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Dark Buddhism: Integrating Zen Buddhism and Objectivism Paperback – August 12, 2011

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Morgan D. Rosenberg presently serves as the Director of Middle East Operations at Litman Law Offices in Manassas, VA. Rosenberg has a graduate degree in Physics from the University of Maryland, and haswon the Society of the Sigma Xi award, the Dr. Robert H. Goddard award, the Bausch and Lomb Science Medal, and the Allied-Signal Science Award. He is a member of Mensa, and is the author of The Essentials of Patent Claim Drafting, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.
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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463625790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463625795
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,219,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was excited to read this book as it covers two of my interests: Rand and Zen. But this book is ultimately flawed because it seeks to reconcile the two viewpoints without any logical connection. Rand unambiguously expressed her disdain for Buddhism in general and zen in particular. Buddhism because it practices altruism and Zen because it denies any ultimate reality. Objectivism at its core is about one thing: rationality. And then she goes to explain what that means which is that there is reality and everything else. I personally believe, as I think most do, that she was too rigid but had some worthwhile ideas. Zen too can be too loosey goosey but has value. These systems can't be reconciled nor should they; the healthy person just doesn't take an extreme. This book makes a connection where none exists, claiming that Rand's view of happiness is in Buddhism and that zen is objectivism. The links are not based on argument but on the author's statement that this is so. It is weak and unpersuasive reasoning and diminishes the greatness of both systems of thought. Skip this book and read Rand and read a selection of zen literature instead.
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As a Buddhist who is not much on the metaphysical or pacifist aspect of the philosophy I find this book to be very interesting. It gives some very practical viewpoints and shows that Rand had some very interesting opinions on human behavior and society, along with some fairly off center opinions as well. It is a good book in my opinion simply for the fact that I never see authors on Buddhism break it down into its more practical aspects and compare them with other Western philosophy.
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I came across the author's website several weeks ago as I was making similar connections between Objectivism and Buddhism. While I have considered my self to be an objectivist in my professional life (also in political and economic outlook), my personal and spiritual life remained flat and unfulfilled. The established western religions have never appealed to me with their "believe us or else" attitude, but there are many aspects of Buddhism that appealed to me. This book does an admirable job at linking the two philosophies and does a better job of explaining original Buddhist concepts than other books I have read.

I highly recommend this book to anybody that is interested in developing a personal philosophy based on reason and reality.
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