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"Shin, a heart-based Buddhism, is geared toward laypeople, so it is only fitting that Wilson's book is user-friendly, with a helpful glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading at the back, plus a liberal sprinkling of humor throughout." (Shambhala Sun)
"A much needed introduction to a tradition little understood in the West. Jeff Wilson's illuminating account of his practice as a Shin Buddhist describes a path founded on humility, trust, and wonder, a way of life that celebrates a wise acceptance of human imperfection rather than a longing to overcome it." (Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism without Beliefs)
"Full of warmth, humor, and excellent storytelling." (Sumi Loundon, editor of Blue Jean Buddha and The Buddha's Apprentices)
"Buddhism of the Heart is a clear, insightful discussion of basic teachings of Shin Buddhism. The author, writing from the heart, is candid and direct. It is an easy reading text for seekers." (Alfred Bloom, Emeritus Professor of Religion, University of Hawaii)
"Arranged in brief meditations anchored in Jeff's own life, this book's approach is personal, intimate, and always inviting. I recommend this book to anyone seeking to live more authentically, more deeply." (James Ishmael Ford, Unitarian Universalist Minister and author of Zen Master Who? and If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break)
A native of North Carolina who grew up in New England, Jeff Wilson is an assistant professor of religious studies and East Asian studies at Renison University College in Canada. He is the author of The Buddhist Guide to NewYork, Mourning the Unborn Dead: A Buddhist Ritual Comes to America, and Dixie Dharma and is a contributing editor for the Buddhist magazine Tricycle.
Mark Unno teaches East Asian religions at the University of Oregon. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Ethics and the advisory board of Buddhist-Christian Studies. He has been the featured speaker at numerous conferences and academic venues on Asian Buddhism, Comparative Religion, Buddhism and Psychotherapy, and Buddhism in America. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Really enjoyed this piece. I liked the anecdotal nature of the book. Highly recommend for people new to Shin theory as well as those who have grown up in the tradition.Published 21 months ago by David
This is a very straightforward and clear discussion of a sect of Buddhism which is of real interest to me.Published 21 months ago by Booklover
It's a good book for those who like a more personal approach but ultimately I think we should focus on the doctrines.Published on June 22, 2013 by Upasaka Heng He