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"Buddhism's ancient history and depth of culture are reflective in this volume's extensiveness... Owing to the length and breadth of this volume, this will supersede previously published titles such as Damien Keown's Oxford Dictionary of Buddhism."--Ray Arnett, Library Journal (Starred Review) "One of the take-a ways is how we're just scratching the surface on what we have translated into English. I almost regret the decision I made about 25 years ago not to shift my focus from training to learning languages so I could be a Buddhist scholar. Particularly, I was struck by how little I know about the Korean tradition! Except for Buswell's work, there's still very little translated into English, as far as I know."--Dosho Port, Wild Fox Zen "As the most comprehensive collection of discrete Buddhist terms available, this resource is an outstanding addition to available reference sources... Highly recommended for theological, academic, and large public libraries."--Christopher McConnell, Booklist "[T]he dictionary includes an impressive set of reference tools... Much more than a compilation of the philosophies of elite Buddhist figures, the Dictionary deepens our understanding of local traditions and their unique approaches to Buddhist practice, offering glimpses into the many Buddhisms and Buddhist belief systems that have developed over the past two and a half millennia. Both professional and amateur scholars will want to keep The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism within easy reach."--Rory Lindsay, Buddhadharma "This encyclopedic dictionary by Buswell and Lopez likely will become an essential resource for students and scholars of Buddhism. It has over 5,000 entries varying in length from a paragraph to a full page."--Choice "This Dictionary of Buddhism ... deserves recognition as a highly useful and worthwhile contribution to the field. Its breadth of coverage and its clear and convenient style of presentation make it a valuable reference source for researchers, teachers, and students in Buddhist Studies, and for more general readers as well."--Choong Mun-keat, Reviews of Books

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Robert E. Buswell Jr. holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and founding director of the Center for Buddhist Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the two-volume "Encyclopedia of Buddhism" and the author of "The Zen Monastic Experience" (Princeton), among many other books. Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of "The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Biography" and the editor of "Buddhism in Practice" (both Princeton), among many other books.

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Helps Fill In Critical Gaps in Buddhist References 31. Dezember 2013
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I recently obtained this book because I was looking for critical and often missing information about Buddhist schools in China (San-lun and Tian-tai) and about Vietnamese Buddhism. I heard that the book also had a lot of Korean Buddhist references that you can't find in other dictionaries, which I needed as well.

The book definitely doesn't disappoint. It is a pretty thick tome, and has entries for Chinese, Korean, Tibetan, Sanskrit, Japanese, Burmese Buddhism and so on. How many dictionaries do you know have Burmese Buddhist entries in them? Often times, the same entry will have the word in various languages so one can compare. This is pretty helpful for CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) Buddhist terms as they're often shared but differ slightly in pronunciation.

As other reviewers noted, the entries often contain excellent depth. The entry on Vietnamese "Thien" Buddhism is the first actual clear-cut definition on Vietnamese-style Zen Buddhism that I've seen anywhere. I haven't been able to find anything more than cursory details online, so I was really glad to find this book.

This book is definitely not for a casual or curious Buddhist. This is definitely a heavy, industrial-strength reference to Buddhist terms in various countries, but for a series researcher this is an invaluable resource.

The book itself comes in very nice sturdy binding, with soft white pages and nice formatting for easy reading.
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Now an Excellent Resource! 29. November 2013
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Originally I downloaded the Dictionary to my Kindle and was hugely disappointed because it was not AT THAT TIME searchable. HOWEVER, since then the publisher has revised the Kindle edition to make it searchable and also to preserve the links within subjects. I've downloaded the newly revised version, and it is quite different now. So now it rates a full five stars. To have a document like this one, so rich in resources, is a true gift! Please do know that, due to the comprehensive nature of this book, your search may not be instantaneously rewarded, but persevere and it will be! Mitra BishopThe Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
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Not perfect in my mind, but might not be editor's fault 25. Januar 2014
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In using a dictionary, I always feel an electronic edition is much better than a printed one since it is easier to search. Since I read the electronic edition, I would divide the review into technical and contextual part:

Technical: Comparing between other popular epub format (which, I downloaded the sample only and you know which company I am talking about) and Kindle's azw edition of the dictionary, I vote for Kindle's azw. The other epub format sometime can't display a term properly, e.g., in bhavaṅga, the ṅ would become an inconceivable character. Kindle can at least display the character correctly though it is not perfect, e.g. you couldn't search "Mahayana" since the entry is collected as "Mahāyāna". This is probably not the editor's fault but is definitely, sometime annoying.

The entries selection strongly reflect the preference of the two professors, and to a certain extent, English (maybe American) world of Buddhism. e.g.

a. Thích Nhất Hạnh, Dilgo Kyentse (entered as Dil mgo mkhyen brtse) is included by not Yin Shun (印順).
b. Taishō shinshū daizōkyō is included but not a mention of 開寶, the original Buddhist Canon.
c. There are too many entries' explanation that started with "In Japanese"
d. A separated entry of Tendaishū (Japanese) and TIANTAI ZONG (Chinese). I would tend to prefer to put the sub-branch Tendaishū under TIANTAI ZONG.

