Unless you are a child, animal or stupid; you are miserable.
Ah! If only we could all be stupid. This book is about becoming happy even if you are not stupid. The author
guides us along the mythical "yellow brick road" with eight
steps. Skillful understanding, skillful thinking, skillful
speech, skillful action, skillful livelihood, skillful effort,
skillful mindfulness, and skillful concentration. These can
be played sequentially, and then, at random. Each one increasing the intensity of the others like music. One eventually
becomes a "happy being." One of those rare and frightening
apparitions. You know the kind. People who are happy listening
to Barry Manilow. The "show stopper" is on page 16. "Observe
a potential teacher carefully. Deeds are more important than
words. Daily contact with who has followed the Buddha's path
for at least ten years is a good way to see for yourself whether the teachings work." Take it from a veteren, the teachings work.
But there are a lot of "teacher-morons" out there. Believe me!
They only became teachers because they are in more pain than you and me. The author is off point here. And we have to face
another issue. The teachings in this book are distincively
Sri Lankan Buddhist. They will not interface with a good Zen
teacher. I've mentally thrown this book out. I bought
"Mindfulness with Breathing" by Buddhadasa Bhikku. This is
a Thai Buddhist guide to meditation. And I'm turning myself
into the Wai Thai Temple. The only Buddhist Thai monestery
in the United States. They all have orange robes and shaven heads. I make up these reviews as I go along. Don't buy this
book unless you have some experience in vipassana. Buy the author's famed first book, "Minfulness in Plain English."
Here you will get the basic nuts and bolts of meditation.
Thank you. And watch where you are driving. Before buying
any book, always ask, "What is the author demanding of me?
What will I have to do?" Thank you. And be careful out there.
I wonder what my religion will be next Wednesday?
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana gave some pretty easy advice here for the practitioners on how to make The Noble 8 Fold Path as part of their daily life. The book has some very good instruction, however tends to drag with some worthless knowledge here and there. It's very good for the basic practitioner who needs some understanding on how to make the path part of their lives.