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Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen
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May 12, 2011

it was amazing

This is an excellent, clear-sighted account of buddhism. It clears away all the extraneous nonsense that has clung like barnacles to this most misunderstood religion. Hagen, like many others, thinks it is not a religion, simply because it is not god-obsessed. But, Buddhists sure act funny for non-religious types!! Hagen puts the emphasis on what he rightly describes as the buddha-dharma, the teaching of the 'awakened'; rather than on the 'historical' Buddha, Gautama. And Hagen rightly points out that the ups and downs of life remain despite 'awakening'. Life remains what it is regardless of who you are or what your faith. But, as Hagen points out, Buddhism doesn't ask you to have faith. Buddhism asks you to see. Nothing more; nothing less.

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