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The Best Way to Catch a Snake: A Practical Guide To Gautama Buddha's Teachings by [Rabgye, Karma Yeshe]
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Karma Yeshe Rabgye is a Western Monk in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Originally from England, he now lives in Ashoka Buddhist Temple, Northern India, where he teaches Buddhism and meditation classes to people of all ages. Yeshe spent several years in a monastery in the foothills of the Himalayas teaching young monks basic Buddhist philosophy and meditation. He now offers teachings freely to all in a manner that is unpretentious and clear. He does not demand students to blindly accept what he says, but instead invites them to examine their own minds and experiences to discover the validity of Gautama Buddha’s teachings. Yeshe quietly demonstrates Gautama Buddha’s teaching on compassion through the charitable trust ‘Sangye Menla’ that he founded in 2008 in Chandigarh, Northern India. The trust provides medical assistance and care to people from the Himalayan region in India.

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Yeshe Rabgye's common sense and straight forward approach make The Best Way to Catch a Snake a pleasure to read. I found this book to be clearly written and easy to understand, as well being very informative. A clear and concise introduction to the subject of Buddha's teachings with some excellent advice thrown in from the author. It's an excellent place to start if you're new to Buddism.

Highly recommended.
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I am not a Buddhist but I found this book an excellent guide to Buddha's teachings. I enjoyed the read and found its simplicity helped me to understand Buddhist beliefs. I would encourage anyone who is interested in Buddhism, especially Buddha's foundation teachings, to read this book and follow its practical contemplation's. The Best Way to Catch a Snake: A Practical Guide to the Buddha's Teachings
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The odd title of this book was based on a parable about the best way of starting to learn something, which is to start at the beginning and build a solid foundation of understanding and wisdom. This is excellent advice and the author proceeds to guide the reader though a detailed analysis of the Four Seals, the Four Noble Truths and the Four Preliminary Thoughts. There is even a very brief guide to the main Buddhist traditions and a short history of the life of Siddhartha Gautama himself.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise --- a contemporary introduction to the Buddha's teachings 2 Jun. 2013
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As a student and practitioner of Buddhism, I welcome Venerable Karma Yeshe Rabgye's clear and concise introduction to the central teachings of the Buddha.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought me some peace. Excellent writer. 12 April 2017
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Excellent explanations that are very helpful to me. I refer back to it almost daily. This is in my top 3 out of 28 Buddhist books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Oct. 2014
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Succinct discussion of complex concepts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction! 11 Oct. 2015
By Mick - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent introductory to Buddhism. Karma Yeshe Rabgye writes in a very clear concise way and cleverly explains the core components of the Buddha's teachings.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 April 2015
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i am now awake!
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