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Buddha-Dharma book

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Now among the free pdfs at BDK publishers site:
The Society for the Promotion of Buddhism (Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai) in Japan and the independently-established Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research in Berkeley, California, are involved in the formidable task of translating and publishing the entire Taisho Daizokyo into English. Since it may take a hundred years or more to complete this task, it was decided that an English translation of the 1976 revised Shinyaku Bukkyo Seiten would be a quick and desirable way to provide general English readers with a concise collection of Buddhist scriptures. Thus, the first edition of the Buddha-Dharma was published in 1984.

This present edition is a thorough revision of the 1984 edition, with the addition of an introduction for each of the eight main sections, a listing of original sources for selected passages, the compilation of Sanskrit and Pali names and terminologies, an enlarged glossary, and a definitive index. Also, for this edition of the Buddha-Dharma, the translations of different sections undertaken by various Buddhist ministers in America for the first edition were carefully reviewed for consistency of word use to provide a faithful reflection of the original Japanese text.

Unlike other anthologies of Buddhist scriptures in English, which are arranged according to the various schools or sects with which the texts are associated, the Shinyaku Bukkyo Seiten, the original collection in Japanese, was 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 45 years later in Kusinagara.
The physical book is over 800 pages, paper or hardcover.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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From the Introduction to Book One:
Book I begins with the legendary life of the Buddha from the time of his birth to his enlightenment and ends with the establishment of the first monastery by Anathapindika for the Buddha and his disciples at the Jetavana (grove) in Savatthi (Skt: Sravasti), the capital city of the Kosala clan. This ancient city has been identified as the modern twin cities of Sahet-Mahet of Gonda district on the southern shore of the Rapti River.

Inspired by the fabulous stories of gods and celestial beings of the Hindu pantheon narrated from time immemorial in ancient India, the early Buddhist scribes embellished the life story of Gotama (Skt: Gautama) Buddha with fictional and supernatural events, intermixed with historical facts and places, to honor this great spiritual teacher. Thus, the first chapter begins with the Buddha’s former life as Sumedha, who vowed to Buddha Dipankara that he would save human beings from delusions that cause them suffering. His good karma earned him rebirth in the celestial realm. Later, he descended from the celestial realm to enter the womb of Queen Maya. After his birth, King Suddhodana tried to prevent the Prince from becoming a monk as prophesied and surrounded him with all kinds of pleasures and luxuries in an attempt to shield him from witnessing the sufferings of life. The legend of the Four Gates symbolizes the young Prince’s concerns for old age, sickness, and death, which he eventually discovers. The fourth gate represents the decision he finally made to leave the palace in search of the path that would free him from these inevitable miseries of life.

In spite of the fantastic tales, the historicity of Gotama’s life can be found not only in physical traces discovered by archeologists but also from records written by non-Buddhist scribes contemporary to the time of the earliest Buddhist records. Also, two Chinese monks who came to India to study or to collect copies of the Buddhist scriptures (Fa-Hsien in the fifth century C.E. and Hsuan-tsang in the seventh century C.E.) described in detail the holy places pertaining to the Buddha’s life they had visited.
In addition to the paperback, there is a hardback book too. The free PDF can be downloaded using the blue DOWNLOAD button:

https://bdkamerica.org/product/buddha-d ... paperback/
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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