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Searching for a good book

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Searching for a good book

Postby Sacha G » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:12 pm

Hey
I'm searching for a good dhamma book.
To be good - at least for me- it should have following characteristics:
- Being deep
- Being practical
- Showing knowledge of the scriptures
- Available on line (optional)

In particular, I was wondering if Bhikkhu Analyo's book on Satipatthana could present the first 3 quality. I could have said Nananada'sbooks but I'm not sure they are that practical.
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Re: Searching for a good book

Postby ground » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:19 pm


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Re: Searching for a good book

Postby Nicro » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:15 pm

Are you looking for something on general Dhamma or meditation? For basic Dhamma I would reccomend:

http://www.amazon.com/Eight-Mindful-Ste ... 936&sr=8-1

For meditation:

http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Buddhist-Me ... 965&sr=1-1

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Re: Searching for a good book

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:41 pm

Have you read the yet?

The Mahasi Sayādaw's is also well worth reading.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: Searching for a good book

Postby Travis » Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:24 pm

Bhikkhu Analayo's book is investigative, and has a tremendous depth and breadth exhibiting a great deal of sutta knowledge. It isn't practical in the nuts-and-bolts "Mindfulness/Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English" sense, though. I found it very insightful in regards to Satipatthana, but I wouldn't necessarily call it practical. Nanananda's Nibanna Sermons are a little more focused (perhaps it would be fair to say it is because he is asserting meaning more-so than Analayo), but the practical bits are more in terms of clarification than instruction. I still find him somewhat vague in a specific practical sense. I would recommend reading both, but they may not suit your need at the moment. Could you give a little more info about what you are particularly interested in investigating regarding the Dhamma? Practical in terms of meditation?

I am currently reading "The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbāna" http://www.abhayagiri.org/main/book/1788/ (thanks to a suggestion by mikenz66). It has a good amount of depth and breadth (quoting from various sources & suttas). It seems to have picked up especially in and after the chapter Atammayata: “Not Made of That” There seems to be some practical use in terms of clarification, but I am only about half way through it.

Metta,
Travis

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Re: Searching for a good book

Postby bodom » Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:37 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Searching for a good book

Postby farmer » Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:17 pm

Bhikkhu Analyo's book on Satipatthana certainly meets your first 3 criteria. I found that it broadened my understanding of the Satipatthana sutta in a way that was very helpful for daily practice.

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Re: Searching for a good book

Postby DarwidHalim » Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:24 am

I personally like Ajahn chah book. So far I seldom see pali jargon there and purely based on his personal and direct experience.

Hit the point and simple.
I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!

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Re: Searching for a good book

Postby alan » Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:47 am

Ayya Khema is a great place to start.

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Re: Searching for a good book

Postby Sacha G » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:20 am

Hi guys
Thanx for all the answers.
I think I will go for Bhikkhu Analayo's book.
Had I not read the Visuddhimagga already, I would've read it.
As for "the Island", I read it already also.
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Re: Searching for a good book

Postby Travis » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:38 pm

Well then you will probably find Analayo's book useful. It is a great book. :thumbsup:


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