How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

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How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

Post by anagarikam » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:23 pm

Hello,

I have written a book titled "Theravāda Buddhism and Vegetarianism: A Review and Study Guide". As the name suggests, this book attempts to systematically survey the Sutta Piṭaka along with some smattering of material from Vinaya Piṭaka to identify the teachings related to food and nutriment. These teachings are then organized by (1) limbs of the Noble Eightfold Path and by (2) Topics of Interest. In addition, the book also surveys the sources closest to Lord Buddha in time viz: Edicts of Emperor Ashoka and the Stupa of Bharhut to understand and identify what message they convey for us. The book will be distributed free. My other books are available on Amazon and Pariyatti.org.

The book contains only one major translation from Pāḷi to English: rest of the book is based on the teachings from the existing English translations of Sutta and Vinaya Piṭaka. So, no expertise in Pāḷi is required of the reviewers. The book, as it stands right now, is about 170 pages (US letter size) - this page count excludes other material such as preface, indices, and glossary.

At this stage, I am looking for a few brave persons to review the book to help identify shortcomings, suggest improvements, give ideas for addition of materials I might have overlooked (only as far as Theravāda Canon and teachings go), and give input in terms of readability, organization of concepts, inconsistencies, writing, etc. The timeline I am looking at is about one month to review and provide feedback.

I would like to announce this and invite those hardy personages interested in helping out. How do I put this out as an announcement? Many thanks in advance for your dhamma volition to help.

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Re: How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

Post by SDC » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:32 pm

Hi, I'm going to move your post to the Introductions forum.

Let everyone know who you are and where the book can be found. Is it available for download?

Welcome to the forum!

EDIT - I see now, you are looking for proofreaders.

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Post by DNS » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:12 pm

Welcome to DW!

I have written some on that subject too, see:
https://dhammawiki.com/index.php/Vegeta ... d_Buddhism

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Re: How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

Post by retrofuturist » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:42 pm

Greetings anagarikam,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

It sounds like an interesting project. Whilst I don't have time to contribute to it, I will say this...

I hope that in your book you are allowing the Sutta and Vinaya Pitakas to guide the conversation, and seeing from that scriptural analysis what follows downstream from that for vegetarianism.... rather than giving vegetarianism primacy and trying to shoehorn vegetarianism back into the Sutta and Vinaya.

Those who have faith in the Buddha and his Dhamma often tire at seeing others try to shoehorn worldliness and other isms back into the Dhamma. Your description sounds promising, but I thought this point was worth making nonetheless.

Metta,
Paul. :)
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)

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Re: How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

Post by tpburnham » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:16 pm

Greetings,
I may be limited in my ability to provide substantive input, as I am still new to Buddhism. However, I have professionally edited articles before, and am I happy to assist with organization, grammar, general persuasiveness, and proofing.

Respectfully,

Tom
Buddham saranam gacchami.
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Sangham saranam gacchami.

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Re: How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

Post by salayatananirodha » Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:14 am

i have non-professionally edited letters, lectures, etc and wouldn't mind giving it a look-at but could not guarantee a read of all pages
however, if it includes a lot of early buddhist texts then it might be quite good :)
16. 'In what has the world originated?' — so said the Yakkha Hemavata, — 'with what is the world intimate? by what is the world afflicted, after having grasped at what?' (167)

17. 'In six the world has originated, O Hemavata,' — so said Bhagavat, — 'with six it is intimate, by six the world is afflicted, after having grasped at six.' (168)

- Hemavatasutta


links:
https://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/index.htm
http://thaiforestwisdom.org/canonical-texts/
http://seeingthroughthenet.net/wp-conte ... _Heart.pdf
https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html

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Re: How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

Post by Volo » Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:18 am

anagarikam wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:23 pm
My other books are available on Amazon and Pariyatti.org.
Could you give links to your other books? And if possible briefly summarize your conclusions regarding Theravadic views on vegetarianism? Thanks. :anjali:

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Re: How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

Post by anagarikam » Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:34 pm

Good morning everyone,

First, sorry for my tardy response but until yesterday, I had no idea people had replied to my post. Perhaps I need to subscribe to get notifications?
On to more important things. I will respond to all posts together below.

DNS: Yes, I have read your writing. You will be very interested in how this topic shapes up in this book.

Retrofuturist AKA Paul: Thank you. Your point is well-taken and I believe I have followed that approach but want to make sure that is the case and hence the need for review which at this stage more about the contents than proof-reading. I think you will find this book to be different from all other books on this topic.

tpburnham AKA Tom: Thank you! I look forward to your feedback.

Salayatannirodha: Again, thank you and I look forward to your feedback.

Volo: I will let the book speak for itself! Two of the books are available on Pariyatti and all are available on Amazon:

VERY IMPORTANT Note:
(1) On Amazon, I can't sell for free so I have to put up the minimum price of $0.99. However, I can run free book promotions so for the April-June quarter, the books are available for free on April 15 and 30, May 15 and 31, and June 15. I urge everyone to download on those days for free.
(2) Theravada Buddhism and Vegetarianism is currently on pre-order and will be available on April 4 onwards. Again, please download it for free on April 15 and 30, May 15 and 31, and June 15.

PARIYATTI - Free download of "Therīgāthāpāḷi - Book of Verses of Elder Bhikkhunis":
https://store.pariyatti.org/Ther%C4%ABg ... _5078.html
PARIYATTI - Free download of "Itivuttaka - Book of This Was Said":
https://store.pariyatti.org/Itivuttakapali_p_5137.htm

AMAZON (FREE on selected days - see title) - "Therīgāthāpāḷi - Book of Verses of Elder Bhikkhunis": https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073Q8HHBN
AMAZON (FREE on selected days - see title) - "Itivuttaka - Book of This Was Said": https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D3XKMSZ
AMAZON (FREE on selected days - see title) - "Theravada Buddhism and Vegetarianism": https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q821S12

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Re: How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

Post by tpburnham » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:06 pm

Anagarikam,
Thank you for the links, I will check it out ASAP.

In the meantime, do you gave a word doc or similar version? This would facilitate the editing process. If not, I’ll just review as is.

Metta,
Tom
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Dhammam saranam gacchami.
Sangham saranam gacchami.

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Re: How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

Post by anagarikam » Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:01 am

tpburnham wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:06 pm
Anagarikam,
Thank you for the links, I will check it out ASAP.

In the meantime, do you gave a word doc or similar version? This would facilitate the editing process. If not, I’ll just review as is.

Metta,
Tom
Yes, I can provide a PDF on which you can take notes and annotate. Will that work?

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Re: How do I Announce and Invite Readres to Review a Book?

Post by tpburnham » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:08 am

That would be great thanks!

In peace,
Tom
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Dhammam saranam gacchami.
Sangham saranam gacchami.

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