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Religion: Buddhism Texts in English Translation

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Buddhist Texts in English Translation

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Theraveda (or "School of Elders") texts


The Long Discourses

 

Dialogues of the Buddha, translated from the Pâli by T. W. Rhys Davids.

London, H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1899-1921.

Located at Firestone Library Classics Collection (CLAS) BQ1292 .D544 1899

 

The long discourses of the Buddha : a translation of the Dīgha Nikāya / translated from the Pali by Maurice Walshe.

Boston : Wisdom Publications, c1995.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1292.E53 W35 1995

Table of Contents available from the publisher here.


The Middle Length Discourses

The collection of the middle length sayings (Majjhima-Nikăya) / translated from the Pali by I.B. Horner.

London : published for the Pali Text Society by Luzac & Co., 1954-1959.

Located at Firestone Library Classics Collection (CLAS) PK4541 .P435 no.29, etc.

 

The middle length discourses of the Buddha : a new translation of the Majjhima Nikaya / original translation by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli ; translation edited and revised by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Boston : Wisdom Publications, 1995.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1312.E5 N36 1995

Table of Contents available from the publisher here.

 

The middle length discourses of the Buddha: a translation of the Majjhima Nik⁻aya / translated from the Pali; original translation by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli ; translation edited and revised by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Boston : Wisdom Publications in association with the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, 2009.

ONLINE


The Connected Discourses (shorter texts arranged thematically)

 

The Book of the kindred sayings (Sanyutta-nikāya) or grouped suttas / Translated by Mrs. Rhys Davids assisted by Sūriyagoda Sumangala Thera.

London : Pub. for the Pali text society by Oxford U. P., 1917-1930.

Located at Firestone Library Classics Collection (CLAS) PK4541 .P435 no.7, etc.

 

The connected discourses of the Buddha : a new translation of the Saṃyutta Nikāya ; translated from the Pāli by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Boston : Wisdom Publications, c2000.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1332.B63 E5 2000

and ONLINE

Table of Contents available from the publisher here.


Numerical Discourses

Aṅguttara Nikāya : numerical discourses of the Buddha : an anthology of Suttas from the Aṅguttara Nikāya / selected and translated from the Pāli by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Walnut Creek, CA : Altamira Press, 1999.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1342.E5 T572 1999

Table of Contents available from the publisher here.


Miscellaneous Shorter Texts

 

The Jātaka; or, Stories of the Buddha's former births. translated from the Pāli by various hands under the editorship of E. B. Cowell.

London, Published for the Pali Text Society by Luzac, 1957.

Located at Firestone Library Classics Collection (CLAS) BQ266 .T575 1957

 

The word of the doctrine : (Dhammapada) / translated with an introduction and notes by K.R. Norman.

Oxford : The Pali Text Society, 1997.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1372.E54 N67 1997

 

The Dhammapada / translated with an introduction and notes by John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana.

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1372.E54 C36 2000

and ONLINE


Mahayana (or "Greater Vehicle") texts


Perfection of Wisdom

 

Perfect wisdom : the short prajñāpāramitā texts / translated by Edward Conze.

Totnes : Buddhist Publishing Group, c1993.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1882 .C669 1993

 

The large sutra on perfect wisdom, with the divisions of the Abhisamayālaṅkāra / translated by Edward Conze.

Berkeley : University of California Press, [1975]

Located at Firestone Library (F) 5053.693.1975

 

The diamond sutra : transforming the way we perceive the world / Mu Soeng.

Mu Soeng.

Boston : Wisdom Publications, c2000.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1997 .M8 2000

 

The Diamond Sutra : the perfection of wisdom : text and commentaries translated from Sanskrit and Chinese / by Red Pine.

Washington, D.C. : Counterpoint, c2001.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1992.E5 P56 2001

And ONLINE from Ebrary

 

The heart sutra : the womb of Buddhas / translation and commentary by Red Pine.

Washington, D.C. : Shoemaker Hoard : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2004.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1962.E5 P56 2004 

 

Lankavatara Sutra 

The Lankavatara sutra : a Mahayana text / Daisetz Teuktari Suzuki.

London ; New York : Kegan Paul International, 1998.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1722.E5 S89 1998

 

The Lankavatara sutra : a Zen text / translation and commentary by Red Pine.

Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2012.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1722.E5 R43 2012


Forest Vocation

 

Bodhisattvas of the forest and the formation of the Mahāyāna : a study and translation of the Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā-sūtra / Daniel Boucher.

Boucher, Daniel.

Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, c2008.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1777 .B68 2008

and ONLINE

 

A few good men : the Bodhisattva path according to the Inquiry of Ugra (Ugraparipṛcchā) / a study and translation by Jan Nattier.

Nattier, Jan.

Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, c2003.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ2240.U473 N37 2003 and other locations

 


Vimalakīrti Sutra

 

The Vimalakirti Sutra / translated by Burton Watson from the Chinese version by Kumarajiva.

New York, NY : Columbia University Press, 1996.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ2212.E5 W66 1996

 

The holy teaching of Vimalakīrti : a Mahāyāna scripture / translated by Robert A. F. Thurman.

University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, c1976.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ2212.E5T47 and other locations



Land of Bliss / Pure Land

 

The land of bliss : the paradise of the Buddha of measureless light : Sanskrit and Chinese versions of the Sukhāvatīvyūha sutras / introductions and English translations by Luis O. Gómez.

Honolulu, HI : University of Hawaii Press, 1996.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ2012.E5 G66 1996 and other locations

 


Lotus Sutra

 

The Lotus Sutra / translated from the Chinese of Kumārajīva (Taishō, Volume 9, Number 262) by Tsugunari Kubo and Akira Yuyama.

Berkeley, Calif. : Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, 2007.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ2052.E5 T7813 2007

 

The Threefold lotus sutra / translated by Bunnō Katō, Yoshirō Tamura, and Kōjirō Miyasaka ; with revisions by W. E. Soothill, Wilhelm Schiffer, and Pier P. Del Campana.

New York : Weatherhill, 1975.

Located at ReCAP (RCPPA) 5039.904

 

The Lotus sutra a contemporary translation of a Buddhist classic / translation and introduction by Gene Reeves.

Boston : Wisdom Publications, c2008.

ONLINE through Ebrary

 

 

Madhyamaka

The fundamental wisdom of the middle way : Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā / translation and commentary by Jay L. Garfield.

Nāgārjuna, 2nd century.

New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 1995.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ2792.E5 G37 1995

 

 

Zen Buddhism

 

The record of transmitting the light : Zen Master Keizan's Denkoroku / translated by Francis H. Cook ; with forewords by Azuma Ryushin and Umeda Shinryu.

Keizan, 1268-1325.

Los Angeles : Center Pub., c1991.

Located at ReCAP Marquand Library use only (RCPPJ) BQ9415 .K4513 1991

 

Classics of Buddhism and Zen : the collected translations of Thomas Cleary 

Cleary, Thomas F., 1949-

Boston ; London : Shambhala, 2001-2002.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ9258 .C54 2001

 


Tibetan Buddhism

 

The life and teaching of Nāropa / translated from the original Tibetan with a philosophical commentary based on the Oral transmission by Herbert V. Guenther.

Rin-chen-rnam-rgyal, Lha-btsun, 1473-1557

Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1963.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ7950.N347 R56313 1963

 

The supreme source : the Kunjed Gyalpo, the fundamental tantra of Dzogchen Semde / Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Adriano Clemente ; translated from Italian into English by Andrew Lukianowicz.

Namkhai Norbu, 1938-

Ithaca, NY : Snow Lion Publications, c1999.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ2180.S257 N36 1999

 

Tsong Khapa's Speech of gold in the Essence of true eloquence : reason and enlightenment in the central philosophy of Tibet / translated with an introduction by Robert A.F. Thurman.

Tsoṅ-kha-pa Blo-bzaṅ-grags-pa, 1357-1419.

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1984.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ7950.T754 L4313 1984

 

A clear differentiation of the three codes : essential distinctions among the individual liberation, Great Vehicle, and Tantric Systems : the sDom gsum rab dbye and six letters / Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltshen ; translated by Jared Douglas Rhoton ; edited by Victoria R.M. Scott.

Sa-skya Paṇḍi-ta Kun-dgaʾ-rgyal-mtshan, 1182-1251.

Albany : State University of New York Press, c2002.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ6135 .S225 2002

 

Ethics for the new millennium / His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Bstan-ʾdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-

New York : Riverhead Books, 1999.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BJ1012 .B74 1999 and other locations

 

General Anthologies

 

Buddhism in practice / Donald S. Lopez, Jr., editor.

Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2007.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1012 .B83 2007

 

Buddhist scriptures / edited by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

London : Penguin Books, 2004.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ1012 .B833 2004

 

The experience of Buddhism : sources and interpretations / [compiled by] John S. Strong.

Belmont, CA : Thomson Wadsworth, c2008.

Located at Firestone Library (F) BQ122 .E97 2008 and other locations