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What are you reading?
« on: November 27, 2009, 01:47:06 am »
What book(s) are you reading right now? Any good?
Doesn't have to be related to Buddhism.

OK, I'll start. I'm reading the Dhammapada translated by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Or actually I'm reading the introduction. The writing is quite hefty, so I can only read about 5 pages at a time. Hopefully I'll get to the real stuff soon.

I found this old book in a small second-hand book shop. There probably are newer and better translations, but the books of today don't have the same nice feel as old ones.
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2009, 11:25:50 am »
Burton Watson's translation of The Vimalakirti Sutra - i'd be interested in comparing it with Thurmans, there are certain phrases Watson chooses that sound quite dated eg. "topsy-turvy thinking" - sheesh!! and can be quite jarring, other than that though it flows pretty well and there's a great introduction. oh, and yeah - it can be very humourous too!

Jeff Wilson's "Buddhism of the Heart"
 - i love his writing for killing the buddha so i was pretty sure i'd enjoy this too. and i was right - it's great! his style's very down to earth and warm-hearted. it's a great place to dive in if you're wanting to learn about Jodo Shinshu but it offers just as much to anyone more experienced with this school of Buddhism. in fact, it's worth anyone reading this tob e honest - i'm already thinking about getting several copies to pass on to people.

Peter Marshall's "Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism"
- comprehensive doesn't even begin to do it justice lol. cliched as it may sound, pretty much covers everything you'd want to know about the subject. definitely worth a look for anyone who feels a system which perpetuates consumerism and economic expansion at the cost of exploitation and dehumanisation isn't a system worth keeping or supporting

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2009, 01:07:37 pm »
re-reading Pema Chodron's When Things Fall Apart.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2009, 02:19:20 am »
Starting my second time through Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

also starting the Digha Nikaya.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2009, 11:07:11 am »
You know, I've been told many times to read the Dark Tower series, but I never got around to it.  Are you liking it?
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2009, 03:47:58 pm »
I like Historical Novels.  At the moment I'm reading:  TYRANT  by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2009, 11:07:48 pm »
Mindfulness for Two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Mindfulness in Psychotherapy

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2009, 10:41:26 pm »
I pick up once in a while and read an article in "Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume". It's great when you feel a little too wrapped up in material. Taking the same picking it up once in a while approach to Pema Chodron's "The Places that Scare You". I have to focus on reading text books mostly. :/
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2009, 02:58:09 pm »
I'm currently reading "Letting go of the person you use to be" by Lama Surya Das and my next book is "Everyday Dharma" by Lama Miller.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2009, 03:43:17 pm »
Right now I'm rereading J. Krishnamurti's works.  Just started "As One Is, To Free the Mind from All Conditioning".  Trying to challenge my "buddhist sensibilities" a bit.   ;)

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2009, 03:50:14 pm »
Mindfulness for Two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Mindfulness in Psychotherapy

Interesting book!
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2009, 10:28:32 pm »
As school is quieting down for the semester (not that I don't have an exam and a paper) I am reading Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte).


(My favorite book is Jane Eyre.)
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2009, 11:58:47 pm »
The "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series and a commentary on the Heart Sutra by my root lama, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, called "Ceaseless Echoes of the Great Silence." It's an awesome, relatively brief, and easy to read commentary that I really hope gets re-printed sometime soon so others can benefit from it.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2009, 10:41:13 am »
Currently reading "The Zen Monastic Experience" by Robert Buswell.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2009, 11:12:56 pm »
Nectar of Manjushri's speech
Deity Mantra and Wisdom
re-reading Words of My Perfect Teacher
and A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher
B. Allan Wallace's Seven Point Mind Training
and I've been a on a Discworld kick lately.

 


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