William R. Chapman; Tim Page
William R. Chapman; Tim Page

Classics of Buddhism and Zen:
The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary
Shambhala Publications: Boston, 2001
720 pp. in 4 volumes $175.00 (cloth)

In four hardbound volumes representing twenty-two separate works, here is a handsome set of acclaimed translator Thomas Cleary’s collected Buddhist translations. The collection features teachings from the revered masters of the Ch’an (Chinese Zen) and Japanese Zen traditions, including Pai-chang, Huang-po, Dogen, and Hakuin. In addition, it includes selections from Gateless Barrier, a classic collection of Zen teaching stories, and from the “Perfection of Wisdom” sutras, a key source of the Zen tradition. The volumes are available separately or as a set.

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William R. Chapman; Tim Page
William R. Chapman; Tim Page

Introducing the Buddhist Experience
Donald W. Mitchell
Oxford: New York. 2002
384 pp. $55.00 (cloth), $24.95 (paper)

This broad-based book focuses on the historical and contemporary experiences of Buddhism in India, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, and the West. Organized by geographical region, the book includes a substantial quantity of primary source material, as well as introductory chapters on fundamental beliefs. Also included are twenty-two personal narratives from such notable figures as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins, Dharma Master Sheng Yen, and Robert Aitken Roshi.

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