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prabon004
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Suggested Readings

Postby prabon004 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:56 am

Hello, Most of my readings have been from the Zen tradition, and I have practiced on my own for the past few years, as there is no Buddhist center or temple near me. I want to learn more about Theravada Buddhism and its practice; however, I'm having trouble finding reliable sources to help someone like me that doesn't really understand the differences between Zen and Theravada. Some books jump over my head completely, and I need a good place to start. I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions you have. Thank you and peace, Patrick.

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Ben
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Re: Suggested Readings

Postby Ben » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:02 am

Hi Patrick

Perhaps these might be of assistance:
- The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... toend.html

- Buddhism in a nutshell by Narada Mahathera: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... shell.html

kind regards

Ben
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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Suggested Readings

Postby jcsuperstar » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:06 am

what the buddha taught by rahula wapola is a great intro book
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Suggested Readings

Postby prabon004 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:21 am

Ben and JCSuperstar,

Thanks to both of your for your quick replies. I look forward to reading the books.

Peace,

Patrick

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Re: Suggested Readings

Postby bodom » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:49 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Suggested Readings

Postby prabon004 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:01 pm

Thank you Bodom. With all these replies I now have a great place to start and continue reading. Thank you again to all,

Peace,

Patrick

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Re: Suggested Readings

Postby OcTavO » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:28 pm

I second "What the Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula, great book! My copy is falling apart though... ah impermanence.

Also "In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon" by Bhikku Bodhi has been perhaps the most helpful and in-depth overview of Theravada for me. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

"Fundamentals of Mainstream Buddhism" by Eric Cheetham of the Buddhist society is a quite scholarly overview and doesn't shy away from the more metaphysical aspects of the canon either... so if you're interested in the mythology as well as the practice, I would recommend that.

And if you're just after a beautiful book... gorgeous in it's language, poetic, deep and inspiring... Try "Longing for Certainty" by Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano.

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Re: Suggested Readings

Postby Claes » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:16 am

Hi!

I would like to add "The Four Noble Truths" By Ven. Ajahn Sumedho. http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/4nobltru.pdf

I think, for me at least, it explains the core fundemental teaching of the Buddha in a not so complicated way.

Claes
" Through effort, attention, restraint and self-control,
the wise person can become and island no flood will overwhelm -Dhammapada


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