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  • Tb
    Member
    • Jan 2008
    • 3186

    Looking for book suggestions

    Hi.

    One of the sanghamembers here, in skövde, sweden, asked for a book on Dukkha.
    He's mostly looking for a book that covers the whole thing, from history, implementation in sutras asf but grateful for all suggestions.
    Do you have any suggestions as to a good book on Dukkha, and, if you can, why do you recommend it?

    Mtfbwy
    Fugen
    Life is our temple and its all good practice
    Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/
  • Ryumon
    Member
    • Apr 2007
    • 1693

    #2
    Huh, I've been thinking about that lately myself. Not so much a book, but a discussion of the idea of dukkha.

    So I don't have any suggestions, but I'm interested to see what comes up.

    Gassho,

    Kirk
    ---
    Ryūmon (Kirk)
    流文

    SAT/LAH

    I know nothing.

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    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39221

      #3
      Hi Fugen,

      Dukkha is covered in almost any book on Buddhism as a core Teaching ... the first of the "Four Noble Truths".

      Were going to start a new series of 'Sit-a-Long with Jundo’s' on some fundamental Buddhist teachings — those things every Buddhist needs to know (and not know) — and maybe the most fundamental, insightful and elegant is the Buddha’s teaching of the Four Noble Truths, and Dukkha: So, what are the 'Four Noble Truths' (the


      Is your friend looking for a very academic analysis of the origin of the concept, or a more general explanation?

      I know some books that cover Dukkha in depth from an early Buddhist perspective or a South Asian interpretation. I know some books that discuss Dukkha as one topic in a general look at Buddhism. However, I do not know a book looking just at that from a Mahayana view too.

      Gassho, J
      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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      • Dosho
        Member
        • Jun 2008
        • 5784

        #4
        Fugen,

        I will likely never been of any use to you in a situation like this. If you don't know about it, chances are near 100% I won't either.

        Good luck.

        Gassho,
        Dosho

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        • Tb
          Member
          • Jan 2008
          • 3186

          #5
          Hi.

          He's looking in an more deep, analytical look at it, but as said, maybe we should suggest other books on the subject here for others to look into?

          Mtfbwy
          Fugen

          Ps. @Dosho i might be the Treeleaf librarian (not much different from the terry pratchett librarian ) but i value people's opinions, and ddespite some people's opinions, i'm not an walking encyclopedia...
          Life is our temple and its all good practice
          Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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          • Taigu
            Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
            • Aug 2008
            • 2710

            #6
            Hi Fugen,

            Walpola Rahula in what the Buddha taught could be a place to start from.

            But yes, as my Bro points out, it is just everywher in the core teachings.

            Gassho

            Taigu

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            • Kokuu
              Treeleaf Priest
              • Nov 2012
              • 6750

              #7
              Hi Fugen

              I have not read it but this seems like it might hit the spot: http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=11310

              Also, has he tried going to Access to Insight and searching on the term?

              Gassho
              Andy

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              • Jundo
                Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                • Apr 2006
                • 39221

                #8
                Yes, like Taigu, I was going to Walpola Rahula's "What the Buddha Taught" too. He does present mostly his own view of what the Buddha taught, arising from his own Theravada background, but it is good. Thought I strongly advise to buy the book, a couple of Buddhist groups appear to have a PDF up. You can read his comments on Dukkha from book page 17 here.



                I have also seen the book Andy linked to, although I have not read it. It appears to be right on point. There is a partial preview here, and you can get a taste ... a very detailed look.

                This book on Dukkha: Suffering in Early Buddhism gives an introduction to the concept of suffering, deals with the analysis of suffering in non-Buddhist system, examples the components of suffering in early Buddhism, identifies the origin of suffering and discusses about deliverance. Contents: Introduction, Duhkha in Indian Philosophy, Conception of Dukkha in Early Buddhism, Origin of Dukkha, Means of Deliverance from Dukkha, Nibbana, Conclusions.


                Gassho, J
                ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                • Neika
                  Member
                  • Dec 2008
                  • 229

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Jundo
                  I know some books that cover Dukkha in depth from an early Buddhist perspective or a South Asian interpretation. I know some books that discuss Dukkha as one topic in a general look at Buddhism. However, I do not know a book looking just at that from a Mahayana view too.
                  Are there any that discuss the differences between these perspectives? That might be interesting.
                  Neika / Ian Adams

                  寧 Nei - Peaceful/Courteous
                  火 Ka - Fire

                  Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. --Dogen

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