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The Buddha Walks into a Bar...: A Guide to Life for a New Generation Paperback – January 10, 2012
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"Buddha Walks Into A Bar is a lively and engaging invitation to a new generation of seekers, offering them a needed opportunity to be themselves, to be real, and to be thoughtful about life, without taking the spiritual journey so damn seriously." - Ethan Nichtern, author of Your Emoticons Won't Save You and One City
"The Buddha Walks into a Bar is a wise, practical and down-to-earth presentation of the liberating teaching of Tibetan Buddhism. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in transforming their lives and this world we live in. Read it, then start a revolution!" - Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, and Against the Stream
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"This isn't your grandmother's book on meditation. It's for you. That is, assuming you like to have a beer once in a while, enjoy sex, have figured out that your parents are crazy, or get frustrated at work. It's a book that doesn't put Buddhism on some pedestal so that you have to look up to it. It's about looking at all the book and crannies of your life and applying Buddhist teachings to them, no matter how messy that may be." - from the introduction of The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation
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But those ideas are not the essence of Buddhism and Rinzler does a fantastic job at making Buddhist ideas accessible to modern, secular adults. I found his quirkiness endearing and identifiable and his reasoning sound. Structurally, my only complaint is that the book ends without much of a conclusion. It just ends.
However, I enjoyed this book so much I started to google search that loaded term "Shambala Buddhism" and Rinzler's book suddenly became much more complicated for me. It's fairly controversial and Rinzler sprinkles references to the organization and its leader throughout the book but does not do much in the way of explaining his organization. I now have a LOT of questions about Shambala Centers and their aims. However, his book does a good enough job of getting my interest up in visiting one, and leaves enough information out to leave me skeptical - which i thank him for.
In the end, I had the feeling like I'd love to meet Lodro Rinzler at a bar for a drink, and talk about the Buddha. That's a success in my book.
The author's words evoke the love in my heart for humanity and provides a map for a way to live one's life with sincere love for self and others. A worthwhile addition to my personal library and a book to recommend to people who care about life on this planet.