You are looking to know more about Why Buddhism is True by John Wright, isn’t it? You would want to know what the book talks about and how well it has handled this subject, right?
Well, I spent time trying to get the kind of perspective that the author shares in this book and I have to say it is quite an interesting one, as you are going to see here.
This book review on Why Buddhism is true will be taking a look at the gist of the book, the author, some meat of the book, the best place to buy it and my personal thoughts on it.
I believe that this brief yet in-depth review is going to help you make a well informed decision about getting the book.
Without any further delays, let us get right into it.
Name: Why Buddhism Is True
Author: Robert Wright
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre: Self Help Book
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
The Gist of the Book and More on the Author
This is a book that simply seeks to explain the truths held in buddhism that really help people live happier and more peaceful lives. The book has delved into aspects of this religion like mindfulness meditation, dukha (which means suffering), happiness and satisfactoriness.
According to the vibe I was getting from the book, it doesn’t mean that Buddhism is the best religion out there, more than Christianity, Islam and the others. It is just a religion that helps people become more aware of life and gain mental clarity to help them reduce the suffering they go through in life, which is really helpful.
The author of the book is Robert Wright. He is an American author who has been quite involved in psychological evolution and the nature of reality and the human life. He has expressed a deep interest in history, religion and science.
He has written other books on these topics like Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, The Evolution of God, The Moral Animal and The Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information.
He is also the one who co-founded the Bloggingheads.tv where he holds the seat of the editor in chief. He practices some aspects of buddhism but he says he would not call himself a buddhist. He often refers to himself as a secular humanist.
Didn’t I say he was interesting? 🙂
Some Meat of the Book
Some of the topics of interest in the book are happiness, meditation, dukha (suffering) and “tanha” (meaning thirst or urge for something).
When it comes to suffering, the author says that most of the suffering we experience has been caused by the illusions we have created throughout our lives. And these illusions have barred us from seeing reality as it is which has in turn caused all the misery we go through.
He goes on to say that buddhism has provided the solution of this problem, which is what makes it more reliable. The mindfulness meditation which is encouraged in the Buddhist teachings does help reduce the intensity of frequency of suffering.
This is because people are taught to observe the suffering, which includes the “tanha” or the urge for something. The observation includes paying attention to the problem at hand without making any action about.
Simply being “effortlessly” observant.
If you learn to do this, you should notice that the pain goes.
I have to say that this concept reminds me of another intellectual called Jiddu Krishnamurti who I would say had been enlightened in a sense. He also mentioned this idea of become observant and aware of what is going on without any action.
He also leaned more on the Buddhism teachings and would often meditate.
Robert has also addressed the concept of the mind and how it was made by natural selection. He explains how our minds work and how they make out of things like hatred, happiness and other emotions.
In summary, I can say that this book has really tackled religion, neuroscience and the human life at a pretty deep level. So if you are one of those people who are fascinated by interesting things like these, then I can tell you for sure that this is a book you want to read.
The Best Place to Buy the Book
I always recommend getting the book from www.amazon.com because of the reputation has gained as an online store over the years. I also find it quite useful as there is a summary of this book there which you can use to read the book and get to the main points faster.
The summary (and the analysis) is also great for future reference.
You also get to save time as you can order the book together with the other things for your work or home that you might have planned to get today, which will save time for you.
My Final Thoughts on the Book
Well, I have to say that Robert Wright strikes me as quite an intellectual. He seems to know how to choose his words very well and tries as much as possible to make himself clear as he expresses his ideas in the book.
Also, I can say that he shares a lot in terms of understanding the perspective he has about religion, atheism and humanity.
I also like the idea that he respects everyone and their decisions in matters of religion. He respects all people whether they are atheists, Christians, Muslims or Buddhists.
This is very respectful of him.
I am not a Buddhist but the way he explains the importance of meditation seems to intrigue me, as it is based on finding reality of things and reducing human suffering.
Overall, it is a really good book and it is worth reading.
And that is where I come to rest friends. 🙂
Other books on this topic I would recommend you read are:
- I’ve been thinking
- A return to love
- Buddhism: Conscious discipline
- You can heal your life
- The road back to you
I hope the quick review has been helpful as far as understanding this book is concerned.
If you have any thoughts, ideas, comments or questions about this book, the topic or anything other related thing, please feel more than welcome to leave them below.
I would love to hear from you.
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