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Religious Studies Collections



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Key reference sources in Western languages in religious studies.
General references sources

Buddhist community at Stanford
(Especially useful for buddhist resources: Buddhist links)
Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies

Useful sites
Buddhist Site by Vajraguru
Buddhist Information Network
Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library
UK Association for Buddhist Studies
Resources for the Study of Buddhism
Digital Library & Museum for Buddhist Studies


A Bibliographic Database on Buddhism


Singh, Lipika.
The world of Buddhism.Gurgaon: Shubhi Publications, 2006. 2 vols.
BQ128 .S56 2006

Inada, Kenneth K.
Guide to Buddhist philosophy. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, 1985.
Z7128 .B93 I53 1985

Reynolds, Frank E.
Guide to Buddhist religion. Boston: Hall, 1981.
Information Center Z7860.R48

A Handbook of Tibetan culture : a guide to Tibetan centres and resources throughout the world. Compiled by The Orient Foundation, edited by Graham Coleman.  Boston: Shambhala, 1993.
Information Center DS786.H327 1993

Asian religious studies information. Stony Brook, NY: Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions, 1987-88.
BL1000 .A742

Yu, David C.
Guide to Chinese religion. David C. Yu with contributions by Laurence G. Thompson. (Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, 1985.
Information Center Z7757.C6 Y8 1985

Buddhist research information.
[Stonybrook, N.Y.]: Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions. 1-10, 1979-83


On line

Information on Pali literature and publications of the Pali Text Society, 1996-97, with additional updates


Bretzke, James T.
Bibliography on East Asian religion and philosophy. Lewiston, N.Y.: E. Mellen Press, 2001. (Studies in Asian thought and religion; vol. 23)
Z7821 .B74 2001

Hanayama, Shinsh¯o
Bibliography on Buddhism. New Delhi : Akshaya Prakashan, 2005.
Z7860 .H36 2005

Buddhism: a select bibliography. 2nd enl. & rev. ed. Gurgaon, Haryana. Indian Documentation Service, 1986. (Subject bibliography series, 1)
Z7860.S28 1986

Yoo, Yushin.
Books on Buddhism. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1976.
Information Center Z7860.Y64

Hanayama, Shinsho.
Bibliography on Buddhism. Tokyo, Hokuseido Press, 1961.
Information Center Z7835.B9H3

Held, Hans Ludwig.
Deutsche Bibliographie des Buddhismus. Hildesheim; New York: G.Olms, 1973.
Reprint of the 1916 ed., published by Hans Sachs-Verlag, Munich.


Gardner, James L.
Zen Buddhism: a classified bibliography of Western-language publications through 1990. Salt Lake City, Utah: Wings of Fire Press, 1991.
Z7864.Z4G37 1991

Vessie, Patricia Armstrong.
Zen Buddhism: a bibliography of books and articles in English, 1892-1975. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms International, 1976.

Beautrix, Pierre.
Bibliographie du bouddhisme Zen: Bruxelles: Institut belge des hautes etudes bouddhiques, [no date] (Publications de l'Institut belge des hautes etudes bouddhiques: Serie Bibliographies, 1-)
Library has vol. 1 and Premier Supplement [1975].

Chinese Buddhism
See China

Indian Buddhism

Nakamura, Hajime.
Indian Buddhism: a survey with bibliographical notes. Delhi : Motilal Banarsidass, 1987.
(Buddhist traditions, v.1)
BQ336.N35 1987

Japanese Buddhism

A Bibliography on Japanese Buddhism, edited by Bando Shojun and others. Tokyo, CHB Press, 1958.
Stanford Auxiliary Library 016.29432.B582


Introductions, Bibliographies, Catalogs, Handbooks

Buddhist text information. New York, Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions. no. 1-78; Nov. 1974-1993-
Z7835 .B9 B8 (latest in current periodicals)

The experience of Buddhism: sources and interpretations. Compiled by John S. Strong. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1995. (The religious life in history series)
BQ 122.E97 2002

