In the fast pace of modern living, it is often difficult to find time for spiritualism. Even those who manage to schedule time for self-reflection and meditation are daunted by the question, "Where do I begin?" In their newer book, "Simple Buddhism: A Guide to Enlightened Living," Annellen Simpkins and her husband C. Alexander Simpkins offer the answer. "Simple Buddhism" is a layman-friendly yet detailed manual that offers a comprehensive introduction to the age old philosophy.
An engaging read from cover to cover, this pocket-sized volume is divided into three sections and multiple subsections for easy access to specific areas of interest. The book begins with "Buddhism in Time," a broad look at Buddhism's origins and the means by which it grew into one of the world's most influential religions. The second section, "Buddhist Themes," introduces the reader to key points of the philosophy including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and an explanation of the illusory nature of reality. The final section provides a practical look at how to incorporate Buddhist wisdom and action into your life.
It is truly remarkable how applicable this 2,500-year-old philosophy is today. The Simpkins' book provides the perfect bridge between your world and the world of Buddha. According to Buddha, enlightenment, compassion and ultimate wisdom are already within each of us. It is simply a matter of allowing what your heart already knows to manifest itself in your mind. Take Buddha's advice: "Be a lamp unto yourself" and read this book.
This accessible introduction to Buddhist thought and practices shows readers both how the mindful life is lived and how they can use these revered principles to promote harmony in their own lives. In addition to cornerstones such as the Four Noble Truths, the authors include meditation exercises for filling and clearing the mind, transcending negative experience, resolving conflict, and achieving inner balance.