Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Casual discussion amongst spiritual friends.

Which of the following Dhamma books should I read next?

ANALAYO - Satipatthana: The Direct Path To Realization
15
79%
BHIKKHU BODHI - A Comprehensive Manual Of Abhidhamma
2
11%
NALINAKSHA DUTT - Buddhist Sects In India
2
11%
 
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Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:53 am

Greetings,

I'm probably a few days now away from finishing the Dhamma book that I'm currently reading, and was just wondering what I would read next... I've short-listed it down to the following three, and could think of no better way to guide my choice than by democratic vote! Whichever one has the most votes at the time I finish the current text will be the next on my reading list. Feel free to explain your vote, either in terms of what you thought about a particular text, or what you think I might get out of it.

:reading:

Thanks.

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Re: Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:01 am

Just to be naughty, I could have voted for Dutt's tome, which is interesting if you are interested in historical issues, but i think there are more interesting books to read in those terms.

Read ANALAYO - Satipatthana: The Direct Path To Realization, which will be time well spent in terms of practice, as the thread that has been discussing his book makes clear.
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Re: Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Postby Ben » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:25 am

Hi Paul
I also voted for Analayo. While I am a big fan of Bodhi's ACM, I would think Satipatthana will be more beneficial for you at this point. While Satipatthana is very much practice oriented, it is excellent for no other reason, and there are many reasons why it is excellent, than that it is of practical assistance to the meditator.
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Re: Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Postby zavk » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:40 am

Analayo too. To me, it further elucidates and carries on the spirit of The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, which I believe you are a fan of.
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Re: Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Postby bodom » Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:45 pm

Without a doubt Analayo.

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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: Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Postby Kare » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:00 pm

Analayo gets lots of votes, and may be a good choice. On the other hand, if you already have read a bunch of books on satipatthana, one of the other books might be better for you.

So, OK, take a look at the result of the democratic votes. Then be an enlightened despot, and just make up your own mind! ;)
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Re: Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:28 pm

Kare wrote:Analayo gets lots of votes, and may be a good choice. On the other hand, if you already have read a bunch of books on satipatthana, one of the other books might be better for you.

So, OK, take a look at the result of the democratic votes. Then be an enlightened despot, and just make up your own mind! ;)

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Re: Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Postby Mawkish1983 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:50 pm

I voted for the Analayo simply because a quite few of us here are beginning it now, so it might be good for some discussion :) like a dhammawheel book group
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Re: Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:43 am

Greetings,

Thanks everyone... Analayo it is.

:reading:

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Which Dhamma book should I read next?

Postby suanck » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:04 am

Any comment/opinion/experience on reading the book by Rupert Gethin, "The Buddhist Path to Awakening " (ISBN : 1851682856)?

Synopsis:

A comprehensive study of the Bodhi-pakkhiya Dhamma, the classic set of teachings known as `the thirty-seven dhammas that contribute to awakening', which includes such familiar items as the four establishments of mindfulness and the noble eightfold path.

Drawing exhaustively on a wide range of sources, and in particular on the Pali texts, Gethin examines these 37 conditions both individually and collectively, revealing how early Buddhist thinkers understood the process of spiritual practice by which our ordinary consciousness can be transformed into the awakened consciousness characterized by the wisdom and compassion of a Buddha.


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