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Offline puppyduks

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Looking for information about two books
« on: February 03, 2014, 11:37:05 pm »
I picked up two books from a used bookstore today and was curious if anyone here would know them. They were both published when I was a child, according to the date inside the covers, and I have only been studying dharma for a couple of years. I have only recently begun to lean toward Mahayana, having learned mostly Theravada, so I am not familiar with many of the books.

One is The Lankavatava Sutra by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki and the other is a much smaller one titled The Life of Milarepa Tibet's Great Yogi by Lobzang Jivaka.

I bought the first one to study, and the second book because the writing style was interesting. I was curious if anyone had any thoughts on them?

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Re: Looking for information about two books
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 09:03:29 am »
I have one Dharma book. The Life of Buddha ...

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Re: Looking for information about two books
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 09:30:41 am »
Hello Puppyduks,

                          I encountered Suzuki's translation of the Lanka quite a long way back. He also has a companion volume of commentaries on the Lanka. The Lanka is very important to the Yogacara or Mind Only school. Something you can reread many times and not exhaust the wisdom within.

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Re: Looking for information about two books
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 09:13:29 pm »
NepalianBuddhist, thank you for your reply. I am not quite sure how to respond. I am happy for you? Not sure if you were being benevolently sacrastic or if you have one book whose author is a mystery. I am glad you have found your literary peace, in either case.

Desert Seeker, thank you. I look forward to reading the Lanka. I am very ignorant about the different sects/school/traditions, etc. My motto in life is that everyone has something to teach you, even if all you learn is that you don't want to be like them. The author put a lot of time and effort into that book so I felt iit wouldn't hurt to see what he had to say.  I love to read. Books, road signs, the back of a cereal box...if it's a word I will read it. What a glorious invention of mankind!

 


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