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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Buddhist Spectrum (February 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968395120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968395127
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Biography for Brian Ruhe

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 brian@theravada.ca
Home address: #104 - 1960 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1T1

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buddha Space on February 21, 2012
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Good books on the Dharma are not that easy to come by, unfortunately. Sure, there are a plethora of publications and websites that are about Theravada Buddhism, for example, but most are riddled with platitudes or misconceptions, even about basic Buddhist ideas like karma and rebirth (see below). Ruhe's book A Short Walk on an Ancient Path is a refreshing antidote to much of these somewhat poisonous misrepresentations of the Buddha's teaching. And, as it states in its subtitle, it is A Buddhist Exploration of Meditation, Karma and Rebirth, some of the essential doctrines of Buddhism.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Z on March 5, 2014
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This is a pretty good generic Buddha thing. Nothing to write home about. A lot of the same old same old, but it's an old message and bears repeating. If you're new to Buddhism you'll like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin Merritt on May 3, 2014
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It's ok for what it is, but not a great book. It's meant to be an introduction to Buddhism, but there are much better out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Ferona on April 19, 2013
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If you really want to learn about the real Buddhism read this author's well-written book. It is a short beginner's book on Buddhism which helps one to understand the philosophy / religion of Buddhism much better than diving into the huge selections of sutras. The author, Brian Ruhe, will give you a good starting point to continue the study of Buddhism.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JP_DRAGON on July 27, 2014
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Great Book, as well as his first book, freeing the Buddha
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