- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Tharpa Publications; 1 edition (28 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906665087
- ISBN-13: 978-1906665081
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.2 x 21.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom Hardcover – 28 Aug 2010
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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso illuminates the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice. --Booklist
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a highly respected meditation master and scholar of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. --Spirituality & Health
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has proven to be a popular and accessible authority. --Library Journal
About the Author
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. he is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world.
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Top Customer Reviews
Maybe I shouldn't say this here, but the author is also offering this book as a free e-book download too. Do a Google search :)
I found it rather funny that some reviewers seem to concentrate on the personality of the author or the organisation he has been actively promoting. It may very possibly also be that many of the things in this book were written in other titles of the author. While all these may or may not be true, i try to evaluate this book simply by its own merit, giving no positive or negative weight to the author or organisation behind.
So, my question is simply : does this book offer what it promises, i.e. offer to the people in the western world a complete package of the buddhist path from the beginning (ignorance) to the end (enlightment), without a need to entering years long preliminary practises (ngondro) with hundreds of thousands of repetitions of certain practises or a need to meditating in a cave.
After reading the book, my answer is without a doubt: YES !
Actually i am amazed by the magnificient achievement, that the book really delivers all what it promises in one simple package!
What i am especially impressed is that the book is
1) very crearly written. Always focusing to the point, without much beating around the bush
2) very well balanced: the sutra part was very clear. The generation stage of tantra was extremely finely written, and pointed clearly why there is a need for visualization practises. And then, reading the completion stage of tantra was sheer bliss!
Enjoyable reading experience!
If you read this book with open mind
It's a free book so you can't knock it too harshly. Anyone exploring Buddhism for the first time can get a decent feel for it's philosophy and practises through this book, although some of it is to be taken with a pinch of salt. Don't worry if some of it seems hard or confusing, that's how the rest of us feel after reading this book. There are better books on Buddhism and in a lot of way's there's nothing modern about it. Instead of engaging modern readers with fresh explanations of traditional Buddhism and how it can be applied in the modern world you get talked around a subject in a way that makes no sense. I was continually going "oh so you mean ...... when you say ........" it's just semantics but religion is all about the semantics. The Bible even starts with a semantic debate. Take the concept of Emptiness. Explained in English using the term 'empty' makes a simple concept very nihilistic.Read more ›
Having bought the hardback edition,Id recommend it as a beautiful book,with line drawings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and the written content gives a well rounded view of Buddhism. Parts of it might be difficult for those totally new to Buddhism, in which case id recommend Geshes Kelsang Gyatso's book An introduction to Buddhism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a very thought provoking read. It's like a beginner book to introduce you to modern day Buddhism. I enjoyed itPublished 24 days ago by SAM
When I first saw the book I was a bit sceptical as I loved previous books by Geshe Kelsang but after reading with an open mind I found I couldnt put it down and still cant,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael O'Shea
This is the best book on Buddhism I have ever read. If you are looking for a really comprehensive and accessible introduction to both Sutra and Tantra then this book is ideal. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Neilybags
I started attending buddist classes, so the teaches was referring to the book, i thought would be god to have at home and read it. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by neli Yordanova
I have recently been doing a large art project and I decided to listen to this while painting. The teachings in this book are clear and helpful in all parts of pur life. Read morePublished on 17 May 2013 by S. duffy
For me, this is a beautiful amazing book distilling all of the experience, teachings and advice of this unique and gifted teacher of Buddhism, with an exceedingly clear, concise... Read morePublished on 27 May 2011 by Robert Thomas