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LesC wrote: »
Alright Simon... you've convinced me... I'll go and read Spinoza!!
Butterfly wrote: »
Ok thanks I hired a book yesterday from Thich Nhat Hanh, the teachings of the Buddha the translation is quite messy but it might give me some insight.
And Nina van Gorkom I'll go look for that...
Add: there's one book however it seems pretty hard for a buddhism newbie to get through, might wait till I have more understanding.
inthedharma wrote: »
I love Pema chodron!
When Things Fall Apart - is a wonderful book that helped me so much when my husband was under going cemo and radiation.
I highly recommend it.
BuddhaBob wrote: »
I recently finished reading Thich Nhat Hanh's "No Death, No Fear", which I checked out from the library. I really enjoyed it, and I may get myself a personal copy for later readings.
I have a few of my own books, though...
"Wherever You Go, There You Are" by Jon Kabat-Zinn
"An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion In Everyday Life" by HH the Dalai Lama
"Bhagavad-Gita" (even though it's Hindu, there is still good stuff in there)
"When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times" by Pema Chodron
I haven't read the Chodron book yet, but I really liked the others.
I also have Thubten Chodron's "Buddhism For Beginners" coming in the mail. That ought to help me along somewhat.
ZenLunatic wrote: »
Maybe we can set up some kind of buddhist book exchange here? Have a list of the books you have and others can offer a trade. Media mail is fairly inexpensive, so I think it'd be quite a deal. Anyone interested?
TheFound wrote: »
"Siddartha" was kinda cool
Simonthepilgrim wrote: »
I would suggest the Dhammapada and the Heart Sutra.
Haven wrote: »
Two books that I have really enjoyed by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
The Joy of Living and Joyful Wisdom. Yongey suffered from anxiety and severe panic disorder as a child. Hearing from a teacher who has had faced real problems and overcome them really inspired me. He examines Buddhism from an Eastern and scientific perspective. He examines what happens to the meditative mind and how meditation actually changes the brain.
Outside my window there is a lilac bush, which I see every morning at breakfast. I don't think I ever saw a lilac until I came to this country. I used to ask my English teacher, who happened to be my uncle, "What is this lilac?" He would just shrug and say, "How should I know?"
Now the lilac has become one of my favourite flowers. A few months ago I had only to open the window to smell its heady perfume, and for two or three weeks it was in opulent blossom. Then one day I noticed that the blossoms had shrivelled and died; their fragrance no longer filled the air. How quickly it was over! For me it was not a lesson in horticulture; it was an urgent, personal message: "Everything passes. You haven't got much time." .....