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Offline Amanaki

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #90 on: April 08, 2018, 04:46:29 am »
I think it depend on what form of Buddhism you feel you belong to. Theravada, Zen, Pure land, and so on,

Personally i read Digha Nikaya ( The long discourses of Buddha)

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #91 on: November 27, 2018, 08:21:25 pm »
I can't speak to others but the one book that really put me over the edge and taught me quite a bit about buddhism was called THE DHARMA OF STAR WARS by Matthew Bortolin. I liked that it used characters and scenes from the Star wars to explain buddhist concepts

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #92 on: November 29, 2018, 03:01:08 am »
Don't read one book, read loads of books! 
"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream"

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #93 on: November 29, 2018, 08:56:19 am »
Don't read one book, read loads of books!

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From many different authors and traditions

Even if it sounds good, but you can't get your head around it, don't be discouraged.  Just set it aside and come back to it.

I have a book - a Jim Scott translation of Maitreya's "Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being".  I got it to read for a class our Lama was giving about 10 years ago.   Way over my head at the time.  WAY over.  Even the commentary by Mipham made no sense at all.  I shelved it and moved on.  A few years later, I picked it up again and it was starting to make sense, but not entirely.  I set it aside again and one of these days I'll pick it up and read it again.

Don't be afraid of not getting it.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #94 on: December 15, 2018, 08:00:25 pm »
I love Nyanatiloka Thero's "The Word of the Buddha."
I have the 1915 edition, which includes a good translation of the Dhammapada by Bikkhu Silacara.

I find Thich Nhat Hanh's "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" to be a good introduction.

I agree with Dairy Lama that one should read lots of books, and preferably, from many schools, as to catch a better glimpse of Buddhism.

I am presently reading the works of Vasubandhu, which I find most thought-provoking.


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Re: The ONE book for beginners
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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #96 on: May 30, 2019, 10:50:09 pm »
There is not one single sentient being that does contact the Buddha's teachings without there being a cause  for that contact in her/his present life. Therefore I think investigation into this individual cause and the corresponding needs/expectations is necessary before trying to give advice.
Having said that I don't think I have the capacity to give advice especially if the karmic vision of an individual is very different from mine. I guess all  I could do is to tell about my own individual experience stressing that it's only my individual experience.

Of course - independent of individual karmic visions - the basis of all in the context of the Buddha's teachings is ethical conduct. But I think that recommending a book that deals with ethical conduct exclusively might put off some indiviuals who would need an approach to ethical conduct different from the direct one.

Maybe an appropriate advice would be to look into buddhist internet forums because due to the variety in these forums there is a good chance to come across an aspect of the Buddha's teachings that reasonates with oneself and thus may hint at the topic where to start reading if one is interested in reading at all.

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Re: The ONE book for beginners
« Reply #97 on: June 02, 2019, 09:48:34 am »
Alan Watts has a lot to say about thoughts that cultivate mindfulness. "Zen Mind, Beginners Mind" and "Opening the Hand of thought" are great zen buddhist books i've read recently. I'm currently reading the Long Discourses of The Buddha, and i would also recommend trying to learn some pali if you're open to that challenge.

But I will say again, as i feel so many have said before, that the best place to try and find The Buddha is in your heart. Words are empty, they entirely depend upon the context to decipher their meaning. YOU are that context!

 


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