Books tagged "buddhism"

I May Be Wrong - Cover Find on Bookshop.org
April 17, 2022
by Agnes Bromme, Björn Natthiko Lindeblad, Caroline Bankeler, Navid Modiiri

An interesting perspective on Buddhism and life. I'm not completely sure I agree with everything in it, but nevertheless I did find it thoughtful and emotional in some points, and overall I enjoyed reading it :)

buddhism, non-fiction, philosophical
Becoming Bodhisattvas - Cover Find on Bookshop.org
October 10, 2021
by Pema Chödrön

Just an amazing book. Basically, it's about how to apply Buddhist-style thoughts to your life and actions more generally, with a particular view to trying to "reduce suffering" of those around you. Pema Chödrön is really just a great writer, and has a really accessible interpretation of "The Way of the Boddhisattvas". I personally got a lot of inspiration and encouragement from this book; and while I might not agree with absolutely everything, there's plenty in here to like and explore.

buddhism, philosophical
Old Path White Clouds - Cover Find on Bookshop.org
September 19, 2021
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Written by Thich Nhat Hanh, of "How To Walk, How To Love, How To Eat, ..." fame, this is quite a large book but nevertheless, very engaging. Consisting of several stories related to the life of the "historical" Buddha. I think this book is a particularly good entrypoint to this particular variant of Buddhist writing: namely stories that have a bit of magical character, but also attempt to be somewhat historical accuracy. One thing I found particularly interesting was to learn that early Buddhism, in this telling, was quite sexist. I really appreciated this detail being included; it helped me see that Buddhism, much like any approach, isn't perfect and needs a process of self-correction; which in my interpretation it does have. Overall, I loved this book. It's simple, easy, reading, has some nice messages and stories. But it's certainly not full of practical advice for mindfulness, but if you're keen on that you can you can check out the authors many other offerings!

buddhism, history, long-read
Altruism - Cover Find on Bookshop.org
September 1, 2020
by Matthieu Ricard

An exploration into compassion, kindness, empathy, innate goodness and how these concepts relate to the idea of being altruistic. Comes from a Buddhist point of view, but has a very broad approach and generally-applicable advice and thoughts. Particularly good comments around the idea of emotional burn-out and (Buddhist) techniques for managing it.

buddhism, compassion, economics, empathy, ethics, long-read

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