Recommended reading

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by LeonBasin » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:04 am

Great thread!
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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Jhana4 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:28 pm

Anyone care to make a shorter list of the best readings for people who don't have time to go through all of those readings?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by bodom » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:43 pm

Jhana4 wrote:Anyone care to make a shorter list of the best readings for people who don't have time to go through all of those readings?
How bout this one:
“Only one book is worth reading, the heart.” - Ajahn Chah
I have to warn you though, this one will take a lifetime to finish! :tongue:

: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: Recommended reading

Post by Alobha » Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:50 pm

"The word of the Buddha"
An Outline of the teachings of the Buddha in the words of the Pali canon.
Compiled, translated, and explained by Nyanatiloka


You can read it online if you don't want to purchase a paperback:
http://www.enabling.org/ia/vipassana/Ar ... iloka/WOB/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I like this one especially because it really focuses on the essencials and focuses on the pali canon as a reference.
-Triple Gem
- Five Precepts
- Four Noble Truths
- The Eightfold Path

I still use it on a regular basis to look up things and can recommend it to beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. It's a very good overview and provides a solid basis of knowledge to work with.

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by robertk » Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:28 pm

http://www.wisdom-books.com/SiteSearchR ... Submit=+Go+" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by effort » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:09 am

A Map of the Journey By Sayadaw U Jotika

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/mapjourney6.pdf

this is about general Buddhism and his own experiences.

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Chi » Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:34 am

Do Good, Avoid Evil, Purify the Mind.

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Buddha » Tue May 15, 2012 1:34 pm

sweet list, i hope that this books can be found in our library
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Kamran » Sun May 20, 2012 4:56 am

Thanks for the list.

"The Teachings of Ajahn Chah" is also available online:

http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/index.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Recommended reading

Post by marc108 » Thu May 24, 2012 6:48 am

Meditation: A Way of Awakening - Ajahn Sucitto
http://forestsanghapublications.org/vie ... 12&ref=vec" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

maybe the best meditation manual i've come across so far.
"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by ancientbuddhism » Thu May 24, 2012 8:28 pm

I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

Secure your own mask before assisting others. – NORTHWEST AIRLINES (Pre-Flight Instruction)

A Handful of Leaves

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by ancientbuddhism » Tue May 29, 2012 10:31 am

Reinterpreting the Jhānas, by Roderick S. Bucknell

Jhāna and Buddhist Scholasticism, by Martin Stuart-Fox
I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

Secure your own mask before assisting others. – NORTHWEST AIRLINES (Pre-Flight Instruction)

A Handful of Leaves

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by hanzze_ » Tue May 29, 2012 3:03 pm

Vipassana Meditation : Lectures On Insight Meditation by Venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa

here also German:

Vipassanā Meditation - Lehrvorträge über Erkenntnisweisheit vom Ehrwürdigen Chanmyay Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa
(free translated, incl. additions from the 2. Addition which are missing in the English third version/ not finally proofread - thanks if finding and telling any grammar or spelling mistake)

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Travis » Tue May 29, 2012 9:36 pm

ancientbuddhism wrote:Reinterpreting the Jhānas, by Roderick S. Bucknell

Jhāna and Buddhist Scholasticism, by Martin Stuart-Fox
:goodpost: :clap:

BTW Thanks for numerous other texts you have shared (including those in the "Early Buddhism Resources" thread), as well.

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by cooran » Tue May 29, 2012 9:45 pm

Hello all,

Maybe be careful?

Windows blocked my computer from making a ''risky connection'' to the link for:
Reinterpreting the Jhānas, by Roderick S. Bucknell

with metta
Chris
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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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