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Embrace this world in all its contingency,
This review is from: Confession of a Buddhist Atheist (Hardcover)
This is an honest and revealing account of the author's quest to understand his existential dilemma as a young man by heading east and becoming a monk, immersing himself in various alien cultures that followed different interpretations of the teachings of the Buddha. He reveals how his thinking evolved and changed as he came across beliefs and practices that he found hard to accept. He goes on to investigate the original teachings of the Buddha, which he declares are untainted by any metaphysical beliefs which developed as Buddhism evolved into a religion, and comes to the conclusion that rather than relying on some nebulous form of ultimate reality, that "one embrace this world in all its contingency and ...in the midst of strife and confusion to pay precise attention to what is happening".
Any reader with an open and critical mind and acquainted with the teachings of the Buddha will find this well written book both absorbing and challenging.