of limitations and self-created contradictions.

From page 17:

” For the first time in the history of the world, Buddha proclaimed a salvation, which each man could gain for himself and by himself in this world during this life, without the least help from personal God or Gods. He strongly inculcated the doctrine of self-reliance, of purity, of courtesy, of enlightenment of peace and of universal love. He strongly urged the necessity of knowledge, for without the wisdom the psychic insight could not be got in this life. Desire not to be born re-born again and again; nor for a cessation of existence in this one life; desire not for the enjoyment of sensuality. Lead a life of purity, seek only the fruits of the Fourfold Path of Holiness, which lead to Nirvana. These were the teachings of the Buddha. “


Auteur: Olcott, H.S. / Dharmapāla, A.

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The Golden Rules of Buddhism

Compiled by Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907).

28 Pages | First printed as Pamphlet in 1887, 2nd edition 1891, 3rd edition 1902, Adyar Pamphlet 1918, 1st reprint 1938, 2nd reprint 1944, 3rd reprint 1967, 4th reprint 1984 | Softcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835670783.

The too prevalent ignorance among adult Sinhalese Buddhists of the ethical code of their religion leads me to issue this little compilation. Similar moral precepts exist by hundreds in the Buddhist scriptures; from which also all the quotations in this little work are derived. Orientalists and other impartial persons admit that no religion in the world contains a more sublime system of moral values than Buddhism. But if we wish this to become known to Buddhist children, we, adult Buddhists, must take the task upon ourselves.

From page 12:


” Parents should:

  1. Restrain their children from vice.

  2. Train them in virtue.

  3. Have them taught Arts and Sciences.

  4. Provide them with suitable wives and husbands (at least valid for the ancient times).

  5. Give them an inheritance. “

Auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 0835670783

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Studies in the Middle Way – Being Thoughts on Buddhism Applied

By Christmas Humphreys (1901 – 1983).

169 Pages | Softcover | Published in 1984 | Curzon Press and the Theosophical Publishing House U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835603067.

This work sets out to emphasize the inner life as a constant moving on and the mover as a pilgrim travelling along an ancient Way. This Way to ultimate Reality was called by Gautama the Buddha the ‘Middle Way’, the Path between the introverted life of contemplation and the extrovert life of action in the world of men. Whilst this book as a whole is of no one school of Buddhism, it aims toward an understanding and also an application of Buddhist principles in Western society, and a means whereby that Way may be traversed.

auteur: Humphreys, C.
ISBN: 0835603067

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Buddhist Stories

Translated by Frank Lee Woodward (1871 – 1952).

140 Pages | First edition 1925, reprint 1994 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170592380.

The stories appearing in this book are translated from The Commentary on the Dhammapada. They were originally published in the Magazines The Young Citizen and The Adyar Bulletin. They illustrate the moral teachings of Buddhism in a simple and easy form.

F. L. Woodward was an authority on Buddhist teachings; many of his publications were published by the Pali Text Society, among them Pictures of Buddhist Ceylon, The Buddha’s Path of Virtue and Francis Bacon and the Cipher Story. He could be considered part of the noble band of Theosophists, who had worked for the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka under the leadership of Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907).

From Chapter XXI – ‘This Little Body Holdeth All’ (p. 120):

” Not to be reached by going is world’s end.

Yet is there no release for man from woe,

Unless ye reach world’s end. Yea verily

He that is wise and lives the holy life,

He knows the world. He goeth to world’s end.

Calmed is he, for he knows. He hankereth

Neither for this world nor for any world. “

  • From: Anguttara Nikāya (ii., p. 46).

auteur: Woodward, F.L.
ISBN: 8170592380

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Yeshua Buddha – An interpretation of New Testament theology as a meaningful myth

By Jay G. Williams.

134 Pages | Copyright 1978 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A | ISBN: 0835605159.

If you feel Christian dogma is in need of a new spark – a charge of vitality – based upon a deeper and more significant interpretation of Biblical stories, here is a dynamically different commentary upon the New Testament. Jay G. Williams approach to the study of the life of Christ simply overflows with intuitional creativity, permitting the student to find for him or herself trans-historical, yet new and existential situations in the Biblical story.