Hinuber, Oskar von.
A handbook of Pali literature. Berlin; New Yor : Walter de Gruyter, 1996. (Indian philology and South Asian studies, v. 2)
PK4503 .H56 1996

Systematische Ubersicht uber die buddhistische Sanskrit-Literatur = A systematic survey of Buddhist Sanskrit literature. Im Auftrage der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Gottingen hrsg. von Heinz Bechert. Wiesbaden: F. Steiner Verlag, 1979-
Z7860 .S95
Vol. 2 published as

Steinkellner, Ernst.
Texte der erkenntnistheoretischen Schule des Buddhismus: systematische Ubersicht uber die buddhistische Sanskrit-Literatur II. Systematic survey of Buddhist Sanskrit literature II. Ernst Steinkellner und Michael Torsten Much ; mit einem Vorwort von Heinz Bechert. Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1995. (Abhandlungen der Akademie derWissenschaften in Gottingen, Philologisch-Historische Klasse, 3. Folge, Nr. 214)
Z7860.S74 1995

Pfandt, Peter.
Mahayana texts translated into Western languages: a bibliographical guide. Compiled by Peter Pfandt on behalf of the Religionswissenschaftliches Seminar der Universitat Bonn. Rev. ed. with supplement. Koln: In Kommission bei E.J. Brill, 1986.
Z7862.P52 1986

Sangharakshita, Bhikshu,.
The eternal legacy: an introduction to the canonical literature of Buddhism. London: Tharpa Publications, 1985.
BQ1110 .S23 1985

Gronbold, Gunter.
Der buddhistische Kanon: eine Bibliographie. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1984.
Z7862.G8711 1984

Conze, Edward.
Buddhist Scriptures. New York: Garland Pub., 1982.
Z7862.C66 1982.

Nanjio, Bunyiu.
A Catalogue of the Buddhist Tripitaka. New Delhi: Lokesh Chandra, 1980.
Information Center Z7862.N36

Lancaster, Lew.
The Korean Buddhist Canon. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979.

Ui, Hakuju.
A complete catalogue of the Tibetan Buddhist Canons. (Bha·h-·hgyur and Bstan-·hgyur) Ed. by Hakuju Ui, Munetada Suzuki, Yensh¯o Kanakura [and] T¯okan Tada. Sendai, Japan, T¯ohoku Imperial University aided by the Sait¯o Gratitude Foundation, l934.
SPEC-COLL Z7095 .U33 1 Reference: Non-circulating
and 016.29432 .K16U 1 INTRANSIT

See also in Texts: T¯ohoku Teikoku Daigaku. H¯obun Gakubu.

Texts on line

Database of classical Chinese philosophy. Computer data. Stanford, CA : Academic Text Service of Stanford University, 1995.
Contents notes: Electronic Version of Basic Writings of Chuang Tzu -- Electronic Version
of Hsun Tzu Basic Writings -- Electronic Version of the Basic Writings of Mo Tzu -- Electronic Version of Tao Te Ching / Lao Tzu -- Electronic Version of The Analects / Confucius -- Electronic Version of The Mencius -- Electronic Version of Two Chinese Philosophers / Ch'eng Ming-tao, (1032-1085) and Ch'eng Yi-ch'uan, (1033-1107)
URL: Available to Stanford-affiliated users at:

Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

English Translation of the Buddhist Canon and Publication Project


BUDSIR IV for Windows [computer file].  Bangkok, Thailand: Mahidol University Computing Center, 1997. 2 disks and user manual.
Contents notes: Computer version of the Buddhist scriptures (Pali canon), representing the collected teachings and sayings of the Buddha (45 vols.) plus commentary and other sacred texts (70 vols.), in Romanized Pali Thai script.
BQ1171 1996 HAS-DIGIT (Lane Room): Non-circulating

