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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware, 15 Dec 2004
S A Young (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Buddha's Nature (Paperback)
This book is excellent.
It draws in Buddhist study for a modern westerner, highlighting the parralels between ancient scriptures and what we now know as physics and biology.
This is a must read and has some excellent meditation techniques.
There are 3 books by the same authour.
Evolution as a practical Guide to Enlightenment; Who we are and Why this matters; and A practical guide to Discovering your place in the cosmos.
I ordered all 3...
They are EXACTLY the SAME BOOK with different titles.
I now have Christmas presents for people I never meant to get.
So order anyone of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Buddha's timeless wisdom, 29 Sep 2010
Penguin Egg (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Science has dealt a death blow to religion and has relegated the Abrahamic God to the status of mythical has-beens, like Odin or Zeus. However, one religion, if it can be called a religion, not only has been unaffected by the onward slog of science, but can accommodate it and, in the fields of neurology, evolutionary biology, and quantum physics, is strengthened by it. This book could just as easily have been subtitled: Why Buddhism is more relevant today than it has been in the last 2,500 years.

2,500 years ago, the Buddha asked a simple question: Why are we, as a species, so dissatisfied with our life? He realised that the answer was due to the attachment we put on things that are transitory, and that to find contentment, we need to break free from this attachment. He deduced that the method of doing this was a step-by-step guidance known as The Eightfold Way, which includes wisdom to see things as they are, ethical conduct to guide your life through to happiness, and meditation, the tool to gain complete control of your mind, without which you will never free yourself from attachment. An important element of meditation, along with concentration and commitment, is Mindfulness, which is what this book is about.

Mindfulness is about awareness of the now, about how things really are, about recognising how delusion dominates every aspect of our thinking. The Buddha saw that Mindfulness required the recognition of the four foundations on which the mind rested: 1) the physical elements that make up the body; 2) the nervous system that creates awareness; 3) our emotional life that colours experiences; and 4) ideas, beliefs, concepts, and perceptions that colour the mind. Each of the four foundations has a chapter to itself and Wes Nisker brings modern day discoveries in science to support the Buddha's ideas. Modern day psychiatry has caught up with the Buddha's understanding of the mind. The quantum world of the atom confirms the Buddha's view of reality as being illusory and unstable. Evolutionary science has shown that the Brain, like everything else, has adapted to circumstances and the Buddha has shown how we can, with effort, adapt the brain for our own purposes.

Only by understanding the four foundations of the mind can we hope to control the mind. Without it, Mindfulness is impossible and without Mindfulness, meditation is also impossible.

This book is important in that it shows that the Buddha's wisdom far from being of its time is as relevant and true now as it was 2,500 years ago and will remain relevant and true as long as human beings remain human beings.
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