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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (29 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140195963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140195965
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
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Will Buddhism solve the problems of everyday life? No. As the Buddha says, if you've got 83 problems, he can only help with your 84th problem, which is that "You want not to have any problems".

Steve Hagen, a Zen priest from Minnesota, shows a plain and simple route to the heart of the Buddhist way. He offers engaging parables, some drawn from his own experience and some from Buddhist tradition. And he guides the reader through the more difficult concepts without need of baffling Zen riddles. He makes enlightening yourself sound so easy.

By applying the Buddha's four truths and eightfold path to life today, the book aims to let the reader see the world in a new way.

When the Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single word, he said, "awareness". This is a book about awareness. Not awareness of something in particular, but awareness itself--being awake, alert, in touch with what is actually happening.

The few special terms, such as samma and duhkha, are all explained thoroughly the first time they are used. Those unfamiliar with the ideas should make sure they read the book in sequence. But with a book this approachable and conversational, that isn't hard to do.

As with the best devotional books, readers will get as much from it as they are willing to put in. Can you accept the challenge to reconsider your life and outlook on the world? --Frank Pennycook

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When the buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single word, he said, "Awareness." The buddha taught how to see directly into the nature of experience. His observations and insights are plain, practical, and down-to-earth, and they deal exclusively with the present.

buddhism Plain and Simple offers a straightforward treatise on buddhism in general and on awareness in particular. Steve Hagan presents the buddha's uncluttered, original teachings in everyday, accessible language unencumbered by religious ritual. This book is about awareness.

For people investigating buddhist teachings and meditation for the first time, buddhism Plain and Simple offers a clear look at the wisdom and guidance of the buddha—an enlightened teacher who lived some 2,500 years ago—yet whose teachings remain as vital and penetrating today as ever. For every person with a desire to see deeply into the nature of existence, it is a call to mindfulness and awakening. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Buddhism explained in a very clear way, with lots of relatable similies, and all the religion (pointless ceremonies and rules) cut out. Will teach you to be content with your life. May prove vital, in fact. This has been the main guide for my spiritual stance in life, and has helped me to be more peaceful and happy and know where I want to go.
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An otherwise good book ruined by the constant - and I do mean constant - use of the word 'seeing' in italics. The author uses the word as a stump to explain what understanding or revelation come to mean in religious circles. Though he is at pain to differentiate how Buddhism is a path and not a belief( which is a nice change) often the book takes on a nihilistic tone rather than a practical one. This is a book about conceptions, not Buddhist practice and for all the authors remonstrations about not following set patterns or moral absolutes - everyone had to start somewhere. This may confuse as much as enlighten, though it will make you feel good about yourself.
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Brilliant book! very easy to read and follow.
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Simple and thought provoking. For the beginner more serious practitioner a useful book.
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An excellent product at an excellent price.
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A good insight into Buddhism
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Best book I've ever read. Changed my life. This is the 6th time I've bought this book as my friends are very keen to share my enlightened experience and I more than happily want to share it with them!
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Excellent explanation of Buddhism. Accessible and inspirational. Not only an account of Buddhism, but a guide on living a good life.
If you want an understanding of Buddhism then this is an indispensable book.
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