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The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still | [Dinty W. Moore]

The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still

Dinty Moore set out to explore America's fascination with Buddhism and found himself enthralled. You will be too, as Moore takes you into the world of American-style Buddhism, from a mountain retreat for executives learning to deal with stress to a Tibetan Freedom Concert with the Beastie Boys.

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Dinty Moore never intended to change his life, he just wanted to document the lives of others. This investigative reporter set out to explore America's fascination with Buddhism and found himself enthralled. You will be too, as Moore takes you into the world of American-style Buddhism, from a mountain retreat for executives learning to deal with stress to a Tibetan Freedom Concert with the Beastie Boys. You'll meet a Zen teacher holding classes in an old Quaker farmhouse and sit in on Change Your Mind Day, a kind of annual be-in held in Central Park. And who knows? Maybe your life will change too.

©1997 Dinty W. Moore; (P)1997 by Audio Renaissance Tapes, a division of CPU, Inc.

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    Cynthia Lake Linden , MI, USA 06-19-04
    Cynthia Lake Linden , MI, USA 06-19-04
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    "ineresting and worthwhile"

    Moore goes to several different kinds of Buddhist retreats and monasteries and reports his experiences. He is skeptical but also really wanting to find meaning. The narrator is good, seems to fit the voice you'd expect of the possibly irritating personality of the author. I found the book worthwhile on several levels. Thought provoking due to the philosophy. But also very humorous. And fun because of the great variety of events he attends. After paying for attendance and travel to all kinds of places, he stumbles on a group in his hometown.

    If this book sounds interesting to you, pick it and you won't find it to be a disappointment. I enjoyed it. If it sounds dumb, don't pick. I suspect many would not like this selection, might react "what rot".

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    Alan Christchurch, New Zealand 04-29-12
    Alan Christchurch, New Zealand 04-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about The Accidental Buddhist?

    I'm someone who's been exploring religion and Buddhism for a while, trying to understand my own spirituality. I enjoyed this read as I related to the author in a number of ways. It's a lighthearted easy short read (listen) and I can see myself listen to it again a few times over.


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    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 08-11-11
    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 08-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good introduction"

    Journal of a man who finds Buddhism. Good book if you want a little information to get started on a long journey. It is short, interesting, and a quick listen.

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    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 01-18-11
    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 01-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "I really enjoyed this book"

    As a novice to Buddhist ideas I found this book to be very accessible and enjoyable. Jack Hawkins seemed to have just the right pitch and feel for the material.

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    Eric Dayton, OH, USA 06-17-07
    Eric Dayton, OH, USA 06-17-07
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    "Great Concepts"

    A good read for those interested in buddhism and for those who are just looking for a fresh perspective on life.

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    "Needs more content"

    This was a good introduction to Buddhism, but I found other books that were much more educational. See my other reviews for those books.

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    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 05-07-05
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    Enjoyable and interesting

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