“ Genre: Religion / Spirituality „
This review may be a little biased but I can assure it isn't. It could be seen as biased because Lama Jampa Thaye is my teacher. The book begins with a look at how Buddhism came into being and about Buddha. It then moves on to how Buddhism moved nad thrived in Tibet. It then moves on to the main point of the book, the foundations of Buddhism. This section contains all the newcomer to Buddhism needs. An introduction to what exactly becoming a Buddhist involves, beginning, with taking Refuge in the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha). Of all the Buddhist books I've read this book outlines the basics in a straight forward way. It's just down exactly what needs to be done in order to start on the spiritual path. Not talking down to the reader but educating and (cliche) enlightening the reader to the rules associated with becoming a Buddhist. These aren't hard rules but do involve paying attention to your actions. I must admit that when you read them you think it sounds prettty obvious. However when you reflect on them you realise how easy it is to stray. A lot of emphasis is put on the lineage of the master in Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Jampa goes in to a history of the various schools of Buddhism. Lama Jampa has written a more detailed history of the Kagyu school (one of the schools Lama Jampa has trained in)in Garland of Gold. At the end are 24 questions and answers. Similar to the format in the Dalai Lamas books. These questions are basically what anyone starting on the path would ask. What is enlightenment, etc. Some are more advanced which seems a little odd. I really enjoy reading this book but it isn't just for the beginner, it's perfect for more advanced Buddhists to use. It doesn't go into too much detail about ritual objects and mantras but I don't think that's the point of the book. As part of the Way Of series from Thorson, it's an introduction and fits the bill perfectly. Any one interested in Buddhism and wants an introduction this is perfect. Don't expect an easy way to enlightment after reading it. It points out the path, we've just got to follow it through. Om Mani Padme Hum
The author, Lama Jampa Thaye, has written an book about Tibetan Buddishm. What it is and how it has developed. The book gives an insight into basic teachings.