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A Short Walk On An Ancient Path - A Buddhist Exploration of Meditation, Karma and Rebirth Paperback – February 19, 2010
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Brian Anthony Ruhe (1959 - ) was a monk in Thailand and he has taught Buddhism since 1996 in the Vancouver, BC area. He has taught thousands of people at temples, community colleges, the University of the Fraser Valley, and at adult ed. courses in school boards and community centres.
Raised within a Unitarian background, Brian was exposed early to the spiritual dimension of life. Originally from Ontario, he studied business and philosophy at Brock University, and moved to Vancouver in 1980, continuing his studies at BCIT. After working in the financial planning industry selling mutual funds for eight years, he felt that although he was a reasonably happy individual, something was 'missing' from his life. Like many of us, he was haunted by the need for meaning and purpose in life.
Brian considered a number of different spiritual paths. In 1991 he was drawn to Buddhism because in it he found something sane, profound and wise. After immersing himself in Buddhist teachings he quit the financial planning business, and became a true seeker. The first stage of his journey was a six-month stay at a Tibetan Buddhist centre in Vermont, founded by Chogyam Trungpa, after which he moved for four years to Thailand, a Theravada Buddhist country. In Thailand he studied and practised at various temples and meditation centres, gathering teachings and deepening his meditation practice. He spent a short time in the monkhood with the name Buddhasaro bhikkhu. At his home temple, Wat Ram Poeng, in Chiangmai, Northern Thailand, he was trained by the abbot, Ajahn Supan, to be a Vipassana meditation instructor. It was in this setting that Brian first began to teach and give formal lectures on Buddhism to the dozens of Westerners who came to the monastery for month-long meditation retreats. It was in this setting, as well, that Brian decided that it was time for him to return to his homeland to share his insights and experiences. He is now a student of Ajahn Sona in the Theravada Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Sona is abbot of the Birken Forest Monastery near Kamloops, BC. They met in 2000 and Ajahn Sona's wisdom, knowledge and sense of humour has been a guiding inspiration for Brian ever since. See www.birken.ca .
Brian says "Meditation means directing the mind!" He works with people one-on-one and also offers courses of study presenting timeless teachings in a fresh way, working with ideas from other Buddhist teachers to empower people to work out the truth for themselves. "Brian Ruhe is a well-known Buddhist teacher in Greater Vancouver", wrote Doug Todd in the Vancouver Sun. He has founded meditation groups and has appeared in several TV, radio and newspaper interviews on the subject of Buddhism. Brian believes that the boundaries between faiths are dissolving and that in this climate of change we may come to share more realistic, effective and workable tools in the governance of our lives. That is Brian's vision. That is how Brian sees himself benefitting others by contributing to growth and change.
Website www.theravada.ca Tel. (604) 738-8475 email email@example.com
Home address: #104 - 1960 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1T1
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Ruhe is a Theravada Buddhist, having spent some time in the mid-Nineties as a bhikkhu (ordained monk) in Thailand, and now teaching Buddhism and meditation. He is based in Vancouver, Canada, and teaches groups and individuals covering topics such as Mindfulness for Well-Being, and Meditation to Reduce Physical Pain. He has also written two books, the first of which was Freeing the Buddha, and the second being the subject of this review.
The book is a little over two hundred pages, and is crammed with black and white photographs from the world of Theravada Buddhism, primarily Thailand. For a relatively short book, A Short Walk' covers the essential teachings and meditation practices extremely well. It is organized into nine chapters which cover The Four Noble Truths, Karma and Rebirth, and, most interestingly, Buddhist Cosmology. These are more on the theoretical, doctrinal level of Dharma, but the author also manages to include practical meditation instruction too, in the chapters How to Meditate, Opening the Heart, and The Five Hindrances.
So, Ruhe starts at the beginning of all Buddhist teachings with The Four Noble Truths.Read more ›
Today, Ruhe has separated from Theravada Buddhism and he is focusing in pro Nazi/Hitler and anti semit claims. Because of this, he has been fired from two places were he was "teaching" meditation and the Theravada monk Ajahn Sona cuted out all link with him.
If you observe his body expressions, you will notest that his nervous tics has become worst and worst in his latest video, accompanyings his delusional and endlees speaches. He is the example of the "contaminated vessel", and it looks like is developing some tendency to mental illnes over the time.
If you are looking for an authentic Buddhist teachings source, my suggestion is look elswhere.
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While I am a practitioner of Theravada Buddhism, and this book does promote that to a large extent, I must warn everyone about this man and his anti-Semitic tone apparent on his... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ben
A very good read for anyone at all interested in the teachings of BuddhaPublished 5 months ago by GpK