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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
My first footsteps on the path, with zero previous knowledge this filled in a number of blanks and questions I had.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
found the book easy to listen to but also very informative. author was very knowledgeable and puts the concepts of Buddhism across in flowing but easily understood way.
The is not plain and simple it is way to much confusion. Listening to the audio made me confused and there is better books available
I love Buddhism and love things put Plainly & Simply.
But I'd describe this more as one person's version of Buddhism, which is not really the standard version, and not put particularly plainly or simply at all.
It was one of those books I kept drifting off from, didn't have any great "yes, great concept/advice/inspiration" moments, and after I finished it - couldn't really remember anything he said.
If you're looking for a good foundation Buddhist book, I'd recommend Jack Kornfield Buddhism for Beginners.