I wished a 2nd edition will include a broader selection. In my opinion, these cost the 1 star out of the 5.

Added 1/30/14: Obivously, the "other" epub format has improved. The could display "bhavaṅga" properly now.
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Worthy Reference Tool 28. November 2013
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This is a review at my blog at

"Just published, the new Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism promises to be a worthy reference tool for students of the Buddhadharma. "At more than one million words, this is the largest dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in the English Language."

What really drew me to this particular dictionary is the compilers willingness to include a more all-inclusive base [other than exclusively professional scholars] as sources for their entries, as they state:

There are now many more scholars of Buddhism, there is a much higher level of specialization, and there is a larger body of important scholarship on each of the many Buddhist cultures of Asia. In addition, the number of adherents of Buddhism in the West has grown significantly, with many developing an extensive knowledge of a particular Buddhist tradition, whether or not they hold the academic credentials of a professional Buddhologist. It has been our good fortune to be able to draw upon this expanding body of scholarship in preparing The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. (Emphasis Mine) [Buswell Jr., Robert E.; Donald S., Jr. Lopez (2013-11-24). The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Kindle Locations 85-89). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.]

This leads me to believe that Buswell and Lopez are open to acknowledge the validity of present-day Buddhist Schools of thought that are more experientially + scholarly based.

Am also impressed with the depth of their entries; for instance, take a word like the Buddhist "song-bird", "Kalavinka":

In Sanskrit, "kalaviṅka (cuckoo) bird"; a mythical bird from the HIMĀLAYA mountains with a call said to be far more beautiful than that of all other birds and so compelling that it could be heard even before the bird had hatched. The bird and its call are used as a simile for the BODHISATTVAs and their aspiration for enlightenment (BODHICITTA), which are so compelling and persuasive that, even before they have achieved complete, perfect enlightenment (ANUTTARASAMYAKSAṂBODHI), they are still far superior to all other spiritual adepts. (emphasis mine) As the AVATAṂSAKASŪTRA says, "It is like the kalaviṅka bird, which, even before it has hatched, has such great dynamism that other birds cannot challenge it. BODHISATTVA-MAHĀSATTVAS are just the same: even before they have hatched from inside the egg of birth-and-death, the dynamism deriving from the merit associated with generating the aspiration for enlightenment is so compelling that ŚRĀVAKAs and PRATYEKABUDDHAs cannot challenge them." The DAZHIDU LUN explains, "It is like the kalaviṅka bird, which even before it has hatched, has a call that is far more subtle and sublime than that of other birds. Bodhisattva-mahāsattvas are also just the same: although they may not have yet hatched from the egg of ignorance, the sound of their preaching and discoursing is far superior to that of the śrāvakas, pratyekabuddhas, and non-Buddhists." (emphasis mine)[Buswell Jr., Robert E.; Donald S., Jr. Lopez (2013-11-24). The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Kindle Locations 28036-28039). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.]

I purchased the Kindle Edition, which I can utilize on my regular Desk-Top-Version. I notice there's already a review up for this kindle edition, and it's not a very happy one since the reviewer is not at all pleased with the interface provided. So far, though, I've found it amiable--it even has "cross-referenced" words in highlights that you can click on which leads you directly to that particular entry."

Someone just inquired at my blog about my kindle edition, this was my response:

So far I've been able to find what I need with this Kindle version of the dictionary with little difficulty. The cross-references are always readily at hand when you bring up an entry and are just a click away. Also, I've been a student of the Buddhadharma for many years now, so am quite familiar with the terminology-so can find what I need without any trouble. You need to be familiar with any accentuation marks that appear on a given word, for instance like NĀGĀRJUNA, otherwise when you type the word in the search box it won't appear; I'm quite comfortable in this area so its been quite easy to use.

Also, by now I have a small "library" of books in my home and another "bulky-book" of this size is not something that I need. The Kindle Version is quite appropriate and I love it.
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Fabulous! Just about Perfect! 29. Juli 2014
Von Wendy S. King - Veröffentlicht auf
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WOW! Well-done,Noble Sons of Noble Families!
This dictionary is totally wonderful! Everything is in it including Pali, Sanskrit: both Buddhist and not, Tibetan in Wylie with a phonetic cross-reference for readers who don't know Tibetan, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English.

Descriptions are full and where debates regarding translation have arisen, they are mentioned. There are maps, timelines, brief histories, and pronunciation guides. Monasteries and historical locations are mentioned. I love this dictionary! It's what I have been waiting for all these years! I have given it as a gift to sangha members also, and you should have seen the huge grins! LOL!

The big problem appears to be the use of Wylie for Tibetan spelling. There is a way around this problem in the text. The dictionary includes an appendix of Tibetan Phonetic Cross-References (pp. 1259-1265), which will enable you to look up Tibetan terms by a typical phonetic rendering. The authors do want to reach a broader public, not just fellow scholars. Nevertheless, as a laywoman, I would prefer the common usage of several other scholars: a phonetic rendering followed by Wylie, Sanscrit, or Pali as needed.

I highly recommend this dictionary without reservation. It is well worth the cost and will last you for years of happy sleuthing!The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
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