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The Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason

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The Dalai Lama opens The Middle Way with an elegant argument for the power of compassion in cultivating a happy life. From there, he connects core ideas of Buddhist philosophy to the truths of our shared condition. His Holiness delivers a sparklingly clear teaching on how the Buddhist ideas of emptiness and interdependency relate to personal experience and bring a deeper u ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published August 10th 2009 by Wisdom Publications (first published 2009)
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Joyce Lagow

Anyone who thinks that Tibetan Buddhism is somehow the path of airy-fairy mysticism is dead flat wrong. In fact, the subtitle of the book--Faith Grounded in Reason--gives far more of an indication of what Buddhism really is. I have often thought that the Shakyamuni Buddha was the first and possibly the greatest systems analyst/process engineer. All the deification and ritual was superimposed, much later. Underneath, the foundation of Buddhism is process analysis: the origin of suffering, cause a
The book is divided in two parts. The first part is a walkthrough of another book written by Nagarjuna. Also, some basic buddhist concepts are explained. This first part keeps getting increasingly harder to understand as you continue reading, thus requiring the reader to be extremely focused in the reading if you care to understand what the author is trying to say.

In the second part of the book, as the concepts are supposedly "well-explained" in the first part, the Dalai Lama just goes directly
Kathleen Loucks
very hard to get through, but very interesting, about the Buddhist teachings about emptiness
La Pomme
I find it hard to rate this book as it was my first encounter with Buddhist philosophy. Ans as it turns out this is definitely not a book for beginners. Although it walks us through the basic concepts, it's aim is above all to offer Dalai Lama's interpretation of classical Buddhist texts. Quote by quote they are analysed and often translated to simpler, modern language.
This book was highly esoteric at times. I would think to myself, "It's a good thing I took that 'Introduction to Buddhism' class in University".

Having said that, it was a good read. It made the topic at hand accessible without dumbing it down or oversimplifying.
Teachings given by the Dalai Lama in 2004. I was there but don't remember the depth of his analysis of Nagarjuna's views. I am glad to have this reference.
Excellent book and good preparation for upcoming Kalachakra initiation
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