"Intergrating Buddhist Practices Into Everyday Life." // Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2006


The Five Precepts
- Kusala Bhikshu

How I Became a Buddhist. - Kusala Bhikshu

Do Buddhists go to Heaven? - Kusala Bhikshu

Do Buddhists believe in God? - Kusala Bhikshu

The Problem With Sex in Buddhism. - Kusala Bhikshu

Buddhist Enlightenment vs Nirvana. - Kusala Bhikshu

The Blues Harmonica and Buddhism. - Kusala Bhikshu

An Overview of Buddhist Meditation. - Kusala Bhikshu

Was the Tsunami Caused by Karma? - Kusala Bhikshu

A Buddhist Approach to Patient Health Care. - Kusala Bhikshu


The Middle Way (Unabridged): The Story of Buddhism
- by Jinananda

"My recommended (Audio book) is available from www.Audible.com or on CD from Amazon.com" - Kusala Bhikshu

General interest in Buddism has never been higher. The story and teachings of a man who lived 2,500 years ago have a special resonance for us today, perhaps because he taught a way of life that was not based on belief in a creator god but rather on personal experience. "Test my words for yourself," he said. But what lies behind those distinctive images of the Buddha, seated with unshakeable poise, with eyes half-closed and a slight smile? How did Buddhism develop, from the austere style which governed the life of the yellow-robed monks in ancient India to the more colorful, even magical expression of Tibet? And where does Zen fit in?

Jinananda, a Western-born Buddhist, divides the subject into the Three Jewels: the Buddha (a life of the historical figure), the Dharma (an account of the fundamental teachings), and the Sangha (the disciples, both lay and monastic, throughout the world). With extracts from some of the main sutras, Jinananda explains the key concepts that lie behind a system of thought and behavior which, like the universe itself, is continuously expanding.


Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy by Katsuki Sekida - Available @ Amazon.com

"This book was referred to in the Urban Dharma Podcast: Buddhism in Everyday Life - Class 3 Part 1"

" Written by a lay teacher with 60 years of experience in zazan, this book provides everyone from absolute beginner to experienced student with detailed, progressive information and discussion on breathing, posture, distraction, actions of mind, physiology, mood, laughter, kensho, and samadhi."— Library Journal "An extraordinarily important book. It should be on the shelves of all libraries."— Choice "[Sekida's] approach is radical in its attempt to define Zen practice in terms of Western physiology and phenomenology."— New Age Journal

Amazon.com Review - Best Book on Zen Meditation - You won't find these in any other book: explanation of how to create the necessary tension in the tanden to initiate samadhi (a definite prerequisite for that state); and an explanation of awareness based on the "three nen actions" involving reflections on immediate prior conciousness resulting in a continuity of awareness thus creating the illusion of a substantial unchanging self. However, I do agree with a previous reviewer who recommends the practice of Qigong as an important support for meditation. Qigong will most efficiently and powerfully supply the energy the tanden requires to produce samadhi. You may not find these two disciplines (Zen and Qigong) melded anywhere, which is a pity since they compliment each other perfectly and accelerate progress on the path. Therefore, Sekida's book together with "Energy Medicine..." (Hiew/Yap) and "Opening the Energy Gates..." (Frantzis) will provide the foundation for Samadhi.


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Daily Readings -- Buddha's Words of Wisdom — by Ven. S. Dhammika. - 284 Pages - (1.8 MB) --- For over two thousand years the discourses of the Buddha have nourished the spiritual lives of countless millions of people. This ebook contains extracts of the early Buddhist discourses from the Pali Tipitaka, and also from some post-canonical writings. Presented so that one reading can be reflected upon each day of the year. This ebook is an indispensable companion for anyone trying to apply the Buddha's gentle message to their daily life.

The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism: A Dictionary / Encyclopedia of Buddhism - Sutra Translation Committee of USA/Canada - 999 Pages - (* 4.7 MB) --- This is a revised and expanded edition of 'The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism.' The text is a compendium of excerpts and quotations from some 350 works by monks, nuns, professors, scholars and other laypersons from nine different countries, in their own words or in translation... How to use the Glossary: This book can be used in threeways: to find the definition of unfamiliar terms; to gain a broader understanding of specific Buddhist concepts; and also as an introduction to Buddhism. In the last instance, we suggest that readers begin with the entry on Parables, then move on to Practice, Obstacles to Cultivation and Ten Non-Seeking Practices. Other entries of a more contemporary interest can be read with benefit by all. These include: Birth Control, Organ Transplants, Vegetarianism, Universe, Immortality.

