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Post by Will on Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:52 pm

Bhikshu Dharmamitra has finally finished (in spite of very poor health) his translations of some wonderful Mahayana texts never before seen in English.

His website is also back - http://www.kalavinka.org/ (.com will also work, as well as kalavinkapress.org or .com) There you can order the books or read samples or donate. Donations are much needed.
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Post by Will on Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:44 pm

For those with slow Internet connections, Bhikshu Dharmamitra is adding some excerpts in HTML format.
http://www.kalavinka.com/Jewels/jewels_toc.htm
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Post by Will on Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:54 am

Books are now available.
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Post by Will on Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:14 pm

Here is an excerpt from the Vasubandhu work on Bodhi Resolve:

Translator’s Introduction


I am pleased to be able to present here in English translation a marvelous
treatise
by Vasubandhu Bodhisattva on the most crucial of
all topics in Mahāyāna Buddhism, namely, the altruistic resolve on
the part of the bodhisattva to gain the utmost, right, and perfect
enlightenment of a buddha. Although there are numerous examples
of primary and secondary works in the Mahāyāna canon focusing
on the resolve to become a buddha, I have as yet found none which

so completely and concisely distill into a short and potent work all

of the metaphysical teachings and bodhisattva path practices most
directly relevant to this most essential of bodhisattva vows.

My keen interest in translating this work stems in part from
an observation regarding the manner in which many students of
Dharma respond to Buddhism as it is presented to them in Western

Dharma communities. Understandably, practitioners tend to focus

primarily upon meditation practice as a powerfully effective means

for reducing personal afflictions and enhancing happiness. One of

the consequences of this exclusive focus on maintaining a sense of

personal well-being and peacefulness in the near term is that one
may not concern oneself so much with the true character of the lon
ger-
term spiritual Path presented by the Buddha. As a result, it is
common for meditation-focused Dharma students to remain oblivious
to the significance and essentiality of the bodhisattva vow.
Having noticed this phenomenon, I have made a point of translating
a range of authoritative works which teach meditation and

doctrine in great detail, but which do so only in the context of the

greater vision of what comprises the means to spiritual liberation in
the Buddhist path. Among these translations are four works on the

topic of bodhicitta
, the bodhisattva’s resolve to become a buddha. The
most doctrinally-specific and practice-specific of those
bodhicitta focused
works is the present work authored by Vasubandhu. The

other three texts (by Ārya Nāgārjuna, Patriarch Sheng’an Shixian,
and the Tang Dynasty literatus, Peixiu) are published under separate
cover as
On Generating the Resolve to Become a Buddha. I hope
that translation of these bodhi-resolve texts may make some small
contribution to the development of a more nuanced understanding
of Mahāyāna Buddhism among Western Buddhists.
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