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Favorite Book

Post by Terma » Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:09 pm

I am looking for a few ideas from you guys. I normally buy kindle books to read on mobile when I am on the go, but I recently recieved a gift card for my birthday so this time I will be purchasing a physical book through a large book retailer.

What are a few of your favorite books. Must have's, or the kind of book that you would take on retreat with you, perhaps? It is nice to have the physical copy sometimes and in this instance it is a gift, so even nicer!

I have a few in mind, but I am interested in some of your choices as well.

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by 明安 Myoan » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:37 pm

If you have an interest in Chenrezig, Bokar Rinpoche's Lord of Love remains helpful to me to this day for working on bodhicitta.
The visualizations, which anyone can do, are simple and effective.
And his explanations of bodhicitta, compassion, Chenrezig, the mind, afflictions, and so on are pithy, and memorable. I hear this book can be hard to come by these days.

B. Alan Wallace's translation of Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. The footnotes show where the Tibetan/Sanskrit differ, very useful. There is a legal online copy here for free, but a paper copy is invaluable.

To Dispel the Misery of the World: Whispered Teachings of the Bodhisattvas, by Ga Rabjampa. I think this should be essential reading for any Mahayana or Vajrayana Buddhist. The Lojong slogans are woven with teachings that elicit uncontrived compassion. The descriptions of the hell realms alone helped remove my fear of spirits and angry people. Credit to Johnny Dangerous for suggesting this book to me. It's an intense read.

Unfortunately, I'm not terribly wide read in Vajrayana literature. But somehow I found these three precious books, and recommend them :smile:

I also suggest the books below for understanding other Buddhist schools and practices. They're written in open, easy-to-understand language:

Soto Zen - Opening the Hand of Thought, by Kosho Uchiyama
Soto Zen - How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment, Kosho Uchiyama's translation of Dogen's Instructions to the Cook
Pure Land - Pure-land Zen, Zen Pure-land - Letters From Patriarch Yin Kuang
Pure Land - Going Home to the Pure Land, by Shi Wuling
Vipassana meditation - PRACTICAL INSIGHT MEDITATIONS Basic and Progressive Stages, by Mahasi Sayadaw
Theravada - Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path, Ayya Khema

Enjoy! And consider donating old books you won't read again to your library, provided the teachings are open to all :thumbsup:
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-Amida-Butsu. -- Ippen

Reciting the nembutsu and believing in birth in the Pure Land naturally give rise to the Three Minds and the Four Modes of Practice. -- Master Hōnen

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by javier.espinoza.t » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:50 pm

Terma wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:09 pm
I am looking for a few ideas from you guys. I normally buy kindle books to read on mobile when I am on the go, but I recently recieved a gift card for my birthday so this time I will be purchasing a physical book through a large book retailer.

What are a few of your favorite books. Must have's, or the kind of book that you would take on retreat with you, perhaps? It is nice to have the physical copy sometimes and in this instance it is a gift, so even nicer!

I have a few in mind, but I am interested in some of your choices as well.
i would recomend The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs of R. Beer,

https://www.bookdepository.com/Encyclop ... 1570624162

symbols are very very interesting!

and the translation of The Treasury Of Knowledge Books, of Jamgong Kongtrul.

https://www.shambhala.com/treasuryofknowledge.html

well, this are books for making consultations mainly, and are full, i mean FULL, of knowledge that eventualy one needs to consume.

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by Aspiring.Monk » Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:08 pm

Without knowing which school you follow, I will recommend the following:

Essence of the Mahayana Teachings https://gardrolma.org/product/essence-o ... -rim-text/

Words of my Perfect Teacher https://www.amazon.com/dp/0300165323

I hope this helps

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by Simon E. » Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:25 pm

Terma wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:09 pm
I am looking for a few ideas from you guys. I normally buy kindle books to read on mobile when I am on the go, but I recently recieved a gift card for my birthday so this time I will be purchasing a physical book through a large book retailer.

What are a few of your favorite books. Must have's, or the kind of book that you would take on retreat with you, perhaps? It is nice to have the physical copy sometimes and in this instance it is a gift, so even nicer!

I have a few in mind, but I am interested in some of your choices as well.
“Where’s Wally?” published in the US under the title “Where’s Waldo?”.
“You don’t know it. You just know about it. That is not the same thing.”

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to me.

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:27 pm

A plump selection of Mahayana passages, picked by a bodhisattva:

The Training Anthology of Santideva, A Translation of the Siksa-samuccaya Translated by Charles Goodman

An outline of the bodhisattva path:

Ornament of Precious Liberation, A Wish-Fulfilling Gem Of Sublime Dharma by Gampopa Sönam Rinchen. Translated by Ken Holmes.
May all seek, find or follow the Path of Buddhas.

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by Terma » Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:34 pm

Simon E. wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:25 pm
Terma wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:09 pm
I am looking for a few ideas from you guys. I normally buy kindle books to read on mobile when I am on the go, but I recently recieved a gift card for my birthday so this time I will be purchasing a physical book through a large book retailer.

What are a few of your favorite books. Must have's, or the kind of book that you would take on retreat with you, perhaps? It is nice to have the physical copy sometimes and in this instance it is a gift, so even nicer!

I have a few in mind, but I am interested in some of your choices as well.
“Where’s Wally?” published in the US under the title “Where’s Waldo?”.
Thanks, Simon. But I was actually thinking about a "dharma book". Funny that...

