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,

Dan
What Is...What Was...What Could be...What must never Be.
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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
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

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

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

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


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"


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Re: What are some "must have" books?

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

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Detachment is the final happiness. ~Sri Saraha


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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
This is a book that has changed who I am to such an extent that people sometimes comment on it without any prompting.
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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.

~~ Huifeng

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

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

Huifeng wrote: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.

~~ Huifeng


I did list the commentaries, I'd assumed the root text
was included
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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 Kai » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:44 am

Huifeng wrote: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.

~~ Huifeng


And no Pure land sutras...........

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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. :)
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

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

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

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


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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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 3:21 am

Adamantine wrote:
Huifeng wrote: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.

~~ Huifeng


I did list the commentaries, I'd assumed the root text
was included


Hi Adamantine,

Yes, you did list the Vajracchedika / Diamond sutra, sorry for me missing that.

As for Brunnholzl's translation that you link to, it definitely does not contain the mula / root text at all. And, having read Brunnholzl's book, all I can say is that by this time, a commentary on a commentary on a commentary (at least), much of the plot of the Prajnaparamita seems to have been lost along the way. It may be a good text to understand the Kagyu position on it, but not at all that helpful to understand the Prajnaparamita, in my opinion.

~~ Huifeng

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby Huifeng » Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:23 am

Kai wrote:
Huifeng wrote: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.

~~ Huifeng


And no Pure land sutras...........


Good point! But ... although East Asian Buddhists generally don't think of the Prajnaparamita as "Pureland", the larger Perfection of Wisdom which I mention has a complete teaching on purifying and adorning a Buddha field (ie. pure land) as part of the bodhisattva path.

:smile:

~~ Huifeng

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Re: What are some "must have" books?

Postby alwayson » Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:49 am

Huifeng wrote:Hard to believe that nobody has actually mentioned the Prajnaparamita sutra.
~~ Huifeng


Thats because this entire class of literature can be summed up in two sentences max.

1. Everything appears as conceptual constructs.

2. Be a Bodhisattva.

I prefer Madhyamaka or reading Paul Williams commentary on the Prajnaparamita Sutras if we are talking about "must haves".

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



What do you mean by "published" :quoteunquote:

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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.

~~ Huifeng


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