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The feeling Buddha : a Buddhist psychology of character, adversity and passion
Brazier, David.
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First Fromm International edition.
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New York, N.Y. : Fromm International Pub., 1998.

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207 pages ; 22 cm
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With astonishing simplicity, David Brazier distills the essence of the Buddha's message from Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma, the talk he gave after he attained enlightenment. Here the Buddha spelled out the path of the Four Noble Truths as the basis of his teachings. In a refreshingly unorthodox approach to what the Buddha was really saying to us across the centuries, Brazier construes the Buddha's meaning in ways that are, in some important respects, very different from standard beliefs. The Buddha did not seek enlightenment to escape affection, Brazier says. Indeed, the Buddha embraced the inevitable suffering of the human condition as the beginning of the path to enlightenment. Nor does Brazier hold with the common idea that Buddhism implies the elimination of feelings. In Brazier's interpretation of what the Buddha taught, feelings are natural, inevitable, and noble. The Feeling Buddha gives easy access to the earliest teachings of India's greatest sage, who emerges here as a very human figure. It also serves as a practical guide for Living Life fully and deeply today.

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Booklist Review

Buddhism does not offer an escape from suffering, writes Zen Buddhist psychotherapist Brazier, but rather teaches us how to live "meaningfully in an afflicted world." Believing that this is but one of many widespread misconceptions regarding core Buddhist teachings, Brazier offers a new and clarifying approach to the Four Noble Truths in this commonsensical and quietly radical treatise. He begins with a fresh definition of the phrase "noble truth" itself. The "truth," he asserts, is not that life is suffering but that "suffering will always be a part of our lives." Pain and pleasure, life and death are inextricably connected, and it is this paradoxical dynamic that makes life rich and compelling. Nobility implies courage and states of mind and actions worthy of respect. What the Buddha understood, Brazier explains, is that "pride and dignity play a central role in human psychology." This helpful elucidation leads to a discussion of the Middle Path, or the Eightfold Way, that will guide Westerners to a genuine understanding of Buddhist precepts and to applying them to everyday life. (Reviewed October 1, 1998)0880641983Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

Taking as the framework for his discussion the first teaching offered by the Buddha after he attained enlightenment (wherein he revealed the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path), Brazier (Zen Therapy, Wiley, 1996) offers a modern perspective on these ideas and notes some useful parallels with psychoanalytic theory and practice. Brazier's reasoned and insightful interpretation of the Buddha's message, as he tells us, is the result of many years of study and reflection, and he takes the reader beyond the surface of these familiar texts. While the approach may not be as revolutionary as Brazier would have us believe, this admirably clear and perceptive book has much to offer, particularly for those with some experience of Buddhist practice. Many libraries might want this to supplement the Dalai Lama's recent The Four Noble Truths (Thorsons, 1998). Recommended for libraries collecting in the flourishing area of contemporary Buddhist thought.‘Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.