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Book Suggestion?

Post by Idappaccayata » Tue May 29, 2018 1:15 am

Hello, I'm looking for suggestions on what I should read next. I know this has been asked, but I figured it would be ok if I asked given my specific situation.

I'm currently reading the biography of Ajahn Chah. Next, I'm leaning toward something more scholarly perhaps.

So far, I'm considering something by Phra Prayudh Payutto Bhikkhu Analayo. Also in consideration is Ajahn Buddhadasa. I've listened to many of his talks but never read any books. Same with the other two in consideration.

I'll also be continuing reading the Majjhima Nikaya, so no need to suggest suttas.

I'm open to anything. I'm interested to hear what has been a catalyst or had a profound effect on your practice.

Thanks!
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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by paul » Tue May 29, 2018 2:23 am

The book that continues to have a profound effect in terms of understanding fundamentals for application to practice is "The Noble Eightfold Path", by Bikkhu Bodhi.

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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by Idappaccayata » Tue May 29, 2018 2:53 am

paul wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 2:23 am
The book that continues to have a profound effect in terms of understanding fundamentals for application to practice is "The Noble Eightfold Path", by Bikkhu Bodhi.
Thank you Paul, I hadn't even thought about this!
The furniture may be exquisite,
And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
No joy

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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by Idappaccayata » Tue May 29, 2018 2:55 am

DooDoot wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 2:48 am
Idappaccayata wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 1:15 am
Also in consideration is Ajahn Buddhadasa. I've listened to many of his talks but never read any books. I'll also be continuing reading the Majjhima Nikaya, so no need to suggest suttas.
Ajahn Buddhadasa will provide a different perspective & interpretation of the suttas from mainstream Buddhism. Therefore, if interested in Ajahn Buddhadasa, consider starting with:

* Two Kinds of Language

* Buddha Dhamma for University Students

* Nibbana for Everyone

* Kamma in Buddhism

* Scientific/Natural Cure for Spiritual Disease

* Anapanasati: Mindfulness with Breathing - Unveiling the Secrets of Life

* Paticcasamuppada

Most essential audio:
2. Meaning of "Ariya-Sacca" (part 1 | part 2)

3. Noble Truth of Dukkha (part 1 | part 2)

4. Noble Truth of Dukkha's Origin (part 1 | part 2)

5. Noble Truth of Dukkha's Quenching (part 1 | part 2)

https://www.liberationpark.org/audio/tanaj01.htm
Thank you! That's a good point as well. What's your take on his teachings in relation to the general consensus?
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And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by DooDoot » Tue May 29, 2018 3:07 am

Idappaccayata wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 2:55 am
Thank you! That's a good point as well. What's your take on his teachings in relation to the general consensus?
I think it is merely a matter of individual dispositions and also verification my meditative insight. Some individuals are not interested in ideas of past & future lives and seek peace in this life and some individuals also prefer teachings that can be verified in meditation. I study suttas now but Ajahn Buddhadasa was the 1st Buddhist teacher I ever heard. I was actually in the audience when the above audios were given. I think the Four Noble Truths audios provide very good scholarly material. Kind regards.

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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Tue May 29, 2018 3:10 am

anything by bhikkhu ñāṇananda http://seeingthroughthenet.net/books
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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by Idappaccayata » Tue May 29, 2018 3:29 am

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 3:10 am
anything by bhikkhu ñāṇananda http://seeingthroughthenet.net/books
Thank you. I've been listening to the mind stilled recently. Do you know where I can buy a paperback version? I can't find it anywhere online.
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And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
No joy

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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Tue May 29, 2018 3:52 am

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"Just as the ocean has a single taste — that of salt — in the same way, this Dhamma-Vinaya has a single taste: that of release."
— Ud 5.5

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https://sites.google.com/site/santipada ... allytaught

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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by retrofuturist » Tue May 29, 2018 5:07 am

Greetings,
Idappaccayata wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 3:29 am
Thank you. I've been listening to the mind stilled recently. Do you know where I can buy a paperback version? I can't find it anywhere online.
You can't "buy" a paperback version, but the site mentioned in the post immediately above this one may be able to send you a copy.

Originally it was split over 7 physical volumes, but there's now a "library edition" which encompasses all 33 sermons.

It is, in my opinion, the most essential Dhamma text outside of the Sutta Pitaka.

Metta,
Paul. :)
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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by James Tan » Tue May 29, 2018 5:22 am

If you would like to consider something out side Buddhism ?
Stillness Speaks, Eckhart’s Tolle .
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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by Idappaccayata » Tue May 29, 2018 2:45 pm

retrofuturist wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 5:07 am
Greetings,
Idappaccayata wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 3:29 am
Thank you. I've been listening to the mind stilled recently. Do you know where I can buy a paperback version? I can't find it anywhere online.
You can't "buy" a paperback version, but the site mentioned in the post immediately above this one may be able to send you a copy.

Originally it was split over 7 physical volumes, but there's now a "library edition" which encompasses all 33 sermons.

It is, in my opinion, the most essential Dhamma text outside of the Sutta Pitaka.

Metta,
Paul. :)
Thank you Paul. I didn't know this was possible. I will contact them. So far I've found the lectures immensely valuable, but somewhat hard to follow due to the sound quality, so a book would be great.
The furniture may be exquisite,
And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
No joy

- Ajahn Jayasaro

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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by mikenz66 » Tue May 29, 2018 8:14 pm

Idappaccayata wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 2:45 pm
Thank you Paul. I didn't know this was possible. I will contact them. So far I've found the lectures immensely valuable, but somewhat hard to follow due to the sound quality, so a book would be great.
You can also hear Ven Analayo reading them here:
https://analayo2018.buddhistinquiry.org/

Ven Analayo transcribed the English talks and encouraged Ven Nananada to keep translating them...

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Re: Book Suggestion?

Post by Idappaccayata » Tue May 29, 2018 9:55 pm

James Tan wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 5:22 am
If you would like to consider something out side Buddhism ?
Stillness Speaks, Eckhart’s Tolle .
Thank you for your suggestion, James. I've never actually read anything by Tolle. I'll look into it!
The furniture may be exquisite,
And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
No joy

- Ajahn Jayasaro

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