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Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby salmon » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:19 am

Hi all,

I'll be travelling to Melbourne next month and hope to bring some free dhamma books for distribution. Can any of the melbournians on dhammawheel tell me if there are any temples/meditation centres/etc where I can send the books to?

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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:26 am

Greetings,

As far as I'm aware, all the Theravada temples (and some listings that aren't temples per se, but are "associations") in the state of Victoria can be found here:

World Buddhist Directory - Victoria - Theravada
http://buddhanet.info/wbd/search.php?ke ... =theravada

If you mean Melbourne as in the inner city of Melbourne, your options are a bit more limited... particularly on a Theravadin front. The only Buddhist temple in the city I'm aware of is the Mahayanan Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery at 141 Queen Street, Melbourne. They have a section upstairs with free Dharma booklets.

Many of the listings are suburban, or even in the countryside.

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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby Dan74 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:44 am

Hi!

You can bring some free Dhamma books to me (if you like)!

I work in a prison (maybe prisons in coming months) and tend to need books pretty often.

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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby zavk » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:51 am

Hi Salmon,

Try the Buddhist Society of Victoria. They have a library there and also a free books stand for visitors. http://www.bsv.net.au/

Where are you coming from?



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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby salmon » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:07 am

Hi all,

I've got books from Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore. Will be glad to pass books to anyone who wants them. I'll be putting up in inner city Melbourne but will probably have time to travel to the suburbs (no further than Zone 3 pls!!). I guess I could mail parcels out once I get there, if the places are too far.

What sort of books in particular is lacking? Basic Buddhism? Or, more advanced ones? Perhaps I'll scour for a list of available books and list them here for you guys to select/strike off? Otherwise I might break my baggage limit :tongue:

Dan: whereabouts are you?

Thanks for the websites, I'll check them out.

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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:23 am

Greetings Salmon,

Luckily for you, there's only 2 transport zones now. :tongue:

They merged 2 & 3 into just Zone 2... presumably in order to make public transport a more viable option for those on the outer fringes of the city.

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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby salmon » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:56 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Salmon,

Luckily for you, there's only 2 transport zones now. :tongue:

They merged 2 & 3 into just Zone 2... presumably in order to make public transport a more viable option for those on the outer fringes of the city.

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Really? Oh gosh...it's been 10 years since I lived that that so many things have changed! Federation Square was not even built when I left... :thinking:

Are they charging Zone 2 or Zone 3 pricing then? :juggling:
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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:10 am

Greetings Salmon,

salmon wrote:Are they charging Zone 2 or Zone 3 pricing then? :juggling:


Zone 2... which was the same as 3 I think. The only difference is that travelling into the city, you'll only pay 1 & 2 instead of 1,2 & 3.

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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby Nadi » Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:28 am

Hi Salmon,

If u can get a few copies of 'Mindfulness in Plain English' by bhante Henepola Gunaratana, it would be very useful I think (specially for Dan to distribute in prisons). I know there's a free version of this book, because my friend had one a few years ago, but I haven't come across it in any of the Buddhist centers yet.

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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby floating_abu » Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:35 am

Do you know where you are taking them to yet, salmon? In Sydney there is a Buddhist Library where I once left a variety of books. I hope you find a convenient place. Safe travels.
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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby Dan74 » Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:56 am

salmon wrote:Dan: whereabouts are you?

Thanks for the websites, I'll check them out.

metta.


Hi! :hello:

I am in Mentone, but I can get them off you in the city.

Send me a PM when you are here and we will connect!

The books will be much appreciated!!!


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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:06 am

Greetings,

Nadi wrote:If u can get a few copies of 'Mindfulness in Plain English' by bhante Henepola Gunaratana, it would be very useful I think


I could even do with a copy of that :tongue:

I've heard good things.

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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby salmon » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:00 am

"Mindfulness in Plain English" is a very popular book...hard to find in Asia too as they normally get snapped up lickity-split!

I've got some Forest Tradition books like "Forest Dhamma" and quite a few Ajahn Chah's writings which I'll pack up. Will see what else there is in the "Free Libraries" :)

Will update you guys closer to my date of travel and make more arrangements

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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby salmon » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:08 am

floating_abu wrote:Do you know where you are taking them to yet, salmon? In Sydney there is a Buddhist Library where I once left a variety of books. I hope you find a convenient place. Safe travels.


I'm not sure where I will be taking them. I've gone through the list in the webbies posted here. Most likely I'll send them to BSV and one or two other centres. As most of the writings are from Thai teachers, I'm not sure if they'll be well received in centres of other countries' influences?


PS. no discrimmination meant, but in places like m'sia, there are some places that will ONLY deal with Burmese Theravada tradition.
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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby floating_abu » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:53 am

salmon wrote:
floating_abu wrote:Do you know where you are taking them to yet, salmon? In Sydney there is a Buddhist Library where I once left a variety of books. I hope you find a convenient place. Safe travels.


I'm not sure where I will be taking them. I've gone through the list in the webbies posted here. Most likely I'll send them to BSV and one or two other centres. As most of the writings are from Thai teachers, I'm not sure if they'll be well received in centres of other countries' influences?


PS. no discrimmination meant, but in places like m'sia, there are some places that will ONLY deal with Burmese Theravada tradition.


Dear salmon - I've been meaning to tell you I love your avatar :hug:

Um - that is interesting re: Malaysia - I had a look at the BSV website, I suspect that should be OK.
Thankyou regardless :)

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Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

Postby salmon » Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:24 am

haha...thanks floating_abu :smile:

Ok...here are a list of books I have found so far:-

1. Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma - Bhikkhu Bodhi
2. How to Develop Metta - Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw
3. Dependant Origination - Dhammavuddho Thero
4. Monk's Precepts - Dhammavuddho Thero
5. Food for Thought - Phra Ajahn Lee Dhammanando
6. Heightened Mind - Phra Ajahn Lee Dhammanando
7. Simply So - Dhamma Writings of Luang Poo Sim Buddhacaro
8. Everyman's Ethics (4 discourse of the Buddha) - Narada Thera
9. Message of the Buddha - Bhikkhu Dhammavuddho
10. Bhikkhu's Rules A Guide for Laypersons - Bhikkhu Ariyesako
11. Anyone Can Go to Heaven - TY Lee
12. Life of Blessings - TY Lee
13. The Advantages of Chanting the Buddhaguna - Phra Dhebsinghaburajarn
14. Samatha & Vipassana - Dhammavuddho Thero
15. Five Illusionists - Dhammavuddho Thero
16. Mindfulnees Recollection & Concentration - Dhammavussho Thero
17. Fundamentals of Buddhism (4 lectures) - Nyanatiloka Mahathera
18. Satiphatthanas ( 4 foundations of mindfulness) - Phra Ajahn Plien Panyapatipo
19. Path to Peace - Ajahn Chah
20. Food for Thought - Ajahn Chah
21. Living Dhamma - Ajahn Chah
22. Everything is Teaching Us - Ajahn Chah
23. Good Question, Good Answer - Ven S. Dhammika

I'm still scouring other libraries for more titles. Are they worth bringing over?

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