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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Wonky Badger 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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Post by: dumb bonbu 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 (http://killingthebuddha.com/) 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
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: humanitas on November 27, 2009, 01:07:37 pm
re-reading Pema Chodron's When Things Fall Apart.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aegis Kai Doru on November 28, 2009, 02:19:20 am
Starting my second time through Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

also starting the Digha Nikaya.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: humanitas 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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Post by: Dae Bi 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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Post by: Monkey Mind 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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Post by: WonderlandAlli 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 (http://www.amazon.com/Hooked-Buddhist-Writings-Desire-Consume/dp/1590301722)". 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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Post by: Pema Dorje 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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Post by: David 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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Post by: humanitas 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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Post by: WonderlandAlli 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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Post by: Pema Rigdzin 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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Post by: Graavan on December 09, 2009, 10:41:13 am
Currently reading "The Zen Monastic Experience" by Robert Buswell.
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Post by: Chokyi Wangpo 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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Post by: retrofuturist on December 15, 2009, 10:35:16 pm
The Nibbana Sermons by Bhikkhu Nanananda

The Life Of The Buddha According to the Pali Canon by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
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Post by: Kunga Lhadzom on December 19, 2009, 02:16:30 pm
Today i got the Shobogenzo (4 volumes...#3 on back order tho) arrived via Fed-Ex a few minutes ago !!!
Yesterday i bought :

Descartes & a bunch of books on Philosophy and Logic (pigged out in Half-Price-Books)

After not reading for a few months i'm ready to go again !
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Post by: Karma Sonam on December 20, 2009, 07:09:02 am
Sogyal Rinpoche's "How to overcome depression".  A good grounding in the basics of mind and every day living and definitely not just for the depressed!
 
and Jon something or other's "Men who stare at Goats"
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Post by: Ngawang Drolma on December 20, 2009, 12:32:13 pm
I would like some good commentary on the 37 practices of a bodhisattva.  I just found this (http://vimalatreasures.org/path-of-the-bodhisattva.aspx).  Any thoughts on this particular book if you've read it, or recommendations for others would be appreciated.

 :namaste:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chaz on December 22, 2009, 11:06:58 am
I'm reading Thich Nhat Hanh's "No Death, No Fear"

AND

"The True Believer" by Eric Hoffer
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 22, 2009, 12:07:10 pm
"The Buddha and His Teachings" by Narada that David suggested in the "ONE book" thread.
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Post by: m0rl0ck on December 22, 2009, 01:16:09 pm
The Lankavatara Sutra and its slow going :) i have only gotten thru the intro and about half the first chapter but so far have gotten more than i could possibly express verbally from it. if you have a little grounding in the basics its really worth the effort. Suzukis intro includes a basic recap of mahayana buddhism, so you dont need to be much of a scholar to get benefit from it.

http://lirs.ru/do/lanka_eng/lanka-nondiacritical.htm
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Post by: Tex on December 22, 2009, 05:20:51 pm
Buddhist -- The Way It Is, Ajahn Sumedho (next up is Lovingkindness, Sharon Salzberg)

Non-Buddhist -- Plum Island, Nelson DeMille
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: humanitas on December 22, 2009, 05:32:17 pm
It's Up To You - Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
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Post by: Pema Rigdzin on December 23, 2009, 05:24:03 am
Thoreau's "Walden." Never read it before, only heard about it and him. So far, much of what I'm able to decipher mirrors my own thoughts about not believing and doing things just because "that's the way they've always been done," always feeling the need to be working on things and be "productive" and "successful," and find one's happiness in things and the constant acquisition of new things. Thoreau does seem so far to be a little cynical, though, and some statements are broad generalizations. But I got a long way to go before I can form a real opinion. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: humanitas on December 23, 2009, 11:50:42 am
Thoreau's "Walden." Never read it before, only heard about it and him. So far, much of what I'm able to decipher mirrors my own thoughts about not believing and doing things just because "that's the way they've always been done," always feeling the need to be working on things and be "productive" and "successful," and find one's happiness in things and the constant acquisition of new things. Thoreau does seem so far to be a little cynical, though, and some statements are broad generalizations. But I got a long way to go before I can form a real opinion. 

Read it a long time ago, wrote a lot about it.  Very interesting text, I might have some to say about it, but I'll wait till you're done with it... :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chaz on December 23, 2009, 12:10:57 pm
It's Up To You - Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

OC:  How are you liking Kongtrul Rinpoche's book?

Out here in CO Rinpoche has a kind of "Rock Star" status.  He's a very popular and highly respected.  I know a couple of his students and they adore him and his teaching.  His Mangla Shri Bhuti center is about an hour from where I'm sitting.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: humanitas on December 23, 2009, 12:28:56 pm
It's Up To You - Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

OC:  How are you liking Kongtrul Rinpoche's book?

Out here in CO Rinpoche has a kind of "Rock Star" status.  He's a very popular and highly respected.  I know a couple of his students and they adore him and his teaching.  His Mangla Shri Bhuti center is about an hour from where I'm sitting.

His book so far is very simple but very deep.  I think I adore him too. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chaz on December 23, 2009, 01:36:34 pm
It's Up To You - Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche


OC:  How are you liking Kongtrul Rinpoche's book?

Out here in CO Rinpoche has a kind of "Rock Star" status.  He's a very popular and highly respected.  I know a couple of his students and they adore him and his teaching.  His Mangla Shri Bhuti center is about an hour from where I'm sitting.


His book so far is very simple but very deep.  I think I adore him too. 


Dzigar Kongtrul is as good as it gets. 

If you want more there's an archive of his recorded teahings on the Mangla Shri Bhuti site:

http://www.mangalashribhuti.org/html/listen/index.html

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pema Rigdzin on December 23, 2009, 05:15:20 pm
I think I adore him too. 
That makes sense.  :teehee:
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Post by: Karma Sonam on December 28, 2009, 06:17:59 am
The never ending days of being dead by Marcus Chown.  Basically a quantum physics book for the lay person that explores the concepts of exsistence, time, multiple universes, etc  Very Buddhist.  I've spent most of m y time reading it and drawing parallels with teachings. :D
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Post by: Laurens on December 28, 2009, 03:38:21 pm
I am reading 'Food For The Heart' - the collected teachings of Ajahn Chah. It's been extremely inspiring for me
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Post by: Chaz on December 29, 2009, 04:51:13 pm
Just starting Gandhi: An Autobiography

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Post by: Chokyi Wangpo on December 30, 2009, 07:09:35 pm
Zurchungpa's Testament. Its been recommended to me many times. And its good. I am also reading
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Post by: Karma Sonam on January 09, 2010, 02:24:16 pm
Tibetan book of Living and Dying _ Sogyal Rinpoche.  My grandfather is in the last stages of terminal lung cancer and I am going to see him as soon as the roads defrost, so I thought I would read it before I went.
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Post by: heybai on January 09, 2010, 05:15:35 pm
Re-reading Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) twenty-five (thirty?) years after my first encounter.  Seeing things I didn't notice before.  It is a flawed work, but not without its charms.
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Post by: Pema Rigdzin on January 10, 2010, 06:21:48 pm
Tibetan book of Living and Dying _ Sogyal Rinpoche.  My grandfather is in the last stages of terminal lung cancer and I am going to see him as soon as the roads defrost, so I thought I would read it before I went.

Sonam, I'm really sorry to hear about your grandfather. I pray that by the power of the Buddhas' blessings and your help to him, his transition may be as smooth as possible, that he may gain a higher rebirth, and that your heart and your loved ones' hearts may be soothed by the enlightened ones' compassion.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on January 14, 2010, 12:42:49 pm
Reading Turbo Tax Premier instructions for reporting 2009 taxes for my wife and I.

(If only we could go to a flat excise tax system in this country life would improve sooooooooo much!)   The US IRS and State Revenue systems are the underlying cause of sooooooo much dukkha it is not believable!

It ruins my cross-country skiing and snow-shooing.  It interupts my snow-man building and my driveway shoveling.  I now have two home remodeling projects in the backlog now because of it! 

Oh well!  Life is suffering, stress, and dissatisfaction.  Time to suck-it-up!

(Time for my walk.)
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Post by: Monkey Mind on January 30, 2010, 10:37:23 am
Ron, I feel ya' with that one. My tax situation became really complicated a couple of years ago, so I broke down and hired someone to do it for me. Best investment I have ever made. I tell her, "I believe it's my civic duty to pay taxes, but I don't want to pay for any wars." And she does a great job.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on January 30, 2010, 11:06:00 am
Ron, I feel ya' with that one. My tax situation became really complicated a couple of years ago, so I broke down and hired someone to do it for me. Best investment I have ever made. I tell her, "I believe it's my civic duty to pay taxes, but I don't want to pay for any wars." And she does a great job.

Hi, Monkey Mind. 

Yep!  Have thought about going native by using a tax accountant.  But those are the same folks I want to put out of business by implementing a flat tax system.  

It's a conspiracy I tell ya!  A conspiracy!   :wacky:  The world is not being run by The Secret Society of Masons, but by The Tax Accountancy!   There!  I've outed them!

I moved from reading tax reporting instructions to reading electrical wiring schematics and construction drawings.   I mention this just to stay on topic.

I got the two tax-estimate-delayed projects completed.  You might say that I let go of that which was causing my suffering (the tax reporting) till February. This allowed me to get right on the home project backlog.  

I am proud to report that the projects have accomplished their purpose.  We are greener and meaner.  Now we can see into the garage when backing into it from the bright white sunlight reflecting off the fresh New Hampshire snow thanks to my garage bay lighting expansion (Went from one sixty watt incandescent bulb in the garage door opener to four twenty-five watt halon bulbs with 240 Effective Watts of luminescence.)  and a truly amazing automatic lighting relay and timer system to turn them on and off.

Thanks to project #2 my old body is now much warmer showering due to my newly installed thrifty nifty shower room hot air ceiling blower.  Due to this thrilling addition we no longer have to turn up the heat in the entire house just to warm the bathroom shower.   This thing puts out so much heat that my hair is dried while I am brushing it if I leave it running while combing what is left of my hair before the bathroom mirror. 

