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Philosophy Works: Accessing the Power of Great Ideas for a Happier Life Paperback – January 1, 1999

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins (July 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184293113X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842931134
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,701,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why do people trying to explain a Buddhist approach to philosophy, even if they are from England, have to write like English is their second language?

I was really hoping that this book might explain the philosophy of happiness and how Buddhism works without getting all Dalai Karma and bleary-eyed mystical on me. The guy works at an Economics school! How down to earth is that? I pretended not to notice the fuzziness of the first few pages and pressed on all the way to Page 8, where I hit this brick wall:

"Peace may begin with you and the apparent other finding between you a bond."

What? Where am I? Earth? Hello? Anyone speak English here?

What "apparent other finding"? There was a *first* finding? Did I miss it? And, it's between me and a bond, eh? James Bond? That'll be one hell of a peaceful fight!

...*Sound of shaking head and brains rattling*...

I went four times into that sentence before I found a way out. And it was an unsatisfactory one at that. The dangling participle "finding" seems to refer to "Peace", as in -

"Peace may find a bond between you, where it (peace) began, and someone else (Bond? James Bond?), where it, um, didn't."

Maybe just a comma, or perhaps some LSD and tie-dyed shirt would have helped. No, surely YOU are supposed to be finding peace, not peace itself doing the finding.

Fuzzy writing or fuzzy thinking? Or was he just trying to be sound profound and ended up being ungrammatical?

Really, why should I bother reading any further if it's going to be this difficult? It was a big effort to buy this book, as I'm already cynical enough, I don't need any more metaphysical con-artists and feet-of-clay mystics on my bookshelf.
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This is a "life Changing ": book if one is in the now and ready for the true knowledge. The appeal is that you don't need to agree but just experience these powerful words in the practice of your own life and find out if it is true for you. When the student is ready the teacher will appear. This teacher is remarkable.
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