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Title: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 09, 2009, 03:48:00 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: David on December 09, 2009, 10:13:59 am
"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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: dumb bonbu on December 09, 2009, 10:23:44 am
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Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Graavan on December 09, 2009, 10:38:50 am
"Buddhism Plain and Simple" by Steve Hagen is a very good book!
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: retrofuturist on December 09, 2009, 02:54:35 pm
Greetings,

If the person is going to be patient enough to get through Bhikkhu Bodhi's compilation of suttas referenced above by Dumb Bonbu, then I'd go with that.

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. :)
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 10, 2009, 03:10:35 am
Quote from: David
"The Buddha and His Teachings" by Narada Mahathera is even better, but can be hard to find.

For hard-to-find books, http://www.bookfinder.com/ (http://www.bookfinder.com/) is a great place to start. And after a visit there, I usually check if http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/ (http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/) would happen to have it cheaper as they generally have low prices (at least if you're located in Europe) and free shipping, and they also recently started with free ebooks. I guess it's mostly old stuff that the copyright has expired on. There were a few ones relate to Buddhism.

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

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

Metta,
Retro. :)


I'm reading that now. :) I've been thinking about translating it to Swedish if I have some spare time. There doesn't seem to be so much Buddhist literature in Swedish.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: humanitas on December 10, 2009, 12:13:10 pm
Greetings,

If the person is going to be patient enough to get through Bhikkhu Bodhi's compilation of suttas referenced above by Dumb Bonbu, then I'd go with that.

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

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

Metta,
Retro. :)


This is a fabulous resource.  I sent it to my brother who's been asking about "where to start" with Buddhism.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Hungry Ghost on December 10, 2009, 02:17:21 pm
Myth of Freedom.       Chogyam Trungpa.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Padawan on December 11, 2009, 09:23:54 pm
For a complete beginner with no previous exposure I would reccommend Buddhism for Dummies. It covers all the basics, and each branch of Buddhism.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: WonderlandAlli on December 18, 2009, 07:47:41 pm
For a complete beginner with no previous exposure I would reccommend Buddhism for Dummies. It covers all the basics, and each branch of Buddhism.

I totally bought that book... :P
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Mr. Gordo on December 18, 2009, 09:55:25 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.


What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: dumb bonbu on December 18, 2009, 10:11:33 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.


What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

i recently gave that book to a friend who'd displayed an interest in Tibetan Buddhism. regardless of tradition, it's a great read, good choice!  :)
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: caritas on December 19, 2009, 09:35:58 pm
"Do your best to be kind. When you find a quiet moment, sit, and gently watch your thoughts and feelings. Remember that one day you, too, will die."
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on December 20, 2009, 11:13:01 am
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.

 :namaste:
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Drang on December 24, 2009, 05:16:52 am

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Buddhism for Beginners by Venerable Thubten Chodron

(http://www.snowlionpub.com/data/img2/bube.jpg)

"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

.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Cafael Dust on December 24, 2009, 06:23:16 am
I think 'What The Buddha Taught', by Walpola Rahula, is excellent.

http://calitreview.com/184
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Chokyi Wangpo on January 04, 2010, 10:01:45 pm
"The Buddha and His Teachings" by Narada Mahathera
I second this.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Ron-the-Elder 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.


I like

Investigation for Insight
by
Susan Elbaum Jootla
© 1994–2010

reference:  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/jootla/wheel301.html


Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Tsongkhapafan 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.  :)
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: heybai 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on January 09, 2010, 01:01:39 pm
I think 'What The Buddha Taught', by Walpola Rahula, is excellent.

[url]http://calitreview.com/184[/url]


This was the second Buddhist book I read.  It's awesome  :)
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Karma Sonam on January 09, 2010, 01:22:55 pm
The Way to Freedom - The Dalai Lama
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: AWMGolfer 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: pickledpitbull on January 13, 2010, 10:44:22 pm
I think 'What The Buddha Taught', by Walpola Rahula, is excellent.

