The most influential modern theravada books written

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The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by form » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:50 pm

For me it is still W Rahula's what the Buddha taught and B Bodhi's Noble Eightfold Path. What are yours?

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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by Idappaccayata » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:04 pm

I would say the nibbana sermons, if you consider it a book.

Also, Thanissaro's wings to Awakening comes to mind.

I think regarding mondern influential books one should mention bhante G's mindfulness in plane English. Though I didn't find it particularly unique.
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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by Mr Man » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:49 pm

The heart of Buddhist meditation - Ven Nyanaponika

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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by JamesTheGiant » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:18 pm

The various Nikayas, printed by Wisdom Publications?

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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by SarathW » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:07 pm

Buddha and his teaching is a book I have read a few times.
Also his book on Abhidhamma I have read about ten times.
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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by mikenz66 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:32 pm

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:07 pm
Buddha and his teaching is a book I have read a few times.
Also his book on Abhidhamma I have read about ten times.
Who is the author you are referring to?

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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by SarathW » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:35 pm

Sorry I was referring to Narada.
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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by JohnK » Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:27 am

I suspect that the various translations of Ajahn Chah's talks have been influential.
(Interesting to distinguish between a book being read by many and a book actually influencing readers' understanding and practice of Dhamma.)
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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by Polar Bear » Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:38 am

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula-

^ I saw it in a library when I was 19 or something, checked it out on a whim and the book is what got me into Buddhism; largely because I thought it was cool and edgy that Theravadins/Buddhists-generally considered it delusional to believe in a soul.

In the Buddha’s Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi-

^ this was a great introduction to the suttas after reading Walpola’s book. I read it in a day and was hooked on the buddha’s teachings after that. I had a lot of positive, warm, glowing sorts of feelings towards the Buddha and his teachings after reading this book. Also, I really like the cover.

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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by sunnat » Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:57 am

just to go way outside the box : The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac :smile:

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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by SDC » Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:26 pm

In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi seems to have brought more people to the suttas than any other book. If you asked 15 years ago I imagine that The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Ven Nyanaponika would have been the most influential at that point.

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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by sentinel » Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:36 pm

Probably some non English books ?
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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by Dinsdale » Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:01 pm

The book I've heard mentioned most often over the years is "What the Buddha Taught" (Rahula), both within Theravada, and by people in other Buddhist schools.

Though of course a lot of mentions doesn't necessarily equate to it being highly influential.
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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by SDC » Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:19 pm

sentinel wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:36 pm
Probably some non English books ?
Good point. Even though all of the nikayas are now in English, it is good to remember the generosity and open-mindedness of those from Burma, Ceylon and Thailand who worked tirelessly to share the language of the suttas with the west. :bow:

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Re: The most influential modern theravada books written

Post by form » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:47 am

I find bhikkhu bodhi 's noble 8fold path most focus in the sense of practice. As I go on to words of the buddha, it gets less focus. And getting on to the nikayas translation with some exception s like dhammapada and rhino horn sutta, the focus is even worse with certain obvious contradictions within the nikaya.

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