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A vital link in the westward transmission of the dharma, Dwight Goddard's A Buddhist Bible is about to be republished this spring by Beacon Press. Originally printed more than sixty years ago, it was the first English-language anthology of Buddhist teachings and was crucial to the development of Buddhism in America. This is an excerpt from the foreword to the new edition.


© David E. Starry, Courtesy the First Zen Institute of America Students of Zen Buddhism come to me with a variety of "first books" in their past and among them, with some frequency, is Dwight Goddard's durable anthology of translations, A Buddhist Bible, originally published in 1932 and then republished in its present, enlarged form in 1938.

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