Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Good free ebook: Samadhi in Buddhism

I just found a small free ebook entitled "Samadhi in Buddhism" by Bhikku P.A. Payutto.  The venerable Payutto, also known by Thai in his recent royal monastic title "Phra Bromgunaborn", is the most well-regarded expert on Tipitaka and Buddhist Dhamma in Thailand.  The content was based on one of  his old talk in Chicago in 1996, perhaps just translated recently by Janet Chan, and edited by Susan Kirschoff.  The small book (of 41 pages) is very informative and I highly recommend it. I just finished it in less than an hour.  There are a few Pali words in there, but for beginners, you can initially skip those jargons without any problem, although I would think if you can manage to learn those Pali terms, the knowledge will prevent your misunderstanding or confusion over generic English terms used in various other faiths in the future. I think he covered all the areas of Samadhi in Buddhism well.

It is available from the author's website linked here.

By the way, if you look around at that site, there are other ebooks there as well, in English or Thai. Make your choices.

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