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Blue Jean Buddha : Voices of Young Buddhists Paperback – June 15, 2001
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You know, even the best of spiritual books have to me that breezy tone of "you too can have the perfect life in only five minutes a day..." And, if the author recounts some of their past troubles, somehow they seem to have been effortlessly overcome with no residual effects.
This book is different. It is a collection of essays by young Buddhists, primarily in their late 20's and early 30's.
Many of the essays are excellent. "The Perfect Buddhist Boyfriend" depicts the disintegration of a relationship in which both partners have adopted all the accountremonts of being with-it young Buddhists. Similarly, there's the rude awakening of a young American Buddhist at a Tibetan retreat who, after several days, realizes that the wonderful authentic soup he his being served may be authentic, but it's Ramen that he could purchase at any supermarket. And why were they all isolated here meditating hours on end amongst themselves instead of going out and helping people. (The essay's conclusion is less satisfactory to me.)
My favorite essays are by those who have grown up in Buddhistm. "Growing Up with the Dharma Bums" is a riot, as the author in 1970's Rochester has to explain to his friend's mom why he cannot eat meat, straightforwardly, but reluctantly, informimg her that his parents are Buddhists and believe that killing animals is wrong. And at school he and his best friend are quick to remonstrate when they spy other kids burning up ants under the magnifying glass!
I myself gave copies of this book to each of my teenage sons.Read more ›
In his Foreword, Jack Kornfield poses the question: "What if Buddha were born in North America, in our times?"
Sumi Loundon, born into the North American Buddhist culture & coming into her third decade of life, is also asking: "What is being a Buddhist in today's Western world?" As she finds her answers, she also finds she is not alone & so evolved this collection of enchanting, first-person essays from young Buddhists all over this globe.
Like pebbles on a beach, each story is fascinating as the writers tell of their strife & boredom, yearning & bliss, hectic lives & momentary glimpses of spiritual stillness.
For a look at the world through another window where our senses & our monkey minds are engaged as never before, pick up a copy of BLUE JEAN BUDDHA & if you don't get it on the first read - keep it! Then take it down during a particularly hyper-active period in your life & see how others have walked through their chaos into the Buddhic balance & life-affirming consciousness.
Well worth the read! Gave me much about which to think & write!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good read for any age group...yet especially for young readers...the message is given in a honest and fresh way. Thank you!Published on October 7, 2013 by Alba I. Vargas
Stories are truly inspiring. It is east to relate too and found it to be a great read! Loved it!Published on September 5, 2013 by Mike Thomson
This book consists of almost 30 essays written by young (20s and 30s) men and women that identify themselves as Buddhist, or at the very least students of Buddhism. Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by L. Erickson
Sumi Loundon put together, from a number of contributors, fascinating looks at Buddhism. I found it a very pleasant read. -AnnPublished on July 16, 2007 by Ann Kato
While some of the stories in this collection may be inspiring it points out several things.
Aspiring yuppies have lost the core of Buddha's teachings. Read more
Nice to read a book of stories by young Buddhists on the path, and be able to relate.Published on November 4, 2003
As a young, serious Buddhist, I always wondered if there were others who shared my lifestyle and worldview. To my delight, I found that I am not alone. Read morePublished on June 18, 2002
Since elementary school, I have been raised a serious Buddhist and would often wonder if there were others who shared my life experiences, lifestyle, and worldview. Read morePublished on June 14, 2002
I'm a young American (20-something) and I am so happy that someone is finally paying attention to my generation of practicing Buddhists! Read morePublished on March 3, 2002