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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.

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

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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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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.

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  • Will
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 01-05-07

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