Not sure if that was your suggestion or your favorite book? :lol:

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by Simon E. » Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:39 pm

Terma wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:34 pm
Simon E. wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:25 pm
Terma wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:09 pm
I am looking for a few ideas from you guys. I normally buy kindle books to read on mobile when I am on the go, but I recently recieved a gift card for my birthday so this time I will be purchasing a physical book through a large book retailer.

What are a few of your favorite books. Must have's, or the kind of book that you would take on retreat with you, perhaps? It is nice to have the physical copy sometimes and in this instance it is a gift, so even nicer!

I have a few in mind, but I am interested in some of your choices as well.
“Where’s Wally?” published in the US under the title “Where’s Waldo?”.
Thanks, Simon. But I was actually thinking about a "dharma book". Funny that...

Not sure if that was your suggestion or your favorite book? :lol:
Of COURSE it’s a Dharma book Terma.. :smile: It promotes one pointedness of mind.
“You don’t know it. You just know about it. That is not the same thing.”

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to me.

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by sangyey » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:43 pm

Tsongkhapa’s Lam Rim Volumes 1,2, and 3.

Patrul Rinpoche’s Words of my Perfect Teacher.


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Re: Favorite Book

Post by Terma » Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:17 am

Some great suggestions so far, thanks everyone.

I do have a decent collection of physical books as well, from when I first began practicing dharma. Some great one's in there, but for some reason I began buying more digital copies of books. Probably for the ease of transportation and the convenience factor.

I suppose I should have mentioned that I practice in the terma tradition, (so Nyingma interwoven with Kagyu influence I suppose).

Still looking for some more options but after some quick thought so far I am considering:

1) Deity, Mantra, Wisdom-

I have a digital copy but this is an absolutely wonderful "manual" in a sense, especially when dealing with creation and completion in the Nyingma tradition. One of my favs, probably on my "top 5" list.

2) Treasury of Precious Knowledge vol. 2-

The commentary to Jigme Lingpa's text just never ceases to amaze me every time I read it. I also have a digital copy, but once again I would definitely put it in my top 5.

3) The Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism-

I have heard that Dudjom Rinpoche's work is so detailed and in depth. Does anyone own this book? I get the sense that it really reads a lot like a very in depth text or history book which is no doubt fascinating, but I wonder if it offers much more than that in terms of more than just knowledge?

If anyone can shed some light on this book I would be quite interested.

4) The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness-

I have not read this and many people say it is one of the best books that they have read while some don't think it is so special. Might have something to do with the author, who knows? Once again if anyone can say a little about this one then I would appreciate it.

Some good and very interesting suggestions so far! I think in general it is an I retesting topic

What books make your "top 3 indespensible" books list?

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by SilenceMonkey » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:33 am

"Heart of Compassion" by Dilgo Khyentse

This book touched my heart deeply... It's is a simple and profound commentary of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. I believe the essence of the Mahayana is in this book.

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by PeterC » Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:20 pm

Terma wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:17 am

3) The Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism-
If you’re looking for something a little more expensive, this is a good choice. I would also suggest two more:

1) nyoshul khen r.’s A Marvellous Garland of Rare Gems. Equally remarkable and comprehensive

2) Deities of Tibetan Buddhism - a beautiful and thoroughly indexed compendium of the Zurich collection. If you like iconography, there is really nothing even close to this.

However none of these three are particularly cheap...

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by Matt J » Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:55 pm

For practice, if you came in the middle of the night and told me I was going on a long retreat:

1. Flight of the Garuda by Shabkar
2. Clarifying the Natural State, or in its longer format, Moonbeams of Mahamudra by Takpo Tashi Namgyal
3. Cycle of Day and Night by ChNNR
(4). Fearless Lion's Road by Jigme Lingpa, with commentary by Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche

I would add that the Tsele Natsok Rangdrol's trilogy have been highly recommended, being:
1. Lamp of Mahamudra
2. Mirror of Mindfulness
3. Circle of the Sun (requires special instruction)
"The essence of meditation practice is to let go of all your expectations about meditation. All the qualities of your natural mind -- peace, openness, relaxation, and clarity -- are present in your mind just as it is. You don't have to do anything different. You don't have to shift or change your awareness. All you have to do while observing your mind is to recognize the qualities it already has."
--- Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by ratna » Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:00 pm

Present Fresh Wakefulness by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.

(I also wholeheartedly recommend receiving teachings from this master whenever opportunity arises.)
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Re: Favorite Book

Post by Terma » Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:26 pm

ratna wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:00 pm
Present Fresh Wakefulness by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.

(I also wholeheartedly recommend receiving teachings from this master whenever opportunity arises.)
I have not read this yet, and I wholeheartedly agree with you. I have received teachings and empowerment's from Rinpoche and I feel so, so fortunate to consider him a Guru. Netting Rinpoche in person for only a few minutes was quite powerful.

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by 明安 Myoan » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:25 pm

I wish this thread were a library so I could peek inside some of these books!

:reading:
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-Amida-Butsu. -- Ippen

Reciting the nembutsu and believing in birth in the Pure Land naturally give rise to the Three Minds and the Four Modes of Practice. -- Master Hōnen

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by Terma » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:30 pm

明安 Myoan wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:25 pm
I wish this thread were a library so I could peek inside some of these books!

:reading:
I know! If you google search a book often times google will let you preview a good chunk of the book, often time more than 100 pages worth.

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by 明安 Myoan » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:44 pm

:coffee: :reading: :reading: :reading: :reading:

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Re: Favorite Book

Post by tobes » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:11 am

SilenceMonkey wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:33 am
"Heart of Compassion" by Dilgo Khyentse

This book touched my heart deeply... It's is a simple and profound commentary of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. I believe the essence of the Mahayana is in this book.
Agree.

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