Mahayana book suggestions?

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Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby Mouse Soldier » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:40 am

Hi there.

At this point I'm pretty well-learned in the basics of Buddhism, so now I feel ready to venture into the Mahayana-specific teachings. I'm looking to buy a book or three that would really help me get into it; hopefully something that is easily accessible and has simple language that a layperson would comprehend without much trouble. So please offer your suggestions :)
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby Virgo » Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:07 am

Treasury of Dharma by Geshe Rabten Rinpoche is the invaluable book you are looking for, in my opinion.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0948006048/sr=1-11/qid=1385518021/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1385518021&seller=&sr=1-11

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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby reddust » Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:22 am

Mouse Soldier wrote:Hi there.

At this point I'm pretty well-learned in the basics of Buddhism, so now I feel ready to venture into the Mahayana-specific teachings.


Which school within Mahayana are you interested in?
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby KonchokZoepa » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:19 am

If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby Mouse Soldier » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:47 am

reddust wrote:Which school within Mahayana are you interested in?


I'm not sure! Are there any online resources that would succinctly compare and contrast the various schools? All I've seen is Mahayana:Theravada comparisons, and between those two I most closely associated with Mahayana thought.
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby KonchokZoepa » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:55 am

there is so many books and works on mahayana. do you specifically want to study madhyamaka since that is basically the best shastras available on the meaning of the prajnaparamita sutras i think. Then there is Mahayana mind training ( lojong ) texts which are quite a big bite to chew on, lots of work. then there is that which focuses on bodhicitta. hmmm, the emptiness doctrine has many different schools but certain works are recommended, classics by Nagarjuna, Chandrakirti, Aryadeva etc. and of course the paramitas.
you might be interested in this.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bodhisattva-P ... gy_b_img_y

i think this might be a good work to start to take the whole mahayana path as one book and then when you know a little bit about the different and concepts and methods, the different facets of mahayana, you could widen your study in more specific area of mahayana.

of course if you haven't heard of Amitabha Buddha i definitely recommend the Three Pure Land Sutras by BDK translation committee.

never forget amitabha :heart:
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby dzogchungpa » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:01 am

http://www.okcupid.com/tests/what-kind-of-buddhist-are-you-quiz

Apparently I'm an "ardent Theravadin"!

:jawdrop:
I guess I have nothing to contribute to this thread. :crying:
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby KonchokZoepa » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:14 am

eh, i think that test might be a bit off. i had to take the test and i was an ardent theravadin also.
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby reddust » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:21 am

dzogchungpa wrote:http://www.okcupid.com/tests/what-kind-of-buddhist-are-you-quiz

Apparently I'm an "ardent Theravadin"!

:jawdrop:
I guess I have nothing to contribute to this thread. :crying:

I took the test, still waiting for replay from OP, Mahayana is huge! Which book is best is overwhelming….

I am so Vajrayana and my teacher calls me his Hinayana girl….so ticks me off on so many levels. :applause:
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby KonchokZoepa » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:24 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG56rAwI7_8

you might be interested in these teachings. there's 3 parts as you can see from the sidebar.
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby dzogchungpa » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:24 am

I guess we need a "What kind of Mahayanist are you?" quiz.
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby plwk » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:28 am

One can try a start here and books: 1 2 3
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby reddust » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:31 am

plwk wrote:One can try a start here and books: 1 2 3

Good Idea here is another one…. http://www.buddhanet.net
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby shaunc » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:51 am

dzogchungpa wrote:http://www.okcupid.com/tests/what-kind-of-buddhist-are-you-quiz

Apparently I'm an "ardent Theravadin"!

:jawdrop:
I guess I have nothing to contribute to this thread. :crying:

Me too. That's the beauty of labels.
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby Will » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:39 pm

Mouse Soldier wrote:Hi there.

At this point I'm pretty well-learned in the basics of Buddhism, so now I feel ready to venture into the Mahayana-specific teachings. I'm looking to buy a book or three that would really help me get into it; hopefully something that is easily accessible and has simple language that a layperson would comprehend without much trouble. So please offer your suggestions :)


The "Friendly Letter" by Nagarjuna was used an introduction to Mahayana long ago and it is still a good way to get the basics. This version has three old translations:

http://www.kalavinka.org/kp_book_pages/ ... k_page.htm
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby Hickersonia » Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:21 am

If you are interested in anything from Thich Nhat Hanh, I have several books of his that I'd be willing to send your way if you wish.

Living Buddha, Living Christ
No Death, No Fear
Freedom Wherever We Go
Stepping Into Freedom
Joyfully Together

Each of these can be searched on Amazon if you want some detail on them.

PM me if you'd like to try to arrange for me to mail any/all of these to you.

May you find what you seek, friend. :namaste:
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby Lindama » Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:46 am

Gates to Buddhist Practice, Chagdud Tulku ... Tibetan, Vajrayana

http://www.amazon.com/Gates-Buddhist-Practice-Essential-Teachings/dp/1881847314

or

Opening the Hand of Thought, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi ... zen

http://www.amazon.com/Opening-Hand-Thought-Foundations-Buddhist/dp/0861713575
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Re: Mahayana book suggestions?

Postby Mouse Soldier » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:43 am

Thank you for all the suggestions. I'd like to read at least a few of these in time, but for now I've ordered Opening the Hand of Thought because the reviews made it seem so accessible for someone without much background in Buddhist studies.

I'm really interested in understanding the differences between these branches of Mahayana Buddhism. This simple compare/contrast list of Mahayana and Theravada was what made me decide (for now at least) that I prefer Mahayana:

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/snapshot02.htm

Something similarly simple explaining the differences and similarities between the different Mahayana sects would be really helpful.
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