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  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Altiora Publications (December 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057H0HTU
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Dr. David Tuffley is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics and SocioTechnical Studies at Griffith University's School of ICT. A regular contributor to mainstream media on the social impact of technology, David is a recognized expert in his field. Before academia David worked as an IT Consultant in Australia and the United Kingdom, a role he continues to perform when not educating the next generation of IT professionals. David is an engaging science communicator of many years experience.

David came to the world of technology from the Humanities, having studied Psychology, Anthropology, Classical Rhetoric and English literature at the University of Queensland. David is an accomplished professional speaker and forum moderator.

David's formal qualifications include PhD (Software Engineering), Master of Philosophy (Information Systems), Grad Cert in Higher Education (all from Griffith University), Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, English Literature, Anthropology (University of Queensland). David also completed an Associate Diploma in Health Surveying at the Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT), working as a Health Surveyor in Ayr and Charleville (1978-1981).

David is a prolific writer who has published widely in both the general and academic literature with over seventy publications to his credit, with more being added every month.

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This is a very small Kindle title with just about 200 'kindle locations' of content. It is certainly not intended to be a complete or exhaustive commentary, and I do not judge it as such. For someone like me, who knows very little about the principles of Buddhism, it serves as a very basic introduction. In fact, in the introduction section it specifically states the goal of the text is to describe the basic principles and to focus on the essence or essential concepts.

The Table of Contents:

Introduction
The Essence of Buddhism
The Four Noble Truths (including a description of the eight-fold path--which I won't list out or my review will be entirely to long!)
Meditation Practice

I currently live in a part of the world where there are many Buddhist temples and I wanted to have a little more appreciation for the guiding principles. I'm sure I will pick up additional reading, but starting with this text was helpful. I sincerely doubt this will provide any new insight to anyone who has done any study already, but for a person like me it is very interesting!

Recommended!
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This basic introduction to Buddhism takes less than half an hour to read. It starts with an Introduction and a chapter on the essence of Buddhism. The third chapter is about The Four Noble Truths:

1) If you are alive,you will suffer;
2) The cause of suffering is attachment;
3) You can end suffering;
4) End suffering by following the eight-fold path.

The book then gives a basic explanation of this eight-fold path, for exemple: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech ("The enlightened person therefore tells the truth, speaks with warm gentleness when they do speak, and refrains from speaking when they have nothing important to say") and more. The book concludes with a chapter on meditation.

The book is very basic and only gives an introduction to Buddhism. I got this book as a freebie, but if you have to pay for it you may want to buy a more in-depth book on Buddhism.
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Although short this little book provides a good introduction to the history and the basic principles of Buddhism. Should you wish to know more it would be worth getting a bigger book but for an introduction it is very useful as it covers:-
The essence of Buddhism
The Four Noble Truths
The eight-fold path
Meditation Practice
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Enjoyed the book and the authors rendition of a subject I enjoy reading and learning about. The book helps you to explore the essence of Buddhism.
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This is a decent read for those who know NOTHING about Buddhism. As others have stated, it's truly just a BRIEF introduction to some basic principles/ideas associated with Buddhism. I enjoyed reading it for what it is. But I would have been disappointed in it if I thought it was a true introduction, and not just a basic one. I have two thoughts on recommending it...

- If you know anything about Buddhism you can probably afford to skip this book. It's not bad information; you just probably know everything written here.

- If you are new to Buddhism then read it (if it's free) and know that you will need to read much much more than is offered here. It's a quick read that gives you a few ideas about Buddhist beliefs, and that's it.
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Extremely short though not all together disappointing. It is as concise a summery of Buddhism as anyone could ever wish for. I think I'll be looking for something with more detail. This book (short essay really) doesn't do much for the reader most interested in learning Buddhist teachings and how to incorporate them into your life. It's more for folks that know nothing about Buddhism and are just looking for a short explanation of the key principles of the "way."
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I was expecting a brief presentation of Buddhism, and ultimately this is what I've got. A little bit too brief, and that's the reason I rated the book as OK. I would recommend it to people who don't have much time to dig into the subject, to those who are literally seeking the bare essence, to those who want to decide whether the topic is interesting for them at all.
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It is OK. It is only a short synopsis of what Buddhism is, therefore I say it is OK; (that is what a 3 rating means). I am reading a much more comprehensive one at the moment, but this little one serves a good purpose I am sure, for what it is. Our search for truth is of our essence, and I must needs keep my words short here.
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