People don't read anymore. I've written a lot of long essays online, but few people read them. Reading has become a lost art. I have decided to go ahead and start up my blog again. I hope that you enjoy what I share and are inspired to dig deeper into early Buddhism. My plan is to keep each post short, concise, and to the point. I want to share help insights into the Buddha's great wisdom.
Begin with the Dhammapada , translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita. It is a solid translation edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Dhammapada is two Pali words, pada meaning "path" and Dhamma meaning "teaching." So Dhammapada means "the path of the teaching." In other words, this book lays out the Buddha's path of wisdom. The Dhammapada is an anthology of short teachings of the Buddha in 26 chapters. There are nuggets of wisdom in here to encourage, correct, guide, and inspire you on your spiritual journey. This is why it is the best-known and most valued spiritual work of all time. When you are ready to get serious, begin with the Middle-Length Discourses of the Buddha, also known as the Majjhima Nikāya. The only advice is to read the first chapter last.
Since we all have a smartphone, I think it is only wise to use them for good. It is for that reason I want to share with you my favorite three Buddhist apps for Android. The first app is Meditation Timer by Harish Kumar Chauhan. This is simply a meditation timer. The simplicity is why I love it. You set the time, the start sound (I use the Gong), and you are ready to go. It has statistics if you need that. I used to use the Insight Timer, but it started getting more social. This was a distraction to just meditating. The second app is Audio Dharma by Christopher Minson. This features the teachings of Gil Fronsdal and others at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California. Gil Fronsdal was one of my first teachers when I first became a Buddhist over a decade ago. The third app is Dhamma Talks by BigTail. This features the teachings of Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff). He is currently my favorite teacher because he grounds his teaching in the early Buddhist texts. He is