Saturday, 18 October 2014

THE POCKET DALAI LAMA - C&E MARY CRAIG


THE POCKET DALAI LAMA - C&E MARY CRAIG

RATING: B

A useful recap of many of HHDL's memorable quotes segmented into various categories. A pleasant and easy read to remind the reader of HHDL's wise advice. Personal favored quotes include those on page 52 concerning nature and pages 68/9 concerning universal responsibility.

I would recommend this book to those wanting a short and easy read on topics of importance to our shared world given as quotes by HHDL and those who want a brief update on HHDL's suggestions to improve both ourselves and the planet we share.

Monday, 13 October 2014

A BODHISATTVA'S WAY OF LIFE (prayer booklet for HHDL's AU teachings in 2011)


A BODHISATTVA'S WAY OF LIFE
 (prayer booklet for HHDL's AU teachings in 2011)

RATING: B-

This booklet accompanies the teachings from HHDL on Shantideva's classic text. It came along with the DVD set which I am about to play, while still on the subject - continuing from my last read. It contains prayers, some composed by HHDL.

I would recommend this booklet to those who have attended these teachings and to those who have the DVD set and would like to study rather than just listen to the teachings.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

THE WAY OF AWAKENING - GESHE YESHE TOBDEN


THE WAY OF AWAKENING - GESHE YESHE TOBDEN

RATING:B

A detailed and helpful explanation style commentary on the famed Shantideva text, of which I have two copies that I studied with my late teacher, Sapan Rinpoche. I particularly admire the plentiful references towards HHDL. A fairly long book, but this is to its advantage.

I would recommend this book to those interested in studying the classic Shantideva text, who for whatever reason do not have a guide or teacher to share the expedition with them. I would also recommend this book to those familiar with the text who wish to review it, or seek an alternative viewpoint to clarify their current understanding.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

ENCOURAGEMENTS TOWARDS AWAKENING - BHANTE BODHIDHAMMA



ENCOURAGEMENTS TOWARDS AWAKENING - BHANTE BODHIDHAMMA


RATING: B-

Seventy 1-2 page pieces of advice to assist meditation. Each piece could be read alone as a daily idea to focus on, or in a read-through of the entire book to build up on ideas, reinforcement, and suggestions to aid one's meditation practices.

I would recommend this book to Buddhist practitioners searching for snippets of guidance, fresh viewpoints, and/or a daily boost to their meditation practice.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

MANUAL OF INSIGHT - LEDI SAYADAW


MANUAL OF INSIGHT - LEDI SAYADAW

RATING: B+

A well laid out book giving detailed explanation of insight meditation basics. If you require precise details and explained lists, this is a good guide. Although coming from Theravada/Pali texts, the book was written many decades ago by a learned man additionally aware of Mahayana practices for a Western audience. For once, I do not have to decipher the Westernization to understand the book.

I would recommend this book to all Buddhist practitioners seeking to follow a sensible course of insight meditation.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

SATIPATTHANA VIPASSANA - MAHASI SAYADAW

SATIPATTHANA VIPASSANA - MAHASI SAYADAW

RATING: B

A descriptive account of mindfulness meditation. I sometimes practice Theravada meditations alongside my usual practices in order to refine and improve areas of mindfulness and insight. This is a helpful book in such respect.

I would recommend this book to Theravada practitioners along with those wishing to improve their mindfulness meditation.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

FOREST MEDITATIONS - BHIKKHU KHANTIPALO








FOREST MEDITATIONS - BHIKKHU KHANTIPALO

RATING: B

This book covers the verses of Arahant Talaputa Thera along with a commentary given to explain them. One of the first book on Buddhism I read was the life story of Acariya Mun, which is mentioned within this book. Yet again, as explained in recent posts, to hear a new version of an already known Dharma point can often be helpful for both revision and continuation of practice.

Theravada monks use a different language, based on Pali translations, for explaining Buddhism which I find easier to understand than many of the Western commentaries that use modern Western terminology that I have some difficulty with. It is therefore helpful for me to hear the same points rendered in different ways so I can pick up any point that I might have missed due to Sanskrit/Tibetan translation into modern English/American terms. This book also taught me a new word in my own language - I had never heard of 'horripilation' before.

I would therefore recommend this book to Buddhist practitioners seeking clarification or elaboration from another viewpoint on Buddhist basics as well as Theravada Buddhists.