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The Gods Drink Whiskey Buddhism, Booze, And The Four Noble Truths


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  1. says:

    My early impression of the book couldn t have been wronger I feared a new age smug account of the superiority of spirituality over rationality or some such nonsense What I found was a thoughtful, self conscious narrative, interweaving a personal journey with basic tenants of Buddhism and observations of the state of Buddhism in Cambodia, today.I w...


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    This book serves a terrific introduction into the different branches of Buddhism while focusing primarily on Theravanda Buddhism and he history of it in Cambodia The most engaging aspect of the book was that it was very approachable without being feeling like you are reading lecture notes I actually renewed it from the library not because I neededtime to read it but because I want to be able take notes on all of the resources it offers The only problem that I had with it, and it is a de This book serves a terrific introduction into the different branches of Buddhism while focusing primarily on Theravanda Buddhism and he history of it i...


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    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Unbeknownst to readers of this blog, I ve been spending this summer tearing through a bunch of books on Buddhism and especially Buddhist meditation I ve started practicing a secular form of meditation in my personal life over the last year, and the insights I ve had about my life because of it was recentl Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photogra...


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    For the majority of people, Buddhism is linked to Tibet and the Dalai Lama In this book, we learn about Buddhism in Cambodia called Theravada Buddhism As it turns out, associating Tibetan Buddhism as the Buddhism is like associating Mormonism as the Christianity Only about 6% of the world s Buddhists are Tibetan Buddhists out of roughly 400 million Buddhists.Asma was invited to teach Buddhism at the Cambodian Buddhist Institute to a select group of students He covers his journey throug For the majority of people, Buddhism is linked to Tibet and the Dalai Lama In this book, we learn about Buddhism in Cambodia called Theravada Buddhism As it turns out, associating Tibetan Buddhism as the Buddhism is like associating Mormonism as the Christianity Only about 6% of the world s Buddhists are Tibetan Buddhists ...


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    You can labor hard for immortality and fame and recognition, but even if you make a big splash on the global consciousness with your role in a movie, with your bangin CD release, with your political victory, with your best seller book success , in the end you will eventually become just a footnote, and after that you will slip from the record of histo...


  6. says:

    An enjoyable book Part memoir, part history I really enjoyed the historical aspect of the book in regards to the spread of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia and the gumbo of spirituality and culture I knew of the pre Buddhist influence of Hinduism, but did not know of the pre Theravada establishing of Mahayana Buddhism in Cambodia While I enjoyed Professor Asma s expounding and quoting verses of beautiful Pali suttas, I was a little put off by moments in the book of his Mahayana bashing An enjoyable book Part memoir, part history I really enjoyed the historical aspect of the book in regards to the spread of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia and the gumbo of spirituality and culture I knew of the pre Buddhist influence of Hinduism, but did not know of the pre Theravada establishing of Mahayana Buddhism in Cambodia While I enjoyed Professor Asma s expounding and quoting verses of be...


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    I started to read this book because I m planning a trip to Cambodia and I really wanted to learnabout the country.I think that this book gave me lots of info on the culture and also a lotI ve been living in Asia for quite some time now, and Buddisim has always intrigued me I ve lots of temples and even some festivities, but I ve never really understood the docterin I ve asked English speaking Buddists about the religion, but never felt very satisfied with the answers This book ha I started to read this book because I m planning a trip to Cambodia and ...


  8. says:

    This is an incredible book that gives you a practical view of Buddhism through one American Buddhist s journey in Cambodia Stephen Asma, the author and star of this nonfiction memoir, mixes phlosophy with entertaining anecdotes of all of the people he encountered on the way In the end you learn that humans are not perfect, and neither is Buddhism, with its multitude of forms As the subtitle indicates, a tattered Buddha is the only way to enlightenment Without being assailed by life s hard ti This is an incredible book that gives you a practical view of Buddhism through one American Buddhist s journey in Cambodia Stephen Asma, the author and star of this nonfiction memoir, mixes phlosophy with entertaining anecdotes of all of the people he encountered on the wa...


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    I really liked this book a lot It is written by a Buddhist Studies professor from Chicago who works at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh for a semester Cambodia is a great place to study Buddhism because the practice seems so different from the philosophy but Dr Asma does a good job connecting them.If you have traveled to Cambodia before or are interested in Buddhism from a point of view other than the hippie new age one than this book is for you I understand that this is a very small se I really liked this book a lot It is written by a Buddhist Studies professor from Chicago who works at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh for a semester Cambodia is a great place to study Buddhism because the practice seems so different from the phi...


  10. says:

    This book has a terribly misleading title, cover, and clips on the back I learned a lot about the varieties of Buddhism, as it focuses on Buddhism in Cambodia but discusses other types There is plenty of history and some philosophy It certainly is not an intro to Buddhism or a hippie travelogue It also explains how Hinduism and animism and other older belief systems fit into Buddhism in southeast Asia And does a fair bit of weighing east Asian and Western ideas and lifestyles Thoughtful an This book has a terribly misleading title, cover, and clips on the back I learned a lot about the varieties of Buddhism, as it focuses on Buddhism in Cambodia but discusses other types There is plenty of history and some philosophy It certainly is not an intro to Buddhism or a hippie travelogue It also explains how Hinduism and animism and other older belief systems fit into Buddhism in southeast Asia And does a fair...