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Introductory resources

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:33 am

Greetings,

Some useful resources for those interested in learning more about Theravada Buddhism...


Good Question Good Answer - Ven S. Dhammika
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/qanda.htm

An excellent simple introduction on Buddhist concepts.


Access To Insight
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/

A large selection of Buddhist scriptures, study guides, articles and Dhamma talks.


Google Saffron
http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=00545 ... cbjbznmwso

Search engine referencing 100+ Theravada related sites on the Internet


Buddhanet
http://www.buddhanet.net/

Large e-Library, guided meditation MP3s, World Buddhist Directory (find a monestary near you!).


Dhamma Talks (website)
http://www.dhammatalks.net/

An extensive collection of transcripts of Dhamma talks from a range of modern Theravadin bhikkhus, in a range of languages.


Mettanet Tipitaka
http://www.mettanet.org/tipitaka/

Another excellent source of suttas, often with multiple translations for comparative purposes.


If anyone else has any useful resources to share with those new to Theravada Buddhism, please do not hesitate to append them to this list.

Metta,
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby Ben » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:50 am

Hi Retro

A couple of resources that I recommend to those interested in the Theravada:



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Re: Introductory resources

Postby kc2dpt » Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:19 pm

Can't forget physical books:
"In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
"Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond" by Ajahn Brahm
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby Will » Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:13 pm

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Re: Introductory resources

Postby stuka » Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:54 pm

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu Handbook for Mankind http://www.buddhanet.net/budasa.htm

Mindfulness in Plain English http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/mindfulness_in_plain_english.php

Works of Phra Prayudh A. Payutto http://www.buddhanet.net/cmdsg/payutto.htm

Good, Evil and Beyond: Kamma in the Buddha's Teaching http://www.buddhanet.net/cmdsg/kamma.htm

Dependent Origination: The Buddhist Law of Conditionality http://www.buddhanet.net/cmdsg/coarise.htm

Sammasati: An Exposition of Right Mindfulness http://www.buddhanet.net/cmdsg/s-sati1.htm

emptyuniverse http://www.empty-universe.com/empty_world.htm

Ajahn Sumedho: The Way It Is http://www.amaravati.org/abm/english/documents/the_way_it_is/index.html
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby sherubtse » Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:08 am

There are also lots of articles put out by the Buddhist Publication Society (BPS). They come in 2 "flavours":

There is the "Wheel" series of publications: http://www.bps.lk/onlinelibrary_wheels.asp

And there is the "Bodhi Leaves" series: http://www.bps.lk/onlinelibrary_bodhileaves.asp

If you poke around, you can find lots of excellent stuff.

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Re: Introductory resources

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:59 pm

Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, Revised: Meditations on the Buddhist Path by Ayya Khema
http://www.amazon.com/Being-Nobody-Goin ... 325&sr=8-1

Who is My Self?: A Guide to Buddhist Meditation by Ayya Khema
http://www.amazon.com/Who-My-Self-Buddh ... gy_b_img_b

Mindfulness in Plain English, Updated and Expanded Edition by Bhante H. Gunaratana
http://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Plain ... pd_sim_b_6

Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path by Henepola Gunaratana
http://www.amazon.com/Eight-Mindful-Ste ... gy_b_img_b

What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada by Walpola Rahula
http://www.amazon.com/What-Buddha-Taugh ... pd_sim_b_5

Mindfulness With Breathing : A Manual for Serious Beginners by Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
http://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Breat ... d_sim_b_35

Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha's Teaching on Voidness by Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
http://www.amazon.com/Heartwood-Bodhi-T ... pd_sim_b_3

Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah by Ajahn Chah
http://www.amazon.com/Food-Heart-Collec ... pd_sim_b_2

Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away: Teachings on Impermanence and the End of Suffering
http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Arises ... gy_b_img_b

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, 2nd Edition by U. Silananda
http://www.amazon.com/Four-Foundations- ... 216&sr=8-1

Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity by Shaila Catherine
http://www.amazon.com/Focused-Fearless- ... d_sim_b_58

The Buddha's Teachings on Prosperity: At Home, At Work, In the World by Bhikkhu Rahula
http://www.amazon.com/Buddhas-Teachings ... d_sim_b_25

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization by Analayo
http://www.amazon.com/Satipatthana-Dire ... d_sim_b_34

The Life of the Buddha : According to the Pali Canon by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Buddha-Accor ... pd_sim_b_2

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon by Bhikkhu Bodhi
http://www.amazon.com/Buddhas-Words-Ant ... gy_b_img_b

The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations by Gil Fronsdal
http://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Transl ... gy_b_img_b

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: Satipatthna : A Handbook of Mental Training Based on the Buddha's Way of Mindfulness, With an Anthology of Relevant Texts Translated from the Pali by Nyanaponika
http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Buddhist-Me ... d_sim_b_32

Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation by Larry Rosenberg
http://www.amazon.com/Breath-Liberating ... pd_sim_b_3


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Re: Introductory resources

Postby Will » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:31 pm

This noble eightfold path is the ancient path traveled by all the Buddhas of eons past. Nagara Sutta
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby Tex » Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:36 pm

"The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement."-- Ajahn Chah, Living Dhamma

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby bodom » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:46 pm

I was given these two books upon my first visit to the local Wat here in town.

Refuge: An Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, & Sangha by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... efuge.html

Merit: A Study Guide prepared by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/merit.html

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby Will » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:15 pm

Have not looked closely, but this has a lot of Dhamma talks:

http://www.dharmaseed.org/
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby Slartibartfast » Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:51 pm

*smacks self on head repeatedly for not seeing this thread before*
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby Dmytro » Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:51 am

Greetings,

retrofuturist wrote:Mettanet Tipitaka
http://www.mettanet.org/tipitaka/


A new location is http://awake.kiev.ua/dhamma/tipitaka/

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Re: Introductory resources

Postby salmon » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:18 am

Dhamma droplets by a well known Lay Dhamma Speaker in Singapore & Malaysia, Dr Wong Yin Onn.

http://dhammadrops.blogspot.com/
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby fentiger » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:40 pm

How about trying TY Lees site http://www.justbegood.net there are loads of downloads and resourses and free Bhuddist litriature and bookmarks etc. :buddha1:
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby Ytrog » Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:00 pm

As for videos I would add http://www.youtube.com/user/BuddhistSocietyWA
It's the channel from the Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth and it contains a lot of dhamma talks from Ajahn Brahm as well as others.
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Recommending suttas and hundreds of links to a beginner?

Postby mettafuture » Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:30 am

I've noticed when a beginner comes to this forum, they're often greeted with an overwhelming amount of material to look through. Maybe it would be better if we simplified our recommendations? Here's my attempt to simplify.

Introductory Material:
The Buddha's Teachings As It is [audio] by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Mindfulness in Plain English by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana

Intermediate Material:
In The Buddha's Words by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Practicing the Jhanas by Stephen Snyder and Tina Rasmussen

Advanced Material:
Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization by Ven. Analayo

Weblinks:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue May 24, 2011 3:30 am

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Re: Introductory resources

Postby Dmytro » Tue May 24, 2011 3:46 am

A collection of introductory resources in the Sadhu! directory:

http://dhamma.ru/sadhu/directory?catid=7
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Re: Introductory resources

Postby BobbyC » Tue May 24, 2011 5:27 pm

Would just like to say as I am currently unable to travel to the Theravadin temple in London, this forum is pure gold! :twothumbsup:

Could someone also kindly provide some useful links/books on daily devotions please?

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