These projects are so energy efficient, so green, that in thirty years, well after I am dead and my flesh consumed by creatures responsible for decomposition, the corruptors: ants, worms, beetles, fungus, bacteria, that I will have saved enough money to pay my estate taxes in 2040.

Just doesn't seem fair, does it? :smack:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chokyi Wangpo on January 30, 2010, 11:35:29 am
I am still working on Zurgchungpa's testament, Dudjom Rinpoche's Big Red Book, and the Nectar of Manjushri's Speech, and I just finished Guru Rinpoche his life and times and keeping with that theme, I am now reading Lady of the Lotus-Born, and Dakini Teachings.Also started the Dark Red Amulet. Kinda on a Namthar kick lately, going to read Masters of Meditation and Miracles next and try to get ahold of a copy of the Life of Shabkar
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Post by: Rayfield on January 30, 2010, 12:12:42 pm
Just finished Buddha's Brain, by Rick Hanson, PH.D. He's both a meditation teacher and a neuropsychologist, and the book builds a nice bridge between mindfulness practice and what's neurologically going on in the brain. I highly recommend it.

Currently reading Freedom, by Daniel Suarez. Followup to his book called Daemon. Good, nerdy sci-fi action.

Next up: Sit Down and Shut Up, by Brad Warner. I'm attending a retreat with him in 2 months, and have already read Hardcore Zen. I like his no-nonsense approach to Soto Zen, and can relate to the generation from which he hails.
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Post by: Wonky Badger on January 30, 2010, 12:24:11 pm
I'm still reading "The Buddha and His Teachings" by Narada (I just get through one or two chapters per night), and I just started reading "A Path with Heart" by Jack Kornfield. I thought I should check it out since Daniel Ingram at http://www.interactivebuddha.com/ called it a masterwork. Hopefully it is. :)
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on January 30, 2010, 02:29:00 pm
The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz.

A tale of a polish cavalry officer taken prisoner by the Russians in WW2 and sentenced to 25 years in a Siberian labour camp for a crime he did not commit.
He escapes with 6 others and walks through Mongolia and across the Himalayas to India and freedom, thousands of kilometres.
A tale of the indomitable human spirit against adversity.
I first read it when I was at school, and that's a long time ago !
A good read.

 
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Post by: DrJonno on January 30, 2010, 06:40:24 pm
hmmmm...

Just finished:
Fear and Yoga in new Jersey
Enlightenment for idiots - a novel
Breathing space - twelve lessons for the modern woman (expressing my female side :-) )
The miracle of mindfulness
Diver
Bottom time
Deep descent

Dipping in and out of:
Insight meditation - the practice of freedom
Beyond War - the human potential for peace
The kindness of strangers
The lucifer effect - why good people turn evil
Yoga anatomy
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha

Just starting:
At Hells Gate - a soldiers journey from war to peace
'S'

In the queue:
Ordinary Men - reserve batallion 101 and the final solution in Poland
The Lollipop Shoes
Paulo Coehlo -A Warriors Life
Britain on the couch
and piles more!


_/|\_ metta
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Post by: tierra on February 01, 2010, 04:30:49 am
I'm reading How to Practise by the Dalai Lama. Started reading Richard Dawkins newest book The Greatest Show on Earth too.
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Post by: Ron-the-Elder on February 01, 2010, 10:58:05 am
Post by Tierra.
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Post by: Nurseholistic on February 14, 2010, 03:49:26 pm
I am reading The Bean Trees, a novel by Barbara Kingsolver.


Peace,

Nurseholistic
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Post by: gratefuldodger on February 14, 2010, 04:14:39 pm
The 12 Step Buddhist, by Littlejohn.

Trying to bridge a gap.  :)
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Post by: heybai on February 14, 2010, 08:17:09 pm
The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.  Richard Parker has just killed the hyena.   :eek:
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Post by: retrofuturist on February 14, 2010, 10:31:23 pm
The Five Illusionists - Dhammavuddho Thera
http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books5/Dhammavuddho_Thera_Five_illusionists.pdf
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Post by: DJ Rheus on February 14, 2010, 11:24:35 pm
The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.  Richard Parker has just killed the hyena.   :eek:

SUCH A GOOD BOOK.

I'm waffling between The Kalevala and Sake and Satori.


DJ Rheus
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Post by: Wonky Badger on February 15, 2010, 12:28:04 am
I just started "Anger", by Thich Nhat Hanh.

I'm waffling between The Kalevala and Sake and Satori.


DJ Rheus

Hm... It seems that the Kalevala is very internationally know but I've never read it. I hardly even know what it's about, except for what I read in a Donald Duck comic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quest_for_Kalevala). I'm such a shame to my country. :sweat:
I've heard that there should be some kind of "Kalevala for Dummies". Maybe I should get that one.
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on February 15, 2010, 02:11:17 pm
  "Mind in comfort and ease"

  HH the Dalai Lama.

  Metta
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Post by: katersy on February 17, 2010, 01:34:42 pm
The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.  Richard Parker has just killed the hyena.   :eek:


That is one wonderful book.  :jinsyx:


i'm reading "The Happiness Hypothesis" by Jonathan Haidt. Modern psychology, with bits of Buddhist wisdom and philosophy in there too.
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Post by: kiddo on March 04, 2010, 10:20:23 am
I am reading a Michael Musmanno book - Ten days to die and a book written by Gueshe Rabten.
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on March 05, 2010, 01:14:04 pm
The most influential and profound book of our times....

Stephen Kings "The Stand"....  :ishift:

for the nth  time...

Such a good read!!!

Metta  :anjali:
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Post by: Webgoji on March 18, 2010, 02:28:26 pm
Joyful Path of Good Fortune for the 4th or 5th time.
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Post by: Flower on March 20, 2010, 10:36:50 am
"In Defense of Food" - Michael Pollan
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on March 21, 2010, 12:27:20 pm

Essence of Buddhism, Jo Durden Smith.

Teachings and historical developement of Buddhism.

Metta
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Post by: Tashi Kunchen on March 31, 2010, 03:30:06 pm
Himalayan Hermitess, The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun by Kurtis R Schaeffer

 :buddha:
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Post by: heybai on April 06, 2010, 05:10:51 am
Paul Carter, The Road to Botany Bay (1987).    This is a tour de force revisioning of Australian history and examines, more broadly, how history is itself a mentally-constructed phenomenon.  This will not be news to those who have been examining the Dharma for some time, or, 20+ years later, for other historians who have taken post-colonial re-evaluations of our received knowledge of the past to heart, but it is very well done.
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Post by: Karma Dondrup Tashi on April 06, 2010, 07:30:00 am
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Post by: Caz on April 20, 2010, 02:32:01 pm
Bodhisattva's guide to way of life.  :jinsyx:

Again....

 :pray:
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Post by: catmoon on April 20, 2010, 03:33:31 pm
Oh that's so sad, he even got the title wrong. Well, maybe on the next reading he'll do better. Poor Caz. :D
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on April 22, 2010, 10:59:18 am
The DSA's   PSV theory test handbook....


 :buddha:
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Post by: Yeshe Zopa on April 22, 2010, 11:15:34 am
'The Diamond Healing' by Terry Clifford
(Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry)

A great read based on the oldest medicine text translated into Tibetan, the 'Gyu-zhi' aka '4 Tantras' by Chandranandana, as well as other texts.

(Endorsed by HHDL and his personal physician.)
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Post by: heybai on April 23, 2010, 10:39:52 pm
JD Salinger, Nine Stories, (1953)

Getting ready for the fifteen novels Salinger may have left in his safe at the time of his death in January.

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/jd-salingers-15-unpublished-novels-hidden-in-safe_100312134.html
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Post by: Ben Yuan on May 08, 2010, 08:02:00 pm
Venerable Master Hsing Yun's A Look at Modern Social Issues: Buddhism and Our Changing Society.
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Post by: catmoon on May 08, 2010, 09:46:02 pm
The Dali Lama's little book of wisdom. It is a compilation of short (paragraph-sized) extracts from a number of teachings. The teachings suffer from being chopped up into tiny pieces, as it breaks up the continuity and development of ideas. But It's not bad all the same.
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Post by: zerwe on May 08, 2010, 10:04:50 pm
Liberation In The Palm of Your Hand by Pabonka Rinpoche
Transforming The Mind by HHDL
How To Practice by HHDL (been re-reading this one for a number of years. it is a very concise practical little text)
The World of Tibetan Buddhism by HHDL
The Dhammapada a new translation by Glen Wallis
A Concise Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism by John Powers

Next, I await the arrival of my 4 book starter pack from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive!
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Post by: DrJonno on May 09, 2010, 10:06:32 am
"Committed" by Elizabeth Gilbert

Seems to have so many parallels with my own life, from a male perspective, that it's a compulsive read.

"Confessions of a Buddhist atheist" by Stephen Batchelor

I've always been a Stephen Batchelor sympathiser and sceptical buddhist - this book has been preaching to the converted.

Just finished "The end of faith" by Sam Harris

Ok, ok, so it sounds like a bit of a screaming rant in places and seems to repeat some of the points over and over but it makes a lot of sense.

Metta,

Jon
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Post by: J. McKenna on May 09, 2010, 01:08:06 pm
The Myth of Freedom
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Post by: Mani on May 09, 2010, 01:08:44 pm
Just finished "The Union Of Mahamudra And Dzogchen", Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's commentary of the text by Karma Chagmey.

