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Enlightened Enough: A Buddhist's look at how we can be happy... at least now, maybe forever

Enlightened Enough: A Buddhist's look at how we can be happy... at least now, maybe forever [Kindle Edition]

Parakrama Chandrasoma
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Is Enlightenment the Road to Heaven, Nirvana…or Nowhere?

Many religions believe in some equivalent of Heaven or Hell, where one is transported after death to live in eternal bliss or agony. Buddhists believe that one is repeatedly reborn until Nirvana is attained. And still others, overtly or secretly, entertain the possibility that we go nowhere; our lives end at death, and our bodies disintegrate.
People lead their lives based on a code of morality. For the deeply religious, the source of this code is their scripture and church, which convey the word of their God. Their road to enlightenment and Heaven is written in the Book. For the Buddhist, however, who has no God, the source of one’s morality is inborn and changed by life experience. The way a person deals with this change toward increasing wisdom is the Buddhist road to enlightenment and Nirvana.
In Enlightened Enough, Parakrama Chandrasoma applies Buddhist philosophy in its most basic form to the way he conducts his life. The methods—aimed at achieving enlightenment and Nirvana when applied to daily living—increase wisdom and promote happiness during this lifetime. Whether Heaven, Hell, Nirvana, or nothingness awaits us, stripping away external influences and focusing within to address our inner spiritual being is our best chance to create a contented and peaceful existence during our mortal life here on earth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (19 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J4OJ5R2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Refutation of false statements. 12 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not a purchaser of this book, as it is not available in Sri Lanka. I was given a copy by one of my relations to whom the author had sent the book as a gift.

I am one of the author's older brothers, to whom he has referred, first on page 82 of his book, as "probably more intelligent than I, displayed a low level of spirituality, leading an existence that was filled with hedonism, alcohol and gambling that destroyed my life". On page 121, he again refers to me as a "seriously alcoholic brother who let my habit destroy my career and personal life."

I am aware of the reasons behind these statements made by the author, that I have destroyed my life. But I need only to say that I was married to a lovely and charming woman for 30 years, who never lost the focus of ensuring that our children reach their full potential, as did I. I held a top government job in Sri Lanka, I was forced by circumstances to emigrate to the US and to seek political asylum, which I was granted. Engaging in menial jobs, incurring, and paying, credit card debt, using Clinton's student loan programs, and with three very smart kids who grasped these opportunities with grateful arms, my wife and I were fortunate and proud to see them graduating from Yale, USC and CAL and the Yale Law School. Not too dusty for a hedonist, gambler and a drunk. We had no contact with my compassionate Buddhist brother in all the years we struggled to educate our children in the US. He helped us in no way. My children went to the best schools in the land that money can't buy, which unfortunately is all my illustrious brother had.

I am now retired in Sri Lanka, worked as a sub editor for a leading daily, and do editing assignments for a Japanese company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 10 Jun 2014
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A very enjoyable and thought provoking book. A personal portrayal of the authors philosophy of life and road to achieving a "happy state of being". It is not a "how to" book or a recipe to happiness but an account of how following the primary tenants of any religion and establishing a middle path can help in finding happiness within yourself. It's a great read whatever religion you may be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling Enlightened! 27 April 2014
By Migari Goonatilaka - Published on
Simply and beautifully written book.
I will recommend it to everyone who inquires and questions me about Bhuddhism, specially the young adults with inquiring minds.
Like a pathologist carving a turkey it is skillfully and meticulously written and presented.
Very thought provoking. I so enjoyed it!
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