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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #255 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/

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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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #256 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #257 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #258 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.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #259 on: July 19, 2014, 07:51:36 pm »
Kaufmann's Nietzsche biography...and Will to Power...

eternal recurrence....

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« Reply #260 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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« Reply #261 on: October 08, 2014, 06:59:49 am »
I now also have the translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha.
Remember, happiness doesn't
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« Reply #262 on: December 17, 2014, 07:49:29 am »
Currently I'm reading the Digha-Nikaya. Next will be Khuddaka-Nikaya.
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« Reply #263 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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« Reply #264 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #265 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.

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« Reply #266 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #267 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:
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #268 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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