The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by Lindama » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:17 pm

oh yes, ran a close second: Crystal and the Way of Light by ChNNR

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by greentara » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:28 am

Simon E, Of course many books influenced me but Dharma Bums made me want to be a rucksack wanderer and fire spotter. I wanted to be out in the wilderness with a hand full of nuts, raisins and high hopes. It was pure escapism for me.

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by Simon E. » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:28 am

greentara wrote:Simon E, Of course many books influenced me but Dharma Bums made me want to be a rucksack wanderer and fire spotter. I wanted to be out in the wilderness with a hand full of nuts, raisins and high hopes. It was pure escapism for me.
Me too..and I was living in a town in the south of England and used to sit in the nearby woods imagining wilderness. 8-)
" My heart's in the Highlands
my heart is not here.
My heart's in the Highlands
chasing the deer."

Robert V.C. Burns.

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by tidathep » Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:41 pm

Sawaddee Ka,

My most favorite book THAI TIPITAKA...I love love to read Dhammapada/Jataka stories....When I was very young, some monks at the temple told Dhammapada stories when I was with my mom...but the teacher at my girls school really sparked my interest about Dhammapada/jataka, might be because he gave me A all the time, and the school principle chose me to lead the prayer.

tidathep :reading:

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by Jesse » Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:40 pm

The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation Paperback
by Thich Nhat Hanh
“Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one's desires, but by the removal of desire” – Epictetus

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by Ayu » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:57 pm

It was the german translation of "Cultivating compassion" by Jeffrey Hopkins, german title: "Mitgefühl und Liebe".
All thoughts that i had about life I found compressed in this paper back book... Astonishing.
This brought me to say "I am buddhist."
I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. -

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by futerko » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:37 pm

What started the ball rolling for me were two T.V. programmes from the late 70's; Kung Fu with David Carradine to a lesser extent (I was only about 6), and then a couple of years later Monkey, based on the story "Journey to the West." I then chose Buddhism for religious studies class project.
we cannot get rid of God because we still believe in grammar - Nietzsche

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by Punya » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:21 pm

My first book was Happiness Now which contained some Buddhist quotes. I found it while browsing at the library. This lead to more reading but Awakening the Buddha Within by Surya Das was the one that really laid out the core teachings and set me on this path. I've just lent my son The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying so I'm interested to see where that leads.
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

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by ylee111 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:29 am

I was hooked not by a book but by a TV serial: CCTV's Journey to the West (1986).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO1DGsSh9yA

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by Sherab Rigdrol » Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:29 am

I read a bunch but nothing clicked until The Secret of the Vajra World and The Crystal and the Way of Light. After that everything made sense. Before that it was like wearing sunglasses, glossing over "big" words and intellectual phrases with self contempt ( ie, I'm way too dumb to study Buddhism).

Now that I think of it, it was Bhagavan Das' book It's Here Now. Are You? that propelled me to delve into the dharma. Reading his experiences of Kalu Rinpoche, the 16th Karmapa, Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse etc inspired me to take refuge.

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Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Post by practitioner » Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:44 am

The Joy of Living by the incomparable Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was and still is my favorite dharma book.
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