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Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, Volume 1: Sutra

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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  2,276 ratings  ·  102 reviews
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This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (the Kindle Store sets the minimum price at 99 cents and also additional taxes are added in many countries). The author says: “Through reading and practicing the instructions given in
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Published April 16th 2011 by Tharpa Publications (first published October 1st 2010)
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
This is not modern Buddhism because the writer has a striking inability to speak to the modern reader.

And despite his clear authority on the subject, I consider his explanations on Buddhism to be some of the worst I have ever read. The problem is that he doesn’t address the practicalities of Buddhism in a modern world; he does not engage with the reader or attempt to teach him how to practice, learn and grow. Instead, it relays the separation between different levels of Buddhism. It’s detached
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Melissa
Apr 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Barely managed to finish skimming it. A lot of people apperently found it immensely helpful but I found it pretentious and repetitive, as though he was trying to add length.
Chapter two was just depressing, not that it made me depressed so much as annoyed to the point I needed to look at Huston Smith's World Religions to remind me why I like Buddhism and its happy compassionate nature, I mean you look at the Dalai Lama he's always smiling, but that chapter went on about suffering through life ad
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Joon Ho
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is titled "Modern Buddhism" as according to the author "presentation of Dharma
is designed especially for the people of the modern world". Book I covers "Sutra", 2 "Tantra" and 3 "Prayers for Daily Practice"
My main issues with this book are:
1. The author does cover some fundamental doctrines in Buddhism but it is not often explicitly stated so and to one new to Buddhism it is difficult to separate doctrine from the author's opinion. For example concepts like the three marks of existence
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Chrislene
What I liked about this book was that it was free and on Buddhism. I think that's all that I liked about it. I was confused reading this the majority of the time. I couldn't even finish it. The fluidity of the book was like a hurricane. There was no water, all wind. I wish I could give some examples but since I really didn't like this book, it was hard for me to focus.

Since I am somewhat new to Buddhism, I was looking for a book that gave me a clear sense of the principles. Many of the examples
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Sue
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found parts of this book tedious and some parts very enlightening. When the book got deeper into the more, let's go with supernatural, beliefs l was unable to relate with what the author was trying to say. I don't honestly believe in reincarnation or samsara, but when l got into the sections about meditation and how to achieve enlightenment, l found this book to be pretty interesting. I know l need more inner peace and l am also desperately trying to shake off my very Western materialism and l ...more
Andrew
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This is an introduction to Buddhism which outlines many of the philosophical ideas behind the religion. Whilst there is much repetition throughout the book, I think it would need to be re-read a number of times to really grasp the concepts.
Monstrous Abeer
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok

“Emptiness is the way things really are. It is the way things exist as opposed to the way they appear.”


I did not like this book, and I will never read it again. I merely loved the style it was written in, and the way it describes the feelings we sink into and feel.
Debbie
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that needs to be read and reread to truly understand it.
Bernie Gourley
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in an overview of Tibetan Buddhism.
Shelves: wisdom
This is the first book in a three volume overview of Buddhism that is available for free (or for the minimum Kindle book price on Amazon.) The book is written by a Tibetan Buddhist scholar-monk, and, therefore, emphasizes the Mahayana approach and specifically that of the Gelug school. (I’m a neophyte, but I don’t think this book goes into so much detail as to be controversial among Tibetan Mahayana Buddhists, but if you are thinking you’ll learn about, say, Zen or Theravadan Vipassana, not so ...more
Michael
Another freebie from Kindle. I did not read this whole book. Being at the beginning of my studies of Buddhism and mindfulness, I can already tell that the Tibetan strand is not going to be for me. Don't get me wrong: I love me some Tibetans! I admire their great emphasis on compassion, and I love how prolific their teachers are with regard to writing, websites, Buddhist centers where one can take classes, etc. Great people. But, there is just too much religion in their interpretation. Too many ...more
Mar
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book makes the practicality and application of buddhism into life simple and clear. before reading this book, i thought buddhism was all about the time when you are on the cushion and meditating, but it is clear that we can bring the meditation into everything we experience with compassion, or wisdom. through putting these teachings into practice, it is clear that it is such a good way to make my life meaningful with joy and inspiration! i see a lot of reviews about the described suffering, ...more
Lisa Aguilera
Dec 02, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-guides
I'm seeing a lot of correlation on perception and awareness between this book and Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior. Interesting how whenever you read a couple books there seems to be an underlying correlation between them. Very philosophical.
Lyn Farrell
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
This monk has passed no formal Geshi exams, and is the head of a western cult now - who scream and shout at Tibetans as they go to see the Dalai Lama. They also believe that you can learn to teach Buddhism in six months and that enlightenment can happen in a few years - all impossible.
No wonder that this book seems surface deep and platitudinous.

