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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
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Published 2008 by Editora Pensamento (first published 2006)
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When I started this book, I thought, "Oh, cool, a great book for those new to and curious about Buddhism. He's dispelling a lot of common misunderstandings about Buddhism that I don't have but that I know a lot of other people have -- like that we all have to be vegetarians, etc. And he's so charming and knowing and wry. Great book to read then recommend to family."

But as I kept reading, I became more unsettled. DKR discusses the four truths that essentially define Buddhism, and throughout the
“What makes you not a Buddhist” is an unconventional spiritual book written by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, a monk and spiritual guru. The book is published by Timeless Books in the year 2006 in New Delhi. Basically, the author has summarized Buddhism’s core values with a blend of a dry sense of humour. He sums up the essence of Buddhism in four simple points, they are: (1.) everything is impermanent, (2.) emotions are the cause of sufferings, (3.) all phenomena are illusionary and empty and (4.) ...more
Gordon Young
I love the way this guy cuts right to the point - he's not caught up in teaching a religion. Instead, he talks about the basic observations about existence that the Buddha noted, and the practical implications of those. IMHO, "Buddhism" is a set of instructions for dealing with the situation in the most beneficial way that Siddhartha could come up with at the time - and so I don't know if I exactly agree with the idea that accepting the 4 marks of existence as an accurate depiction of reality ma ...more
This is a challenging book. I love the author's direct, irreverent and humorous approach, and it is mostly rational, not steeped in mystical double talk if you think about it. I read parts of this twice - I was bothered by it, for sure, and still am. Of the 4 seals, 1, 2 and 4 seem like no brainers - 1, everything changes and is impermanent, 2, no emotions are purely pleasurable (“all emotions are pain”) - if we're wanting pleasure, then we're wanting the absence of the opposite, which is imposs ...more
So you think you're a Buddhist, eh? With wit and irony, Khyentse lays out the "four seals" at the heart of the Buddha's teaching.

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.

Easy, eh?

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
This short, concise book simply rocks! Incredible introductory Buddhist book for anyone with even the slightest interest of understanding Buddhism. Must read.
I really didn't like this book for a number of reasons. First, the Buddha that Khyentse presents is not the Buddha that I have come to admire and respect from reading other books. Khyentse's Buddha flies and does other supernatural things. For me, the appeal of buddhism is its practical nature. The Buddha is an inspiring figure precisely because he was an ordinary human. His teachings appeal to me (as I have encountered them) because it doesn't incorporate a whole bunch of hocus-pocus like relig ...more
I read this book with the intention of better understanding Buddhist thought. There are many seeming contradictions that exist in Buddhism, and being trained in Western philosophy I find some of them dubious, but I read it with as open of a mind as I could given my philosophic and religious state. What I found interesting is that anyone who has ever told me that they are interested in Buddhism have never mentioned the four–or three depending on the school–seals and their importance in grounding ...more
For those just beginning to contemplate buddhist theology, this book is a bit esoteric. The author explains the "four seals": All things are impermanent. All emotions are pain. All things have no inherent existence. Nirvana is beyond concepts. For me, it clarified a few fine points like that karma is gathered by consciousness...if your conscious self acts out of greed or aggression, negative karma is generated.

"It's time for modern people like ourselves to give some thought to spiritual matters,
Pedro Cabiya
Venerable Dzongsar Khyentse sounds a little bit angry and anti-western. In fact, he is very anti-democratic and a homophobe for sure. Not the best book on Buddhism, but it gets the job done for analyzing the main tenets of the notion of impermanence.
This book helped push me along the exploratory path a bit further. It is so difficult to get your head around a philosophy that has as one of its main tenets: "enlightenment is beyond concepts." Add to that the problem of translation: the texts that Buddhist knowledge flows from were written orginally in Sanskrit and Tibetan--e.g., "zag bcas" can be translated literally as "involved in falling or shifting" but gets translated more often as "emotion", as in "all emotions are pain" (another centra ...more
I experienced the audiobook as a bit emotionally charged by Venerable Dzongsar Khyentse's chosen words. Here and there I felt I heard some aggression in his words (independent from the narrator's reading) and missed compassion for the challenges of the western world. However, the book has some interesting, modern metaphors with which Buddhism and the practice of it is explained in very basic, uncomplicated terms. At least it is an easy, interesting read and sort of an introduction to Buddhism an ...more
Angela Dawn
A title only a Buddhist could truly understand naturally intrigues me...this is on my list to read.
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
The phrase that sticks out in my mind from this book is "naked babies missing their sex organs" (he's talking about cherubs in Christian art).

