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Book Recommendations

Post by Tiago Simões » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:22 am

Post here recommendations for books 📚 anything, from any tradition, that might come into your mind, help me expand my (and others) wishlist. 🙂

Right now I'm reading a pdf of The Madman's Middle Way, but I do intent on buying it.

I am also interested in buying Kukai: major works. And maybe something on the Shin Buddhist tradition.

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Post by SunWuKong » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:57 pm

Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh
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Post by DGA » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:20 pm

Dogen's Shobogenzo is available in four PDFs for free download from BDK. It's an excellent translation as near as I can tell. I'm looking forward to reading this in depth when I get the opportunity.

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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by Tiago Simões » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:12 pm

Here's one that caught my eye. "Honen The Buddhist Saint: Essential Writings and Official Biography by Alfred Bloom", might be good to study the japanese pureland school.

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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by TharpaChodron » Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:23 am

Are you interested in Tibetan or Nyingma Buddhism? If so, I recommend "Words of My Perfect Teacher" and "Cascading Waterfalls of Nectar."

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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by ItsRaining » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:05 am

IF you are interested in Pureland, I would probably recommend "Buddhist of Wisdom and Faith". It's probably one of the best books I've read on Mahayana Buddhism with a focus on Pureland.

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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by Tiago Simões » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:04 am

TharpaChodron wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:23 am
Are you interested in Tibetan or Nyingma Buddhism? If so, I recommend "Words of My Perfect Teacher" and "Cascading Waterfalls of Nectar."
Nyingma is my main interest ☺️

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Post by Simon E. » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:33 pm

Not specifically Nyingma, but 'Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism' is in my opinion, indispensable.
If you use the word 'mind' without defining your terms I will ask you politely for a definition. :smile:
This is not to be awkward. But it's really not self-explanatory.

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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by Tiago Simões » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:52 pm

Simon E. wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:33 pm
Not specifically Nyingma, but 'Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism' is in my opinion, indispensable.
I've got most of Trungpas books on my wishlist already :tongue:

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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by Soma999 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:54 pm

If you are interested in Nyingma, you may be interested by the books of Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche.

https://www.padmasambhava.org/

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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by Simon E. » Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:38 pm

Tiago Simões wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:52 pm
Simon E. wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:33 pm
Not specifically Nyingma, but 'Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism' is in my opinion, indispensable.
I've got most of Trungpas books on my wishlist already :tongue:
:thumbsup:

'The Myth Of Freedom' is another goodie.
If you use the word 'mind' without defining your terms I will ask you politely for a definition. :smile:
This is not to be awkward. But it's really not self-explanatory.

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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by Monlam Tharchin » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:50 am

If you're interested in Japanese Pure Land, there's also the large collection of Honen's writings in "Promise of Amida Buddha". There may be some overlap between this and the other Honen book you mentioned.

Some other reading I've enjoyed over the years:
* Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith
* Pure Land, Pure Mind
* Pure Land Zen, Zen Pure Land
* Lord of Love (about Chenrezig in Tibetan Buddhism)
* To Dispel the Misery of the World (Tibetan Buddhism, great for learning about bodhicitta and the realms)
* Opening the Hand of Thought (Soto Zen, clearest intro to Zen I've ever read)
* No Beginning, No End (also Soto Zen, more general essays)

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Post by Thomas Amundsen » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:58 am

Soma999 wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:54 pm
If you are interested in Nyingma, you may be interested by the books of Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche.

https://www.padmasambhava.org/
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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by Sennin » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:26 am

Tiago Simões wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:04 am
TharpaChodron wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:23 am
Are you interested in Tibetan or Nyingma Buddhism? If so, I recommend "Words of My Perfect Teacher" and "Cascading Waterfalls of Nectar."
Nyingma is my main interest ☺️
Than these might interest you

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https://www.amazon.com/Buddhahood-This- ... 614293457

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Go no paradigm! ;)

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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by Jingang » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:58 am

Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth by Tulku Thondup. Absolutely life changing for me

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Re: Book Recommendations

Post by TsultimNamdak » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:41 pm

For anyone interested in Nyingma, this is indispensable: https://www.shambhala.com/complete-nyingma.html

Another important one is Dudjom Rinpoche's overview: https://www.wisdompubs.org/book/nyingma ... n-buddhism

Being a Dharma book bibliophile is unfortunately an expensive hobby.

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