The 5 Books on Buddhism you should read to get started image

The 5 Books on Buddhism you should read to get started

As books to read absolutely on Buddhism we can find many titles but, starting with the official ones, and then gradually go on to study alternatives and different nuances.

By popular demand our readers ask us for books on Buddhism, we have created this collection specifically to help them in their research, but I would like to welcome you first with a short anecdote ...

These Buddhist books are a "portal" to the knowledge of our own Zen: The wisdom of our inner master.

One day a young man named Basho, who had read and studied a lot of sutras, and believed he fully understood Buddhism, went to visit Zen master Takuan. Basho was used to answering all of his teacher's questions with a blast mental speed. His teacher one day said to him:

- You are a great Buddhist! You really understand everything! But you only used the words of Buddha or other masters ... What are your own words?

This makes us understand how Zen Buddhism goes beyond doctrine, religion or dogma, it is a personal practice that can lead us to encounter ourselves.

We take these books as a fantastic "legacy" of those who have sought their enlightenment through the Buddha and have learned that the great truths are in the little things.

Buddhist or rather Buddhist books.

  1. The Buddhist books of wisdom. Heart sutra. Edward Conze's Diamond Sutra

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    There was a particular period defined as "creative" for India and the Mediterranean, where writings emerged from everywhere. From the Chochma for the Jews, on Sophia for the Gnostics and regard the Prajñaparamita for those who are Buddhists.

    This latest book is made up of 38 books, born between 100 BC and 600 AD The Diamond Sutra and the heart have been defined as "the holiest books" by as many as 30 generations divided between Tibet, Japan, Mongolia and China.

    Although it is impossible with words to transfer the Buddhism which provides for the total extinction of the ego. These masters have tried hoping that this world of today totally distracted may find a benefit.

  2. Patanjali's Yoga Sutras by Edwin F. Bryant

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    If you are interested in reading Buddhist books and specifically sutras like this one, one of the most important of the Indian literature. Edwin F. Bryant in this book gives a new standard for understanding these complex texts classics.

    These Buddhist (or Buddhist) books written two thousand years ago they try to bring the individual to understanding e to the encounter with the atman, that is, one's soul and how to pose an end to the sufferings that afflict him. These writings depart from the consciousness to cross the mind and the psychology also providing deep meditation techniques successful in India.

    Edwin F. Bryant "rattles off" the argument to return it to reader in a more understandable key not forgetting i details with a very clear way. Despite the simplicity Bryant creates this book for both philosophy students Indian and for educated but non-specialized readers. You will find inside excerpts with more concepts relevant to all the most important Sanskrit writings traditional.

  3. The heart of Buddhist meditation. Manual of mental training based on the path of presence mind of the Buddha of Thera Nyanaponika

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    (Satipatthana) "The way of mindfulness" comes referred to particularly in this Buddhist book of Thera Nyanaponika.

    Nyanaponika is convinced that by constantly maintaining the straight line mindfulness as originally taught by the Buddha a Maha-Satipatthana Sutta is the most complete and simple guide to develop one's mind and free oneself from hatred, from illusion and craving, as well as providing a very valuable tool for everyday life.

    This book is believed to be very important to scholars of the Theravada school. Basically this writing yes divides into 3 parts. The first part helps whoever it is willing to put into practice in achieving the awareness thanks to Buddhist meditation.

    Next comes a complete translation of the fundamentals principal of mindfulness or the Maha-Satipatthana-Sutta which is included in the fundamental books of Buddhist teachings. The last part instead has one useful section dedicated to other texts translated by the author directly from Pali and Sanskrit.

  4. The dynamic way of meditation. Healing from pain and from suffering with the vipassana meditative techniques of Dhiravamsa

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    One of the books on Thervada Buddhism, written by Dhiravamsa who define him as one of the few truly humble and non-humble masters blinded by the syndrome for the west.

    The author has translated his deeper derivative knowledge from Buddhism for a Western application. One of central techniques of the book is vipassana meditation That is the technique of insight, also practiced by many Western masters who are called in this book and posts as an example.

    This book will help the reader in his or her process mental and spiritual purification.

  5. The way of awakening Dhiravamsa

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    A book full of details to advance in meditation. The author Dhiravamsa teaches how to stay alert in continuation against the judgmental mind that lingers on the growth of an 'I' which is a strong obstacle to lighting.

    We learn not to define every sensation, every thought, every feeling that emerges in order to proceed to light up. This book is really a great start but not only...

    it is also for experienced people who want to read something that promotes the death of an "I" that is fundamentally not never existed. The real objective vision and that perception which does not separate the subject from the object and allows us to see a thought as a thought, a feeling as such e without any interpretation.

    Only then will we be gifted with a real vision objective.