Buddhism Plain and Simple

Buddhism Plain and Simple

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by Steven Hagen
     
 

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Buddhism Plain and Simple offers a clear, straightforward treatise on Buddhism in general and on awareness in particular.

When Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single world, he said, "Awareness." The Buddha taught how to see directly into the nature of experience. His observations and insights are plain, practical, and down-to-earth,

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Buddhism Plain and Simple offers a clear, straightforward treatise on Buddhism in general and on awareness in particular.

When Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single world, he said, "Awareness." The Buddha taught how to see directly into the nature of experience. His observations and insights are plain, practical, and down-to-earth, and they deal exclusively with the present.

Longtime teacher of Buddhism Steve Hagan presents the Buddha's uncluttered, original teachings in everyday, accessible language unencumbered by religious ritual, tradition, or belief.

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ISBN-13:
9781462901906
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
99,309
File size:
3 MB

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Buddhism Plain and Simple 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say, this is one of the best books (about anything!) I've ever read. The basics of Buddhism are presented in a clear and concise manner, and are made easily understood. Being a Buddhist myself, I found this book to help me gain a deeper understanding of my beliefs. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those who have little knowledge about Buddhism.
rollo More than 1 year ago
I found the clarity and basic approach very inspiring. It supports views I had acquired from other readings. It cut through the ritualized verbage. For me it was captivating. I am not a student of Buddhism so I can not attest to its accuracy. It was simply what I wanted; a philosophy for living within the range of what I can know. It told me that I must seriously attend to the events in my world for enlightenment. I am a moment in a universe of moments, but it is my moment if I awaken to experience. Perhaps Steve Hagen will assist you in awakening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Transpersonal Psychology has often been called Soul or Spiritual Psychology. It's compared with Buddhist Psychology, Pastoral Psychology or any of the new Energy Psychologies and involves an expanded viewpoint of who we are and what we are doing on the earth today. In that vein, I often recommend some basic but deep Buddhist philosophy books to offer guidance to those who want to understand whether Buddhism is indeed what their inner self desires. Buddhism is simply the path of awakening to levels of who we are at our finest. Buddhism is a philosophy that provides us with a way of looking and interacting with ourselves and the world. And the way we look at the world affects everything we do. Zen priest Steve Hagen wrote Buddhism Plain and Simple to illuminate this point. The practice of Buddhism does not involve traveling to the east or meditating on top of a mountain. It does not require you to abandon your religion (if you subscribe to one), your friends or your work. It is, as Hagen explains, ¿the practice of being aware, right now, every day.¿ If you want to understand more about Buddhism, Hagen¿s short 160-page book is definitely the `more¿ that can give you what you need.
Jemma_George More than 1 year ago
I am new to the teachings of Buddhism and was looking for somewhere to start. This book focused on the core of Buddhism which is awareness and what that means to Buddhist's. At times I was a little confused but these teachings are new to me and ultimately I have a clear understanding. The book was a good start and I am looking into further readings on understanding the Buddhist path.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book several years ago on a whim, but never read it until recently. I wish now that I had not waited so long... it is the most straightforward, informative book on the buddha-dharma I have read. Everytime I re-read it I learn something new. A great book for anyone from the curious to the serious. A+.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing book for those of you starting out in your Buddhist journey. I recommend it to everyone who wants to understand Buddhism! Read it and you'll know exactly what I mean! You don't even have to be a Buddhist to appreciate its message.
roni7 More than 1 year ago
