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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good guide for non-Buddhists, 18 Aug 2013
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This is a very good guide for anyone who knows little or nothing about Buddhism and wants to know more, but who also wants to avoid getting bogged down in its often obscure terminology (Avalokiteshvar and Dhammachakra, for example). Mel Thompson - who normally writes on western philosophy - has created a sort of ABC for the Middle Way, the path advocated by Buddhists. He succeeds in explaining very lucidly Buddhism's essential teachings in separate but linked sections, which are cross-referenced. This means they can be easily referred to as you read - essential for those who may know nothing of the subject. Thompson's triumph is to make this noble but sometimes misunderstood religion readily explicable to western readers, whether they are students of Buddhism or simply reading out of curiosity. The book is quite short but so clearly written that it does not need to be longer. It's well worth the modest price.
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