Sde dge Bstan 'gyur [electronic resource].
Derge Tengyur. Derge redaction of the tengyur. English subtitle on container and insert: Commentaries on the Buddha's word by Indian masters. New York , N.Y.: The Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, [2003]
11 CD-ROMs
Note: "Reproduced from editions of the individual sections published in Delhi at the Delhi Karmapae Chodhey, Gyalwae Sungrab Partun Khang, itself a reproduction from a clear set of prints from the 18th century Sde-dge blocks."
HAS-DIGIT (Lane Room): Non-circulating BQ1270 2003

Da zheng xin xiu da zang jing = Taisho Tripitaka [electronic resource].
Portion of title: Da zheng xin xiu da zang jing
Portion of title: Taish¯o shinsh¯u Daiz¯oky¯o
Portion of title: Tripitaka in Chinese. CBETA Tripitaka 2000 CD. CBETA Dianzi Fodian
Taibei : Chung hua tien tzu fo tien hsieh hui = Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association, 1998-2000.
1 computer optical disc ; 4 3/4 in.
Series: (CBETA dian zi fo dian xi lie = CBETA Chinese Electronic Tripitaka series)
Note: CD-ROM version of: Taish¯o shinsh¯u Daiz¯oky¯o (Tripitaka in Chinese), published: Tokyo : Taish¯o Issaiky¯o Kank¯okai, 1924-1932. 85 vols.
Incomplete contents: [Disc 1] v. 1-17, v. 22-32.
East Asia Library BQ1210 .T35 2000 1 Chinese Collection

Index to Taisho shinshu daizokyo (printed):

Répertoire du Canon bouddhique sino-japonais : édition de Taish¯o (Taish¯o shinsh¯u daiz¯oky¯o). Compilé par Paul Demiéville, Hubert Durt, Anna Seidel.
Edition: Éd. rév. et augm. Paris : Librairie d'Amérique et d'Orient Adrien-Maisonneuve ; Tokyo : Maison Franco-japonaise, 1978.
Physical Description: 372 p. ; 26 cm.
Note: A revised and expanded edition of the Fascicule annexe of the Hôbôgirin.
BL1403 .H6 1978

Texts in print and Microform

The Sacred books of the East, translated by various Oriental scholars and edited by F. Max Muller. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879-1910. 50 vols.

Sacred texts of the Buddhists. Oxford: Pali Text Society, 1948-
Classed as separates.

Kanjur. Phu drag bka' 'gyur.
Title on microfiche header: Phu-brag Bka-gyur
Location list for the texts in the microfiche edition of the Phug brag Kanjur. Stony Brook, N.Y. ; The Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions, [1990]
120 vols. on 7,698 microfiches.
Note: Microfiche set based on a microfilm made by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala from their manuscript written some time between 1696 and 1706.
Note: Includes three microfiche "Location list for the texts in the microfiche edition of the Phug brag Kanjur, compiled from the microfiche edition and Jampa Samten's descriptive catalogue", by Helmut Eimer, 1993.
Media Microtext Collection (Lower Level) MFICHE 2996

Tanjur. Co-ne par-ma.
The Tibetan Buddhist Canon, commentarial section [microform] : microfilmed from the volumes deposited at the Library of Congress. Title from microfiche header: Cone Tanjur. Co ne bstan ’gyur. Cone Tanjur. Cone, Kansu, China: Co-ne Monastery., 18th cent.
Physical Description: 209 v. (IASWR Microform Series.)
Note: Dkar chag (table of contents lacking vol. & pp. refs.) in v.208.
Note: This ed. printed from wood-blocks carved during the 18th cent. at the Tibetan monastery at Cone, Kansu, western China.
Notes: Microfiche. Stony Brook, N.Y.: The Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions, 1974. 2,226 microfiches.
Media Microtext Collection (Lower Level) MFICHE 2995

Tipitaka. Suttapi·taka. Sa·myuttanik¯aya. English. The connected discourses of the Buddha: a new translation of the Sa·myutta Nik¯aya;  translated from the P¯ali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2000. 2 vols
BQ1332 .B63 E5 2000

