The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism, 2nd Edition

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism, 2nd Edition

by Gary Gach
     
 

Enlightenment has never been easier—with this updated guide.

There's more to Buddhism than meditation and mantras—and this fully updated guide is what every reader needs on the path to enlightenment. With expanded information on the practice of Buddhism in the United States and the West, a greater focus on the relationship between

Overview

Enlightenment has never been easier—with this updated guide.

There's more to Buddhism than meditation and mantras—and this fully updated guide is what every reader needs on the path to enlightenment. With expanded information on the practice of Buddhism in the United States and the West, a greater focus on the relationship between Buddhism and Islam, and the effects of Buddhism on Christianity and Judaism, this book explores the easy ways readers can make Buddhism a part of their daily lives.

• Includes expanded appendixes featuring a timeline showing the evolution of Buddhism through history
• Covers all four schools of Buddhism—Zen, Tibetan, Pure Land, and Insight Meditation
• Expanded section on “rites of passage” shows how a new generation has taken to Buddhism

Editorial Reviews

January Magazine
Gary Gach knows his stuff. Just as importantly for this book, he writes sharply, cleanly and well.
NAPRA ReView
This marvelously complete guide is a bountiful resource...
Don't let the flippant title deter you. This complete guide is not only for the many who are new to the path, but also for those who have made a bit of the journey already. ... Gach has now provided me with answers to all I wondered about, or didn't even know I wondered about. ... I simply don't know why another Buddhist guidebook ever needs to be written!
Rain Taxi
Simple *ain't* easy.... not many books give as good an overview ... a not an undignified place to start.
Shambhala Sun
... fun, entertaining, and informative. Gary Gach hasn't dumbed down Buddhism here; he's jazzed it up. The Idiot's Guide covers the basic ground ... doesn't lead us astray.
Wordtrade
.. simple, direct ... emphasis is placed on diverse schools (Vipassana, Zen, Pure Land, Tibetan) within Buddhism as well as on Buddhism within diverse contexts, such as Christianity, Judaism, human relations, work, food, arts, the modern world ..
Wave Hit List
...useful for a number of reasons, but its approach ... is the most rewarding of all. ... intriguing and fun! Yippee!
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...useful for a number of reasons, but its approach ... is the most rewarding of all. ... intriguing and fun! Yippee!
— Wave Hit List
Buddhist News
... truly shows how the complex ideas of one of the world's most ancient philosophies can be adopted into anyone's life.
Susan Dobra
... a wonderful resource ... goes far beyond the basics ... breadth of knowledge ... a fine sense of humor ... enjoyable and inspiring.
—Magical Blend, February 2003
New York Spirit
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism, Second Edition," is a perfect pick for anyone who is interested in learning the vast history, lore, cultural impact and religious significance of Buddhism. It's also a great refresher course for those of us who've read some of the sutras before but never commit the eight-fold path to memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592572779
Publisher:
Alpha Books
Publication date:
10/05/2004
Series:
Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Rami Shapiro
Gary is a clear voice articulating the history, culture, and universal appeal of the Dharma. This is a book for everyone: those who know a lot about Buddhism; those who little; and those precious few who are blessed with knowing nothing at all.
— Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author Minyan: Ten Principles for Living a life of Integrity; translator Proverbs: Wisdom of Solomon.
Chase
The best of its kind.
Thich Naht Hanh
This book will bring a smile to us all. We see that it is reaching out to so many people - to bring the understanding, solidity, and compassion so very needed in our society.
Lama Surya Das
This book is not for idiots. It tells us what smart people want and need to know about Buddhist wisdom, history, theory, and its practice today. Gary Gach has done a fine job here, in lending a helping hand to lift ourselves toward the spiritual goal of awakened enlightenment.
— From author of Awakening the Buddha Within and founder of the Dzogchen Center
Chevy Chase
The best of its kind.
Susan Moon
At last! The Complete Idiot's Guide makes Buddhism as accessible as Volkswagen repair. (Or is it the other way around?) It's so easy even a woman can do it. Not only that. Even a MAN!
— from the author The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi; and editor, with Lenore Friedman, Being Bodies: Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment
Michael Wenger
Explores and presents simply and creatively the practical and theoretical, the mundane and the sacred of Buddhism.
— Michael Wenger Dean of Buddhist Studies, San Francisco Zen Center
Thich Nhat Hanh
This book will bring a smile to us all. We see that it is reaching out to so many people - to bring the understanding, solidity, and compassion so very needed in our society.

Meet the Author

Gary Gach has been a student of Buddhism for more than 40 years and is a consultant to the Buddhist Film Society as well as the Unified Buddhist Church. He is co-translator of Ko Un, Korea's greatest living Zen poet, and has worked as the arts and religion editor for AsianWeek and as a contributing editor to the San Francisco Review of Books. He is the editor of What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to HipHop.

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