Buddha means ‘the Enlightened One’ and the author uses the word in this generic sense. ‘My thesis‘, he writes, ‘is that the perennial philosophy, so well represented in Asia by Buddhism, provides a significant perspective from which to understand the life and teachings of Yeshua’. This is a radical departure book in which Yeshua Buddha and Gautama Buddha finally join hands to shed common light into the darkened cosmos.

From Chapter 7 – ‘Resurrection beyond the End’ (p.115):

” A disciple must take upon himself the discipline of Yeshua; yet this is no set of laws or doctrines which can be encompassed in a book. The Way has little to do with rules and dogmas. The Early Church was at least partially correct in this: it depended primarily upon a succession of apostolic teachers for the preservation of the church. Presumably such teachers did not purvey general theories but advised their disciples concerning effective ways to engage the old deluder in mortal combat. Therefore, all readers who have persevered this far are strongly urged to take what has been said with a grain of salt. The disciple must engage in battle, not just theorize about the nature of war. This book will only have performed its task if it has facilitated that first step along the Way. If it leads the reader to say, ‘O now I understand’, it has failed miserably. “

auteur: Williams, J.G.
ISBN: 0835605159

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Questions from the City, Answers from the Forest

By Ajahn Sumano Bhikku.

183 Pages | First Quest edition 1999 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835607747.

” Sincere inquiry always sparks our movement towards truth. Deep questions signal the manifestation of the very energy through which we outgrow ourselves. “

So writes Ajahn Sumano Bhikku, American-born Buddhist monk now living in a simple meditation cave in Thailand. Born in Chicago, a law school graduate and real estate professional, Sumano abandoned his comfortable American lifestyle for the shaved head, begging bowl, and rigorous meditation schedule of a forest monk. In 1994-1995, Sumano conducted a series of question and answer evenings at a guest house in Thailand’s Kowyai National Park with English-speaking tourists. The heartfelt questions of these city people and the clear answers Sumano gave from his forest perspective form the basis of this remarkable book. Written on a battered,  battery-powered laptop in his meditation cave, Sumano’s fascinating personal story and his refreshingly down-to-earth blend of American sensibility and Eastern practice will fascinate newcomers to Buddhist ideas as well as experienced practitioners.


auteur: Sumano Bhikkhu, A.
ISBN: 0835607747

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Buddhism – An Outline of Its Teachings and Schools (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana)

By Hans Wolfgang Schumann.

200 Pages | First Quest edition 1974 | Paperback | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835604527.


Both general readers and serious students of Buddhism will welcome the systematic arrangement of material, which makes this book a reliable guide through a vast field of thought. The author worked from original texts, and his work contains many original observations. Of special value is a Tabulated Synopsis of the major systems of Buddhism enabling the student to grasp, almost at a glance, the fine distinctions between them.

From its Preface:

” Five hundred years before the rise of Christianity there originated in India a religious doctrine, which does not make a god or the gods the subject of its thinking , but concentrates on man himself as interwoven with the cosmic cycle. As its author, Siddhattha Gotama, the ‘Buddha’, was convinced of having revealed in this teaching a natural law, he calls it ‘the law’ (p: dhamma, Skt: dharma), thereby simultaneously characterising it as a rule for human behaviour. Aptly, his followers chose the wheel (P: cakka, Skt: cakra) as symbol of the dharma: a symbol of functional unity, of pivotal standstill in movement and, in ancient India, of righteous royal rulership. 


The twenty-four wheel symbol of the righteous ruler (cakkavatin) belongs to the lion-capital of the pillar erected in Sārnāth by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C. The edict carved in the pillar warns against schism of the monastic order. The lion-capital is today India’s national coat of arms; the wheel was incorporated in the Indian national flag. As a Buddhist symbol, the ‘wheel of the teaching’ may have eight to thirty-six spokes. ” 

auteur: Schumann, H.W.
ISBN: 0835604527

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Buddhist Meditation

172 pages | Second edition, 2nd reprint 2007 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar

This book consists of a series of talks given to a group of international students at The School of Wisdom at the Theosophical Society headquarters in Chennai, India.

