Jonathan Landaw

Jonathan Landaw was born in New Jersey and has traveled the world since 1970. He spent six years living in northern India studying Tibetan Buddhism and is the editor and author of a number of Buddhist books, including Wisdom Energy, Introduction to Tantra, and Buddhism for Dummies. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
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From the outside, Buddhism seems like a bundle of contradictionswrapped inside a paradox. It is a religion without a god, a beliefsystem without rules, and a faith that encourages its adherents toquestion everything, including its own teachings. You could spend alifetime studying Buddhist texts and following its observances andstill feel like you’ve only just barely scratched thesurface. Yet, over the past 2500 years, this lovely religion thatpreaches compassion, generosity, tolerance, selflessness andself-awareness has commanded the fervent devotion of hundreds ofmillions of people around the world who believe it to be the truepath to enlightenment.

If you’re curious about Buddhism but feel intimidated byall the exotic jargon and strange trappings, this book is for you.Written by two leading American Buddhist teachers and scholars, itoffers you a uniquely friendly way to explore the fascinatinghistory of Buddhism and discover:

Who Buddha was and his significance in world history andspiritualityHow the practice of Buddhism can enrich your everyday lifeHow Buddha’s teachings combine to create a path toenlightenmentDaily observances and meditation practicesHow to fulfill your highest potential through Buddhism

In plain English, experts Jonathan Landaw and Stephan Bodiandefine the important terms, explain the key concepts and explore,in-depth a wide range of topics, including:

Buddha’s life and teachings and the evolution of themajor Buddhist traditionsHow Buddhism works as a religion, philosophy of life and apractical approach to dealing with life’s problems, allrolled into oneThe idea that the mind is the source of all happiness andsufferingHow the practices of wisdom and compassion can connect you withyour inner spiritual resourcesMeditation and other core Buddhist practices and how they canaffect your everyday lifeHow to apply Buddhist teachings at each stage along thespiritual path

Whether you’re a searcher of truth, a student ofreligions, or just curious about what’s got Richard Gere andall the rest of those celebrity Buddhists so excited, BuddhismFor Dummies is your intro to Buddhism basics.

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