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Why Buddhism?: Westerners in Search of Wisdom

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Vicki Mackenzie, bestselling author of Cave in the Snow, investigates this question with the insight of a journalist who has explored Buddhism for 25 years. Among those who speak candidly about the effects of Buddhism in their lives are counselors and writers, a woman lama, a terminal cancer patient, a diamond merchant, composer Philip Glass, Professor Robert Thurman, and Buddhist luminaries Sharon Salzberg and Stephen Batchelor. The stories present intriguing responses to the Buddhist way -- to its ideas about ...
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Overview

Vicki Mackenzie, bestselling author of Cave in the Snow, investigates this question with the insight of a journalist who has explored Buddhism for 25 years. Among those who speak candidly about the effects of Buddhism in their lives are counselors and writers, a woman lama, a terminal cancer patient, a diamond merchant, composer Philip Glass, Professor Robert Thurman, and Buddhist luminaries Sharon Salzberg and Stephen Batchelor. The stories present intriguing responses to the Buddhist way -- to its ideas about consciousness and compassion, work and worldly success, family and relationships, nature and death, reincarnation, and other faiths. At a time when Western culture seems overwhelmed by materialism and individualism, Buddhism is attracting thoughtful people seeking a wiser way to live, inspiring them with tolerant and practical ethics and joyful spirituality.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780007142286
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Introduction xiii
Teaching Buddhism in prison: Robina Courtin, Nun among gangsters 1
From Sotheby's to Dharamsala: Alison Murdoch, Buddhist and Christian 22
A tremendous ripening effect: Thubten Gelek, Itinerant monk and pupil 48
The cultivation of mindfulness: Sharon Salzberg, Teacher of a way of seeing 69
Something spoke to my heart: Bob Sharples, Counsellor and psychologist 92
Digitizing the Dharma: Michael Roach, Diamond merchant, meditator and scholar 108
A place for the heart to rest: Tracy Mann, Actor 125
Life as a question, not fact: Stephen Batchelor, Author, teacher and skeptic 142
Being in the gateway: Inta McKimm, A dying person full of joy 163
Miffi Maxmillion, Inta McKimm's daughter 185
Unencumbered by guilt: Clive Arrowsmith, Photographer 190
A deep shift inside me: Lama Palden Drolma, Teacher, mother and psychotherapist 209
Pie in the sky in your fridge: Philip Glass, Composer 231
A vision of personal evolution: Robert Thurman, Professor with presence 246
Unfolding to new experience: Sister Kovida, Alms pilgrim 261
The vastness and power of the mind: Yvonne Rand, Zen priest and teacher/student 278
Key Buddhist terms 302
Further reading 308
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