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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; First Edition edition (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159030103X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590301036
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1978, "a kind of international Buddhist ecumenism" coalesced into the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, a network of Buddhist practitioners advocating nonviolent, spiritually based activism in the "social, political and economic affairs" of our day. In time, the movement became known as engaged Buddhism. Moon, longtime editor of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's journal Turning Wheel, has anthologized some of the journal's best articles into the current book, which she divides into three sections. The first focuses on how engaged Buddhism helps each author deal with his or her own personal suffering, such as surviving inside a federal prison or recovering from a childhood defined by violence and shame. The second section features essays that describe the experience of taking engaged Buddhism "into the world," such as a wry account of being arrested for protesting the arrival of a "weapons train" at a naval base. The third section shifts away from the anecdotal toward the analytical, including pieces on the roots of engaged Buddhism and suggestions for teaching its principles to one's children. Moon includes contributions from well-known Buddhist figures such as Thich Nhat Hanh, but the bulk of the essays are from "ordinary people," including a death row inmate and a corporate attorney. But Moon's real brilliance is insisting on essays that eschew the hypothetical. Instead, they describe frankly the intimate joys, humor, failures, even despair, of practicing engaged Buddhism. These are compelling, often captivating accounts of individuals collectively trying to affect the world.
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"Moon, longtime editor of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's journal Turning Wheel , has anthologized some of the journal's best articles into the current book. . . . Moon's real brilliance is insisting on essays that eschew the hypothetical. Instead they describe frankly the intimate joys, humor, failures, even despair, of practicing engaged Buddhism."— Publishers Weekly

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bourdon on May 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
As practicing Buddhist, Not Turning Away, provided some great examples of living life as a "socially engaged Buddhist." The essays are actually testimonies that provide "inspiring practical examples of real people's experiences in putting spiritual practices to the test."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mcdemax12 on August 30, 2012
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great book containing many personal accounts of people living and breathing kindness and compassion (or trying their best to). though not a self help or a how-to book in the strictest sense of the terms, one will undoubtedly learn much while reading.

tldr - a book with many captivating windows into how everyday people live the buddha dharma.
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Some remarkably honest and well-written articles in this volume.
rare stuff you cannot find easily elsewhere. This book should
be more widely read!
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Profoundly humbling...

even now
though it is a long time
since I first read this
tears still come
and my heart warms
and prays
for all those though silent
and often invisible
are standing to bear witness.
and whose lives are more
than a bumper sticker slogan
and whose love includes the not wanted.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sally Clay on July 6, 2005
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As author of "Healing and Empowerment," one of the chapters in this book, I am honored to be in such good company as the other sangha members represented here. Tashi Delek!
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