Venerable Professor Samdhong Rinpoche was born in Eastern Tibet and arrived in India with His Holiness The Dalai Lama. He is a distinguished Tibetan scholar, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in exile and the former Director of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, Vārānasi.

Does every person who is in training for meditation needs a guru?

A. That depends on the person. According to Buddhist training methods, an absolute beginner cannot do without an instructor; every Śrāvaka needs a guru. But for how long the instructor is needed depends entirely on the progress of the individual pupil. In a few cases, a guru is not needed. A Pratyeka Buddha in the becoming does not need a guru. “

  • From Chapter 5 ‘Progress of Meditation: One-pointedness, Wisdom and Insight’, p. 116
auteur: Samdhong Rinpoche
ISBN: 9788170594536

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Tibetaans Boeddhisme – Een Verzameling Studies

Redactie: Ir. H.E. Ch. Poortman, Dr. J.H. Dubbink en Drs. R. Engelse.

93 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 1975 | A4-formaat softcover incl. illustraties | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 0906175038.05.

Deze publicatie ziet het licht tijdens de viering van het 100-jarig jubileum van de internationale Theosophical Society. Moge zij bijdragen tot een juist inzicht in de oorsprong en het doel van het theosofisch werk, geworteld als het is in bepaalde universele leringen van het Tibetaans Boeddhisme. En moge zij helpen bij de verspreiding van mededogen en broederschap tot geluk van alle wezens.

Deze uitgave bevat een verzameling studies van diverse auteurs over de volgende onderwerpen:

  • De Dalai Lama en zijn boodschap
  • De Dalai Lama als mens
  • Tibetaanse mystiek
  • Dharmacakra, het levensrad van het bestaan
  • Het Tibetaanse Dodenboek van leven en sterven
  • Het Pad van de Bodhisattva
  • Tibetologie
  • Brieven van De Meesters
  • Erkenning van de esoterische school
  • De Mahatma’s over Tibet
  • Het Vajrayana (tantrisch) Boeddhisme
  • De zeven menselijke beginselen.
auteur: Poortman, H.E.Ch. (red.)/Dubbink, J.H./Engelse, R.
ISBN: 090617503805
Aauteur: Poortman, H.E.Ch. (red.)/Dubbink, J.H./Engelse, R.

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The Buddhist Catechism

By Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907).

116 Pages | First edition 1881, 3rd edition, 7th reprint 2007 | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar. | ISBN: 8170590272.

Dutch translation: De Boeddhistische Catechismus | Published in 2003 | Hardcover, incl. bibliography, word list and reading ribbon | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9061750814.

The Buddhist Catechism is an invaluable textbook for those wishing to familiarize themselves with the basic principles of Buddhism. Since it first edition in 1881 it has been published in more than twenty languages, mainly by Buddhists for Buddhists, and was widely used in the Buddhist educational movement which used in the Buddhist educational movement, which Colonel Henry Steel Olcott established in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

The book is constructed in an easy to follow question-answer form, together with an appendix, which outlines the fourteen fundamental Buddhistic tenets. These fourteen items were accepted as fundamental in both the Southern and Northern sections of Buddhism, by authoritative committees to whom they were submitted by the author personally.

From its Preface:

” The unpretending aim in view is to give to succinct and yet comprehensive a digest of Buddhistic history, ethics and philosophy as to enable beginners to understand and appreciate the noble ideal taught by the Buddha, and thus make it easier for them to follow out the Dharma in its details. “

auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 8170590272

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De Boeddhistische Catechismus

Door Kolonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 – 1907).

124 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 2003 | Hardcover, incl. bibliografie, woordenlijst en leeslint | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland | ISBN: 9061750814.

