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I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha!: What Fake Buddha Quotes Can Teach Us About Buddhism

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Quotes from the Buddha are everywhere: on Facebook, Instagram, coffee mugs, posters. There's only one problem: the Buddha didn't actually say most of them. This humorous and informative book takes these fake Buddha quotes as a launching point for a discussion on what the Buddha really did say, and is a great entry point for those interested in learning more about Buddhism- ...more
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Published November 6th 2018 by Parallax Press
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Dee Arr
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference, philosophy
Most of us are aware that there are misquotes that weave their way into what I believe is true. Consider “Luke, I am your father” or “Play it again, Sam” or “Do you feel lucky, punk?” All three are believed to be direct quotes from movies, yet all three are wrong.

Somewhere around 2003, Buddhist teacher Bodhipaksa began researching quotes misattributed to The Buddha, and the results are shared in this book. The author does this in a playful and interesting way while at the same time teaching and
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C. Varn
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A charming but brief book of fake Buddhist quotations with context and relevant lessons from real Pali texts. There are a few caveats, Bodhipaksa admits that there is no way to know if the oral traditions recorded in the Pali Tripiṭaka and it's suttas. He does not consider the later Mahayana scriptures to be "truly the words of the Buddha" but generally does have an ecumenical view of the relationship between Mahayana and Theravada. While this is too much to take to task for a popular book, it m ...more
Holly
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Recommended For: Buddhists, people who like and share ‘motivational’ quotes, people who get annoyed at people who share ‘motivational’ quotes.

About the Book

This book is a collection of 50 ‘Fake Buddha Quotes’ – quotes that are, for whatever reason, wrongly attributed to the historical Buddha. Bodhipaksa presents each quotation as it commonly appears, then provides, where available, an explanation of where the quote may have origi
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Tatiana Dengo
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a fun book to pick up because we’ve all known people who share inspirational quotes with pretty backgrounds that look great on social media. I myself have fallen for a widely-shared quote that is misattributed to Dr. Seuss.

The author is a great teacher who keeps a lighthearted and often humorous tone throughout the book. He explains why this search for truth is important, and candidly relates it to the spread of fake information on social media over the past two years.

The book includes
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Wow. Can we just take a moment to fully appreciate the title of this book? "I Can’t Believe It's Not Buddha!"?? If I was scoring this book purely on the title, for that it would immediately get five stars. Bravo.
But that is not the case. Although, the inner pages of this slim book do a lot to reflect their outer cover. By steeping the book in a multitude of references to popular culture and social media, Bodhipaksa r
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Celia
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
you don't that you don't know if they are true.".. Obviously, this quote is not true as there was no internet when Lincoln lived and the quote was meant as a joke.. I have shared many philosophical./positive living quotes on Facebook. Thus, I was interested in finding out what Buddha quotes were true.

Unfortunately, this book did not help me. The book did not cover Buddha's teachings on mindfulness which is
widely used now in stress management, The two quotes from Buddha which I wondered whether
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karma
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read but unfortunately I won't take out a lot out of it.

The author has done good research and I certainly understand the importance of attributing quotes properly, nonetheless this book wouldn't help me much in my life.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley.
Amphibian Press
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, the premise, and the delivery. The title? Sheer perfection.

The author starts gently, with humor, understanding that their readers likely need support and guidance in this whole misquoting thing. I mean, we’ve all likely shared some of these ill-attributed quotes on social media, right? The author admits they have, too.

Quickly, however, they move into the quotes themselves (arranged alphabetically), and the history behind where and how they became attached to Buddha. Not a sim
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R.B.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this modern times in which most people, including children, have access to the internet and social networks, has become increasingly common to notice misattributed quotes. As the author also said in this book, it's easy to write something and stick a popular name under it.

I'm not a buddhist, I suppose my belief could be best described as questioning, but I do enjoy learning about religions.

This book contains 50 quotes the Buddha never said, with explanations, and 25 quotes he did say. The au
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Travis
The premise of this book is to debunk 50 quotes misattributed to the Buddha while providing the actual relationship to the Buddha's scriptures. It manages to provide a brief overview of several facets of Buddhism. It also highlights the diverse settings and reasons why quotes get reassigned to other people. Unfortunately, several of the quotes are included without any real ties to Buddhism, which means those quotes are simply proved not be from the Buddha and that's it. I also must not travel in ...more
Bookworm
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
It sounded like a rather cute book to read: what fake Buddha quotes could teach us about the real thing. It's so easy to share and reshare quotes falsely attributed to the wrong people (I know I've done it!) so it seemed like this would be a good thing to read.

The author goes through many quotes that you've likely seen in memes, images, etc. as attributed to the Buddha and explains what he has found as the actual source, where it seems to have gone wrong (was it a summarized quote, did it cut ou
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Savannah
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and quick read. I laugh at and abhor "fake" or misattributed quotes that are pervasive on social media. While this book did not cover every potential fake Buddha quote it did cover 50 of them, which I think is a good amount. The author did a great job of tracking down where most of the quotes actually came from and how they do or do not follow the teachings of Buddha. As with most books about religion, it's difficult to know if the author's interpretations of Buddha are completely ...more
Rachel Noel
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Book provided via NetGalley for an honest review.

This book is a collection of 50 quotes commonly attributed to Buddha that aren't actually his. Bodhipaksa takes a look at the quotes and discusses their actual origins as well as whether or not they're things Buddha would've said or if they're in direct opposition to his teachings. I also appreciate Bodhipaksa's explanations for how and why quotes get misattributed throughout the years. And the book keeps its promise on teaching Buddhism by revea
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Kelly Schindler
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This guy is funny.

I'm not a Buddhist.

But I enjoy reading and quotes.

Buddha quotes make my heart smile. So when I saw “I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha” I jumped at the chance to download it.

It was a super comical and informative read. It's cut and dry read about what Buddha has and has not said, and you won't be disappointed if you decide to read it for yourself.
Jason Crane
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun and fast read that is a real boon to anyone hoping to (a) figure out when things attributed to the Buddha are wrong, and (b) learn more about what the Buddha actually said (knowing, of course, that the first couple hundred years relied on oral transmission). Recommended.
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Bonny
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha offers "worldlings," "householders" and Buddhists a fun, lighthearted, yet well-researched take on misquotes from the Buddha and beyond.

I loved this book, the premise, and the delivery. The title? Sheer perfection. I wish I'd named my book something equally apt.

The author starts gently, with humor, understanding that their readers likely need support and guidance in this whole misquoting thing. I mean, we've all likely shared some of these ill-attributed quotes
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“I encourage the following practice: pause before you share. I encourage us all to take a moment before passing on a quote or a news story in order to do a little research. Someone (and I'm pretty sure it wasn't the Buddha) said that "Google before you share" is the new "think before you speak.” 0 likes
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