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I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Buddhism.
Asma makes a great deal of the difference between what he terms "Chicago" Buddhism and what he sees as a more New Agey form of California Buddhism.
I really wanted to like this book, but it seemed to be written for teenagers by a middle aged man, and it just did not not appeal to me.
What questions would I like to have addressed concerning Buddhism? What perspectives would I find most helpful in better understanding Buddhist tradition and practice? Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Stephen N. Greenleaf
Finally, a book on the core principles of real, pragmatic Buddhism for people with real lives, pressures and responsibilities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tim Wolf
Overall I found the book to be interesting, entertaining and it helped to winnow away the deification of the Buddha. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martin L. Jones
I've gifted my copy of this book many times. Being a western practitioner of buddhism, his clear voice and writing style is one that I can pass along because I certainly identify... Read morePublished 15 months ago by S. Adams
So, even the title initially throws me. It's kind of ambiguous: "Why I am a Buddhist." It could be interpreted as "The reason I chose to become Buddhist" or "Why what I choose to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael Gmirkin
Stephen T. Asma PhD's book Why I Am A Buddhist is exactly that - Why HE is a Buddhist. With the Subtitle of "No-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey" I was expecting more of... Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by Chris Damon
In a fresh and practical presentation of Buddhist practices for modern 20th century westerners Dr. Asma presents a collation of well articulated thoughts on "What it means to be a... Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This book wasn't what I was hoping it would be but that doesn't mean it's not a good one for someone else. Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by Loren w Christensen
I have been a solitary practitioner for many years. And I have spent quite a bit of money, time and gagged my way through many a bowl of brown rice trying to figure out where I... Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by Idaho John