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Offline Cafael Dust

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2009, 06:23:16 am »
I think 'What The Buddha Taught', by Walpola Rahula, is excellent.

http://calitreview.com/184

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2010, 10:01:45 pm »
"The Buddha and His Teachings" by Narada Mahathera
I second this.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2010, 05:00:53 am »
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.


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Investigation for Insight
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Susan Elbaum Jootla
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reference:  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/jootla/wheel301.html


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A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2010, 02:44:27 am »
I'd recommend 'Transform Your Life' by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, which is a presentation of the complete path to enlightenment.  It's simple enough to be understood by beginners but very profound and useful for all levels of practitioners.  :)

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2010, 05:49:25 am »
How about this little gem?:

Narada Maha Thera, Buddhism in a Nutshell (Ceylon [Sri Lanka], 1964). 

I read this in my little room in Tokyo in the fall of 1983/winter 1984.  I didn't know this until a few moments ago but an online search revealed that Narada Maha Thera (1898-1983), a Theravadan monk, had died within weeks, or a few months at most, just prior to my reading.  I didn't encounter Buddhist literature in a significant way for most of the next 20 years, but the basics in that slim volume have stayed with me. 

The title says it all -- not really meant for the people reading these forums (perhaps a quickie review though?) -- but a good start for someone starting a zero knowledge of the Dhamma.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2010, 01:01:39 pm »
I think 'What The Buddha Taught', by Walpola Rahula, is excellent.

http://calitreview.com/184


This was the second Buddhist book I read.  It's awesome  :)

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2010, 01:22:55 pm »
The Way to Freedom - The Dalai Lama
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Don't forget to stop and smell the daisies.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2010, 08:25:25 pm »
I would also go with "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" by Thich Nhat Hanh and/or Good Question/Good Answer. I am reading "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" right now and really enjoy it.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2010, 10:44:22 pm »
I think 'What The Buddha Taught', by Walpola Rahula, is excellent.

http://calitreview.com/184


I like this book, as well.  I would also recommend "The Tree of Enlightenment" by Peter Della Santina.  You can obtain both for just the cost of postage through the Buddhist Association of the US.

http://www.baus.org/baus/programs/freebook.html

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2010, 04:03:11 am »
The first book I bought was Buddhism for Dummies...I find it gives a good overview and certainly helped someone like me who came to Buddhism knowing very little about it. Though I also like Good Questions, Good Answers.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2010, 04:42:15 am »

Hi, Tiera.

My son bought me this book.  I never read it, because I loaned it to a friend and never got it back.  Glad it helped you.


The first book I bought was Buddhism for Dummies...I find it gives a good overview and certainly helped someone like me who came to Buddhism knowing very little about it. Though I also like Good Questions, Good Answers.
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2010, 07:31:54 am »

Hi, Tiera.

My son bought me this book.  I never read it, because I loaned it to a friend and never got it back.  Glad it helped you.
I hope it also helped your friend. :)
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I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
My actions are the ground on which I stand.
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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #27 on: February 13, 2010, 03:44:41 am »
"Buddhism Plain and Simple" by Steve Hagen is a very good book!

I second that.
"Everything has been figured out, except how to live."

"She believed in nothing; Only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist."

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #28 on: February 13, 2010, 04:25:23 am »



I agree this is an excellent book, based on the Pali Canon, and is very readable.

I am just reading through 'Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand' by Pabongka Rinpoche, edited by Trijang Rinpoche.

It would make an excellent text to read alongside the Bhikkhu Bodhi text as it gives a quite different perspective.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #29 on: February 13, 2010, 04:48:27 am »
^^  I want to buy a copy.  I'll be in London next month.  Anyone have a recommendation for good Buddhism-related bookstores there?

 


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