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9 years ago  ::  Dec 15, 2009 - 4:37PM #1
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I've been to and it's a very interesting, helpful website. However, I'm searching for a quality, tangible book I can purchase that will help be start down the path of Theravada Buddhism. 

I've done a significant amount of research and the beliefs inspire me. 

Any help you can give me would be appreciated. 

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9 years ago  ::  Dec 15, 2009 - 8:16PM #2
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"What the Buddha Taught", by Walpola Rahula
"In the Buddha's Words", by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Either one would be a good choice. :-)
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9 years ago  ::  Dec 16, 2009 - 2:04AM #3
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What the Buddha Taught. Excellent choice.

Also I recommend Food for the Heart. The collected teachings of Ajahn Chah. or

Everything arrises, everything falls away. Teachings on suffering and impermanence and the end of suffering by Ajahn Chah.

For wisdom in a hipper package I recommend, Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? by Ajahn Brahm

Here is a web site with a wealth of wisdom in the Thai Forest Tradition.

Wishing you small tranquil days,


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7 years ago  ::  Dec 30, 2010 - 3:05PM #4
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The book "Buddhism" by Damien Keown, gives a good overview of Buddhism in general. Most of the information in the book is related to Theravada buddhism however there is a chapter about Mahayana buddhism too.

Also, I just bought a book called "Buddhism for Beginners" by Thubten Chodron. Its written in a question and answer format, which I quite like. I haven't started it yet so I'm not sure what tradition it focuses on mainly, though it also gives a good general overview.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein
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7 years ago  ::  Jan 01, 2011 - 5:04PM #5
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