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Adrian Lucas

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Tampa, FL | Member Since 2011

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  • Why I Am a Buddhist: No-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Asma
    • Narrated By Tom Pile
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    There have been a lot of books that have made the case for Buddhism. What makes this book fresh and exciting is Asma's iconoclasm, irreverence, and hardheaded approach to the subject. He is distressed that much of what passes for Buddhism is really little more than "New Age mush." He loudly asserts that it is time to "take the California out of Buddhism." And he presents a spiritual practice that does not require a belief in creeds or dogma.

    Adrian Lucas says: "Buddhism for the real world"
    "Buddhism for the real world"
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    What did you love best about Why I Am a Buddhist?

    If you relate strongly to, or have an appreciation for Buddhism but are not ready to live like a monk then this could be the book for you. It helped me sort through the difference between the real teachings of the historical Buddha and the cultural baggage and new age nonsense that often gets lumped in and called Buddhism. The book is an entertaining and thought provoking read/listen with plenty of humorous anecdotes thrown in about the authors life, what led him to Buddhism and some of the ways it helps him navigate his own busy life.


    What other book might you compare Why I Am a Buddhist to and why?

    Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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