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You might want to digest this book slowly, a few pages at a time. Although Zen teacher Steve Hagen has a knack for putting the philosophy of Buddhism in a "plain and simple" package, it may take a while to sink in. There is so much there. Seeing reality, realizing the wisdom of the self, breaking free of dualistic thinking--this is pretty heady stuff. Thankfully, Hagen passes it along in the form of examples from life, psychological tidbits, and stories from Buddhist teachers past and present. And when it clicks in, it can be life-transforming. Hagen explains this shift in outlook and how the fundamental way we look at the world affects everything we do. As an outline, Hagen follows the basic teachings of the Buddha, and we see that, rather than dogmatic truths, they are reminders for us as we reconsider the life we have taken for granted for so long. As it turns out, Buddhism is life, plain and simple. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Hagen's concise work, a brief introduction to Zen Buddhism, is arranged in a straightforward manner with lucid explanations. He describes techniques for meditation, making this a rather practical recording. Reading this abridgment of his own work, the Zen priest's soft, serene voice is pleasing to the ear; the pace is unhurried, allowing the listener to grasp the material. Libraries with a demand for New Age/Eastern religions should have this tape.AMichael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, NC
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Excellent book, Steven Hagen explains the philosophy of Buddhism is clear language that makes it easy to understand without any confusing terms originally used by Siddhārtha... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan B. Clements
Loved the simplicity of this book and how it relates to everyday life.
A great way to get introduced to Buddhism.
From the very first page of this book, to the end. Every single thing said in here, gives you a bare bones, simply put ideas and things you need to know about Buddhism all into one... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Andrew
Buddism has some pretty difficult concept to try and wrap your head around. The author does better than expected in explaining these concepts in layman's terms. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ilie Stoicu
Simple to follow, practical and clear. Not dressed up in strange words and goes to the heart of Buddhism . A very good clarification of Buddhism.Published on July 4 2012 by yogibob
I wanted to read this book to learn about the basic ideas of the buddhism and after reading it I am on the same page. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2011 by pgm
Steve Hagen has put not just basic Buddhism but the essence of buddhism into plain and simple words. He explains the human situation in the first chapter extremely well. Read morePublished on March 27 2010 by Pearce
I have to agree with petersmaclean. I have no prior knowledge of Buddhism and picked up this book out of intellectual curiosity. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Danger Mouse