Going to revisit "Peacock In The Poison Grove" again,  commentaries on the two mind training texts "The Wheel Of Sharp Weapons" and "The Poison Destroying Peacock" given by Geshe Lundrub Sopa.
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Post by: karen lhamo on July 11, 2010, 06:11:01 am
hi there i am reading a very good book . TEARS OF BLOOD , A CRY FOR TIBET.It is a fantastic read yet quiet upsetting . highly acclaimed account of the history tibet under chinese occupation.Careful research and interviews with a larg number of Tibeten refugees.. :r4wheel: :


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Post by: Yeshe Zopa on July 11, 2010, 10:42:33 am
A Comprehensive Manual of Abhdhamma by Bhikkhu Bodhi - thanks to a thread here. :)



'Night Land' - an epic by William Hope Hodgson - fantasy horror writer who preceded H P Lovecraft and Tolkein, who had ample opportunity to nick his ideas. ;)

http://home.clara.net/andywrobertson/nighthpl.html

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Post by: humanitas on July 11, 2010, 04:32:13 pm
Tibetan Astrology by Philippe Cornu - *sigh* I finally caved in and bought the book.
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Post by: zerwe on July 21, 2010, 09:17:13 pm
Shantarakshita's Madhyamakalankara with commentary by Ju Mipham
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Post by: Thao on August 02, 2010, 03:46:43 am
Finished reading "Wild Swans", a generations biography on China. Now their lifes were full of suffering.

Now I am reading, "The Varieties of Religious Experience" by William James

And plan to start reading "The Nirvana Sutra" today.
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Post by: Jikan on August 09, 2010, 07:39:59 am
Blue Cliff Record

Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment (with Kihwa's commentary)

some stuff for work
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Post by: Padawan on August 29, 2010, 07:18:24 am
The Art of Power by Thich Nhat Hanh
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Post by: Bodhicandra on August 29, 2010, 07:41:41 am

I tend to have several books on the go. Top of the pile by my bedside are:

"Galileo's Dream" by K S Robinson,
"Venice - Pure City" by P Ackroyd,
"The State of the Art" by I M Banks,

and the most challenging Dzogchen book I've found so far:

"Wholeness Lost and Wholeness Regained - Forgotten Tales of Individuation from Ancient Tibet"by H V Guenther
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Post by: t on August 29, 2010, 08:15:21 am
(http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/author/covers/the-enid-blyton-book-of-fairies.jpg)(http://www.bodhimonastery.net/bm/images/stories/books/waytobdh.jpg)(http://www.wisdom-books.com/Covers/14954.jpg)(http://www.wisdom-books.com/Covers/2475.jpg)(http://www.mphclick.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Book-Cover.jpg)(http://elarboldebuddha.net/site/shop/files/GurusForHire%20Cover.jpg)
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Post by: humanitas on August 29, 2010, 10:00:45 am
I'm reading you guys.  Every day.  LOL.
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Post by: Thao on August 29, 2010, 01:18:25 pm
I like how you placed photos of the books t.

I am reading:


The Buddha from Dolpo, Revised and Expanded: A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (Tsadra Foundation) [Hardcover]
Cyrus Stearns (Author)

Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism by Anagarika Govinda


But both of these books are so hard that I had to take a break and am now reading:

The Mystery of Cabin Island by Franklin W. Dixon--a Hardy Boy mystery

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4939258606_346bd675a0_m.jpg)
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Post by: heybai on August 29, 2010, 08:05:05 pm
"Confessions of a Buddhist atheist" by Stephen Batchelor

I've always been a Stephen Batchelor sympathiser and sceptical buddhist - this book has been preaching to the converted.

Jon,

I like him too, but haven't read this.  I fear it is a little too polemical.  Is that right? Would you recommend it?

heybai
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Post by: heybai on August 29, 2010, 08:08:00 pm
I'm reading you guys.  Every day.  LOL.

Let no one misconstrue this (as a married man speaking to a married woman), but I love you for this.   :hug:
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Post by: heybai on August 29, 2010, 08:10:34 pm
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
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Post by: mindyourmind on August 31, 2010, 05:13:31 am
"Good and real" by Gary Drescher and Mingyur Rinpoche's "Joyful Wisdom". And Christopher Hitchens' "Catch 22". And a Sherlock Holmes anthology. Dawkins' "Selfish Gene". And "Living in the face of Death", an anthology put together by Glen Mullin.

I have a bad habit of reading more than one book at a time.

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Post by: catmoon on September 01, 2010, 02:05:47 am
"Good and real" by Gary Drescher and Mingyur Rinpoche's "Joyful Wisdom". And Christopher Hitchens' "Catch 22". And a Sherlock Holmes anthology. Dawkins' "Selfish Gene". And "Living in the face of Death", an anthology put together by Glen Mullin.

I have a bad habit of reading more than one book at a time.



Um, Joseph Heller wrote "Catch 22" didn't he?
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Post by: zen-zen on September 01, 2010, 05:06:17 am
Alastair Reynolds: Pushing Ice
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Post by: mindyourmind on September 01, 2010, 06:23:46 am
"Good and real" by Gary Drescher and Mingyur Rinpoche's "Joyful Wisdom". And Christopher Hitchens' "Catch 22". And a Sherlock Holmes anthology. Dawkins' "Selfish Gene". And "Living in the face of Death", an anthology put together by Glen Mullin.

I have a bad habit of reading more than one book at a time.



Um, Joseph Heller wrote "Catch 22" didn't he?

Silly me. You are right of course, I meant to say "Hitch 22".

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Post by: Dairy Lama on September 01, 2010, 06:52:39 am
"The State of the Art" by I M Banks,

I just love Bank's science fiction stuff with the Culture and all that, the grand scale of it is very impressive.  I like anything to do with space aliens actually. :teehee:

Spiny
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Post by: Yeshe Zopa on September 01, 2010, 07:06:31 am
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Full of wonderful imagery and emotion.

Mainly set just a short journey from here and of course close by at Stonehenge.
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Post by: treederwright on September 14, 2010, 11:18:34 am
Nectar from Manjushri's Speech ( A commentary on Bodhicharyavatara) Its by Khenpo Kunpal but its taken from Patrul Rinpoche's teaching the text to a lay audience.

 :pray:
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Post by: Pema Dorje on September 14, 2010, 11:22:59 am
awakening the buddhist heart by lama surya das
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Post by: GoGet on September 14, 2010, 11:57:56 am
"Buddha" by Karen Armstrong
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Post by: humanitas on September 14, 2010, 07:09:16 pm
awakening the buddhist heart by lama surya das

How have you liked this Matt?  Would you recommend reading it?
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Post by: Pema Dorje on September 14, 2010, 08:10:09 pm
awakening the buddhist heart by lama surya das

How have you liked this Matt?  Would you recommend reading it?

TBH, everything I have read from Lama Surya Das is really good, not only that, but he is an American Lama, so his view is from a western perspective, yet stays true to the path.  :namaste:
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Post by: treederwright on September 20, 2010, 02:29:29 pm
Meaningful to Behold , Commentary on Shantideva's Bodhicharyavatara  :jinsyx:
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Post by: humanitas on September 26, 2010, 07:43:10 pm
what do you think of it so far, treeder?
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Post by: DJ Rheus on October 06, 2010, 05:20:57 pm
Kukai: Major Works



DJ Rheus
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Post by: humanitas on October 06, 2010, 08:36:19 pm
Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva (trans.by-Padmakara Translation Group)

Making my "curriculum" for the following years off this path.

:namaste:
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Post by: catmoon on October 06, 2010, 08:38:26 pm
Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva (trans.by-Padmakara Translation Group)

Making my "curriculum" for the following years off this path.

:namaste:

What does that mean?
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Post by: humanitas on October 06, 2010, 08:46:02 pm
That I'm preparing to follow this path.
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Post by: catmoon on October 06, 2010, 10:49:27 pm
That I'm preparing to follow this path.

Have you read "Healing Anger" by HHDL? He works mainly from Shantideva in this book.
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Post by: humanitas on October 06, 2010, 11:12:06 pm
I have not, but now that I'm aware of its existence it's on my radar.
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Post by: GoGet on October 07, 2010, 12:17:41 am
Dragon Thunder by Diana J. Mukpo
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Post by: Thao on October 10, 2010, 08:04:39 am
i just finished reading, Gold River Canyon's Dead about 3 people that wanted to look for a lost town that was somewhere up in Nevada, thinking maybe they would find Gold. And when they got on their trip some bigfoot creature was following then all the way, you know, the ones that stink, but then when they got to their destination it turned out being somewhat sci fi, which was a disappointment for 20 pages or so. Bigfoot is not sci fi.  :teehee: Great adventure though.

And I am reading a great book titled: The Bodhisattva Vow by Geshe Sonam Rinchen
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Post by: gregkavarnos on October 12, 2010, 08:10:41 am
The gateway to knowledge volume 1 (it is a vajrayana abhidharma series) by ju mipham rinpoche (the third incarnation of whom is the father of the karmapa thaye trinley)
:namaste:
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Post by: heybai on October 12, 2010, 06:42:28 pm
(http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/images/CBAcover-original.jpg)
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Post by: GoGet on October 13, 2010, 02:34:56 pm
The Life of the Buddha and The Spiritual Journey  - Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
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Post by: catmoon on October 13, 2010, 07:55:35 pm
(http://www.randomhouse.com/images/dyn/dcover/?source=9780553907070&trans=resize:150y%3bborder:989595:1%3b)
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Post by: gregkavarnos on October 14, 2010, 12:36:54 am
([url]http://www.randomhouse.com/images/dyn/dcover/?source=9780553907070&trans=resize:150y%3bborder:989595:1%3b[/url])
Is that a book about the world of haute couture?
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Post by: catmoon on October 14, 2010, 12:47:20 am
Is that a book about the world of haute couture?

Of course not. It's a how-to book. For making pianos.
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Post by: gregkavarnos on October 17, 2010, 09:54:30 am
Oooops! Sorry, my mistake!   :gawrsh:
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Post by: GoGet on October 25, 2010, 03:49:19 pm
Band of Brothers (again) - Stephen E. Ambrose.  

I needed something non-Buddhist to read for a change.

Coming Soon:

Taking the Bodhisattva Vow  by Bokar Rinpoche
Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
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Post by: GoGet on November 01, 2010, 10:58:24 am
Now reading "Taking the Bodhisattva Vow", by Bokar Rinpoche

This isn't light or casual reading.  It's a short text probably best suited for those about to take B-Vows or are renewing them.  Excellent material for those folks.  It would also be a good source for those interested in learning more about the Vows, precepts and so that are a part beginning the Mahayana / Bodhisattva path.
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Post by: heybai on November 02, 2010, 02:38:22 am
Sir Thomas Malory, Morte d'Arthur (1470).   I kid you not.