English origineel: The Buddhist Catechism | Uitgegeven in 1908, copyright 1947, 42ste editie, 5de herdruk 1986 | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN:

De verdiensten en de actualiteit van de activiteiten van Henry Steel Olcott hebben sinds 1881 nauwelijks of niet aan waarde ingeboet. Daarom kan dit elementair boeddhistisch handboekje nog steeds in een behoefte voorzien. Omdat de schrijver geen voorkeur kent voor een specifieke boeddhistische stroming, biedt het werkje voor een groot aantal lezers wellicht onverwachte perspectieven. Het leven van de Boeddha, zijn (ethisch-filosofische) leer en de volgelingen van deze leer worden erin beschreven, maar ook het (vermeende) conflict tussen religie en de wetenschap komt aan bod. Dit alles in een vraag-en-antwoord-vorm. Als bijlage zijn de 14 gemeenschappelijke grondbeginselen van alle boeddhistische scholen, van de hand van Olcott, opgenomen.

Afkomstig uit Deel IV – ‘De Opkomst en de Verspreiding van het Boeddhisme (p. 95 & 96):

310. Hoe komt het dat het boeddhisme, ooit de grootste religie van India, daar nu bijna helemaal is verdwenen?

” Het boeddhisme was in het begin zuiver en nobel, de ware leer van de Tathāgata; zijn Sangha was deugdzaam en hield de voorschriften in acht; het won de harten van allen en verspreidde vreugde in vele landen, zoals de morgenzon leven schenkt aan  de bloemen. Maar na enkele eeuwen bleken de slechte monniken te zijn toegetreden (upasampadā), werd de Sangha rijk, lui en zinnelijk; de Dharma raakte bezoedeld en vervolgens liet India de leer links liggen. “

auteur: Olcott, H.S.
ISBN: 9061750814
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Samen met H.P. Blavatsky was Henry Olcott essentieel voor de hernieuwde opbloei van het Boeddhisme in onder andere Japan en Sri Lanka. Dit boekje schreef hij om het boeddhisme nieuw leven in te blazen. Het werd gecontroleerd en goed bevonden door hooggeplaatste boeddhisten. Uit het voorwoord:

Het doel van dit bescheiden werkje is om een beknopte, maar niettemin begrijpelijke samenvatting te geven van de historie, ethiek en filosofie van het boeddhisme, waardoor nieuwelingen in staat worden gesteld om het nobele ideaal dat door de Boeddha is onderwezen te leren begrijpen en te waarderen, en het daarom makkelijker maken de dharma in al zijn details te volgen.
De vragen en antwoorden zijn in de volgende categorieën onderverdeeld:
  1. Het leven van de Boeddha
  2. De Leer
  3. De Sangha of kloosterorde
  4. Een korte historie van het boeddhisme, zijn leiders en propaganda
  5. Enige overwegingen omtrent boeddhisme en wetenschap


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Be a Lamp unto Yourself

By Kotha Satchidananda Murty (1924 – 2011).

278 Pages | First Edition 2000, Adyar Pamphlets New Series No. 2 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170593344.

‘What alone serves as the light here for a man? The Self alone serves as his light.’

The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875, is a worldwide body, whose primary object is Universal Brotherhood based on the realization that life, in all its diverse forms, human and non-human, is indivisibly One. The Society imposes no belief on its members, who are united by a common search for truth and the desire to learn the meaning and purpose of existence by engaging themselves in study, reflection, purity of life and loving service. Theosophy is the Wisdom underlying all religions when they are stripped of accretions and superstitions. It offers a philosophy which renders life intelligible and demonstrates that justice and love guide the cosmos. Its teachings aid the unfoldment of the latent spiritual nature in the human being, without dependence or fear.

From the Conclusion (p. 20):

” Lastly, it is easy enough to say, ‘Search for yourself; whatever you find in the end will be quite all right.’ But this does not seem to be of much use in practice. That is why everybody, who has been a religious preacher or teacher has always added something more. For example: Follow, devote yourselves to one who is wise, who is able to lead, who is dutiful, who is noble, who is very learned and who is above all a good and disciplined (wo)man. 

