starter wrote:I have to admit that so far "Wings to Awakening" (Intro and part 1) has touched my intellect, but not my heart. It's highly analytical and intellectual, but I'd rather read some of his writings which can actually lead my heart to peace and liberation (from sufferings), and practically guide my practice.
retrofuturist wrote:Cooran's list should be amenable to your stated purposes, but it might be worth reflecting on why you imply that "analytical" teachings cannot "lead my heart to peace and liberation (from sufferings), and practically guide my practice".
Do you seek an emotional salve or the wisdom of the Buddha?
Many anthologies of the Buddha's teachings have appeared in English, but this is the first to be organized around the set of teachings that the Buddha himself said formed the heart of his message: the Wings to Awakening (bodhi-pakkhiya-dhamma). The material is arranged in three parts, preceded by a long Introduction. The Introduction tries to define the concept of Awakening so as to give a clear sense of where the Wings to Awakening are headed. It does this by discussing the Buddha's accounts of his own Awakening, with special focus on the way in which the principle of skillful kamma (in Sanskrit, karma) formed both the "how" and the "what" of that Awakening: The Buddha was able to reach Awakening only by developing skillful kamma — this is the "how"; his understanding of the process of developing skillful kamma is what sparked the insights that constituted Awakening — this is the "what."
With this background established, the remainder of the book focuses in detail on the Wings to Awakening as a detailed analysis of the "how." Part I focuses on aspects of the principle of skillful kamma that shaped the way the Wings to Awakening are formulated. Part II goes through the seven sets that make up the Wings to Awakening themselves: the four foundations of mindfulness (here called the four frames of reference), the four right exertions, the four bases for power, the five faculties, the five strengths, the seven factors for Awakening, and the noble eightfold path. Part III reduces all the terms in the seven sets to the five faculties, and then deals with those faculties in detail. With the fifth and final faculty, discernment, the book concludes by returning to the "what" of Awakening, showing how discernment focuses on the Wings themselves as topics to be observed in such a way that they will spark the insights leading to total release.
starter wrote:....I have to admit that so far "Wings to Awakening" (Intro and part 1) has touched my intellect, but not my heart. It's highly analytical and intellectual, but I'd rather read some of his writings which can actually lead my heart to peace and liberation (from sufferings), and practically guide my practice. I'd highly appreciate your recommendations of such writings and talks of his....
gavesako wrote:His latest 500 page book is out! It is called "Skill of Questions" and looks very interesting. It develops the theme touched upon in many of his articles, but with lots of Sutta quotations as well. It should soon appear on http://www.accesstoinsight.org/index.html
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