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Some of the Dharma Paperback – November 1, 1999
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Learning to benefit from all things, good or bad, is part of the path to liberation. Learn to benefit from this, and you WILL benefit from it.
Kerouac's being unable definitively to seperate Buddhism from Hinduism and Taoism is hardly his fault. Early Hinduism is the religion which lies behind Buddhism, and all Vedic faiths. Tibetan Buddhism adopted and adapted Mongol imagery and concepts, and Sino-Japanese Buddhism is infused with Taoism and Confucianism. As for its connection with Catholicism, this is the religion Kerouac was brought up in, and which he struggled to reconcile with Buddhism for many years. It left him, perhaps with an overexaggerated sense of the first Noble Truth: "All life is suffering". The Buddhist text that Kerouac first encountered, Dwight Goddard's "A Buddhist Bible," is an eclectic collection of scripture drawn from all of these Buddhist traditions.
Christ claimed a path to redemption from suffering - so did Buddha - room for comparison at least?
Attacking Kerouac for his alcoholism is rather below the belt - can't a drunk be religious? Can he not aspire above his own weakness? Anxious and neurotic this text may be, even interminably confused, but then so is John Bunyan's "Confessions": at least it's vexedness indicates Kerouac's engagement with serious metaphysical questions.
Even so, one for die hard fans, I should imagine. B.Moderate.
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Freaking brilliant, just brilliant. "Stop seeking pleasures, satisfy your natural wants; break clean from ambitions, Escape from the urge to improve, Be like a kid And... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dominick Grande
I agree with previous 5-star reviewers -- this very personal collection of notes & musings on Buddhism, as well as his own ever-changing moods & uncertain life at every moment,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by William Timothy Lukeman
This is a wonderful book, another side of Jack Kerouac, that I find charming and delightful.
It is not a book to be read in one reading, it is for savoring. Read more
I don't like to have to give so much detail in my reviews and would prefer to be able to just give the item a star rating and be done with it.Published on February 20, 2013 by Elva Mancias
I think describing the Dharma as the word for "law" is highly misleading, but stems for one of the more appropriate interpretations of this word. Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by mistersnail
I thank you for the book. It's filled with beautiful words.
Better condition would have made me more comfortable.
If it wasn't him, we'd not be reading this. "In me there's a Buddha/ Impressing himself through this mold of darkness/ Morning will come & these writings/ will be revealed to the... Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by John L Murphy
This text deserves five stars for what it is. It's a brilliant republication of Kerouac's Buddhism notebooks. Read morePublished on November 26, 2009 by Publicagent