Reading tipps for a beginner - Pali canon!

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Reading tipps for a beginner - Pali canon!

Postby Atrey » Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:26 pm

Hello all,
I have a question about buddhist literature and would appreciate your suggestions and tipps. :hello:

As a beginner, having read only a few of 'modern' buddhist books, some of them are Light on Enlightenment by Christopher Titmuss and Peace is every step by Thich Nhat Hanh. Now I would like to explore the Pali canon. Going to the source of all seems to be the best idea.

Now here comes the question - considering the extensivity of the Pali canon, on which part should I focus? Which of the three pitakas is important for a non-ordained buddhist like me? In which of them is Dhammapada?

I found a book in amazon called In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon by Bhikkhu Bodhi, is that a good beginner literature?
These questions may seem a bit uninformed but I'm a beginner and need help! :lol:

Thanks!
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Postby bodom » Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:34 pm

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


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http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Postby bodom » Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:39 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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Postby Kare » Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:51 am

Since you live in Germany, you might be interested in some texts in German. There are several good collections.

A very small and handy anthology (easy to carry in the pocket for reading at the bus etc.) is Reclam's 'Reden des Buddha'.
http://www.amazon.de/Reden-Buddha-Gauta ... 256&sr=1-2

Another collection with the same title has a more 'normal' pocket book size:
http://www.amazon.de/Die-Reden-Buddha-H ... 256&sr=1-1

Another small, but also good, collection is Reclam's 'Die vier edlen Wahrheiten. Texte des ursprünglichen Buddhismus'
http://www.amazon.de/Die-vier-edlen-Wahrheiten-ursprünglichen/dp/3150034205/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1307176639&sr=1-2

Nyanatiloka's classical anthology, 'Das Wort des Buddha' is also very good.
http://www.buddha-haus-shop.de/product_ ... uddha.html

And the Dhammapada exists in several translations in German:
http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?_ ... da&x=0&y=0

There are lots of other German translations of the Pali texts. If you want to go for a complete version of one of the Nikayas, I recommend the Majjhima Nikaya, translated by Kay Zumwinkel:
http://www.amazon.de/Die-Lehrreden-Budd ... 845&sr=1-1

If Amazon no longer sells this one, try the publisher, Jhana Verlag, or an antiquariat.
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Postby Adrien » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:29 am

And I think this is the translation of Bhikkhu Bodhi's "In the Buddha's words" in german :
Please don't hesitate to correct my english if you feel to

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Postby BKh » Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:06 pm

I've been working on a website with tips encouraging people to develop a daily practice with the suttas.



As others have said, In the Buddha's Words in an excellent choice. If you are willing to commit to a half an hour a day of reading, you could also start right in with reading one sutta from the Majjhima Nikaya/Middle Length Discourses each day.

I highly recommend developing a habit of reading the suttas every day, even just a page. And don't be concerned if you don't understand everything your first read through. Focus your attention on what you do understand. Plan to read the book at least a second time when you finish.

Oh, and don't forget you can listen to suttas, too.
Daily Practice with the Suttas |
Audio Sutta Recordings | Images of the Buddha across time and space

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Postby Atrey » Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:20 am

I will check out your site, sounds very interesting.
Thank you for valuable advices!
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Postby Adrien » Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:23 am

Please don't hesitate to correct my english if you feel to

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