What Buddhist Books Did You Order, or are Reading?

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

Postby Pema Rigdzin » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:42 am

tamdrin wrote: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..


You may need to look on the Tibetan Treasures website for the rest of the series that's been translated so far, I'm not sure. But the Treasury of Basic Space (Choying Dzod) and its autocommentary, as well as the Treasury of Abiding (Nelug Dzod), are each also available.
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Paul » Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:07 pm

Pero wrote: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.


I'm in the middle of Empowerment and have recently finished Treasures from Juniper Ridge. Both truly excellent books. Are you enjoying Juniper Ridge?

Also, the Dune books are awesome. I think that they've really changed the way I view things. Fascinating and very original.
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Mr. G » Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:42 pm

tomamundsen wrote:
mr. gordo wrote:I am reading:

Volume 1 of the Abhidharmakosabhasyam

How approachable is this text?


Hi tom,

In all honesty, I can't see how a person who is not being taught this text can make any ground by themselves. By itself, to me, the text is pretty impenetrable without being mentored by someone. I believe this opinion was also voiced by Ven. Huifeng as well. However, I am taking a course on this that I mentioned here:

Abhidharma 1: Samsara And Its Causes - by Acharya Malcolm Smith

viewtopic.php?f=83&t=3430

I can't recommend it enough.
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Lazy_eye » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:08 pm

justsit wrote:Short clip about Charles Wright here.


Thank you for this. Though Wright isn't a Buddhist, he could be writing about dukkha here:

Laguna Blues

It’s Saturday afternoon at the edge of the world.
White pages lift in the wind and fall.
Dust threads, cut loose from the heart, float up and fall.
Something’s off-key in my mind.
Whatever it is, it bothers me all the time.

It’s hot, and the wind blows on what I have had to say.
I’m dancing a little dance.
The crows pick up a thermal that angles away from the sea.
I’m singing a little song.
Whatever it is, it bothers me all the time.

It’s Saturday afternoon and the crows glide down,
Black pages that lift and fall.
The castor beans and the pepper plant trundle their weary heads.
Something’s off-key and unkind.
Whatever it is, it bothers me all the time.
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Zenda » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:21 pm

Journey without Goal by Trungpa Rinpoche
The Wisdom of Imperfection by Rob Preece

And Ballistics: Poems by Billy Collins
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Pero » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:58 pm

Hayagriva wrote:I'm in the middle of Empowermentand have recently finished Treasures from Juniper Ridge. Both truly excellent books.

Yup. Tsele Natsok Rangdrol was pretty funny in some places to me (as in haha). Although I'm not quite sure about his criteria about receiving empowerments, but perhaps I misunderstood, will have to re-read.

Are you enjoying Juniper Ridge?

Yeah, very interesting and helpful texts in it. I was particulary happy to see that there are descriptions of several ways to deal with various meditation obstacles (that in Crystal Garland of Daily Practice).

Also, the Dune books are awesome. I think that they've really changed the way I view things. Fascinating and very original.

I agree. This is only my second book but I plan to read the whole series eventually. The Dune and Children of Dune mini-series got me into it, really liked them. I thought the movie sucked though.

I forgot before, I'm also going through the book "The Sutra Of The Recollection Of The Nobel Three Jewels" by Tony Duff.
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby conebeckham » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:58 pm

The original Dune books are great, though they peter off, steadily, by the end of the first (original?) series. The new ones, by George Herbert's son, I think, don't really work for me.
There were two movies, by the way...or, rather, maybe one theatrical release and one for TV? Theatrical had Sting, it was....interesting. The TV one, I thought, was actually better....

Nice Charles Wright poem...here's one from Scar Tissue that is not out of place on a Buddhist board, I think....

