Buddhist Scriptures
by Donald Lopez


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Technical Note x
Introduction: Digesting the Dharma xi
Further Reading xlii
THE BUDDHIST UNIVERSE
1 The Realms of Rebirth
3 (16)
2 A Call to Practise
19 (5)
3 Karma Tales
24 (10)
4 A Lesson from a Ghost
34 (3)
5 A Scripture that Protects Kings
37 (9)
6 One Buddha per Universe
46 (5)
7 Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side
51 (9)
8 Rebirth in the Land of Bliss
60 (9)
9 Avoiding Hell, Gaining Heaven
69 (9)
10 A Chinese Pilgrim in India
78 (6)
11 A Sacred Peak
84 (6)
12. Maitreya Describes the Future
90 (11)
THE BUDDHA
13 The Three Jewels
101 (4)
14 The Noble Search
105 (11)
15 A Life of the Buddha
116 (13)
16 Maya, Mother of the Buddha
129 (7)
17 Why the Buddha Had Good Digestion
136 (6)
18 A King Gives Away His Head
142 (17)
19 Rupyavati Gives Away Her Breasts
159 (13)
20 How the Buddha Became a Bodhisattva
172 (13)
21 Proving the Buddha
185 (8)
22 Enshrining a Relic
193 (7)
23 The Consecration of a Buddha Image
200 (12)
24 A Hymn to the Buddha
212 (11)
MONASTIC LIFE
25 The Evolution of Ordination
223 (7)
26 Making Men into Monks
230 (22)
27 A Murderer Becomes a Monk
252 (10)
28 The Ascetic Ideal
262 (7)
29 Monks in the Mahayana
269 (9)
30 Making New Monastic Rules
278 (7)
31 Lives of Eminent Monks and Nuns
285 (12)
32 The Nine Patriarchs of the East
297 (9)
33 Taking the Vinaya Across the Sea
306 (12)
34 Zen for National Defence
318 (11)
35 How a Monk Freed his Mother from Hell
329 (6)
36 Living in the Degenerate Age
335 (8)
MEDITATION AND OTHER RITUALS
37 The Direct Path to Enlightenment
343 (7)
38 Wisdom and Compassion
350 (11)
39 Serenity and Discernment
361 (9)
40 On the Relation of Study and Meditation
370 (5)
41 Both Sudden and Gradual Enlightenment
375 (4)
42 Reciting the Name of the Buddha
379 (9)
43 The Bodhisattva Vow
388 (6)
44 Freeing Birds and Fish from Bondage
394 (8)
45 Against Animal Sacrifice
402 (14)
46 Feeding Hungry Ghosts
416 (7)
47 A Sutra for Long Life
423 (7)
48 Transforming Death into Buddhahood
430 (11)
ENLIGHTENMENT
49 A Lay Master of Meditation
441 (4)
50 Nuns Triumph over Evil
445 (5)
51 The Perfection of Wisdom
450 (14)
52. In Praise of Reality
464 (14)
53 Songs of the Siddhas
478 (10)
54 The Ultimate Couple
488 (7)
55 Buddhahood in this Lifetime
495 (9)
56 The Practice of No Thought
504 (9)
57 Finding Enlightenment in the Final Age
513 (9)
58 The Gift of Faith
522 (9)
59 A Zen Master Interprets the Dharma
531 (9)
60 Dedication of Merit
540 (9)
Glossary 549