Questions tagged [books]

Questions that are related to books either a question about a particular book or taking it's inspiration from the book. The tag is different to the texts tag as it does not necessary relate to canonical texts, commentary or scripture and can be modern dharma books or literature with a significant dharma theme.

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What is Nirodha?

I came across the concept of Nirodha in the book The Meditative Mind by Daniel Goleman. I think it's originally from the Visuddhimagga. In the book it seems to be placed above Nirvana in the path of ...
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What is observing the precepts in a Hinayana way or a Mahayana way?

In Zen Mind, Beginners Mind Shunryu Suzuki says observing the precepts in a Hinayana way is violating the precepts in a Mahayana way Can an one give an explanation of way he is getting at here ...
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How would I know if I was suffering from spiritual materialism?

How would I know if I was suffering from spiritual materialism as detailed in Chögyam Trungpa's book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism? Would there be signs that I could recognise in myself and if ...
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Where to get the Pali Canon in Pali?

Does anyone know of a place on the Internet, where one can find the entire Pali Canon written in Pali ? I did a basic search but could not find any such resource. Also, where can one buy a ...
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Has Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance got anything to do with Zen?

I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig a few years ago and really enjoyed it. However I'm not convinced it's got anything to do with Zen. From what I remember the ...
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Help writing a Buddhist book?

I'm working on a book about Enlightenment as cessation of Reification, and thinking of hiring a professional writer to help me put it down in good English. So far I have spoken with scribewriting.com, ...
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Can someone regain a Beginners Mind when it has gone?

Shunryu Suzuki famously said in Zen Mind, Beginners Mind In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few But if one's beginners mind has gone is it ...
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Introductory/Beginner books on Buddhism, but for children

There are a few posts on the site asking for good introduction/beginner books on Buddhism, but I can't seem to find any that a child could read and understand. Although age range doesn't really ...
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Pro's and cons of Buddhist books

What would a perfect book about Buddhism look like? Between translations of ancient texts... most of which are deep but rather obscure... and modern books by Theravada, Zen, and Vajrayana teachers... ...
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Is there a sanskrit translation of the Pali tipitaka online?

I see the ambatta sutta in pali and in English, but my personal preference is to read it in Sanskrit. Is there a sanskrit translation available online (say in a scanned book at archive.org)?
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Can anyone please list important books on Buddhism?

What all are the important books, that are part of Buddhism, other than Dhammapada?