Tipitaka. Suttapitaka. Dighanikaya. English.
The long discourses of the Buddha: a translation of the Digha Nikaya. Translated from the Pali by Maurice Walshe. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1995.
BQ1292.E53W35 1995

Tipitaka. Suttapitaka. Majjhimanikaya. English
The middle length discourses of the Buddha: a new trnslation of the Majjhima Nikaya. Original translation by Bhikkhu ~Nanamoli; translation edited and revised by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1995.
BQ1312.E5 N36 1995

Tripitaka (Tibetan version) [Derge edition of the Tibetan version of the Tripitaka].
[Derge, China: s.n., after 1733]. 215 bundles; 12 x 51 cm.
Note: The 18th century redaction of Si-tu Pa·n-chen Chos-kyi-’byu·n-gnas.
Note: Consists of the two great collections: Bka’-’gyur (Kanjur) (bundles DK1-DK99), and Bstan ’gyur (Tanjur) (bundles DT1-DT116).
Note: Printed from the wooden blocks made at the Derge Monastery in Tibet ca. 1729-1733. Detailed study of text required for more exact date of manufacture, but probably printed in the early 20th century.
Rare Books Collection BQ1250 1733Z F

For a listing of the contents of the bundles, see:

T¯ohoku Teikoku Daigaku. H¯obun Gakubu.
Chibetto Daiz¯oky¯o s¯omokuroku / T¯ohoku Teikoku Daigaku H¯obun Gakubu hen.
Added t.p. title: Complete catalogue of the Tibetan Buddhist canons. Sendai-shi: T¯ohoku Teikoku Daigaku H¯obun Gakubu, Sh¯owa 9 [1934]. 2 v.
Added t.p., v. [1]: A complete catalogue of the Tibetan Buddhist canons (Bka·h-·hgyur and Bstan-·hgyur) / edited by Hakuju Ui, Munetada Suzuki, Yenshô Kanakura, Tôkan Tada. Note: Preface also in English and Tibetan.
Rare Book Collection Reference Z7095 .U33
and EAST-ASIA \REF.\J-Z8762.4 .T63 1934


Woodward, Frank Lee.
Pali Tipitakam concordance, being a concordance in Pali to The three baskets of Buddhists scriptures in the Indian order of letters, listed by F. L. Woodward & others, arr. and edited by E. M. Hare and others. London: Published for the Pali Text Society, by Luzac, 1956- (Library has last 3 vols. Last published in 1995)


Digital dictionary of Buddhism [electronic resource]. Chief editor, Charles Muller. Chiba, Japan : Charles Muller, 2001-
Current frequency: Updated daily
Volume/date range: Mounted on web in 2001
Note: Title from home page (viewed Aug. 18, 2006).
Note: Includes the online version of the print publication: Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist terms, by Soothill and Hodous.
Note: This database was in paper format from 1995-2000, titled: Dictionary of East Asian Buddhism Terms (DEABT).
Summary: A compilation of Buddhist technical terminology texts, temples, schools, persons, etc. that are found in East Asian Buddhist canonical sources. Since much of what East Asian Buddhists have written about is the Buddhism of India, Central Asia, and Tibet, the content of this database/dictionary/encyclopedia/translation glossary is pan-Buddhist in character. Dictionaries and other reference sources are in many East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan).
Added author: Muller, A. Charles, 1953-
Added author: Soothill, William Edward, 1861-1935. Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist terms.

