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Buddhism Paperback – March 17, 1998
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I have major difficulties with the evangelical imperative in this series, though. As Chinese Communists have been trying to exterminate all traces of Tibetan Buddhism since their occupation of Tibet fifty years ago, I do not believe that it is justified to try to compound that crime through the erosion of Tibetan Buddhist beliefs still further, otherwise that civilisation might cease to exist altogether. Judging from Yamamoto's careful delineation of other Buddhist categories, I suspect that he might have more luck with Amida, Pure Land and Nichiren Buddhists than Tibetan or Zen Buddhists. Moreover, I also question why Yamamoto believes it self-evident that the a priori propositions of his faith are true, and not those of the various East Asian traditions that he cites. I incorporate zen practices into my own syncretist spirituality, and I like the reliance on personal responsibility that is involved here. I also hold that the principle of karmic responsibility means that people are accountable for their actions, and that the boddhisatva principle means that Buddhists are ethically obliged to serve others. Still, stripped of the evangelical propaganda, this is an excellent guide to a major religious tradition. If you read it, ignore the latter portion of the book.
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There may be some strong arguments Christians can mount against Buddhism, but you won't find any here, because the "Buddhism" in this book is a straw man, an absurd caricature. Read morePublished on August 19, 2004 by Brian C. Holly
I used this book to write a research on a comparisson between Christianity and Buddhsim and thought it was very informative and well written and set up. Read morePublished on April 27, 2002 by Charmaine Summers