What Buddhist Books Did You Order, or are Reading?

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What Buddhist Books Did You Order, or are Reading?

Postby Mr. G » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:14 pm

I am reading:

Volume 1 of the Abhidharmakosabhasyam

I just ordered:

The Cakrasamvara Tantra: A Study and Annotated Translation by David B. Gray
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby gnegirl » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:38 pm

Mind Beyond Death by Dzogchen Penlop

Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra by Jamgon Mipham

and Luminous Emptiness: Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Francesca Freemantle

Thinking about ordering (having a bit of sticker shock!):KEY TO THE PRECIOUS TREASURY: A Concise Commentary on the General Meaning of the "Glorious Secret Essence Tantra"
by Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpa'i Nyima, translated by Lama Chönam and Sangye Khandro of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group
http://www.snowlionpub.com/html/product_10140.html

ok i see i have a theme going on here :)

On my kindle: 'A tale of two S'kittys' by Mercedes Lackey & 'Out of the black' by Lee Doty
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby plwk » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:42 pm

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Silent Bob » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:37 pm

Reading: "Machik's Complete Explanation" tr. by Sarah Harding and "Vivid Awareness" by Thrangu Rinpoche

(SHOULD BE READING: lecture notes for Nithartha Institute online Uttaratantra course)

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby tamdrin » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:00 pm

Just read treasury of Philosophy Instructions by Longchen Rabjampa.
Reading a book called Essential Practice on Kamalashila's Stages of meditation by Thrangu Rinpoche.

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby conebeckham » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:35 pm

Ezra Pound's "Cantos," along with Terrell's "Companion" to same.....slow going. And Charles Wright's poems, "Scar Tissue" at the moment....

Oh, Buddhist books, only? :smile:

Taranatha's Lam Rim, "Essence of Ambrosia," daily, in the mornings, on the bus.
Kongtrul's SheJa KunKhyab, "Treasury of Knowledge, Book Eight, Part Four, Esoteric Instructions"--re-reading this, more closely this time around.

Will be ordering some things from Nithartha though.....
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Josef » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:37 pm

tamdrin wrote:Just read treasury of Philosophy Instructions by Longchen Rabjampa.

Have you read the other books in the Precious Treasury yet?

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby tamdrin » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:45 pm

Hi Nangwa,
I think the only other one translated is the treasury of pith instructions.. At least that is what I saw on snow lion... I found the treasury of philosophical instructions to be a pretty good text.. definitely stuff you don't read once and then be done with them..

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Pero » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:28 pm

I read "Empowerment and the path of liberation" by Tsele Natsok Rangdrol this past weekend. Am reading "Treasures from Juniper Ridge" bit by bit and a sci-fi book, Dune Messiah.

Tamdrin wrote:I think the only other one translated is the treasury of pith instructions.

Actually four (maybe five?) have been translated.
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Postby Caz » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:46 pm

Currently trying to commit to memory Eight verses of mind training :twothumbsup:
Abandoning Dharma is, in the final analysis, disparaging the Hinayana because of the Mahayana; favoring the Hinayana on account of the Mahayana; playing off sutra against tantra; playing off the four classes of the tantras against each other; favoring one of the Tibetan schools—the Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, or Nyingma—and disparaging the rest; and so on. In other words, we abandon Dharma any time we favor our own tenets and disparage the rest.

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby tamdrin » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:38 pm

Pero,
Cool!
Thanks. :thumbsup:

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Lazy_eye » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:21 pm

conebeckham wrote:Ezra Pound's "Cantos," along with Terrell's "Companion" to same.....slow going. And Charles Wright's poems, "Scar Tissue" at the moment...


How are you liking "Scar Tissue"? I'm a fan of Charles Wright's work, particularly "China Trace" and "The Southern Cross".

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Astus » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:15 pm

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The Great Perfection by Samten Gyaltsen Karmay
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby conebeckham » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:44 pm

Lazy_eye wrote:
conebeckham wrote:Ezra Pound's "Cantos," along with Terrell's "Companion" to same.....slow going. And Charles Wright's poems, "Scar Tissue" at the moment...


How are you liking "Scar Tissue"? I'm a fan of Charles Wright's work, particularly "China Trace" and "The Southern Cross".



Quite a bit...read it twice so far. I've got most (all?) of his stuff, except any chapbooks and there's one large format illustrated thing I don't own.....

Wright is in my top "Favorites." "Scar Tissue" is a bit of a departure....getting away from "Landscape" a bit, and seems tighter, over-all. He's got a unique voice, and one that resonates with me.
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby justsit » Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:16 am

Short clip about Charles Wright here.

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby heart » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:54 am

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Karmey Khenpos "Brilliant Light" over and over again.

/magnus
We are all here to help each other go through this, whatever it is.
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"To reject practice by saying, 'it is conceptual!' is the path of fools. A tendency of the inexperienced and something to be avoided."
- Longchenpa

"Even though you have recognized your essence, if you do not get accustomed to it,
You will be carried away by the enemy of thoughts, like a small child in a battle field.
So long as you are not free from the limitations of accepting and rejecting,
That long will you not recognize the view of the innermost secret heart-essence."

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby tomamundsen » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:55 am

mr. gordo wrote:I am reading:

Volume 1 of the Abhidharmakosabhasyam

How approachable is this text?

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby LastLegend » Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:18 am

I listen
NAMO AMITABHA
NAM MO A DI DA PHAT (VIETNAMESE)
NAMO AMITUOFO (CHINESE)

Bodhidharma [my translation]
―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―

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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Adamantine » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:12 am

reading Thinley Norbu's WHITE SAIL once again. . . also Blazing Splendor by Tulky Urgyen for the first time, -both great reads.

about to order The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise - Ian Baker
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby heart » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:30 am

Adamantine wrote:about to order The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise - Ian Baker


I liked it, but it is bit strange here and there. It is a huge volume, maybe it should have been shortened a little. At one point he start talking about karma mudra and how he found a qualified consort and so on. :smile:

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We are all here to help each other go through this, whatever it is.
~Kurt Vonnegut

"To reject practice by saying, 'it is conceptual!' is the path of fools. A tendency of the inexperienced and something to be avoided."
- Longchenpa

"Even though you have recognized your essence, if you do not get accustomed to it,
You will be carried away by the enemy of thoughts, like a small child in a battle field.
So long as you are not free from the limitations of accepting and rejecting,
That long will you not recognize the view of the innermost secret heart-essence."

-Longchenpa


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