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Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby ground » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:41 am

Hi all

what are currently the most important buddhist scriptures and/or writings for you?

(I have written "currently" because usually this changes in the course of one's life.)

I am a bookworm and I have read very much, across different traditions.
But the writings that have really become relevant for my practice eventually are the sutras of the pali canon and Lama Tsongkhapa's Lamrim Chenmo :)


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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby Zenshin 善心 » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:16 am

the pureland sutras
bodhicaryavatara
tannisho

also the writings of Kiyazawa Manshi and Kenryo Kanamatsu's 'Naturalness' :smile:
All beings since their first aspiration till the attainment of Buddhahood are sheltered under the guardianship of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who, responding to the requirements of the occasion, transform themselves and assume the actual forms of personality.

Thus for the sake of all beings Buddhas and Bodhisattvas become sometimes their parents, sometimes their wives and children, sometimes their kinsmen, sometimes their servants, sometimes their friends, sometimes their enemies, sometimes reveal themselves as devas or in some other forms.


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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby Tatsuo » Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:38 am

1. The Lotus Sutra
2. The Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva
3. The three Pureland Sutras

These are my all time favourite. What sections of the Pali Canon do you read? Do you have a complete translation?
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby ground » Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:52 am

Very interesting :)

Tatsuo wrote:What sections of the Pali Canon do you read? Do you have a complete translation?

Actually I am reading the sutras as appears usual, e.g. if certain questions arise it depends on searching and finding key words. Sometimes online and sometimes in Majjhima Nikaya translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Recently I have ordered his Samyutta Nikaya translation, too. :)

I like to compare it with the Lamrim Chenmo :)

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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby Su DongPo » Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:57 pm

After a couple of years I am still in Buddhism 101. Here are the texts which have taken up most of my time and interest.

One gem from Thervada -- various English translations, but I still like Max Muller
The Dhammapada

One, Mahayana -- in Chinese and English; I am trying to learn it in Sino-Japanese --
The Heart Sutra
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby spiritnoname » Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:18 pm

:thinking: I think the Nikayas, because that is what I am learning now mostly. Other than that, texts that cover my vows and my sadhanas are most important. I really need to read my vows daily,..
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby Jikan » Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:32 pm

Lotus Sutra.
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby Su DongPo » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:35 pm

Jikan wrote:Lotus Sutra.


Typical Tendai. Sheesh.
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby Jikan » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:51 pm

Su DongPo wrote:
Jikan wrote:Lotus Sutra.


Typical Tendai. Sheesh.
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby Will » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:56 pm

Avatamsaka Sutra, anything by Je Rinpoche or Master Hua; also the bodhicitta texts by Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu et al, that Kalavinka Press came out with.
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby Inge » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:20 pm

The sutra of the past vows of Earth Store bodhisattva.
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby ground » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:39 pm

He he ... that's Mahayana diversity. That's nice :)
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby kirtu » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:47 pm

Jamgon Kongtrul's "Ethics" (from his Treasury of Knowledge)
Jamgon Kongtrul's Enthronement (this is the English title - I don't have the text available to get the Tibetan title)
Shabkar's Biography
Tsongkhapa's "Three Principal Teachings of Buddhism"
The Namthar of Mingyur Dorje by Karma Chagme
The Avatamsaka Sutra

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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby dzoki » Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:53 am

-Anything by guru Padmasambhava (such as selections that were already published like Dakini teachings, Advice of the Lotus Born, and parts published in the Life and the teachings of Pema Lingpa, etc.)
-A hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
-Life of Milarepa
-37 seven practices of Boddhisattva by Thogme Zangpo
-Ngedon Gyamtso by 9th Karmapa
-Dhammapadam
-Anything by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.
-Questions by Nyimo Gomchen (marvelously replied by Sakya Pandita).

Of course it is important to study sutras too, but I feel that later masters such as Padmasambhava and Milarepa speak more directly to my needs, their language is less formal and repetitive than high style in which sutras were written. I do read some shorter sutras both translated form Pali and from other canons of sanskrit origin from time to time, unfortunately I seldom remeber anything, but words of Guru Padmasambhava are much easier for me to remember. The most important sutra for me personaly is Kalamasutta.
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby mudra » Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:23 am

Je Tsongkhapa's Lam Rim Chen Mo
Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (very slowly) along w Je Tsongkhapa's commentary Ocean of Reasoning - very very slowly)
(Heart Sutra) and relevant commentaries by HHDL and Dagpo Lama Rinpoche
Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara
HHDL's commentary on Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation
Atisha's biographies and Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment (and various commentaries incl; HHDL's)
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby mudra » Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:24 am

TMingyur wrote:Hi all

what are currently the most important buddhist scriptures and/or writings for you?

(I have written "currently" because usually this changes in the course of one's life.)

I am a bookworm and I have read very much, across different traditions.
But the writings that have really become relevant for my practice eventually are the sutras of the pali canon and Lama Tsongkhapa's Lamrim Chenmo :)


Kind regards


Are you reading LRCM in English or in Tibetan?
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby Shutoku » Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:41 am

For me right now, and really for many years, my most important ones are:
"Turning the Wheel of the Dharma" Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta
The Heart Sutra
The Diamond Sutra
The Three Pure Land Sutras
Shoshinge
Tannisho.
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby ground » Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:09 am

mudra wrote:Are you reading LRCM in English or in Tibetan?


Hi mudra

English. I don't know Tibetan. To foster understanding I have supplemented the English LRCM with Geshe Sopa's commentary (English too).


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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby Tharlam Gyatso » Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:52 pm

Heart Sutra.

Lankavatra sutra.

Lotus Sutra.

Also fond of pretty much anything from the Pali Cannon and same for most of Tibetan Nyingma lineage's treatises...

Songs of Milarepa also have a special place in my heart.
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Re: Your most important buddhist scriptures/writings?

Postby deff » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:44 am

right now the diamond sutra and the avatamsaka sutra :twothumbsup:
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