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Wide Awake: Buddhism for the New Generation

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  115 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Many of today's teenagers are tired of the pressure to compete and consume-and are looking for a different way to live their lives. This book offers an alternative: the 2,500-year old practice of Buddhism.Written in a style that will have immediate appeal to young "seekers" and those wanting to understand the ancient teachings, this book addresses such relevant topics as ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by TarcherPerigee (first published August 1st 2003)
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Jan 22, 2016 Hoyadaisy rated it it was amazing
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I borrowed this from the library, then bought it for my teen, then bought my own copy, then bought one for another adult. That's how good this is. Clear, direct explanations of Buddhist concepts without oversimplification. (Hard to do, right?) Explains suffering, ethics, and meditation in a teenage context, but doesn't spoon-feed or promise quick solutions (takes the veeeery long view natural to Buddhism). The book should be compelling to teens because of this honesty and because it puts the ...more
This was truly an eye-opening book. I came to it with all sorts of pre-conceived notions about Buddhism – that it was about being completely selfless and altruistic, to the point where you lose yourself. But it turns out that it’s very humanistic. It recognizes suffering and seeks to help people understand and be aware of themselves, their thoughts, and the world around them – thus, being “awake.” Reading this made me realize that I am already very “Buddhist” in thought and practice, which came ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Michael rated it did not like it
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This book is sloppy with terminology. I found this too distracting to continue. Why is this a problem? Especially for a book intended for teens as their introduction to Buddhism, loading them up with inaccurate interpretations/definitions of the teachings does them a terrible disservice.
Jan 06, 2008 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I am no "teen" but this was the most concise, easy to understand book about Buddhism that I have encountered. I recommend it for people of all ages and refer back to it often when I feel that I need a little nudge back to the path...
Jun 18, 2011 Lucky rated it it was amazing
A book that is aimed at introducing Buddhism to teenagers; but, is so well written and easy to understand without being too simplified, I've given it to several friends who asked me to recommend a good overview of Buddhist beliefs. Great book.
Sep 22, 2011 Christy rated it it was amazing
This author did a wonderful job of making a philosophical topic an interesting and insightful read. Buddhism would seem like a drawl topic, but Winston changes that completely! Very good read.
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This book is a must read for all - no matter your faith! It is thought provoking and full of new ways to approach life! I want both my kids to read it!
Sep 16, 2007 Adalheid rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking to understand Buddhism, teen or not
This was a great book to understand what Buddhism is, and is not. Very plain speaking and easy to read.
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Best book on meditation and Buddhism for teens (and the rest of us) I've found yet.
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