What Makes You Not a Buddhist
So you think you're a Buddhist? Think again. Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, one of the most creative and innovative lamas teaching today, throws down the gauntlet to the Buddhist world, challenging common misconceptions, stereotypes, and fantasies. With wit and irony, Khysentse urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism—beyond th...more
But as I kept reading, I became more unsettled. DKR discusses the four truths that essentially define Buddhism, and throughout the ...more
Il buddhismo, come credo sia noto, non è una religione, bensì una filosofia. Buddha non è un dio e il buddhismo non prevede divinità. Facile, fin qui.
La felicità non è altro che la mancanza di sof ...more
You are a Buddhist if you accept the following:
1. All compounded things are impermanent.
2. All emotions are pain.
3. All things have no inherent existence.
4. Nirvana is beyond concepts.
Don't forget to check out the Rinpoche -- as the major reincarnation of a famous Tibetan Lama (who's impermanent and has no inherent existence, mind you) -- he's attractive in ...more
I love the way the title points up the concept that, in our finiteness, we can only really define things by defining what they are not.
That our minds lack the capacity to conceptualize what we truly are, (when we only think of ourselves as our solid and important selves), formless and void, nothing, merely a transitory and conditional movement of energy, that amounts to something as vague as infor ...more
So: hilarious! This is a fresh, witty book that challenges (and even gently mocks) the certain, um, less aware forms of western Buddhism that have developed. Where by "less aware", I mean "Orientalist" and maybe even "ignorant" - but Rinpoche is much too kind to say something so mean. Nonetheless, he DOES provide a very readable, informative guide to help ...more
"It's time for modern people like ourselves to give some thought to spiritual matters, ...more
"Not just a few Christians and Muslims feel passionate about converting heathens to escape hell-fire and damnation, while the existentialists zealously try to convert the religious into heathens." -44
"Buddha doesn't want Jack to be caught in a personal 'Hell,' but he can't tell Jack to work with his perceptions and ...more
The way author portrays the Buddhas teaching , nirvana and concepts of impermanence is just brilli ...more
This book explains really well how just calling oneself a Buddhist is pointless without action.
Concisely focuses on the most essential key elements of Buddhism and makes them accessible to us curious modern folk. The pop culture references do seem unusual coming from a practising monk/lama, but that doesn't make his points any less valid. If Buddhism is going to be relevant to the modern world, why shouldn't its teachings be set in the modern world? Isn't that the whole point, that we assume monks and lamas are ...more
(1) Nothing is permament (helps learning to let go and not clinging on to something tightly).
(2) All emotions are pain (learn not to be emotional,
particularly at work).
(3) Self does not exist indepedently. (we are are interconnected. learnt to have less "self".
This is one of the best narratives on Buddhist thought and belief that I have read. Khyentse's style is fluid and esasy-to-read, plus he writes in a manner that is ceasily intelligible: clear, precise, and interesting. He uses real-life examples and elucidates concepts with easy-to-grasp descriptions. While the concepts are profound, the writing is not pedantic.
The book focuses on the four ...more
From a young age he has been active in preserving the Buddhist teachings, establish ...more