Books

The Dharmasar Solution—Overview

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Enlightenment in 100 Days

Who would guess that The Secret of the Golden Flower, an obscure Taoist manuscript hidden for centuries in a Buddhist monastery, would hold powerful keys to well-being and self-realization? Seriously, this ancient technique fixes everything—even the most persistent human problems of happiness, love, sex, old age and death. No exotic belief system or esoteric knowledge is required. It‘s so simple and direct that anyone can learn it in a few days and feel immediate benefit. Yet when practiced to completion, it delivers results far beyond more complex and difficult methods. This is an overview of the entire Dharmasar Solution.

Latest version 1.3, 21/12/2014. You can download The Dharmasar Solution here [240 KB PDF]

Secret of the Golden Flower

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The Dharmasar Solution comes from a very ancient and authentic source: T‘ai I Chin Hua Tsung Chih by Master Lü Tung-pin. This is an important new translation of The Secret of the Golden Flower. The 2500-year-old manuscript was kept hidden in a Buddhist monastery and published only in 1920 in a desperate attempt to save its valuable teaching from destruction. It was first translated into German by Richard Wilhelm and then into English by Cary Baynes, and published in the west with comments by Carl Jung as The Secret of the Golden Flower in 1931. Although Jung credited this book with having clarified his own work on the unconscious, he maintained serious reservations about the method of meditation taught in the book. What Jung did not know is that the text he was reading was in fact a garbled translation of a truncated version of a corrupted recension of the original book. You can download an updated translation by Thomas Cleary here: The Secret of the Golden Flower [3.6 MB PDF].

The Magical Mind

Root Structure

An analysis of the Kālakārāma Sutta by Ñāṇasāra Thero. Inspired by Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñāṇananda’s Magic of the Mind (see below)Specially revised, enlarged and edited for The Dharmasar Solution
Download  The Magical Mind here  [1 MB PDF].

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The Magic of the Mind

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An exposition and explanation of the Kālakārāma Sutta—a canonical discourse with a hallowed tradition that has fallen into neglect in the modern age. The terse discourse by the Buddha is given an annotated translation prologued by a humorously conceived parable of a Magic Show. A detailed and penetrative exposition of the discourse draws out the deep psychological and philosophical implications of the text. The main theme is the illusory nature of consciousness. For intermediate to advanced students of the Buddha’s teaching. Download The Magic of the Mind here [584 KB PDF]

Clearing the Path

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Clearing the Path is a work book. Its purpose is to help the user to acquire a point of view that is different from his customary frame of reference. Necessarily, an early step in accomplishing this change is the abandonment of specific mistaken notions about the Buddha’s Teaching and about the nature of experience. This initial change in specific views may lead to a change in point-of-view, whereby one comes to understand experience from a perspective different from what one has been accustomed to—a perspective in which intention, responsibility, context, conditionality, hunger, and related terms will describe the fundamental categories of one’s perception and thinking—and which can lead, eventually, to a fundamental insight about the nature of personal existence. Download the ebook Clearing the Path here [4 MB PDF].

Cup of Tea

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Once the great Japanese Master Nan-in gave audience to a Western professor of philosophy. Serving tea, Nan-in filled his visitor’s cup and kept on pouring. The overflowing tea filled up the saucer, spilled over into the tray, and still Nan-in kept pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he could restrain himself no longer: “Stop! The cup is full; no more can go in.”

Nan-in said: “Like this cup, you are too full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you the Buddha’s teaching unless first you empty your cup?”

Download Cup of Tea here [4.1-MB PDF].

Forest Monastery Journal

Entrance

This Journal covers my experience as a Sri Lankan Buddhist Upāsaka from that time until my ordination as a Theravāda monk. Unfortunately my partner decided to leave in late June, giving up on his second attempt to become a monk. But I didn’t quit, and this is the inside story of my six-month transformation into a Buddhist monk.

Download Forest Monastery Journal here [5-MB PDF]

Broken Buddha

by Ven. S. Dhammika

“Quite understandably, Asian Theravadins expect you to follow their traditions and not question them. You can point out that certain practices or ideas are not in the Tipitaka or are even contrary to it but it will make no difference. Right or wrong, inane or practical, that’s how it has always been done and that’s what you must do. In 1996 I traveled in Europe for the first time thus giving me the opportunity to see how Theravada was understood and practiced there. Theravada in Asia might be hidebound and fossilized I thought but at least Westerners will have been able to separate the fruit from the peel, the gift from the wrapping, the Buddha from ‘the thick uneven crust’ surrounding him. To my astonishment and despair I found that this was not so. Most groups, centers and monasteries I visited adhered to such practices with even more tenacity than in Asia. I finally had to admit that this is Theravada and reluctantly and with some sadness decided that I could not be a part of it any longer. I began telling anyone who might be interested that I did not consider myself or want to be considered by others to be a Theravadin monk.

I recently arrived at the same conclusion. Download Broken Buddha from this link.

 

2 thoughts on “Books”

    1. Hi Dave, thanks for your interest in our blog and videos. There are two sites I have used and recommend: http://accesstoinsight.org and https://suttacentral.net. I also highly recommend Bhikkhu Ñāṇananda’s books at http://www.seeingthroughthenet.net/eng/home.php

      Unfortunately Access to Insight isn’t maintained anymore. Sutta Central is a lively and growing site, especially useful if you want to go deep into the Suttas because the Pāḷi text is easily accessible for cross-reference. Bhikkhu Ñāṇananda’s series on Nibbāna is simply in a class of its own, and don’t miss his new volumes on paṭicca-sammupāda. Good luck with your studies!

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