Greetings to you all,
I just joined this forum and I recently attained Nirvana. I worked my way through various texts about buddhism (books, sutra's) which were quite frustrating for me to read as (A) none of them described the path fully in a clear and rational way, (B) most of the texts were in a format I was not familiar with, (C) I wasn't used to the writing style and use of old language.
This body came to form in the Netherlands, were I went to university. Most of the books and texts I have read used a rational and expository approach. So this mind is conditioned to read texts with a rational line of reasoning and I assume that a lot of people from the 'West' are conditioned in this way.
So, for me to understand the Sutra's, which have a lot of dialogue, was more time-consuming and frustrating then actually understanding the path. During my journey I took notes to help me figure out the pointers of the texts I have read and I used it to keep track of my own understanding of the path and reality. I ended up with a lot of notes, which explained the whole path in detail from a rational perspective. I reworked the notes in a way that they formed a readable manual on how to reach Nirvana for rational thinking people from the 'West.'
The manual might help people with a 'Western' rational thinking mind, who are interested in Buddhism but who are also struggling, as I did, to understand texts about the path. These people might struggle because they are not familiar with the format used, are not familiar with the writing style (lot of metaphors and stories), have trouble to understand old language use, experience a lack of depth and detail in the texts due to writers not fully understanding the path and reality and therefore not able to explain them in a clear, correct and understandable way.
I'd like to share this manual with you guys, so that it may serve to help people on the path and maybe someone will offer feedback on how to improve the manual or to fix errors. I am not doing this for any personal gain. The website I refer to has no advertisements, banners, malware, etc.. I am also not interested to gain a following, as the website only contains texts. There is no forum on the website and my name is not visible anywhere. My only purpose is to share knowledge in order to help people on the path. The link to the manual is; https://foundationsofhumanlife.com
Thanks in advance for your responses. Sharing is caring.
PeterC86 wrote:Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:24 am ......................
I closed the website and published the manual as an e-book. The title of the book is 'On Your Way Home' and it is written by Peter Cordes (I added my name to make it easier to find). You can read the book for free (for the time being) at https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/on-your-way-home-1. Kobo is one of the major e-book sellers in the world, and also offers a lot of books for free. It requires you to make an account, for which you only have to give up an e-mail address and password. You can read the book on their free App, which you can also download for Windows and Mac. The App for Windows and Mac can be found here https://help.kobo.com/hc/en-us/articles ... -PC-or-Mac. The book is also available on Amazon.
I made the book available for download on this forum as a PDF file. The download can be found here viewtopic.php?f=16&t=33773&start=270#p546682