This is from Dhammapada, Sukhavagga, 12.

But then the question arises: Where am I or you to find such a (wo)man? That is your business and mine. “

auteur: Murty, K.S.
ISBN: 8170593344

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Mystical Verses of a Mad Dalai Lama

By Glenn H. Mullin, Foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

270 Pages | First Quest Edition 1994 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835607003.

The Tibetan tradition of mystical verse is brought stunningly to life by renowned translator Glenn Mullin through these spontaneous outpourings of the ecstasy of enlightenment. Step into the visionairy of the outspoken and unconventional Second Dalai Lama, who was ‘crazed’ by the wisdom of the nature of reality. Prefaced by a readable and comprehensive introduction to the life and times of this wise exponent of spiritual knowledge, these poems are shining, lyric illuminations of Buddhist life. Each is prefaced by a translator’s preamble.

From Chapter 11 – ‘A Prayer of Pure Aspirations’ (p. 193):

Part One: A Call to the Guru:

” Most kind root guru, who always rests

On a sun and moon above my head,

I, a humble disciple, call out to you

With emotion surging in the depths of my heart.

From wherever you may physically be in this world,

Send forth a mystical emanation to heed me.

Reveal your radiant countenance to me;

And may we never ever become parted. “

auteur: Mullin, G.H.
ISBN: 0835607003

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Everyday Dharma – Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You

by Lama Willa Miller

297 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2009 ISBN: 9780835608831

“This is the kind of handbook I wish I had in those early days. My gift to you … this is the start of your spiritual journey, of discovering within the sage that you really are. Are you ready?” — Lama Willa Miller

Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You offers a simple guide to achieving real and lasting personal transformation. This book appeals to any who are open to Buddhism in the broader context, whether one subscribes to a specific religious view or to no view at all. Dharma, a Buddhist term for the actions taken to find one’s inner-wisdom, is really a universal concept. “If wisdom were a destination,” Lama Willa says, “Dharma—played out in our thoughts and actions—is the path leading there.” By applying Dharma’s essential truths to the modern world, Everyday Dharma teaches you how to do the spiritual, emotional and psychological work in order to bring about day-to-day well-being. Lama Willa believes the art of being happy is the true enlightenment available to us all!

auteur: Miller, Lama Willa
ISBN: 9780835608831
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Lama Willa has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism since 1987, and was ordained a lama (Tibetan Buddhist minister) in 1999 after completion of ten years of study and retreat. “Like revered and profound spiritual teachers of the past, in this remarkable book, Lama Willa masterfully opens a door for us into our own hearts, where she helps us glimpse, and then bring forth, the profound goodness that we always were. Whoever takes up the meditations and teachings of this book will never be the same.”— Lama John Makransky, PhD, Professor of Buddhist Studies, Boston College, Buddhist teacher and author of Awakening Through Love, Buddhahood Embodied: Sources of Controversy in India and Tibet, and Buddhist Theology. “Here are words from a truly wise woman to help us live more fully, effectively and wisely, and to share our gifts with the world.” — Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., University of California Medical School, author of Paths Beyond Ego, Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices, A Sociable God, and World of Shamanism.


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The Smaller Buddhist Catechism

Compiled by Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854 – 1934) and translated by Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa (1875–1953).

41 Pages | First edition 1902, first reprint 2004 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 817059443X.

This work is a translation of a small Sinhalese Catechism of Buddhism in two parts, called Bauddha Sisubodhaya, which was compiled by Mr. C.W. Leadbeater in 1889, when he was working in connection with the Buddhist Theosophical Society. During the work of teaching in Buddhist Sunday Schools and later in the Buddhist English High School of Colombo (now Ananda College), Mr. Leadbeater found Colonel Olcott’s Catechism far above the grasp of most of the children, as that Catechism was not composed for children. A far simpeler work being urgently needed, Mr. Leadbeater with the help of Buddhist friends put together this little publication.

auteur: Leadbeater, C.W. (comp.)/Jinarajadasa, C. (tr.)
ISBN: 817059443X

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Dhammapada – Pali Text in Roman with English Translation

By Prof. C. Kunhan Raja.

