Top positive review
Beautiful, profound and necessary!
on 15 February 2017
This is a beautiful and profound book. Whether you're completely new to Buddhism, or (like me), you've been drawn to Buddhism for a while yet struggled to navigate your way through the many different schools, conflicting traditions and opinions - Goldstein does a wonderful job of refining down his decades of Buddhist training and practice. He presents the essence of Buddhist teaching (which, ironically, probably comes closest to what the Buddha taught himself!), including: the 5 precepts, the role of wisdom and compassion, craving and aversion, the role of faith, the state of enlightenment and the importance of meditation. There's also a short history of Buddhism, and a lovely preface by H.H. The Dalai Lama. Goldstein writes very well, and what he does in this excellent work is convey the pure Buddhism currently evolving in the West - a Buddhism that we can all practice alongside our hectic, family based modern lives. Highly recommended reading.