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Book of Buddhism

Postby Commander » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:19 pm

Greetings to all of you first of all.

I have always had the desire to study the Buddhist philosophy but haven´t been quite well directed to it perhaps. Problem is that when you ask a Muslim which book one should read to study Islam, he will suggest the Qur´an, a Christian will suggest the Gospels, a Jew will suggest the Torah and a Hindu will direct me to the Bhagavad Gita, but what exactly should I read to study Buddhism?

In short, which book is considered as holy or sacred by the Buddhists, if there is any at all?

Answers are much appreciated.

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Re: Book of Buddhism

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:18 pm

Try The Suttas there are five collections, the Digha Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya, Samyuta Nikaya, Angutara Nikaya, and the Kundhaka Nikaya.
I am not sure how many volumes these take up in total but I will guess somewhere around the 30 mark? but there is also the Vinaya or Abhidhama which have 12 volumes between them. I think the full collection spans about 5foot of shelving.

but if you are looking for an introduction to Theravada texts try "in the Buddhas words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi, or "Wings to awakening" by Thanisaro Bhikkhu (the latter is freely available on-line)
if you are looking for an introductory book on Buddhism particularly the theravada then "what the Buddha taught" by Rahula.


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Re: Book of Buddhism

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Re: Book of Buddhism

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Re: Book of Buddhism

Postby Commander » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:52 am

Thanks everyone.

If I were to undertake the reading of the five Sutta, Nakaya or whatever they are called with deep respect, how long are they? I mean, are they very long books?

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Re: Book of Buddhism

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:22 am

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