Sutras: which books/books?

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Sutras: which books/books?

Postby Pete Mcr » Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:05 pm

I'm new to Buddhism, have read some secondary texts and now interested in reading the original sutras. Can anyone recommend which versions/collections of sutras are most helpful to begin studying?

I'm considering getting this ...not sure if there are any better collections.

And is there a link summarising the content of each sutra (other than wikipedia)?
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Postby Jainarayan » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:19 pm

I have the Heart Sūtra, Lotus Sūtra and Diamond Sūtra. I have not yet read them but I look forward to it. I understand that they are the basic Mahāyāna sūtras. Perhaps someone can correct me and add to this.
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Postby floating_abu » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:01 pm

There is only one book worth reading: the Heart
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Failing that, there are many good Suttas around. Go with your school, study a little, and practice a whole lot more.

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Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:06 pm

This is small anthology, weighted toward the Mahayana: http://www.bdkamerica.org/default.aspx?MPID=53

On the left side of the page is another button - 'Buddha Dharma' - this is a much larger (800 pp.) anthology.

This site has three paper books of Mahayana sutras thematically arranged: http://www.sutrasmantras.info/index.html

The site also has over 35 online sutras translated.
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Postby Pete Mcr » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:11 pm

Thanks for your responses. These ebook links are great, esp. being freely available. Printed off the Heart and Diamond Sutra, so will start with them before the Lotus. Ordered the Majjhima Nikaya from the library. Thanks all for saving me a few quid! :reading:
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Postby Asoka1944 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:02 pm

Pete, advice is cheap, so here is mine: Don't overburden yourself with sutras. Pick one or two and study them, by which I mean, read them often, ponder them, read commentaries. It's the same with schools of Buddhism: We can get real confused trying to navigate through all of them. Perhaps look over one sutra from the Theravada and one from the Mahayana to see which resonates with you more. It's all well and good to say that all schools are ultimately the same or lead to the same place, but trying to walk all those paths at once could stretch your legs beyond repair.
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Postby Admin_PC » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:29 pm

If you want simple life lessons to read through literally, go with any of the Pali Sutta Pitaka.
If you want deep philosophical treaties with lots of metaphor that will fundamentally change the way you view the world, go with the Mahayana Sutras (the ones you picked are good examples).

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Re: Sutras: which books/books?

Postby uan » Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:45 am

I'm kind of partial to The Large Sutra On Perfect Wisdom


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