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Why I Am a Buddhist by Stephen T. Asma
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I would have LOVED to like this book more than I did. Asma sounds more like the kind of "buddhist" I am, and yet there is something about how he says things that sound 'off.' At times, he sounds like yet another of those rational, naturalists who, rather than just say out front that this is their take on Buddhism, say that this is what the Buddha really was about! I think, most probably not! BUT that doesn't matter for me. I practice and teach the take on the Buddha's teaching I think makes the most sense for our world, rejecting all super-natural, other-worldly 'stuff.'

That said, I do recommend this book to anyone who is more interested in the practice and cultivation of a more wholesome, skillful, mindful life rather than in practicing a 'religion.'
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