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Advanced commentaries/books

Postby Christopherxx » Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:43 pm

Hey Guys,

So today I hit a block in my practice.

And although I have tried to stay away from the commentaries and focus solely on the suttas I think it's time I go forth into the disciples writings.

This may be a good post to make a sticky if everyone can put down books they think are great as well as a brief introduction to why they are so good.

Examples:

Pa Auk Sayadaw and his work "Knowing and Seeing". A text that details samatha (deep access concentration and the jhanas) as well as a variety of vipassana techniques. Considered the prized text of the Pa Auk Forest Monastery in southern Burma.

Sayadaw U Pandita and his two famous works "The Meaning of Satipatthana" & "The Practical Way To Nibbana". These two books deal thorougly with how this student of mahasi intrepets Satipatthana Sutta and it's practice in vipassana meditation.

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization, by Analayo (Bhikkhu Anālayo completed Ph.D. thesis on the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta)
A student of varying schools whos intrest is noted as lying in the compartive studies of early buddhism.

Buddhaghosa and his magnum opus "Visuddhimagga" which is the 'great treatise' on Theravada Buddhist doctrine.

Please only include large texts of standings such as these. Modern and Classic texts are okay as long as they come from a highly "academic" or "advanced" position.

Thanks guys.

(The books can range all topics related to dhamma). And all orthodox schools/teachers are accepted.

With metta and wishes best to other followers.
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Re: Advanced commentaries/books

Postby befriend » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:41 pm

food for the heart by Ajahn Chah
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Re: Advanced commentaries/books

Postby Christopherxx » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:19 pm

You have to love Ajahn Chah haha.

Simple yet very powerful.

I hope some of the more experienced posters than myself can also add some technical commentaries, works, etc.

:) metta
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Re: Advanced commentaries/books

Postby bodom » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:50 pm

Examples:

Pa Auk Sayadaw and his work "Knowing and Seeing". A text that details samatha (deep access concentration and the jhanas) as well as a variety of vipassana techniques. Considered the prized text of the Pa Auk Forest Monastery in southern Burma.


You may find this book helpful:

Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana By Shaila Catherine

http://imsb.org/books/wwd.php

It is essentially a commentary on Pa Auk Sayadaws commentary.

:anjali:
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: Advanced commentaries/books

Postby Christopherxx » Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:21 am

Thanks bodom,

It really is a great commentary on the commentary.

Have I listed all the great books on the intrepretation of the dhamma and on it's practice by the leading masters?

I feel like there must be more at the level I listed....

Anyone?
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Re: Advanced commentaries/books

Postby m0rl0ck » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:20 am

Not sure it qualifies as advanced, but some of the best things i have read about practice have come from this page http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eleft.html
"When you meditate, don't send your mind outside. Don't fasten onto any knowledge at all. Whatever knowledge you've gained from books or teachers, don't bring it in to complicate things. Cut away all preoccupations, and then as you meditate let all your knowledge come from what's going on in the mind. When the mind is quiet, you'll know it for yourself. But you have to keep meditating a lot. When the time comes for things to develop, they'll develop on their own. Whatever you know, have it come from your own mind.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eleft.html
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Re: Advanced commentaries/books

Postby Christopherxx » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:08 pm

thanks morlock I don't think I have seen that paper yet, I'll read through it.
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Re: Advanced commentaries/books

Postby Mal » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:57 am

Christopherxx wrote:You have to love Ajahn Chah


I'm reading "Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond" by Ajahn Brahm at the moment. I wouldn't classify myself as "advanced" but this book seems advanced to me, and he keeps quoting Ajahn Chah so you might like it.
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