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Which 3 books?

Postby bodom » Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:22 pm

If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only have 3 books, which 3 would you take? They dont have to be Dhamma books either.

For myself in particular order:

1. Food for the Heart by Ajahn Chah
2. The Dhammapada by John Ross Carter
3. The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya by Bikkhu Bodhi

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 3 books?

Postby clw_uk » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:22 pm

Majjhima Nikaya
Samyutta Nikaya
Ajahn Brahm's - Mindfulness, Bliss and beyond
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Re: Which 3 books?

Postby dumb bonbu » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:42 pm

3? that's tough!!!

The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Basho
The Tannisho - Shinran
In the Buddha's Words - Bhikkhu Bodhi
Monks, even if bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, he among you who let his heart get angered even at that would not be doing my bidding.
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Re: Which 3 books?

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:12 pm

In the Buddhas Words
All Ajahn Chahs Talks I cant remember the title?
Dessert Island Living (a step by step guide to the island you are stranded) by last occupier
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: Which 3 books?

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:02 am

Ok, three books, that's tough, but can I take my computer too?
And, who do I have to share with? Do I get a choice?
Is it a kids-free desert island, or is it 'family-friendly'?
Does the desert island have a recent history of military coups?
And what's the exchange rate?

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Re: Which 3 books?

Postby Tex » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:28 am

A wilderness survival guide

A medical guide

A book of maps
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Re: Which 3 books?

Postby jcsuperstar » Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:41 am

some sort of military field guide...

some sort of farming/gardening guide

im not really sure what else.. i'm not sure if id take a nikiya or a meditation text... i mean with no one to deal with i'm not sure a lot of the suttas would be relivent, you really cant be too immoral alone can you? but i would have lots of time for meditation.
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