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informative books

Postby befriend » Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:01 pm

does anyone have any book recommendations, im looking for something not for entertainment or for beginners, more like explaining how different enlightenment factors reinforce eachother, trying to aviod typical things like non self, and love i already know that stuff too well. thanks, -metta, befriend.
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Postby Ben » Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:22 am

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Also recommended is:

Satipatthana: the direct route to realization by Venerable Analayo

The manuals of Buddhism by Ledi Sayadaw
“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.
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Re: informative books

Postby kiwimark » Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:23 pm

The chapter on the seven factors of awakening,in thanissaro bhikkhus book (the wings to awakening) is good.
www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html :smile:

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Re: informative books

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Re: informative books

Postby befriend » Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:49 pm

you dont need to be skeptical that there are not many but one. when someone smiles at you it involuntarily makes you feel good, then you smile back at them, then that helps purify there mind because they were being loving so they will be more apt to smile again at someone, then the people they smile at will smile at other people, into infinity. not really a beleif. there are 7 factors of awakening like rapture, equanimity, kindness, when they are all balanced in the mind at the same time nibbana occurs naturally. im wondering how does compassion influence effort and such. may you attain stream winner in this life. metta, befriend.
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Postby befriend » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:24 am

hi,
a stream winner is someone who has entered the first of the four stages of nibanna, they are guranteed never to be reborn lower than a human or a god, thats why a lot of theravadans make it there goal to realize stream winner because they wont have to worry about being born in a lower realm. the other questions are a little too complex to answer it might be easier if you looked them up yourself. ill explain some. compassion which is called karuna in pali is translated as having a twinge in the heart when you think of someone elses suffering. it is slightly different than love because love is giving or wishing others happiness but compassion is wishing for others suffering to be eased or eradicated. im wondering how compassion supports effort because wholesome emotions give rise to OTHER wholesome emotions. for example even if you only practice loving kindness meditation the other 3 divine attitudes will arise by themselves which are compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. hope that make sense, metta, befriend.
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Postby befriend » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:30 am

sorry apparently compassion is a paramis and not an enlightenment factor.
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Re: informative books

Postby Beneath the Wheel » Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:50 pm

To the topic, Thanissaro Bhikkhu has written a book called "Wings to Awakening" that might be helpful to you.

One used to be able to get print copies somehow - I've forgotten what site sends them - but the entire text of the book is also available here:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... index.html

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Re: informative books

Postby Cilla » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:15 pm

beneath the wheel. I haven't read any pali texts of suttas yet so i couldn't say which one it came from.

I think the first place i came upon it was in a book written by Stephen Batchelor who was trained as a tibettan buddhist monk. His book is called Confession of a Buddhist Atheist - and i do recommend it highly.

I am sure i have read it in several other books i am reading too though i must say i can't say which ones. It seems to come up a lot but the more i learn the more i think it less of a msytical idea and more something quite tangible and down to earth afterall. But i am keeping my eyes peeled for clarification becuase it is an idea that troubles me.

It lies behind the idea of compassion and compassion is more emphasised in tibettan buddhism and zen than theravada. I am not familiar enough with theravada

Oh i also think i probably came across it in the book i have just read by Pankaj Mishra called The End of Suffering. This is another excellent book. He doesn't deal specifically with any tradition of buddhism. He's an indian author so i suspect that he possibly most influenced by theravada but i cannot be sure.


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