Essential Buddhism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs and Practices

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Essential Buddhism A Complete Guide to Beliefs and Practices Four hundred million people call themselves Buddhists today Yet most Westerners know little about this powerful Eastern spawned faith How did it begin What do its adherents believe Why are so many We
  • Title: Essential Buddhism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs and Practices
  • Author: Jack Maguire
  • ISBN: 9780671041885
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • Four hundred million people call themselves Buddhists today Yet most Westerners know little about this powerful, Eastern spawned faith How did it begin What do its adherents believe Why are so many Westerners drawn to it Essential Buddhism responds to these questions and many , offering an accessible, global perspective on the religion s past, present, and future.Four hundred million people call themselves Buddhists today Yet most Westerners know little about this powerful, Eastern spawned faith How did it begin What do its adherents believe Why are so many Westerners drawn to it Essential Buddhism responds to these questions and many , offering an accessible, global perspective on the religion s past, present, and future It identifies how the principal concepts and practices originated and evolved through diverse cultural adaptations into three basic formats Theraveda including Vipassana, brought from Vietnam in the 1960s and including such practitioners as Jack Kornfield and Jon Kapat Zinn Mahayana including Zen Buddhism, originally brought to America by Japanese teachers after World War II and popularized by Jack Kerouac and Thomas Merton Vajrayana including Tibetan Buddhism, from the teachers who fled the Chinese takeover of Tibet in the 1950s as well as the Dalai Lama, and embraced by Allen Ginsberg, Richard Gere, and countless others Essential Buddhism is the single best resource for the novice and the expert alike, exploring the depths of Buddhism s popularity and illuminating its tenets and sensible approach to living Written in the lucid prose of a longtime professional storyteller, and full of Buddhist tales, scriptural quotes, ancient stories, and contemporary insights, Essential Buddhism is the first complete guide to the faith and the phenomenon.
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    This book is a great read for anyone interested in a general overview of Buddhism I truly enjoyed reading Buddha s story, the effect his teachings had on the world throughout history, and the different interpretations of his message Found it very intriguing that Aesop s fables are stories translated from stories about Buddha s past lives Honestly, it is the most beautiful religion I have ever read about and I have read about many in my quest for answers Despite being against religion for the mos [...]

    This book goes into great detail and is stacked full of history and knowledge, so for a beginner this is not an easy read and is not how I would suggest introducing yourself to Buddhism But once you are a little familiar, this is a must read I did learn a lot from this book.

    This is the 2nd time I read the book and I had a much better impression of it after my first read through I can therefore say that it is a GREAT book for those who are starting to look into Buddhism and specially for those in the US It really is an essential guide which is perfect for beginners For me, who was looking to brush up and remember some of what I ve learnt on the Dharma, it was not as helpful Would not recommend it for a refresher and will continue to seek another option for this goal [...]

    I finally got around to finishing Essential Buddhisms, and I m glad I didn t let it fall off my reading list when I got too busy to read it every day It s a great introduction to Buddhism in terms of belief system, culture, history, and it s introduction to the West This particular book also deals with a number of seemingly side issues, such as women in Buddhism Every few pages there is an inset box with a story or interesting aspect of the religion Highly recommended for those interested in lea [...]

    This book is perfect for someone who doesn t know much about Buddhism and wants to set a good foundation of understanding before going into specific and in depth readings about the topic I particularly liked Maguire s sections on the three Buddhist forms Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana and the differences between them Definitely an easy, informative, and interesting read.

    Though rather a tough read due to the language and religious references it was still a good read This book is culturaly rich with all of it s lessons, history, and folk tales pertaining to The Buddha and Buddhists around the world However I wouldn t suggest it for someone looking for a less textbook like rendition of Buddhism and it s teachings.

    This was a really excellent, comprehensive look at many aspects of the underpinnings of what makes Buddhism tick.Took me forever to read, because it required reading, re reading and thinking about so much of what was covered.I really enjoyed it.

    Excellent overview of Buddhism as philosophy and religion Covers the various traditions, history and modern state Includes into to their practices as well I found it clear, straight forward and unassuming.

    A good book on the basics of Buddhism He avoids the trap of commenting on Christianity to attempt to seem relevant to the casual Christian If you want to understand Buddhist basics, go with this, recommended to me by a Buddhist priest.

    An excellent book for anyone who has a passing knowledge of Buddhism, but wants to go deeper No preaching here, but much information about different sects, their beliefs, and practices This would be a great book for someone who is not Buddhist, but has Buddhist friends, coworkers, etc.

    Essential Buddhism is a read that struggles between what it says in its title and what you find Some parts are long and wordy and yet some parts, the bare essentials of Buddhism are great and remarkably vivid It was a good read and hopefully people can take what they can from it.

    A good friend of mine suggested this book but only after first reading What The Buddha Taught I suggest the same path for anyone just getting started with learning about this way of life.

    More than an introduction, ths is an easy read that brings together the essential themes of Buddhist traditions, practice and Buddha s life.

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