mahayana books/teachings that have helped your practice

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Re: mahayana books/teachings that have helped your practice

Postby sukhamanveti » Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:46 pm

I have to add this book I just bought: Transforming Problems into Happiness by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It is truly outstanding.
Sīlaṃ balaṃ appaṭimaṃ.
Sīlaṃ āvudhamuttamaṃ.
Sīlamābharaṇaṃ seṭṭhaṃ.
Sīlaṃ kavacamabbhutaṃ.


Virtue is a matchless power.
Virtue is the greatest weapon.
Virtue is the best adornment.
Virtue is a wonderful armor.

Theragatha 614


Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ,
kusalassa upasampadā,
Sacittapariyodapanaṃ,
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.


Refraining from all wrong-doing,
Undertaking the good,
Purifying the mind,
This is the teaching of the buddhas.

Dhammapada v. 183/14.5
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Re: mahayana books/teachings that have helped your practice

Postby BlackBird » Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:24 am

I read one or two books from Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh. He's very good, brings a lot of light to the heart.

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"And so, because this Teaching is so different from what Westerners are accustomed to, they will try to adapt the Teaching to their own framework. What they need to learn to do is not to adapt the Teaching to their own point of view but to adapt their own point of view to the Teaching. This is called saddhá, or faith, and it means giving oneself to the Teaching even if the Teaching is contrary to one’s own preconceived notions of the way things are."- Ven Bodhesako

Nanavira Thera's teachings - An existential approach to the Dhamma | Ven. Bodhesako's essay on anicca
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Re: mahayana books/teachings that have helped your practice

Postby kiss » Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:27 am

these books from Ven. Thubten Chodron are great for readings too!

http://www.kmspks.org/download/ebook/Dealinglife.pdf
http://www.kmspks.org/download/ebook/Transforming.pdf

i also recommend this book from Ven. Sangye Khadro: Awakening a Kind Heart
keep it simple, stupid~ my lifehack

keeping it simply said: 'i'm learning from Buddha to be wise and kind'

Bhikkhu Tissa dispels some doubts - an invaluable piece of advice to learn from, time to time.
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Re: mahayana books/teachings that have helped your practice

Postby zavk » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:56 am

Kare wrote:Several Zen-stories and koans.

Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind".


Same here. The teachings of Master Hsu Yun have also inspired me.

http://www.hsuyun.org/Dharma/zbohy/Home/home-index.html

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