This book piqued my interest since I’ve always been interested in Buddhism as it is kind of a peaceful religion. Written in a concise and readable manner, this book gives a layman’s summary of Buddhism with all its different aspects.
The side section of the kindle includes a $2 upgrade for an audio book which is great for people on the go. I particularly like the popular highlights containing notable quotes from Buddha taken from the book. The table of contents is very organized starting with a short biography of the founder, secondly the four basic tenets of Buddhism, and also the different sects of Buddhism found regionally in Asia. The most interesting aspect is that it explains how to actively participate in Buddhism using meditation and mindfulness (self awareness). The different beliefs such as Nirvana, reincarnation, karma etc. Certain aspects of Buddhism appeal to me such as mindfulness and the impermanence of life. I am a little confused by some of the tenets such as acknowledging the suffering of life, maybe it’s a belief that one should maintain a positive attitude. The second tenet states that we should be free of passions and desires, I think having spirit is what makes us human, but I digress. Maybe rereading this book or visiting the local Buddhist temple will help me understand more about Buddhism.
On a side note, there are a few mistakes in the book. There is a graphic on page 88 that covers the text in the chapter, “Buddhism in Daily Life. Just a heads up to the writer. Nevertheless, it was enlightening read. I was given this complimentary eBook for my honest and unbiased review.