Adventures with the Buddha: A Buddhism Reader

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The flavor, the savor, and the sense of Buddhism as revealed through personal stories of Westerners who lived it.
Many books on Buddhism will edify you, but will they entertain you? Here, finally, is a book that yields an understanding of Buddhism; not by its metaphysics or rituals but through real characters and true stories as dramatic as those in the most imaginative novel. Jeffery Paine has assembled the breathtaking adventures of nine Westerners who traveled in China, ...

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Overview

The flavor, the savor, and the sense of Buddhism as revealed through personal stories of Westerners who lived it.
Many books on Buddhism will edify you, but will they entertain you? Here, finally, is a book that yields an understanding of Buddhism; not by its metaphysics or rituals but through real characters and true stories as dramatic as those in the most imaginative novel. Jeffery Paine has assembled the breathtaking adventures of nine Westerners who traveled in China, Tibet, and Japan, in Nepal and India, and in that new Buddhist frontier, America, chanced across Buddhism, and made it an integral part of their lives. Through vivid travel writing and gripping human tales, the reader is exposed not just to the theory of Buddhist philosophy and practice but also to what it looks like from the inside. From enchanting, now-lost kingdoms in Asia to the American workplace where a practitioner is profitably applying the dharma, Adventures with the Buddha is a tour de force across nations, generations, and, ultimately, spirituality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393327465
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/5/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffery Paine is the author of Reenchantment and Father India and is the editor of The Poetry of Our World. He is former literary editor of The Wilson Quarterly and lives in Washington, DC.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Buddhism as life adventure 15
Ch. I Tibet as it once was 35
Ch. II A Himalayan guru of the old style 77
Ch. III The lost world of Chinese Buddhism 123
Ch. IV Taoism and/or Buddhism? 201
Ch. V Reality in a Zen monastery 233
Ch. VI An African-American woman's journey into Buddhism 267
Ch. VII In search of women's wisdom 317
Ch. VIII Suffering and its partial cure 343
Ch. IX The diamond sutra : the diamond business 367
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