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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent summary of the Dharma
This was one of the first books on Buddhism I read.The thing that really struck me was that it de-mystifies and explains Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy in plain English.None of your complex brain rattlingly long sentences here.Its all in a well written,comprehensible style that stands out with its practicality and wisdom.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted
This book is incredibly detailed and informative. It is however quite heavy going and not for the faint hearted. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a genuine interest in Buddhism but perhaps not for someone who would just like an introduction into what its all about.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent summary of the Dharma, 14 Dec 1998
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This review is from: A Guide to the Buddhist Path (Paperback)
This was one of the first books on Buddhism I read.The thing that really struck me was that it de-mystifies and explains Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy in plain English.None of your complex brain rattlingly long sentences here.Its all in a well written,comprehensible style that stands out with its practicality and wisdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, readable and clear overview, 9 Jun 2005
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This was one of my first books on Buddhism, and it's still a favourite source for ideas and inspiration.
It's divided into two main sections:
1. The three Jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dharma (his teaching) and the Sangha (community of Buddhists)
2. The threefold path of practice: ethics, meditation and wisdom.
This structure is pretty all-encompassing, and lets you navigate within it very easily.
Each chapter is very short (usually 2 or 3 pages), and can be dipped into without reading the whole book from page one. The text is actually edited down from Sangharakshita's lectures, and it manages to keep the approachability of the verbal format, whilst distilling out his most important ideas in a bite-sized format.
I heartily recommend this book, especially for newcomers or people who want to put their Buddhist readings within some overall framework. Sangharakshita is especially good at presenting Buddhism in a contemporary idiom without losing any of the rootedness in tradition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted, 13 Mar 2013
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This book is incredibly detailed and informative. It is however quite heavy going and not for the faint hearted. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a genuine interest in Buddhism but perhaps not for someone who would just like an introduction into what its all about.
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