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I liked this book as for me it achieves its aim of conveying the Essence of Buddhism clearly, in plain English. I would recommend it to readers who want to get an overall grasp of Buddhism (a quick snapshot, as it were) and to get a sense of whether Buddhism would work for them. A sound introduction to the subject.
"Practicing this alone will give you as much benefit as the many courses offered by new age organisations." That's a quote from this book, and while it is not a boastful claim about the book itself, I think it's a suitable hint of what's on offer. This is a very short book, a condensed summary of the topic, but it's easy to read and easy to relate to - even for a confirmed atheist who's obsessively rational, like me. I've dropped one star since it is so short, but it strikes me that being concise is perfectly in line with the principles of Buddhism. As is being generous to others, so I feel a bit mean marking it down despite it being so excellent for what it is. So take the missing star as a sign that I need to explore this path. :-)
Having recently become somewhat more conscious of animal welfare and as a result of that, eating less meat, I was unfortunately involved in a family feud whereby a relative threatened me, raised their voice and meanwhile I was able to remain calm. These two things seemed totally unrelated until I read this book. I now know that Buddhism is the real peaceful "religion" whereby you follow a set of principles which can help you to become a nicer, kinder, more respectful member of society.
I feel like this book is perfect for people like me who need an introduction to Buddhism and the fact that I now realize that many Buddhists are vegetarian really sums up what Buddhism is all about. It's about being conscious. It's about being aware and doing the best thing. You're not required to believe in a God with infinite life, it's quite the opposite. In Buddhism, you're seeking to achieve peaceful state of mind. Buddhism is about changing or improving yourself. I found this book to be a great starting place and I plan to use it as a reference guide and read more on the subject.
This is a superb introduction to an oddly misunderstood "religion". It outlines the basic tenets of the belief system, stressing the fact that it is, arguably, a philosophy or life-style credo rather than a full-blown religion. There are, after all, Christian Buddhists, Pagan Buddhists and many others. I found this book fascinating because it lays so many misconceptions and highlights so many choices that a follower of the Buddhist philosophy has to make, including the question of vegetarianism. It has provoked many questions that I am still trying to resolve, but it has also placed my feet firmly on the path towards finding my true self.
Message to the author, I have just read your Book and like to thank you for writing such a easy to understand book explaining the essence of Buddhism. I would like to have a greater understanding of Buddhism and would like to read a book written with the same easy to understand manner, but which is a bit more more in depth. Is there any you would recommend or would you consider writing one ?