Review of books in the Pustaka Nalanda collection.

Book Review

27 July 2012

“Kamma and the End of Kamma”

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Book title : Kamma and the End of Kamma
Author : Ajahn Sucitto
Publisher : Amaravati Publications
Topic : Concepts, Teachings, and Practice
Synopsis

Kamma and the End of Kamma is a written discourse on the diversity of kamma, how kamma came to be and how to create kamma to end the existing kamma that we have in our current lives now.  In this book every known kamma in the Buddhist teachings are being investigated, its nature explained and the ways to overcome them are being taught to all readers who wish to learn more, understand more and to create kamma to end kamma.  Included in this book are simple meditation manuals to further assist readers to further benefit from this discourse.

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20 July 2012

“Unlimiting Mind”

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Book title : Unlimiting Mind : The Radical Experiential Psychology of Buddhism
Author : Andrew Olendzki
Publisher : Wisdom Publications, Boston
Topic : Education & Psychology
Synopsis

The book contains a wonderful collection of short and illuminating essays which serve as reflections on how we see ourselves and the world. Plucking from the supreme wisdom of the Buddha, the author wrote about the relations between the human conditions and the radical psychological insights of the Buddha. Among the topics included are ‘Understanding the Bigger Picture”, ‘Caring for the World’, ‘Constructing Reality’, ‘Understanding the Teachings’, ‘The Emergence of Mindfulness’, etc. By reading the book, one will gain deeper understanding of the Dhamma as experiential tools for exploring the inner world.

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22 June 2012

“Be an Island”

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Book title : Be an Island : The Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace
Author : Ven. Ayya Khema
Publisher : Wisdom Publications, Boston
Topic : Concepts, Teachings, and Practice
Synopsis

The book is a compilation of the twenty-four talks given by Ven. Ayya Khema in the spirit of the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta, and is aimed at our own practice, “having the Dhamma as our island and refuge.” The first chapter helps us to understand what it means to “take refuge” in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha. The second chapter explains the sublime qualities of the Dhamma, and goes on to describe that we “need not seek other refuge.” The subsequent chapters continue to introduce the teachings of the Buddha, and the sharing of the author’s meditation practice and her compassionate life that lead to inner peace.

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25 May 2012

“Meditation : The Only Way”

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Book title : Meditation : The Only Way
Author : Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda
Publisher : Buddhist Missionary Society, Malaysia
Topic : Meditation
 Synopsis

This book aims at explaining why meditation is absolutely essential (it is The Only Way) to give modern men the peace and solace he so desperately needs. It details the long term and short term benefits that can be gained, how to prepare for it, the method to be used and how to evaluate success. This book is written in simple language for the benefit of those who are interested in starting this important practice, to remove their doubts and fears regarding its spiritual and therapeutic values.

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18 May 2012

“Available Truth”

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Book title : Available Truth : Excursions into Buddhist Wisdom and the Natural World
Author : Ven. Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano
Publisher : Wisdom Publications, Boston
Topic : Concepts, Teachings & Practice
Introduction

Along with reflections on mindfulness, impermanence, and the end of suffering, the author delves into the topics of rebirth, karma, non-virtue, and the roles of reasoned faith, ritual, and monasticism, revealing their continuing relevance for today’s truth seeker. The investigation on the workings of the mind and the natural world enable readers to deepen their practice and their lives.

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11 May 2012

“The Buddha’s Apprentices”

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Book Title : The Buddha’s Apprentices : More Voices of Young Buddhists
Editor : Sumi Loundon
Publisher : Wisdom Publications, Boston
Topic : Collected Articles / Experiences of Authors
Introduction

The editor goes deeper to explore the unique and universal challenges faced by young people on the spiritual path – from issues of identity to mental health and intimate relationships. The book offers the voices of many teenagers and young adults of diverse ethnic heritage, as well as fascinating accounts from established Buddhist teachers – e.g. Thich Nhat Hanh, Ven. H. Gunaratana, etc. – looking back at their own youthful experiences on the path.

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4 May 2012

“The Buddha’s Path to Deliverance”

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What can we do to make this Wesak a meaningful day?  Besides participating in religious activities at Buddhist temple or centre, we can also read a book on Buddhism and share our understanding with family members and friends.

Wesak Day is an occasion for us to commemorate the three important events in the life of the Buddha – His Birth, Enlightenment and Passing Away.  By reflecting on the honourable personality of the Buddha, and acting upon His teaching to the world – ‘Way to Peace’, humankind can live free from strife, and achieve well-beings in its entirety.

Book Title : The Buddha’s Path to Deliverance
Author : Venerable Nyanatiloka Thera
Publisher : Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Topic : Concepts, Teachings & Practice

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