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Contemplating Reality: A Practitioner's Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan…
by Andy Karr
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"Buddhism emphasizes direct experience and devalues conceptual thinking, but that doesn't mean it is devoid of philosophical reasoning and inquiry. This book by Karr, a teacher and investment banker, is formidably philosophical. 'We need to use thought to get beyond thought', he writes, in laying the groundwork for a step-by-step presentation of various schools of Buddhist analytical meditation. In that practice, Buddhists contemplate ultimate reality by asking themselves questions or by reflecting on short and profound teachings. Various schools have different emphases, and Karr patiently explains and singles out these varied analytic methods. He is a friendly teacher of difficult material: exercises offer ways of helping students reach conclusions; demanding chapters of philosophical explication are relieved by quirky 'interludes' of poetry and comedy; and appendixes contain helpful biographies of historical Buddhist teachers and a chart of philosophical systems" -- Publishers Weekly.