The observations and insights of the Buddha are practical and eminently down to earth, dealing exclusively with awareness in the here and now.
Buddhism Plain and Simple offers listeners these fundamental teachings, stripped of cultural trappings that have accumulated around Buddhism over the past 25 centuries. The newcomer will be inspired by the clear, simple principles found in Buddhism Plain and Simple, and those familiar with Buddhism will welcome this long-needed overview.
What made the experience of listening to Buddhism Plain and Simple the most enjoyable?
The material is so concise and solid. The examples are easy to follow and there really isn't any fluff or filler. Steve Hagen has clearly chosen his words very thoughtfully. I've read/listened to at least ten books on the subject and this one was not only the best, but easiest to follow while still covering all of the key material. Certain points hit so close to home they gave me chills. As a new parent and owner of an oil and gas company I've found much of this material immediately applicable to my everyday life. I highly recommend this audiobook.
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I simply cannot recommend this book enough. In fact, I can't tell you how many copies I've bought and given away over the years, I like it that much.
It was through this wonderful book that Steve Hagen first introduced me to Buddhist philosophy almost two decades ago. Reading it was one of the profoundest experiences of my life. Hagen's down-to-earth writing style managed to convey to me principles easily lost in esoteric scholarly work or painfully vague pop philosophy books. Simply put, this book helped me discover the central truths I live by every day. Rediscovering it now as an audiobook and knowing that this format will make it so that many others who are interested in philosophical Buddhism may discover it as I did is simply wonderful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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This is without a doubt the most eloquent and sensible introduction to Buddhism I've ever experienced. Free of the centuries of cultural trappings and pageantry often observed though most mediums of Buddhist philosophy. This gets to the core of Buddhism, none of the mysticism or story telling, it's merely what you need to know to help you wake up.
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This book flows in a way that you retain the teachings but also sets you up perfectly to find your now.
STRONGLY RECOMMEND for anyone who is having trouble in life and can't seem to find the answer in religion or books. Maybe the truth is with you already.
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This book is simple to read and deeply meaningful.
The audio is great and I was waiting for it for years since I bought the book.
Sometime things which you learn and understand and see slip from understanding with time. At such times revisiting the audio book can bring back nuanced understanding.
Highly recommend this book.
Buddhism Plain and Simple is still the best Dharma book I've read, and the one I always recommend to anyone interested in Buddhism. This book begins with the basics and doesn't stray too far from that. There isn't much religion or "woo woo" included; the focus is all on seeing what is, as it is, with no attachment, and being fully present in each moment.
great book lots of respect for mr . steve hagen wonderful just wonderful van life
I struggled to finish this book, but that was mostly due to the subject matter, not the quality of the book or the reader.
be awake & live in reality, all of the time. Best book on how we should all live our lives
starting their journey into Buddhism. Clear, concise information about how to be a buddhist. I highly recommend reading this book for a beginner or one curious about the path.