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Requests for resources about Buddhism and Buddhist practice. Also requests for clarification about particular points within a particular resource. Learning resources can be books, video, audio etc...

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Introductory books to Buddhism

I'm looking for some book(s) that are generally regarded as a good introduction to Buddhism. I know very little about Buddhism, having only read one book on it so far (What Makes You Not a Buddhist by ...
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English (or other European) translations of Pali Canon

Perhaps this should be closed as a 'shopping' question, but maybe translations take a long time to make and therefore there are not too many of them, and they don't go out of date quickly. The ...
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Learning materials for Dependent Origination (Paṭiccasamuppāda) in Theravada Buddhism

I am listening through the talks and guided meditations from the retreat at Amaravati Just One More: Dependent Origination and the Cycles of Addiction Retreat, where there are a number of references ...
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Which book by Nagarjuna provides an introduction to his teachings?

I've noticed there are a lot of YouTube video lectures on Nagarjuna. It seems he was a very prolific writer on Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophy. Which of his works would be appropriate to get an ...
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A good source to learn the Pali language?

I have asked this considering the importance of Pali in Buddhism. I want to learn Pali. I want to learn it individually on my own. Is there any relatively simple way? Can anyone suggest me ...
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Beginner academic text recommendation

I am an ordinary western man willing to start learning Buddhism, for now - just for curiousity. I have a B.Sc as for education (if the field DOES matter, that is either economics or computer science, ...
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How can a lay person approach the learning process of Buddhism?

I've read many books on Buddhism in the last 3 years and I started to meditate daily 10 months ago. I have a general idea about many topics, without a deep understanding of any of it. Is there a ...
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Fun teaching techniques for children meditation class

Can someone help ? i am looking for fun teaching of meditation and Buddhist teaching from age 4 ~ 13 old. Also help with morality, environmental protection, chanting, Buddhist religion's etiquette ...
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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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List of book recommendations

For the reasons explained here, can you recommend one or more books about Buddhism? I suggest a format like, Title of Book by Name of Author A summary of what's in the book, recommended for ...
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What Buddhist materials explain how to understand one's irrational feelings?

There is some person in my life and whenever I see his or her photo, or something related to him or her (e. g. reminder of the place he or she lives), I experience strong feelings. They are totally ...
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Suggestions for Buddhist themed crafts and activities for children

I organise an afternoon where we invite parents and children to out my local Buddhist centre. I put on some craft type activity for the children and then we do a mini reflection and a story. The ...
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Ethics regarding the sharing of paid Dhamma material

I recently bought this Ayya Khema Ebook Bundle. I bought the bundle for my own interest in the first place but after reading in them I would now like to share them with my friend, who is just ...
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Can someone mention few good web sites to learn theravada Buddhism?

I run a Buddhist blog with daily updates and i am facing a bit of trouble finding sources for it as i try to update it everyday with at least a single new article or a book everyday. I am already ...
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Watching Darma Talks on 2x Speed

I really like Ajahn Brahm's Darma talks on YouTube. But, I can perfectly understand what he's saying on 2x speed. Am I losing anything by listening at this speed or is it ok as long as it's not for ...
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What are the websites to learn Buddhism from start?

I am a 25 year old who has become interested in Buddhism due to personal reasons. Are there any good websites which have material to understand Buddhism from the start? Can you please recommend them ...
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Buddhist views on leadership

During some meditation I need to say several sentences. One of them is I take refuge in the liberated Sangha. I noticed that I often forget to say that sentence and virtually never forget the other ...
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Autobiographies of Buddhist masters

Can you recommend any good autobiographies of Buddhist teachers and monks? I'm currently reading Getting Off, A Portrait of an American Buddhist Monk and I find it very interesting.
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Quick-overview lists of Dhammas within Buddhism

This community wiki post is about gathering lists that serve as a quick-overview of the different Dhammas in Buddhism. We are looking for dhamma-lists from all traditions. If you have found a list ...
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What is the basic literature for becoming a buddist? [duplicate]

I have been listening to free buddhist audio (FBA) podcast and have watched some videos about buddhism but i would like to see some introductory literature. Where to start?
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List of Buddhist podcast recommendations

This is in the spirit of this (previously requested) List of book recommendations Books are wonderful for learning (and audio books are great travel partners/work listening), but I wondered if those ...
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Suggestion for movie in English (or subtitled in English) that shows a person modeling good/bad Buddhist behavior

I apologize in advance if this question is not in the scope of this SE. Rather than read about the principles of Buddhism, I'd rather experience the practice of Buddhism through watching a movie. Is ...
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Were there any ancient Buddhist Universities, outside of India?

There were at least 22 universities according to this -- Ancient Buddhist Universities in India by Dr. Sandesh Wagh, Mumbai University: In contrast to this with the rise of Buddhism in India, there ...
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Feedback - Are spaced-repetition cards useful for learning core Dhamma?

I've created an Anki deck (still WIP, link here: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/414202630), drawing on the translations available here in SuttaCentral (with direct links to those pages). My thinking ...
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Beginner's Buddhist Course Syllabus By Ancient Pali Canon (Ganthadhura And Vipassanādhura)

How to learn dhamma as Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists? How Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists learn kammaṭhāna and dhamma for over 2600 years?
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