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Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness

by Robert A. F. Thurman, Dalai Lama

Buy the book: Robert A. F. Thurman. Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness

Release Date: March, 1999

Edition: Paperback


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Buy the book: Robert A. F. Thurman. Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness

Enlightenment technology to change the world

Robert Thurman is indeed a controversial academic figure in that he is amazingly dedicated to the Buddhist way and is no-holds barred excited about what he talks and writes of. I have seen Professor Thurman speak - he is an experience. What is best and perhaps most disturbing about his writing/speaking is his extraordinary attachment to myth as the main teaching tool for Tibetan Buddhist principles, and history. The Inner Revolution is a fine example of his unique style and presentation of ideas. There are many books on Buddhism that can leave a reader high and dry, and grasping for anything material, this is not one of them. The Inner Revolution present a refreshing history of Buddhism's political successes in Indian and early Tibetan societies, its transforming character, and an authentic vision of the world altering Tibetan Buddhist belief system (and one wonderful poem).

The last chapter of the Inner Revolution includes ten methods by which to alter the world, changing the material universe into a "Buddha-verse." These transforming ideas may leave readers a little uncomfortable, myself included, but modifying the world from the inside out can do that.

I think of Inner Revolution as accessible Thurman, and a good place to start if one desires knowledge of the Tibetan Buddhist system or the book's author. I enjoyed and highly recommend this book.

If you have comments or would like to discuss Tibet, or refugee communities please contact me. Thanks.

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This is meant to be a basic and popular book.....

Showing my hand, first, I studied religion under Thurman as an undergraduate at Columbia. Nevertheless, both sets of reviews (they seem on here to be divsible into two camps) have grains of truth to them; some, to me, seem a little too hero-worshipping (either of the man or of the Dharma) and others a little bit too harsh (crushing Thurman for the inclusion of a political agenda in this work)....

First, this was meant to be a popular, non-academic book and not a treatise entirely on the history of Tibet or an analysis of its culture. Thurman's 'Central Philosophy of Tibet' is near as dry and distant as books come; he had a reputation as a translator before he had one as a popularizer. Which no doubt he is-- his hand is laid bare in the fact that he's chosen to spend his life educating people in the West of Dharma, of trying to protect and help the Tibetan people (whom he thinks were special, unique, and good....), and achieve some kind of an enlightened polity....

He IS trying to change the world with this book. Necessarily, when you introduce a child to America, you don't always tell ALL of the truth (which is a tough thing to do anyway); when you teach a child about Christianity, you tell of the Gospels and NOT of Revelations, the anti-Semitism of Luther, or the excesses of many of the Popes-- and no one says that these are bad things. Thurman is introducing a culture and an idea-- him having been a monk it's going to be a bit of a polemic (which if you ever read a lot about Tibet most of it is.... strangely only excluding much of what the Dalai Lama has written..... and 'The Dragon in the Land of Snows'-- a history of Tibet...) It's preachy and it is a polemic.....

Perhaps the book would have been left better off without the political agenda added at the end. You could say that it helps people to think about WHAT would be good; how could they change their world toward some kind of Shambala BUT it provides a huge way for people to slam this text.

Buy this if you want (albeit a bit polemical) an introduction into Buddhism and what went on in Tibet-- it's a fun, easy read. It's worth your time. Then, though, read other books.... to find out more.... cause this one in places IS NOT a strict, hard, grey work of 'Truth'....

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