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 10 May 2021 Article/Essay
Essay:
The Journey of Faxian to India

Between 399 and 414 CE, the Chinese monk Faxian (Fa-Hsien, Fa Hien) undertook a trip via Central Asia to India seeking better copies of Buddhist books than were currently available in China. Although cryptic to the extent that we cannot always be sure whe... Read More
 10 May 2021 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Pilgrimage of Fa Hian
From the French edition of FOE KOUE KI of MM. Remusat, Klaproth and Landresse
By Faxian (337 CE - 422 CE)
Printed by J. Thomas, Baptist Mission Press, Calcutta - 1848

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 10 May 2021 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Travels of Fah-Hian and Sung-Yun
Buddhist pilgrims from China to India (400 A.D. and 518 A.D.)
Translated from the Chinese by Samuel Beal
Published by Trubner & Co., London - 1869

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 10 May 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The story of the Buddha
By Edith Holland
Published by George G. Harrap & Co., London - 1918

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Foreword :

BEFORE the days of books, records of historical events were handed down by word of mouth... Read More
 10 May 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Legends and Miracles of Buddha, Sakya Sinha
Translated from the Avadan Kalpalata (Former lives and good deeds of Buddha) of Bodhi-Sattwas, of the great Sanskrit poet Kshemendra (11 century)
By Nobin Chandra Dasa
Published by Jadu Nath Seal, Calcutta - 1895

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 10 May 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Buddha-karita of Asvaghosha
Edited by Edward Byles Cowell
Introduction in English
Printed at The Clarendon Press, Oxford - 1893
In Sanskrit

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A?vagho?a (c. 80 ? c. 150 CE) was an Indian phil... Read More
 10 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Running youths holding the tails of a humped bull and a winged lion - Fragments of railing copings from the Great Stupa of Amaravati - 1853

Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar of fragments of railing copings from the Great Stupa of Amaravati. This is one of 42 sheets (89 drawings) depicting sculp... Read More
 21 May 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The romantic legend of Sakya Buddha : from the Chinese-Sanscrit
By Samuel Beal (1825-1889)
Published by Turner & Co., London - 1875

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Head of Buddha, c. 570

China, Hebei province, northe... Read More
 21 May 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Dialogues of the Buddha
By T. W. Rhys Davids (1843-1922)
Published by Humphrey Milford, London - 1921

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Siddhartha at the Bodhi Tree, 100s-200s

India, Gandhara, 2nd-3rd century
Schist

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 21 May 2016 Sculpture
Head of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, 300s-400s

Afghanistan or Pakistan, Gandhara, late Kushan Period (1st century-320)
Stucco

By this period, individual bodhisattvas were beginning to be revered as ideal figures who would deliberately postpone their own enlightenment and entrance into final ni... Read More
 21 May 2016 Sculpture
Seated Sakyamuni, late 1st century - early 2nd century A.D.

India, Mathura, Kushan Period (1st century-320)
Red mottled sandstone

This Buddha is placed on a lion pedestal, part of which is broken off. The pedestal was undoubtedly flanked on both sides by seated lions in profile; its center is d... Read More
 21 May 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Diamond Sutra (Chin-kang-ching), or, Prajna-paramita
By William Gemmell
Published by Kegan Paul, Trench, Turner & Co., London - 1912

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How did the Diamond Sutra get its name?
The sutra answer... Read More
 21 May 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
A record of the Buddhist religion as practised in India and the Malay archipelago (A.D. 671 - 695)
By I-Tsing
Translated by J.Takakusu
Printed at The Clarendon Press, Oxford - 1896

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 21 May 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Literary History of Sanskrit Buddhism
(From Winternitz, Sylvain Levi, Huber)
By Gushtaspshah Kaikhushro Nariman
Published Indian Book Depot, Bombay - 1923

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Buddha Shakyamuni
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 21 May 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Jataka Tales
By Henry Thomas Francis and Edward Joseph Thomas
Published by The University Press, Cambridge - 1916

Tales from one of the sacred books of Buddhism, relating the stories of the Buddha in his earlier lives.

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 6 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Standing Bodisattva Maitreya (Buddha of the Future)

ca. 3rd century
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Schist

Maitreya is the Buddha of the next age, much as Shakyamuni is the Buddha of our age. He resides in Tushita heaven waiting for his final rebirth. As befits his highest rebirth, he wea... Read More
 6 Mar 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Indian Buddhist Iconography
Mainly based on The Sadhanamala
By Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya
Published by Firma K.L.Mukhopadhyay, Calcutta - 1958

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Published 1958/00/00

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 6 Mar 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Essays on Gautama Buddha
Edited by N.N.Law
Published by The Indian Historical Quarterly - 1956

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Head of Buddha

5th?6th century
Afghanistan (probably Hadda)
Stucco with traces of paint

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 6 Mar 2016 Sculpture
The Great Departure and the Temptation of the Buddha

Ikshvaku period
ca. first half of the 3rd century
India (Andhra Pradesh, Nagarjunakonda)
Limestone

The lower scene shows Siddhartha on horseback leaving his father's palace in order to seek enlightenment. A groom leads the horse, whose hoofs ... Read More
 6 Mar 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The life of the Buddha, and the early history of his Order
Derived from Tibetan works Bkah-Hgyur and Bstan-Hgyur
By William Woodville Rockhill (1854-1914)
Published by Turner & Co., London - 1884

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