GoGet:  If you are looking for some non-Buddhist reading, this would be it. ;-).  Think Band of Brothers plus chainmail.
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Post by: meez on November 02, 2010, 10:39:52 am
The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas Kempis

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/f4/0d/a903c060ada07a324b081210.L.jpg)
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Post by: Bodhicandra on November 02, 2010, 11:05:24 am
"The Quest for Meaning - Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism"
Tariq Ramadan
978-1846141522

From the back jacket blurb:

In The Quest for Meaning Tariq Ramadan, philosopher and Islamic scholar sets out on a journey ... to find the universal truths we hold in common, no matter how we arrive at them. Attempting to diffuse flashpoints between societies, Ramadan attempts a bold synthesis of religion, from Christianity to Buddhism, between secularists and believers and argues that we urgently need a new philosophy of pluralism in order to coexist peacefully.
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Post by: GoGet on November 02, 2010, 11:47:30 am
Sir Thomas Malory, Morte d'Arthur (1470).   I kid you not.

GoGet:  If you are looking for some non-Buddhist reading, this would be it. ;-).  Think Band of Brothers plus chainmail.


No need ..  my wife studied Arthurian literature in college - worked with Geoffery Ashe, etc..  We have a copy of Mallory somewhere around the house, but I've already absorbed quite a bit by osmosis ;-).

Actually, though I was thinking about reading Parke Godwin's "Firelord" again.  It's a different, and in some ways a better read than Mallory.
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Post by: northern lights on November 07, 2010, 12:59:32 pm
The Amcient Secret of the Flower of Life. Very interesting!
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Post by: retrofuturist on November 08, 2010, 01:57:20 am
I'm off the Dhamma books just for the moment... I've been reading retro science fiction by the likes of Lloyd Biggle Jr, and A.E. Van Vogt.

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Post by: gregkavarnos on November 08, 2010, 05:23:13 am
Tantric Verses:  Three Collections of Mystical Verse from Buddhist India.  Basically an anthology of the tantric poems of Saraha, Tilopa and Kanha plus an attempt at a biography of each of them.
 :namaste:
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on November 09, 2010, 06:20:12 am
The Expected one, novel by Kathleen McGowan about the Gospel according to Mary Magdalene.
Very readable without being overly feminist.

Metta

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Post by: GoGet on November 11, 2010, 11:48:40 am
Fight Club ~Chuck Palahniuk (2nd time - GREAT read)
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Post by: heybai on November 11, 2010, 12:08:16 pm
Tennyson. 

He's gradually falling out of the Brit Lit canon, but as long as readers exist they will be forever amply rewarded for by reading a few hundred lines of pure genius.  I decided earlier today that Tennyson,  in 1869, anticipated the fragmentation of modernity would bring, and had a foreboding of the horrors the next century would visit upon humankind.  He wasn't a prophet, but thought deeply about the consequences of the dawning of the new age of science to express a prescient sense of estrangement:

Quote
And I, the last, go forth companionless,
 And the days darken round me, and the years,
 Among new men, strange faces, other minds.
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Post by: GoGet on November 14, 2010, 02:11:39 pm
Rebel Buddha - on the road to freedom

by the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

So far so good!
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Post by: GoGet on December 22, 2010, 08:19:05 pm
Snow Crash
~Neal Stephenson
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Post by: J. McKenna on December 24, 2010, 09:22:54 pm
Since the end of Thanksgiving I've been through the following hard copy books:
 
Mediterranean Harvest: Vegetarian Recipes from the World's Healthiest Cuisine (yes, I read cookbooks.)
The Last Lecture - Pausch, Randy
Sun-Face Buddha: The Teachings of Ma-Tsu and the Hung-Chou School of Ch'an - Bhikshu, Cheng Chien, Chien, Cheng
On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious - Harding, Douglas E.
Gesture of Awareness: A Radical Approach to Time, Space, and Movement - Genoud, Charles

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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on December 25, 2010, 05:35:33 am
Motorcycle News, Christmas special  :)
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Post by: santamonicacj on December 25, 2010, 10:36:17 am
"The Language of the Heart" It is the writings of Bill W., the founder of AA, culled from the monthly newsletters of AA.

I use Buddhist texts as practice manuals and read Bill W. for spiritual inspiration. Buddhist texts tend to be more dry than chalk. I just substitute "emotional obscurations" for "drunkenness" and "self-cherishing" for "alcohol". It works out beautifully!
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Post by: Pema Dorje on December 26, 2010, 01:36:23 pm
"Opening to Our Primordial Nature" by my teachers Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche & Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche.
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Post by: Sunya on December 26, 2010, 04:52:38 pm
Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.

Exploring the intersection between psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice.
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on December 27, 2010, 08:59:55 am
Knots-The wonderful world of tying knots (collins)

 ;D

Metta
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Post by: Loz on January 01, 2011, 03:54:16 pm
I like reading thrillers mostly, with the occasional horror thrown in. I'll read pretty much anything once though.

I just ordered a book by Charlie Brooker and an "Introduction into Buddhism" handbook, hopefully they'll be here soon.

 :om:
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Post by: heybai on January 02, 2011, 05:27:12 am
(http://www.darvillsrareprints.com/images/images/Browne%20Phiz/Bleak%20House/miss-jellyby-c.jpg)

Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1853)
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Post by: J. McKenna on January 02, 2011, 04:59:26 pm
A recent gift, The Geometry of Pasta .....  :eek:
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Post by: katersy on January 03, 2011, 05:44:04 am
I've just finished reading "A concise Chinese-English dictionary for lovers"   -   a brilliant book, made me laugh and cry.

Currently having a break from reading anything in particular... but dipping in and out of Thich Nhat Hahn's "Living Buddha, Living Christ" - I love going some meditation then reading a couple of pages of that.... having emptied my head a wee bit during meditation I feel like his words go down more easily.
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Post by: perpulstuph on January 08, 2011, 05:03:10 am
I'm currently trying to make my way through every Sherlock Holmes story.  Haven't read it in about two weeks though.  Don't know what to read when I'm done though.
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Post by: zerwe on January 23, 2011, 02:58:03 pm
Heart of the Path; Seeing the Guru as Buddha
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

I was surprised when this arrived in the mail it is about the size of Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand! However, it is a fantastic read. Rinpoche's advice is timeless, his stories are fantastic, and there are of course many practical segments on Guru Devotion.

Shaun :namaste:
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Post by: Potato on February 06, 2011, 08:06:35 pm
Just finished The Map that Changed the World by Simon Winchester.

About to start The Lewis and Clark Journals (Abridged Edition): An American Epic of Discovery.
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Post by: GoGet on February 07, 2011, 07:40:58 am
Torch of Certainty - Jamgon Kongtrul

Training the Mind (and Cultivating Loving-Kindness) - Chogyam Trungpa
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Post by: Dairy Lama on February 08, 2011, 09:07:31 am
The Samyutta Nikaya and a collection of Stephen King short stories.  It's a wierd combination.... :teehee:
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Post by: Jikan on February 08, 2011, 12:56:30 pm
Rereading the Lotus Sutra in the Murano translation.

Also reading a collection of Foucault's lectures called _Society Must be Defended._
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on February 08, 2011, 04:17:23 pm
Lord of the flies, by William Golding.
First read it at school, quite a long time ago!

with Metta
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Post by: catmoon on February 09, 2011, 01:03:02 pm
Lord of the flies, by William Golding.
First read it at school, quite a long time ago!

with Metta

Interesting in astronomy? Lord of the Flies contains an interesting astronomical impossibility, if you care to look for it.
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on February 09, 2011, 03:24:46 pm
Yes I think I did.
A thin crescent moon rising in the evening when a new moon should really be setting.
I enjoyed the description of the mirages best. I can imagine a desert island on the equator would be a fantasy of mirages.

with Metta
   
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Post by: Wonky Badger on February 18, 2011, 05:19:47 am
Yes I think I did.
A thin crescent moon rising in the evening when a new moon should really be setting.
I enjoyed the description of the mirages best. I can imagine a desert island on the equator would be a fantasy of mirages.

with Metta
   
Oh, I always feel so sorry for poor Piggy!


Currently reading "When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times" by Pema Chödrön
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Post by: TashiNyima on February 18, 2011, 05:39:26 pm
Re-reading the Lankavatara Sutra, translated by Suzuki.
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Post by: thehappysnapper on July 04, 2011, 01:01:56 pm
I'm reading "Modern Buddhism" by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on July 04, 2011, 01:07:03 pm
"The Eagle and the Wolves" by Simon Scarrow.
Novel about the Roman invasion of England, from a Roman soldiers perspective.
Easy reading to relax with.

Metta
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Post by: Wonky Badger on July 04, 2011, 01:53:51 pm
"Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies For Modern Life" by Sakyong Mipham
"Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
"The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners" by Nicholas J. Brown
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Post by: santamonicacj on July 04, 2011, 03:27:28 pm
Prompted (or should I say provoked?)  by two different threads here at FreeSangha:

Re-reading (instead of just skimming):
The Buddha Within by Hookam
Progressive Stages on the Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrim

Newly acquired and reading for the first time:
In Praise of Dharmadhatur by Nagarjuna
Establishing Appearance as Divine by Rongzom Chozang
Maitreya's Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Being (by Asanga) tr. Jim Scott

With all this reading and trying to understand emptiness I'm about to... ~X(
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Post by: francis on July 05, 2011, 03:14:36 am
I reading Wake Up to Your Life by Ken Mc Leod.  A great read for anyone who is into Buddhism and wants to do some work on themselves.  Highly recommended.

On order, I have
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche.
Mindfulness Bliss and Beyond: A Meditator's Handbook by Ajahn Brahm
The Bliss of Inner Fire: Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa by Lama Yeshe

And for light entertainment I have some music - Nothing Lasts But Nothing is Lost, by Shpongle.

