Category Archives: Buddhism

THICH NHAT HANH
(1926- )

from Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire: In Search of the Enemy of Man

  Thich Nhat Hanh, a scholar in the field of philosophy of religion and an internationally revered figure of Zen Buddhism, was born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo in Vietnam in 1926. (The word “Thich” [pronounced tick] is not a title, but … Continue reading

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RAMMOHUN ROY
(1774–1833)

from Translation of a Conference Between an Advocate For, and an Opponent Of, the Practice of Burning Widows Alive

  Raja Rammohun Roy (also spelled Ram Mohun) was born in Bengal in an ancient Brahman family in 1774, or, according to some sources, 1772. Roy was a religious and social reformer during the British colonial period and founder of … Continue reading

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CHIKAMATSU MONZAEMON
(1653-1725)

from The Love Suicides at Sonezaki

  Chikamatsu Monzaemon, born Sugimori Nobumori, the second son of a minor samurai family, is recognized as the first modern Japanese dramatist. Often called “the Japanese Shakespeare,” he is widely considered the most important playwright of the Tokugawa age. As … Continue reading

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(1653-1725)

from The Love Suicides at Sonezaki

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JETSUN MILAREPA
(c. 1052-c. 1135)

from Songs of Milarepa

  Milarepa was a major figure in Tibetan Buddhism and one of Tibet’s most famous yogis and poets. His writings, often referred to as the Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, are canonical Mahayana Buddhist texts. Milarepa was born Mila Thöpaga … Continue reading

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(c. 1052-c. 1135)

from Songs of Milarepa

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LOTUS SUTRA
(c. 50 A.D.-c. 200 A.D.)

from Former Affairs of the Bodhisattva Medicine King

  The Lotus Sutra, or Saddharma Pundarika Sutra, is one of the earliest Mahayana Buddhist texts and is considered to be the principal Mahayana sutra. Developing somewhat after Hinayana, the more ancient form of Buddhism that later evolved into modern … Continue reading

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(c. 50 A.D.-c. 200 A.D.)

from Former Affairs of the Bodhisattva Medicine King

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THE QUESTIONS OF KING MILINDA
(c. 100 B.C.)

On Suicide

  The Milindapañha, or The Questions of King Milinda, sometimes assigned to one of the “three baskets” of the Pali canon of early Buddhist texts by the Burmese edition, is usually understood as a paracanonical text of Theravada Buddhism, the … Continue reading

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