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If you are interested in Buddhism, this is a book to buy!
on 20 March 2013
As a follower of the Buddha's approach to life, I have read dozens of books on the subject - ranging from very austere, strictly non-theistic zen writings to some very flowery theistic approaches to the subject.
This is one of very few books that captures the true non-theistic spirit that is at the heart of all the Buddha's teachings.
Buddha means 'Awakened'. Buddha was a mortal and NEVER encouraged worship of himself or any other mythical god. His approach to life and its ups and downs was entirely pragmatic - which means it is as relevant today as it ever was.
Unlike theistic religions where what the religion can't prove it expects you to simply 'believe' or 'have faith' in, Buddha actively discouraged blinkered belief and advocated exploration and discovery for yourself - through practice - which takes effort.
No pantheons of gods here - nothing you are expected to take 'in good faith' or simply 'believe in' - no letting you off the 'effort hook' either. Much to think about, ponder and implement in this book.
In my opinion this is one of the finest, most level-headed and accurate descriptions of what the Buddha taught I have ever read (and listened to because I also have the audio version which is also excellent).
Very, very highly recommended.