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Samhraidh
21 May 11, 01:07
What texts/literature would you all recommend a potential Buddhist to read? I will have a hard time finding it, as I live in Western Nebraska where it is largely Christian/Catholic and little tolerance of alternative faiths/paths. But if I can find it, what would you recommend?

Esho
21 May 11, 01:23
I think that the Pali Dhamma could be a good start. Also some of the Theravada teachers. Their apporach seems to be healthy, clear, direct, sharp and simple to what has to be practiced. Personally I recomend this one:

In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi, in Wisdom Publications.

Also, this are good links to look at:

www.what-buddha-taught-net (http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/) and www.accesstoinsight.org/ (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/)

;)

plwk
21 May 11, 02:57
What the Buddha Taught (http://www.dhammaweb.net/books/Dr_Walpola_Rahula_What_the_Buddha_Taught.pdf)
What Buddhists Believe (http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/whatbelieve.pdf)
The Buddha and His Teachings (http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books5/Narada_Mahathera_The_Buddha_and_His_Teachings.htm)
Good Question, Good Answer (http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/gqga-4ed.pdf)
Buddhism for the Modern Skeptic (http://www.justbegood.net/Downloads/e-books/Buddhism%20For%20The%20Modern%20Skeptic%201_1.pdf)

Cloud
21 May 11, 04:36
I wouldn't recommend any one book in particular, but I would recommend the study guides and information found on http://www.buddhanet.net. It's the best website that I've found that isn't just for one tradition or form of Buddhism, and you can go as in-depth (or not) as you like.

Aloka
21 May 11, 05:03
What texts/literature would you all recommend a potential Buddhist to read?

Welcome Samhraidh,

I recommend that first you read the pinned threads "What is Buddhism" and " On The Four Noble Truths by Tamara Engle" at the beginning of the topic list in our Beginners to Buddhism forum. Later I suggest "Theravada-Mahayana Buddhism" which is pinned in the General Buddhist Discussions forum.

I would additionally suggest that you investigate the links and resources in our Study Links section here. (There's also a link there to the sites recommended by Kaarine and Cloud)

with kind wishes,

Aloka-D :hands:

Deshy
21 May 11, 14:32
I think that the Pali Dhamma could be a good start. Also some of the Theravada teachers. Their apporach seems to be healthy, clear, direct, sharp and simple to what has to be practiced.

I second this. As for Theravada teachers of the Thai forest tradition, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu is highly recommended. You can find his texts here: http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/

clw_uk
21 May 11, 15:37
I would recommend Heartwood from the Bodhi Tree by Buddhadasa

You can find it online here

http://www.meditationsheffield.com/Books/BhikkhuBuddhadasa_Heart_Wood_from_the_Bo_Tree.htm


But I think the printed version has more in it :)

plwk
21 May 11, 16:10
And if you're looking for a general 'catechism' from other Buddhist Trads (Mahayana and Vajrayana), after having a working understanding of different Buddhist Traditions and beyond Theravada, try these...
Orthodox Chinese Buddhism (http://www.shengyen.org.tw/big5/book/orthodox.pdf)
The Way to Buddhahood (http://www.bodhimonastery.net/bm/some-buddhist-book-recommendations/64-the-way-to-buddhahood-.html)
The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (http://www.lamrim.com/lamrim/)
Jewel Ornament of Liberation (http://books.google.com.my/books?id=RRxs_xB2UB0C&printsec=frontcover&dq=gampopa+jewel+ornament+of+liberation&hl=en&ei=uOHXTb3LEYXrrQfLk_WOBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=gampopa%20jewel%20ornament%20of%20liberation&f=false)
The Words of My Perfect Teacher (http://books.google.com.my/books?id=40i38mGQ6aAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=patrul+rinpoche+in+the+words+of+my+perfect&hl=en&ei=NuLXTdiNMofwrQfJvJGLBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=patrul%20rinpoche%20in%20the%20words%20of%20my%2 0perfect&f=false)

Samhraidh
21 May 11, 23:22
Thanks so much!

Magga
26 May 11, 11:41
I don't even bother trying to find the books I'm after in book stores anymore, I order all my books online at amazon.com

I highly recommend "The Sound of Silence" by Ajahn Sumedho. This book is very practical and isn't clogged up with theory. He makes the seemingly difficult and out of reach teachings simple and easy to understand. After reading this book I began to realise that the ending of suffering isn't something far off in the distance, but is accessible to us in every moment.

http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Silence-Selected-Teachings-Sumedho/dp/0861715152/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3OQMVBP5F4F7M&colid=1JTPNEZPRHLWD

Once you become more "comfortable" with Buddhism. I strongly suggest you read anything by Ajahn Chah, he was one of the most gifted teachers you'll ever come across.

All the best with your practice and study!

Samhraidh
26 May 11, 22:23
Looks like I may be placing an order or two when I get paid again. This is a lot of stuff to read. I'm sure I will be reading a lot of these links while sitting in DIA on Tuesday :D

Aloka
26 May 11, 22:30
Hi Samhraidh,

I'll second Magga's recommendation for 'The Sound of Silence' by Ajahn Sumedho, its a good read. ;D