Breathe! You Are Alive - good interpretation?

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Re: Breathe! You Are Alive - good interpretation?

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:00 am

One of the interesting things about that book is that it contains translations of both the Pali sutta and the equivalent sutra translated from Chinese (which was in turn translated from Sanskrit). This predates the recent interest in such comparisons.

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Postby Aloka » Sat May 11, 2013 8:23 am

I once read a couple of Thich Nhat Hahns books quite some time ago - and wasn't too impressed (though obviously his motivation was very good!)

WhenI read them, I thought they were quite unnecessarily flowery and sentimental - for example talking about holding and caring for anger like a baby - and going into lengthy idealised descriptions of mother and baby scenarios. :shrug:

There's a section about Anapanasati in "Now is the Knowing" by Ajahn Sumedho :



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Re: Breathe! You Are Alive - good interpretation?

Postby Javi » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:07 am

I have not read Breathe! You are alive, but I have read his "Transformation and Healing" which is on the Satipatthana sutta. My sangha uses this text (I was pleasantly surprised because we are a zen sangha, but then again it is Vietnamese and they tend to have more contact with Theravadin influence due to geography). Anyways it's not bad per se, but I cannot say I came away impressed, especially since I had just finished reading Venerable Analayo's book. Some things from the book are just kind of jarring, for example when talking about the first satipatthana he says:

"he [the Buddha] rejected them [jhanas] as not leading to liberation from suffering. These states of concentration probably found their way back into the sutras around two hundred years after the Buddha passed into mahaparanirvana" (p44 on the 1990 version)

Then there is the fact that he really doesn't cover all of the material. The section on the five hindrances only talks about a few of the hindrances, the section on the seven factors of awakening only mentions joy. I guess it's meant as an intro book, but I just didn't find much there to be helpful. :shrug:

Still have a lot of respect for the man though, he's probably done more to spread the dhamma than most people alive today.
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Re: Breathe! You Are Alive - good translation?

Postby mal4mac » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:41 am

I'm reading "Breath by Breath" by Larry Rosenberg at the moment. He has a detailed line by line analysis of the Anapanasati Sutta in an appendix, and bases the whole book on this sutta. It's not a difficult book to read, no more difficult than Hanh's popular books.
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