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The Heart of Buddhism
An excellent introduction for newcomers to Buddhism as well as a useful reference for Buddhist students--clearly relates the main tenets of Buddhism to the quality of ordinary modern daily life.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 15th 1999 by Thorsons Publishers
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A very straight forward look at Buddhism from a Western perspective, in the mould of Stephen Batchelor. The book avoids jargon while still managing to introduce some complex ideas. The book holds up well after 20 years, and is less of a "how to" than a "why to" manual.
Guy Claxton is Emeritus Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Winchester. His many publications include Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less. He lives in the UK.