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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.

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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.
Every person we save is one less zombie to fight. -- World War Z

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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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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by LuisR » Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:33 pm

I want to give away my dhamma books. I thought that a prison would be the best place to send them. Can some please tell what would be the best way to go about this?

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by LG2V » Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:23 pm

salayatananirodha wrote:
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=
I have this translation and it's still by far the best I've read.
Here are some excellent sites for giving free Dana (Click-Based Donation):
http://freerice.comhttp://greatergood.com/www.ripple.orgwww.thenonprofits.com

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by salayatananirodha » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:58 am

LuisR wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:33 pm
I want to give away my dhamma books. I thought that a prison would be the best place to send them. Can some please tell what would be the best way to go about this?
It depends on the prison and probably what section of the prison they are in. I used this resource for sending texts to prisoners in oklahoma and texas. http://www.prisonpro.com/
Since I was mailing to death row, I had to send new books from a reputable store such as amazon. Not even sure the one I sent from pariyatti was accepted by the texas prison and lacked the will or the heart to call and find out. And for 'getting rid' of your used texts, I'm not even sure a public library is good -- I donated two books and I checked the catalogue later on and neither was added. Make friends, find people who like to read and just give them to them, even if they're not buddhist. Think 'giving is an ornament for the mind, a support for the mind'
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 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:00 am

On a side note, I've been going broke purchasing books for people and I've noticed these days I'm more faithful, more restrained, less anxious (not free thereof)
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 LG2V » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:34 am

salayatananirodha wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:58 am
LuisR wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:33 pm
I want to give away my dhamma books. I thought that a prison would be the best place to send them. Can some please tell what would be the best way to go about this?
It depends on the prison and probably what section of the prison they are in. I used this resource for sending texts to prisoners in oklahoma and texas. http://www.prisonpro.com/
Since I was mailing to death row, I had to send new books from a reputable store such as amazon. Not even sure the one I sent from pariyatti was accepted by the texas prison and lacked the will or the heart to call and find out. And for 'getting rid' of your used texts, I'm not even sure a public library is good -- I donated two books and I checked the catalogue later on and neither was added. Make friends, find people who like to read and just give them to them, even if they're not buddhist. Think 'giving is an ornament for the mind, a support for the mind'
Thanks for sharing.
Here are some excellent sites for giving free Dana (Click-Based Donation):
http://freerice.comhttp://greatergood.com/www.ripple.orgwww.thenonprofits.com

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Re: Mailing a book to death row inmate

Post by salayatananirodha » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:39 am

You're welcome... Another good thread would be 'comparing translations of the dhammapada'.
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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