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Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible

Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible

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by Peter Manseau
Now in paperback -- the book that caused a religious and critically acclaimed stir. Publishers Weekly called it "the most original and insightful spiritual writing to come out of America since Jack Kerouac first hit the road." The Buffalo News hailed it as "one of the most eccentric and fascinating books of the year." O, The Oprah Magazine said "This collection proves

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Happy-Universe More than 1 year ago
This book did what many try to do, but fail; it captivated me with it's honesty, and it never hid the writers' agenda. I more enjoyed the chapters written by the authors named on the cover, their chapters were clear, well-laid out and fresh with the sights and sounds and tastes of their own journey. The chapters written by other authors were more of a grab bag; some were lucid, thought-provoking and richly worded; while others were the ravings of those who somehow got published, but really shouldn't give up their day jobs. All in all, I found this book to be a philisophically fulfilling look at the journey we must all face if we want to achieve higher enlightenment. It is also a great reminder that while sometimes things are exactly what they look like on the outside, most of the time we need to pull away the layers and dig deep to find the truth that is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ideas in the book were new and different than anything I have read.......Thoughtful in presenting journey to reader using individuals from daily life....like the idea and quest, which covers up any weaknesses of the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Mortal, eat this scroll' is how the book begins, and whether you mean to or not, you will. Perhaps figuratively, perhaps literally (I haven't yet decided what to make for dinner tonight). Guided by skepticiscm and spiritual wanderlust, Sharlet and Manseau lead a chorus of writers in creating a work that is beautiful, dangerous, and above all - nourishing. By no means a feel-good fuzzy of new-age spirituality, each book of scripture asks those questions that make any good religious skeptic sleep with the night light on. In response, each book of psalms brings forward a look at the funny, strange, sad, and sincere quest that is America in search of the divine. Together the voices that emerge - those of the authors, the subjects, and the reader - create a sound that is new and truly original, authentic and unapologetic. For myself, a life-long skeptic of all religions, this is the only bible I've ever felt inclined to call my own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The authors of this book are the strangest kind of seekers: they're not looking to get found. Instead, they traveled the backroads and gathered the true stories they tell here of the wild and woolly of American religion -- standouts include people who follow tornadoes looking for God, a one-eyed rodeo star who ministers to a broken calf, a Jewish stripper who prophecies between dances. Such an assembly would be entertaining enough if that's all it was, but they present these people not as oddities but as, well, people -- just like the rest of us, only not like the rest of us, the life of each one its own little parable. And in between these true stories are chapters riffing on the source of all these crazy ideas -- the Bible -- by various writers, presumably the heretics of the subtitle. What's interesting is how the other writers' chapters mesh with the authors, so that a comedic essay on Job by Peter Trachtenberg leads to chapter by the authors about an itinerant preacher who makes Job look like a lucky man, or a book of Jonah by Rick Moody in which a modern day Jonah gets cast overboard in a storm and winds up by way of whale in Lynchburg, VA (the better to preach to Godless Jerry Falwell) is followed by the authors account of the people who cast THEMSELVES into the deadliest storms of all, tornadoes. The whole is a symphony. Or perhaps, given the subject of the book, a strange kind ofchoir.