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Awakening the Buddha Within  by Lama Surya Das
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Read from September 09 to October 20, 2011 — I own a copy

A decent introduction to Buddhism. Surya Das does a nice job of translating practices and traditions into more easily understood concepts for Westerners. He addresses issues like trying to meditate during a busy day on the subway and compares the Buddha mind to a pan coated with teflon. He pays attention to the idea of a new Western Dharma that is evolving out of the synthesis of traditional Eastern practices and the Western mentality. There's a lot of emphasis put on practice and especially on meditation practice. He regularly gives ideas for meditation practices or even just recitations to help people out. I'd have loved an index of all his practice suggestions somewhere in the book, though since most come at the end of segments they're not too hard to find. Something about the format of the book bogged me down about halfway through. There was just something in the organization of his segments that made it a bit of a slower read for me.
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