Book Suggestion

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Book Suggestion

Postby Hickersonia » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:28 am

Hello friends,

I'm looking for some reading material, in particular the "Pure Land Sutras," in a non-electronic media (in other words, a book). While I have a number of books and sutras saved to the computer, I have found that PDFs and webpages, unless very short, are incredibly difficult to keep my eyes on for long periods of time and I do not have my own e-reader (or similar device). And the fact is: if I have a book, I read it.

As I understand it, any such collection should include, at least, the following sutras:
*The Larger Sutra on Amitāyus
*The Sutra on Contemplation of Amitāyus
*The Smaller Sutra on Amitāyus

Are there other sutras that focus on the Pure Lands?

I've found some books online via amazon.com, appears to be what I'm looking for...

That said, I wanted to see if anyone here has any suggestions on what they feel is the best translation or edition, and why if possible, before spending any money (of which I have a rather limited supply).

Are there any other books that you might suggest on the subject of Pure Land Buddhism?

In case it matters to the discussion, I'm frequenting a Vietnamese temple, so while "commentary" books don't have to relate directly to the practices in that country, it wouldn't hurt. I've heard books by Thich Nhat Hanh could be helpful, and am interested in reading more of his work (I've read Living Buddha, Living Christ, but otherwise have focused my attention on components of the Pali Cannon for my study).

Anything is helpful, so don't hold back. :) Thanks!
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Re: Book Suggestion

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:39 am

The BDK book you have linked is a good one. Also consider these 3 or 4 titles from YMBA - they are free (if they are in stock).

http://www.ymba.org/freebooks_main.html
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: Book Suggestion

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:38 pm

This commentary on the small Amitabha Sutra by Master Hua is very good:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchR ... abha+Sutra
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: Book Suggestion

Postby Nosta » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:43 pm

The Amitabha Sutra short version is short enough to print on your home. Sometimes i will print small books. For example, i have a printed version of Pratyutpana Sutra.

Just an idea.

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Re: Book Suggestion

Postby Hickersonia » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:35 am

Hickersonia


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