This is a massive anthology of sections from the Buddhist sutras and commentaries. The text follows the life of the Śakyamuni Buddha and records some of the teachings and discourses that he delivered throughout his nearly forty-five years of enlightening the world. The compiling editors pulled from all relevant sections of the Mahayana canon to create this unique volume.
HERE FOLLOW congratulations from luminaries, including the Dalai Lama, on the historic occasion of the publication of the second edition of Buddha-Dharma in 2003.
“I am often asked whether the teachings and techniques of Buddhism continue to be relevant in the present day and age. Like all religions, Buddhism addresses basic human problems. So long as we continue to experience the basic human sufferings of birth, disease, old age, and death, there is no question of whether it is relevant or not. Therefore, I welcome this new English edition of Buddha-Dharma that presents a concise and clear anthology of the Buddha’s teachings.”
His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
“The New English edition of Buddha-Dharma is an excellent assemblage of the understandings, sayings and doings of Sakyamuni Buddha, drawn in non-sectarian way from both Theravada and Mahayana sources. Reading this book gives one a good introduction to the world of this great enlightened person and his followers, it is a kind of experience of meeting the Buddha, listening to his Dharma, and associating with his Sangha community. I warmly recommend it.”
Professor Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Columbia University
“The world of English-speaking readers owes deep respect and gratitude to the late Dr. Yehan Numata. It is quite admirable that he dedicated a considerable percentage of his company’s profits to the noble cause of propagating the teachings of the Buddha. Along with his grand project of translating and publishing the Taisho Tripitaka in English, Buddha-Dharma is an important part of his selfless legacy. This book is an excellent anthology of Buddhist teachings that will be beneficial for all that would like to deepen their understanding.”
Samuel Bercholz, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Shambhala Publications
“Due to the generous vows of Rev. Yehan Numata, the life and teachings of the Buddha Sakyamuni are further disseminated to all seekers of the Awakened life. In reading this volume, which draws upon sources from both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, you will find yourself in the midst of the historical Buddha’s lively assembly. And you will recognize in your life the essential humanity of those who practice this intimate Dharma. This volume is an excellent and appealing introduction to Buddha-Dharma.”
Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Zen Center of Los Angeles
“A much needed, comprehensive presentation of the basic teaching of Buddhism, including important Theravada and Mahayana scriptures. Well organized and very readable, this book should appeal to readers who seek to gain an overview of the Buddhist tradition. Perhaps the closest thing to a Buddhist Bible at the present time.”
Dr. Taitetsu Unno, Jill Kerr Conway Professor Professor Emeritus of Religion, Smith College
“This gathering of texts called Buddha-Dharma presents just that, the life and actual teachings of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. The greater part of it covers the years of Sakyamuni’ s teachings. The account that emerges is inspiring, in its very humanity that the earnest (and sometimes skeptical) laypeople, Bhikkus, Bhikkunis, were vivid people from all walks of life. The Great Teacher himself is constant, profound, patient, sweet, and occasionally vexed by his complicated followers. This is truly the source-story of Buddhism. It takes us back to the roots, which are perennial and incredibly deep, and all the stronger for their familiar quirkiness. This is our own story, to be lived in and by, in a clear and handy volume.”
Gary Snyder, Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer
“Drawing from the vast scriptural resources of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, this comprehensive anthology offers representative selections of passages on various topics and aspects of Buddhism. The rich and diverse tradition has produced story, myth, legend, parable, metaphor and teachings through which the student of Buddhism can experience the flavor of the Dharma and its spirit of compassion and wisdom. This volume will be indispensable for the study of Buddhist insight and way oflife. Its glossary, index, and list of textual sources will greatly assist in navigating this text.”
Dr. Alfred Bloom, Professor Emeritus, Department of Religion University of Hawaii