Quoting from Scar Tissue, by Charles Wright, copyright applies, and I can't get the lines to line up exactly, but here goes:

Saturday Morning Satori

When the mind is exalted, the body is lightened, the Chinese say,
Or one of them said,
and feels as though it could float in the wind.
Neglecting to say like what, I think it might be like a leaf,
Like this leaf in careless counterpoint
down from an unseen tree,
West wind deep bass line under raven shrill.
No, it's a feather,


One thing in a world of images.
It's not a question of what we think, we think too much.
It's not a question of what we say, we say too much.
A thing is not an image,
imagination's second best,
A language in which the heavens call out to us
each day in their gutterals.
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Be dedicated to the Ultimate Benefit of All Sentient Beings.
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Pero » Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:36 am

conebeckham wrote:The original Dune books are great, though they peter off,


Excuse me? :smile:

There were two movies, by the way...or, rather, maybe one theatrical release and one for TV? Theatrical had Sting, it was....interesting. The TV one, I thought, was actually better....

Yeah I think the TV one you mean is probably the mini-series. It was I think three episodes, each about two hours long.
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Jangchup Donden » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:04 am

The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech:

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Went to a couple year series of teachings based on this, but I feel like it still hasn't sunk in as far as it should.
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Josef » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:44 am

Thodrol: The Practice of the Twenty Five Thigles by Namkhai Norbu
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby ground » Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:17 am

Many.

To mention one gem only:

Asanga's Chapter on Ethics with the Commentary by Tsongkhapa


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

Postby tomamundsen » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:39 am

mr. gordo wrote:
tomamundsen wrote:
mr. gordo wrote:I am reading:

Volume 1 of the Abhidharmakosabhasyam

How approachable is this text?


Hi tom,

In all honesty, I can't see how a person who is not being taught this text can make any ground by themselves. By itself, to me, the text is pretty impenetrable without being mentored by someone. I believe this opinion was also voiced by Ven. Huifeng as well.

Yea, that's what I thought.

mr. gordo wrote: However, I am taking a course on this that I mentioned here:

Abhidharma 1: Samsara And Its Causes - by Acharya Malcolm Smith

http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=83&t=3430

I can't recommend it enough.

Doh, I just missed the boat on that one.

Thanks for the reply, Mr. Gordo :)
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby purplelotus » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:29 am

One Last Goodbye: Sometimes only a mother's love can help end the pain
Kay Gilderdale

The tragic story of a young girl struck down with ME (Myalgic encephalitis) at the age of 14 and who was bedbound with it for 17 years. This book is due to be published mid April. Even if you can't read the book try and become acquainted with this crippling illness. Not only do sufferers have to cope with the illness but the disbelief and ridicule of the medical establishment and the general public.

Thanks

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

Postby Mr. G » Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:00 pm

tomamundsen wrote:Doh, I just missed the boat on that one.

Thanks for the reply, Mr. Gordo :)


No problem tom. And you didn't miss the boat. The lectures are recorded so one can download and review at one's leisure. There is ample time to catch up if one is interested.
    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 alpha » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:43 am

gyalwa chagtri
zhang zhung nyen gyu
kunzang nyingtig by shardza tashi gyaltsen
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby zengammon » Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:44 am

Just ordered 14 books, 12 of them buddhist....oops.

One is "Sermon of One Hundred Days," by Venerable Seongcheol.

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

Postby fragrant herbs » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:12 pm

I am reading:

1. Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian by Paul Knitter
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby tomamundsen » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:32 am

mr. gordo wrote:
tomamundsen wrote:Doh, I just missed the boat on that one.

Thanks for the reply, Mr. Gordo :)


No problem tom. And you didn't miss the boat. The lectures are recorded so one can download and review at one's leisure. There is ample time to catch up if one is interested.

Nice. Just registered today. :smile:
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Re: What Are You Reading? What Did You Just Order to Read?

Postby Madeliaette » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:17 pm

Currently, I am reading a Pema Chodron book called Taking the Leap. I have just finished a book called An Open Heart by HHDL and I have a pile of circa 16 more books to plod through - slowly. (Most of these are Buddhist, with 2 on Indian philosophy and 2 on travel.) I used to read 2-3 books a week, but no longer have enough time to do this.
(For a full list of the books I have recently read, I refer you to my reading blog - http://mad-books.blogspot.com/) :namaste:
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Re: What Buddhist Books Did You Order, or are Reading?

Postby Mr. G » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:21 am

"The Origins of Om Manipadme Hum: A Study of the Karandavyuha Sutra" by Alexander Studholme
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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