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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2001

    THE first review

    Well, I'm prejudiced: I'm the author. I'd say (arguably) mine might be the book for anyone wishing a simple, direct, and comprehensive survey of Buddhism ~ balancing theory and practice, the sacred & the mundane. Different schools within Buddhism (Vipassana, Zen, Pure Land, Tibetan) are explained, as well as Buddhism within contexts of Christianity and Judaism, etc. Told with loving speech and a few drops of humor. (You know the what Zen Buddhist said to the hotdog vendor? 'Make me one, with everything.' Informative for the curious, valuable for beginners, and a sturdy reference for those already on the Path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2001

    Arguably THE book for a simple, direct, comprehensive survey

    Well, I'm prejudiced: I'm the author. I wrote from an American Buddhist perspective. I didn't write solely from the view point of one school (Vipassana, Zen, Pure Land, Tibetan), but rather explain and include all (which is a unique approach, as most all books take a position based on the author's personal practice). *** I tested what I wrote against what the Buddha said, namely, that the seeds of enlightenment are within us all. And I practiced loving speech plus added frequent drops of humor. *** I hope it's informative for the curious, valuable for beginners, and a sturdy reference for those already on the path. *** Please see for yourself. *** (for more information, a site's evolving at ) Thank you.

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