the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

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Re: the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

Post by lorem » Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:28 pm

Nick r wrote:Life in Relation to Death

By Chagdud Tulku

Small, but mighty
I've been wanting to volunteer at a hospice. This book looks like it could be helpful.

Is there ebook available?
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Re: the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

Post by gad rgyangs » Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:53 pm

I'd probably say "The Basic Space of Phenomena" (chos dbyings mdzod) and its commentary, "A Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission".

After that, there are texts in Namkhai Norbu's Longsal series that are on that level.

Also not to sneeze at are the various versions of the Prajnaparamita Sutras (Conze & others), and the Samdhinirmocana Sutra (translated as "Wisdom of Buddha" by Powers)

and Mulamadhyamakakarika ("Nagarjuna's Middle Way" Siderits and Katsura)
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Re: the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

Post by Nick r » Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:54 am

lorem wrote:
Nick r wrote:Life in Relation to Death

By Chagdud Tulku

Small, but mighty
I've been wanting to volunteer at a hospice. This book looks like it could be helpful.

Is there ebook available?
Not sure if there is an Ebook. It's a small book (physically speaking) but is very direct. You can buy it here: http://www.tibetantreasures.com/Padma_P ... ath_1.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

if you're thinking about hospice work, this could be a good one. Another book that inspired me to look into hospice work was How Can I Help? by Ram Das. But, my work schedule changed and I couldnt commit to volunteer...
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Re: the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

Post by lorem » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:13 pm

Nick r wrote:
lorem wrote:
Nick r wrote:Life in Relation to Death

By Chagdud Tulku

Small, but mighty
I've been wanting to volunteer at a hospice. This book looks like it could be helpful.

Is there ebook available?
Not sure if there is an Ebook. It's a small book (physically speaking) but is very direct. You can buy it here: http://www.tibetantreasures.com/Padma_P ... ath_1.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

if you're thinking about hospice work, this could be a good one. Another book that inspired me to look into hospice work was How Can I Help? by Ram Das. But, my work schedule changed and I couldnt commit to volunteer...
Thanks. I will check it out. Yeah, work, kids, practice--need to integrate practice into life. No distraction. Sounds simple...
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Re: the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

Post by Matt J » Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:15 pm

It's hard to say, because I find often that the level of clarity depends more on me than on the book/teaching/teacher.

But I recently found this book to be helpful to some of the questions I am currently dealing with:

The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy by Andrew Holecek.
The Great Way is not difficult
If only there is no picking or choosing
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Re: the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:49 pm

I dunno I could pick out tons.

One's that stick out for me at the moment:

Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (the book that got me interested in Dharma, I feel a need to reread it regularly) by Trungpa Rinpoche
Red Pine's Heart Sutra translation and commentary
The Practice of Lojong by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche
HHST's teaching on Parting From the Four Attachments
Chenrezig Lord of Love - Bokar Rinpoche
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Re: the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

Post by kirtu » Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:04 am

In the beginning of Vajrayana practice - "The Opening of the Lotus, Developing Clarity and Kindness", Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Amipa.

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

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Re: the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

Post by BrianG » Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:53 am

Hardcore Zen, by Brad Warner.

It was the only Dharma book I could relate to when I was first starting.
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Re: the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

Post by Adamantine » Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:47 am

Two that were influential because of their clarity when I was young and before I had actual teachers: Introduction to Tantra by Lama Yeshe and Zen Mind Beginner's Mind by Suzuki Roshi.

Once I had connected to lineage and teachers some years later I found Thinley Norbu's book Magic Dance, and began a long-term relationship with it. It is crystal clear, but like a crystal different colors may appear depending on the quality of light that shines through it and the direction of light, etc. I have found that as my practice developed I was able to understand aspects of the book I didn't even know were there previously, and things still continue to unfold 10 years later. Similarly Thinley Norbu's book White Sail is another one of great clarity and depth.

I have not finished it but I have read more than I haven't read, and I believe Dzongsar Khyentse's book Not For Happiness also falls into this category, especially for anyone who has committed to doing a ngondro, or is considering it.
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Re: the most helpful and lucid dharma text/book you've read?

Post by catmoon » Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:50 am

Healing Anger, HHDL. Basically this is the Dalai Lama taking a look at Shantideva, emptiness and real life practice. Short, clear and world-changing.
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