What Makes You Not a Buddhist

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Shambhala Publications, Aug 12, 2008 - Religion - 144 pages
An innovative meditation master cuts through common misconceptions about Buddhism, revealing what it truly means to walk the path of the Buddha
 
So you think you're a Buddhist? Think again. Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, one of the most creative and innovative lamas teaching today, throws down the gauntlet to the Buddhist world, challenging common misconceptions, stereotypes, and fantasies.
 
In What Makes You Not a Buddhist, Khyentse reviews the four core truths of the tradition, using them as a lens through which readers can examine their everyday lives. With wit and irony, he urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism—beyond the romance with beads, incense, or exotic robes—straight to the heart of what the Buddha taught. Khyentse's provocative, non-traditional approach to Buddhism will resonate with students of all stripes and anyone eager to bring this ancient religious tradition into their 21st-century lives.
 

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I did not like it. The message of the book is not at all clear. On the one hand the author seem to promote the four dharma seals as the core of buddhism, yet at the same time he refers to many other ... Read full review

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User Review  - lente - LibraryThing

I did not like it. The message of the book is not at all clear. On the one hand the author seem to promote the four dharma seals as the core of buddhism, yet at the same time he refers to many other ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Fabrication and Impermanence
7
2 Emotion and Pain
33
3 Everything Is Emptiness
55
4 Nirvana Is beyond Concepts
83
Conclusion
107
Postscript on the Translation of Terms
127
Acknowledgments
129
Index
131
Back Cover
135

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Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse (Khyentse Norbu) is a Tibetan Buddhist lama who travels and teaches internationally and is also an award-winning filmmaker. He is the abbot of several monasteries in Asia and the spiritual director of meditation centers in Vancouver, San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Taipei. He is also head of a Buddhist organization called Siddhartha’s Intent.

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