Steve Hagen provides a straightforward yet thorough description of Zen Buddhism. He uses a combination of anecdotes and "real-world" applications to get across his main ideas. These could range anywhere from stories about Guatama Buddha's life or relating Buddhism to work and families. His casual diction and almost laid back tone provide a refreshing new take on this common subject. Because of that, out of the three books I have read about Buddhism I have felt the most engrossed by this one. Don't let the relaxed style of this book make you too confident though, it still took a while to get through. Hagen condenses a lot of information into about 160 pages, and it wasn't unusual for me to only read 5 pages and then set the book down. I felt that, despite the style of his writing, the material he wrote about was difficult to grasp and it was almost necessary to read bit by bit, as that would ensure that I would understand everything completely. The powerful messages throughout the book, such as the concept of "living in the now" rather than analyzing everything, are worth a slow reading pace, and I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in getting an introductory grasp on the pillars of Buddhism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buddhism is simply the path of awakening to levels of who we are at our finest. Buddhism is a philosophy that provides us with a way of looking and interacting with ourselves and the world. And the way we look at the world affects everything we do. Zen priest Steve Hagen wrote Buddhism Plain and Simple to illuminate this point. The practice of Buddhism does not involve traveling to the east or meditating on top of a mountain. It does not require you to abandon your religion (if you subscribe to one), your friends or your work. It is, as Hagen explains, ¿the practice of being aware, right now, every day.¿ If you want to understand more about Buddhism, Hagen¿s short 160-page book is definitely the `more¿ that can give you what you need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quality introduction and overview of Buddhism. I have given it as a gift several times to people who have desired an non-academic introduction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hagen deploys an array of conceptual tools to release us from our addictive cognitive habits. Consider this book an exit sign you don't want to ignore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a new person to the study of Buddhism, this was the first book I read, largely on the reccomendations I read here. I agree with most that it is an excellent introduction. If I have any complaints, it is that the author does tend to get a bit repetitive towards the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has changed my life tremendously. It provides so much insight into life that I had searched for so long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a joy to read and I will help you 'see' and inturn awaken. Any person who is lucky enough to read it will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To put it simply, this book changed the direction of my life. I am a far more peaceful, understanding, and compassionate human to all I encounter. This is a comprehensive and beautiful explanation of the Buddha-Dharma. I have read many books on Buddhism and the Dharma, but this book stands out above them all. Presented in a philosophic style, it does not linger on the 'obviousness' of reincarnation. If you are contemplating Buddhism or are already practicing, this is one book you must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read 'Buddhism: Plain and Simple' the first time, I wasn't especially impressed. I've since gone back and re-read most of it and I have to recant. Hagen describes basic Buddhist philosophy in a way that speaks directly to our lives. There are no trappings of monasticism here, no obscurantist metaphysical mumbo-jumbo, just well, Buddhism: plain and simple! Especially useful were the sections on 'Morality' 'Freedom' and 'Practice.' There is a little nuts-n-bolts instruction here on the mechanics (or how-to) of meditation. I gather that Hagen feels that that is best left for personalized 'one-on-one' interaction with a spiritual teacher. And I don't think Hagen is concerned that you do it EXACTLY a certain way, only that you meditate in a way that helps you directly experience reality. I would highly recommend this book to the novice & experienced meditator. Hagen trained under the late Dainin Katagiri Roshi, a Japanese Zen master who moved to Minnesota after working with Shunryu Suzuki in California.
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I loved how this book is written. It is one to read more than once.
RVNicks More than 1 year ago
I think everyone should read "buddhism Plain and Simple", especially Christians. It will deepen their Christian practice and they will more fully appreciate the power in the teachings of Jesus. I call myself a "Jesesian buddist" which no one understands but me but according to the Tao, that counts.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was exactly what I hoped for and expected. If you are looking to learn the basics of Buddhism while avoiding the religious aspect of it, then this book is for you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
an excellent book to start to learn about buddism,easy to understand and explains everything . If your curious about buddism let this book be the first one you read on the subject !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an aspiring Buddhist (and we are all constantly aspiring), this book was a great help in clearing up many of the basic concepts and central ideas of the Buddhist ideology. It is full of stories that teach lessons and new ways to view the world. More philosophy than religion, this book changed the way I looked at the world and I'm glad to have read it. If you're even slightly interested in Buddhism, pick up this book. By the end you will very likely think of yourself as an aspiring Buddhist too.
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