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Title: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
Post by: OrangeJuice on December 05, 2014, 09:17:33 PM
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
Title: Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
Post by: Mind_Bender on December 06, 2014, 03:40:11 AM
"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.

Title: Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
Post by: OrangeJuice on December 06, 2014, 12:28:50 PM
Perfect, the neuroscience one sounds right up my alley. Thanks!
Title: Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
Post by: Mind_Bender on December 06, 2014, 01:01:24 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
Post by: Steropes on November 29, 2015, 05:28:55 PM
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.

Title: Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
Post by: Mind_Bender on November 30, 2015, 08:41:54 AM
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.
Title: Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
Post by: sulphurcrest on December 18, 2015, 06:37:57 AM
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 .

Title: Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
Post by: Magari on December 21, 2015, 09:00:35 AM
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.
Title: Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
Post by: OrangeJuice on January 09, 2016, 09:13:31 AM
Thanks guys, will check into these.  :)
Title: Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
Post by: Lakshmi on January 23, 2016, 02:50:23 AM
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