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The Best Way to Catch a Snake: A Practical Guide To Gautama Buddha's Teachings Kindle Edition
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However, this like many other books written from the perspective and traditions of a Tibetan monastic school (Kagyu in this case) follows the same, predictable and well trodden path you might expect. Whilst in a recent interview, the author claimed to teach both a traditional and non-traditional approach, this did not come across in the book at all. As an example (and one that keeps recurring) the author proclaims that we all have past and future lives and that Karma will not only dictate what dukkha (suffering) is manifested in this life, but also our next lives. Furthermore, depending on whether an action was wholesome or unwholesome (decided by intention, apparently), it will affect what merit is accumulated and whether one therefore has a "good rebirth" or not. Presumably a log is kept somehow but the presumed metaphysical process is not explained. The author even urges the reader to get practicing because it will have a beneficial effect on your future lives. This is not untypical of a strategy used in both eastern and western religions to "encourage" faith and diligent practice among the uneducated or ignorant.Read more ›
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His text covers the Four Seals, the Four Noble Truths, and the Four Preliminary Thoughts and includes appendices on the various schools of Buddhism and a short biography of the life of the Buddha.
Overall,Ven. Karma Yeshe Rabgye presents the subject matter in a way that allows a contemporary reader to relate the teachings to his/her life. At various points, the text invites the reader to think about different aspects of the material by posing questions that are intended for further reflection. Furthermore, Ven. Karma Yeshe Rabgye draws on a broad variety of scriptures that belong to various traditions of Buddhism to illustrate and support the claims he makes. Though he clearly identifies his own perspective (the Karma Kagyu tradition), he embraces the wisdom that is found in the writings of other schools of Buddhism as well. Contemporary references and a sense of humor make "The Best Way to Catch a Snake" pleasant to read and easy to follow.
The only suggestion I have is that, in the next edition, the list of sources that appear in the bibliography section be expanded to include all of the texts that are mentioned in the book. Doing so will allow the reader to follow up on the various canonical writings much more easily.
In summary, "The Best Way to Catch a Snake" is a clear and concise introduction to the principles of Buddhism that is intended for a general reader. I would certainly consider including it in an introductory course on Buddhism that is taught at the college or university level.
Christian M. Mahoney, M.A., Ph.D.