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Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
I would recommend
"Buddhism Plain and Simple" for an excellent first step for a Western beginner.
There are lots of good authors and works,
Chogyam Trungpa, Pema Chodron, The Diamond Sutra, the Dhammapada, D.T. Suzuki, and others.
What works best for you will depend on how you like your messages delivered, but the book by Hagen, (Buddhism Plain and Simple) is excellent to give you a good grounding in the teachings without the embellishments and in a very clear way.
§Almighty§ is §Lord§ §God§
The death of the son of God, Son of man Lord Jesus, Jesus Christ.
Originally posted by etherical waterwave
It is very possible you allready merged with Christ and are in search of knowledge in other religions. The books I posted are for comfort and understanding of your place in life. They are very good to read, I can only advise them strongly. Take a read, you'll see what you think of it.
They are comforting.
"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born [Hei: womb] of water [Mem: sex] and of the Spirit [Shin: fire], he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." - John 3:5
The Fuel for Spiritual Experience (3): Bodhichitta
This book is recommended in the lecture: Bodhicharyavatara.
"Ah, Lord God, my holy Lover, when You come into my heart, all that is within me will rejoice. You are my glory and the exultation of my heart. You are my hope and refuge in the day of my tribulation. But because my love is as yet weak and my virtue imperfect, I must be strengthened and comforted by You. Visit me often, therefore, and teach me Your holy discipline. Free me from evil passions and cleanse my heart of all disorderly affection so that, healed and purified within, I may be fit to love, strong to suffer, and firm to persevere. [...]Love is watchful. Sleeping, it does not slumber. Wearied, it is not tired. Pressed, it is not straitened. Alarmed, it is not confused, but like a living flame, a burning torch, it forces its way upward and passes unharmed through every obstacle." - Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