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Daily Prompt: Second Time Around

Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

Actually there are many books I have read several times. Some are fiction, others biographical, some science fiction, a few history, and some from other genres. The most recent one is Daily Buddhist Devotions by Venerable K Sri Dhammananda. These are not prayers to Buddha, in the way that Christians pray to God. These are to short devotional studies to help us focus our mind, gain knowledge and develop insight into solving our problems. The following quote from the introduction of the book, will explain why I keep returning to it. It is a priceless book, in two ways. First the knowledge I gain is worth more than I could afford, and the book itself has no price, it’s free. For more information on this book and others please visit: http://www.budaedu.org or visit my post on The Buddhist Educational Foundation.

“Many of our problems are caused by the mind itself. Therefore, the mind alone is able to solve them with proper understanding. When the mind is properly settled by constantly thinking of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, it can help us to overcome our sense helplessness, fear of evil spirits, and loneliness. As a result self confidence is restored. This, in short, is what is meant by taking ‘refuge’ in the Buddha.” Page XIV Daily Buddhist Devotions.

This book has helped me on days I seek more knowledge about life. I have used it to develop my spiritual practice into a daily routine, exercising my spiritual muscles much like a person works out their physical muscles at the gym. It has given me knowledge about specific problems, that I have faced in my life, or guided me towards where I might find more information.

 

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