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Buddha's Nature: A Practical Guide to Discovering Your Place in the Cosmos

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The Buddha said that "everything we need to know about life can be found inside this fathom-long body." Then why is most people's spirituality--whether Buddhist, Christian, or Jewish--completely cut off from their body? In this provocative and groundbreaking book, you'll discover that enlightenment comes not from "out there," but from a deep understanding of our own person ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 27th 2011 by Bantam (first published October 6th 1998)
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This book found me. I work at a retreat center and was tidying up the teacher's cottage. The teacher from the last retreat had left this book by accident -- under the bed. If on a shelf at the book store, I wouldn't have bought it... I wasn't particularly attracted to the title or the 'enlightment through evolution' part. However, I flipped through it and got hooked.

I emailed the teacher and asked her if I could read it... So, I guess I *borrowed* this book.

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Jim O.
As someone who admires Buddhism, and a lover of science, this book was a pleasure to read. The author shows how using the ideas and practices of Buddhism can actually instill a deeper appreciation of the natural world, and of our own bodies and minds. As he says, "The Buddha was a biologist"; the Buddha taught that one can learn about nature and oneself by simply experimenting with meditation, focused breathing, and mindfulness. Our connection with Nature is apparent in the ways we humans live, ...more
Some interesting ideas showing how modern neuroscience is basically agreeing with what Buddhism always taught, but I found it hard to concentrate on the text. Not because it was difficult - it was all dumbed down for the general reader - but I think there were too many short sections broken up by quotes instead of examples, and it wasn't clear who it was intended for. Worth reading if you are interested in the nature of thought and the mind.
Shelley Schanfield
Second time read was even better than the first. Karma is in a sense another word for evolution: we are the sum of all that's gone before, back to the first single-cell creatures that lived on this planet.
Elizabeth Ruther
One thing I do believe in is the natural world and this book is an interesting perspective on Zen buddhism from an evolutionary biology perspective.
This guy is speaking from experience. Presenting the concepts of Buddhist meditation to the western reader. Very good!
Easy reading, fun book.
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