Author Topic: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?  (Read 5616 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

December 05, 2014, 09:17:33 PM
Read 5616 times

OrangeJuice

  • Settling In

  • Offline
  • *

  • 34
  • Karma:
    2
    • View Profile
Can anyone recommend any good books on Buddhism? I'm mostly interested in books on the life of Buddha, but any good books on Buddhism will do. Anything inspirational is also good. There are just so many books on the subject out there that I don't always know what is credible and what is not. Thanks

December 06, 2014, 03:40:11 AM
Reply #1

Mind_Bender

  • Posts By Osmosis

  • Offline
  • *****

  • 1135
  • Karma:
    89
  • Personal Text
    Deus ex Machina
    • View Profile
"Four Noble Truths" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of my favorites.

For a psychological and neurological perspective, "Buddhas Brain" by Rick Hanson is really good.

"Dhammapada" of course, since it is suppossed to be Buddha in his own words.

"Spirit is in a state of grace forever.
Your reality is only spirit.
Therefore you are in a state of grace forever."

"As relfections of the Source, we are little gods."

"...part of me doesn't want to believe that auto-eroticism while crushing on a doodle (sigil) could manifest a check in the mail box, but hey, it did."

"Everybody laughs the same language."

December 06, 2014, 12:28:50 PM
Reply #2

OrangeJuice

  • Settling In

  • Offline
  • *

  • 34
  • Karma:
    2
    • View Profile
Perfect, the neuroscience one sounds right up my alley. Thanks!

December 06, 2014, 01:01:24 PM
Reply #3

Mind_Bender

  • Posts By Osmosis

  • Offline
  • *****

  • 1135
  • Karma:
    89
  • Personal Text
    Deus ex Machina
    • View Profile
"Spirit is in a state of grace forever.
Your reality is only spirit.
Therefore you are in a state of grace forever."

"As relfections of the Source, we are little gods."

"...part of me doesn't want to believe that auto-eroticism while crushing on a doodle (sigil) could manifest a check in the mail box, but hey, it did."

"Everybody laughs the same language."

November 29, 2015, 05:28:55 PM
Reply #4

Steropes

  • Settling In

  • Offline
  • *

  • 21
  • Karma:
    2
    • View Profile
    • Tibetan Heart Yoga
If you want practical dharma type material I recommend:

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Ingram, Daniel M
Pointing Out the Great Way by Brown, Daniel P
Anything by Jack Kornfield, Kenneth Folk, Dzogchen Ponlop, Lama Surya Das, Chogyam Ngakpa, Yongdzin Lopon Tenzi Namdak, John Myrdhin Reynolds and Chogyal Namkhai Norbu just to name a few.

Mindís nature is and always has been buddha. It has neither birth nor cessation, like space.

~ Garab Dorje

November 30, 2015, 08:41:54 AM
Reply #5

Mind_Bender

  • Posts By Osmosis

  • Offline
  • *****

  • 1135
  • Karma:
    89
  • Personal Text
    Deus ex Machina
    • View Profile
Oh yeah, although it is a fictional account, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.
The Teachings of Buddha is also an excellent source, which is a religious text found in Jodo Shinsu (Pureland) Buddhism.
"Spirit is in a state of grace forever.
Your reality is only spirit.
Therefore you are in a state of grace forever."

"As relfections of the Source, we are little gods."

"...part of me doesn't want to believe that auto-eroticism while crushing on a doodle (sigil) could manifest a check in the mail box, but hey, it did."

"Everybody laughs the same language."

December 18, 2015, 06:37:57 AM
Reply #6

sulphurcrest

  • Settling In

  • Offline
  • *

  • 23
  • Karma:
    -1
    • View Profile
I recently listened to the audiobook, "what makes you not a Buddhist" it was a pretty good book that basically just hammered in the importance of the four Dharma Seals and that people who believe in the individual soul and going to heaven after death are not Buddhists.

For the most part if you just want to memorize things like the eight-fold path and the four noble truths etc then I'd just use wikipedia. The Dharmapada is a classic text it's not really that amazing or anything but it's about as old and authentic a buddhist text as you will get, though new teachers might give you something a little bit easier for the modern reader.

If you want to go down the Mahayana path there is of course the lotus sutra and the heart sutra which are important.

One of the first things I read was this poem called "faith in mind" and a book about it: http://www.age-of-the-sage.org/buddhism/third_patriarch_zen.html .


December 21, 2015, 09:00:35 AM
Reply #7

Magari

  • Settling In

  • Offline
  • *

  • 31
  • Karma:
    3
  • Personal Text
    The Only Constant is Change
    • View Profile
    • Modo Magi
I know you said you're mostly interested in Buddha, but if you're also interested in meditation and the Zen angle at all this is my favorite book.

http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Mind-Beginners-Shunryu-Suzuki/dp/1590308492

Very legit.

January 09, 2016, 09:13:31 AM
Reply #8

OrangeJuice

  • Settling In

  • Offline
  • *

  • 34
  • Karma:
    2
    • View Profile
Thanks guys, will check into these.  :)

January 23, 2016, 02:50:23 AM
Reply #9

Lakshmi

  • Settling In

  • Offline
  • *

  • 43
  • Karma:
    0
    • View Profile
How about this one?

I haven't read it yet myself, but it could be an interesting perspective:

http://blavatskyarchives.com/theosophypdfs/blavatsky__the_voice_of_the_silence_1889.pdf