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Books and links related to Theravada Buddhism

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History of Buddhism

- Le Bouddha historique :L'époque, la vie et les enseignements de Gotama de Hans Wolfgang Schumann. Sully Editions ISBN 2-911074-15-7. Ce livre relate la vie de Bouddha, débarrassée de son aspect légendaire. Très intéressant et facile à lire. Nous le recommandons vivement.

- Buddhism : A short introduction de Klaus K Klostermaier. Onewolrd publication USA.ISBN 1-85168-186-8 L'origine et le développement du Bouddhisme, les écoles Bouddhiques, les pratiques.

- La Sagesse du Bouddha : jean Boisselier, Découverte Gallimard Religions. ISBN 2-7-053262-3. Petit livre très bien fait avec une belle iconographie.

Links about meditation and buddhism . You can order all the Theravada Canon in pali or in English sur CD rom.
/ : SN Goenka web site about Vipassana méditation . You must see it. An English web site with all the Theravada text. All the text, every concept with their explanation. A very good web site to understand the Theravada Buddhism.

For a first reading about Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism we recommend you the following books.

We strongly recommend you to check "White lotus" edition (easy to find on Internet), they have a very good range of books about Burma and Buddhism.


-What Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula. Point Sagesses Editions du Seui.l.ISBN 2-02-004799-3 Must be read by all who want to understand clearly and easily the teaching of Lord Buddha. This book is an absolute reference for itsclarity, its exactness and its precision.

- All the work of Alexandra David - Néel is to recommend for the one who is interested by Buddhism and by the Buddhists. For a first reading,, we recommend: Le Bouddhisme du Bouddha. Alexandra David-Néel. Pocket Edition. Editions du Rocher ISBN2-266-05635-2

Buddhist symbol

- L'art Bouddhique : robert e Fisher collection L'univers de L'art ISBN 2-87811-087-0. (French texte). Very interesting books which allow you to compare Buddhist art style (Mahayana and Theravada).

- Les symboles du Bouddhisme Tibétain : Claude B levenson, Editions Assouline ISBN 2-84323-145-0. (French text) Very nice pictures of Tibetan Buddhist art.

-Le Livre du Bouddha : Divinités et Symboles rituels du Bouddhisme. Eva Rduy Jansen Edition Binkey Kok ISBN 90-74597-20-3. Petit livre qui regroupe les principaux mudras et symboles du Bouddhisme, principalement Mahyana. Toujours utile à emporter ou à livre pour mieux comprendre la signification des statues ou représentations.