Accidental Buddhist

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Cutting through religious jargon and abstract concepts, the author explains in clear terms why Buddhism is becoming part of popular American culture.
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Overview

Cutting through religious jargon and abstract concepts, the author explains in clear terms why Buddhism is becoming part of popular American culture.
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Editorial Reviews

Richard Hughes Seager
...[A] serio-comic, upbeat and off-the-cuff exploration of the current American Buddhist scene....The text...carries the reader from Moore's discovery of his "monkey mind" to his learning and then ruminating about ahimsa, non-dualism, and the interconnectedness of all phenomena....Such accidental Buddhism is not likely to be stout enough to form the foundation of a genuinely American Buddhism, but...it is playing an important role of its own in the Americanization of the dharma.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385492676
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 MAIN ST
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 490,302
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    buddha cliff notes

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    Great Intro for Budding Buddhists

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2001

    Best Book on Buddhism!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    Every Guy's Journey Toward Enlightenment

    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?

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    Posted July 25, 2009

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