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Buddha-Dharma: The Way to Enlightenment

Buddha-Dharma: The Way to Enlightenment

An anthology of Buddhist sutras and commentaries that follows the life of Shakyamuni Buddha and records some of the teachings and discourses that he delivered throughout his nearly forty-five years of enlightening the world.

The source of these teachings is the most authoritative and complete edition of the Buddhist Scripture called the Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo. The complete Taisho Daizokyo consists of 100 volumes, making up 3,360 works in nearly 12,000 fascicles. All of the texts are in Chinese, either translations from the original works in Indic and Central Asian languages or treatises, commentaries, catalogs and other works by Chinese or Japanese monks and scholars.

Consisting of over 700 pages, Buddha-Dharma, unlike other anthologies of Buddhist scriptures in English which are arranged according to the various schools or sects with which the texts are associated, is arranged more or less chronologically, regardless of source, so that readers can appreciate the discourses of the Buddha in the context of his travels in India, from the time of his Enlightenment in Bodhgaya to his demise some 45 years later in Kusinagara.



His Holiness, the Dalai Lama:

"I am often asked whether the teachings and techniques of Buddhism continue to be relevant in the present day and age. Like all religions, Buddhism addresses basic human problems. So long as we continue to experience the basic human sufferings of birth, disease, old age and death, there is no question of whether it is relevant or not. Therefore, I welcome this new English edition of Buddha-Dharma that presents a concise and clear anthology of the Buddha's Teachings."

Professor Robert Thurman, Columbia University

"The New English edition of Buddha-Dharma is an excellent assemblage of the understandings, sayings and doings of Shakyamuni Buddha, drawn in a non-sectarian way from both Theravada and Mahayana sources. Reading this book gives one a good introduction to the world of this great enlightened person and his followers --- it is a kind of experience of meeting the Buddha, listening to his Dharma (teaching) and associating with his Sangha (community). I warmly recommend it."

Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Abbot, Zen Center of Los Angeles

"Due to the generous vows of Rev. Yehan Numata, the life and teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni are further disseminated to all seekers of the Awakened Life. In reading this volume, which draws upon sources from both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, you will find yourself in the midst of the historical Buddha's lively assembly. And you will recognize your own life in the essential humanity of those who practice this intimate Dharma. This volume is an excellent and appealing introduction to Buddha-Dharma."

Samuel Bercholz, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Shambhala Publications

"The world of English-speaking readers owes deep respect and gratitude to the late Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata. It is quite admirable that he dedicated a considerable percentage of his company's profits to the noble cause of propagating the teachings of the Buddha. Along with his grand project of translating and publishing the Taisho Tripitaka in English, Buddha-Dharma is an important part of his selfless legacy. This book is an excellent anthology of Buddhist teachings that will be beneficial for all that would like to deepen their understanding."

Gary Snyder, Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer

"This gathering of texts called Buddha-Dharma presents just that, the life and actual teachings of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. The greater part of it covers the years of Shakyamuni's teaching. The account that emerges is inspiring, in its very humanity --- that the earnest (and sometimes skeptical) laypeople, Bhikkus, and Bhikkunis, were vivid people from all walks of life. The Great Teacher himself is constant, profound, patient, sweet and occasionally vexed by his complicated followers. This is truly the source-story of Buddhism. It takes us back to the roots, which are perennial and incredibly deep, and all the stronger for their familiar quirkiness. This is our own story, to be lived in and by, in a clear and handy volume."

Dr. Taitetsu Unno, Smith College

"A much needed, comprehensive presentation of the basic teachings of Buddhism, including important Theravada and Mahayana scriptures. Well organized and very readable, this book should appeal to readers who seek to gain an overview of the Buddhist tradition. Perhaps the closest thing to a Buddhist Bible at the time."