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What is Nirodha?

Daniel Goleman was mistaken. An excellent internet review of his book states: Two notable mistakes are made in this section, one being the consistent misspelling of pañña as puñña (I get a little ...
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What is the best introductory (but comprehensive) book on SECULAR Buddhism?

In my opinion, 'Secular Buddhism' can be problematic since often adherents to this new group (such as Stephen Batchelor, who believes purity of mind is not possible) often misrepresent the Buddhist ...
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Is there any authenticity to the book 'The Deathbed Sutra of the Buddha: Or Siddhartha's Regrets'?

I'm the author of the Deathbed Sutra, so I can assure you that it's fiction. It was intended as a work of philosophical fiction which examines some problematic aspects of the Buddha's teachings in ...
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Interpretation of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The paper titled "Between reverence and revolt: Hesse and the two faces of religion" suggests that Hesse was primarily a (Christian) Protestant. It says for example that in his 1921 diary he wrote: ...
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A beginner facing Culadasa

"If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him." Err... not literally... The point of this quip is that attachment to a teacher is itself something that must be overcome. Even if you are lucky enough ...
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Seeking a specific book on Buddhism

Did some googling. The Buddha Way by Harper San Francisco https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/the-buddha-waya-folding-screen-book_harper-san-francisco/2596039/item/13174882/#isbn=0062511394&idiq=...
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Seeking a specific book on Buddhism

My best guess: What the Buddha Taught, by Walpola Rahula. It's early enough (published in '59, and revised in '74), and is widely respected as an introductory text. If I were going to put something in ...
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Is there a compendium of enlightenment stories (about Arhats and/or Bodhisattvas)?

Yes. For the Theravada tradition's stories of the elder monks and nuns, please see the following books of the Khuddaka Nikaya (the minor collection): Theragatha (Verses of the Elder Monks) or here ...
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Pro's and cons of Buddhist books

I think there is no perfect formula for a book. Different approaches apply to different target audiences for different objectives. Even some of Ajahn Brahm's non-technical books of humor and ...
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Interpretation of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Siddhartha asks Govinda to kiss him on the forehead. As he does so, for Govinda "a certain contempt for his friends's words conflicted with a tremendous love...for him ." Govinda then goes through a ...
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What is the best introductory (but comprehensive) book on SECULAR Buddhism?

I would then recommend reading the Suttas at www.accesstoinsight.org .
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Which is a good book to read about history of Buddhism?

Buddhism: Its History and Literature, by T.W. Rhys Davids Buddhist India, by T.W. Rhys Davids Early Buddhist Monachism (600 B.C. - 100 B.C.), by Sukumar Dutt History of Buddhism in Ceylon: The ...
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Where to get the genuine e-book on "Jataka Tales" in English?

See: The Jataka by Robert Chalmers ed. E.B. Cowell in www.sacred-texts.com. The index is found here.
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What is Nirodha?

I think it's originally from the Visuddhimagga It's used before that, e.g. in the first sutta, it's in the definition of the third noble truth: Idaṃ kho pana, bhikkhave, dukkha·nirodhaṃ ariya·...
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Help writing a Buddhist book?

I have written two books on Buddhism, as you already know. I will help you write your book for free. I self-published my books through FriesenPress who provided excellent editing services and cost ...
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Introductory/Beginner books on Buddhism, but for children

The Buddha provided a teaching to his 7 year old son, which instructed two things, namely: To never tell a deliberate lie. To always reflect (think; consider) about whether an action to be ...
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Feeling a strong connection to Buddhism, but feeling lost on how to continue forwards

I will address a couple of things - but leave the journey to you. Kelsang Gyatso was trained in the Gelugpa, which itself is a major school of of Buddhism from Tibet. All Tibetan Buddhism is Mahayana....
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To what extent is Theravāda followed in Japan?

Check this book: The Life of Nyanatiloka Thera: The Biography of a Western Buddhist Pioneer. He was in Japan in the 1920s. There were apparently two Theravadan Monks at that time.
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What is Nirodha?

Extract from - The Teaching of No Person: Only Dhātus by Ajahn Buddhadāsa Interpreted into English by Santikaro Bhikkhu A Dhamma talk given at Suan Mokkh on 4 August 1991 So we can say that there is ...
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What is Nirodha?

Nirodha is the cessation of feeling and perceptions. The first Nirodha people will experience is when they first realized the way, in a split second everything stops and they will see the links of ...
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Looking for a book that covers the biography of the Buddha's life

There are many books on this topic, my favorite one is "Gotama Buddha: A Biography Based on the Most Reliable Texts" by Hajime Nakamura. It is based on a very thorough, I would even say fanatical, ...
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The Story of Buddha

The story of the Buddha's life from the Pali Canon can be found here: A Sketch of the Buddha's Life: Readings from the Pali Canon. It contains these sections: The Bodhisatta (Buddha-to-be) The ...
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Where can i find the original text of learning the jhanas

In advance, the whole tipitaka is about jhāna, include sīla&vinaya. For more focusing, see paṭisambhidāmagga. For the summary, see Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga). For more ...
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Where can i find the original text of learning the jhanas

On this page, you can find quotes from the Pali Canon on jhanas together with their sources. For further commentary on jhanas, please see this page. This question may also help you.
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Please Recommend Pure Land / Other Power Buddhism Books

I'm not sure if you would like some academic literature but here goes: T’an-luan’s Theory of Two Kinds of Dharma-body as Found in Shinran’s Wago Writings has a detailed description and great diagrams ...
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Pro's and cons of Buddhist books

Some disorderly thought... Theoretically you should (e.g. technical writers and/or publishers do) define the audience (and perhaps implicitly) the purpose of the book -- for example: Purpose: ...
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