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Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby bodom » Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:05 pm

I am looking for an indepth up-to-date encyclopedia on Buddhism that covers all schools, all doctrines and the whole history and development. I have came across a few on Amazon and such but am looking for personal recommendations. Thanks!

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Re: Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby Upasaka Sumana » Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:31 pm

What about Wikipedia?
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Rather light a candle than complain about darkness.
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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
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Think not lightly of evil, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.
Think not lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.

~Dhp. 121-122

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Re: Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby bodom » Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:32 pm

Stefan wrote:What about Wikipedia?


Thanks Stefan but i was looking for something in book form.

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Re: Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:58 pm

an online encyclopedia for Dhamma may be found at the bottom of any page on Dhammawheel!

as for book form I have no Idea about which is better than another but

http://www.wisdom-books.com/SiteSearchR ... ubmit=+Go+
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby Reductor » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:15 am

Not quite an encyclopedia, but I suspect it will have a lot in it related to your interest.

http://www.amazon.com/Buddhist-Religion ... 673&sr=8-1

Has the venerable Paññāsikhara any comment on this, book, by the way? I have wondered if it is fair to the other traditions.

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Re: Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby Kare » Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:59 am

Not exactly a large encyclopedia, but still very good:

Damien Keown: Dictionary of Buddhism http://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Buddhi ... 745&sr=8-4

A much larger book (and also very good): Philippe Cornu: Dictionnaire Encyclopédique du Bouddhisme http://www.amazon.fr/Dictionnaire-encyclopédique-bouddhisme-Philippe-Cornu/dp/2020822733/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264931829&sr=8-3
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