Accidental Buddhist

Accidental Buddhist

by Dinty Moore
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Accidental Buddhist by 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 dharma in America will fascinate anyone curious about the wisdom of other cultures and other religions. 

Cutting through religious jargon and abstract concepts, Moore explains in clear terms why Buddhism is becoming part of popular culture. He has the rare ability to be at once sincere about religion and good-humored about the human condition. The Accidental Buddhist never takes itself too seriously—which, as Moore discovers, Buddhists aren’t supposed to do, even when they are mindful, enlightened, and sitting perfectly still.

“Moore’s hilarious and sometimes irreverent look at Buddhism is a perfect primer for the budding Buddhist.”—Publishers Weekly

“[Moore’s] witty and candid ‘regular guy’ approach to these experiences is entertaining and comforting, and his conclusions are right on target.”—Booklist 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385492676
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date: 02/28/1999
Edition description: 1 MAIN ST
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 246,071
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Dinty W. Moore is the director of Ohio University's BA, MA, and PhD in creative writing programs. He has authored various books of literary nonfiction as well as textbooks and craft guides, most notably Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy, and his memoir, Between Panic and Desire, won the GrubStreet National Book Prize. Moore has been published in Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Utne Reader, Salon, Okey-Panky, the Southern Review, the Georgia Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the founder and editor of Brevity and is a frequent speaker and teacher at writers' conferences.

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The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
hfineisen More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?