SamKR wrote:Thank you Ben, retrofuturist, cooran, and Saijun.
If I should believe in reviews, Bhikkhu Bodhi's "In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon" is highly rated in amazon. I have read a part of it and liked it. http://www.amazon.com/Buddhas-Words-Ant ... 779&sr=8-1
Thanissaro Bhikkhu is gradually working
towards an alternative English translation
of the Pali Canon, and each new text
he translates is published for free distribution
and placed on the Internet (accesstoinsight.
org) for free downloading. Because
of their preference for working in cyberspace,
the younger generation of dhamma
enthusiasts is widely using this version of
the Tipitaka. ....
alan wrote:Hi Sam
Is it possible for someone relatively new to Buddhism to understand the basics? Seems improbable. How would that person know they were serious?
And why only one book?
alan wrote:Sorry if that response seems pedantic, but your question may have been framed inaccurately.
How about this: which books would you give to someone who has expressed an interest in Buddhism, seems serious, and has demonstrated a desire to learn more?
If that is your question, I'd advise reading Ayya Khemma.
David2 wrote:You've already got very good recommendations.
One more title for the meditation aspect:
"Mindfulness in plain English"
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0861719069/ref ... 258&sr=8-1
Ben wrote:Hi Sam
If you are looking for something for yourself, then I recommend you get Ven Analayo's masterpiece "Satipatthana: the direct route to realization".
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