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Why I Am a Buddhist

No-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey

By: Stephen Asma

Price: CAD $31.95

Publisher: HAMPTON ROADS PUBLISHING

Imprint: Hampton Roads Publishing

192 Pages

8.46 X 7.32 X 0.79 ins

ISBN:  9781571746177 -- Hardcover

Publication Date: 03/08/2010

There have been a lot of books that have made the case for Buddhism. What makes this book fresh and exciting is Asma's iconoclasm, irreverence, and hardheaded approach to the subject. He is distressed that much of what passes for Buddhism is really little more than New Age mush. He loudly asserts that it is time to 'take the California out of Buddhism." He presents a spiritual practice that does not require a belief in creeds or dogma. It is a practice that is psychologically sound, intellectually credible, and esthetically appealing. It is a practice that does not require a diet of brown rice, burning incense, and putting both your mind and your culture in deep storage. In seven chapters, Asma builds the case for a spiritual practice that is authentic, and inclusive. Among the topics covered are: Buddhism and family life Buddhism and art Buddhism and global concerns Buddhism and Eros ("Am I hot?")

Stephen T. Asma, Ph.D., is professor of philosophy and interdisciplinary humanities at Columbia College in Chicago. He is also a jazz musician and a popular guest on Chicago area NPR programs.



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