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Important Zen Literature after Dogen and before Hakuin

On researching Zen Buddhist literature I'm seeing a gap after Dogen's Shobogenzo in the 13th century, and before Hakuin's Commentary in the 17th century. Was there any notable Zen writing produced ...
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Dumoulin's History of Zen: The good and bad

I'd heard about Heinrich Dumoulin's two volume History of Zen a number of times, but Dumoulin not being a Buddhist himself led me to avoid it. However, I ran into the set at a library recently, and to ...
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Does Western Philosophy Have Conceptual Overlaps with Buddhism?

I think I've noticed some conceptual overlaps between Buddhism and Western Philosophy and Science. What are good sources for comparing and contrasting Western ideas and Buddhism? What are suspected ...
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28 Yaksha Generals

I've noticed reference to the 28 Yaksha Generals in several texts. To my current knowledge, the Mahāmāyūrīvidyārājñī Sūtra and the 卍新纂續藏經 Vol. 02, No. 183 (二十八夜叉大軍王名號) are the only text that ...
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"Tibetisches Totenbuch"? "Tibetanisches Totenbuch" - different books?

I'm not firm in tibetan buddhism, but my old daddy had wanted to make a spiritual gift to me 12 years ago- I'd put it into the bookshelf after I'd read a handful of pages, and was a bit puzzled why ...
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What is Dharma-Body of the Buddha?

And then I remembered a passage I had read in one of Suzuki's essays. "What is the Dharma-Body of the Buddha?" ('"the Dharma-Body of the Buddha" is another way of saying Mind, Suchness, the Void, the ...
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When will Maitreya Buddha come according to the Manimekalai?

According to Buddhism, Maitreya Buddha is a Buddha who will come some time in the future. Some sources say he will come hundreds of thousands of years from now, but the Manimekalai, a 6th century ...
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What buddhist topics cover the arise of meaning?

I'm convinced that I give meaning to whatever I perceive. Which either can make me suffer or happy. So I have seen that I create my own suffering. That state is reflected in my body (or bodies?). ...
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What does Robert M. Pirsig's "Quality" correspond to in Buddhism?

The concept of "Quality" relates to the direct experience of the moment, as described in the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I was wondering if this has a parallel in Buddhism? To me, ...
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Where in the Pali Canon are there Discussions on Reanimated Corpse?

I have heard about are couple of places in the Vinaya which discusses situations involving reanimated corpses. I want to find the exact locations and reference. Also are there any other in the ...
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Is this a Buddhist poem?

Ryōkan Taigu is described as, Ryōkan Taigu (良寛大愚?) (1758–1831) was a quiet and eccentric Sōtō Zen Buddhist monk who lived much of his life as a hermit. Ryōkan is remembered for his poetry and ...
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Who are the Buddhas of the three worlds in Ryōkan's poems?

In some of Ryōkan's poems such as this one he mentions the Buddhas of the three worlds While I gather firewood and wild grasses on this hill, the Buddhas of the three worlds Are also ...
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What is the exact number of jataka tales?

What is the exact number of original jataka tales? If we look around we see Jataka tales, panchatantra, Esop's fables and many others are all mixed up. Where can I read original Jataka tales online?
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What is the basic literature for becoming a buddist? [duplicate]

I have been listening to free buddhist audio (FBA) podcast and have watched some videos about buddhism but i would like to see some introductory literature. Where to start?
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Has Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance got anything to do with Zen?

I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig a few years ago and really enjoyed it. However I'm not convinced it's got anything to do with Zen. From what I remember the ...
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