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佛陀法语(佛经文选·每日一则)


佛陀法语(佛经文选·每日一则)

佛陀的演说无数,任何人只要细读其中几则,便能发现其中的和谐、心灵的安宁、温和的超凡、不可动摇的坚固,同时还有不变的慈悲与无量的宽容。这些演说包含了无数的忠告、劝诫与提示,是让心得宁静的导向与方法。
—赫尔曼·黑塞(Hermann Hesse)


达弥卡法师的Buddha Vacana出版于1989年,摘录了《南传大藏经》里的经文,以一日一则的方式,发表佛陀的教诲。出版后广受欢迎。

1993年,刘妙莲与郭锦彪译出中文版《佛陀法语》,由新加坡佛教图书馆出版,也同样地受中文读者喜爱,在网际网络中更广泛转载。

2011年,经过达弥卡法师修订后,Buddha Vacana 易名为 Words of the Buddha。此书以2011修订本重译,希望能给读者带来新的体会与诠释。

 

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Encounters with Buddhism


Encounters with Buddhism

In an increasingly secular world where religion is challenged to prove its relevance and to deliver results in this life, is a religion as ancient as Buddhism still able to attract adherence and perhaps even flourish? The essays in this fascinating book attempt to answer this question. Fourteen men and women from both East and West and from a variety of backgrounds describe how and why they become Buddhists, and the impact that this gentle faith has had upon their lives. Together these essays make a significant contribution to comparative religion.

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All About Buddhism


All About Buddhism

If you have ever wondered about what the Buddha really taught, you must read this book. All About Buddhism is an in-depth study of the most important teachings of the Buddha.

  • What is a Buddha?
  • Should Buddhists be ambitious?
  • What does Buddhism say about sex, marriage and divorce?
  • How is meditation practised?

These are just some of the many questions answered in this book. All About Buddhism presents this ancient teachings as it is; a humane and dynamic philosophy of life as relevant today as when it first proclaimed nearly twenty-five centuries ago.

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Buddha & His Disciples


Buddha & His Disciples

Taking a different perspective from the usual biographies of the Buddha, the author retells the great man's story using the society of the time as the backdrop and the Buddha's interactions with his contemporaries as the main theme. We discover what the Buddha was like as a person, how he taught and how he changed the lives of all who were blessed enough to come into contact with him.

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Buddha Vacana


Buddha Vacana

For over 2 millennium the discourses of the Buddha have nourished the spiritual lives of countless millions of people in India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand.

This book contains extracts from some of these discourses selected from the Pali Tipitaka and also from some post-canonical writings. Rendered into readable English, presented so that one extract can be read and reflected upon each day for a year and provided with a Reader's Guide, this book is an indispensable companion for anyone trying to apply the Buddha's gentle message to their daily life.

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The Edicts of King Asoka


The Edicts of King Asoka

King Asoka, the third monarch of the Indian Mauryan dynasty, has come to be regarded as one of the most exemplary rulers in world history. The British historian H. G. Wells has written, "Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history.... the name of Asoka shines and shines almost alone, a star."
Although Buddhist literature preserved the legend of this ruler - the story of a cruel and ruthless king who converted to Buddhism and thereafter established a reign of virtue - definitive historical records of this reign was lacking. Then in the nineteenth century there came to light a large number of edicts in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. These edicts, inscribed on rocks and pillars, proclaim Asoka's reforms and policies and promulgate his advice to his subjects. The present rendering of these edicts, based on earlier translations, offers us insights into a powerful and capable ruler's attempt to establish an empire on the foundation of righteousness, a reign which makes the moral and spiritual welfare of his subjects its primary concern.

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Encounters with Buddhism


Encounters with Buddhism

In an increasingly secular world where religion is challenged to prove its relevance and to deliver results in this life, is a religion as ancient as Buddhism still able to attract adherence and perhaps even flourish? The essays in this fascinating book attempt to answer this question.

Fourteen men and women from both East and West and from a variety of backgrounds describe how and why they become Buddhists, and the impact that this gentle faith has had upon their lives. Together these essays make a significant contribution to a comparative religion.

