Buddhism Plain And Simple Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Jan 7 1999
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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.
From Library Journal
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
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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He allows you to discover for yourself the art of seeing. First, you can't learn compassion from a book, first you see then you practice compasion like out of unwilled intention. You won't learn this is a book. Those who are reviewing this book saying that it missed "this" and "that" missed the whole point. The beauty of this book is that Steve allows you to see it for yourself. He doesn't serve it on a silver plater (no fast food enlightenment here - sorry folks) but he makes you work for what he points at - uninterested minds recoil now. I'm under the impression that he knows that if he tries to describe the "process" too much, conception comes in and ego's assimilation fragments the idea and then the windows are all fogged up.
He did an incredible clever job of sublety pointing to directions that lead to the path - it's a raft. He even describes that it's impossible for you to get truth from a book, you have to see it for yourself; that's why he keeps saying "see", learn to "see," just "see," etc; It's a reminder. You must do the work yourself - no one will do it for you.
This book surely helped me start to see the path. Hopefully it will help you too.
As I read through this book, I kept thinking to myself... "This is too simple! Why does he keep rehashing the same basic stuff over and over again?" By the time I got to the end, I had my answer. Buddhism, at its core, is really that simple. It's all about being aware, about being here and now. I initially wondered why the author seemed to resist going into detailed explanations, but then I realized that's because no detail is necessary.
This book is refreshing and enjoyable to read. Mr. Hagen has an engaging style that he uses very effectively to drive home the basics of Buddhism. I can think of no drawbacks to this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about this intriguing religion (or simply life philosophy, depending on how far you wish to take it).
basically, I thought buddhism is a pagan religion, and that it is indeed a religion. that the followers of Buddhism are most likely to be silent people, or wishing to live in complete solitude. But truthfully, that all is contrary to the real buddhists, and some who practice it right now are misinformed/created their own ideas about a religion even older than Christianity. a religion that is not a religion, but more of a philosophy. that makes you be here now, and not there, nor forward.
the book is brilliant for a simple and plain view, but very well written that makes you want to go into deeper reading.
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Great introduction to Buddhism for both newcomers and old hands.Published 2 months ago by Scott Leslie
Buddhism Plain and Simple. I am about 2/3 way through the book. It is quite exiting and a subject I am just introducing myself to.Published 4 months ago by marcus welby
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 7 months 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 on Oct. 22 2013 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 on Aug. 31 2013 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
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