Why I Am Not a Buddhist

Why I Am Not a Buddhist


  • Author: Evan Thompson
  • Release Date : 2020-01-28
  • Genre: Buddhism
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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 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...

Why I Am Not a Buddhist

Why I Am Not a Buddhist


  • Author : Evan Thompson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2020-01-28
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300226553


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 philosophy to ...

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 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 ...

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....

The Making of Buddhist Modernism

The Making of Buddhist Modernism


  • Author : David L. McMahan
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2008-11-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199884780


The Making of Buddhist Modernism Book Description :

A great deal of Buddhist literature and scholarly writing about Buddhism of the past 150 years reflects, and indeed constructs, a historically unique modern Buddhism, even while purporting to represent ancient tradition, timeless teaching, or the "essentials" of Buddhism. This literature, Asian as well as Western, weaves together the strands of different traditions to create a novel hybrid that brings Buddhism into alignment with many of the ideologies and sensibilities of the post-Enlightenment West. In this book, David McMahan charts the development of this "Buddhist modernism." McMahan examines and analyzes a wide range of popular and scholarly writings produced by Buddhists around the globe. He focuses on ideological and imaginative encounters be...

Why I Am Not a Feminist
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

Why I Am Not a Feminist


  • Author : Jessa Crispin
  • Publisher : Melville House
  • Release Date : 2017-02-21
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781612196022


Why I Am Not a Feminist Book Description :

Outspoken critic Jessa Crispin delivers a searing rejection of contemporary feminism . . . and a bracing manifesto for revolution. Are you a feminist? Do you believe women are human beings and that they deserve to be treated as such? That women deserve all the same rights and liberties bestowed upon men? If so, then you are a feminist . . . or so the feminists keep insisting. But somewhere along the way, the movement for female liberation sacrificed meaning for acceptance, and left us with a banal, polite, ineffectual pose that barely challenges the status quo. In this bracing, fiercely intelligent manifesto, Jessa Crispin demands more. Why I Am Not A Feminist is a radical, fearless call for revolution. It accuses the feminist movement of obliviousne...

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...

The Headspace Guide to    Mindfulness   Meditation
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness Meditation


  • Author : Andy Puddicombe
  • Publisher : Coronet
  • Release Date : 2011-05-26
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781444722239


The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness Meditation Book Description :

'If you're thinking about trying mindfulness, this is the perfect introduction....I'm grateful to Andy for helping me on this journey.' BILL GATES 'It's kind of genius' EMMA WATSON Feeling stressed about Christmas/Brexit/everthing? Try this... Demystifying meditation for the modern world: an accessible and practical route to improved health, happiness and well being, in as little as 10 minutes. Andy Puddicombe, founder of the celebrated Headspace, is on a mission: to get people to take 10 minutes out of their day to sit in the now. Here he shares his simple to learn, but highly effective techniques of meditation. * Rest an anxious, busy mind * Find greater ease when faced with difficult emotions, thoughts, circumstances * Improve focus and concentrat...