123 Pages | First edition 1956, second reprint 1984 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835675718.

In translating the Dhammapada, there is one great difficulty in so far as there are many words on which scholars differ widely about their meaning and there is also considerable difference of view regarding the general purport of the passages in many cases. I have given my own rendering, after a careful study of the text with other texts of a related nature.


This book is accepted as a Buddhistic Text. But it is not at all anti-Hindu. It is really an Indian text. There is nothing in this text to which any orthodox Hindu can take any objection. Most of the ideas contained here are found also in Hindu Texts like the Upaniṣads, the Bhagavad Gītā and the Mahābhārata.

From page 113:

” divā tapati ādicco rattim ābhāti candimā

sannaddho khattiyo tapati jhāyī tapati brāhmaṇo 

atha sabbam ahorattaṁ buddho tapati tejasā

The Sun shines by the day, the Moon illumines the night;

a Kshatriya (Warrior, from Sanskrit kṣatra) with armour shines, a Brahmin shines in meditation.

Then all the days and the nights, Buddha illumines with his lustre. “

auteur: Kunhan Raja, C. (tr.)
ISBN: 0835675718

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Can Humanity Change? – J. Krishnamurti in Dialogue with Buddhists

Door Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

224 Pages | Published in 2005 | Softcover | Krishnamurti Foundation, India | ISBN: 8187326573.

Many have considered Buddhism to be the religion closest in sprit to J.Krishnamurti’s spiritual teaching– even though the great teacher was famous for urging students to seek truth outside organized religion. This record of an historic encounter between Krishnamurti and a group of Buddhist scholars provides a unique opportunity to see what the great teacher had to say himself about Buddhist teachings. The conversations, which took place at Brockwood Park in England in the late 1970s, focus on human consciousness and its potential for transformation. Participants include Walpola Rahula, the renowned Sri Lankan Buddhist monk and scholar, author of the classic introductory text What the Buddha Taught.

From Chapter – ‘Are You Not Saying What The Buddha Said’? (p. 7):

” Walhula Rahula: Scriptures and all our knowledge condition human beings, there is no doubt about that. But I should say that knowledge is not absolutely unnecessary. Buddha has pointed out very clearly that if you want to cross the river and there is no bridge, you build a boat and cross with its help. But if, on the other shore, you think, Oh this boat has been very useful, very helpful to me, I can’t leave it here, I will carry it on shoulders, that is a wrong action. What you should say is: Of course this boat was very helpful to me, but I have crossed the river, it is no more use to me, so I’ll leave it here for somebody else. That is the attitude toward knowledge and learning. Buddha says that even the teachings, not only that, even the virtues, the so-called moral virtues, are also like the boat and have a relative and conditioned value. “

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326573
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The conversations, which took place at Brockwood Park in England in the late 1970’s focus on human consciousness and its potential for transformation. Participants include Walpola Rahula, the renowned Sri Lankan Buddhist monk and scholar, author of the classic introductory text “What the Buddha Taught”.


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Mother of the Buddhas – Meditation on the Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

By Lex Hixon (1941 – 1995).

266 Pages | A Quest Original 1993 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835606899.

Unlike scholarly translations, this ‘contemplative expansion’ of forty passages from the Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra in 8.000 Lines – the basic scripture of all Schools of Mahāyāna Buddhism – yields a text of devotional beauty that is poetic and uplifting. Through dramatic conversations between the Buddha and his disciples Shariputra, Subhuti, and Ananda, the Bodhisattva Path to Enlightenment is revealed. This spiritually inspiring book features a Foreword by renowned American Buddhist scholar Dr. Robert A.F. Thurman on the historical background of the radical Mahāyāna teachings on the nature of Reality,

From the Heart Sutra (p. 235 & p. 236):

