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Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism?
    #2676977 - 05/14/04 09:00 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I would like to read more about it.


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: MOTH]
    #2676982 - 05/14/04 09:03 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Tibetan Book of the Dead
anything written by Dalai Lama


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: MOTH]
    #2677042 - 05/14/04 09:35 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Anything by Tchich Nhat Hanh, he is my favorite person ever! Also, The Dhammapada, the sayings of the Buddha. Mine is subtitled "a new rendering by Thomas Byron with a preface by Ram Dass". It has photography in it too, beautiful. Good for you! Buddhism can teach us so much. A wonderful, wonderful philosophy/religion! Good luck.


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: MOTH]
    #2677134 - 05/14/04 10:21 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/det...nce&s=books

i have this book it is great for the beginner to really understand what buddhism is about. The best one by far.

You can even read some of the book at that link


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: MOTH]
    #2677206 - 05/14/04 10:59 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

what the buddha taught/wapola rahula
the gospel of buddhism/paul carus
the light of asia/sir edwin arnold (a poem, actually)
three pillars of zen/philip kapleau
zen mind, beginners mind/suzuki roshi
the dhammapada/(collected saying of the buddha/pali canon)
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gosh, there's a zillion of 'em --- the library has stuff on the shelves for sure (heh- buddhism for dummmies, oy...)

& there are quite a few online sources, including:
www.tricycle.org
www.buddhanet.net

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whoa, i just typed "buddhist bibliography" into googlesearch... linkslinkslinks....


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: MOTH]
    #2677225 - 05/14/04 11:04 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

My favorite book, for people that want to know 'What is Buddhism', is The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Sitting Still by Dinty Moore. http://www.dintywmoore.com/budd.htm

The book follows the travels of the author as he sets out across America to discover what exactly an American Buddhist is. Through his eyes, the reader learns as he learns.

The book is very easy to read. Here is an online excerpt from the book: http://www.randomhouse.com/boldtype/0299/moore/excerpt.html


If you want something more in depth and technical, I recommend The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment
by Phillip Kapleau Roshi. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0385260938/002-8184796-9981638?v=glance


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: MOTH]
    #2677258 - 05/14/04 11:19 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

How much prior knowledge to you have about buddhism? If the answer is none, then I would suggest anything by Jack Kornwall. If the answer is quite a bit, then I would suggest "Selected Buddhist Sutras" or "A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy" - go straight to the source, ya know? Or anything by DT Suzuki if you are interested in Zen. But I would actually not suggest anything by the Dalai Lama... in my mind, his books are really catered to western audiences, and he doesn't really say much. I know, it's a mean thing to say, and I really respect the guy... but after reading "the art of happiness" i thought that i could gain much more from reading Suzuki and meditating than I could from his writings... :shrug:


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: Krishna]
    #2677296 - 05/14/04 11:34 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Well if you ask anyone in the Spirituality & Philosophy forum - they'll tell you that you shouldn't read any books and you'll learn nothing if you do.  BTW - don't go into that forum.

I just finished a book that was called Hardcore Zen.  It's fucking great!!! The guy pretty much puts all the bullshit aside - tells you not to believe everything he says but to question everything he says - explains that even real Buddhists do not believe in enlightenment and it's all about RIGHT NOW.

The book rules - he also has a website called www.hardcorezen.org

I warn you though - the book will make you angry - and that's good. Question everything you read. :smile:


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: MOTH]
    #2677361 - 05/14/04 11:58 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

http://www.srimadbhagavatam.org/



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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: Delyrium]
    #2677364 - 05/14/04 11:58 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Thats the attractive thing about buddhisim
even the buddha said his teachings MUST be questioned.

