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 Post subject: i'm looking for...
PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:54 pm 
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greetings peeps, long time no see. hope your all fine and dandy. myself, i just moved to Japan three months ago and am now half an hour's train ride away from Shogyoji Temple and my master's master :)

i'm looking for a bit of help book wise and thought here would be a good place to enquire. two things i'm looking for - a good introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, not too light but not too heavy, covering the different schools and practices (but not in a "how to" manner). second - a comparison of the different Mahayana schools, similarities and differences, including Jodo if possible. and there's a caveat - preferrably available on kindle. cheers.

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dumbbombu wrote:
greetings peeps, long time no see. hope your all fine and dandy. myself, i just moved to Japan three months ago and am now half an hour's train ride away from Shogyoji Temple and my master's master :)


I'm very jealous. Japan is the next place I'd like to take a vacation.

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two things i'm looking for - a good introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, not too light but not too heavy, covering the different schools and practices (but not in a "how to" manner).


"Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism" by John Powers (on kindle)
Chapter 7 of "Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition" by Paul Williams/Anthony Tribe (on kindle)
The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu (on kindle)

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second - a comparison of the different Mahayana schools, similarities and differences, including Jodo if possible. and there's a caveat - preferrably available on kindle.


"Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations" by Paul Williams (on kindle)

For 2 good books discussing the differences in Pure Land traditions:

"The Pure Land Tradition: History and Development (Berkeley Buddhist Studies)" - James Harlan Foard (Author, Editor), Michael Solomon (Editor), Richard K. Payne (Editor)
"Shinran's Gospel of Pure Grace" by Alfred Bloom

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In return, you need to post pics of Yugyo-ji Temple :smile:

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:44 pm 
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thanks Mr G, I'll check out "The Crystal and the Way of Light". i read William's "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations" a year or two back and while i enjoyed the overview of the different traditions it doesn't really fit the comparative approach i'm after from what i remember.

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In return, you need to post pics of Yugyo-ji Temple


will Komyozenji and Sofukuji do for the time being? -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweepingle ... 669298406/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweepingle ... 173594515/

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dumbbombu wrote:
i read William's "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations" a year or two back and while i enjoyed the overview of the different traditions it doesn't really fit the comparative approach i'm after from what i remember.


I think I understand what you're looking for. Perhaps "Vision of Buddhism: The Space Under the Tree" by Professor Roger Corless (kindle) would be useful. He passed away a couple of years ago and was a former Jodo Shinshu practitioner. Very broad book covering Theravada, Zen, Pure Land and Vajrayana. His take on Dzogchen is wrong from what others have advised me, but overall a very fun and good book.

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