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Which book to get?

Postby Adamantus » Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:27 pm

I am totally new to buddhism. Can someone please tell me the most important book to get to learn about buddhism and meditation?
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Re: Which book to get?

Postby santa100 » Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:42 pm

These 2 books are really good:
Mindfulness in Plain English: Revised and Expanded Edition
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha)
Bhikkhu Bodhi

Also, check out the great www.accesstoinsight.org site
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Re: Which book to get?

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:52 pm

Hi Adamantus,

It's hard to recommend just one book. There are a number of suggestions on this Introductory Resources thread: viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148

Personally, I'd recommend Bhikkhu Bodhi's In the Buddha's Words as a really good introduction to the Buddha's teaching, based on modern translations of a wide variety of suttas.
You can start reading it here:
http://www.wisdompubs.org/pages/display ... yValue=104

As far as meditation is concerned, Bhikkhu Bodhi's book contains the most important suttas on meditation. Various teachers flesh these out in various ways. The books I find useful are those that teach similar approaches to my teachers.

Books specifically on meditation that are often recommended include:
The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: Satipatthna: A Handbook of Mental Training Based on the Buddha's Way of Mindfulness, by Venerable Nyanaponika
http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Buddhist-Me ... 0877280738
Mindfulness in Plain English by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana
Available on-line here: http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe.html
among many others on the link I gave above.

:anjali:
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Re: Which book to get?

Postby Nicro » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:05 pm

I think 2 books should be had; one for theory/doctrine and one of a more practical nature in regards to meditation.

For 1, I would go with "In The Buddha's Words" as others have recommended.

For meditation instruction you don't even have to spend money! Try here:

http://www.sirimangalo.org/files/HTMa5s.pdf

To get you going in meditation. Also look for stuff from Mahasi Sayadaw (also to be found free on the net)
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Re: Which book to get?

Postby bodom » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:27 pm

Hi Adamantus,

Any one of these books would be a good place to start:

Recommended reading
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=341

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Which book to get?

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:55 am

Greetings,

santa100 wrote:These 2 books are really good:
Mindfulness in Plain English: Revised and Expanded Edition
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha)
Bhikkhu Bodhi

Also, check out the great http://www.accesstoinsight.org site

:goodpost:

I second this.

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Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Which book to get?

Postby Alex123 » Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:16 am

Adamantus wrote:I am totally new to buddhism. Can someone please tell me the most important book to get to learn about buddhism and meditation?



I really like the meditation books by Ajahn Brahm.

"The Art of Disappearing" is an excellent book. I highly recommend it. It was so exciting that I read it all in one day.
http://www.amazon.com/Art-Disappearing- ... 086171668X

Also "Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond" is another excellent book.
http://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Bliss ... =pd_cp_b_2

"Simply this moment" is another excellent book
http://www.wat-lao.org/PDFs/Bibliothek/ ... Moment.pdf
”Even the water melting from the snow-capped peaks finds its way to the ocean."
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Re: Which book to get?

Postby nobody12345 » Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:58 pm

I agree with above 2 posters.
IMHO, the best book for the introduction is
In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha)
Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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Re: Which book to get?

Postby Platypus » Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:00 am

The Buddha and his teachings is an excellent book by ven narada. You can read it on Buddhanet too.
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