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Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop
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Read from March 06 to April 24, 2011 — I own a copy

A well-written book for Westerners who are curious about, or already practicing, Buddhism. Dzogchen Ponlop shares insights from the historic Eastern origins of this philosophy, and applies it to the Starbucks and Apple computer crowd that populate so many American sanghas.

I can't say I experienced any epiphanies reading "Rebel Buddha", as I did when reading the more personal, confessional (and humorous) approach of Geri Larkin, still my favorite Buddhist writer, but Ponlop does write with the same wisdom and empathy of Pema Chodron, whom I greatly admire and enjoy listening to/reading.

I'd recommend this book to anyone curious about Buddhism and how to approach it from a Western POV - as a philosophy and way of life, not as a religion.

As a cool footnote, while I own the hardback edition of this book, the audiobook is narrated by my acting buddy Jonathan Davis.
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