Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Naked Buddha - Ven. Adrienne Howley
Buddhism seems a mystery to many Westerners, and a comfortable philosophy to others who have adopted it as their own. This book examines the history of Buddhism and provides a glimpse of its basic precepts with clarity and objectivity.
Diedre Rubenstein is an adept guide. She narrates with a detached conviction and sincerity consistent with the teachings she imparts. She sets a pace that does not lag yet allows for consideration of the content, and approaches the personal anecdotes of the author with quiet humour. The style of the writing and the narration work together to make this an accessible introduction to Buddhism for newcomers and a text with fruit for meditation for practitioners.