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Theravadin Resource guide

Postby BlackBird » Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:49 am

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby BlackBird » Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:52 am

Righto, lest my browser crash, i'm posting what I've done so far, will revise again soon.

To add:
- General Dhamma sites eg. Buddhanet, Aimwell, Nibbanadotnet
- Specialist Dhamma sites eg. Nibbana Sermons, Pathpress etc
- Important blogs eg. Theravadin
- Discussion sites
- Misc

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby Laurens » Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:54 pm

Nice work :)

- there's some audio teachings there too, if you wanted to add it to the list?
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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby appicchato » Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:46 pm

Looking very good Jack... :thumbsup:

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby Laurens » Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:07 pm

- "a portal page to the communities associated with Ven. Ajahn Chah"

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby BlackBird » Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:22 pm

Sounds good, will set a side an hour after I get home from work tonight.
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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby Dmytro » Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:24 am

Hi Jack,

Thank you! I've used your description for one new link at Sadhu! directory.

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby Laurens » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:18 pm

Just as a random useful thing:

- An online meditation timer which you can set to go off after 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 45 or 60 minutes
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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:36 pm

Nice work jack!
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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby IanAnd » Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:46 pm

NIce thread, Blackbird.

I've posted the following on two different forums to help direct people to relevant readings that may help them begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Perhaps some here will benefit also from this reading list.

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Apropos of some recent posts here in question of explanations about the Dhamma, I thought to put together a brief reading list of books which might help the poor old sod struggling to make out what the Dhamma is teaching, despite all the complex archaic commentarial literature there is to read and to figure out.

At one point in my training, I came to the "realization" that reading and contemplating anything other than the direct words of the Buddha (read that as: books other than the translations of the Pali canon) was for me at that time a waste of my time. I therefore put down any outside reading I was then doing and shifted my focus to the discourses of the Buddha. What I had realized was that I really had no way of verifying what others (in their books and essays) were espousing that the Buddha taught because I hadn't yet finished reading the discourses themselves. There were questions that I had which were cleared up during the course of that exercise in reading and contemplation of the discourses, as well as other questions which resulted (arose) from that same reading. I've spent a great deal of time in study, contemplation, and observation of my own practice experience in getting to the point I'm at today, and it hasn't always been an easy or smooth journey. What I can say, though, is that if one has a practice in meditation and is willing to wade through all the discourses and a few modern commentarial books, one stands a chance of being able to begin making some sense of this thing called the Dhamma.

It took a good two years to go through the Digha Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya, and the anthology of the Anguttara Nikaya that I had obtained. It took over a year to undertake and complete a reading of the Samyutta Nikaya, which is some 2000 pages in Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation, including stopping to read and understand the relevant footnotes in each of these volumes, of which there are many. This may look and sound like some kind of Chinese torture test, until one realizes that there actually is some light at the end of the tunnel waiting for one to discover it. All that reading, study, contemplation, and meditation eventually paid off, because I was able to say at the end of it all that I had read and understood from my own experience of it what the Buddha taught according to its presentation in the Theravada tradition, which I believe to be the closest to the original teachings as they were spoken.

The main teachings to focus on coming to understand and realize are the following:

1. The Four Noble Truths

2. The Noble Eightfold Path

3. The Five Aggregates (this is especially important for insight into beginning to understand the teaching of anatta)

4. The Three Characteristics of Existence (also known as the tilakkhana or anicca, dukkha, and anatta)

5. Dependent Co-Arising (or Dependent Origination — paticca-samuppada)

Other important teachings to become aware of during the course of practice include:

1. The Five Hindrances (especially as they pertain to meditation — sensuous lust, aversion and ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and worry, and skeptical doubt)

2. The Seven Factors of Enlightenment (these also as they pertain to the meditation technology — of mindfulness, investigation of states, energy, rapture, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity)

3. The Five Spiritual Faculties (the Indriyas — of faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom)

4. The Ten Fetters of Existence (as they relate to the path and the fruit of the path: self delusion, doubt, clinging to ritual and observances, sensuous lust, ill will, greed for fine material existence, greed for immaterial existence, conceit, restlessness, and ignorance)

As for the books themselves, the four main Nikayas are as follows:

, trans. by Maurice Walshe.

, trans. by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi.

, translated and edited by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi.

, trans. by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Select volumes from the Khuddhaka Nikaya (The Shorter Collection of Discourses) which can be very helpful to understanding are:

, trans. by John D. Ireland

, trans. by H. Saddhatissa

, trans. by Narada Thera

Other modern commentarial books include:

, Introduction and translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

, Introduction and translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

, Introduction and translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

, by Bhikkhu Bodhi

, by Bhikkhu Nanananda

, by Bhikkhu Nanananda

, by Nyanaponika Thera

, by Ven. Analayo

, by Walpola Rahula

For some insightful scholarly and academic books, the first three listed here are very helpful in understanding about the aggregates and anatta:

, by Mathieu Boisvert. Also can be found when in stock.

, by Sue Hamilton

, by Steven Collins

, by Richard Gombrich
"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby BlackBird » Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:47 pm

Thank you Ian, always enjoy reading your posts. I'll link this post to the OP, in case viewers don't read down this far :)

Also hope to get a bit of a blogroll section going today, just got a bit of work to do first.

Edit: Just spend the last half hour on an update, hit ctrl+r instead of ctrl+t and lost everything... I'm never using IE again, from now on it's SRware Iron all the way :D

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:54 am

here is my teachers site, he has just started a blog on their not sure if it is going to be weekly or monthly as both have been mentioned, in our discussions.

http://www.puredhamma.org/index.php


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:47 pm

http://www.chantpali.org/

spme pali chanting resourses


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby BlackBird » Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:03 am

Thanks for the recommendations Kim I may just end up switching to Linux at this rate :)

I'm currently using Iron, a derivative of Google's Chrome, which is basically more private and secure. I used to use FF for quite some time but have found it a bit of a memory hog.

Anyway, got a few more points added - Still missing the blog section, which can be tommorow's job. By the way, can anyone think of a more relevant description of the Nibbana sermons? I've only read a portion of number 1.

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby Grindle's Grindis » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:54 pm

www.forestdhammabooks.com

Luangta Maha Boowa's writings

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby Chula » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:42 pm

For the Tipitaka Section:
Comprehensive well-organized Tipitaka in Pali:
http://studies.worldtipitaka.org/

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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Postby BlackBird » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:25 pm

My sincere apologies for taking so long to update this, I've now added a blog section and added most member contributed links to their appropriate spots. Hopefully get another update sorted tonight.

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