Isn't the title of this book self-contradictory? One of the main teachings of the Buddha is that, from the beginning, we are all whole and complete just as we are, lacking nothing. There are in truth no dummies. Our practice is to realize, to actualize this in our daily lives. The trouble with the title of this book is that it seems to violate the Tenth Cardinal Precept: not to revile the Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha), but to cherish and uphold them. But perhaps this reaction lacks humor.
All religions promote rules for living a responsible life. Landaw extracts the tools to accomplish the rules. His decades of friendship and studies with the 14th Dalai Lama give him deepest insights into serious Buddhist practice for Westerners. How to elminate anger, how to develop real compassion, how to find bliss. Landaw is credible.