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The Naked Buddha: A Practical Guide to the Buddha's Life and Teachings | [Venerable Adrienne Howley]

The Naked Buddha: A Practical Guide to the Buddha's Life and Teachings

For the many people who are interested in learning more about Buddhism, here is a primer on Buddhism and Buddhist practice written in a deceptively simple manner, with an engaging, gentle humor and flavor. Adrienne Howley's purpose is to demystify Buddhism, stripping away the layers of ritual and iconography that have grown up around it over the centuries, and to present the original, basic tenets and practices.
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Publisher's Summary

Buddhism is the fastest-growing religion in Australia. For the many people who are interested in learning more about it, here is a primer on Buddhism and Buddhist practice written in a deceptively simple manner, with an engaging, gentle humor and flavor. Adrienne Howley's purpose is to demystify Buddhism, stripping away the layers of ritual and iconography that have grown up around it over the centuries, and to present the original, basic tenets and practices in a way that will be appealing to Western readers.

©1999, 2002, and 2003 Venerable Adrienne Howley; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"A streamlined, appealing primer for everything you wanted to know about Buddhism but were afraid to ask." (Publishers Weekly)

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    R. Basden Wyoming USA 04-29-14
    R. Basden Wyoming USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Delivers What The Title Promises"
    If you could sum up The Naked Buddha in three words, what would they be?

    Pure and unadulterated


    What does Deidre Rubenstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The ability to meditate on the material while it is being presented.


    Any additional comments?

    When I began my exploration of Buddhism, I suspected that many of its teachers and followers didn't really seem to get it. Adrienne Howley does get it, that The Buddha was a man, not some surrogate deity, that Buddhism is a philosophy, practice, and lifestyle, and that Buddhism is to be applied in the context of the culture in which it is presented. Religions tell us how and what to be, and that the reward comes later. Buddhism as presented here is an instruction on how to achieve relief from suffering here and now.

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    Laura ARVADA, CO, United States 07-25-13
    Laura ARVADA, CO, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Starter Book"
    What did you love best about The Naked Buddha?

    A great beginners guide to Buddhism. Things are explained in an open way without making things mystical.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Things are explained in simple terms that a person being introduced to Buddhism can understand. There are the writers life lessons and humor in the book.


    What about Deidre Rubenstein’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is very soothing but bright. I can easily hear her and don't zone out.


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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 03-22-13
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 03-22-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Interesting look into a different perspective"

    This book was an interesting listen. Opened my eyes to some concepts and developed an interest into looking further into the subject. Narration seemed virtually perfect for this book. Well worth the time spent.

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    Christopher United States 01-30-13
    Christopher United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Well Written and Wonderfully Narrated"
    If you could sum up The Naked Buddha in three words, what would they be?

    Simple, Direct, and Delightful.


    What other book might you compare The Naked Buddha to and why?

    Like Rebel Buddha this book attempts to strip away layers of tradition and culture in order to allow the reader a more accessible look at what Buddhism is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Lee OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, US 11-10-12
    Jim Lee OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, US 11-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    What made the experience of listening to The Naked Buddha the most enjoyable?

    The content was easy to understand and the author made the listener smile may times as she explained her teachings on the basic concept of buddhism. It is one of those books that as you listen over and over again you always pick up something new. I am grateful for this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were not characters in this book. I was simple explanation dilivered in a lecture format


    What about Deidre Rubenstein’s performance did you like?

    She is awesome. She captured the flavor of the read. Her voice is pleasure to listen too and she took what could have been a very dry subject and made fun. Her voice reminds of Judi Dench whom I adore.


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

    Be Happy Where You Are Planted!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are searching and you have tried all the main stream religions and you are feeling like none of them fit you try this. This is the first book I read on this subject that has come even close to striking a cord. It has help me to learn that happiness is only within my grasp when I choose and allow to be.

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    Sallye Pottsboro, TX, United States 03-27-12
    Sallye Pottsboro, TX, United States 03-27-12
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    "Naked but with substance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely, I would recommend this audiobook to friends and strangers who are drawn to a spiritual path without being religious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Buddha, of course.


    What does Deidre Rubenstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Breath.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't call it


    Any additional comments?

    Thank goodness for my Episcopal upbringing for without it I would never have sought a spiritual path more suited to my needs.

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    C.M. Austin, TX, United States 10-14-09
    C.M. Austin, TX, United States 10-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Substance is good but delivery is harsh"

    The actual substance of this book is good; however, the harsh delivery distracts from the content. The effort to be dramatic was over the top in my opinion. I found myself looking forward to the end.

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    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 11-01-09
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 11-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A good, clear introduction to Buddhism"

    The book offer some very good advise, and it is a strain of Buddhism most appealing to me. However, in the real world, Buddhism have been corrupted by various cultural forces, I'm afraid, so the purist form of Buddhism is only practiced by the learned few.

    The book is also monotonous, I wish some humour could be used here and there to spice things up. But overall, good effort.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Will Toronto, ON, Canada 01-05-07
    Will Toronto, ON, Canada 01-05-07
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    "Miss Jean Brody of Zen?"

    Unable to access this audiobook because of the narrator, just a little too much like a school marm

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
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