PAVE YOUR WAY TO ENLIGHTENMENT
Bet you thought the audience for Buddhism is fairly marginal, but have you heard? — one in eight Americans admit the influence of teachings of the Buddha as playing a positive role in their lives. This timeless path is one of the fastest growing today — especially in such uncertain times. This is a philosophy of change, and change is in the air. Buddhism is the art of happiness (whose pursuit is guaranteed in our Constitution, as is liberation). Its unique view of interconnectedness makes sense of life’s contingencies; its compassion brings relief in the face of great suffering; and in economic downturn, we all need to re-examine our values and know when enough is enough, understanding true fulfillment.
Read all about Buddhism In Seven Words, as phrased by poet Jane Hirshfield (“It all changes. It’s interconnected. Pay attention.”) — or no words (Holding up a flower, without words, was the basis for Zen; similar to Jesus’ outdoor teaching in Matthew 6:28: the lily in the field.)
A student of Buddhism for 40 years, Gary Gach (prounounced like “Bach” or “clock”) is a generalist who explains not only Buddhism but also its applications in all walks of life. Plain-spoken, and witty, Gach is available for ink or broadcast interview, and as a dynamic, inspirational speaker. Amazon.com has said, “Gary Gach is like that teacher you always wanted—easygoing, full of information, able to communicate in humorous and meaningful ways, and a little bit wacky …. brings it all together with a light touch and an enthusiasm that makes you want to get up and do something Buddhist.” He currently teaches Buddhism at Stanford Continuing Studies (3rd term), and bringing “The Art of Happiness” there soon.
Here, Gach weds the highly-organized format of the Complete Idiot’s Guides to the systematic, comprehensive approach of the Buddha — geared for layperson and dept alike, and with the series’ trademark dash of levity.
It’s a two-fer: (1) living Buddhism (sections on Buddha, the teacher; Dharma, the teachings; and Sangha, the practice); and (2) Buddhist living (the second half of the book treating applications in daily life, in personal relations, family, food, work, the arts, and society and politics).
This is the first book to really explain what all Buddhists believe, encompassing Insight Meditation (Vipassana), Zen, Pure Land (the largest path in the world, and America), and Tibetan (Vajrayana): One Dharma.
The audience for Buddhism is changing with these times of enormous change. It’s not that there’s more suffering, but that many are more aware of, and wish to alleviate needless suffering. So a new edition of the book has been created for these uncertain times. The Buddha himself said, “I teach but one thing, and one thing only: the nature of suffering, and liberation thereof.” And a younger generation is looking at Buddhism in whole new ways.
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