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on 21 September 2002
Thegreat merit of this book is its clarity. The teachings are not different from similar books, but they are presented with enthusiasm and ease of reading. The author wants to burn away any doubts the reader may have about the core concepts in Buddhism. One could say that from that point of view some people will consider the book dogmatic. There is however no doubt about the good intentions of the lama. Using forceful simple language is for many people the only way that will stimulate them to act and not read it out of curiosity. Just as an example of the forceful language. "Just like hallucinogenic drugs, wrong conceptions make our mind hallucinate. In reality the "I" is completely empty, there is nothing to cherish. Self-cherishing is completely silly and only creates problems. I think the book is useful for beginners as it is very short and clear. For more experienced readers it provides an excellent summary.
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