Book Recommendations?

Sam Gentile, modified 2 Years ago at 6/25/20 5:52 PM
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Book Recommendations?

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When I first came here and I comitted to changing to Vipassana, Chris Marti had me get two books

  • MCTB2
  • Seeing That Frees by Rob Burbea
I have read those both extensively. In addition I have read all the  Pragmatic Dharma e-books. Now, I'm looking for some dharma/meditation books that I can buy and highlight. So, I'm looking for your recomendations?
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Ni Nurta, modified 2 Years ago at 6/25/20 6:00 PM
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Pepe ·, modified 2 Years ago at 6/25/20 6:35 PM
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Check the book list at the introduction Shargrol's Post Compilation and Noah's Resources list in his blog 
An Eternal Now, modified 2 Years ago at 6/25/20 9:39 PM
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Sam Gentile:
When I first came here and I comitted to changing to Vipassana, Chris Marti had me get two books

  • MCTB2
  • Seeing That Frees by Rob Burbea
I have read those both extensively. In addition I have read all the  Pragmatic Dharma e-books. Now, I'm looking for some dharma/meditation books that I can buy and highlight. So, I'm looking for your recomendations?

Two other books that Daniel Ingram and myself liked: gesture of awareness, clarifying the natural state

Gesture of awareness https://www.amazon.com/Gesture-Awareness-Radical-Approach-Movement/dp/0861715063

http://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com/2012/11/gesture-of-awareness_30.html

For Mahamudra style shamatha and vipashyana: Clarifying the natural state which you can get for $2 at http://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com/2020/05/mahamudra-books-for-cheap.html

Personally i think this one is also great for mahamudra:

 http://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-royal-seal-of-mahamudra-volume-one.html?m=1
Brian, modified 2 Years ago at 6/25/20 10:08 PM
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_The Path to Nibbana_, and/or _Buddha's Map_
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Brandon Dayton, modified 2 Years ago at 6/26/20 10:16 AM
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Wizard of Earthsea -- one of my favorite books of all time and also referenced in MCTB. A mytho-poetic description of the journey of human development that maps well to the maps. 

I nice departure from the technical dharma stuff.

Leigh Braisington's Right Concentration is also a quick read with some good pointers on Jhana ect.
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Eric G, modified 2 Years ago at 6/26/20 11:41 AM
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Sam Gentile, modified 2 Years ago at 6/26/20 12:20 PM
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Brandon Dayton:
Wizard of Earthsea -- one of my favorite books of all time and also referenced in MCTB. A mytho-poetic description of the journey of human development that maps well to the maps. 

I nice departure from the technical dharma stuff.

Leigh Braisington's Right Concentration is also a quick read with some good pointers on Jhana ect.

Brandon, on Right Concentration, I haven't discussed the Jhanas at all with Abre. Does this book show you how to get into them?
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Pepe ·, modified 2 Years ago at 6/26/20 12:35 PM
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Brandon Dayton, modified 2 Years ago at 6/26/20 1:48 PM
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It does, but it's also just a good general guide to concentration practice. I think I've only every stumbled into Jhanas a handful of times but I still found it useful.
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Brandon Dayton, modified 2 Years ago at 6/26/20 1:51 PM
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Which reminds me. I also like The Mind Illuminated, at the least the first half. I don't know about the higher end of the practice, but I think the first half of TMI has some of the best instruction on concentration practice out there. 
Sam Gentile, modified 2 Years ago at 6/27/20 11:34 AM
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Pepe:

Thanks to Pepe, and Brandon for leaning in the Right Concentration direction. While I did not end up with Right Conccentration, Pepe, for you 2nd link where Brassington lists all the Jhanic teachers, I remembered the name of Shalia Catherine https://www.imsb.org/about-us/founder-and-principal-teacher-shaila-catherine/ who gave a great talk on the Jhannas with Ajahn Brahmavamso, so I bought her Jhana book instead.

I also ended up with Shinzen Young's The Science of Enlightenment and The Way of Effortless Mindfulness By Loch Kelly https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1683642325/TF8&psc=1 which is a non dual book.

Thanks everyone!

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