Zen to Theravada

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Zen to Theravada

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I have been meditating for many, many years, but never pursued any branch of buddhism. I have been spending a lot of time with zen buddhism. I live too far away from any sangha or temple. I've been looking into Theravada and I have googled books on the subject and on Amazon. But there are too many. Can anyone recommend a good beginners book or must-see read on Theravada Buddhism?

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Zen4Zamora wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 7:35 pm I have been meditating for many, many years, but never pursued any branch of buddhism. I have been spending a lot of time with zen buddhism. I live too far away from any sangha or temple. I've been looking into Theravada and I have googled books on the subject and on Amazon. But there are too many. Can anyone recommend a good beginners book or must-see read on Theravada Buddhism?

Thanks!
Steve
The Visuddhimagga will give you the traditional view of Theravada: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... on2011.pdf
“There is happiness arising from sensual pleasures and pain arising from seclusion; the pain springing from seclusion is better than the happiness arising from sensual pleasures”

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An easy reading introductory book is Good Question, Good Answer by Ven. Dhammika

https://www.goodquestiongoodanswer.net/

Direct link to the free online pdf:
https://www.goodquestiongoodanswer.net/ ... nglish.pdf
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Zen4Zamora wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 7:35 pm I have been meditating for many, many years, but never pursued any branch of buddhism. I have been spending a lot of time with zen buddhism. I live too far away from any sangha or temple. I've been looking into Theravada and I have googled books on the subject and on Amazon. But there are too many. Can anyone recommend a good beginners book or must-see read on Theravada Buddhism?

Thanks!
Steve
Relevant info from a similar thread here
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8 mindful steps to happiness walking the Buddhas path. by bhante gunaratana. It's very comprehensive there's not a stone that isn't unturned in this.
Take care of mindfulness and mindfulness will take care of you.
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Some books that are often mentioned are:

- What the Buddha Taught - Walpola Rahula
- Mindfulness in Plain English - Henepola Gunaratana
- The Buddha and His Teachings - Narada
- Buddhism in a Nutshell - Narada
- The Word of the Buddha - Nyanatiloka
- The Heart of Buddhist Meditation - Nyanaponika
- The Noble Eightfold Path - Bhikkhu Bodhi
- In the Buddha’s Words - Bhikkhu Bodhi (compilation of suttas)
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Introductory resources:

viewtopic.php?t=148
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”
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This is my standard recommendation for beginners:
a)Read Buddhism course. (Take about 12 hours to read and give you a good idea about the teaching)
http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/PDF_BuddhismCourse/

a) Listen to the ten lecture series by Bhikkhu Bodhi

https://bodhimonastery.org/the-buddhas- ... it-is.html


b)Print a copy of this Dhamma Chart and refer to it while studying Buddhism.
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=16785


c) Read Buddha’s Teaching by Narada. Start from chapter 15.

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/buddh ... gsurw6.pdf

d) While you reading texts please listen to the following Dhamma Talk by Joseph Goldstein.
http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/6162/

e) Start reading Sutta.
Good starting point would be to read Bikkhu Bodhi’s “In the Buddha’s Word”
Link to the summary:
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=19951

Then read Sutta Central. Start from Majjhima Nikaya. https://suttacentral.net/mn
or Listen to the Sutta:
http://audtip.dx.am/tipitaka/mn/mn-eng.html

f) Last but not least practice what you learn.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”
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