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Buddhism Explained by Laurence-Khantipalo Mills - Silkworm Books - ISBN 974-7100-85-1.

IMO an excellent, concise and easily readable introduction and source of reference.

Yes, I enjoyed that one.

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Probably. Although they came at it from different directions. Buddhadasa was saying (primarily to Thais): "You've bought into the metaphysical side of Buddhism at the expense of the practical side. Now it's time to change." Bachelor is saying (primarily to Westerners): "You don't have to buy into the traditional, metaphysical side of Buddhism to get the benefits." IMO.

but buddhadassa also spent a lot of effort on teaching farang at suan mokh retreats

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Stephen Bachelor's new book was published yesterday: After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age.

Zen teacher Batchelor (Confession of a Buddhist Atheist) argues that both sanitized and orthodox approaches to Buddhism undermine the ethical practices and intellectual rigor of what he considers to be the core of the religion. Batchelor sets out to delineate a “systematic theology” of Buddhism, whereby he reorients the emphasis away from nirvanic, enlightened transcendence and toward pragmatic living based on the dharma. He argues that through canonization and the passage of time, Buddhism became subject to orthodox viewpoints that only served to mystify and obscure its otherwise highly accessible ethics. Batchelor returns to the roots by examining the portraits of minor Buddhist characters, such as King Pasenadi and the traitorous Sunakhatta. By reconstructing their lives, his rationalist and logical approach reveals that the Buddha’s world was vulnerable, tragic, and impermanent. Batchelor argues that for these characters, the Buddha’s dharma teaching was primarily one concerned with “task-based ethics” rather than “truth-based metaphysics.”

Source: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-300-20518-3

Here's a full review from a scholar of Buddhism: http://www.lionsroar.com/review-stephen-batchelors-after-buddhism/

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I received this in my email today and thought that I should share it with other Buddhists who may not be aware about what is happening in many Buddhist majority countries and societies around the world, particularly in Asia. It is a book review of the Christian evangelist publication "Peoples of the Buddhist World." It is quite a long read, but worthwhile.

Planning the Demise of Buddhism

Peoples of the Buddhist World by Paul Hattaway, Piquant Editions, Carlisle, 2004.

Reviewed by Allen Carr

Some Western drug companies spend millions of dollars developing and marketing a new drug only to have the health authorities later discover that it has dangerous side-effects and then ban it. Needing to recover their investment and unable to sell their drug in the West some of these companies try to market their dangerous products in the Third World where public awareness of health issues is low and indifferent governments can be brought off. Some might say that Christianity is a bit like this.

This is the book I mentioned few months ago.

It tried to paint a bad picture of Buddhism but gave a bad image to Christianity instead. Evidence of Karma.

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If you're a Farang you could try a book by Phra Medbidhammaporn (Prayoon Mererk) - "Sartre's Existentialism and Early Buddhism", It lays out the ground pretty succinctly, but you probably need a background in Western Philosophy to fully appreciate it.

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Sayings of the Buddha is a new translation of the Buddha's core teachings by the excellent Rupert Gethin. Available on Kindle.

Talking about the Pali Canon, the Chinese Sanzang and the Tibetan Kanjur in the Introduction, Gethin says: "While there is some overlap insofar as one canon might contain certain scriptures contained in another canon, these versions are not straightforward translations into different languages, and it is not possible to identify a universally accepted common core."

Interesting.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/sayings-of-the-buddha-9780192839251?cc=th&lang=en&

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Just finished Why Buddhism is True (about five pounds for the Kindle version) by Robert Wright, brought to my attention by camerata - best fiver I've ever spent!

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'Gems of Buddhist Wisdom' & 'How to Live without Fear & Worry.'

 

Dr Dhammananda - a Sri Lankan

 

(Buddhist Missionary Society, Kuala Lumpur)

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Currently reading "The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries, "The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion" and "Peaceful Action, Open Heart: Lessons from the Lotus Sutra" by Thich Nhat Hanh.

 

I also find myself circling back to some of Alan Watts' books on occasion as these books served as my introduction to Buddhist thought back in the early '70s.

 

 

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The Joy of Living ( Mingyur Rinpoche) www.tergar.com


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Udon Thani meditation group
Hi
Is anyone in Udon Thani ( or other area)
Interested in starting or joining a meditation group?
Mingyur Rinpoche ( www.tergar.com) has been here twice to Chaam with meditation workshops.
Sadly 99% of the attendees were from outside Thailand.
His method simple, enjoyable and effective.
Being secular, the Joy of Living is appropriate for any current path or religion and is an excellent way to understand and cultivate “mindfulness”.
I’m more than happy to answer any questions within my capacity.
 
P.s. his book The Joy of Living is a nice read and NY Times best seller.
 
 
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