Why I Am Not a Buddhist

Why I Am Not a Buddhist


  • Author: Evan Thompson
  • Release Date : 2020-01-28
  • Genre: Buddhism
  • File Size: 6768458 Bytes


A provocative essay challenging the idea of Buddhist exceptionalism, from one of the world’s most widely respected philosophers and writers on Buddhism and science Buddhism has become a uniquely favored religion in our modern age. A burgeoning number of books extol the scientifically proven benefits of meditation and mindfulness for everything ranging from business to romance. There are conferences, courses, and celebrities promoting the notion that Buddhism is spirituality for the rational; compatible with cutting-edge science; indeed, “a science of the mind.” In this provocative book, Evan Thompson argues that this representation of Buddhism is false. In lucid and entertaining prose, Thompson dives deep into both Western and Bu...

Why I Am a Buddhist
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

Why I Am a Buddhist


  • Author: Stephen T. Asma
  • Release Date : 2010-03-01
  • Genre: Buddhism
  • File Size: 604093 Bytes


Profound and amusing, this book provides a viable approach to answering the perennial questions: Who am I? Why am I here? How can I live a meaningful life? For Asma, the answers are to be found in Buddhism. There have been a lot of books that have made the case for Buddhism. What makes this book fresh and exciting is Asma’s iconoclasm, irreverence, and hardheaded approach to the subject. He is distressed that much of what passes for Buddhism is really little more than “New Age mush.” He asserts that it is time to “take the California out of Buddhism.” He presents a spiritual practice that does not require a belief in creeds or dogma. It is a practice that is psychologically sound, intellectually credible, and esthetically appealing. It is a...

Why I Am a Buddhist
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Why I Am a Buddhist


  • Author : Stephen T. Asma
  • Publisher : Hampton Roads Publishing
  • Release Date : 2011-01-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1612830412


Why I Am a Buddhist Book Description :

Profound and amusing, this book provides a viable approach to answering the perennial questions: Who am I? Why am I here? How can I live a meaningful life? For Asma, the answers are to be found in Buddhism. There have been a lot of books that have made the case for Buddhism. What makes this book fresh and exciting is Asma’s iconoclasm, irreverence, and hardheaded approach to the subject. He is distressed that much of what passes for Buddhism is really little more than “New Age mush.” He asserts that it is time to “take the California out of Buddhism.” He presents a spiritual practice that does not require a belief in creeds or dogma. It is a practice that is psychologically sound, intellectually credible, and esthetically appealing. It is a...

Why I Am Not a Buddhist

Why I Am Not a Buddhist


  • Author : Evan Thompson
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-01-28
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300248708


Why I Am Not a Buddhist Book Description :

A provocative essay challenging the idea of Buddhist exceptionalism, from one of the world’s most widely respected philosophers and writers on Buddhism and science Buddhism has become a uniquely favored religion in our modern age. A burgeoning number of books extol the scientifically proven benefits of meditation and mindfulness for everything ranging from business to romance. There are conferences, courses, and celebrities promoting the notion that Buddhism is spirituality for the rational; compatible with cutting-edge science; indeed, “a science of the mind.” In this provocative book, Evan Thompson argues that this representation of Buddhism is false. In lucid and entertaining prose, Thompson dives deep into both Western and Buddhist philosop...

What Makes You Not a Buddhist
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

What Makes You Not a Buddhist


  • Author : Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2008-08-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0834823160


What Makes You Not a Buddhist Book Description :

So you think you're a Buddhist? Think again. Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, one of the most creative and innovative lamas teaching today, throws down the gauntlet to the Buddhist world, challenging common misconceptions, stereotypes, and fantasies. With wit and irony, Khysentse urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism—beyond the romance with beads, incense, or exotic robes—straight to the heart of what the Buddha taught....

Why Buddhism is True
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

Why Buddhism is True


  • Author : Robert Wright
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-08-08
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439195475


Why Buddhism is True Book Description :

From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this “sublime” (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life—how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can ...

Radical Acceptance
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

Radical Acceptance


  • Author : Tara Brach
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-08-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446445426


Radical Acceptance Book Description :

'An invitation to embrace ourselves with all our pain, fear and anxieties, and to step lightly yet firmly on the path of understanding and compassion' Thich Nhat Hanh Feelings of self-doubt and insecurity are what hold us back in life and cause true suffering. In her landmark book Radical Acceptance, renowned meditation and mindfulness teacher Tara Brach offers us all a path to freedom. Drawing on personal stories, Buddhist teachings and guided meditations Tara leads us to trust our innate goodness. She reveals how we can develop the balance of clear-sightedness and compassion, heal fear and shame and build loving, authentic relationships....

Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian


  • Author : Paul F. Knitter
  • Publisher : Oneworld Publications
  • Release Date : 2013-01-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 185168963X


Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian Book Description :

Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian narrates how esteemed theologian, Paul F. Knitter, overcame a crisis of faith by looking to Buddhism for inspiration. From prayer to how Christianity views life after death, Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can encourage a more person-centred conception of Christianity where individual religious experience comes first, and liturgy and tradition second. Moving and revolutionary, this edition comes with a new conclusion – ‘Jesus and Buddha Both Come First!’ ‘A compelling example of religious inquiry.’ New York Times ‘One of the finest contemporary books on the encounter between religions in the heart and soul of a single thoughtful person.’ Library Journal...

That s Funny  You Don t Look Buddhist
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

That s Funny You Don t Look Buddhist


  • Author : Sylvia Boorstein
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2010-10-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062031280


That s Funny You Don t Look Buddhist Book Description :

In this landmark book, esteemed Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein addresses this incisive question in a warm, delightful and personal way. With the same down-to-earth charm and wit that have endeared her to her many students and readers, Boorstein shows how one can be both an observant Jew and a passionately committed Buddhist....

How to Be Sick  Second Edition
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

How to Be Sick Second Edition


  • Author : Toni Bernhard
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-09-25
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781614295037


How to Be Sick Second Edition Book Description :

A brand-new edition of the best-selling classic with added and updated practices. In 2001, Toni Bernhard got sick and, to her and her partner’s bewilderment, stayed that way. As they faced the confusion, frustration, and despair of a life with sudden limitations—a life that was vastly different from the one they’d thought they’d have together—Toni had to learn how to be sick. In spite of her many physical and energetic restrictions (and sometimes, because of them), Toni learned how to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy. This book reminds us that our own inner freedom is limitless, regardless of our external circumstances. Updated with new insights and practices hard-won from Toni’s own ongoing life experience, this is a must-r...

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist


  • Author : Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher : Spiegel & Grau
  • Release Date : 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588369840


Confession of a Buddhist Atheist Book Description :

Does Buddhism require faith? Can an atheist or agnostic follow the Buddha’s teachings without believing in reincarnation or organized religion? This is one man’s confession. In his classic Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor offered a profound, secular approach to the teachings of the Buddha that struck an emotional chord with Western readers. Now, with the same brilliance and boldness of thought, he paints a groundbreaking portrait of the historical Buddha—told from the author’s unique perspective as a former Buddhist monk and modern seeker. Drawing from the original Pali Canon, the seminal collection of Buddhist discourses compiled after the Buddha’s death by his followers, Batchelor shows us the Buddha as a flesh-and-blood man wh...

Buddhist Biology
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Buddhist Biology


  • Author : David P. Barash
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199985562


Buddhist Biology Book Description :

Compares teachings of Buddhism with principles of modern biology, revealing many significant points of compatibility....