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Buddhist philosophy resources

A guide to Buddhist philosophy resources available from ANU Library

What are reference sources?

Reference sources are resources used to locate basic information and secondary literature.

There are many types of reference sources, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, handbooks, guides, and style manuals. 

They are a fantastic places to begin your research, especially if you are exploring a new topic.

Reference sources can help you to:

  • define your topic in general terms
  • find background information, including themes and key points
  • identify keywords and alternative terms for conceptualising your subject, and for database searching.

Buddhist philosophy - key resources

Buddhist philosophy has a long history in the Western Canon of Buddhist literature.

If a researcher was to look specifically for publications on Mādhyamika or Yogācāra philosophy they would find multiple resources from the present day going back decades in time. However, when searching for reference texts specifically on Buddhist philosophy, source materials are more difficult to find and limited in their publication frequency.

Therefore, this LibGuide has taken the approach of promoting textual materials from the early 2000s to the present. This year range will allow the user of this guide to find the most useful reference texts on the topic of Buddhist philosophy.

Key resources

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