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The Buddha in Your Rearview Mirror: A Guide to Practicing Buddhism in Modern Life
Five years ago, journalist and practicing Buddhist Woody Hochswender co-authored a book on Buddhism that focused on the teachings of Nichiren, a 13th-century Japanese monk who has become the spiritual teacher for more than 20 million Buddhists worldwide. That book, which is in its 10th printing and has sold more than 80,000 copies, was such a resounding success that Hochsw ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang
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Full disclosure: I read this book as a fellow Buddhist writer to see how my book would compare. This book manages the unlikely feat of being both an excellent and persuasive introduction to the practice of Buddhism as well as providing a moderately detailed and well written explanation of the philosophy for readers looking for answers. If you are under 40 and/or consider yourself intellectually superior (I don't really mean conceited or arrogant--just confident about your stage of philosophical ...more
Okay, okay, so I really haven't finished reading the book yet. BUT IT'S SOOOOO BORING. This thing reads like a really bad college professor essay. I either kept falling asleep while reading or would catch myself moving my eyes over the words as my mind was off daydreaming about something else. I'm not giving up totally on the book but I'm not very motivated either to pick it back up and try to plow through. Bummer too because I was really looking forward to this book.
Jun 23, 2008 deena ensworth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for spirtual content
Recommended to deena by: Luis Martell
I was given this book before I became a Nichiren Buddhist. I think it does a great job of explaining things in real people terms. I've since bought it several times for friends and family as a gift. I have re-read sections several times. It's brilliant.