Insight Meditation cofounder Joseph Goldstein ponders the possibility that all Buddhist teachings could be distilled into One Dharma. As Buddhism continues to grow in the West, Goldstein shows us the value of uniting this movement rather than allowing it to become fractured by its subtle differences. He does not advocate a watering down or mixing up of the various traditions. Rather, "We can practice each of them in its own integrity and come to a genuine depth of understanding." Readers who are wary of a scholarly analysis of Buddhist nuances need not worry. Goldstein (The Experience of Insight) relies on personal anecdotes and accessible language to explore the common themes in all Buddhist teachings. Though purists will no doubt quibble, Goldstein believes that following one Dharma is the way the West will be won, weaving together the methods of mindfulness, the motivation of compassion, and the liberating wisdom of nonclinging. "These three pillars--mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom--are not Indian or Burmese, Japanese or Tibetan; they are qualities in our own minds." --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Separated by time and space, the several traditions of Buddhism and their many internal variations grew from the Buddha's original teachings into disparate systems of practice on the path to liberation. Having himself confronted these discrepancies, Goldstein, a highly respected teacher of meditation, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, and widely read coauthor (with Jack Kornfield) of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and The Path of Insight Meditation, seeks here to define the One Dharma "the essential point common to all the teachings." To this end, he reviews the development of Buddhist traditions and explores various meanings of nirvana, liberation, lovingkindness, and other concepts as viewed primarily from Theravada, Tibetan, and Zen perspectives. Novices to Buddhist literature will find these teachings made accessible by a clear, simple eloquence and enlivened by anecdotes from Goldstein's personal spiritual journey. More experienced seekers will discover an excellent overview and a useful lead-in to David Brazier's The New Buddhism. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of North Carolina Lib., Asheville
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Goldstein is a gift to the world. If only we all had just a touch if his wisdom and Buddha naturePublished 6 months ago by Norm D' Plume
The content of the book is excellent. Can't go wrong with Joseph Goldstein, one of the grandfathers of American Buddhism. My rating is for the condition of the book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Valerie Rinpoche
A nice book but unfortunately it seemed to lack focus. In the end it felt like the book was written because the author just wanted to write a book, not becase there was anything... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Matthew Brooks
Tastefully expressed from respected and long-time western practitioner and teacher, it brings together different views of the Buddhist teachings. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tom J. Kelly
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As someone who has been involved in "western" Buddhism since the 70s I don't get the "One Dharma" idea. The whole point of Western Buddhism is diversity. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joe Z
Reading this book I found myself finally understanding the many concepts, teachings I had received in the past. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Peter from Perth