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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  6 reviews
David Brazier is a man on a mission. In The New Buddhism Brazier sets out to save Buddhism from complacent navel-gazers who would rather meld with the infinite than take Buddhism into society where it belongs. Brazier is erudite and engages some complex issues in historical and contemporary Buddhism, largely centering on the self-styled Critical Buddhists, who attempt to c ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 24th 2001 by Robinson Publishing
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Jun 01, 2008 Gary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: buddhists, religionists, and other fellow travellers
Very inspiring book. Very convincing, very well researched (at least I thought so anyway—I learned a lot).

I'm new to Buddhism and this book has apprised me of things which will hopefully make my practice truer to what Shakyamuni intended.

For me becoming a Buddhist is about making a response to a world of nonsense; a real world but a nonsensical one.

The final two lines of the Kesa verse are
I wish to unfold the Buddha's Teaching,
That I may help all living things.

David Brazier shows in this book
Heather Smith
To the growing body of “socially engaged” Buddhist literature we can add The New Buddhism, by David Brazier. Brazier is a psychotherapist in London and a spiritual teacher in the Order of Amida Buddha. His book is written in a straightforward, almost racy style. Brazier considers the whole historical development of Buddhism, tracing it all the way back to Gautama Buddha. Brazier contends that the view of Buddha we often get from books and teachers, of a world-renouncing Great Teacher solely conc ...more
Rory Ashton
Of the several books on Buddhism I've skimmed this one is far and away my least favorite. The author seems to have an emotional grudge with 'white buddhist', 'western buddhist' and quiet possibly themselves.

Truly the first aggressive book on Buddhism I've seen. The point they're trying to get at could be made less offensively and without such an *amazingly* large brush. If it's this easy to get published I might join the game myself.
This has been my introduction to "engaged buddhism". So much of it I found refreshing. Critiques of all watery prepackaged goo for personal salvation, enlightenment, self-centred elevation etc. particularly welcomed. It has been certainly useful as a guide to help me explore more. At the moment I am afraid that I remain a member of the unenlightened masses, not ready to join those bringing into being the Pure Land. Another way of putting this, almost certainly the better way, is that I just do n ...more
Stephen Piuk
I liked this book some interesting takes on the difference between ideas on dependent origination (the ideas of sino/japanese Buddhism that says we all emerge out of enlightenment together compared with the original Buddhas message that it is taken in stages.
Erik Toren
May 05, 2008 Erik Toren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in Buddhism
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Very good read. Not too philosophical. Good critique on contemporary Buddhism and its role in our society.
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authority on Buddhist psychology, spiritual teacher, Buddhist priest, commentator, author, poet, psychotherapist, traveller, President of Instituto terrapin Zen internacional (ITZI), Head of the Amida Order, co-ordinator of the Eleusis centre in France, patron of the Tathagata Trust in India, has written nine books and many chapters, papers and articles.
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