What are some "must have" books?

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What are some "must have" books?

Postby Jaidyn » Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:15 pm

I'm much familiar with Theravada, but new to Mahayana.

I have, for a longer time, read Samyutta Nikaya and Majjhima Nikaya along with complementary books.

Are there similar books in Mahayana that you would recommend? Books from all major sub-traditions are welcome (I guess Mahayana is devided further).

Secondary: I am also interested in complementary books and academic treatments of Mahayana.

Simply: What books are in the serious Mahayana-students (lay or not) bookshelf?

I have a sense that Mahayana has much to offer that I have missed.

Kind regards!

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby joda » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:09 pm

The books by Paul Williams are a must-read imho; both "Buddhist Thought" and "Mahayana Buddhism".

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Karma Yeshe » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:07 pm

hi,

Here are some of my picks...

"Words of My Perfect Teacher"

"Gently Whispered" by Kalu Rinpoche

"The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" Updated version

Hope this Helps,

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Astus » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:20 pm

For East Asian Buddhism (after reading Paul Williams' Mahayana Buddhism):

Orthodox Chinese Buddhism by Ven. Sheng-yen
The Way to Buddhahood by Ven. Yinshun
Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism by Robert H. Sharf
Entry into the Inconceivable by Thomas Cleary
The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment by Charles Muller
Tracing Back the Radiance by Robert Buswell
Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation by Carl Bielefeldt
Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith by Thich Thien Tam
Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.



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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Adamantine » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:50 pm

Diamond Sutra

Vimalakirti Sutra

Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamikakarika

Also, I haven't read this but plan to, it looks good-- Indian and Tibetan commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Sutras:

Also, as Geoff said Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is an absolute must, I have Batchelor's translation but this one by Alan Wallace may be better
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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby catmoon » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:43 am

Shunryu Suzuki's two books are listed here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_ ... uzuki+shun
He was one of the first Zen masters to teach in the West

also Healing Anger by the Dalai Lama http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Anger-Pat ... 206&sr=1-1
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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Huifeng » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:28 am

Hard to believe that nobody has actually mentioned the Prajnaparamita sutra.
Get Conze's translation of either the version in 8,000 verses - the Astasahasrika, or the "large" Perfection of Wisdom.

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Adamantine » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:08 pm

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Detachment is the final happiness. ~Sri Saraha

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby deepbluehum » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:31 pm

Don't forget to save money by looking if these are published on line. Many of these are.

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Sönam » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:39 am

I did'nt see the Big Red book in the list ...

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... and some others

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Astus » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:56 pm

I think one should see the difference between essential books and auxiliary ones. There are also introductory books and in depth works. Just before this becomes a list of all the books people like. :)
Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.



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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Karma Dondrup Tashi » Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:17 pm

No must-have books. Just a must-have teacher.

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:22 pm

Bodhichitta is the pillar of Mahayana, so...

Nagarjuna's Guide is one: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchR ... &x=16&y=15

Vasubandhu's Treatise is another: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchR ... &x=58&y=15
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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Huifeng » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:33 am

Pretty much everything that Williams says about the Prajnaparamita is just paraphrasing Conze.
And Madhyamaka does not equal Prajnaparamita.

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