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Primary sources for teachings from the First Phase of Buddhism:

Ascetic Shakyamuni
Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha of First Phase Buddhism

Dhammapada: The Way of Truth The most essential collection of the historical Buddha’s sayings. These poetic verses were first spoken by the historical Buddha and are unique time capsules of his message, because the poetry was easy to remember and difficult to re-edit without disturbing the original rhyme and meter.

In the Buddhas Words Both in terms of content and arrangement, this is perhaps the best collection of the earliest records of the historical Buddha currently available in English.

Primary sources for Imagination teachings from the Second Phase of Buddhism:

Amitabha from Chetral Rinpoche
Amitabha, the main archetypal Buddha of Second Phase Buddhism

Karandavyuha Sutra The earliest source for the classic Buddhist mantra OM Manipadme HUNG, the Mantrayana Imagination practice not requiring initiation as a basis for practice.

Three Pure Land Sutras The most commonly referenced Buddhist Sutras in Asia; spanning distances and cultures as far apart as India and Japan, and respected from Mongolia all the way to the South China Sea Islands.

Primary sources for Imagination teachings from the Third Phase of Buddhism:

Padmasambhava from Chetral Rinpoche
Padmasambhava, a major Third Phase Buddhist teacher

Concise Dudjom Tersar Ngondro in Verse Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje’s essential verses for modern practitioners undertaking the classic Foundation Yogas of Buddhism, centered around the tantric guru, Padmasambhava, and dedicated to the archetypal Buddha Amitabha.

Secondary sources for teachings from the Fourth Phase of Buddhism:

Buddha Figure, commissioned by a Fourth Phase Western Buddhist

Buddhist Meditation: Systematic and Practical: A collection of the essential teachings and practices for all Buddhist practice lineages.

Lectures by Urgyen Sangharakshita: A treasury of lectures bridging the gap between Buddhist culture and modern times.

人的開悟的理想 Human Enlightenment, by Sangharakshita. Translation into Chinese thanks to Pabodhana and the Translation Society of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Writings by Dr. Alan Sponberg (Dharmacari Sāramati): Literature from one of the West’s leading scholars of Chinese Buddhist philosophy, specializing in the Yogacara.

Life-stories of famous Fourth Phase Buddhists in South Asia from the 1880’s to the 1960’s:

Anagarika Dharmapala and Dr. B.R. AmbedkarDr. Ambedkar and Dharmapala, two heroes of Fourth Phase Buddhism

Flame in Darkness: The Life and Sayings of Anagarika Dharmapala By Urgyen Sangharakshita, who served as the Senior Editor for Anagarika Dharmapala’s Maha Bodhi Journal.

Ambedkar and Buddhism By Urgyen Sangharakshita, who personally advised Dr. B.R. Ambedkar through his Buddhist conversion process. After Dr. Ambedkar’s early death, Sangharakshita continued his work in the Dalit community to establish this Fourth Phase Buddhist movement in India.

Moving Against the Stream: The Birth of a New Buddhist Movement By Urgyen Sangharakshita, the senior most fourth-generation Western Buddhist teacher, about his time in India and England leading up to beginning a Fourth Phase Buddhist movement in the West.