[url]http://calitreview.com/184[/url]


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

Metta,
Donna
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: tierra 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Ron-the-Elder 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Wonky Badger 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. :)
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: katersy on February 13, 2010, 03:44:41 am
"Buddhism Plain and Simple" by Steve Hagen is a very good book!

I second that.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Yeshe on February 13, 2010, 04:25:23 am
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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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: heybai 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?
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Yeshe on February 13, 2010, 07:04:18 am
^^  I want to buy a copy.  I'll be in London next month.  Anyone have a recommendation for good Buddhism-related bookstores there?


These days I always use Amazon and don't know London well.

But this place looks promising:
http://www.lbc.org.uk/village.htm

or maybe some of the London branches of Buddhist organisations:
http://www.westlondonbuddhistcentre.com/?page_id=35

Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: heybai on February 13, 2010, 10:07:37 am
Thanks, Yeshe.  I use Amazon too, but the cost to ship out here sometimes exceeds the price of a book, so I tend to load up on things I cannot get here when I am in Europe or North America.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Spiny Norman on February 16, 2010, 09:20:59 am
"What the Buddha Taught" by Rapola Wahula. 

That's my favourite.

CP
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: santamonicacj on February 16, 2010, 12:21:19 pm
I'm a TB practitioner. If the question were to be formulated as 'what book would I liked to have read when I was starting', then the answer is:

Indestructible Truth by Reginald Ray.

It's a text for a college survey course but written by a practitioner as well as an academic. It includes a bit of Theravada & Mahayana. Even though he's a student of Trungpa there is almost no Trungpa influences I can see.

The reason I like it is that it would have taken out a lot of the confusion and WTF? type misunderstanding had it been available years ago.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Chokyi Wangpo on February 16, 2010, 12:42:25 pm
I'm a TB practitioner. If the question were to be formulated as 'what book would I liked to have read when I was starting', then the answer is:

Indestructible Truth by Reginald Ray.

It's a text for a college survey course but written by a practitioner as well as an academic. It includes a bit of Theravada & Mahayana. Even though he's a student of Trungpa there is almost no Trungpa influences I can see.

The reason I like it is that it would have taken out a lot of the confusion and WTF? type misunderstanding had it been available years ago.

For the same reasons I like Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism by John Powers.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: santamonicacj on February 16, 2010, 12:52:46 pm
Alternately for someone that really isn't interested in Buddhism but just wants a pleasant read about it:

Bodhisattva of Compassion by Blofeld.

He's an expert on Chinese Buddhism and a charming writer. It's a delightful read for almost anybody. The book is basically about the question of 'what is Kwan Yin?' Is she an etherial Buddha? A symbol? A Jungian archetype? He has a bunch of stories and anecdotes, then at the end he says, "I don't know the answer, but here is all the information I have on it. You decide."
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Aegis Kai Doru on February 20, 2010, 06:07:18 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.

This was the first book on Buddhism that I read.

"What the Buddha Taught" was the second.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: heybai on March 13, 2010, 10:27:21 pm
Would it be a good idea to place a sticky on this thread?  Many newcomers to Buddhism are likely to come to online fora looking for just this sort of exchange of suggestions and opinions.  I've learned a lot here myself.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: pickledpitbull on March 15, 2010, 08:50:26 pm
Yes to the sticky!  Even those of us who have been here for a while can benefit from a good book review!
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Kunlun on April 06, 2010, 06:43:15 pm
I'd like to second Bodhisattva of Compassion by John Blofeld. It was my first Buddhist book!


The Dalai Lama's books on Buddhism are all very clear and very highly recommended. I've known several people who got into Buddhism through his books.


Another nice book is The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche. I like that one a lot, too.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: J. McKenna on April 07, 2010, 06:12:52 pm
A blank journal. Write down what you experience, revisit it regularly and capture new thoughts and considerations. Might want to make it a really thick journal, or get a case of them  :)
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Kaylee_S on April 12, 2010, 02:12:01 pm
I found "Buddhism - A Way of Life and Thought" by Nancy Wilson Ross a very good introduction.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: FaDao on April 13, 2010, 11:07:18 am
"What the Buddha Taught" by Rapola Wahula. 