What they would have meant in S&P forum is wisdom/enlightenment
is not intelectual you cant learn it like maths.
I have read a bit on buddhisim and its come to a point reading more
is a waste (I could ramble more) but to have any gain I would
need to meditate more but Im really lazy.
Read this
Its a beginners guide to buddhist meditation from a westerners point
of view just totally hits the spot. well did for me

Oh its the buddhas birthday on sunday burn a few incense. Buddhist Meditation for Absolute Beginners


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: MOTH]
    #2677371 - 05/14/04 12:01 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Depends what you are more interested in, Buddhism as a religion to follow or Buddhism as means to enlightenment. Depending on this you should choose a different school of Buddhism. Zen, Kagyu, Gelupa or Nyingma (Dzogchen). I follow the latter because it is a straight path without any 'religious' overtones. It depends on a person completely, some people need structure and rituals, some people can bend the spoon with their mind.
I am no expert on other Buddhist traditions but for Dzogchen anything by Nomkai Norbu is worth its weight in gold, this book is essential -
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/det...=books&st=*


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: vladk]
    #2677408 - 05/14/04 12:16 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

What is your opinion of enlightenment? You mean like those people on the cover of the new ages books that have a blue glowing halo around them?? im sorry but Buddhism teaches REALITY. the enlightenment that THIS IS PARADISE and there's nothing better.

You want to find Utopia by "enlightenment"? Well - by definition - utopia is a dream world - can't be reached - ever!

that's what i like about buddhism - there's no bullshit to it. if you're enlighened... you aren't someone different... you're someone who got completely balanced with reality. that's all.

buddhism in a whole is "Question Authority".

oo and those folks in S&P will bitch you out if you mention you're learning.


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: Delyrium]
    #2677411 - 05/14/04 12:17 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

lol btw im not arguing with anyone - it was just an arguement against myself. i have been practicing zazen and just questioning everything i thought i believed - so pardon me if i sound like im attacking anyone here. i'm really not.


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: Delyrium]
    #2679495 - 05/14/04 08:24 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Quote:

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What is your opinion of enlightenment? You mean like those people on the cover of the new ages books that have a blue glowing halo around them?? im sorry but Buddhism teaches REALITY. the enlightenment that THIS IS PARADISE and there's nothing better.

You want to find Utopia by "enlightenment"? Well - by definition - utopia is a dream world - can't be reached - ever!

that's what i like about buddhism - there's no bullshit to it. if you're enlighened... you aren't someone different... you're someone who got completely balanced with reality. that's all.

buddhism in a whole is "Question Authority".

oo and those folks in S&P will bitch you out if you mention you're learning.




I don't care about them.  I'm doing this for my own interest.  Besides, I enjoy reading!  Thanks for the help everyone!  :smile:  :heart:


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: MOTH]
    #2679547 - 05/14/04 08:37 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Awakening The Buddha Within- Lama Surya Das

A very good book that covers all of the important aspects of Buddhism and how to apply and practice it in your life. It's also written for westerners.

Also every psychonought should own a copy of Be Here Now by Ram Dass. :sun:


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: MOTH]
    #2679985 - 05/14/04 10:27 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Awakening the Buddha Within - Lama Surya Das

this book got me off on the right path :wink:


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: gnrm23]
    #2680587 - 05/15/04 01:26 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Quote:

gnrm23 said:
what the buddha taught/wapola rahula






definitely a great beginner book


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: gnrm23]
    #2680681 - 05/15/04 01:53 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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three pillars of zen/philip kapleau





My favorite book. :lurker:


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: Delyrium]
    #2680759 - 05/15/04 02:16 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I really enjoyed The Way of Zen by Alan Watts..

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Delyrium said:
Well if you ask anyone in the Spirituality & Philosophy forum - they'll tell you that you shouldn't read any books and you'll learn nothing if you do. BTW - don't go into that forum.




Dude..S&P is an awesome forum..IMO atleast..I mean, if you choose to participate in discussions, as long as you're careful with how you present your ideas, all should be good.. By this I mean, try not to speak like you know something as truth unless you can provide some sort of convincing evidence..and when/if shit hits the fan, just do your best to not let others get to you. In most cases, all they are trying to do is give others another perspective on the subject..whatever it may be.

There is alot that could be learned at the shroomery..and S&P has been one of my favorite forums for years. Not to say that you or anyone should like it.. but I mean..why let a couple bad apples make you think it not worth visiting at all?

My appologies for going off topic..I guess just felt the need to defend a forum I have alot of respect for..


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Re: Can someone recommend a good book on Buddhism? [Re: ekomstop]
    #2680790 - 05/15/04 02:20 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

go read her post. You'll see why she got negative replies. Borrowing a saying from adrug, If you can't take the heat, get out of the oven!


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It isn't more complicated than that.
It is opening to or recieving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is,
without either clinging to it or rejecting it.


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