Which Dhamma book would you choose as a gift?

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Re: Which Dhamma book would you choose as a gift?

Post by Ben » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:22 am

Hi Sam
If you are looking for something for yourself, then I recommend you get Ven Analayo's masterpiece "Satipatthana: the direct route to realization".
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Re: Which Dhamma book would you choose as a gift?

Post by SamKR » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:28 pm

Ben wrote:Hi Sam
If you are looking for something for yourself, then I recommend you get Ven Analayo's masterpiece "Satipatthana: the direct route to realization".
kind regards

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Thanks Ben, I will find that book too. I am looking for something to give as a gift but before that I want to read it myself as well.

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Re: Which Dhamma book would you choose as a gift?

Post by alan » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:02 am

Analayo's book is too difficult for beginners.

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Re: Which Dhamma book would you choose as a gift?

Post by Ben » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:27 am

That's right Alan. That is why I recommended it to Sam for himself.
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Which Dhamma book would you choose as a gift?

Post by fig tree » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:58 am

The Life of the Buddha by Nanamoli Thera, good in various ways. It's primarily excerpts from the canon and the commentaries, the most biographical parts. It's an enjoyable read. One of the chapters was distributed on its own as a primer in Buddhism. It seems to me it would be good for a beginner.

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Re: Which Dhamma book would you choose as a gift?

Post by jackson » Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:12 pm

Greetings SamKR, :smile:
I'd like to second Alan's recommendation of Ayya Khema, particularly her book "Being Nobody, Going Nowhere". It covers a lot of ground, and is a book that I'm rereading right now and will likely read again. It also won the Christmas Humphreys Award for best introductory Buddhist book, but I'd say it's great for people who have been practicing a while as well. Anyway, I hope I'm not too late to this thread and best wishes!
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