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salayatananirodha
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Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by salayatananirodha » Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:56 am

I plan to order a sutta collection from amazon.com and have it sent to an inmate on death row.
In order for it not to get rejected it must not have staples or metal in it.
If anyone has or has had a copy of this https://www.amazon.com/Buddhas-Words-An ... 8&qid=&sr= book, please tell me if it is 100% a soft copy.

I wanted to send out a copy of the dhammapada for its simplicity and concise nature, but the available translations I've looked at aren't as good as I'd like. The transformative power of Buddha word is greatly optimized with a good translation.
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/
https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by salayatananirodha » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:34 am

Actually, this looks like quite a good translation of dhammapada. Same question/s as earlier apply: https://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Verse ... 8&qid=&sr=
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/
https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by bodom » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:55 pm

Yes I own both books they will be fine to send.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by bodom » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:57 pm

salayatananirodha wrote:I wanted to send out a copy of the dhammapada for its simplicity and concise nature, but the available translations I've looked at aren't as good as I'd like. The transformative power of Buddha word is greatly optimized with a good translation.
I own a number of different translations and my favorite has to be Gil Fronsdals translation and that is what I would recommend.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by Garrib » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:27 pm

Sadhu!

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by salayatananirodha » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:54 am

Sādhu indeed, Fronsdal's translation is apparently accurate but seemingly academic. It's better if you ask me to translate 'dhammā' as things or mental objects than phenomena. I sent Venerable Buddharakkhita's translation, from pariyatti, which gave it a more homegrown appeal. When amazon restocks his mettā book, I should be sending that. I'm excited but pessimistic about the result.
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/
https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by bodom » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:08 pm

salayatananirodha wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:54 am
Sādhu indeed, Fronsdal's translation is apparently accurate but seemingly academic. It's better if you ask me to translate 'dhammā' as things or mental objects than phenomena. I sent Venerable Buddharakkhita's translation, from pariyatti, which gave it a more homegrown appeal. When amazon restocks his mettā book, I should be sending that. I'm excited but pessimistic about the result.
That is an excellent translation as well and would have been my second recommendation.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by binocular » Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:21 pm

salayatananirodha wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:56 am
I plan to order a sutta collection from amazon.com and have it sent to an inmate on death row.
Are you sure he won't have to pay for the postage/shipping?

Someone once sent me two books as a gift via Amazon. But as it later turned out, it wasn't really a gift, because I had to pay the postage/shipping, which cost almost as much as the books.

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by salayatananirodha » Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:23 pm

I've not heard of that. :o
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/
https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html

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