Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Accidental Buddhistby Dinty Moore
THE ACCIDENTAL BUDDHIST is the funny, provocative story of how Dinty Moore went looking for the faith he'd lost in what might seem the most unlikely of places: the ancient Eastern tradition of Buddhism. Moore demystifies and explains the contradictions and concepts of this most mystic-seeming of religious traditions. This plain-spoken, insightful look at the
THE ACCIDENTAL BUDDHIST is the funny, provocative story of how Dinty Moore went looking for the faith he'd lost in what might seem the most unlikely of places: the ancient Eastern tradition of Buddhism. Moore demystifies and explains the contradictions and concepts of this most mystic-seeming of religious traditions. This plain-spoken, insightful look at the dharma in America will fascinate anyone curious about the wisdom of other cultures and other religions. "Sure of foot in complex terrain, and packing a blessedly down-to- earth sense of humor, Dinty Moore is the perfect scout for the new frontiers of American Buddhism."Rodger Kamenetz, author of THE JEW IN THE LOTUS and STALKING ELIJAH.
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I finished this book while in the middle of reading the Dalai Lama's Autobiography and strangely, my enjoyment of both was enhanced. Moore is looking for American Buddhism and may have found it, or the fact that there really is no "American" Buddhism. His various and varied experiences in this quest showcase the Dalai Lama's own discourse on Buddhism in the West. The Accidental Buddhist is a fun yet informative read that acts as a nice companion to the subject and headier reads. I will read more Dinty W. Moore
This book introduces the idea that humor and spiritual exploration do not need to be mutually exclusive. Dinty Moore's ability to convey his own self-doubt, 'Monkey Mind', and the beginning of his unexpected Buddhist odyssey was wonderfully written and easy to identify with as an educated, scientific-minded but curious skeptic. I have circulated this book around to many in my circle of agnostic friends. It has been, to date, my favorite 'exploration' book. If you have any interest or curiosity about the basics of Buddhism, please indulge yourself in this one.
I came across this book while browsing in a university bookstore which is in partnership with Barnes & Noble. Over the years, I've started--and stopped--reading several books on Buddhism when the subject got a little too complex for my non-philosophical oriented mind. Moore's book is a WONDERFUL example of Buddhist principles just by being simple, entertaining, easy to read and relate to if you don't want to get into deep philosophical reading. I loved it! Best bonus for me: as a 'baby boomer' who has attended Zen Retreats (one led by someone mentioned in Moore's book) and Mindfulness seminars, no one ever made an obtuse album title 'Catch Bull at Four' by the spiritually-seeking '70s singer Cat Stevens (now known as Yusef Islam) make sense without even mentioning the album or the album's cover illustration! If you don't understand that connection but remember the album, read this book--it provides an 'enlightened' moment. Heck, just read the book anyway if you are interested in the diversity of Buddhism, American Style!!
Like so many of us baby-boomers, Dinty W. Moore found himself disillusioned with the punitive, simplistic, and rather scarey Roman Catholicism he grew up with in the last 50s and early 60s, and like so many of us, he embarked on his own journey of investigation into the world of Buddhism, inspired by reading Thich Nhat Hahn's 'Being Peace'. Fortunately, Moore is a cynic and a skeptic, in addition to being a very good writer, and the journey he shares with us is often laugh-out-loud funny, and sometimes quite touching, as he participates in several Buddhist retreats, events, and interviews with prominent figures in American Buddhism. It's a quick, entertaining read...I finished it off in about a week of sessions on the stationary bike...and has quite a bit of information about Buddhism, as well as much food for thought about meditation, mindfulness, and the Middle Way. I can wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone who is on a spiritual journey...and isn't that just about all of us?