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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  2,901 ratings  ·  215 reviews
This book offers a clear, straightforward approach to Buddhism in general and awareness in particular. It is about being awake and in touch with what is going on here and now. When the Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single word, he said, "Awareness." The Buddha taught how to see directly into the nature of experience. His observations and insights are plain,...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published 2000 by Goldmann (first published October 1st 1997)
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Dec 06, 2008 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beginners in Buddhism
This is a favorite Buddhist book of mine. Steve Hagen keeps the subject matter extremely simple and focused on mindfulness and our misperceptions of reality. I wouldn't say this would be a very good first book to read but it should definitely be the second or third book you read as you are beginning to explore zen buddhist thought.

I especially love his take on exploring the afterlife. He essentially says it doesn't matter, that it's an ancillary concern. I couldn't agree more and it was nice rea...more
This book is a good overview of the core of Buddhist thinking. It can be difficult for many Westerners to explore Buddhism because many sects are built around particular Asian cultures and philosophies. Steve Hagen distills Buddhism down to its core philosophy, making it practical and accessible for all.

I still struggled with some concepts, however. For example, the concepts of constant change and elimination of the self. While I understand that nothing is static in the universe, I still find t...more
I received this book from a longtime family friend as a Christmas present last year, and really enjoyed it. Hagen makes mention of two other great books, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi and Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh. I read both of these in 2008 and agree with Hagen that they are must-reads for those interested in Buddhism or meditation.

This book also falls into the must-read category, in my opinion. I have read quite a few books on the subject, but this one is uni...more
Tim Niland
After watching the PBS documentary on the life of Buddha, I became curious about his philosophies and found this small book which lays out some of the basic ideas of the Buddhists in a plain spoken and non dogmatic way. According to Hagen the main idea of Buddhism is the concept of truly seeing the world without any prejudices or preconceived notions. I like that the Buddhists are encouraged to test out the teachings of the Buddha and others, not just following them blindly. Hagen discusses the...more
I return to this book every once in awhile because I will forget what I ahve learned the first time. I do not want my 'star' review to indicate that it isn't a good book. It is written with enough anecdotes and simply enough to acheive what I think the purpose is; to explain the basic tennants of Buddhism. My problem is with Buddhism as he explains it. All life is pain and we just have to learn to deal with it so we don't experience so much dissatisfaction in our life. In this reading of the boo...more
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Gail Testa
This book was surprisingly wonderful.

Many books on Buddhism are really a very complex dissertation of someone else's view on what Buddhism is. Hagen, a Buddhist Priest, gave, "just the facts." Buddhism is not complicated --- it is "plain and simple" and he emphasized that throughout the book.

This doesn't mean, however, that the book was boring or uninspiring. We often want to make things more complicated than they really are. Hagen reminds us to stick to the basics, to the present, to just be....more
E.j. Kay
A wonderful book that de-mystifies Buddhism and explains both what it is, and what it isn't. Very few books I've read have had such a profound impact on my life. Steven Hagen is a great writer - I'm currently reading "How the world can be the way it is" - a blend of a Buddhist world-view and physics that is a fascinating read and gives a fresh perspective on the nature of things.
This was an easy read and, I think, an excellent introduction to Buddhism or, as the author likes to put it, the buddha-dharma. According to Hagen:

"Real Buddhism is not really as "ism." It's a process, an awareness, an openness, a spirit of inquiry-not a belief system, or even (as we normally understand it) a religion. It is more accurate to call it "the teaching of the awakened," or the buddha-dharma." (p.9)

This book makes Buddhism feel approachable for the average person, and is a good place t...more
This is a very good book, and probably the best primer on Buddhism that I have read. It details in direct, plain language the basics of Buddhist philosophy, and gives useful real world examples and analogies. I have a much better understanding of Buddhism in general, and for the western mind raised in a primarily Christian culture, this book gives valuable insight into the reasons Buddhism is a major force in the world.

I have read books by the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, but I found the lan...more
Daniel Roy
This is a book about the roots of Buddhism, specifically the teachings of the Buddha, purged it 2,500 years of tradition, culture, and worship that followed his life. As the title promises, it states its case in clear language, directly and simply. At the same time, the concepts are deep, thought-provoking, even perhaps life-changing.