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
Sep 05, 2008 Jasmine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: buddhists
Recommended to Jasmine by: a random customer
Shelves: bhutanese
Okay this book is so short I read it without even adding it to my book list. The book is great it focuses really directly on the four seals. Here are some great things from the book:

"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
Steve Woods
This is a great little book. it is very clear and presents some of the most daunting concepts of Buddhist thought in a way that anyone can understand. It addresses the essence of what it is to be a Buddhist in practice; what that means to the way we conduct out life. It's a terrific introduction that may whet the appetite for something more orthodox. Even if a reader goes no further, a serious consideration of what is being put in this book could fundamentally alter the quality of the experience ...more
Well, being "not a Buddhist", I had the honour of meeting the author Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse for the first time in May 2004, at a lunch hosted by me and friends whom were members of the organising committee for a charity premiere of the movie "Travellers and Magicians" in Singapore. Though to everyone in the team he is to us, Khyentse Rinpoche, he reminded the team that as he is now in the position as director of the movie, that we should just address him as Director Khyentse Norbu and not Rin ...more
This is a good book for anyone curious about Buddhist beliefs. For anyone who has been practicing for awhile, it's a good reminder that Buddhist practices and rituals are only means to an end, a way of keeping us on the path. It is the practices and rituals that can and should change from one culture and time to the next to remain relevant. However, the four seals -- the principle of impermanence, the suffering of emotions, that phenomena have no inherent existence, and that nirvana is beyond co ...more
I've read this little book three times. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is at once entertaining and deep. He presents the essentials of the Buddhist view, the so-called Four Seals, instead of focusing on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, and this is the reason I keep coming back to this book. Like Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche more recently, he tries his best to detach his presentation of Buddhism from its cultural packaging—comparing the dharma to the tea and the packaging to the teacup ...more
Julie Kelly
I thought this book was really well written with a deep humor about it. I particularly liked where he described being asked so what is it like to be Buddhist? and the tiresomeness of the man who asked as he went on to explain. I loved the book and it made simple something that many find extremely complex.
This book explains really well how just calling oneself a Buddhist is pointless without action.
Fantastic Book
Written in such an easy to understand and humorous way, with references to everything in today's modern world from waiting for those glory days of retirement when we think we'll finally relax, to hippy commune ideals to the Beastie Boys and US presidents... Telling the story of how Siddhartha became the Buddha and what he learned along the way, in really clear simple language. Great stuff!
Very easy to read. Good for anyone. Very practical ideas. 3 key points I learnt to apply to myself:
(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".
Picked this up from the "bargain shelf" at a Buddhist retreat center, and it turned out to be quite a find.

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
I read a few chapters but had to stop when my eyes got sore from too much rolling. Too bad you can't choose zero stars. Gratuitous pop culture references, needless trashing of world religions. I know it's not Buddhist to judge-- so hey, I guess he's right!
Nerita Oeiras
Un libro que trae el budismo a la vida moderna, que no pretende ser doctrinador, solamente muestra caminos posibles para la paz espiritual, no intenta convencerte de nada, una forma facil de acercarse al budismo.
Lynn Flewelling
Khyentse effectively demystifies Buddhism, scrapes away Western misconceptions, and lays out the structure of this philosophy in clear, eloquent terms.
Tshering Penjor
Need to read it more than once to get the complete meaning
I loved this book. I feel like I have a much better grasp of the basic beliefs of Buddhism -- and was even able to start to wrap my head around some of the tricky concepts. I appreciate the author's ability to clarify things and come at them from several different directions. The blend of history, tales of Buddhist teachers and believers, and modern comparisons add some lightness and balance to the philosophy.

While the title is negative, the contents are overwhelmingly positive and inviting. Th
"Our true nature is like a wineglass, and our defilements and obscurations are like dirt and fingerprints. When we buy the glass, it has no inherently existing fingerprints. When it becomes soiled, the habitual mind thinks the glass is dirty, not that the glass has dirt. Its nature is not dirty, it's a glass with some dirt an fingerprints on it. These impurities can be removed." (from What Makes You NOT a Buddhist, by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, 91-92)

Reminds me of something else I've read . . .
This was an interesting book to read while holidaying in a Buddhist country, though the Mahayana traditions of the author sometimes seemed a world away from the Theravada traditions of Myanmar. Basically, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse lays out his understanding of the four essential 'seals' of Buddhism - all compounded things are impermanent, all emotions are pain, all things have no inherent existence, and Nirvana is beyond concepts. He spends a chapter on each, and suggests that whether we label o ...more
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Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Bhutan in 1961 and was recognised as the incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1894-1959). From early childhood, he has studied with some of the greatest contemporary masters, particularly his father, H.H. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

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