Here, you will find KEY Sutras to develop a solid foundation in understanding the Buddha‘s teaching – the Dharma:
- The 4 Noble Truths of the Buddha – This is the only explanation that I’ve that teaches you actually USE the 4 Noble Truths in your everyday life and as a reflection in your meditation. A MUST read for a beginner.
- The Shurangama Sutra – This is THE Sutra for opening wisdom. In this Sutra, the Buddha reveals the True Mind/the Buddha Nature (also called Bodhi Nirvana) – he makes the crucial distinction that the intellectual consciousness which we use to think – we think that this is our Real Mind – but actually it is not. Then the Buddha reveals what the True Mind is really like and how to actually see it for yourself.
This Sutra is for people who really want to learn about themselves and their Real Mind. If you can learn and understand this 1 Sutra, you will basically be able to understand nearly all of Buddhism!
- Mahayana Sutras – these are the recorded words of the Buddha himself from the Sanskrit and Chinese texts translated into English. Definitely worth a read because these come from the source of Buddhism himself.
- Mahayana Sutras with Commentary from Master Hsuan Hua – Sutras are sometimes difficult to understand. Here, we are lucky the awesome Dharma Master, Hsuan Hua helps explain them.
- The Mahaparinirvana Sutra – where the Buddha talks about the Buddha Nature, the precious gem hidden inside all of us that we don’t even know that we have. This Sutra is not very well known in the west because there are not many widely available translations of it. However, it is highly respected in the East in China and Tibet.
It was spoken by the Buddha on the final day before his physical body passed on and clarifies that he taught not-self to help people let go of things – and that it’s a huge mistake to think that there is no self – because he finally reveals that there is indeed a True Self – the Buddha Nature – the hidden gem inside of us all that we don’t even know that we possess.
- The Majjhima Nikaya – the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. These Suttas give you a good overview of the general teachings of Buddhism.
- Letters from Yin Kuang – this is a collection of letters by Patriarch Yin Kuang – an awesome Master who specialized in the method of reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha – called Pure Land Buddhism.
Hands down, this is THE best book to learn Buddha recitation from because he makes it so simple. But don’t let the simplicity fool you – what Master Yin Kuang has done is harnessed the essence of Pure Land Buddhism practice in this book.
- Vajra Bodhi Sea This is old school Chinese Mahayana Buddhism at its best in the forms of the teachings of Master Hsuan Hua in a monthly magazine format. Has both Chinese and English translations side by side – so if your family and friends are Chinese – they may also be able to benefit from this.
- Buddhist Dictionary – a very comprehensive dictionary compiled by Professor Ron Epstein