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Entering the Stream: An Introduction to the Buddha and His Teachings Paperback – December 14, 1993
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A good introduction to basic Buddhist concepts with a short life of the Buddha. The organization is logical, with representative texts and commentaries from modern teachers such as Pema Chodron, Chogyam Trungpa, and Thich Nhat Hahn. (LJ 1/94)
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In the introduction, Bernardo Bertolucci notes he couldn't say all the important things about Buddhism that he wanted to in his film Little Buddha; however, this thoughtful selection of Buddhist writings perhaps does. A folk-style account of the man called Buddha Shakyamuni leads into selections from the major branches of Buddhist belief and practice; all share a similar understanding of the world, and each extends the means by which a practitioner works toward enlightenment and nirvana. The selections are generally brief, informal pieces, some by teachers who focus on making Buddhist ideas accessible to westerners. Some heady concepts here, some practical thinking. In all, a fine introduction to the power of Buddhist thought. Virginia Dwyer
Top customer reviews
As an introduction to Buddhism, it is neither systematic nor comprehensive. What it does offer the reader is a chance to delve into the different strands of Buddhist spirituality and philosophy, which are represented pretty well here. It's a great book for somebody who only knows a little about the Buddha and Buddhism, and wants to know more without getting a biased or ax-grinding introduction from someone who definitely identifies with one school, tradition, or vehicle within Buddhism. It also contains enough gems--some really good essays and texts here--to satisfy readers who know about Buddhism and maybe even practice it, but are still seeking nourishment and knowledge.
All in all, a fine, well-stocked, somewhat eclectic book o' Buddhism.
three fundamental facts determine the nature of all human beeings:
the transience and invariable change of all physical and mental processes,
their sorrow and unsatisfying nature,
selflesness and lack of substance,
we shouldnt understand this only ,philosophically , but experience it with our own body and meditate on it,
only if we desire, we suffer as a human beeing,
from the release of all wishes and desires the pure clarity of the mind arises until our death..