How this Book Came About
The most authoritative and complete edition of the Buddhist Scripture
is called the Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo or more simply, the Taisho Daizokyo,
widely studied throughout the world. The Taisho Daizokyo was compiled
by eminent Japanese scholars during the Taisho Period (1912-1925) and
published during a ten-year period beginning in 1924.
This 100-volume edition consists of 3,360 works in nearly 12,000 fascicles.
All of the texts are in Chinese, either translations from the original
works in Indic and Central Asian languages or treatises, commentaries,
catalogs and other works by Chinese or Japanese monks and scholars.
During the difficult work of compiling this monumental collection, Japanese
scholars, led by Professor Junjiro Takakusu, recognized the necessity
and urgency of publishing a small collection of selected texts from this
Taisho Daizokyo, translated into Japanese for the general Japanese reader
who heretofore had never been able to read or possess a book of Buddhist
sutras in Japanese.
As a result of this action, the first edition of the Shinyaku Bukkyo
Seiten (The Newly Translated Buddhist Scriptures) in concise form was
published in 1925 under the editorship of Rev. Muan Kizu. Later revised
editions would appear in 1929 and again in 1976.
The Society for the Promotion of Buddhism (Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai) [BDK] of Tokyo, Japan and Berkeley, California are currently involved in the task of translating and publishing into English the entire Taisho Daizokyo.
The effort to translate the Shinyaku Bukkyo Seiten into English was led
by American Buddhist priest, the Rev. Kyoshiro Tokunaga, who spent hundreds
and hundreds of hours translating, reviewing and refining the translations
with his committee members. Their efforts came to fruition in 1984 when
the first edition of the "Buddha-Dharma" was published.
Consisting of over 700 pages, the original English edition of the "Buddha-Dharma,"
unlike other anthologies of Buddhist scriptures in English which are arranged
according to the various schools or sects with which the texts are associated,
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 some 45 years later in Kusinagara.
The second edition of the "Buddha-Dharma" is broken down into eight books and this expanded edition, which was edited by Mrs. Kimi and Dr. Clarence Hisatsune, has more than 1,000 pages and includes brief introductions to each book as well as a detailed index of where each section can be found in the Taisho Daizokyo.
We invite you to look at the following pages for the introduction to each section of this second edition of the "Buddha-Dharma".
The hard cover edition is available for US$39.95 and a soft cover version with the same contents is available at $24.95 by ordering from this website or at your local Buddhist bookstore.