- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; New edition edition (June 8, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767903692
- ISBN-13: 978-0767903691
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 499 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation Paperback – June 8, 1999
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The 3 or 4 small changes I made after reading the book
had an impact in my personal life and work that no other
insight has ever have made.
You will not regret buy it
While I have started picking up additional books about Buddhism, I will be surprised if any of them speak to me as directly or effectively as this classic. I expect to return to its basic clarity repeatedly for many years. This week, for example, I will share the chapter on Sutta interpretation with my Sutta Study group.
Whomever you are, whatever your belief, it will open your perspective and give you some fat to chew one - something to contemplate.
My favorite part is the section on the Six Paramitas - about interdependent co-arising - an important concept for understanding our life and times.
Start from the beginning - particularly if you grew up with a "western mind".
It may take some time to fully understand the concepts, even though they are simple, because the mind may be otherwise oriented.
This book is the simplest presentation of these concepts, so easy to read, with great illustrations of the concepts - very helpful.
I occasionally buy a copy and send it to someone as a gift.
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easily consumable, and very useful to anyone interested in dipping their toes into Buddhism but having...Read more