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Gemstones of the Good Dhamma


Gemstones of the Good Dhamma

An anthology of verses from the Pali Scriptures.

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The Gentle Way of Buddhist Meditation


The Gentle Way of Buddhist Meditation

Godwin Samararatna was probably Sri Lanka's most outstanding meditation master of the 20th century and certainly the most beloved. It has been several years since he passed away and now a collection of inspiring talks he gave has finally been published. The Gentle Way Of Buddhist Meditation, contains a biography of Godwin written by Venerable Dhammika, followed by 15 talks Godwin gave in Hong Kong in 1997.

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Good Question Good Answer


Good Question Good Answer

In this book, Venerable Dhammika gives clear, thoughtful and lively answers to more than a hundred commonly asked questions about Buddhism. A popular book, Good Question Good Answer has been translated into more than fourteen languages, with more than 150,000 copies in print.

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The Golden Goose and Other Jataka Stories


The Golden Goose and Other Jataka Stories

A collection of five Jataka stories to instruct, entertain and amuse.

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A Guide to Buddhism A to Z


A Guide to Buddhism A to Z

This book is a brief, easy to read and accurate guide to the teachings of the Buddha, the Buddhist tradition and the Buddhist perspective on various contemporary issues

Containing entries on subjects as wide ranging as alcohol and astrology, make-up and miracles, war and wisdom, it offers the reader an excellent introduction to the timeless spiritual tradition that is Buddhism.

Since it was first published, the number of entries had increased to more than four hundred and the book had been made available in the form of a website, www.BuddhismA2Z.com, for all to access.

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How to Protect Yourself from Cults


How to Protect Yourself from Cults

Contemporary society has given rise to numerous new religions and religious denominations. While most of these are benign, others pose a real threat to people's mental health and spiritual development. In this book, the author describes the main characteristics of cults, the techniques they use to recruit new converts and how one can deal with their aggressiveness and deception. A book that every concerned Buddhist should read.

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Marceta's Hymn to the Buddha


Marceta's Hymn to the Buddha

For centuries, people have stood in awe of the Buddha and his attainments and have strived to express their feelings in stone and bronze, and with brush and ink. Some have been moved by what the Buddha said, its logical consistency, its scope and its humanism. Others have been inspired by the personality of the Lord himself, his manner and conduct, and even his physical form. The joyful faith and appreciation that is evoked on recollecting the Buddha's personality and singing his praise gives such people the strength they need to walk the Path. For them the Dhamma comes alive through the life and examples of the Buddha. Such a person was the poet Matrceta. He was born in India in about first century A.D., and was converted from Hinduism to Buddhism by the great philosopher Aryadeva. Matrceta wrote about a dozen works, some of such beauty that he came to be regarded as one of India's greatest poets.

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Middle Land Middle Way


Middle Land Middle Way

Just before the Buddha attained final Nirvana he urged his disciples to visit, at least once in their lives, the places where the most important events in his career occurred. In the centuries since then, pilgrims from all over the Buddhist world have endured danger and hardship to come to India to see the places made sacred by the Buddha's presence.

Middle Land, Middle Way is the first comprehensive guidebook for the modern Buddhist wishing to undertake a pilgrimage. In the introduction, the author gives an inspiring account of the significance and history of pilgrimage in Buddhism, as well as the biographies of famous pilgrims of the past. Overall, sixteen places are covered, including the Buddha's association with each place, their subsequent history, and a detailed and informative description of the monuments found there. With maps and colour photos, Middle Land, Middle Way is an essential companion for both the pilgrim and the general traveler.

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Nava Puja


Nava Puja

There is a great need for a Puja that is appropriate for the modern world and yet at the same time harmonizes with Buddhist tradition. The Nava Puja is one of several attempts that have been made in the past few years to fulfil this need. Those who take care to perform the Nava Puja regularly will derive great strength from it and find its purifying and inspirational effect an important part of their practice.

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Navel of the Earth


Navel of the Earth

The village of Bodh Gaya in the northern Indian state of Bihar is the site of Gotama Buddha's enlightenment and the most sacred place in the Buddhist world. For over two thousand years, pilgrims have made their way to Bodh Gaya from every part of Asia, often leaving records of their visits in inscriptions, memoirs and even graffiti.

