Books for beginners

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Books for beginners

Post by flowerbudh » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:00 pm

Your suggestions? I'm ordering "Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens" for a start. I love studying the sutras, can you link me some? Much thanks! :smile:
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Re: Books for beginners

Post by Monlam Tharchin » Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:00 pm

My introduction was "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Henepola Gunaratana. Gets you practicing right away while subtly introducing Buddhist ideas.
I've also heard "Being Nobody Going Nowhere" by Ayya Khema is a good introduction. I read it a few years in, but it's still an excellent book that covers all the basics.
"The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" by Thich Nhat Hanh is great. It's a bit dense. I'd just read that a chapter at a time.

Happy reading :)
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Re: Books for beginners

Post by Son of Buddha » Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:00 am

flowerbudh wrote: I love studying the sutras, can you link me some? Much thanks! :smile:
If you love teachings on Buddha Nature then you will love these Sutras.

The Dharma Drum Sutra

Nirvana Sutra

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