” O Shariputra, the fully awakened Buddhas of the beginningless past, the open future and the limitless dimensions of the present can manifest the total awakeness of Buddha nature only by birthless birth from Mother Prajñāpāramitā, womb of Perfect Wisdom. O Shariputra, listen carefully to these syllabic sounds, which contain the entire Perfection of Wisdom, as a vast tree is miraculously contained within a small seed. This is the mantra, which awakens every conscious stream into pure presence. This is the mantra of all mantras, the mantra which transmits the principles of incomparability and inconceivability, the mantra which instantly dissipates the apparent darkness of egocentric misery, the mantra which invokes only truth and does not acknowledge the separate self-existence of any falsehood:

(oṃ tadyathā) gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā |

Pure presence is transcending, ever transcending, transcending transcendence, transcending even the transcendence of transcendence. It is toal awakeness. It is suchness. “

auteur: Hixon, L.
ISBN: 9780835606899

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Boeddhisme in Alle Eenvoud – Ontwaak en Ontdek Wat Nooit Verandert

Door Steve Hagen.

174 Pagina’s | Zestiende druk 2016 | Hardcover | Altamira, Haarlem | ISBN: 9789401302074.

Boeddhisme is alle eenvoud benadert het Boeddhisme op een heldere en ongekunstelde manier. Het centrale thema is ontwaken en bewust leven in het hier en nu. Boeddha’s observaties en inzichten zijn door de Amerikaanse zenpriester Steve Hagen kort en bondig verwerkt in dit veelgeprezen boek.

Afkomstig uit Deel I – ‘Ontstaan’ (p. 43):

” ‘Als er geen deur is waardoor je kunt vertrekken’, zei de leraar, ‘ga dan zitten’. We kunnen alleen maar hier en nu aanwezig zijn. We kunnen er niet aan ontsnappen. We leven altijd in het hier en nu. Onderzoek je leven en je zult zien dat dit de waarheid is. ’s Meesters uitnodiging om te gaan zitten houdt in dat we onze aandacht moeten richten op datgene wat er op dit moment gebeurt in plaats van ervoor weg te lopen. Dat is de enige manier om een einde te maken aan de pijn en de verwarring, die aan ons gedrag ten grondslag liggen. Jammer genoeg proberen we meestal onze problemen op te lossen door naar de deur te rennen, door ervan weg te lopen. Maar ons echte probleem – de intense pijn in ons hart – kunnen we niet ontlopen. Die reist voortdurend met ons mee. Dit diepgewortelde probleem is verwarring. “

auteur: Hagen, S.
ISBN: 9789069635576

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The Opening of the Wisdom-Eye – And the History of the Advancement of Buddhadharma in Tibet

By His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama.

178 Pages | First Adyar edition, fourth reprint 2015| Paperback | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar ISBN: 9788170591245.

This important book by the Dalai Lama the gives an authentic account of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. It is hoped that its publication will contribute to a greater understanding of Tibetan culture. The main part of the book is preceded by a short account of the spread of Buddhism in Tibet, also written by His Holiness. The whole range of Buddhist teachings as practised in Tibet is expounded with great clarity, yet with brevity.

From page 12:


” According to Buddhist tradition, the present era is called the time for virtue (śila-kāla) being one of the divisions of the five-thousand year period during which it is said the teaching of the fourth Buddha to appear in this Aeon, will actually endure. The most important religious feature of this era lies in the observance of the moral precepts. “

auteur: Dalai Lama
ISBN: 9788170591245

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Paramitas of Perfection – Blavatsky Lecture 1987

By Muriel Daw.

37 Pages | Blavatsky Lecture 1987 | Soft cover | The Theosophical Publishing House, London | No ISBN.

” Yea Lord, I see the PATH, its foot in mire, its summits lost in glorious Nirvanic. And now I see the ever narrowing Portals on the hard and thorny way to Jñana “ – From: The Voice of Silence , ‘The Seven Portals’, p.  47.