I got a lot of out this book. At its core, it's a plea to consider the Buddha's teachings, and to consider the urgency of the task of awakening that all of us shoul...more
Buddhism Plain and Simple was, perhaps, too "plain and simple" for me. Not really. I just found it uninspired and uninspiring. I think I'd be a better judge of its value if it were my first or second introduction to Buddhism and I was able to approach the book with a "beginner's mind." Since that's not the case, if you're looking for an introduction to Buddhist thought, take my luke-warm rating with a grain of salt and decide for yourself.

Hagen does do a nice job, in my view, of explaining no-se...more
Plain and Simple? Anything but. I really don't understand what I'm supposed to see, or the nature of the types of reality I might realize. Also, he claims that if I pay attention to my feelings, my feelings will become less "urgent" (but not less "vivid"), and that then my feelings won't influence my emotions so much.

Also, all those thoughts you've been having? You know, your whole life? Well, there's your problem right there.

I think my point is, if this is what life is like in the buddha dhar...more
Jason Schofield
Hagen's little primer on Buddhist philosophy is tremendously concise and clear as a bell. Even if you have read many works related to this topic before, I think you will still find something fresh and interesting (and useful) in this terrific book.
Carlos Mestre
I don't feel like rating this book, seems difficult, I just can recommend it to someone that does know nothing about Buddhism and specially zen.

Hagen is a buddhist monk so all his writing is really focus on zen, right view, right mind, the nature of self - no-self. Tries to explain conceptually what cannot be explain that way, that, funny enough is what the book implies, the awakening. He goes to explian the 4 noble truths and The Eightfold Path.

Seeing is the most important skill, seeing can o...more
How does one review a book like this?
"Too long. I achieved enlightenment on page 97, so the rest was dross."
"Complete nonsense. No mention of the Great Creator Squirrel."
I kid, of course. If I didn't like ideas like those presented here, I wouldn't have picked it up in the first place. It is clear, calm, and, best of all for me(yes, I still speak of a "me" so, yeah, I've still got some awakening to do), it makes the path appear doable.
Fewer repetitions and more inspiring imagery and I'd have giv...more
Steve Hagen, author of "Buddhism Plain and Simple," studied Buddhism for thirty years and is a Zen priest who teaches at the Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center in Minneapolis. His book is a good introduction to Buddhism and a somewhat simple way to begin to understand the basic principles. He writes about the four noble truths of Buddhism—Buddha-dharma truths and the eightfold path. The first truth is called duhkha (doo-ka)—life means suffering, the second truth is the rising of duhkha,...more
An interesting read for a new comer to Buddhist ideas like myself. Hagen tries to distil the Buddha's teachings to as few essentials as possible, ignoring all the bells and whistles that have attached themselves in the centuries since the Buddha's life.
A book teaching ideas that claim by their nature to be unteachable is always going to be a bit of a brain-melter, but this is definitely an interesting and relatively easy introductions to the buddha-dharma.
Steve Hagen does an amazing job introducing you to the basic knowledge & heart of Buddhism. The Buddhist path is not a hard one, finding the courage to walk on it however is! He explains Buddhism just as the title describes,plain & simple! I love how easy it is to pick up the book and flow through each and every chapter. Its easy to understand & I adore that as I'm not the most advanced reader, I can easily take information in without being overwhelmed by the ideals & lifestyle o...more
This book ultimately wasn't for me. I think by the time I read this, I had read a few other texts which acted as introductory grounding.

I didn't dislike this book, but I just didn't feel the inspiration that I did from reading others.

It is clear and concise and matter of fact, but herein lies the problem for me. Perhaps I was spoiled and should have left this book alone!
Jul 06, 2014 Louis rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Interest in philosophy and/or Buddhism
This is my second book on Buddhism and another from Steven Hagen who is himself a Zen priest.

Plain and Simple, plain and simple… or so he says. This book’s focus is on telling the reader to awake, to be aware of true reality itself.

