This unassuming little book is part of a series spotlighting such figures as Groucho Marx, Marilyn Monroe, and Oscar Wilde. Ordinarily, company like that-entertaining as it might be-is no preparation for the Buddha, but Oliver's (Contemplative Living) charming text manages to offer a short biography of the Buddha and present in dialog form the broadly accepted essentials of Mahayana Buddhism. In a sea of introductions to Buddhism, Oliver touches on most of the basics of interest to Western readers, and appealing as singer/Buddhist Annie Lennox's introduction may be, Oliver's work stands on its own merit.
Coffee with the Buddha (Coffee with...Series)by Joan Duncan Oliver, Annie Lennox (Foreword by)
The earth trembles. Lions, tigers, and scorpions grow tame. Humans shower one another with kindness. Such marvels herald a wondrous event: Siddhartha Gautama, known as The Buddha. What knowledge would such a sage have to impart? The Way of the Bodhisattva becomes clear as The Buddha speaks here about suffering and the hardships of life (reminding us that help is always near), impermanence, reincarnation, karma, desire, morality, mindfulness, compassion, love, and the body. Joan Duncan Oliver—editorial director of the One Spirit book club and contributor to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review—conducts the “interview,” while singer/composer Annie Lennox, a practicing Buddhist, provides the enlightening preface.
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