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By Stephan Bodian, Jonathan Landaw, Gudrun Bühnemann

Your hands-on advisor to this greatly practiced and historical religion

Buddhism, one of many world's most generally practiced religions, is an interesting but complicated japanese faith that's swiftly spreading all through western civilization. What does it suggest to be a Buddhist? What are the elemental ideals and heritage in the back of this faith? Buddhism For Dummies explores those questions and extra during this up to date consultant to Buddhist tradition. You'll achieve an figuring out of the origins of this old perform and the way they're at the moment utilized to daily life.

Whether you're a searcher of fact, a scholar of religions, or simply fascinated about what makes Buddhism one of these generally practiced faith, this advisor is for you. In simple English, it defines the real phrases, explains the major innovations, and explores in-depth a variety of interesting topics.

- New and accelerated assurance on the entire faculties of Buddhism, together with Theravada, Tibetan, and Mahayana
- the continued relevance of the Dalai Lama
- up-to-date assurance on day-by-day observances, celebrations, types, practices, meditation, and more

Continuing the Dummies culture of creating the world's religions attractive and obtainable to each person, Buddhism For Dummies is your crucial consultant to this attention-grabbing faith.

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If being more spiritual, more aware in your own life means completely giving up the life you have, why would anyone bother to trade? We don’t want to toss away the life we have. We want both to keep our lives and our personal style and be more content in them. The idea is not to throw away what you have, but to make what you have easier to use. Signing Up for Enlightenment My own interest in Zen made me find my way to an American Zen monastery. I had become intensely interested in Buddhism and wanted to absorb as much of it as I could.

So a map, with a key, would be very helpful. In fact, such a map is available for us already. Some 2,500 years ago, a warrior-prince who felt the same sense of unease left his comfortable, wealthy life, his palace and his clan behind him. qxd 10/29/01 10:50 AM Page 17 Four Simple Truths sential truth about life. He wanted to know why old age, sickness, and death existed; why life seemed plagued with misery. After a lot of effort, this prince who would become known as the Buddha, meaning “the awakened one” or “one that has been enlightened,” saw clearly the truth about life.

We say that a lot. That’s just the way I am. That’s just the way he is or she is. It’s as if we think we came out of the womb already knowing what Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and the Gap are, and that we like them. qxd 10/29/01 10:50 AM Page 28 The Nature of Our Existence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 We Are Always Changing The truth is that the way we perceive who we are has much more to do with our experiences than with a certain set of traits that we are given at birth.

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