The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))

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9780028641706: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))

Coverage includes: the teachings of Buddha--and how they have been adapted to different lands and cultures; Buddhism in the West--Christian Buddhists and Zen Judaists; basic Buddhism--the Three Jewels, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and the Five Precepts; meditation, customs, ceremonies, and events; and Buddhist philosophies at home and at work, in relationships, and in the world at large

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Gary Gach is like that teacher you always wanted--easygoing, full of information, able to communicate in humorous and meaningful ways, and a little bit wacky. So he's the perfect author for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism. In this trademark easy-to-read format, Gach introduces us to a very human Buddha, along with the rules for living that make a Buddhist a Buddhist. In addition to the various kinds of meditation, he shows us how to meditate at meals and be aware of the interconnections in life. We learn about popular branches of Buddhism, like Zen and Tibetan, with an emphasis on practicing here and now. There is the theoretical: emptiness, nothingness, impermanence, as well as a very strong dose of the practical: Buddha at work, Buddhist films, environmental concerns, Buddhist celebrations, and so on. Gach brings it all together with a light touch and an enthusiasm that makes you want to get up and do something Buddhist. --Brian Bruya, Amazon.com

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... hasn't dumbed down Buddhism here; he's jazzed it up ...covers the basic ground ...doesn't lead us astray ... -- SHAMBHALA SUN, May 2002

... it's reaching out to so many people to bring the understanding, solidity, and compassion so needed in our society. -- Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh: Plum Village

... makes Buddhism ... so easy even a woman can do it. Not only that. Even a MAN! -- Susan Moon, Author

... shows how the complex ideas of one of the world's most ancient philosophies can be adopted into anyone's life. -- Asian Week, November 23, 2001

... simple direct ... emphasis is placed in diverse schools within Buddhism as well as on Buddhism within diverse contexts -- Paul Nagy, Wordtrade

...useful for a number of reasons, but its approach ... is the most rewarding of all. ... intriguing and fun! Yippee! -- The WAVE Hit List, 5/23-6/5,2002

Great Book ... Be Well and Happy ... -- Rev. Kusala Ratan Karuna (Thich-Tam-Thien): International Buddhist Meditation Center

It's like a college seminar on Buddhism distilled into Cliff's Notes. ... you'll feel more like a genius than an idiot -- The Asian Bookshelf, by Leza Lowitz; Japan Times, July 28, 2002

THE BEST OF ITS KIND. -- Chevy Chase

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Book Description Alpha, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: You're no idiot, of course. You know there's more to Buddhism than meditation and mantras, but your attempts to understand this popular philosophy have left you beyond baffled-and you know that can't be good karma . Don't lose your way on the path to enlightenment! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism will keep you on track-and show you easy ways to make Buddhism a part of your life. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get: A fascinating exploration of who the Buddha was and what he means today. An enlightening introduction to the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Compelling discussion of the major schools such as Vipassana, Zen, and Pure Land . Comprehensive coverage of the growth and development of Buddhism in America . Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0028641701

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