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Offering dhammabooks to new buddhists

Postby Alobha » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:21 am

Hey everyone,

it's a bit of a strange story: There is this Thai restaurant I go to now and then and one of the workers there is a young thai guy about my age. Last Saturday I was there with another buddhist friend and we were both wearing malas around our necks and we got into a short discussion with this young guy who works there since he noticed the malas. He told me he just became a buddhist too and was an atheist before that.
Though he just started to find out about buddhism and doesn't know which "school" to go in deeper etc.

We greet each other friendly and I don't have to pay for my meals upfront (unlike other customers) but we're not exactly close friends (I don't even know his name). I thought it would be nice of me to give him a book about the Dhamma as a present to encourage his inquiry, but don't know which. Do you think that would be okay or could it come across as too pushy? What book would be a good idea?

From my point of view it would be a nice chance for some Dhammaduta, since he already made clear that he wants to find out more about buddhism. Advice appreciated! :smile:

Best wishes,
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Re: Offering dhammabooks to new buddhists

Postby Hanzze » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:34 am

Do you think that would be okay or could it come across as too pushy?

Not at all if it is not seen as need to return the costless meal. (that would minder his Dana)
What book would be a good idea?

One which is near and at best your most beloved and desired. After that change the restaurant as he would think to need to give something back.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step"

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: Offering dhammabooks to new buddhists

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:35 pm

Ajahn Chah books may be good?
he was quite open to other schools and techneques so from a Theravadan angly you couldn't go too wrong there.
and maybe suggest he also looks at MASTER HSU YUN'S DISCOURSE AND DHARMA WORDS found here ... nmain.html
which isn't to dissimilar except for words. and is of the Chan tradition.
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Offering dhammabooks to new buddhists

Postby Caraka » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:51 pm

I would highly recommend Buddhism Explained by Laurence-Khantipalo Mills. I bought it my self out of curiosity, it is small and in plain english it describe buddhism in an easy way. I read it tree times before I could put it away, and are looking forward to read it again.

I'm forever grateful to Laurence-Khantipalo Mills for teaching me through his book. It was my first real understanding about buddhism.
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