” . . . O weaver of thy freedom, thou hast to master these Pāramitās of perfection – the virtues transcendental six and ten in number – along the weary path. ” – From: The Voice of Silence, ‘The Seven Portals’, p. 48.

The six and ten transcendental virtues “, (the Pāramitās), are not for ful-grown yogis and priests alone, but for all those who enter the PATH. ” – Written to H.P.B. by her Master, from: Collected Writings 12, p. 598.

Most of us, as students of Theosophy, are already familiair with the second quotation from The Voice of Silence. However, although we may have meditated for years on the first of the transcendental virtues so richly described in THE SEVEN PORTALS, for some of us there remains a burning question: ‘Ten Pāramitās are mentioned, what about the other four?

It may be thought perhaps these other four are unimportant, otherwise Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) would have given us more information about them: but this is not true. In fact, Buddhists call them ‘The Four Great Perfections’. They are so important that they are never given to beginners, only to students well advanced along the Way. It should also be noted, that in the Buddhist Scriptures, the Path of the Ten Pāramitās is always linked with the Ten Bhūmis (Stations or Earths) experienced along the Way.

auteur: Daw, M.

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Kundun – A Biography of the Family of the Dalai Lama

By Mary Craig.

391 Pages | First published in Great Britain, first paperback edition 1998 | Paperback | Counterpoint, Washington | ISBN: 1887178910.

Here is the story of Tibet as told by its remarkable first family – a story of reïncarnation, coronation, heartbreaking exile, and finally the tenacious efforts of a holy man to save a nation and its people.

From the Foreword:

” We Tibetans are resilient, patient and resourceful. Ours is just a cause. We continue to be confident that the truth will ultimately triumph and our land and people will once more be free. Would the Chinese consider the Tibetan question so sensitive if our cause was dead? Under difficult circumstances we have kept the Tibetan spirit and a sense of hope alive. However, it is clear that these efforts alone will not be sufficient to bring about a final positive solution. Therefore, I appeal to the readers of this book to support the Tibetan people, so that ultimately they may again live in peace and dignity.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. “

From Chapter ‘Lord of the Lion Throne’, p. 68:

” He is supposed to be the temporary embodiment of a god . . . called upon to lead, comfort and improve sinful, sufferinf mankind, and to teach the way to release. It is throughout the same being who sits on the Lhasa throne in successive embodiments. The secret person, the spiritual reality of the Dalai Lama, is immutable and only his body changes, a perishable vessel employed to reach down to the lowly human level and to make the dazzling light of the truth he embodies accessible to our limited understanding. ”

– Giuseppe Tucci, To Lhasa and Beyond.


auteur: Craig, M.
ISBN: 1887178910

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Two Books of the Stanzas of Dzyan

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891).

235 Pages | First edition, 8th reprint 2013 | Softcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170590064.

The Stanzas of Dzyan are the skeleton as it were, around and attached to which the massive body of H.P. Blavatsky’s great work The Secret Doctrine, is built up. The Book of Dzyan – from the Sanskrit dhyāna (mystic meditation) – is the first Volume of the Commentaries [in fourteen volumes] upon the seven secret folios of Kiu-ti, and a glossary of the public works of the same name. Thirty-five volumes of ‘Kiu-ti’ for exoteric purposes and the use of the laymen may be found in the possession of the Tibetan Gelugpa lamas, in the library of any monastery. Yet not in the possession of European libraries being highly unknown to our philologists.

From page 231:

” The present is the child of the past; the future the begotten of the present; and yet, o present moment! Knowest Thou not that Thou hast no parent! Nor canst Thou have a child; that Thou art ever begetting but Thyself? Before Thou has ever began to say ‘I am the progeny of the departed moment, the child of the past, Thou has become that past itself. Before Thou utterest the last syllable, behold! Thou art no more the present but verily that future. Thus are the past, the present, and the future, the ever-living trinity in ONE – The great illusion of the Absolute is . . . “

auteur: Blavatsky, H.P.
ISBN: 9788170590064

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