What's a good book on dependent origination?

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What's a good book on dependent origination?

Postby sundara » Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:21 pm

Friends,what's a good book on dependent origination, something with a lot of juice and say's everything in detail and it's not vague and doesn't beat around the bush.

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Re: What's a good book on dependent origination?

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Re: What's a good book on dependent origination?

Postby acinteyyo » Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:23 pm

Hi sundara,
there is nothing better than the nikayas.
But for me Bhikkhu Nanavira's "Notes on Dhamma" was very helpful, too.
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Re: What's a good book on dependent origination?

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:13 pm

Greetings Sundara,

The best book on dependent origination is one that doesn't think that it represents the one and only way in which dependent origination can and should be interpreted. Sorry if that's not an actual book per se, but a good criteria by which to take a foray into the post-sutta investigations of dependent origination.

A good online source that gives a couple of interpretations is...

Dependent Origination by P. A. Payutto
http://www.buddhanet.net/cmdsg/coarise.htm

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Re: What's a good book on dependent origination?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:27 pm

The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw's is helpful.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: What's a good book on dependent origination?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:10 am

Greetings,

This long-titled tome is a good one...

"Buddha's Teachings On Aggregates, Doctrine Of Dependent Origination, Mindfulness & Emptiness" by D.T.P.Rajapakse.

Available @ http://www.buddhistcc.net/bookshop/book ... sp?bid=627

:reading:

I like this one because it puts dependent origination nicely in the context of other key Buddhist teachings, rather than some kind of stand-alone mystical formula of transmigration, as other presentations sometimes do.

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Re: What's a good book on dependent origination?

Postby Paññāsikhara » Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:18 am

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Re: What's a good book on dependent origination?

Postby IanAnd » Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:31 am

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Re: What's a good book on dependent origination?

Postby Nibbida » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:20 am

I'll echo Retro's suggestion of Dependent Origination by P. A. Payutto.

And I'll also add Paticcasamuppada: Practical Dependent Origination by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu:
http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books ... uppada.htm

For an article length explanation of DO during a lifetime, this is my favorite:
"Dependent Origination" by Christina Feldman
http://www.dharma.org/ij/archives/1999a/christina.htm


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