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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #75 on: February 06, 2015, 05:05:12 pm »
Tao Te Ching and Bhagavad Gita.  Read them each 100 times before you start on the Dhammapada!

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #76 on: February 14, 2015, 11:02:32 am »
There is no one perfect book, for everyone. Each person is different and will find their own "one book" -- but even that will change over time. Really good books can be read again and again and each time is new. Why? Because our understanding evolves and what we read confirms whatever understanding we have at the time. I'm trying to write the ultimate beginning meditation manual at frogzen.com but not everyone will find it useful.
My first formal meditation training was with Shunryu Suzuki in the 60's and later with Kobun, Robert Aitken and many other teachers (mainly zen). However, I've spent the most time practicing on my own, which is all I do now. I'm living in a rather isolated area so I miss connecting with other practitioners. Despite my interest in zen I've made an effort to remain secular. You can visit my website at http://www.frogzen.com

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #77 on: February 23, 2015, 08:29:51 pm »
The first books on Buddhism I read were the Modern Buddhism books by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Right now I have been studying on www.buddhanet.net
Happy the peaceful live, discarding both victory and defeat.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #78 on: February 24, 2015, 03:20:38 pm »
Never Turn Away by Rigdzen Shikpo is a good short read, it has a good introduction to formless meditation as well.  I found it really useful as a reintroduction to practice.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #79 on: March 05, 2015, 07:03:53 pm »
I just got a translation of the Dhammapada off of Amazon, I absolutely love it. Same information you can get on buddhanet.net!
It is such a beautiful read, I truly feel honored to have this book in my collection.
Happy the peaceful live, discarding both victory and defeat.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #80 on: June 23, 2015, 11:39:00 am »
I would honestly say 'Opening the Door of your heart' by Ajahn Brahm. It introduces the themes of Buddhism without overwhelming a newbie with theory. It's also a beautiful book filled full of accessible and hopeful stories.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #81 on: August 29, 2015, 06:34:56 pm »
Sutta Pitaka I think is above them all in my opinion.

Uddhumataka – Vinilaka – Vipubbaka – Vicchiddaka – Vikkhayitaka –
Vikkhittaka – Hata-vikkhittaka – Lohitaka – Pulavaka – Atthika

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #82 on: September 09, 2015, 10:21:07 pm »
Perhaps you can pose ONE big question, then it would be easier to recommend the book.

Buddhists takes different paths, different methods, different lineage & different sects. People with different inclinations are drawn to different aspects of the teachings.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #83 on: March 11, 2016, 09:01:34 pm »
I have to recommend "The teachings of Buddha" by a Japanese association called Dendo Kyokai. It was the first real book I had and is the most essential bits of the early buddhist texts. Was the perfect book for me at 16 when I found it, and I would still recommend it as a first

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #84 on: July 21, 2016, 11:18:32 pm »
Let's say you met a complete beginner, not knowing much about the four noble truths or the noble eightfold path and having no idea about different buddhist schools.
If you could recommend only one book, which one would you choose?

I haven't read so many, so I would have to go with "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Perhaps .....I would just say , " forget about filling your mind with knowledge " ...and later I ask "......just imagine if you could taking out every knowledge of your mind , what is there left in the mind ?......" ......I perhaps will continue to say "...the one that left in the mind is you ......the one that left in the mind is emotion , is desire , is love , is greed , is fear , is worry ...that is you and Buddhism is simply the natural process realizing what are you ... instead of leading you to who you become".............

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #85 on: October 29, 2016, 06:59:23 am »
I just got a translation of the Dhammapada off of Amazon, I absolutely love it. Same information you can get on buddhanet.net!
It is such a beautiful read, I truly feel honored to have this book in my collection.

HI ldtibbets :-)

I like the line in your signature:
"Happy the peaceful live, discarding both victory and defeat"
I like it...  where is it from ? Who is the  original author ? 

please let me know

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #86 on: August 28, 2017, 09:26:10 am »
My teacher is Lama Jampa Thaye. He was born in Bolton in 1952 and is an authorised and respected teacher in Kagyu and Sakya of Tibetan Buddhism. Thorsons published his book 'Way of Tibetan Buddhism' which in my opinion is better than any other book on Tibetan Buddhism out there. See www.lamajampa.org and http://www.dechen.org/the-way-of-tibetan-buddhism/ for a great introductory talk based on the book i just mentioned. The Amazon link is here where it's called the essentials of Tibetan Buddhism https://www.amazon.co.uk/Essentials-Tibetan-Buddhism-Jampa-Thaye/dp/1541069471/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1503937520&sr=8-2&keywords=essentials+of+tibetan+buddhism

 


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