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Wide Awake: Buddhism for the New Generation
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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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
Dec 26, 2009 Arminzerella rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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...