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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.
©1997 Steve Hagen (P)2015 Ukemi Productions Ltd
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"This is the clearest and most precise exposition of Buddhism I have ever read. If you’re looking for enlightenment rather than just scholarly knowledge, you’d better read this." (Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
"This is about awareness. Not awareness of something in particular, but awareness itself - being awake, alert, in touch with what is actually happening. It’s about examining and exploring the most basic questions of life. It’s about relying on the immediate experience of this present moment. It’s about freedom of mind." (Steve Hagen)
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By Hunter Allen on 01-27-16

Buddhism for the Real World

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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By Phil Selman on 01-28-17

Thrilled this Is Finally an Audiobook

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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By Trendywendy on 12-18-16

now I'm on the path

My first footsteps on the path, with zero previous knowledge this filled in a number of blanks and questions I had.

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By Kenneth on 02-13-18

I can't recommend this book enough

This short book is for anyone who wants to know what Buddhism is and for those who want to truly understand it's teachings. I've listened to a lot of books on Buddhism but this book is one of the best and deepest teachings I've come across so far. Have already listened to it twice and can see myself listening many more times to try and grasp it's profound teaching. Thank you.

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By Anonymous User on 12-11-17


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

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By Lisa on 06-02-17

Not really Plain or Simple... or Buddhist

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.

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