Wisdom in Exile - Buddhism and Modern Times

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Wisdom in Exile - Buddhism and Modern Times

Post by dechenpa » Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:28 pm

How many books written by Westerners have forewords written by HH 41st Sakya Trizin and HH 17th Karmapa (Thrinley Thaye Dorje)? Of the many books written by Westerners about Buddhism over the past 50 years, there has been nothing quite like this one. This book, new published by Dechen Foundation, should open a lot of eyes.

Read excerpt: http://www.wisdominexile.info/read

Amazon: http://myBook.to/wisdominexile

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Post by gelatinous_cube » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:01 pm

Thank you sir, I've purchased a hard copy and the kindle edition; looking forward to reading. :bow:

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Post by dechenpa » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:39 pm

gelatinous_cube wrote:Thank you sir, I've purchased a hard copy and the kindle edition; looking forward to reading. :bow:
Two copies! :thanks:

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Post by gelatinous_cube » Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:37 pm

dechenpa wrote:
gelatinous_cube wrote:Thank you sir, I've purchased a hard copy and the kindle edition; looking forward to reading. :bow:
Two copies! :thanks:
I think digital copies are more convenient (especially the search features), but there's something very aesthetically pleasing about holding a real paper book. :twothumbsup:

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Post by Wayfarer » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:29 am

Looks really good, very much in agreement with the analysis in the excerpt above. Reading a book from a completely different perspective and tradition, which starts of with exactly the same general argument. Here and there, a few people are waking up to the cultural wasteland of modern materialism.
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Post by dechenpa » Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:18 pm

Wayfarer wrote:Looks really good, very much in agreement with the analysis in the excerpt above. Reading a book from a completely different perspective and tradition, which starts of with exactly the same general argument. Here and there, a few people are waking up to the cultural wasteland of modern materialism.
Yes, materialism is a wasteland, and then there is no going back to Christianity for most people, for a lot of reasons but I think most people would agree. And same for Islam which is basically a more extreme and austere form of theism than Christianity. So Buddhism is perhaps the natural solution for the modern West, if only the 'space' for it, as Lama Jampa puts it, was widely recognized.

What is the other book you are reading?

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Post by Wayfarer » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:27 am

dechenpa wrote: What is the other book you are reading?
Defragmenting Modernity, Paul Tyson.

There are some philosophical points in this text quite convergent with Buddhist understanding, but it's basically written from a Christian Platonist perspective.
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Post by dechenpa » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:22 am

I will check him out. I had been reading Charles Taylor which had some similar themes from a Christian perspective.

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Post by Tiago Simões » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:07 am

https://soundcloud.com/lama-jampa-thaye ... dern-times

LJT talks about the book here, very nice talk.
Then, the Licchavi Vimalakīrti spoke to the elder Śāriputra and the great disciples: “Reverends, eat of the food of the Tathāgata! It is ambrosia perfumed by the great compassion. But do not fix your minds in narrow-minded attitudes, lest you be unable to receive its gift.”

- Chapter 9, The Feast Brought by the Emanated Incarnation
The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra “The Teaching of Vimalakīrti”

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Post by Grigoris » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:14 pm

That's a really nice analysis and extremely well written! If the rest of the book is like this I think I will have to buy and read it!
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Re: Wisdom in Exile - Buddhism and Modern Times

Post by dechenpa » Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:25 pm

Thanks for the support you guys. I have been thinking a lot about what this book is saying recently and its certainly gives a interesting though maybe uncomfortable perspective on the last 50 years or so of Buddhism in the West.

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