Why Buddhism?: Westerners in Search of Wisdom

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Thorsons, 2003 - Religion - 308 pages
A fascinating look at why Westerners are turning to Buddhism in record numbers, featuring world-renowned Buddhists such as composer Philip Glass and Professor Bob Thurman. Why is Buddhism the fastest growing religion in the West? Vicki Mackenzie, best-selling author of A Cave in the Snow, has been a Buddhist for 25 years. A skilled interviewer, journalist and author, she explores this question in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia with extraordinary people who have turned to Buddhism, taking its philosophy and spirit into their lives and work. Among the stories are those of Buddhist luminaries Sharon Salzberg and Stephen Batchelor, and ordinary people: a mother, a counsellor and a businessman. The book explores Buddhism, ideas about other religions, about work and worldly success, thoughts on mind, consciousness and enlightenment; views on nature, the family, relationships, and death. The picture that emerges is an intriguing reflection on what Buddhism means to the contemporary West. Buddhism is attracting intelligent and creative thinkers who seek a wiser way to live, inspiring them with joyful spirituality, tolerant and practical ethics, and fellowship within the unity of all life.

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User Review  - dean_p - LibraryThing

Some interesting interviews with a wide range of Western background Buddhists over different traditions. Some well known, others not. Gives quite a good overview of the ways that Western people have ... Read full review

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User Review  - hoopajoop - LibraryThing

These kind of "samplers" are my favorite kind of read. McKenzie does an awesome job getting a well-rounded group of people for interviews. I find McKenzie herself a bit sappy, but well intentioned, friendly, and authentic. Every interview was pretty much a page-turner for me. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Vicki Mackenzie is a journalist with a broad professional experience in the US and Australia. She has studied Tibetan Buddhism for 25 years, and has published widely on the subject.

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