Introductory Books on Buddhism

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Arjan Dirkse
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Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

Postby Arjan Dirkse » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:15 pm

For Shin Buddhism River of Fire, River of Water by Taitetsu Unno is excellent.

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Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

Postby Punya » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:59 pm

Here is the Tergar Learning Community's top ten although I wouldn't recommend Stephen Batchelor's book to a beginner.

http://learning.tergar.org/2013/01/18/t ... he-curious
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Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

Postby greentara » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:05 am

I love the story of Milarepa, I have always found it inspirational. The three pillars of Zen by Roshi Kapleau is worth a read as it shows how ordinary people who have often made foolish mistakes in life can still breakthrough and get a glimpse of the absolute.

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dzogchungpa
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Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

Postby dzogchungpa » Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:35 am

For Tibetan Buddhism, I recommend Reginald Ray's two books.
The true condition is beyond numbers. If we think in terms of an "individual being" this means that we are limiting, and consequently everything becomes complicated. If we want to understand, then we must not limit. - Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

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Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

Postby TaTa » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:15 pm

Matthieu Ricard's "En defensa de la felicidad" (dont know the english title, maybe someone can help) was the one for me =)

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Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

Postby dzogchungpa » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:32 pm

The true condition is beyond numbers. If we think in terms of an "individual being" this means that we are limiting, and consequently everything becomes complicated. If we want to understand, then we must not limit. - Chögyal Namkhai Norbu


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