Favorite Dharma reading as recommended by members of our Sangha
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‘Dipa Ma’ by Amy Schmidt
recommended by Lisa
This is a biography of a remarkable woman known as Dipa Ma. In her lifetime she was seen as a great spiritual master and someone who reached profound levels of meditation, practice and insight. The biography goes into her early life, the hardships she encountered and tragedies that befell her but despite these setbacks she had an absolute determination to learn the dharma and to practice. Not only that but she achieved all this in the midst of raising a family on her own, encountering hardships, ill health and all sorts of setbacks.
This book has had a quite an effect on me since I read it, I often think of it and it inspires my practice to this day. Dipa Ma had an uncompromising approach to practice and she shows us that even in the midst of less than favourable conditions we just need to do it, to practice and to keep going. I find her story hugely inspiring and motivating. The biography is a collection of reminiscences from her students and those that knew her and from them one gets a sense of this amazing being.
Dhammapada ‘The Way of the Truth’ translated by Sangharakshita
Recommended by Eric
It was Luke, (who helped me along the Dharma path), who gave me my copy of this classic Buddhist text. I am not a great reader and often find the reading required for Dharma study a bit of a chore as well as a delight. The beauty of the Dhammapada is in its simplicity and in its brevity. Whole teachings are captured in single paragraphs which stand alone or combine with others in each chapter to provide source for reflection, guidance and insight.
If you are ever in need of inspiration, try turning to this book.
The Essential Sangharakshita
recommended by Andy
There is such a vast array of Buddhist Teachings I often wonder where to start? How do I make sense of it all?
Sangharakshita, our movement’s founder clearly understood these questions when he founded what was to become the Triratna Buddhist Order and began presenting the traditional teachings of Dharma to his largely western and secular students.This Essential Sangharakshita for me captures the core of those teachings and his style of explaining the traditional, mythical, emotional and sometimes magical into our modern, rational and secular understandings and cultures.
This book has unquestionably improved my Mitra study as well as my general goal of deepening my practice and self development. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about the Dharma.
The Windhorse Colouring Book
recommended by Ruth
“If you ever wished that you could colour your way to Enlightenment, this is the book for you! The Windhorse Colouring Book contains a series of line drawings by artist Aloka with the accompanying words by local Dharmacharini Dhammapattiya.
Whether you opt for felt tip pens, pencils or crayons, this book is a great way to creatively explore the mythical aspect of Buddhism while learning about the symbolism associated with these archetypal figures. For me, it has opened up the imaginal realm and given me an opportunity to learn about the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas while also being a great way to relax and destress after a busy day at work!”