Dug up some books while trying to get things in order – here’s one:
Buddhahood Embodied: Sources of Controversy in India and Tibet, by John J. Makransky – this is a great book, I loved it during my first year at Institute of Buddhist Studies. It focuses on some of the “Buddha Body” theories of later Indian Mahayana Buddhism. The part I want to focus on now is the final chapter that looks at how the Four Noble Truths of the Nikaya Buddhist schools (such as Theravada) need to be reinterpreted in a Mahayana framework.
Part of why I am excited is that I am feeling an urge to really start writing. I have had issues with writing since high school if not earlier. It’s not that I can’t write, but I usually have a difficult time with it. I have a lot of ideas, many of which I have explored in study classes at temple, but haven’t really sat down and tried to write about them. That’s also a part of what this blog is about.