Introductory Books on Buddhism

General discussion, particularly exploring the Dharma in the modern world.
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Arjan Dirkse
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Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

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

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

Punya
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Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

Post by 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
Just as the trunk of an ordinary tree
Lying in the forests of the Malaya mountains
Absorbs the perfume of sandal from the moist leaves and branches
So you come to resemble who whomever you follow.

~Words of My Perfect Teacher

greentara
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Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

Post by 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

Post by dzogchungpa » Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:35 am

For Tibetan Buddhism, I recommend Reginald Ray's two books.
It takes a great being to be daring enough to cultivate a bad reputation. - Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

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Re: Introductory Books on Buddhism

Post by 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

Post by dzogchungpa » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:32 pm

It takes a great being to be daring enough to cultivate a bad reputation. - Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

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