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Basic Buddhist Philosophy

Postby texastea » Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:33 am

Hey everyone.

I am searching for some books on basic or intro into Buddhist philosophy. I've read some things on Mindstreaming or "stream of conciousness" and would like to learn more about it. Thanks.
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Re: Basic Buddhist Philosophy

Postby panang » Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:49 am

texastea wrote:Hey everyone.

I am searching for some books on basic or intro into Buddhist philosophy. I've read some things on Mindstreaming or "stream of conciousness" and would like to learn more about it. Thanks.


Are you talking about philosophy or like teachings and things? Meaning, you could have a book on Christian morals and philosophy, or a book like a devotional or commentary which guides you through the scriptures.

Anyway, I don't know much about Buddhism, so I was planning on getting these:

Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Reading -- http://goo.gl/ybqBWW
How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life -- http://goo.gl/XdKttj
Living Dharma -- http://goo.gl/EfTuNu

There's many others, and some free books online, such as these.

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=14926

Here's a page about mind-streaming: http://viewonbuddhism.org/dharma-quotes ... stream.htm


I don't know how good these are, I'm just suggesting them based on the reviews and my own interests.

Hope, I could be of some help!

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Re: Basic Buddhist Philosophy

Postby SarathW » Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:40 am

Buddha's Teaching by Narada Mahathera is my hand book.
Start from chapter 15:

http://www.stefan.gr/buddhism/
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Re: Basic Buddhist Philosophy

Postby texastea » Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:27 am

Thanks. this is all very helpful. I'm more interest in a book on Buddhist moral and philosophies, however I am not leaving out the actual teachings themselves.
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Re: Basic Buddhist Philosophy

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:44 am

Greetings,

In that case, I would recommend...

The Roots of Good & Evil - Ven. Nyanaponika Maha Thera
http://www.theravada-dhamma.org/blog/?p=7224

Synopsis...
The Buddha has taught that there are three roots of evil: greed, hatred and delusion. These three states comprise the entire range of evil, whether of lesser or greater intensity, from a faint mental tendency to the coarsest manifestations in action and speech. In whatever way they appear, these are the basic causes of suffering. These roots have their opposites: non-greed, non-hatred and non-delusion. These are the three roots of good: of all acts of unselfishness, liberality and renunciation; of all expressions of loving kindness and compassion; of all achievements in knowledge and understanding. These six mental states are the roots from which everything harmful and beneficial sprouts. They are the roots of the Tree of Life with its sweet and bitter fruits.

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If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Basic Buddhist Philosophy

Postby texastea » Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:10 pm

are there any Buddhist literature on how to discipline and sharpen the mind from a practical standpoint?
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Re: Basic Buddhist Philosophy

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:35 pm

Greetings,

See...

Right Mindfulness
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... amma-sati/

Right Concentration
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... index.html

(Yes, unsurprisingly it's part of the Noble Eightfold Path...)

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If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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