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The Naked Buddha: A Practical Guide to the…

The Naked Buddha: A Practical Guide to the Buddha's Life and…

by Adrienne Howley

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There was nothing wrong with this book, in fact I enjoyed what I read, but I kind of felt like I’d gotten out of it what I wanted to and decided to focus my energies on the many other books I had on my shelf instead – like the ones I’m reading for a review and the fiction books that I’m really enjoying. ( )
  mommablogsalot | Dec 2, 2010 |
Structured in a basic Q&A format, Adrienne Howley's "The Naked Buddha" is a fairly good introduction to the basic tenets of Buddhism, although I felt like she was biased a bit towards the Theravada variant. Like countless other "book Buddhist" works for a middle-class Western audience, it provides the basic teachings while assuring the reader that they don't need to shave their head or live in a cave in order to learn the dharma. Not bad but not really a diamond lightening bolt either. One part I found really fantastic, however, was her insights on the generosity of mind and how to determine right speech/right action. ( )
  madcatnip72 | Dec 29, 2009 |
This is a short introduction to Buddhism that is not an attempt to cover the main tenets, but is rather intended to answer some questions and whet the appetite. The most interesting part is the first section which gives a brief biography of Siddhartha Gautama and his teachings. The longest section are two chapters dedicated to answering questions about Buddhism.

Howley is at pains to indicate that Buddhism is different from other religions--that it may not be a religion at all. In doing so, she seems to have an axe to grind over all theistic religions and anything that resembles faith. She says that her main point is that the reader should take no one's word for the beliefs of Buddhism, but should analyze them for him or herself. However, she also indicates at several points that a "right thinking" person would come to the same conclusions as her.

Ultimately, though, I was disappointed by the lack of depth. Howley clearly has enormous knowledge, but this book did not do much to convey that knowledge. I hope the "Suggested Reading" at the end of the book offers some books with more depth. ( )
  wrmjr66 | Jun 7, 2009 |
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The Naked Buddha includes sections on who Buddha was and how he came to formulate his philosphy; descriptions of the three main Buddhist traditions; what ordinary Buddhists believe and practise today; and meditation: how and why? There are also answers to questions most commonly asked by non-Buddhists.… (more)

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