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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism
     

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism

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by Gary Gach
 

ISBN-10: 0028641701

ISBN-13: 9780028641706

Pub. Date: 08/01/2001

Publisher: Alpha Books

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

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

Author Biography: 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780028641706
Publisher:
Alpha Books
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Series:
Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 11.16(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Buddha, Showing the Way1
1Why Is This Person Smiling?: The Life of the Buddha3
Are You Ready?: Waking Up to Yourself, Waking Up to Buddha4
The Birth of a Sage, Siddhartha Gautama5
Going Forth, the Buddha8
After Enlightenment: Teach!13
Tales Heard Around Buddha's Campfire15
2Different Flavors, One Taste: The Teachings Travel to Different Lands19
Mother India20
Original Buddhism: The Wisdom of the Elders25
Before the Internet: The Spice and Silk Routes26
The Middle Kingdom: China28
Blossoms in Other Gardens30
At the Roof of the World: Tibet, Land of Snows32
Continuing Buddha's Way in Asia Today33
3What Might an Italian Buddha Look Like?: Western Buddhism35
Preparing the Ground: Mulching the Cultural Soil36
Seasons and Lunar Phases Conducive to Growth36
Gardeners in the Fields of the Buddha38
Stay Tuned: Topics to Watch in Years to Come44
4Different Travel Agents, Same Destination?: Interfaith51
Beyond Exclusivity: Oneness52
Roots: Buddha Was Born a Hindu54
China's Version 1.0: Buddhism + Taoism57
Benedictine Buddhists, Zen Judaists, Sufi Yogis59
Part 2Dharma: Truth, and the Way to Truth67
5The Treasure and the Teachings: Jewels of Refuge and Ennobling Truths69
The Triple Gem70
Safe Harbor: Taking Refuge71
The Teaching: Four Noble Truths75
Theme and Variations81
6Buddha's Way: The Eightfold Path85
The Path86
7Conscious Conduct: Precepts for a Path with a Heart99
To Not Kill: Reverence for Life100
To Not Steal: Trustworthiness and Generosity103
Sexual Restraint: Respect, Intimacy, Trust, and Responsibility105
To Not Lie: Deep Listening and Loving Speech106
Mindful Consumption: Proper Diet for Transformation109
Practicing the Precepts111
8Take Karma, Make Dharma: Key Concepts115
One Thing Leads to Another: Karma116
This Depends on That: Interbeing117
The Stamp of Reality: The Three Dharma Seals120
You're IT: Nirvana Now124
It Is and It Isn't: Emptiness (Infinite Openness)125
Living It: Meditations in a Floating World129
Part 3Sangha: Joining the Path133
9How's Your Practice?: Getting Set135
Getting Started: Beginner's Mind136
There's No Time Like the Right Time, and the Right Time Is: Now138
Buddha's in the House140
Stocking Up on Gear: Clean Socks, and What Else?142
Joining in Community of Practice: Friends Along the Path143
As Much or as Little as You Like: The Choices Are Yours144
Viewless View and Effortless Effort147
10Meditation: Base Camp151
Be a Buddha and Sit Like a Buddha: Posture152
Doing No Thing: How Relaxing!155
Why Not Breathe: You're Alive!157
Turning Off the Radio: Quieting the Mind162
Meditation in Action: Mindful Walking165
First-Aid Kit for Beginners' Problems167
11Look Within, and Know: Insight Meditation169
Stopping and Seeing Deeply: Tranquil Concentration and Insight170
Noting the Itch, Without Scratching172
Material Meditations: The Wisdom of the Body176
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Impermanence Meditation179
Medicine for a Healthy Heart: Loving Kindness (Metta)180
Stop: In the Name of Love184
12See? Words Cannot Express: Zen187
Look, Where's Buddha?188
A Few Drops of Zen189
Just Do It!190
Lineage: Direct from the Buddha to You, with Love191
Now Why Not You?195
Universal Participation: The Bodhisattva Vow196
Without a Trace Along an Untrod Trail198
Expressing the Inexpressible Without Words200
13True Devotion: Pure Land205
The Story of Pure Land206
The Primal Vow Is Universal Compassion210
