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Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

Post by emaho » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:20 am

What to do when you're short of money and you want to read books about Buddhism without pirating? Let's collect some recommendations for good and affordable ebooks here, both books that are currently on special offer and those that are always free or cheap.

Of course there's room for interpretation what exactly counts as "cheap", for me it's when the price is below 5€, others may have different standards, I guess we'll just have to deal with that. Just recommend whatever you think falls into this category :smile:

I'd like to start this thread with two books by Mathieu Ricard available for 4,65$ each:

Mathieu Ricard: The Art of Meditation

imo one of the best introductions to meditation, and

Mathieu Ricard: Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

haven't read this one yet, but since it's by Ricard I have some confidence it's a good read. Afaik both books are not special offers but long-term low priced.
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Re: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

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"I struggled with some demons, They were middle class and tame..." L. Cohen

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Re: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

Post by emaho » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:41 am

"I struggled with some demons, They were middle class and tame..." L. Cohen

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Re: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

Post by Kim O'Hara » Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:27 am

I like real (dead-tree) books so I'm going to suggest haunting your local thrift shops, book exchanges, etc. It adds nice elements of serendipity, recycling and community to the whole process, because you find old copies of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones or something theosophical alongside Castaneda or The Imitation of Christ.

Of course, your success rate is much higher if your local meditation centre or yoga studio has a book exchange.
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And if it hasn't, you can ask if you can start one. :smile:

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Re: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

Post by Miroku » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:55 pm

Definetly this free copy of Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (here: https://dharmaebooks.org/the-lamp-for-t ... ghtenment/ ) and Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend. For complete intro I'd definetly recomment Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher.
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Re: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

Post by emaho » Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:47 pm

Lotsawa House:

https://www.lotsawahouse.org/

and the Berzin Archives:

https://studybuddhism.com/
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Re: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

Post by Matt J » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:18 pm

There are tons of books on Scribd for less than $10 a month.
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Re: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

Post by humble.student » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:21 pm

Good thread, proactive and useful.

I want to say I've been very pleased to find that Padmakara have not only being producing some great translations of important works in different languages, they also have a whole bunch of booklets of shorter works, including prayers and sadhanas too, quite cheap, and really excellent service.

http://www.padmakara.com/gb/

For the English booklets:
http://www.padmakara.com/gb/41-livrets- ... ry=41&n=35

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