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Recommendations for my study?

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:06 pm

I've recently started trying to study Sutta. My practice consists of reading a chapter of the Dhammapada a day, and rereading and reflecting upon it through out the day, occasionally taking down verses that speak to me personally. As well as that, I read for about half an hour (or simply one chapter, depending) from In the Buddha's Words by Bhikku Bodhi before my nightly meditation. As I get closer to the end of In the Buddha's Words, I'm wondering what my next step should be. Should I reread the book? Or perhaps acquire a copy of one of Bhikku Bodhi's translations of the discourses of the Buddha? In the Buddha's Words seems to be a spoon feeding of the texts, which has been very nice, but I'm wondering if jumping into the deep end would be wise yet?

Any opinions on how I should proceed, or simply my study in general are welcome.


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Re: Recommendations for my study?

Postby daverupa » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:08 pm

I see study beginning well enough; I'd read a Nikaya when possible, though perhaps the anthology you have is perfectly sufficient at present. Beyond that, converse with good friends and eventually their recommendations will accrue.

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Re: Recommendations for my study?

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:10 am

Hi PsychedelicSunSet

If you find "In the Buddha's Words" useful, I would recommend reading through it again with the help of Bhikkhu Bodhi's lectures: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2392

Bhikhku Bodhi also has an older series of lectures on the Majjhima Nikaya (MN) which I would recommend as the next step:
http://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic- ... ikaya.html
This uses the same general classifications as In the Buddha's Words, and, in fact, he says in the introduction to In The Buddha's Words that he wrote that book after giving the MN talks.

Note that In the Buddha's Words uses a lot of Samyutta Nikaya (SN) material, so going through the MN will be a useful follow-on.

There are also many talks on MN suttas here: http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/component/ ... study.html and on several other sites.

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Re: Recommendations for my study?

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:40 pm

Mikenz66,

Thank you very much for the recommendations and links. How exactly do the MP3's accompany the book? I see they're listed by Chapter. Do you read the chapter and then immediately listen to all of the talks? Should I slowly work through the MP3's while reading through the book? And as for the MN talks, should I acquire a copy of Bhikku Bodhi's translation of The Middle Length Discourses to accompany the talks, or are the talks fine on their own? Thank you again for the advice.


Daverupa,

Thank you for responding. And I have friends with heads on their shoulders, but I feel like most of them are unwilling to talk about things of that sort. I don't know how to address those sort of topics without sounding too "religious" so to speak, as I find most people instantly close their ears when confronted with things of the spiritual sort.


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Re: Recommendations for my study?

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:28 am

Mikenz,

Thank you again. I look forward to trying to combine the talks with the book when I have more free time for a longer study session. Perhaps this upcoming Uposatha!


Daverupa,

1.

This makes sense. I try and avoid talking about Buddhist topics which I don't understand to well. It makes me feel uncomfortable to know that I could be poisoning someone's view of the Dhamma with my misinterpretations, but occasionally I come into situations where I can't skillfully avoid it (not that it can't be skillfully avoided!)

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I've been noticing a lot of my relationships with old friends changing as I focus more on my Dhamma practice. Mostly for the worst. I love them all dearly, but I think a lot of them are starting to like me a lot less now that I don't do drugs, and spend more time by myself. I hope I can remain friends with all of them, but it is what it is. I look forward to meeting friends in the Dhamma, but I think it may not happen till I'm out of college in a few years. I just don't have time for things like retreats while trying to do two degrees and a minor. I appreciate your responses!


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