Three Keys: Faith, Vows, and Practice211
Saint Shinran212
The Story of Deities: Room for Interpretation215
A Simple, Universal Method, Alone or in Combination217
Pure Land in Daily Life218
Other Schools221
14Diamond Way: Tibetan Buddhism223
Tibetan Buddhism in 500 Words or Less224
Vajrayana Is Mahayana with a Tantric Twist226
Lamrim: Step-by-Step Stages Along the Path227
Connecting with a Teacher228
Empowerment: Initiation into Tantra230
Body, Speech, and Mind as One: Some Essential Tantric Practices231
Skillful Means of Ritual and Symbol237
The End of the Road238
Part 4Buddhism in Action: Applications in Everyday Life241
15Bringing It All Back Home: Mutual Relations243
The Way of Relation: Interrelation244
Cultural Relatives246
Happily Ever After? How About "Happily Ever Here"? (Love)246
Would You Promise to Be Mindful of the Present Moment with Your Beloved? (Marriage)248
Nobody Does It Better249
Mama Buddha, Papa Buddha, and Baby Buddha (Parenting)251
Welcome to the Club: Rites of Passage253
Learning How to Learn: Buddhist Education254
Good Life: Good Death256
16Food for the Heart: The Meal of Life259
Food as Food for Thought260
You Are How You Eat: Heart Nourishment260
Do You Hunger and Thirst?: Food Issues267
Take Tea and See: The Tea Ceremony269
17Working as if You Didn't Need the Money: Right Livelihood273
The Middle Way Between the Greatest Good and the Greatest Goods274
Inter-Office Memo: "Less Stress!"275
The Practice: Right Livelihood276
Price or Value: How Do You Measure Wealth?278
Dharma at Work: Zentrepreneurs and Tantrapreneurs280
18Everybody's Doing It: Buddhism and Popular Culture285
A Gift from a Flower to a Garden286
Physical Culture Is Culture290
Play It Again, Samadhi!-Musical Meditation294
Mind Mirror: Buddha at the Movies297
19New Ways of Seeing and Being: Buddhism and Fine Arts303
But ... Is It Art? And ... Is It Buddhist?304
Words for the Wordless: Buddhist Literature307
The Eye in the Heart of the Heart311
Art as Life: Life Is Art315
20Within and Without: Buddhism and the Sciences321
New Physics and Ancient Eastern Thought322
Infinite Healing: Dr. Buddha329
Do Feelings Have a Mind of Their Own?: Buddhist Psychology331
No Matter, Never Mind: Mind/Body Connections333
Imagine, Just Imagine: Mind to Mind (Heart to Heart)334
21Happiness Is Not an Individual Matter: Engaged Buddhism339
What Is Engaged Buddhism?340
Historical Engagement341
Service: One Big Circle of Giving343
Seeing Like a River, Thinking Like a Tree: Deep Ecology348
Wide Horizons: Humanity Is Our Sangha349
Peace!353
Appendixes
AThe Unfolding of the Lotus: A Chronology of the Timeless355
BBuddhism in a Nutshell: A Quick Reference363
CThe Vocabulary of Silence: A Glossary367
Index373

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I'm prejudiced: I'm the author. I wrote from an American Buddhist perspective. I didn't write solely from the view point of one school (Vipassana, Zen, Pure Land, Tibetan), but rather explain and include all (which is a unique approach, as most all books take a position based on the author's personal practice). *** I tested what I wrote against what the Buddha said, namely, that the seeds of enlightenment are within us all. And I practiced loving speech plus added frequent drops of humor. *** I hope it's informative for the curious, valuable for beginners, and a sturdy reference for those already on the path. *** Please see for yourself. *** (for more information, a site's evolving at awakening.to ) Thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I'm prejudiced: I'm the author. I'd say (arguably) mine might be the book for anyone wishing a simple, direct, and comprehensive survey of Buddhism ~ balancing theory and practice, the sacred & the mundane. Different schools within Buddhism (Vipassana, Zen, Pure Land, Tibetan) are explained, as well as Buddhism within contexts of Christianity and Judaism, etc. Told with loving speech and a few drops of humor. (You know the what Zen Buddhist said to the hotdog vendor? 'Make me one, with everything.' Informative for the curious, valuable for beginners, and a sturdy reference for those already on the Path.