Which 3 books?

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Which 3 books?

Post by bodom » Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:22 pm

If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only have 3 books, which 3 would you take? They dont have to be Dhamma books either.

For myself in particular order:

1. Food for the Heart by Ajahn Chah
2. The Dhammapada by John Ross Carter
3. The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya by Bikkhu Bodhi

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 mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5

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Re: Which 3 books?

Post by clw_uk » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:22 pm

Majjhima Nikaya
Samyutta Nikaya
Ajahn Brahm's - Mindfulness, Bliss and beyond
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

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Re: Which 3 books?

Post by dumb bonbu » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:42 pm

3? that's tough!!!

The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Basho
The Tannisho - Shinran
In the Buddha's Words - Bhikkhu Bodhi
Monks, even if bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, he among you who let his heart get angered even at that would not be doing my bidding.
MN 21

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Re: Which 3 books?

Post by Cittasanto » Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:12 pm

In the Buddhas Words
All Ajahn Chahs Talks I cant remember the title?
Dessert Island Living (a step by step guide to the island you are stranded) by last occupier
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
John Stuart Mill

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Re: Which 3 books?

Post by Ben » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:02 am

Ok, three books, that's tough, but can I take my computer too?
And, who do I have to share with? Do I get a choice?
Is it a kids-free desert island, or is it 'family-friendly'?
Does the desert island have a recent history of military coups?
And what's the exchange rate?

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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Which 3 books?

Post by Tex » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:28 am

A wilderness survival guide

A medical guide

A book of maps
"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus

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Re: Which 3 books?

Post by jcsuperstar » Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:41 am

some sort of military field guide...

some sort of farming/gardening guide

im not really sure what else.. i'm not sure if id take a nikiya or a meditation text... i mean with no one to deal with i'm not sure a lot of the suttas would be relivent, you really cant be too immoral alone can you? but i would have lots of time for meditation.
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