Cheers :)

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Post by: moonbeam on August 17, 2011, 09:27:50 pm
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Lotus Sutra".
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Post by: landis on September 08, 2011, 07:39:05 pm
The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera
In The Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Handbook For Mankind by Bhikkhu Buddhadasa
The Notion of Ditthi in Theravada Buddhism
The Principles of Psychology, Volume 1, by William James
Unexpected Freedom by Ajahn Munindo
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Post by: thehappysnapper on September 11, 2011, 02:06:04 pm
Just starting  "Eight Steps to Happiness"  by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.   :namaste:
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Post by: landis on September 15, 2011, 10:22:59 pm
Small Boat, Great Mountain: Theravada Reflections on the Natural Great Perfection by Amaro Bhikkhu: transcribed talks from retreats he co-led with Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche.  Lot's of focus on similarities between the Thai Forest Tradition and Dzogchen.  :)

Sill In Questions: How the Buddha Taught by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff).  I heard it was very "academic" (whatever that means)....  But I find it very enriching for the heart too!
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Post by: Mandarava on September 28, 2011, 06:47:29 am
In the middle of ''The Hidden Oracle Of India'' The Mystery Of India's Naadi Palm Leaf Readers. By Andrew  and Angela Donovan.
Discovered these Naadi Leaf Readers while travelling in South India.Here's what happened.
Phil ( my partner ) and me went to Chidambaram, a Temple in the South of India for Phil to have his Naadi reading.After giving just a thumb print and his date of birth, Phil was told to sit and wait.We waited for 20 mins or so before a man came out with a bundle of leaves and sat them down on the table in front of us.The man then started asking questions such as these.

Are your parents alive?
Do you have a daughter?
Are you married?

You're asked to answer just yes or no to these questions and nothing else.After asking lots of questions and getting lots of no's, the bunndle of leaves has now become just one leaf.This one leaf that's left, is your Naadi leaf  :eek:and this leaf was recorded in Sanskrit on palm leaves thousands of years ago.The Nadi predictions were written by the Seven Maharishis(sages)-Agasthya, Kausika, Vyasa, Bohar, Bhrigu, Vasishtha and Valmiki by their spritual powers.We were amazed at what Phils leaf told us.It told us Phil's Mum's name, his dad's name, what Phil was doing of a living,It was written in the leaf we were both Buddhist's ( we were in a Hindu Temple ) and that Phil has 2 sons, one of which is working in Holland,that I had had an operation and I have 1 daughter who has finnished her education, Phil had had a car accident in 2009,it was'nt serious.It went on and on and was so accurate it made me feel sick.Very interesting though. :eek:

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Post by: ohhcuppycakee on October 21, 2011, 08:04:47 pm
Bhagavad Gita
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Post by: Dutchhermit on August 04, 2012, 08:22:44 am
Shobogenzo Zuimonki & Fukanzazengi

..aswell as a old Nat. Geo magazine  :gawrsh:
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Post by: Jon on August 04, 2012, 04:15:35 pm
In another thread (I can't find it now) , someone had recommended The Lotus Still Blooms, Sacred Buddhist Teachings for the Western Mind. Picked it up at Half Priced Books. It was a really good read.
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Post by: J. McKenna on August 04, 2012, 07:06:30 pm
just finished a reread of the tao of physics 
 
 
   great way to remember what has been forgotten
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dairy Lama on August 05, 2012, 06:34:44 am
The Anapanasati Sutta ( again! ). :wink1:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: smellincoffee on August 31, 2012, 09:10:52 am
I am working through Twilight of the Mammoths: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America, because I have an interest in the animals that once inhabited the Americas.  This book documents the rapidity of their die-off and will make the case that humans did it. It's not exactly what I was looking for: lots of data analysis from sloth dung. C'est la vie.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: FallingLeaf on September 13, 2012, 07:39:02 pm
Rebel Buddha - A Guide To A Revolution Of Mind, by Dzogchen Ponlop
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Post by: Melanie on September 19, 2012, 10:36:21 pm
"Iluminati" - so confusing! But hope it will all make sense (as much sense as conspiracies can me) soon.

3 books by the Dalai Lama - cant recall the titels, 2 have to do with an open heart and the other one with initiation. The latter is complicated and I cannot quite get my head around it. The other 2 are very encouraging.

"lost in translation" - this is a collection of things found all over the world which are highly amusing in English... It is sooooo funny and has me in stitches regularly.
I think that is it.... 
 :eek:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: libertus on October 06, 2012, 06:49:29 am
In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon from Bhikkhu Bodhi

And

The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson (Evolutionary Biology)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dairy Lama on October 06, 2012, 07:17:21 am
"Breath by breath" by Larry Rosenburg, basically a commentary on the Anapanasati Sutta - seems quite good.

I also have a new Pali-English dictionary, how exciting... :teehee:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: GoGet on October 06, 2012, 08:03:19 am
Rebel Buddha - A Guide To A Revolution Of Mind, by Dzogchen Ponlop

Liking it?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: GoGet on October 06, 2012, 08:05:38 am
The Death of Marco Pantani

Essence of the heart Sutra
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on October 07, 2012, 02:16:58 am
Don't take your life personally,  Ajahn Sumedho.

Metta
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dairy Lama on October 07, 2012, 05:56:11 am
Don't take your life personally,  Ajahn Sumedho.

I like his stuff.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: lonelytiger on October 07, 2012, 03:34:06 pm
Just finished reading 'The heart of Happiness' by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. For the second time. And am going to start reading, The Dalai Lama's 'Book of Wisdom' Which I have only read bits of but have had for quite a few years.   Peace and Love :pray:
 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Barah on November 02, 2012, 03:18:46 am
Lord of the Rings. Again, after sever years.
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Post by: Seeker after truth on December 13, 2012, 02:05:32 pm
Just finished reading "Proof of Heaven. A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife" by Eben Alexander. He was in a coma as a result of bacterial meningitis for seven days. He described his experience using Christian terms, but the whole thing sounds very Buddhist to my ear. He talks about discoveries that he made on his journey to the "core" such as:

i. Consciousness is not created by the brain, it has existed and will always exist
ii. The interdependence and interconectedness of all phenomena, including the self
iii. The brain is basically just a sense organ to use Thich Naht Hahn's term
iV. We have a true spiritual self that all of us are destined some day to recover. We can get in touch with this self by bypassing the cortex which produces thoughts, emotions, and obscures this true self
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dairy Lama on December 14, 2012, 08:31:54 am
I'm currently reading a Stephen King book which I guess is light relief from dharma books.... :teehee:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on December 14, 2012, 11:17:02 am
I'm currently reading a Stephen King book which I guess is light relief from dharma books.... :teehee:
Not if it's "The Stand". My all-time fictional story, but pretty heavy!!!

Metta
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 16, 2012, 01:42:55 am
I read "The Stand" a long time ago. It was really good, but I remember that I liked "The Talisman" (co-written with Peter Straub) and "The Shining" better. I read a lot of Stephen King in my early teens. I haven't read a King novel in quite a few years now, but at the moment I'm actually reading his book "On Writing"; half autobiography, half writing advice.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sdjeff1 on December 17, 2012, 01:05:44 pm
I read "The Talisman" around 7 or 8 years old. after that I was hooked on King. I've read almost everything he put out except for some later stuff. Didn't seem like him.

Right now I'm reading "Mindfulness in Plain English" and "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness" by Bhante Heneploa Gunaratana. Both very good reads.

Leafing casually through Buddha Heart, Buddha Mind By HHDL. Complicated. Need to read more seriously.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MikeL on December 17, 2012, 07:22:08 pm
A Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission (Longchen Rabjam)--quite good reading, insightful
Kashmir Shaivism Under Seige (only a few chapters of interest)--generally an easy read, good for history

Just finished:

Vairotsana's Five Original Transmissions: Eye of the Storm (Keith Dowman)--short, but tough to read and assimilate 
Karma-Yoga (Swami Vivekananda)--breezy but worth it

Reading over and over like a broken record for years now:

Tao te Ching (Mitchell)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Heid on December 18, 2012, 04:28:10 am
Currently reading Yann Martel's "Life of Pi"...I saw the film poster and it reminded me that I had a copy of the book at home (You know you have too many books when you forget which ones you've bought...)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: lonelytiger on December 18, 2012, 03:36:59 pm
I read "The Stand" a long time ago. It was really good, but I remember that I liked "The Talisman" (co-written with Peter Straub) and "The Shining" better. I read a lot of Stephen King in my early teens. I haven't read a King novel in quite a few years now, but at the moment I'm actually reading his book "On Writing"; half autobiography, half writing advice.

I also enjoyed "The Talisman" I'm the same not read any King books for many years in fact I think the Talisman was possibly my last. But did read most of  James Herbert's books about 7 years ago, Only because they were given to me and I was stuck in the house after a bike crash for 18 months.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 18, 2012, 10:01:35 pm
I also enjoyed "The Talisman" I'm the same not read any King books for many years in fact I think the Talisman was possibly my last. But did read most of  James Herbert's books about 7 years ago, Only because they were given to me and I was stuck in the house after a bike crash for 18 months.

I loved "Haunted". I think I've read it three times. Then I read "The Ghosts of Sleath" and it was kind of OK and then "The Secret of Crickley Hall" which was really pointless in my opinion. Either I managed to pick the bad ones or his writing has deteriorated with age. But I have a couple of older unread ones still in my bookshelf so maybe all hope isn't lost yet.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: lonelytiger on December 20, 2012, 06:25:40 pm
I also enjoyed "The Talisman" I'm the same not read any King books for many years in fact I think the Talisman was possibly my last. But did read most of  James Herbert's books about 7 years ago, Only because they were given to me and I was stuck in the house after a bike crash for 18 months.

I loved "Haunted". I think I've read it three times. Then I read "The Ghosts of Sleath" and it was kind of OK and then "The Secret of Crickley Hall" which was really pointless in my opinion. Either I managed to pick the bad ones or his writing has deteriorated with age. But I have a couple of older unread ones still in my bookshelf so maybe all hope isn't lost yet.

