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Offline songhill

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #60 on: May 24, 2013, 02:32:52 pm »
From the OP, that is a tough question (but a good one). There are many so-called beginner books out there; they all offer something; none are complete. There is no one size fits all book out there. I always tell people to start with the Dhammapada. The best is right hereā€”free of charge! http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/BDLM/en/lesson/pali/lesson_pali3.htm

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Recommended Reading List - from Zen Mountain Monastery
« Reply #61 on: July 23, 2013, 09:11:30 am »
Recommended Reading List - from Zen Mountain Monastery


http://zmm.mro.org/training/recommended-reading/

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #62 on: December 05, 2013, 02:37:22 am »
My introduction to Buddhism was through the book:-

"The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace" by HH Dalai Llama XIV

It is written in a plain and simply language and constantly relates all of it's teachings to real life, western lifestyle context.

I'd recommend it.   :namaste:

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #63 on: December 05, 2013, 03:38:15 am »
I recommend "The essence of Buddhism" by Jo Durden Smith, a good overview of the birth, life and death of the Buddha and his teachings and not too laboured, yet interesting enough to go back to from time to time.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #64 on: March 03, 2014, 11:51:32 pm »

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Buddhism for Beginners by Venerable Thubten Chodron.

This is the first book on Buddhism that I read.
Namaste :)

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #66 on: March 04, 2014, 12:26:26 pm »
I went for "Buddhism for Dummies" (2nd edition) based on the comments here and I'm really enjoying it...thank you!

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #67 on: July 07, 2014, 06:00:42 am »
How to Meditate: a Practical Guide by Kathleen McDonald
True Meditation: Discover the Freedom of Pure Awareness by Adyashanti
The Book of Not Knowing by Peter Ralston

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #68 on: July 10, 2014, 09:52:25 am »

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Buddhism for Beginners by Venerable Thubten Chodron



"This book is written for people wanting to understand basic Buddhist principles and how to integrate them into their lives...it will be of much benefit to its readers."--the Dalai Lama

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This was my first book and recommend it to everyone. She is a great writer and it was very easy to understand.

Also, "How to Practice the Meaningful Way of Life" written by H.H. The Dalai Lama was probably my favorite book I've read thus far.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #69 on: July 13, 2014, 09:08:18 am »
My first book was vipassana manual posted on site realted to astral projection. Few years later I found dhammapada.
I started meditating thanks to David Fontana's book "The Meditator's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Eastern & Western Meditation Techniques" and site dharmaseed.org

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #70 on: July 16, 2014, 05:54:03 pm »
Just read Buddha in Blue Jeans.  Very accessible.  I am still new to Buddhism and found it helpful in gaining more understanding of The Way.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #71 on: July 23, 2014, 07:10:14 am »
"What the Buddha Taught" is a great book and the one I have always recommended to people looking to learn the fundamentals of Buddhism.  It's also the book that my religion professors in Thailand recommended.

-Dave


"What the Buddha Taught" by Rapola Wahula.  If it's available, "The Buddha and His Teachings" by Narada Mahathera is even better, but can be hard to find.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #72 on: July 29, 2014, 05:45:08 am »

Otherwise, if they'd prefer something compact, I'd recommend the first Buddhist text I ever read.

Good Question, Good Answer - Ven. Dhammika
http://www.buddhanet.net/qanda.htm

Metta,
Retro. :)


Read through all of this and it's just explained so much, it's really well explained  :namaste:

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #73 on: August 11, 2014, 06:37:28 am »
i like Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh' book. I think they easy to understand and easy to do. but the result that they give you very big.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #74 on: October 03, 2014, 07:16:58 pm »
Wyatt here: I am very happy with "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism. By Gary Gach

 


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