LuisR wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:39 pm
I have tried reading about Mahayana but its hard to know where to start. If you go to the book store they got books about zen, a lot of Tibetan stuff and different sutras. Its hard to get an idea of what Mahayana is, they are all over the place.
That's because Mahayana in general IS all over the place in terms of consistency of doctrine and dogma.
The tradition that I have found most closely resembles the Theravada mindset is Zen/Ch'an/Seon.
BUT - "Zen" has also become a very generic and overused phrase, and it's hard to tell what's REAL Zen and what's not.
Shunryu Suzuki "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" [collection of talks by Suzuki. A bit scattered sometimes, but interesting]
Thich Nhat Hanh "Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra" [TNH commentaries on the Heart Sutra]
Koun Yamada "The Gateless Gate" [Yamada's commentaries on the classic Mumonkan]
Seng T'san "Hsin Hsin Ming: Verses on Faith Mind" [this is by far my favorite, and the most definitive summary of Zen]
Eihei Dogen "Shobogenzo" [a bit academic and lofty, but the basis of Soto Zen]
Right now, it's like this...