Wish I could get back into reading novels, but I always feel guilty and believe that I should be reading a Buddhist book. As I have a very long list that I want to read.

Metta
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: kayz on February 17, 2013, 07:00:05 am
Boedha nu (Buddha now) - written by Dhammaketu (in Dutch) (Triratna Buddhist Community)

very well written, the vision of the Buddha in a post-industrial world.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ShanJieshi on March 04, 2013, 03:29:46 pm
im reading nube loca
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bloominRose on May 21, 2013, 06:32:35 pm
im currently reading buddhism for dummies . i recently checked out a few other books from the library that ill be reading in the next few weeks, savor mindful eating, mindful life by thich nhat hanh and absolutely small-how quantum theory explains our everyday world by michael d fayer phd and hitch22a memoir by christopher hitchens.
i got a lot to read! :-P

im loving buddhism for dummies, because its helping me understand the stuff i read on this forum more fully. whoever thought up the "for dummies" books was no dummy at all!
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 21, 2013, 08:12:41 pm
That is a lot of reading. I didn't know there was a Buddhism for Dummies
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ground on May 21, 2013, 08:33:54 pm
There are some erudite members of this and other buddhist forums who teach that it may be better to stop reading books   :fu:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Wonky Badger on May 21, 2013, 10:16:43 pm
There are some erudite members of this and other buddhist forums who teach that it may be better to stop reading books   :fu:

Each to their own. This forum wouldn't exist unless I had picked up that book about Buddhism. I'm sure thought, that at a certain level of practice some people might be better off utilizing only their own internal resources and possibly guidance from a  teacher.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dairy Lama on May 22, 2013, 03:41:49 am
I've been re-reading "A still forest pool" by Ajahn Chah.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Optimus Prime on May 22, 2013, 05:26:14 am
There are some erudite members of this and other buddhist forums who teach that it may be better to stop reading books   :fu:

Each to their own. This forum wouldn't exist unless I had picked up that book about Buddhism. I'm sure thought, that at a certain level of practice some people might be better off utilizing only their own internal resources and possibly guidance from a  teacher.

Books help us align ourselves with right view - the first step on the Noble Eightfold Path.  They are like having a map or a GPS with which we can align our own compass with, to walk the path.  Imagine going into a big city and not knowing which street you're on and how it compares to where you want to go...

You could be walking really fast, being very efficient - running down the street towards the east.  But if you really wanted to head west, your efficiency is not only wasted, it is taking you further away from your goal.

With the Sutras and Suttas, what we are reading is the words from the Buddha himself.  Thus, we align our minds with the mind of a fully enlightened being - not the opinions or conjectures of people who are not enlightened.  And thus, it is hoped that we can make better progress by using the Buddha's words as maps and guides for our own lives.

Of course, reading too much with no practice is no good - you just become an academic or a theorist with no practice real world experience.  But not reading is not it either - this is like a guy who's got street smarts at his current level, but doesn't have a solid enough foundation in understanding the fundamental principles to propel himself further.  You need to find a balance between reading and using what you've read/learnt in practice.
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: MettaMouse on May 22, 2013, 05:29:29 am
Just finished the first Dark Tower book. Liked it so much I've started the second.
Also reading Understanding the Mind in preparation for beginning the Foundation Course at Compassion centre.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ground on May 22, 2013, 08:54:27 am
There are some erudite members of this and other buddhist forums who teach that it may be better to stop reading books   :fu:

Each to their own. This forum wouldn't exist unless I had picked up that book about Buddhism. I'm sure thought, that at a certain level of practice some people might be better off utilizing only their own internal resources and possibly guidance from a  teacher.
Very difficult topic.  :fu:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: GoGet on May 22, 2013, 12:28:04 pm
I'm currently reading a Stephen King book which I guess is light relief from dharma books.... :teehee:

I'm jumping between The Sun of Wisdom by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Penetrating Wisdom By Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Inferno by Dan Brown.  I also keep recent copies of Road Bike Action and Mountain Bike Action magazines close at hand.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dairy Lama on May 23, 2013, 01:40:43 am
Very difficult topic.  :fu:

Somebody should write a book about it.... :teehee:
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: MettaMouse on May 23, 2013, 02:32:29 am
Very difficult topic.  :fu:

Somebody should write a book about it.... :teehee:
Ha ha. I would love to read that but, you know???
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Barah on May 23, 2013, 04:10:59 am
Last book I went through was "The cloud of unknowing". When I was somewhere is the middle, I lost all desire to read anything related to spiritual development. Didn't pick it up since then.

Btw, I strongly recommend "The cloud of unknowing" by a christian anonymous author, for both beginner and "PROs".
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: GoGet on May 24, 2013, 06:56:04 am
Last book I went through was "The cloud of unknowing". When I was somewhere is the middle, I lost all desire to read anything related to spiritual development. Didn't pick it up since then.

Btw, I strongly recommend "The cloud of unknowing" by a christian anonymous author, for both beginner and "PROs".

I love Sunset magazine and read it regularly.

I love ....... carpet.

Hot springs.

And cats that like to watch ice melt.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Barah on May 24, 2013, 08:04:56 am
Many attachments down there  :blush:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vern Stevens on May 24, 2013, 12:52:11 pm
I just started "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini.  I grabbed me first chapter too!  I enjoyed "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" so I've been waiting quite a while for him to release this book.

On my short list are "Why Meditate?", "What the Buddha Taught", and "Running from Tenda Gyamar".
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ground on May 24, 2013, 07:34:14 pm
Very difficult topic.  :fu:

Somebody should write a book about it.... :teehee:
If there is the need for still another book not worth reading, then yes.   :fu:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: zozo on May 25, 2013, 01:52:59 pm
Im reading ' Peace is Every Step ' by Thich Nhat Hanh. Its really helping with my stress levels and how to deal with anxiety.
 :namaste:
Z
xxx
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on May 25, 2013, 02:18:55 pm
Reading "Complete guitar handbook" (Michael Leonard).
Since I began practice I don't really have any anxiety. Beginning to feel I'm missing out... :blush:

with Metta
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: zozo on May 25, 2013, 02:36:24 pm
 ;D would you like some of mine? I admire anyone who can play an instrument. as anything musical that gets in my hands ends up sounding like a very unhappy cat!
 :namaste:
Z
xx
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: nettles on May 25, 2013, 03:28:02 pm
I am currently reading a very beginners book called 'Buddhism: tools for living your life' by Vajragupta.
I just wish  all you buddhas would use plain english though. It ought to be a crime having more than one language :brick:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: GoGet on May 25, 2013, 04:05:24 pm
Just received a copy of Sakyong Mipham's Running With The Mind of Meditation.  Not bad so far.  I want to see about applying meditation to long=distance cycling.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bloominRose on May 26, 2013, 08:59:37 am
That is a lot of reading. I didn't know there was a Buddhism for Dummies


its a great book monkey; written by jonathan landaw, steven bodian(also a tucsonan), and gudren buhmemann, three very knowledgeable people. its packed full of useful info, and arranged in such a way to make it a little less daunting than all that info should be, haha.
im enjoying it and it is definitely helping me to understand the forum conversations quite a bit better. i would recommend it to anyone new to the study of buddhism.
has anyone else read it?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 26, 2013, 09:37:30 am
its a great book monkey... its packed full of useful info, and arranged in such a way to make it a little less daunting than all that info should be, haha.
Years ago I particated in several Buddhist studies classes at University. The assigned readings were overwhelming and confusing, and I am certain that the "academic study of Buddhism" left me with more misinformation than accurate knowledge. Too bad there wasn't a "Buddhism for Dummies" back then.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vern Stevens on May 26, 2013, 09:48:44 am
I've read several "beginner" Buddhism books now and the one I just finished was the one I grasped the best so far;  "Awakening the Buddha Within" by Lama Surya Das.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: zozo on May 26, 2013, 12:22:27 pm
Ive read Buddhism for Dummies and i found it a great help when starting on this path. havent seen it for a while as its currently doing the rounds through my family.
 :namaste:
Z
xx
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bloominRose on May 31, 2013, 06:06:55 pm
my dear friend curtis got this for me for my birthday on wednesday, so now im reading this, in between all the others. im really loving it so far. cool fact: i hadnt seen curtis in over a year and he had no idea that ive been taking a look at buddhism. hows that for a connection? ;D
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g337/roseyroseyrose/15acfd8a-95fc-41cc-803a-112401e87ea8_zpsc8dc240d.jpg)
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Post by: t on May 31, 2013, 08:46:04 pm
(http://www.exoticindia.com/books/nagarjunas_a_drop_of_nourishment_for_people_and_idc382.jpg)(http://www.wisdompubs.org/Pages/display.lasso?-database=wisdom_titles&-table=covers&-recordID=32952&cover_image=jpeg&-image) (http://www.paljorpublications.com/images/products/275.jpg)
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Post by: ground on May 31, 2013, 11:34:34 pm
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What are you reading?
What are you reading?  :fu:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bloominRose on June 05, 2013, 08:42:14 pm
wow, i am really enjoying the book i got for my birthday "if the Buddha dated" by charlotte kasl, phd.
im a little more than 1/3 of the way through, and i can honestly say that ive never had such a good feeling about the prospect of possibly dating again. what a positive boon this book is, so far. i just did a very revealing exercise to take a good look at what im seeking in a partner, and in the coming chapter there is an exercise in taking a look at what i have to offer a partner. all of this is also taking into account the spiritual side of life, never leaving it out. this book also speaks in the same manner to male or female, gay, straight or bisexual. i highly recommend this book to anyone entertaining the idea of dating, buddhist or not. its a very healthy book! <3
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Post by: Dairy Lama on June 06, 2013, 03:04:52 am
"A brief history of time" by Stephen Hawking.  Somewhat dated now, but still mind-boggling!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bloominRose on June 06, 2013, 03:59:25 am
thats a book for any time norman...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Monkey Mind on June 06, 2013, 08:44:00 am
wow, i am really enjoying the book i got for my birthday "if the Buddha dated" by charlotte kasl, phd.
I read that book once, I am glad you are enjoying it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: songhill on June 06, 2013, 10:44:10 am
There are some erudite members of this and other buddhist forums who teach that it may be better to stop reading books   :fu:

Can we then conclude that these erudite members do not know what the Buddha actually taught (since they abhor reading the discourses)? I think we can. Here is what Zen master Tsung-mi has to say on this subject:

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“If one just depends on the sayings of the Buddha and does not infer for himself, his realization will be no more than a matter of baseless faith.  If one just holds on to direct perception, taking what he perceives for himself to be authoritative without comparing it to the sayings of the Buddha, then how can he know whether it is true or false”
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ground on June 06, 2013, 10:56:40 am
There are some erudite members of this and other buddhist forums who teach that it may be better to stop reading books   :fu:

Can we then conclude that these erudite members do not know what the Buddha actually taught (since they abhor reading the discourses)? I think we can. Here is what Zen master Tsung-mi has to say on this subject:
Well, erudite member, your teaching is highly appreciated.

