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MANY BOOKS ON BUDDHISM will edify you, but will they entertain you? Here, finally, is a book that yields an understanding of Buddhism--not by its metaphysics or rituals but through real characters and true stories as dramatic as those in the most imaginative novel. Jeffery Paine has assembled the breathtaking adventures of nine Westerners who traveled in China, Tibet, and Japan, in Nepal and India, and in that new Buddhist frontier, America, chanced across Buddhism, and made it an integral part of their lives. Through vivid travel writing and gripping human tales, the reader is exposed not just to the theory of Buddhist philosophy and practice but also to what it looks like from the inside. From enchanting, now-lost kingdoms in Asia to the American workplace where a practitioner is profitably applying the dharma, "Adventures with the Buddha is a tour de force across nations, generations, and, ultimately, spirituality.

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"'Many Buddhist books will edify you,' Paine writes, 'but will any entertain you?' Paine (Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West) here offers up an enthralling anthology of nine Western 'writer-adventurers' who journeyed to India, Tibet, Nepal, China and Japan to study the various incarnations of Buddhism. The first five writers, including a disaffected Frenchwoman and a Dutch mystery novelist, tell of their experiences in Asia during the first half of the 20th century, when there were still tantalizing unexplored 'white spaces' on the map. They reverently describe a wild and woolly land filled with magic: lamas discoursing via mental telepathy; almost-naked gurus meditating in icy caves for years at a time; Shangri-La landscapes filled with clanging processions of gaily-dressed pilgrims. The book's second half features four contemporary American Buddhist writers such as Sharon Salzberg and Michael Roach. To one degree or another, they also share their experiences in Asia, but these writers' main focus is the interior realm: how Buddhism has affected their own day-to-day emotional and spiritual lives — a familiar theme in current Buddhist writing, but one which these writers make fresh. Paine's own contributions are limited to brief introductions, but these are lively and illuminating. Paine's real genius, however, is constructing a cohesive, potent anthology that informs, delights and fires the imagination, a work that both recalls a lost world and illustrates its continued relevance today." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Paine has assembled the adventures of nine Westerners in a book that yields an understanding of Buddhism, not by its metaphysics or rituals, but through real characters and true stories as dramatic as those in the most imaginative novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393059069
Subtitle:
A Personal Buddhism Reader
Editor:
Paine, Jeffery
Editor:
Paine, Jeffery
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
410
Dimensions:
9.26x6.40x1.36 in. 1.57 lbs.

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Product details 410 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393059069 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Many Buddhist books will edify you,' Paine writes, 'but will any entertain you?' Paine (Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West) here offers up an enthralling anthology of nine Western 'writer-adventurers' who journeyed to India, Tibet, Nepal, China and Japan to study the various incarnations of Buddhism. The first five writers, including a disaffected Frenchwoman and a Dutch mystery novelist, tell of their experiences in Asia during the first half of the 20th century, when there were still tantalizing unexplored 'white spaces' on the map. They reverently describe a wild and woolly land filled with magic: lamas discoursing via mental telepathy; almost-naked gurus meditating in icy caves for years at a time; Shangri-La landscapes filled with clanging processions of gaily-dressed pilgrims. The book's second half features four contemporary American Buddhist writers such as Sharon Salzberg and Michael Roach. To one degree or another, they also share their experiences in Asia, but these writers' main focus is the interior realm: how Buddhism has affected their own day-to-day emotional and spiritual lives — a familiar theme in current Buddhist writing, but one which these writers make fresh. Paine's own contributions are limited to brief introductions, but these are lively and illuminating. Paine's real genius, however, is constructing a cohesive, potent anthology that informs, delights and fires the imagination, a work that both recalls a lost world and illustrates its continued relevance today." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Paine has assembled the adventures of nine Westerners in a book that yields an understanding of Buddhism, not by its metaphysics or rituals, but through real characters and true stories as dramatic as those in the most imaginative novel.
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