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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 1998
Kulananda writes clearly about the basic ideas in Buddhism coming from the perspective of the western reader. For anyone wishing to have an introduction to the essential concepts in Buddhism without grappling with any of the Pali or Sanskrit this is ideal. This is written by a westener for westeners and while cutting out some of the alluring exoticism is certainly gives Buddhism an appealing slant.
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on 31 October 2010
Great book gives a great background into Western Buddhism from a number of angles especially the wackier Gurus of the 70's. I would like to of discovered if he succeeded in his quest in discovering the "Void" of which he speaks of early on in the book, that bit brought a smile to my face.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2006
I have considered myself a Buddhist for more than 30 years, though my interest goes back to my early teens. Although I've practiced Theravada, Soto Zen (OBC) & Tibetan (NKT) Buddhism I've not felt really @ home with any.

Kulananda's book provides profound insights in to the Philosophical background of Buddhist Teachings and examines the development of Buddhism in the West. I feel it presents many of the issues which Western Buddhists should be concerned in a thought provoking and challanging way.

I would recommend it to anyone interested in Buddhism, especially westerners like myself.
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