The buttocks that perform the sitting do not fantasize "Buddha" but they perform a sitting nevertheless.  :fu:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: songhill on June 06, 2013, 12:26:31 pm
There are some erudite members of this and other buddhist forums who teach that it may be better to stop reading books   :fu:

Can we then conclude that these erudite members do not know what the Buddha actually taught (since they abhor reading the discourses)? I think we can. Here is what Zen master Tsung-mi has to say on this subject:
Well, erudite member, your teaching is highly appreciated.

The buttocks that perform the sitting do not fantasize "Buddha" but they perform a sitting nevertheless.  :fu:

By your definition I am not a erudite member since I say the study of Buddhism involves learning what the Buddha taught.

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"If you make (yourself) a sitting Buddha this is precisely killing the Buddha. If you adhere to the sitting position, you will not attain the principle of Zen." ~ Zen master Huai-jang
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ground on June 06, 2013, 12:32:55 pm
There are some erudite members of this and other buddhist forums who teach that it may be better to stop reading books   :fu:

Can we then conclude that these erudite members do not know what the Buddha actually taught (since they abhor reading the discourses)? I think we can. Here is what Zen master Tsung-mi has to say on this subject:
Well, erudite member, your teaching is highly appreciated.

The buttocks that perform the sitting do not fantasize "Buddha" but they perform a sitting nevertheless.  :fu:

By your definition I am not a erudite member since I say the study of Buddhism involves learning what the Buddha taught.
You simply did not understand what was written. Why didn't you? Because you are an erudite member.
In this way you taught that it may be better to stop reading books.


Quote
"If you make (yourself) a sitting Buddha this is precisely killing the Buddha. If you adhere to the sitting position, you will not attain the principle of Zen." ~ Zen master Huai-jang
Yes this is one for erudite members.  :fu:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: bloominRose on June 06, 2013, 04:50:01 pm
okee dokee...heres a book that i recently read to my granddaughter. She loved it so much, that we read it like 6 times last friday, and i have no doubt we will read it another 6 times tomorrow. if feels great to have the opportunity to show her a little about meditation, while she is still quite little-just 2 1/2 and learning to bbbbrrrrreeeeaaaattttthhhhheeeeee, already! love it!
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g337/roseyroseyrose/1e9d5e5a-169b-44ff-a11e-f2d60fab3d8a_zps8d4598ca.jpg)
as an added bonus, she also loves this video:
Sesame Street: Common and Colbie Caillat - "Belly Breathe" with Elmo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mZbzDOpylA#ws)
share these with your favorite babykins!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SnowLioness on August 18, 2013, 03:26:02 pm
Recently re-read Mathiessens's "The Snow Leopard"- read it first back in the late 70's, when it, and me, were both new and shiny! I loved it then, but understand it better now.

I am ashamed to admit it, but just finished "The Dalai Lama's Cat", and worse yet, I sorta liked it. Good painless intro to Buddhism - like something you could give your Mom so she might not be so scared that the devil gotcha?

Also just finished the amusing and well written "Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes To The West" by Jeffrey Paine.

Now finishing up (blush) "Buddhism For Dummies". Since I am one of them, I am finding it a good overview.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on August 18, 2013, 03:31:34 pm
Dolpopa's Mountain Doctrine teachings on Other-Emptiness and Buddha Nature.
probably the best book I have found that describes Buddha Nature
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Alexey on August 18, 2013, 11:22:50 pm
Yesterday i finished MN, so i will start AN  :dharma:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dairy Lama on August 19, 2013, 06:40:24 am
OK, I admit it, I'm reading a Stephen King book.

Well, I can't read suttas all the time..... :teehee:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SnowLioness on August 19, 2013, 07:14:00 am
I pick up once in a while and read an article in "Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume ([url]http://www.amazon.com/Hooked-Buddhist-Writings-Desire-Consume/dp/1590301722[/url])". 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. :/


Even though this quote is from 2009....."Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume" OMG! Had to HAVE IT!!! Left the thread and went straight to Alibris! That's how bad it is.....sigh
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PorkChop on August 28, 2013, 08:45:49 am
Buddhist-related...
David Brazier's "Not Everything is Impermanent"
Shunryu Suzuki "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"
William Irvine "Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy"
most mornings a few pages of the Lotus sutra
most evenings a few pages of Rulu's collection of Pure Land sutras
most recent book finished (last week) - DT Suzuki's "Buddha of Infinite Light"
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: catmiao on August 29, 2013, 08:58:19 am
I am reading heart sutra via this application:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flyxapp.heartsutra&hl=en
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Yvonne_Ocpress on September 16, 2013, 02:13:05 am
Buddhism Classics: The Sixth Platform Sutra 六祖坛经 the best version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaUC5O9mdU4#ws)
I watch it  from my Ipad.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dairy Lama on September 16, 2013, 04:59:51 am
"The wasp factory" by Iain Banks.

I was meaning to read the suttas again but didn't quite get round to it... :teehee:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: heybai on September 17, 2013, 02:01:07 am
(http://www.witf.org/book-club/half_the_sky_book.jpg)
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on September 17, 2013, 02:34:06 am
"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck.  A great read. Steinbecks one of my all time favourite authors.

 Metta
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: heybai on September 17, 2013, 02:37:19 am
Try his *Winter of Our Discontent*, a late novel almost forgotten even while he was alive, but one of his best, in my humble. 
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Post by: PorkChop on September 23, 2013, 08:06:17 am
Finished "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"
Started the Digha Nikaya, just finished the intro (like 50+ pages).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on September 23, 2013, 09:03:50 am
Liberty Utilities Gas Bill - "Notice of change in billing methods."
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PorkChop on September 23, 2013, 12:07:40 pm
Liberty Utilities Gas Bill - "Notice of change in billing methods."

LOL
reminds me... my cable bill this last month was the final straw. they've raised the bill 4 times in the last 4 months, for a total of a $20 increase in my overall monthly bill - with no added service, in fact a reduction in service. as a result, i'm set to cancel this weekend.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: nirvanaseeker30 on October 26, 2013, 10:06:02 pm

I'm reading The Art Of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh. After that I plan on reading My Spiritual Journey written by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Both men I admire very much!   :anjali:
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Post by: Desert Seeker on October 27, 2013, 12:58:03 pm
Actually just finished reading Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill.
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on November 05, 2013, 05:17:16 am
"1421" by Gavin Menzies.
Chinese explorers circumnavigated the globe 100 years before European explorers "discovered" the new world, and left behind maps and artifacts which prove it.

with Metta
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: nirvanaseeker30 on December 06, 2013, 11:36:13 am
I am currently reading a book entitled Arcadia written by Laurien Geoff. It's about a Hippie commune in the 70's. I just recently finished reading The Lincoln Conspiracy which was very good. I am a great admirer of President Lincoln. He was a great man  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: hanuman38 on December 06, 2013, 04:14:43 pm
I'm currently reading:

*  Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (well, re-reading...)
*  Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
*  Today's edition of the New York Times

My natural inclination is to read quite a few books simultaneously, nibbling at each a little at a time.  So getting it down to just three items is an accomplishment.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: NepalianBuddhist on December 07, 2013, 04:33:44 pm
the words on the screen
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Post by: Kanen on December 07, 2013, 05:28:28 pm
Several of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's books, Lama Yeshe's Introduction to Tantra, and Pabongka Rinpoche's Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. Wish me luck! :)
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Post by: Tiolie on March 03, 2014, 11:08:32 pm
Dangerous Kiss - Jackie Collins & Good Life, Good Death - Gehlek Rimpoche.  What a combo!   :gawrsh:
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Post by: t on March 04, 2014, 12:28:31 am
(http://honoluluweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/godsnotgreat.gif)
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Post by: Wervelf on March 06, 2014, 04:14:41 am
Right now reading When things fall apart.
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on March 06, 2014, 10:59:47 am
"Turning the Wheel of Truth"  Ajahn Sucitto.

Metta
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Post by: Madelyn on April 24, 2014, 10:11:29 am
The Science of Discworld (currently on volume four) A surprisingly good read, it uses Terry Pratchett's humour and accessible style to explain hardcore cutting edge theory that would otherwise be very dry.


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Post by: Contention on May 22, 2014, 06:18:52 am
Just finished "A Clash of Kings" by George R R Martin and probably going to read Consciousness Explained by Daniel Dennett and 88 Killer by Oliver Stark next. I like to have one fiction and one non-fiction on the go at the same time :)
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Post by: 7th_Samurai on July 10, 2014, 02:58:30 pm
The Tiger, John Vaillant.  Rarely does a book captivate me in the way this one has.  Nature can be an amazing adventure and an unprecedented teacher.  I simply cannot put it down.

