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Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby Sanghamitta » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:21 pm

If we assume that the object is not to convert but to give a glimpse of Buddhadhamma in action, perhaps " A Still Forest Pool " might fit the bill.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:02 pm

http://www.goodquestiongoodanswer.net/

Good Question, Good Answer by Ven. Dhammika is excellent, short, but not too short, concise, in plain English and to the point. It covers all the major issues and clears up some misconceptions.

And it is available online, free!
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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby Moggalana » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:38 pm

Thank you very much for that link :anjali:
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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:38 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby nomad » Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:36 pm

Thanks for the wealth of recommendations. I'm going to give her a few choices and see what she likes best.

~nomad

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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby Bonsai » Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:21 pm

I have Old Path White Clouds and The Heart of Buddha's Teachings on the way in the mail. A light bulb just flicked on in my brain in that Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen Monk, and I am interested in Theravada Buddhism, since the latter holds true to the original teachings (from what I've read). Also, Zen requires a teacher, and I don't have one. :(

So can anyone recommend a book, in the Theravada tradition, that looks at Buddha's life and Buddhist teachings? The book you would take if you had to spend the next 20 years in the wilderness, yet a book that is easy to read for someone new to Buddhism. I am still looking forward to reading Hanh's books, but I am a linear thinker. 1 leads to 2 leads to 3. Yet when you replace 2 with 5, or turn 3 upside down, then I get lost. :P

Last question. Is this something I should be worrying about now? I am assuming there are major differences between Zen and Theravada, and learning Zen without a teacher...well I really want to learn more about Theravada.

Thanks for all answers! :D And I hope the hijacking was okay, since it's related to the original topic and what was discussed here about Hanh.

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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby Ben » Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:38 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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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby AdvaitaJ » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:42 am

Nomad,

I know you specifically stated "a book", but there was also this website that made the rounds a while ago. It seemed to be specifically tailored to the task at hand if your mother has internet access.

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We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.
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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby Dan74 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:07 am

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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby Sanghamitta » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:05 pm

You asked for recommendations for Theravada reading Bonsai. Those mentioned above by Ben are excellent recommendations. Truly fitting for this "Discovering Theravada" subforum.

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Re: Buddhist Text for Non-Buddhist?

Postby Bonsai » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:58 pm

Thanks Ben, Dan74, and Sanghamitta! Will definitely check them out.

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