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Buddhism plain and simple : the practice of being aware, right now, every day / Steve Hagen.
New edition.
Publication Information:
Clarendon, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, [2018].

Physical Description:
xii, 177 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
"With a new foreword by the author".
As the popularity of Buddhism soars, so does the complexity of Buddhist interpretation & doctrine. Buddhism Plain & Simple strips Buddhist teachings of the embellishments they have accumulated over the centuries & presents the original way of the Buddha in everyday, accessible language, unencumbered by religious ritual, theory, or belief. Outlining the Buddha's four truths of existence, Zen teacher Steve Hagen explores their practical manifestations in life & describes the path Buddhism provides for coping with the world as we find it. Buddhism Plain & Simple deals exclusively with the here & now, not with speculation or distant realms, & is a profoundly valuable handbook for every person who embarks on a journey to enlightenment. Ideal for beginning & advanced students of Buddhism alike, this is a beautifully written, refreshingly direct guide to a powerfully transforming spiritual philosophy.


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"This is the clearest and most precise exposition of Buddhism I have ever read. If you're looking for enlightenment rather than just scholarly knowledge, you'd better read this."
--Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

In Buddhism Plain and Simple , Zen priest and longtime teacher Steve Hagen presents the heart of Buddhist teachings, pared down to its essence and explained in simple, everyday language. This best-selling book is the perfect guide to Buddhism for beginners; the text has served international readers at all levels of study and practice since it was originally published over a decade ago.

More than 300,000 copies in various formats have sold to date, and now it's available in this brand new edition with a high-quality binding and paper, as well as elegant decorative illustrations scattered throughout.

Practiced by more than 1.2 million Americans and 2-3 million Europeans, Buddhism has become one of the West's largest religions. Whether you're simply interested in learning more about Buddhist philosophy, or hope to begin practicing but don't know where to start, Buddhism Plain and Simple will help you on your way.

"This is a book about awareness. Not awareness of something in particular, but awareness itself--being awake, alert and in touch with what is actually happening. It's about examining and exploring the most basic questions of life. It's about relying on the immediate experience of this present moment. It's about freedom of mind. It's not about belief, doctrine, formula, or tradition." --from the Introduction

Author Notes

Steve Hagen, Roshi, has been a student and practitioner of Zen since 1967. For fifteen years he studied with Dainin Katagiri, Roshi, from whom he received Dharma Transmission (endorsement to teach) in 1989. He is the founder of the Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the author of such works as Buddhism Is Not What You Think (2004), Meditation Now or Never (2007) and Why the World Doesn't Seem to Make Sense (2012).

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Journey Into Nowp. 7
Part 1 The Perennial Problemp. 15
Chapter 1 The Human Situationp. 17
Chapter 2 A Wheel Out of Kilterp. 27
Chapter 3 Comingp. 37
Chapter 4 Goingp. 49
Chapter 5 The Art of Seeingp. 59
Part 2 The Way To Wake Upp. 67
Chapter 6 Wisdomp. 69
Chapter 7 Moralityp. 85
Chapter 8 Practicep. 105
Chapter 9 Freedomp. 121
Part 3 Free Mindp. 129
Chapter 10 The Way We Arep. 131
Chapter 11 Can't Pin "Me" Downp. 147
Chapter 12 Interdependencep. 153
Epilogue: Be a Light Unto Yourselfp. 165
Appendix: Dependent Arisingp. 167
Two Ways to View the Twelvefold Chainp. 175
About the Authorp. 177