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Buddhism For Dummies Paperback – December 1, 2002
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“…another interesting title that seems written for anything but dummies…” (Alain de Botton in The Observer, July 4th, 2004)
From the Back Cover
Covers daily observances, meditation practices, and making pilgrimages
Explore the fascinating history of Buddhism
Whats the significance of Buddha? How can the practice of Buddhism enrich your everyday life? This guide explains the important themes and traditions, revealing how Buddhas teachings combine to create a path to enlightenment and spiritual awakening. Find out more about karma and discover how to fulfill your highest potential through Buddhism.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
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Remember - this is Buddhism For Dummies - and it delivers exactly that - as the book itself says "Your easy-to-understand guide to Buddhist traditions, beliefs and practices"
This is a perfect book for the person looking into Buddhism for the first time - it gives a general overview - and a closer look into specific areas - from history to practices to traditions to a general understanding of the what, how's and why's of Buddhism - in easy to read and understand steps - nothing too "out there" or overwhelming
This is also a great book for the person revisiting Buddhism - it reminds you of what you found interesting or drawn to in the first place and I found it to be refreshing through the eyes I have now
Most importantly - this is a book for your head - on a spiritual scale - it's not particularly moving or spiritual - again this is Buddhism For Dummies - it's more for your brain - it's a general look and explanation geared towards an intellectual understanding (Buddhism 101) - not the heart/mind understanding - there is some of that, but Buddhism For Dummies is for your brain
I would recommend this book to beginners or anyone with a general interest. I liked how the book allowed the reader to jump between topics without feeling lost and used references during the reading that permitted the reader to investigate one topic further without losing their place in the flow of the book.
When I finished I knew what kind of Buddhist I wanted to be.
This book has great content and wisdom and does not favor any particular tradition.
Looking for a well rounded education on Buddhism? Then this is the book.
Solid information, not evangelical in nature.