i love The Middle Way: The Story of Buddhism. it's impeccably and passionately read (and by "passionately," i do NOT mean "over the top" - not in the least - but simply that the readers clearly care very much about what they're reading, and speak each word and phrase with appropriate feeling and intent), highly educational, and provocative of insight; no single influence i've encountered over the years has done more to interest me in the possibility of stepping onto the Buddhist path, nor to help me along in my understanding. i only wish i could find more sources of information that take so purely philosophical and non-religious a view of Buddhism. my personal opinion is that religion is a refuge of the weak-minded - indeed, as this very book points out, "it is much easier to follow rules and commandments than to be aware" - and i don't see any more reason to saddle Buddhism with the taint of "religion" than i do to so saddle Christ's teachings. this non-religious approach is one of the great attributes of this book, and i only hope i'll be able to find such purity of approach elsewhere.
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