Also:

Mind Beyond Death, Dzogchen Ponlop.  It was written following a series of lectures Ponlop gave on the six bardos in 2002 at San Antonio, Texas.  His writing style is both simple and informal yet provides brilliant illumination and clarity to some very complex aspects of the Dharma.  A perfect companion to The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (Sogyal Rinpoche).
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Post by: Dharmakara on July 10, 2014, 04:03:03 pm
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Biography by Donald S. Lopez --- I'm actually re-reading the book for a second time, in part because the Tibetan Book of the Dead has been mentioned in several threads as of late. What follows is the first page of a five page interview where Lopez discusses his examination of the book itself, but everyone can read the full article here:

http://rorotoko.com/interview/20110511_donald_lopez_on_tibetan_book_of_dead_biography/ (http://rorotoko.com/interview/20110511_donald_lopez_on_tibetan_book_of_dead_biography/)

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Princeton University Press has started a new series entitled “Lives of Great Religious Books,” and my book is one of the three inaugural volumes.

The idea behind the series is that books have lives, that in addition to the particular time and place of their composition, they also move through time and across space, where they meet unexpected fates and fortunes.  Scholars call this the “reception history” of a text.

Princeton has chosen some of the most famous religious texts from around the world and asked a scholar to recount the life of that book for a general audience.  I was asked to write about The Tibetan Book of the Dead, certainly the most famous Tibetan work in the world and perhaps the world’s most famous Buddhist text.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead has had a rather strange life.  Despite its great fame, it is not famous in Tibet.

In 1919, an American named Walter Evans-Wentz, who was traveling in India at the time, purchased a set of Tibetan mortuary texts from a British Army major who had recently returned from Tibet.  Evans-Wentz could not read Tibetan so he took them to the English teacher at the local boarding school for boys, who translated a selection of the texts.  Evans-Wentz then provided his own preface, introduction, notes, and appendices (which together outweigh the translation itself) and called it The Tibetan Book of the Dead.  It was published by Oxford University Press in 1927 and has gone on to sell over a half million copies.

Evans-Wentz was a Theosophist, and in the book I discuss how he read the translation through a particular lens of American spiritualism, one that obscured, and in some cases misrepresented, the meaning of the Tibetan text.

I then go on to talk about the book’s remarkable persistence and its place in a kind of New Age canon that developed in the 1960s and that continues to the present day. The Tibetan Book of the Dead was important to Timothy Leary, for example, inspiring his own book The Psychedelic Experience.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: NepalianBuddhist on July 10, 2014, 04:10:38 pm
I'm familiar with the psychedelic experience but not advocating drug use. (Does the author correlate psychedelic experience to Shrooms or Peyote?)
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Post by: Dharmakara on July 10, 2014, 04:23:03 pm
No, he doesn't go too much into that aspect, but questions about whether the book is really Buddhist in orientation.
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Post by: moonbeam on July 19, 2014, 08:47:19 am
"Circle of Light-1: Greyfax Grimwald" by Niel Hancock


It's a nice book. I got it from a used bookstore and it's the 1977 printing of it. It's a softcover but doesn't even have a bar code. It is kind of funny having a softcover before they had bar codes on everything.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: uruk_awrys on July 19, 2014, 07:51:36 pm
Kaufmann's Nietzsche biography...and Will to Power...

eternal recurrence....
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tibetan Monk on September 28, 2014, 09:41:06 am
I'm currently reading the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and I have ordered De Grote Weg Naar Het Licht. Which is a book about Mahayana Buddhism with texts from the Buddha and fragments of the Sutra's aswell as texts from Ashvaghosha, Shantideva, Aryashura, Nagarjuna, Candrakirti, Vasubandhu en Matrcena.
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Post by: Tibetan Monk on October 08, 2014, 06:59:49 am
I now also have the translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tibetan Monk on December 17, 2014, 07:49:29 am
Currently I'm reading the Digha-Nikaya. Next will be Khuddaka-Nikaya.
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Post by: kapbob8 on January 25, 2015, 11:03:14 am
Right now I am reading "The Motivation Manifesto" by Brendon Burchard. This book has helped me notice a lot of things in my life that are worth changing and has helped me make a very good change in my life. It truly is something worth reading. Brendon also has a phenomenal youtube channel that can be found by searching his name.
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Post by: Galen on April 22, 2015, 02:18:43 pm
I have recently finished rereading Toni Bernhard's "How to Be Sick" a wonderful Buddhist book about how to deal with illness!

I have recently started Reading Jason Siff's "Thoughts are not the Enemy"  and I am really enjoying it, it is very engaging and reads like a story but has great insight into how work with thoughts rather than trying to discard them.

On deck I have "Flourish" by Martin Seligman the founder of Positive Psychology. I've peaked a bit and it has test to identify you personal strengths and exercises to help develop them and put them to use in your life.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ZenCanuck on December 11, 2016, 05:10:47 pm
I am reading:

The Diana Chronicles - Tina Brown. Don't laugh! My mother passed it along to me. Very interesting look at the life of the Royals in Britain, and particularly Princess Diana's tragic life.

Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames - Thich Nhat Hanh. Actually, re-reading this, third time around. Anger is my big issue and I'm working on dealing with it and getting to the root of it.

Also reading on my Kindle a textbook on language and translation - I work for a language translation software company, so that's work-related. Also have been dipping into a few free books on Buddhism on downloaded from somewhere.

ZenCanuck
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Post by: MLA on January 01, 2017, 10:26:02 pm
Reading a meditation guide or manual in pdf form from Thanissaro Bhikku (I'm interested in the Theravada tradition).

On my bedside table volume 4 (Dancing in the Dark) of Karl Ove Knausgaard's fictional memoir. Planning to reread short stories in Alice Munro's Runaway next.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on January 02, 2017, 02:52:01 pm
Aside from reading suttas relating to online discussions, or to answer questions from friends and fellow students of Buddhism, I believe the last thing I read was the programming instructions from XFINITY for their new voice activated channel selector.   :wink1:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jimsouth on October 16, 2017, 08:46:29 am
I am reading ( again ) Plato's Republic. I never get tired of reading it. I just finished ( again ) The Wild Asses Skin - Balzac
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Post by: Reesa Hufnagle on February 23, 2018, 10:31:40 am
I am reading Siddharta by Hermann Hesse and I had a question about a person in it. Gotama it said to be the Buddha that Siddhartha didn't follow like his friend Govinda. This I don't understand since Siddhartha is suppose to be the Buddha. Can someone please explain this to me.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: loopix on February 23, 2018, 12:14:58 pm
no, siddartha is not the siddartha. I don't want to spoil the book for you, so just keep reading.  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Reesa Hufnagle on February 28, 2018, 01:32:23 pm
I finished Siddharta but didnt really understand it completely in that the main character has the same name and same back ground growing up. Any insight would be helpful. 

I am now reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintence. It is funny when people see the book they think it is a manuel for motorcycle repair.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Anemephistus on February 28, 2018, 01:42:16 pm
https://www.amazon.com/Justice-Whats-Right-Thing-Do/dp/0374532508 (https://www.amazon.com/Justice-Whats-Right-Thing-Do/dp/0374532508)

This was my last one. It was very interesting and put out a lot of points which I have to carefully evaluate and consider in the light of proper thinking as best I could.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: stillpointdancer on March 01, 2018, 05:06:32 am
I finished Siddharta but didnt really understand it completely in that the main character has the same name and same back ground growing up. Any insight would be helpful. 

I think it was an honest attempt by Hesse to make sense of what the enlightenment experience might be, how it would affect you, and to map out how someone could do this alone, away from a sangha. He chose the zen approach, among others, of sitting with the random sounds of nature as a focus of meditation. I read that he spent a lot of time on the last part of the book, hoping for some experience of his own to inform it better.
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Post by: Serenity.Seeker on March 03, 2018, 08:53:23 pm
I noticed that there are at least Two books titled Siddhartha.  One is by a woman, I think.  Anyway, the Siddhartha about the life of the young man who would grow up to be the Buddha is by Hermann Hesse.  The other, the one I read, it's interesting ... I might read it just out of curiosity, but it's not really required reading IMO.

Anyway ... hi.  I haven't been posting lately.  I sure am glad I have this site.  I ALSo, BIG GRIN AND A HEARTY LOL,  :cheesy: now have a paid subscription, the $40 kind, to TRICYCLE magazine.  YUMM!!!

Whoever said money can't make you happy was delusional.

Lovya!  Have high spirits and high hopes.  Yours of Late, and Always, Khira.
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Post by: Serenity.Seeker on March 03, 2018, 08:58:24 pm
Also looking forward to reading something on the Incomparable Mullah Nasrudin or something.  Can't believe I've waited this long to start reading Idries Shah.  Sheeesh!!   :r4wheel:   :anjali:
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Post by: Dairy Lama on March 05, 2018, 02:43:45 am
I read this book again recently, a good introduction to meditation in the Theravada tradition.

https://cdn.amaravati.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Finding_the_Missing_Peace_-_Ajahn_Amaro.pdf
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Post by: loopix on March 09, 2018, 03:55:00 pm
I noticed that there are at least Two books titled Siddhartha.  One is by a woman, I think.  Anyway, the Siddhartha about the life of the young man who would grow up to be the Buddha is by Hermann Hesse. 

no. no. just no.

siddharta is a book about one of the buddha's contemporaries, who took another path.
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Post by: nelisjan on October 30, 2018, 12:57:42 am
The Teaching of Buddha by Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai. It's talks of the Buddha, Dharma, the way of Practise and the Brotherhood. I recommend this simple yet crystal clear text for beginners  :anjali:
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Post by: Routa on February 14, 2019, 03:48:07 pm
I noticed that there are at least Two books titled Siddhartha.  One is by a woman, I think.  Anyway, the Siddhartha about the life of the young man who would grow up to be the Buddha is by Hermann Hesse. 

no. no. just no.

siddharta is a book about one of the buddha's contemporaries, who took another path.

This is correct.
He did not actually become the Buddha in Hesse's book.
This is shown early on in the book when his friend becomes one of Buddha's disciples and they depart ways.
It's a really good story though and I would recommend it...haven't read it in many years though.

Recently, I've mostly been reading books written by Ajahn Chah and his students.
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