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Jace

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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"
    "The Logical Buddhist Wins Again"
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    What did you love best about Why I Am a Buddhist?

    I found Why I Am a Buddhist to be a nice romp in the intellectual hay. As a comedic writer, I have long been looking for something to fill my spiritual hole (that may not be the scientific term for it) and this book was a good start. Asma compiles the teachings of Buddhism and offers them up with a piping-hot slice of experience while keeping it down-to-earth enough for the average-joe, like me, to understand. I enjoyed each facet of the different lessons and teachings as well as the insight given to off-shoots of Buddhism such as Zen Buddhism.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There is no ending, only new beginnings...okay, that's just not fair to you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the section about children and raising a family while remaining a practicing Buddhist. As the aspiring family man myself, I couldn't get enough of keeping the teachings true to your heart while still coming off as a sane parent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't be a butt-hole and enjoy life!


    Any additional comments?

    Not only was I engaged and inspired by this book/reading, my girlfriend who accompanied me on a few road trips was enjoying the noggin expanding information presented. If you can keep my old lady in check with some good, old-fashioned knowledge; I submit. That's no easy feat but what great conversations it led to. Absolutely wonderful.

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