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further reading

Postby delf7 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:37 pm

just a quick basic beginners question here. i understand the "big 3" of theravada, the "tipitaka", are vinaya, abhidhamma & the suttas. where does the dhammapada fit in to the whole scheme of things?
the reason i'm asking is that, for example, christianity has "the bible", islam has "the qur'an", etc...
i'm just trying to figure out what i need to be reading next.
(after i get through the next book i have on my reading pile, which is "in the buddha's words" by bhikkhu bodhi.)

on another "reading" topic... i have just finished "mindfullness in plain english" and i am about to start my "practice".
i'm a little nervous to start because, as a true beginner, i'm afaraid i won't be doing it right. in "mindfullness", the author suggests "vimuttimagga" by upatissa and "visuddhimagga" by buddhaghosa as things to read to take meditation further.
any suggestions?
thank you.
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delf
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Re: further reading

Postby acinteyyo » Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:44 pm

Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Re: further reading

Postby Reductor » Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:55 pm

I would that you not read vimittimagga nor visudhimagga at this early stage. They are difficult reading and are not especially important in the early years.

Howevee, feel free to read modern works, suttas and sutta antholgies like "In the Buddha's Words". Plenty there to arouse your practice and mind.

Take care.

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Re: further reading

Postby bodom » Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:46 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: further reading

Postby delf7 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:00 pm

understood. i shall pass on the advanced meditation texts for now. maybe in a few years ???

i still feel the need to try to figure out what the "essential" texts are. maybe i'm not phrasing the question properly, don't understand the way buddhist writings are viewed, or maybe there is no answer to my question, but, as i inquired previously, is there a recognized set of books that, to a theravada buddhist, would be the equivalent of what the bible is to a christian, or the qur'an is to a muslim?
i am trying to learn, so please let me know if this is just a stupid question.
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Re: further reading

Postby acinteyyo » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:39 pm

Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Re: further reading

Postby Reductor » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:41 pm

Essential texts may vary depending on wgo is asked. However, essential books would be the Digha Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya, Samyutta Nikaya, and the Anguttara Nikaya.

Some would add a book or two to the list, but very few would remove one. Although just which of these four become your personal favorite will be a personal matter.

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Re: further reading

Postby delf7 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:51 pm

thank you for the information. you all have been very helpful.
metta,
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Re: further reading

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Re: further reading

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:31 pm

It sounds like you are definitely on the right track. For starters, you can't go wrong with In the Buddha's Words for some of the most important Suttas and Bhante G's Mindfulness in Plain English for a good introduction to Buddhist meditation.

After that for further readings, the Suttas is the next place to go for more detail:

Digha Nikaya
Majjhima Nikaya
Samyutta Nikaya
Anguttara Nikaya
Khuddaka Nikaya (not necessarily all 15 books, but 5 to 10 of the most essential, such as the Sutta Nipata, Dhammapada, Itivuttaka, and Udana

and then when you are ready:

Vinaya Pitaka (6 volumes)

Abhidhamma Pitaka

and then the most famous commentary books, Vimmutimagga, Visudhimagga

(In the above order, in my opinion)

My personal favorite: Anguttara Nikaya!
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Re: further reading

Postby delf7 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:44 pm

well, thanx again. very informative replies.
i appriciate the ordered list. all that ought to keep me busy reading for quite a long time.
now, if i can just find the time to meditate more often.......
metta,
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