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Book review: THE LETTERS OF SISTER VAJIRA by Nanavira Thera - Dhamma Wheel

Book review: THE LETTERS OF SISTER VAJIRA by Nanavira Thera

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Book review: THE LETTERS OF SISTER VAJIRA by Nanavira Thera

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Re: Book review: THE LETTERS OF SISTER VAJIRA by Nanavira Thera

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:46 am

Greetings atulo,

Thanks for that... I'll keep an eye out for it next time I order some Dhamma books.

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Re: Book review: THE LETTERS OF SISTER VAJIRA by Nanavira Thera

Postby patricia39 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:30 am

I have not yet read any book from Nanavira Thera but after I read that book review from Bhante Nyanasuci at Path Press Publication, I think I should get a copy of this book. I feel intrigue about this book as you said that this book documents the intriguing correspondence between the controversial Theravada Buddhist monks Nanavira Thera with Sister Vajira. And I love reading history books.
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Re: Book review: THE LETTERS OF SISTER VAJIRA by Nanavira Thera

Postby BlackBird » Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:26 pm

Hi Patricia. I wouldn't go spending $20 on this book if you haven't read Clearing The Path, it's pretty difficult reading and it's not what I would regard as a history book. The gist of the correspondence between these two can be found in Clearing the Path anyway which is available online for free.
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Re: Book review: THE LETTERS OF SISTER VAJIRA by Nanavira Thera

Postby Ben » Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:30 pm

Jack, I don't think Patricia was here to discuss the book!
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Re: Book review: THE LETTERS OF SISTER VAJIRA by Nanavira Thera

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"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Book review: THE LETTERS OF SISTER VAJIRA by Nanavira Thera

Postby Ben » Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:43 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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