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The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation [Paperback]

Lodro Rinzler
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15 Feb 2012
This isn’t your grandmother’s book on meditation. It’s about integrating that “spiritual practice” thing into a life that includes beer, sex, and a boss who doesn’t understand you. It’s about making a difference in yourself and making a difference in your world—whether you’ve got everything figured out yet or not. Lodro Rinzler is a bright and funny young teacher with a knack for showing how the Buddhist teachings can have a positive impact on every little nook and cranny of your life—whether you’re interested in being a Buddhist or not.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; 1 edition (15 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590309375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590309377
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title and blurb 8 July 2012
By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE
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Despite what the publishers would have you believe, this is a straightforward run through a traditional approach to Buddhism with very little in the way of a nod to modern life. In those terms it works OK with clear coverage of issues such as meditation and symbolism. The efficacy of Buddhist sprituality in coping with the viscitudes of every day life is brought into focus by the author's relaxed response to being knocked down by a bus.

So, it's a perfectly adequate primer of one type of Buddhism, but actually, in contradiction of what they say, it might as well be your grandmother's book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars There are better books out there 27 July 2012
By Beanie Luck Spud TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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For me personally Buddhism isnt a religion but a spirituality and that is precisely why when someone asks me what my religion is i always put Buddhist, not because im religious because i dont even believe in god but because i do believe in the Buddhist way of life.

I got this because i thought it would be an interesting insight into a different kind of Buddhism but for me the book fell flat.

There was nothing i have not read before but i different books and teachings.

Personally for me, i would take a look at other books, which are far more informative and go deeper into the different types of Buddhism that will allow you to make up your own mind about which one to follow.

The choice is yours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth, but not consistently so 1 July 2012
By MousieTongue's KM TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book markets itself on the premise that it is a down-to-earth interpretation of Buddhist principles geared towards a non-spiritual (or at least, not necessarily spiritual) Western audience. It kind of meets that description and it kind of doesn't.

During the first few chapters, there seem to be a few references to drinking, sex, problems with bosses and so on - I suppose to make the point that none of these are inconsistent with being Buddhist. Although there is a consistent focus on real life Western applications throughout, he tends to slip into loftiness more and more as the book goes on, The author has a nice, relaxed style, and a few of his comments did make me smile (I won't reproduce them here in case Amazon has a policy against inclusion of profanity in reviews - but paraphrasing one for example, "no spiritual master has ever said you will become enlightened by being unpleasant to yourself" - only it was funnier the way he said it :) ).

At the same time, the book does focus quite a lot (ie, most of the book) on the "four dignities of the Shambala", which are basically four animal totems with qualities one should aspire to learn from, and to apply in daily life. This focus, with exhortations to "be like the snow-leopard" seemed less relevant and contemporary to me. But, each to his own - some may find this kind of thing really resonates with them.

So, overall: readable, reasonably down-to-earth and fairly comprehensive (I guess in as much as a single book of this length can be). It's intelligent and well-written, and although it didn't exactly knock my socks off, I thought it was more deserving of 4 stars than 3.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Started off OK 19 Nov 2012
By Tellboy TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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With the concept that a little Buddhist thought and action in your life is preferable to none at all this book starts off initially as an easy read but seems to somewhere midway abandon the easy concept and become more difficult to understand. I could not understand the Shambhala Buddhist concepts needing explanations through the medium of animals and dragons and if the root emotion that weighs us down is doubt this explanation does not help to dispel doubt at all.
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By J D Tilston VINE VOICE
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I am enjoying this book, but aren't finding it as light hearted as I thought it might be from the title. It does explain fitting Buddhist principles in to modern day living, but I'd like to know how to apply them to myself in modern day living rather than actually in to the living itself, if that is clear enough to get my meaning across. I'd like to know how to use them to make myself different in the lifestyle today. It is an interesting book, though, just maybe not quite for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very natural New York style of teaching 31 Jan 2014
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This is a book of Buddhist teaching that breathes New York culture. Rinzler seems seriously at home, being his casual-talking, verbose, night-life-loving self. He applies mindfulness practice to drinking, dating, New Year parties, home decoration. It's really quite challenging when you think of it. For a lot of the book he's conveying teachings from his Kagyu lineage teachers such as Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and these parts are like sitting in a teaching retreat. Then Rinzler gets going, talking about how he experiences these things in his life. He's slightly repetitive, but that too is quite natural.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great take on Buddhist thought 16 Mar 2013
By Bess_Wheat VINE VOICE
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This book is a great introduction to Buddhist thought from a more modern day perspective. It effectively translates ancient Buddhist writings into a more meaningful and easy to understand format, making it applicable to a more modern way of life.

It is certainly a book that makes you appreciate your life a lot more. It encouraged me to focus on my thoughts and understand the reasons underlying my behaviour. I did, however, find some of the explanations a little difficult to understand and would maybe require further research.

But ultimately, this book makes you sit up and pay more attention to your life, which can only be a good thing. It is a book that I'm sure I will dip into from time to time too. Having read quite a few Buddhist related books in the past, I really liked the analogies the author uses to get across his points. Adopting a Buddhist mentality can actually benefit your life without you having to don a robe and become a monk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I found this book excellent, I wasn't sure what to expect but it did not disappoint. Yet the more you read the more complex/simple the book was, depending on how you look at... Read more
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