My impression is that Buddha would have been in favor of anything that might help alleviate suffering in this world - and this book does just that. Its charm lies in the fact that it focuses not on dry dogma or meditation techniques, but on simple questions, such as how the Buddha might have dealt with that barking dog next door that JUST WON'T SHUT UP! (By the way, the author doesn't deal with the noisome problem as well as The Enlightened One probably would have!) This is a delightul book, and a deceptively breezy read.
My only quibble was with a few grammatically-challenged chapter titles. But these are surely attributable to the publisher rather than Metcalf, whose prose is otherwise impeccable.
This little book gives great insight into those little koans that can really boggle your mind. Metcalf has taken Buddha sayings and made them a little more understandable for the layperson. I found the book very thought-provoking and allowed me to reflect on a peaceful solution to some of those daily dilemmas. An enjoyable read.