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  • Free Buddhist books
    « on: September 10, 2016, 01:22:02 PM »
    These are not e-books, but paper books that you can get for free from The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation.

    "We are a Buddhist Foundation based in Taipei city, Taiwan. For many years, we have been printing Dharma books, which we distribute free of charge to interested individuals and organizations all over the world. "

    Here's the list of books in English, but they also have materials in Chinese, French, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages. And here's the request form. Happy reading! :)

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  • Re: Free Buddhist books
    « Reply #1 on: September 10, 2016, 04:26:56 PM »
    Nice to read free buddhist books. Once in a while I do encounter them in real life and I've always enjoyed reading them.

    I'm more interested in this life do what, next life get what. Or past life did what, this life get what. Something like this:
    http://fivearts.info/fivearts/index.php?topic=700.0

    Feel that the list is not comprehensive enough, would like to know more.
    By people sharing knowledge/info publicly, the info itself does not devalue to become "common internet data which lacks credibility and needs verifying". If everyone thinks in this way, nobody would want to share anymore in order to protect the value and integrity of their knowledge.

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  • Re: Free Buddhist books
    « Reply #2 on: September 11, 2016, 08:39:14 AM »
    Have you read The Sutra of the Causes and Effects of Actions? It explains karmic retribution using examples. I can't post it all because it's too long, but here's an excerpt.

    'Then the Buddha spoke further to Ananda thus, “These many kinds of things that I have explained are all because the person commits the following ten kinds of misdeed (in the first degree, the person falls into hell; in the second, among animals, and in the lowest, into the existence of pretas).

    1. For the sin of killing, the person falls both into hell and into the existence of animals and pretas; then, when later born human, acquires two kinds of retribution: one is that the person is short-lived, and the other is that the person is sickly.

    2. The person who commits theft falls both into hell and into the existence of animals and pretas, and when born human acquires two kinds of retribution: one is that the person is born poor and needy and the other is that the person’s possessions are united with those of others so that he cannot act at will.

    3. The person who practices unlawful desire falls both into hell and into the existence of animals and pretas, and when born human acquires two kinds of retribution: one is that the person’s spouse is debauched and the other is that there is always quarreling and disputing with the person’s spouse, so that matters do not go (or the person’s spouse does not behave) as the person would like.

    4. One who speaks lies falls both into hell and into the existence of animals and pretas; and when later is born human acquires two kinds of retribution: one is that whatsoever the person does, everything is subject to damage and calumny and the other is that people constantly injure the person with lies.

    5. One who is deceitful and two-tongued falls both into hell and into the existence of animals and pretas; and when later is born human acquires two kinds of retribution: one is that he encounters relatives who torment him and the other is that he is attached to irritable relatives.

    6. He who is evil-tongued and abusive falls both into hell and into the existence of animals and pretas, and when later is born human acquires two kinds of retribution: the first is that the person always hears evil noises and the second is that whatever the person says, there is always quarreling and dispute.

    7. The person who uses ornate words falls both into hell and into the existence of animals and pretas; and when born human acquires two kinds of retribution: the first is that even though the person speaks the truth, nobody believes him and the other is that whatever the person says, he is completely unable to bring it to an end.

    8. The person who is greedy suffers both hell and the existence of animals and pretas, and when born human acquires two kinds of retribution: one is that the person is always insatiably greedy for possessions and the other is that whatever the person seeks and gets, it is not at all as his heart desires.

    9. The person who is irascible suffers both hell and the existence of animals and pretas; and when born human acquires two kinds of retribution: one is that people seek the person’s faults and shortcomings and the other that they always cause the person pain and suffering.

    10. The person who has heretical views suffers both hell and the existence of animals and pretas; and when born as human, acquires two kinds of retribution: one is that deception is always born in the person’s heart. Now O child of the Buddha, these ten kinds of misdeed are the cause of all kinds of evil of the way.”'

    In case you want to read the rest, you can find the whole sutra here. :)


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  • Re: Free Buddhist books
    « Reply #3 on: September 11, 2016, 03:28:25 PM »
    Interesting to read, thanks.

    Just want to ask, in Tibetan Buddhism, devotees are allowed to eat meat. What's your take on this?

    I also heard from Lxllxxn Txx's books that as long as the animal is not killed specially for your consumption, there is no ill karma.

    "Specially killed for consumption" is like you go to a restaurant, you ordered lobster and the restaurant staff asked you to go to the aquarium and choose which lobster you want.

    "Not specially killed for consumption" is like mass-slaughtered in slaughterhouse.
    By people sharing knowledge/info publicly, the info itself does not devalue to become "common internet data which lacks credibility and needs verifying". If everyone thinks in this way, nobody would want to share anymore in order to protect the value and integrity of their knowledge.

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  • Re: Free Buddhist books
    « Reply #4 on: September 11, 2016, 04:19:52 PM »
    3. The person who practices unlawful desire falls both into hell and into the existence of animals and pretas

    Which law does it refer to? Law by country or law by religion?

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  • Re: Free Buddhist books
    « Reply #5 on: September 11, 2016, 08:16:45 PM »
    3. The person who practices unlawful desire falls both into hell and into the existence of animals and pretas

    Which law does it refer to? Law by country or law by religion?

    Law of morale  :-X

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  • Re: Free Buddhist books
    « Reply #6 on: September 11, 2016, 08:35:36 PM »
    Just want to ask, in Tibetan Buddhism, devotees are allowed to eat meat. What's your take on this?

    As far as i know they are allowed to eat meat for health reasons or survival. Tibet is an arid place with little vegetation and sometimes they don't have a choice (not enough grains or vegetables).
    Buddhism has a lot of different traditions with different practices. Some prohibit eating meat, while others allow it in certain circumstances.

    3. The person who practices unlawful desire falls both into hell and into the existence of animals and pretas
    Which law does it refer to? Law by country or law by religion?

    Like Vroya said, unlawful means here immoral (i.e. contrary to accepted moral rules).

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    Re: Free Buddhist books
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