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Life's Meandering Path: A Secular Approach to Gautama Buddha's Guide to Living by [Rabgye, Karma Yeshe]
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About the Author

Karma Yeshe Rabgye is a Western Buddhist monk, originally from England, who now lives at Ashoka Buddhist Temple in India.

Having taken his vows from H. E. Tai Situ Rinpoche in Sherabling Monastery, Yeshe has studied with such notable figures as the fourteenth Dalai Lama and helped found the nonprofit Indian organization Sangye-Menla Patients Charitable Trust in 2008.

He is the author of The Best Way to Catch a Snake and the recently published Life’s Meandering Path.

Yeshe currently lives in northern India, where he teaches Buddhism and meditation classes. For more information, visit www.buddhismguide.org.


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I found this book very easy and enjoyable to read coming as I do from a non-religious perspective.
The daily suggestions for contemplation on each principle are a little simplistic but for a complete novice on the spiritual path, with no previous knowledge of Buddhism or any kind of spiritual reflection, it is a good starting point as any I guess.
The choice of basing a book on the thirty eight principles covered in the Mangala Sutra was excellent as was the intention to extrapolate it for a secular audience. The author has made a very good job of providing clear and concise explanations of the principles and interpreting their meanings, including the linking in of other sutras into the discussions - particularly Lord Buddha's core teachings (The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path along with other basic precepts and concepts). I also strongly support his advice to incorporate daily reflections into one's life to assist in one's personal spiritual development.
Overall, well worth a read if you are interested in personal spiritual growth without the baggage of subscribing to religious worship.
If you like this type of book, another book recently published that I would also recommend is 'A Lay-Buddhist's Take on Life and the Modern World' by Ann O'Bodhi, which is also aimed at spiritual growth for people not interested in religious worship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the Mangala Sutta from a good luck chant based on superstition to a meaningful path as taught by the Buddha 22 April 2017
By Jesse Schell - Published on Amazon.com
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Ordinarily, I don't read books when the author has a religious title as I know s/he will only be spewing the party line. However, I decided to take a chance on this author and I'm glad I did. Unlike most clergy, he presents Buddhism outside the box (Secular Buddhism). The Mangala Sutta is regularly mindlessly chanted by the Buddhist faithful with the superstitious anticipation of good luck results without any personal effort. The teachings in the sutta are ignored. Rabgye takes each of the 38 principles of the sutta and uses them as teaching points. The goal is the lessening of suffering in this life, the point of Secular Buddhism. I benefited greatly from these teachings, so much so that I bought the paper book for my personal library. If you are a traditional Classical Buddhist, you probably won't care for the book. But, if you are a seeker after wisdom or a Secular Buddhist, you will certainly enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A practical guide for the spiritual but not religious 23 Oct. 2014
By Stan Boods - Published on Amazon.com
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Karma Yeshe Rabgye's 'Meandering Path' does not take us to obscure mystical destinations or promise us salvation in some religious belief. Instead it leads us to accept our human condition and act more skillfully to reduce the suffering we create. What I liked about the book was that it provides practical tools for change in the form of daily reviews and contemplations that build minfulness and awareness of the thoughts and actions that we need to reform to live a more sane and peaceful life. You don't need to be religious to benefit from this book, as the author states it's a spiritual practice that relates to personal inner experience not to religious faith or belief. The book really is a breath of fresh air without any religious mumbo jumbo you find in many books of this genre. It is written in clear simple language with honest examples from the author's life, highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddhism without the fog of religion 6 Dec. 2015
By Blaise Mathai - Published on Amazon.com
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This has been very eye opening to me. It clearly explained some concepts of Buddhism that I've struggled with, using a very no-nonsense approach. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is struggling to see past the tradition, culture, and religion surrounding and obscuring the core of Buddhism.

Some parts seem a little repetitive, but in such a way the drives in the point. The author really stresses meditation and daily review sessions, but the material alone will have you thinking for a long time after even without meditation. If you aren't familiar with Buddhism, this is a great start. I'd probably recommend it to more experienced people as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! Spread the word! 9 Sept. 2015
By Mick - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book! This book breaks down the Mangala sutra in an easy to understand way. Karma Yeshe Rabgye does a masterful job of stripping away the ritualistic aspects of Buddhism and conveying it's contents in a secular way. This book contains extremely valuable tools for a happier life and a more peaceful existence. Whether we go on to another life or not, what matters is here and now. Live in the present and love everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile but difficault 7 Jan. 2015
By Dave Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is quite valuable and his advice for a daily review and reflection is worthy of action. I have it 4, rather than 5 stars because I found it to be a difficult read and suspect that many readers will not finish it.

It is a comprehensive study of the Mangala Sutra. The trouble is that it could have been a shorter book without loss. I'm glad that I read it and plan to print out a concise Mangala Sutra for reflection on my own actions.

A bit too wordy, but worthwhile.
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