Buddhism Plain and Simple (Arkana) Book

Will Buddhism solve the problems of everyday life? No. As the Buddha says, if you've got 83 problems, he can only help with your 84th problem, which is that "You want not to have any problems". Steve Hagen, a Zen priest from Minnesota, shows a plain and simple route to the heart of the Buddhist way. He offers engaging parables, some drawn from his own experience and some from Buddhist tradition. And he guides the reader through the more difficult concepts without need of baffling Zen riddles. He makes enlightening yourself sound so easy. By applying the Buddha's four truths and eightfold path to life today, the book aims to let the reader see the world in a new way. When the Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single word, he said, "awareness". This is a book about awareness. Not awareness of something in particular, but awareness itself--being awake, alert, in touch with what is actually happening. The few special terms, such as samma and duhkha, are all explained thoroughly the first time they are used. Those unfamiliar with the ideas should make sure they read the book in sequence. But with a book this approachable and conversational, that isn't hard to do. As with the best devotional books, readers will get as much from it as they are willing to put in. Can you accept the challenge to reconsider your life and outlook on the world? --Frank Pennycook Read More

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  • Amazon

    The teachings of the Buddha are plain and straightforward because they remain focused on the moment. This book is about awareness, about being 'awake' and in touch with what is going on here and now. It is suitable for those wanting to discover, or rediscover, the essence of Buddhism.

  • Play

    This work provides a clear straightforward treatise on Buddhism in general and awareness in particular - the book is all about being "awake" and in touch with what is going on here and now. The author's observations and insights are plain practical and down-to-earth and deal exclusively with the present not with theory speculation or belief in some far-off time or place. This book should be of interest to anyone wanting to discover (or rediscover) the essence of Buddhism in accessible language free of all the trappings and religious ritual.

  • TheBookPeople

    This is a book about awareness - it's about being 'awake' and in touch with what is going on here and now. Practical and down-to-earth, it deals exclusively with the present, not with speculation, theory or belief in some far-off time and place. The teachings of the Buddha are plain and straightforward, and because they remain focused on the moment they are just as relevant now as they have ever been. Buddhism Plain And Simple is the book for anyone wanting to discover, or rediscover, the essence of Buddhism.

  • Penguin

    Buddha said that the essence of his teaching is 'awareness'. In his straightforward, simple exposition of Buddhism, Steve Hagen, a Zen priest, explains what is meant by that awareness. He takes us back to Buddha's original insights and observations and demonstrates their relevance to us today.

  • 0140195963
  • 9780140195965
  • Steve Hagen
  • 29 April 1999
  • Penguin
  • Paperback (Book)
  • 176
  • New edition

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