Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism
There’s more to Buddhism than meditation and mantras—and this fully updated guide is what every reader needs on the path to enlightenment. With expanded information on the practice of Buddhism in the United States and the West, a greater focus on the relationship between Buddhism and Islam, and the effects of B...more
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It's really two books in one: Living Buddhism (guide to the basics) and Buddhist Living (the second half of the book explores relations to various walks of life. I'll add it's the only book to include all four schools of practice in the West, rather than write from one point o ...more
Especially recommended if you come from a Western Christian background. If you have some familiarity with Eastern thought already, this may be too much of a layman's book for you.
While it seems to play down the way that many sects (such as Tibetan and Pure Land) have turned Buddhism into a religion rather than a way of life, this book is useful for its accessible explanations and its practical applications.
It is divided into sections, fir ...more
My only complaint, and the reason the book gets three stars instead of four, is that in the penultimate chapter Gach says something that is just patently false. He claims t ...more
After Buddha's death, Buddhist thought traveled all over the globe. In India & Tibet it had the traditional th ...more
In this way the Complete Idiot's Guide clearly lets you know what you are getting yourself into or what their friends have gotten themselves into.
The author is an Adult convert from an ethnic community where Buddhism was historical ab ...more
While this book was obviously written by an American for the American public, the message is universal. If there is but one thing I will take away from ...more
"The more extreme my position is, the more it embraces my worst enemy's" - in the section discussing Buddhism and Taoism and the yin-yang symbol.
Eastern vs. Western mindsets: the Eastern mind-set sees humanity embedded in nature, interconnected and intertwined
Theme on devoting time to noticing karma, interbeing, impermanence, self, suchness, and nothing (Page 112-113).
"Impermanence se ...more
However, it is not entirely incomprehensible. Most of the more confusing concepts are also, in a way, not confusing at all. Which is why it is so confusing.
If you choose to read this book, please do fi ...more
Your typical "Idiots Guide" or "Dummies" book. It's a good book for the absolute beginner who knows nothing about Buddhism. Has the typical cute icons and blurbs along the way to explain things in a simple way.
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