Buddhism Bibliography

Boorstein, SylviaSylvia Boorstein is a practicing psychotherapist and an active teacher of vipassana at Spirit Rock Center, located north of San Francisco. She also leads an annual retreat at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. As is readily apparent in he.... That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist (San Francisco: HarperSan Francisco), 1997.

Buswell, Robert E., Jr. The Zen MonasticA monk is a man who renounces worldly life and is ordinarily a member of a monastic order or community, thereby undertaking a special commitment to study, service, asceticism, prayer, or disciplined spiritual practice. In the Buddhist tradition, fully ord... Experience (Princeton: Princeton University Press), 1992.

Cadge, Wendy. Heartwood: The First Generation of TheravadaTheravada, literally “the way of the elders,” was one of the eighteen earliest sub-schools of Buddhism. Today, the term designates the various traditions of Buddhism most prominent in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Although these traditions differ in i... BuddhismBuddhism is a multi-hued tradition of life, thought, and practice that has developed from the teaching and practice of Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BCE) who came to be called the Buddha, the awakened one. The three major streams of the tradition—Ther... in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 2004.

Corless, Roger and Paul F. Knitter. Buddhist Emptiness and Christian TrinityThe Trinity is the Christian doctrine of the three natures of the One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The language of the Trinity bespeaks the complexity of God, who can be spoken of as the transcendent creator, the one who accompanies humanity as the .... (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press), 1990.

Dalai LamaDalai is Mongolian for “ocean” and lama is the Tibetan word for “superior,” especially referring to those of superior spiritual attainment. Together the two terms constitute the title conferred upon the head monk of the Gelug school of Tibetan Bud.... The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of JesusJesus is the historical figure considered by Christians to be the Christ, the Messiah, whose life and teachings, death and resurrection give clear evidence of God’s love for humankind. Jesus was born shortly before the death of Herod the Great (d. 4 BCE.... (Boston: Wisdom Publications), 1996.

Dresser, Marianne (ed.). Buddhist Women on the Edge: Contemporary Perspectives from the Western Frontier (Berkeley: Publishers Group West), 1996.

Eppsleiner, Fred and Dennis Maloney (eds.). The Path of Compassion: Contemporary Writings on Engaged Buddhism (Berkeley and Buffalo: Buddhist Peace Fellowship and White Pine Press), 1985.

Farber, Don and Rick Fields. Taking Refuge in L.A.: Life in a Vietnamese Buddhist TempleBuddhist temples differ considerably from one another depending upon culture and particular school, but most are associated with the residence of the sangha of monks. Theravada temples focus on one or more images of Sakyamuni Buddha. In Mahayana and Vajra... (New York: Aperture Books), 1987.

Fields, Rick. How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America (Boston: ShambhalaFormed in 1973 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Vajradhatu is a worldwide organization with its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, two other main centers in Boulder, Colorado and Marburg, Germany, and more than 100 meditation centers around the w..., 1992).

Gethin, Rupert. The Foundations of Buddhism (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press), 1998.

Goldstein, JosephJoseph Goldstein is one of America’s foremost teachers of vipassana or insight-meditation. After graduating from Columbia University, Goldstein went to Thailand with the Peace Corps in 1962, staying on after his two year stint to study vipassana in Bodh... and Jack KornfieldJack Kornfield is one of America’s first vipassana meditation teachers. After a stint in Southeast Asia, Jack Kornfield stayed on in Thailand to study with the Buddhist forest monk Achaan Chaa. In 1976, Kornfield teamed up with Joseph Goldstein to serve.... Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (Boston: Shambhala Books), 1986.

Gross, Rita M. Buddhism After Patriarchy: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism (Albany: State University of New York Press), 1993.

Hanh, Thich NhatThich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and a world-renowned teacher of socially and politically conscious “engaged Buddhism.” In 1966 Thich Nhat Hanh was invited by the Fellowship of Reconciliation to tour the United States so he could explain .... Living BuddhaBuddha means “awakened one” and specifically refers to Shakyamuni Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama (traditional date, sixth c. BCE), the historical founder of the tradition that became known as Buddhism. All Buddhist traditions agree that ther..., Living Christ (New York: Riverhead Books), 1995.

Johnston, William. Stillpoint: Reflections on Zen and Christian Mysticism (New York: Fordham University Press), 1977.

Khema, Ayya. When the Iron Eagle Flies: Buddhism for the West (London: Penguin Books), 1991.

Lopez, Donald S. Jr. (ed.). Asian Religions In Practice: An Introduction (Princeton: Princeton University Press), 1999.

Mann, Gurinder SinghUpon initiation into the Khalsa, Sikh men assume the name Singh, “Lion.”, Paul Numrich, and Raymond Williams. Buddhists, Hindus, and SikhsSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob... in America: A Short History (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press), 2008.

Mitchell, Donald W. Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, Second Edition (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2008.

Prebish, Charles. Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999).

Prebish, Charles S. and Kenneth K. Tanaka (eds.). The Faces of Buddhism in America (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press), 1998.

Prothero, Steven. The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel OlcottColonel Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky were the founders of the Theosophical Society, a group with interests ranging from the mysteries of ancient Egypt and Greece to Eastern religions. In 1878 Olcott and Blavatsky went to India and Sri ... (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), 1996.

Queen, Christopher S. (ed.). Engaged Buddhism in the West (Boston: Wisdom Publications), 2000.

Queen, Christopher S. and Sallie B. King (eds.). Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia (Albany: State University of New York Press), 1996.

Seager, Richard. Buddhism in America, revised ed. (New York: Columbia University Press), 2012.

Sidor, Ellen S. A Gathering of Spirit: Women Teaching in American Buddhism (Cumberland, RI: Primary Point Press), 1987.

Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (New York: Weatherhill), 1970.

Swearer, Donald K. The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia (Albany: State University of New York Press), 1995.

Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Different Shore: History of Asian American (New York: Penguin), 1989.

Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror (Boston: Little, Brown & Co.), 1993.

Tweed, Thomas A. The American Encounter with Buddhism 1844-1912 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), 1992.

Tweed, Thomas A., and Stephen Prothero, eds. Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History (New York: Oxford University Press), 1999.

Walker, Susan, ed. Speaking of Silence: Christians and Buddhists on the Contemplative Way (New York: Paulist Press), 1987.

Ways of Work, Dynamic Action: NyingmaNyingma is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug. The Nyingma school was the first to develop, tracing its origins back to the 9th-century tantric practitioner Padmasambhava. Characteristic of the Nyingma teac... in the West (Berkeley: DharmaDharma means religion, religious duty, religious teaching. The word dharma comes from a Sanskrit root meaning “to uphold, support, bear,” thus dharma is that order of things which informs the whole world, from the laws of nature to the inner workings ... Publishing), 1987.