Buddhist Pilgrimage / 40 Color Photos + Maps — Chan Khoon San - 158 Pages - (3.26 MB) --- The aim of this book is to share my experience and knowledge with fellow Buddhists about the benefits of undertaking a pilgrimage to the Eight Great Places with the correct mental attitude... The idea of a pilgrimage came from the Buddha himself. Before He passed into Mahaparinibbana, the Buddha advised pious disciples to visit four places that may be for their inspiration after He was gone... They are Lumbini, where He was born; Buddhagaya, where He attained Supreme Enlightenment; Deer Park in Sarnath, where He preached the First Sermon; and Kusinara, where He passed into Mahaparinibbana. The pious disciple should visit these places and look upon them with feelings of reverence, reflecting on the particular event of the Buddha's life connected with each place. Since the Mahaparinibbana of the Buddha, these four shrines of Buddhism have become the focal points for pious disciples to rally around and seek inspiration. By the time of King Asoka, four more places, namely: Savatthi, Sankasia, Rajagaha and Vesali, that were closely associated with the Buddha and scenes of His principal miracles, were added to the pilgrimage itinerary. Together they make the Eight Great Places of pilgrimage.

News From True Cultivators — Heng Sure & Heng Ch'au. - 352 Pages - Text and Photos - (1.6 MB) --- The letters of Heng Sure and Heng Ch'au... Three steps and a bow. That's how they walked it. Two monks on a pilgrimage of peace that took them through a series of wide-ranging encounters and extraordinary experiences -- within and without. These letters and photos are a record of their amazing journey... Two American Buddhist monks on a journey of a lifetime, from downtown Los Angeles to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talamage, California. A journey of more than 800 miles that took two years and nine months to complete. They bowed in peace, and for peace. Touching their foreheads to the ground, opening their hearts with one wish for the world. Peace. For everyone, everyday, everywhere.

Hello - With Love & Other Meditations — Ven. Visuddhacara. - 58 Pages - (2.77 MB) -- The three most important things in life are love, kindness and wisdom. If we have made these three values the priorities of our life, then our life will have been well-lived. When we die we can only have happiness when we look back and not regrets. Wealth, fame, power, status, worldly success and pleasures — these are insignificant compared to love, kindness and wisdom. Cultivate the latter. If we spend our life cultivating this trio, our birth and life will have been worthwhile; it will not have been in vain. In this booklet, Ven. Visuddhàcàra shares his understanding of this practice of mindfulness and lovingkindness with a view to encourage all of us to walk the path.

The Noble Eightfold Path — by Bhikkhu Bodhi -122 Pages - (1.2 MB) --- "One of the best explanations of the Eightfold path in print today!" The present book aims at contributing towards a proper understanding of the Noble Eightfold Path by investigating its eight factors and their components to determine exactly what they involve. Bhikkhu Bodhi is concise, using as the framework for his exposition the Buddha's own words in explanation of the path factors, as found in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon.

Treasury of Truth - 'Dhammapada' with Commentary - (Text Only)— Ven. W. Sarada Maha Thero. - 1250 Pages - (3.8 MB) --- "This is an amazing version of the Dhammapada!" This (text only) edition lends itself readily to an in-depth study of the Dhammapada. It has Pali verse with an English word for word translation, and a commentary for each verse which sheds light on the true nature of the Buddha's teachings. This is the text version of the Illustrated Dhammapada by Ven. Sarada Maha Thero. It will be of use to anyone new to Buddhism, or seeking a deeper understanding of Early Buddhism. This version of the Dhammapada is a large file size, if you use a phone modem it may take a few minutes to download, but it's worth the wait.

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Mindfulness In Plain English - by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana -- Free on Urban Dharma -- Now available in PDF

From the introduction: The subject of this book is Vipassana meditation practice. Repeat, practice. This is a meditation manual, a nuts-and-bolts, step-by-step guide to Insight meditation. It is meant to be practical. It is meant for use.

There are already many comprehensive books on Buddhism as a philosophy, and on the theoretical aspects of Buddhist meditation. If you are interested in that material we urge you to read those books. Many of them are excellent. This book is a 'How to.' It is written for those who actually want to meditate and especially for those who want to start now.