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Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen
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Dec 06, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: Beginners in Buddhism
Read in November, 2008 , read count: 1

This is a favorite Buddhist book of mine. Steve Hagen keeps the subject matter extremely simple and focused on mindfulness and our misperceptions of reality. I wouldn't say this would be a very good first book to read but it should definitely be the second or third book you read as you are beginning to explore zen buddhist thought.

I especially love his take on exploring the afterlife. He essentially says it doesn't matter, that it's an ancillary concern. I couldn't agree more and it was nice reading a book that doesn't feel the need to explore the unknowable in order to justify Buddhism as a complete religion.
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Devin What would you recommend as the first book to read?

Jennifer Agreed. If you are just starting out, want to learn more or question the true fundamentals in a deity free manner, this is the book. It is not a religion, it's a thought process.

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