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Loy (ethics, religion, & society, Xavier Univ.; The Great Awakening) would have us believe that Buddhism is better than sex. Or money. Or fame. Well, perhaps it's not exactly better, but, as Loy points out in this provocative look at contemporary America, Buddhism does offer us a way of better understanding why the things we pursue so fervently ultimately leave us unfulfilled. The book's title and its frivolous chapter headings (e.g., "How To Drive Your Karma") belie the seriousness of the text, which is never less than clear in dealing with obscure concepts and in urging an engaged Buddhist response to the difficulties of modern life. There is some repetition of ideas since many of the essays here first appeared as independent pieces in various publications, but for the most part, this repetition helps to reinforce what's being said. Offering non-Buddhists a stimulating framework for dealing with the perception of an emptiness in our secularized times and Buddhists a kick in the pants that disallows the concept of Buddhist practice as irresponsible, irrelevant, and inconsistent with the heart of the teachings, this thoroughly modern take on our contemporary situation deserves a wide reading. Recommended for all collections.