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A delightful little introduction to the practice of Buddhism. Manuel mixes her own personal story with the teachings of the Buddha, showing readers not only what Buddhism is, but how it affects the people who practice it. A short read, but great for someone just starting to learn about Buddhism. Jun 04, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: buddhism , nonfiction. A wonderful read for those just exploring Buddhism who want to know more.

Each question led to an answer, which led to another question and answer, etc. I felt more like I was reading a comprehensive work than a work broken up with questions and a A wonderful read for those just exploring Buddhism who want to know more. I felt more like I was reading a comprehensive work than a work broken up with questions and answers.

I really loved reading everything the author brought to her ideas about Buddhism as well as the words she included from others. I especially liked the work on fire and it is something I will be referring back to.


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The end of the book mentioned several books I will be checking out to learn more and I'm glad those references were included. Aug 11, Kate Uni rated it liked it Shelves: books , dnf.

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I liked the perspective that the books was written with. It's not a point of view I've ever considered. I think everyone faces their own issues and challenges when entering a new religion, and I'm in awe of author Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. That being said, I think as a white female looking into the Buddhist faith I have a different set of challenges I need to face. And while I found the perspective of the author very interesting, it was not a perspective I was able to see in myself very well. Hopef I liked the perspective that the books was written with.

Hopefully when I've gained more experience and understand Buddhism better as it relates to myself, I will be more open to how it relates to others and will be able to appreciate other perspectives more fully.

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Jan 10, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: finished. Good book describing one person's path and perspective regarding Buddhism. Found the book easy to read, interesting, and overall made what can be a very heavy subject into a very light but meaningful read. Mar 07, Sally Bellerose rated it it was amazing.

As promised, questioned about Buddhism were answered in a straight-forward, easy for this western mind to understand way - very helpful - highly recommend to anyone interested in the subject. Gives generous insight from an African American who chose this path. Jun 27, Heather Hay rated it it was ok. Not Pema Chodron.

Feb 13, Charles Fried rated it liked it. Earnest attempt on the part of the author but did not really explain enough of Buddhism for me. Too much reliance on terminology that does not mean anything to me. Feb 26, Ali rated it really liked it Shelves: spirituality. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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It was a nice understanding of Buddhism from the perspective of an Afrikan in America and a simple introduction to the value system itself. Mar 04, Melissa Dally rated it really liked it Shelves: borrowed. A lovely introduction. The author seems like a person it would be a gift to know in real life.

Jul 11, Judith Engels rated it it was ok. Almost as difficult to understand as the practice itself. Some tulkus, however, do obtain rebirths through karma that allow them to be of maximum benefit to others.

Incarnation is a wonderful book for anyone who wants to learn more about a complex system from the inside. Whether you find this opening remark endearing or corny will likely predict what you will think of The Buddha Walks into a Bar. The kid knows his stuff. Written by the youngest, Yangzom Brauen, the story begins with her grandmother, Kunsang Wangmo, and her days as a Buddhist nun in old Tibet. Then the Chinese invade Tibet. The consequences of this invasion are horrifying, but they are what give this story its wings.

Kunsang and Sonam escape over the Himalayas and into India. As refugees, they survive by breaking rocks into gravel, knitting sweaters, and working in an orphanage.

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Tell Me Something About Buddhism Questions and Answers for the Curious Beginner

When Sonam becomes a young woman, a Swiss graduate student pursues her and eventually the two marry. For anyone who is curious about the teachings of Buddha and modern Buddhist practice, Tell Me Something about Buddhism offers the perfect introduction. What are the Four Noble Truths? Do you have a holy book like the Bible or Koran?

What do Buddhists believe? Are there core teachings? Do you believe in a god? Do some people have good karma and some bad? Why do the monks, nuns, and priests shave their heads? Can Buddhists eat meat?