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Buddhism Plain and Simple: The Practice of Being Aware Right Now, Every Day Paperback – Illustrated, November 13, 2018
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- Publisher : Tuttle Publishing; Illustrated edition (November 13, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0804851182
- ISBN-13 : 978-0804851183
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #68,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What would have been a tad bit more helpful would have been to address the NEED to puff up the Self so much that humanity would be at the very center of the universe, and no higher lifeforms (including gods) would even be entertained!
In the end, I think this book is a mistake. It seems to be trying to simplify Buddhism. Buddhism is already quite simple. Read the 4 Noble Truths online for free! Then move on to the Eightfold Path (also online, also freely available). Once you get to that point, starting reading the Diamond Sutra, which is based on the Perfection of Wisdom literature, then expand that to the largest edition.
When people "skip" Buddhist faith, as the author of this book seems to do, they rob Buddhism of its power. The Lotus Sutra is a sutra that instills faith, an indispensable component of Buddhist practice, without which no Buddhist can possibly progress.
Is is plain, but it is NOT simplistic. As Goldilocks might say it was "just right" for newcomer to Buddhism the philosophy. I don't know how good it is to understand Buddhism the "religion."
It answered a question that I had for a long time: how can a buddhist survive in the real world, without conceptualizing, making judgments and having desires - all things that he is supposed to be free of? Well, as it turns out, being “free” does not mean not having thoughts and desires. Being “free” is recognizing them for what they are - being aware of them - and not being controlled by them.
The title pulled me in right away, and in the main I feel the book was successful in bringing the core of the message to me in way that was generally jargon-free and logical.
There were still some points that were difficult to comprehend, but I don't think it's the author's 'fault'. The nature of the message for me was to accept what I could see and what I could directly experience- and therefore when I tried to 'analyze' or 'conceptualize' buddhist 'thought' I found myself a bit lost, as before.
That was the greatest lesson learned from this book and for me thoroughly worthwhile.
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There is a lot to think about!
This book didn't teach me anything radically new, but at the same time it helped me get a clearer idea of my views. I've recommended it to a lot of people and bought it for many friends.
I read it after Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, and after this one I read Our mathematical universe. And I think those three are meant to be read in that order! It will really shape your thinking.