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Offline jechan

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #45 on: May 24, 2010, 08:17:43 pm »
Hello,

Might I suggest "Buddhism of Compassion and Awakening" by Ven. Master Chin-Kung. It's the first book I read about Buddhism and the book that got me started.  I'd also suggest any title written by Ven. Master Chin-Kung if you'd like to learn about Pure Land Buddhism.
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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #46 on: May 31, 2010, 10:04:54 am »
This may seem overwhelming to a beginner or it may be a wonderful inspiration.  It consists of nothing but excerpts from dozens of Buddha's teachings.  Direct exposure to the suttas/sutras carries a presence (in spite of translations) that shastras do not.

Numata has published several editions of this magnificent compilation since the 1980s. It is titled Buddha Dharma and is over 800 pages. This site gives details: http://www.buddhistbible.com/default.aspx
The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #47 on: June 06, 2010, 05:53:56 pm »
Hoofprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as Taught by a Modern Chinese Master, BY Ven Master Sheng Yen
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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #48 on: July 26, 2010, 09:38:48 am »
I apologize if these have been mentioned already, but two books that come to mind immediately are:

Gates to Buddhist Practice by Chagdud Tulku

The Compass of Zen by Seung Sahn

Both are comprehensive and accessible at the same time, and both come right from the heart.
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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #49 on: September 13, 2010, 12:38:54 pm »
Tibetian - Four Noble Truths - Geshe Tashi Tsering
Zen - Zen Mind Beginners Mind - Shunryu Suzuki
Therevada - What the Buddha Taught - Wapola Rahula
Bodhicharyavatara Ch 1 vs 10

For like the supreme substance of the alchemists,It (bodhichitta) takes our impure flesh and makes of it The body of a Buddha, jewel beyond all price. Such is bodhichitta. Let us grasp it firmly

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #50 on: January 10, 2011, 06:50:10 pm »
As a beginner I've found that so far The Buddhist Handbook - John Snelling pretty good at covering the basics, although I've not finished it yet.  :curtain:
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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #51 on: January 13, 2011, 07:50:22 am »
well, i forgot the name but already translate in indonesia right now the book are in my older sister hand/keep inside the book it's history of  Bhodisatva  Gautama become Buddha from begining born until parinibbana.   

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #52 on: July 05, 2012, 11:19:26 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?

A book that really helped me to begin to learn some of the aspects of Buddhism was "The Lotus Still Blooms: Sacred Buddhist Teachings for the Western Mind" by Joan Gattuso.  She's a Unity minister, and writes in a way that someone raised Christian can easily understand.

Of course, the Steve Hagen book, "Buddhism Plain and Simple", should be required reading for any beginner. 

Lama Surya Das' book, "Awakening the Buddha Within", is also a very good introduction to Buddhism. 

I know the question was, "Which one?", but I think any of these three would be especially helpful to a beginner.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #53 on: July 05, 2012, 09:57:01 pm »
"How to Practice" His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #54 on: July 06, 2012, 07:07:48 pm »
books are good       but actual life       and       living the life            are far better teachers
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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #55 on: August 08, 2012, 10:04:55 am »
"Buddhism Plain and Simple" by Steve Hagen is a very good book!

This was actually the first Buddhism book i've ever read! Yes, it was rather good, but I found it didn't give me enough insight into the Buddhist teachings.
Although i must thank it because this book made me thirsty for more knowledge!   :headbow:

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #57 on: October 01, 2012, 02:59:06 pm »
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is such a prolific writer.  I'd recommend anything he's published.  The first Buddhist book I read was "The Art of Happiness," and it was very receivable and a good starting place for me.

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I love this book  "The Art of Happiness," I read it when it was first published, I am just about to finish it for the second time! It was also one of the first Buddhist books I read, Along with 'Lessons of the Lotus' By Bhante  Y. Wimala Which I have read 3 times.  :buddha:
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The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #58 on: October 15, 2012, 08:18:14 am »
Turning the Wheel of Truth: Commentary on the Buddha's First Teaching (Paperback)
~ Ajahn Sucitto;

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha)
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #59 on: May 24, 2013, 12:29:10 pm »
I've read about four different "beginner" books now and the one that I connected with the most was "Awakening the Buddha Within: Eight Steps to Enlightenment" by Lama Surya Das.  I'm of the opinion that there is no "one" book for everyone because we all have diverse backgrounds, experiences, neural connections and different ways of being taught reach us in different ways.  My best book may not be your best book.
“What we think, we become.“ - The Buddha

 


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