The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism

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Penguin, 2004 - Reference - 390 pages
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Enlightenment has never been easier—with this updated guide.

ThereÂ's more to Buddhism than meditation and mantras—and this fully updated guide is what every reader needs on the path to enlightenment. With expanded information on the practice of Buddhism in the United States and the West, a greater focus on the relationship between Buddhism and Islam, and the effects of Buddhism on Christianity and Judaism, this book explores the easy ways readers can make Buddhism a part of their daily lives.

• Includes expanded appendixes featuring a timeline showing the evolution of Buddhism through history
• Covers all four schools of Buddhism—Zen, Tibetan, Pure Land, and Insight Meditation
• Expanded section on “rites of passage” shows how a new generation has taken to Buddhism

  

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Review: Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Dennis Schvejda - Goodreads

When the student is ready... Well, I've been meaning to learn more about Buddhism for some time, and then this book was given to me. A great introduction, I enjoyed each chapter. The book has had a tremendous impact on my outlook on life, mindfulness, etc. Read full review

Review: Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Judih Weinstein Haggai - Goodreads

Gary Gach is brilliant, funny, personable and eases the way into understanding Buddhism and what it has to offer a modern human being. Read full review

Contents

Buddha Showing the Way
1
The Teachings Travel to Different Lands
19
The Teachings
21
Western Buddhism
35
Interfaith
51
Dharma Truth and the Way to Truth
67
The Eightfold Path
85
Precepts for a Path with a Heart
99
Zen
187
Pure Land
205
Tibetan Buddhism
223
Buddhism in Action Applications in Everyday Life
241
Buddhism in Action Applications in Everyday Life
243
The Meal of Life
259
Buddhism and Popular Culture
285
Buddhism and Fine Arts
303

Key Concepts
115
Sangha Joining the Path
133
Base Camp
151
Youre Alive
157
Insight Meditation
169
Buddhism and the Sciences
321
Engaged
339
Appendixes
355
A Quick Reference
363
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About the author (2004)

Gary Gach has been a student of Buddhism for more than 40 years and is a consultant to the Buddhist Film Society as well as the Unified Buddhist Church. He is co-translator of Ko Un, KoreaÂ's greatest living Zen poet, and has worked as the arts and religion editor for AsianWeek and as a contributing editor to the San Francisco Review of Books. He is the editor of What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to HipHop.

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