If you want to really learn about Buddhism, look at Shinzen Young or Robert Thurman. Don't get involved with these charlatan publishers.
Stevie
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was my introduction to Buddhism…I was astonished by the powerful imagery conjured in my mind through the words of the author…this book began a journey for me, however, it served more as a catalyst for further enquiry and away from the dogmatic approach to Buddhism presented by the author, this does not diminish the fact that this book had a huge impact in the direction of my life.
Naomi
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sigh. I wanted to like this book, but no. Very repetitive, and difficult for a secular person to appreciate what the underlying messages are - aka compassion and wisdom, rather than the fear of becoming a hellbeing and the inherent meaningless and emptiness of all things. I've been introduced to Buddhism before, and I don't believe that this interpretation is its' modern incarnation, as it were.
Emma Georgeosn
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to Buddhist beliefs. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it very insightful. Although I didn't agree with all the ideas many did resonate with me and I will endeavour to use some of this wisdom is my own life.
Kailan Sindelar
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddhism
In some ways, this is the book you would expect to read from a monk explaining the tradition of Buddhism he founded. I won't rate the book on my opinion of the New Kadampa Tradion (NKT), but rather of on the book's accessibility and situatedness. The book is extremely accessible as it is free and not too complicated. Some people have said it was repetitive, which I agree with, but it is not difficult to understand despite that and being very detailed. However, the NKT does not explain its ...more
Edward Kimble
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay, let me get this straight. My existence is an illusion (as apparently are the existences everyone else who read this book) and yet we reincarnate for many lifetimes until we finally understand that our existence is an illusion. Hmmm.

In logic, if an assumption is incorrect, the conclusion will be incorrect. Garbage in, garbage out. The mechanical deconstruction of self into (non-existent, mind you) components of body and mind leaves out a few essentials, such a life and DNA. So I'm not
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Alicia
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
It started really well, but the book lost sight of what it was trying to achieve - relevance to the modern day. I would've liked to see less focus on the fairy stories, and more on the actual moral teachings of Buddhism that can actually be applied to modern day life. Didn't finish so maybe that would've come later.
Yeli
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
For beginners like me, it was a heavy read regarding buddhism. But overall, if you get to absorb the message, it could be life-changing. I guess you really need to apply the meditations to appreciate the teachings. I'm curious for the next book though :)
Richard Raw
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great summary of modern Buddhism

This is a very good summary of modern Buddhism from a Tibetan perspective. A very good and useful read. I'd recommended this as a basic introduction.
Kristen
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love Buddhism and there are so many wonderful books that help make it accessible and meaningful for every day life. Like other reviewers, I had trouble even skimming through for it was absent of inspiration for me.
Erik Dabel
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kind of rambled at times, but some parts were very interesting and informative. Awareness, mindfulness, and peace of mind are things we should all strive for.
Lida Villegas
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Learned a lot. Love the depth of the wise concepts conveyed in this book. Anyone who is just starting to learn about Buddhism would benefit from this book.
Aggie Chu
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great words!

This book is very practical to apply to our daily lives!
It might be a long read but it's worth it.
Graham
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great guide

This book explains to the modern reader the concept of emptiness. It explains how this understanding can be of great benefit to all living beings. A great book.
Alison
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’ve now established I am not a Buddhist
Diana
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great introduction into Buddhism with a modern applicable ways to approach the practice of "emptiness." I like how the author approached the idea that everything in this world is a mere phenomenon so we should not invest our attention any deeper then the attention we put into the things we see in our dreams.
Corey Thibodeaux
Mar 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get through it. On the surface, the teachings of avoiding material attachment and cultivating your soul were nice. I've studied Buddhism and it has some worthy lessons. But the whole talk of "you will never feel pain again if you do this" and "to never put your values in something that won't survive the ravages of time" didn't sit well with me.

They used an example of a car. If my car gets dinged or scratched, I won't cry about it. I agree with this book on that. But if I my car breaks
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Jenny
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This complex book introduces the subject of Buddhism in a thorough and interesting manner. By 'complex' I mean the concepts that the author speaks about may be a little difficult to grasp for the beginner/novice learner to the subject, notably the ideas of 'emptiness' and 'enlightenment'. It is a very deep book.

The notion of 'emptiness' is more pronounced towards the end of the book when Gyatso urges us to meditate on the 'emptiness of all phenomena'. He is saying that enlightenment will be
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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished meditation Master and internationally renowned Teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. Presenting Buddha’s teachings in a way that is relevant and suitable for modern people with busy lives, he shows how these teachings can be used by anyone, Buddhist or non-Buddhist, to ...more

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  • Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, Volume 3: Prayers for Daily Practice
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