In Navel of the Earth, the author uses these and other sources to chronicle Bodh Gaya's long and fascinating history. He recounts the magnificient ceremonies that once took place at Bodh Gaya and the various legends that grew up around it. He also tells of the revered images and relics once enshrined in its temples and of the many saints and scholars who once lived there. In addition, he highlights previously overlooked fact which challenged the popular belief that Bodh Gaya was destroyed at the end of the 12th century and was, for seven hundred years after that, forgotten and unvisited by Buddhist pilgrims. The result is a book that should prove to be of interest to Indiologists and social historians as well as to Buddhists.

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Praised by the Wise


Praised by the Wise

Famous men and women comment on the Buddha and his Teachings.

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Sacred Island


Sacred Island

This travel and pilgrimage guidebook is meant primarily for Buddhists or those interested in Buddhism, who wish to explore Sri Lanka's rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the island, Venerable Dhammika weaves together archaeological findings, art history and the stories and legends of the Buddhist tradition to bring to life thirty three places of religious significance. He also offers practical advice on how to travel in Sri Lanka and what the visitor can do to learn more about Buddhism and meditation. Besides lively descriptions, this book also contains detailed maps, illustrations as well as colour pictures of the sacred sites, making it interesting reading too for those who can't visit the sites themselves.

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Sayings of the Buddha


Sayings of the Buddha

What does the Buddha have to say about human nature, love, social relationships, worldly success, life and death and other topics of perennial interest?

This book presents a selection of the Buddha's teachings, translated from Pali. It is of interest not only to practising Buddhists, but to all who wish to know more about the Buddhist way of life.

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Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Religion


Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Religion

Studies in Buddhist Philosophy and Religion was published by the Society in conjunction with the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies at Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka. The book is a collection of essays by Professor P. D. Premasiri, a longstanding friend of the Society, and contains 17 essays on a wide range of topics.

Premasiri as he is known to his friends, is not just a scholar of Buddhism but also a Buddhist practitioner and the essays reflect both his wide knowledge of the Dhamma and his personal commitment to it.

The book will be of interest to anyone who takes the Dhamma seriously.

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沙尘上的足迹


沙尘上的足迹

《沙尘上的足迹》述 了佛陀寻求真理、发现真理和他四十五年的弘法生涯。本书对两千年前印度的地理, 宗教, 风俗习惯有详尽的描述, 那 是一个充满了治阴谋, 宗教纷争的社会, 也因为这样,孕育了许多动人的故事篇章, 也因为这样让们看到佛陀是如何伟大, 如何 悲天悯人的通过他的言教和身教改变人们的一生…..

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善问妙答


善问妙答

《善问 妙答》是一本佛学入门书,作者为澳洲籍僧人达弥卡法师,他目前是新加坡佛教曼筡罗学会的住持,他以一问一答的方式解答了人们对佛教常有的疑 问,如:轮回、素食、佛教与“神的概念”等。

这本英文著作面世后,广受英文读者的欢迎,并在互联网上传开来。 这本书被翻译成多国语文,包括缅甸文、泰文、法文、德文、印尼文、淡米尔文、波兰文、寮文等19种语文。

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Mount Kailash - A Pilgrim's Companion


Mount Kailash - A Pilgrim's Companion

Not a guide book but something to read before going to the sacred mountain or while on the road, this book gives a history of Mt. Kailash, its significance in Buddhism and personal reminiscence and reflections of the place by the author. Fully illustrated with photos by the author.

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To Eat Or Not To Eat Meat


To Eat Or Not To Eat Meat

An issue that has long divided Buddhists is whether or not meateating is consistent with the Dhamma, the teachings of the Buddha. Both ancient and modern scholars have debated this matter, sometimes with considerable rancour. In this small book, Bhante Dhammika, a well-known Buddhist monk, revisits the various arguments for and against meateating and examines them from a very different perspective. In doing so he also dispels several common misconceptions about Buddhism, highlights some rarely discussed problems associated with being vegetarian and details some of the good reasons for becoming one. This book will make you look at Buddhism very differently. It might make you look at your next meal very differently too.

 

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