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What Makes You Not a Buddhist (edição 2008)

por Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

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Dzongsar Khyentse is one of the most creative and innovative young Tibetan Buddhist lamas teaching today. The director of two feature films with Buddhist themes (the international sensation The Cup and Travelers and Magicians), this provocative teacher, artist, and poet is widely known and admired by Western Buddhists. Moving away from conventional presentations of Buddhist teachings, Khyentse challenges readers to make sure they know what they're talking about before they claim to be Buddhist. With wit and irony, Khyentse urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism--beyond a romance with beads, incense, and exotic people in robes--straight to the heart of what the Buddha taught. In essence, this book explains what a Buddhist really is, namely, someone who deeply understands the truth of impermanence and how our emotions can trap us in cycles of suffering. Khyentse presents the fundamental tenets of Buddhism in simple language, using examples we can all relate to.… (mais)
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Título:What Makes You Not a Buddhist
Autores:Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Informação:Shambhala (2008), Edition: 1, Paperback, 144 pages
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So, a true Buddhist:

- believes in mystical nonsense like "nirvana is beyond concepts" and reincarnation and that Buddha was capable of flying.
- believes in profound-sounding mumbo-jumbo like "all composite things are impermanent".
- believes that "One of the main effects of science and technology has been to destroy the world more quickly." (Never mind all the suffering that vaccines, penicillin, and anaesthetics have prevented, or that the world has never been so peaceful and prosperous.)
- believes that "Because of greed, jealousy, and pride, the economy will never become strong enough to ensure that every person has access to the basic necessities of life" and that if "every nation and individual truly lived Mao Tse-tung's pragmatic communist philosophy ... we would be perfectly happy." (Never mind that 30 million people starved to death under Mao's Great Leap Forward.)
- believes that it's ok to live off other people's charity, without producing anything.

So, Buddhism is a philosophy of mystical, fatalistic Maoists. Fair enough: happily not a Buddhist then. ( )
  marzagao | Jun 1, 2021 |
This is one of the more accessible books on Buddhism I have read. The author does a good job of explaining the fundamental tenets and beliefs of Buddhism, and I would recommend for that reason.

Where the author loses me is in claiming that Buddhism is not a religion. Yet the origin story of the Buddha is a mythic epic, where Siddhartha faces demons and gods. As is often the case with believers of any faith, his own faith seems so true that it cannot possibly be compared with another religion, and therefore is above the label of "religion."

He writes, "Probably the biggest discovery in human history was Siddhartha’s realization that the self does not exist independently, that it is a mere label, and therefore that clinging to it is ignorance." This statement relies on faith. There is actually no evidence to back up this statement, but no doubt it seems inarguably true to those who believe it already.

This was expected when I started reading, so I still recommend this book highly for its clear explanations of Buddhism, especially the Four Seals. And I suppose also for the insight as to What Makes Me Not a Buddhist.



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  evenlake | Mar 23, 2021 |
Initially I thought this book might try to be a gatekeeper of Buddhism, as the title suggests. However, I believe that this is the book to recommend to people interested in understanding the core philosophy of Buddhism, the "Buddhism in a nutshell." No meditation or mindfulness practices are described, only the four truths of Dharma, in a concise yet thorough manner. ( )
  robinmusubi | Jun 5, 2020 |
> De la dynamite dans votre mental…
Par Zuihô (Livresbouddhistes.com), le 5 mars 2018 (Sur Amazon.fr) 5/5… ; (en ligne),
URL : https://www.amazon.fr/gp/customer-reviews/R3CVKUN1TW93YG/
  Joop-le-philosophe | Oct 3, 2019 |
I did not like it. The message of the book is not at all clear. On the one hand the author seem to promote the four dharma seals as the core of buddhism, yet at the same time he refers to many other teachings throughout the book. To make matters worse sometimes these seem to contradict, unfortunately no convincing explanation is given for these contradictions. At the end it becomes clear why this is the case, the author is a teacher in the tibetan tradition of mahamundra, which I personally feel is a rather magic based and authoritarian teaching, and confusing as hell. ( )
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Dzongsar Khyentse is one of the most creative and innovative young Tibetan Buddhist lamas teaching today. The director of two feature films with Buddhist themes (the international sensation The Cup and Travelers and Magicians), this provocative teacher, artist, and poet is widely known and admired by Western Buddhists. Moving away from conventional presentations of Buddhist teachings, Khyentse challenges readers to make sure they know what they're talking about before they claim to be Buddhist. With wit and irony, Khyentse urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism--beyond a romance with beads, incense, and exotic people in robes--straight to the heart of what the Buddha taught. In essence, this book explains what a Buddhist really is, namely, someone who deeply understands the truth of impermanence and how our emotions can trap us in cycles of suffering. Khyentse presents the fundamental tenets of Buddhism in simple language, using examples we can all relate to.

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