That's my favourite.

CP
There is no "one book," but Rapola Wahula is a good start.

I gave my son a copy of The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran for his 8th birthday -- but he didn't read it until he was 10.  :)

Namo Amitofo
- Fa Dao -
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Monkey Mind on April 13, 2010, 11:41:45 am
Regarding a gift for a 10 year old- "I Once Was a Monkey: Stories Buddha Told" by Jeanne M. Lee, based on jataka tales. The kid in me LOVES that book.

Amazon just sent me a notice for this book: "Turning the Wheel of Truth: Commentary on the Buddha's First Teaching" (Paperback)
~ Ajahn Sucitto; This title will be released on April 27, 2010
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: FaDao on April 15, 2010, 10:12:29 am
The Jatatka Tales are a wonderful collection of very simple simple stories that outline a living dhamma. "Children's stories", perhaps -- but they illustrate the dahamma rather than preaching.

The question re: a "One Book" for beginners is a matter of the state of the "beginner." Are we discussing an intellectual "beginner" who would benefit from Blofeld, Watts, Thurman or even Jung -- or are we discussing a day to day practitioner who would benefit by setting the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path into action in their daily life?

That is why there is no "one book" -- there is no "one seeker".

Namo Amitofo
- Fa Dao -
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: jechan 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.
 :dharma:
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Will 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
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: ChangYuan 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
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Jikan 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: treederwright 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
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Loz 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:
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: daimond 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.   
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: metalguru 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: zerwe on July 05, 2012, 09:57:01 pm
"How to Practice" His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Shaun :anjali:
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: J. McKenna on July 06, 2012, 07:07:48 pm
books are good       but actual life       and       living the life            are far better teachers
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Crimson 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:
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Karma Dondrup Tashi on August 08, 2012, 11:14:24 am
This site:

http://www.thubtenchodron.org/GradualPathToEnlightenment/index.html (http://www.thubtenchodron.org/GradualPathToEnlightenment/index.html)
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: lonelytiger 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.

 :namaste:

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:
Title: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Monkey Mind 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
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Vern Stevens 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: songhill 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 here—free of charge! http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/BDLM/en/lesson/pali/lesson_pali3.htm (http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/BDLM/en/lesson/pali/lesson_pali3.htm)
Title: Recommended Reading List - from Zen Mountain Monastery
Post by: Infinity989 on July 23, 2013, 09:11:30 am
Recommended Reading List - from Zen Mountain Monastery


http://zmm.mro.org/training/recommended-reading/ (http://zmm.mro.org/training/recommended-reading/)
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Kriya_UK 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:
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: dhammaseeker51 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.

with Metta   
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Tiolie 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: t on March 04, 2014, 12:32:46 am
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Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: GoWithTheFlow 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!
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Luke Jr. 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
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Wayne_Perkins on July 10, 2014, 09:52:25 am

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Buddhism for Beginners by Venerable Thubten Chodron

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"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

.

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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: bow 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
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: sterling1489 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: dwlemen 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: ccarts89 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
[url]http://www.buddhanet.net/qanda.htm[/url] ([url]http://www.buddhanet.net/qanda.htm[/url])

Metta,
Retro. :)


Read through all of this and it's just explained so much, it's really well explained  :namaste:
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: nghiaminh 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Wyatt 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
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: mf 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!
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: zafrogzen 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: ldtibbets 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 (http://www.buddhanet.net)
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: cosmic_dog_magic 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: ldtibbets 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: flissy25 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Amorphos on August 29, 2015, 06:34:56 pm
Sutta Pitaka I think is above them all in my opinion.

Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: subaru 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.
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: KarmaDrakpaYeshe 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
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: ECS 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".............
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: lucidity 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
Title: Re: The ONE book for beginners
Post by: Deemoid 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 (http://www.lamajampa.org) and http://www.dechen.org/the-way-of-tibetan-buddhism/ (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 (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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