Encyclopaedia of Buddhist world. Eds Ranjana Rani Singhal, Pradeep Kumar. New Delhi: Centrum Press, 2012. 10 vols.
BQ4012 .E53 2012

Encyclopaedia of Bhutanese Buddhism. Eds Raman Singh, Siya Mishra Haldhar. New Delhi: Centrum Press, 2012. 5 vols.
BQ400 .B52 E53 2012

Encyclopaedia of Tibetan Buddhism. Eds Kuldeep Chant Agnithotri, Sanjay Kumar. New Delhi, Anmol Publications, 2012. 5 vols.
BQ7604 .E53 2012

Soothill, William Edward
A dictionary of Chinese Buddhist terms : with Sanskrit and English equivalents and a Sanskrit-Pali index. Compiled by William Edward Soothill and Lewis Hodous. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2000.
Note: Reprint. Originally published: London : K. Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1937.
Humanities & Area Studies Res Ctr BQ130.S65 2000

Encyclopaedia of Buddhism: a world faith.  [Edited] by M.G. Chitkara. New Delhi: A.P.H. Publishing Corp., 1999- Planned in 21 vols.
Contents Notes on volumes at Stanford::
v. 1. The Dhammapada stories, verses & commentary -- v. 2. World peace in nuclear age -- v. 3. So says Bodhisattva -- v. 4. Buddhism and environment -- v. 5. Buddhist Nirvana -- v. 6. Buddhism pulsative Himalayas -- v. 7. Vipassana meditation -- v. 8. Global values -- v. 9. The middle path. -- v.10. Buddha's myths and legends. -- v. 11. Main currents in Buddhism. -- v.12. World of sorrows and sufferings. -- v. 13. Edifice of Buddhism. -- v. 14. Bodhisattva and selflessness -- v. 15. A vehicle of social change -- v. 17. Saddharmapundarika : the Lotus Sutra
BQ128 .E64 1999

The Buddhists: encyclopaedia of Buddhism. Compiler and editor, Subodh Kapoor.
Imprint: New Delhi: Cosmo Publications, 2001. 5 vols.
BQ128 .B83 2001

International encyclopaedia of Buddhism. Editor, Nagendra Kumar Singh. New Delhi: Anmol Publications, 1996-
Includes bibliographical references.
To date 75 volumes published (August 1999).
BQ128 .I58 1996

Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Robert E. Buswell, Jr., editor in chief.
Electronic version: Available to Stanford-affiliated users at: [Link]
New York : Macmillan Reference USA/Thomson/Gale, 2004. 2 vols.
Information Center BQ128 .E62 2004

The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism. Tokyo, Soka Gakkaai, 2002. BQ130 .S65 2002

Baroni, Helen Josephine.
The illustrated encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism. New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 2002. BQ9259 .B37 2002

Cornu, Philippe.
Dictionnaire encyclopédique du bouddhisme. Paris: Seuil, 2001.
Humanities & Area Studies Res Ctr BQ130 .C67 2001

Dictionnaire du bouddhisme. Encyclopaedia Universalis. Paris: Albin Michel; Paris: Encyclopaedia Universalis, 1999. (Encyclopaedia Universalis)
Humanities & Area Studies Res Ctr BQ130 .D48 1999

The encyclopedia of Eastern philosophy and religion: Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen / Buddhism & Taoism. Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber ... [et al.] ; editors. Boston: Shambhala, 1989. Information Center BL1005.L4813 1988

and based on material from The Encyclopedia of Eastern philosophy and religion: Shambhala, 1989 are:
The Shambhala dictionary of Taoism. Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber. Boston: Shambhala, 1996.
BL1923 .S48 1996
The Shambhala dictionary of Buddhism and Zen. Editors, Stephan Schuhmacher, Gert Woerner. Boston: Shambhala, 1991.
BQ 130.L492513 1991

Repertoire du Canon bouddhique sino-japonais: edition de Taisho (Taisho shinshu daizokyo) / compil.  par Paul Demieville, Hubert Durt, Anna Seidel. Edition  rev. et augm. Paris: Librairie d'Amerique et d'Orient Adrien-Maisonneuve; Tokyo: Maison Franco-japonaise, 1978.
BL1403 .H6 1978

A Dictionary of Buddhism. Introd. by T. O. Ling. New York, Scribner [1972].
BQ130 .D5

Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Edited by G.P. Malalasekera et al. Colombo, Sri Lanka ; Governmnet of Sri Lanka, 1961-           planned in 11 vols. Library has 7 vols.
BL1403 .E56

Bunce, Fredrick W. An encyclopaedia of Buddhist deities, demigods, godlings, saints, and demons with special focus on iconographic attributes. New Delhi : D.K. Printworld, 1994. 2 vols. (Emerging perceptions in Buddhist studies, no. 1-2)

Hobogirin; dictionnaire encyclopedique du bouddhisme d'apr`es les sources chinoises et japonaises, publie sous le haut patronage del'Academie imperiale du Japon et sous la direction de Sylvain J. Takakusu...Redacteur en chef, Paul Demieville. Tokyo: Maison franco-japonaise, 1929- 7vols. (vol. 4 is missing)

Hobogirin; dictionnaire encyclopedique du bouddhisme d'apr`es les sources chinoises et japonaises. Fascicule annexe. Tables du Taisho Issaikyo, nouvelle edition du Canon bouddhique chinois,  publie sous la direction de J. Takakusu et K. Watanabe. Tokyo, Maison franco-japonaise, 1931. (Supplement to vol. 7)
294.303.H683 Suppl.

Prebish, Charles S.
Historical dictionary of Buddhism. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1993.
BQ130.P74 1993

Lokesh Chandra.
Dictionary of Buddhist iconography. New Delhi: International Academy of Indian Culture and Aditya Prakashan, 1999. 15 vols. (Sata-pi·taka series; v. 601)
 Humanities & Area Studies Res Ctr BQ4620 .L65 1999

Bunce, Fredrick W.
A dictionary of Buddhist and Hindu iconography, illustrated: objects, devices, concepts, rites, and related terms.New Delhi: D.K. Printworld, 1997, 1995.
N8193 .A4 B86 1997

Liebert, Goesta.
Iconographic dictionary of the Indian religions : Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism. Leiden: Brill, 1976. (Studies in South Asian culture ; v. 5)
DS503 .S77 F V.5


Hawkins, Bradley K.
Buddhism. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1999.
BQ4022 .H39 1999

Keown, Damien.
Buddhism: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
BQ4022 .K46 1996

Snelling, John.
The Buddhist handbook: a complete guide to Buddhist schools, teaching, practice, and history. Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions, 1991.
BQ4012 .S64 1991

Robinson, Richard H.
The Buddhist religion: a historical introduction. 2d ed. Belmont,Calif.: Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1977. (The Religious life of man series)
BQ4012.R6 1977


Trenckner, Vilhelm.
A critical Pali dictionary. begun by V. Trenckner; rev., continued and ed. by Dines Andersen, Helmer Smith and Hans Hendriksen. Copenhagen: Commissioner: Munksgaard, 1924/48- (Library has v.1; v.2, fasc.1-17, v.3, fasc.1-5)
PK1091 .T7 F

Soothill, William Edward, 1861-1935.
A dictionary of Chinese Buddhist terms : with Sanskrit and English equivalents and a Sanskrit-Pali index. Compiled by William Edward Soothill and Lewis Hodous. Delhi : Motilal Banarsidass, 2000.
Humanities & Area Studies Res Ctr BQ130 .S652000

The Rangjung Yeshe Tibetan-English dictionary of Buddhist culture [electronic resource].
Kathmandu: Rangjung Yeshe Publications. Erik Hein Schmidt, 2003.
Note: Includes the Tibetan-English dictionary of James Valby and Ives Waldo, the vocabulary of Richard Barron and the Tibetan-Sanskrit-English dictionary of Jeffrey Hopkins.

ZMS 1517 1 Media Microtext Collection (Lower Level)

Rigzin, Tsepak.
Na·n don rig paì mi·n tshig Bod dbyin san sbyar = Tibetan-English dictionary of Buddhist terminology.Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 2003.
BQ130 .R54 2003





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