There are some very interesting points made in the book on how we are wired to categorize and view everything as a separate and distinct entity. He makes some great points on how everything we observe is skewed by our “mental leanings” (opinions, beliefs, …) either t...more
Oct 06, 2007 Anthony rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wannabe buddhists
I am going to have to reread this book, 'cause it was so dense with stimulating ideas. It cuts through a lot of the stuff of Buddhism and gets to some pretty core ideas around our existence. Well worth the read for me!
Great book, but not as easy a read as I thought. Darn those Buddhists with their deep simplicity!

This book impressed me. I will be reading it again and again.
Hagen is incredibly gifted in the art of explanation. Of the books I’ve read on Buddhism, this was by far the clearest and most concise. He packs the essence of the religion into a tidy 150 pages.

The book helped clear up many of my misconceptions about Buddhism. Hagen lays out the buddha-dharma view simply: “An ordinary person is simply one who is not awake in this moment; a buddha is a person who is. That’s all.”

Throughout the book, Hagen italicizes every use of the word “see.” This seems to be...more
Eric Rickey
When I saw that the author of one of my early favorite books, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, said the following about this book, I became intrigued enough to crack it open.

"This is the clearest and most precise exposition of Buddhism I have ever read. If you're looking for enlightenment rather than just scholarly knowledge, you'd better read this." - Robert M. Pirsig

I wonder when he said this and what other books he had read up to that point. As I began to read, I found some interest...more
I took this book out at the library renewed it two times , read it about 3 times and I still feel like there's so much to lean about buddhism . The book explained so many questions that I'd always wanted answers to. I grew up religious going to church and you realize how much Dogma you have engrained in you at such a young age. Also how much of it is very contradictory. "Seeing" is a big focus in Buddhism and although the explanation seems easy having a life time of "this is right,this is wrong"...more
Marsha Graham
I've read this book at least 20 times - cover to cover - and added annotations.

Of all the material and books on Buddhism I've read - everyone from HH the Dalai Lama to Thich Nhat Hahn to Stephen Batchelor to the Pali Canon itself - this one book stands out from all the rest. Don't get me wrong, I love Pema Chodren, but Hagen is the one who actually says it like it is. This book is truly Buddhism that is plain and simple and it is the book I recommend to all persons who want to undertake Buddhis...more
Nick Scott
I read this for improv, as recommended by improv master Dave Razowsky. As with many things in improv I found it helpful both on stage and in life. Not stressing over possible outcomes that you can't control, being in the moment, and not ruining things by conceptualizing and labeling them are some of the big things I took away from this. It's all written very plainly and succinctly, so it's easy to read and comprehend. For improvisors, I recommend this for the more advanced improvisor, as the ide...more
Third time I've read this intro to Buddhism since first picking it up in 2006. I think I keep coming back to it for its avoidance of scholarly acrobatics in favor of evocative and affecting simplicity. Rather than going into any historical matters or attempting to describe the Buddhist universe, it instead strives to express the fundamental spirit behind it all. Consequently, it's extremely accessible and achieves its purpose. In admirably lucid prose, the book iterates and reiterates the fundam...more
Cynthia .
I was born a Roman Catholic but has never been devout. I never quite understood its doctrines and thus never been a faithful disciple. Religions set out laws and each devotee is to embrace them. They recite the Holy Rosary everyday, they go to church every Sunday but when asked why they do so, what for they repeatedly say a set of prayers, they could never give an answer. That is for me rather vague and what I cannot fully understand I do not fully adopt. But for the record, I tried to give Roma...more
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Stephen Tokan "Steve" Hagen, Rōshi, (born 1945) is the founder and head teacher of the Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a Dharma heir of Dainin Katagiri-roshi.

He is a published author of several books on Buddhism. Among them, "Buddhism Plain & Simple" is one of the top five bestselling Buddhism books in the United States.

He has been a student of Buddhist thought and pract...more
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“The buddha-dharma does not invite us to dabble in abstract notions. Rather, the task it presents us with is to attend to what we actually experience, right in this moment. You don't have to look "over there." You don't have to figure anything out. You don't have to acquire anything. And you don't have to run off to Tibet, or Japan, or anywhere else. You wake up right here. In fact, you can only wake up right here.

So you don't have to do the long search, the frantic chase, the painful quest. You're already right where you need to be.”
“We're never called on to do what hurts. We just do what hurts out of ignorance and habit. Once we see what we're doing, we can stop.” 5 likes
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