Becoming Buddha: Awakening The Wisdom and Compassion To Change Your World

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Becoming Buddha: Awakening The Wisdom and Compassion To Change Your World

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A book to inspire hope and commitment to a possible future.


Author Robert Sachs tells us that the Buddha is not some distant figure. Rather, the Buddha is one hundred percent engaged; body, speech, and mind all instruments of love and compassion twenty-four seven. Buddhism is informed, intelligent, compassionate, and skillfully engaged activism. Its goal is peace, but it does not shy away from confrontation and conflict. Furthermore, the word "Buddha itself is not as much a name as it is a state of mind. It means to be and all of the teachings of the Buddha are intended to do just that; to wake us up. Once awakened, we become Buddhas. Becoming Buddha was first released in 2006 under the title, The Buddha at War. With its success, Robert was asked by editor-in-chief, Michael Mann of Watkins and Duncan Baird if he would interview Buddhist masters who followed the principles he outlines in The Buddha at War and ask them to comment on some of todays most challenging issues. Inspired by the depth and directness of such teachers as Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, Robert Thurman, and Geshe Michael Roach, Robert wanted to expound and expand on some of the previous ideas he shared in The Buddha at War as well as address larger collective issues on how we can build a more awakened society. With candor, whit, and a willingness to not shy away from controversial perspectives about education, ecology, population, politics, religion, even the way Buddhism is practiced in the west, Becoming Buddha makes it clear that we can no longer stay smug, indifferent, or asleep at the wheel of our destiny. We are all Buddhas in training and if we align ourselves with the intention to wake up, the challenges we face with sickness, poverty, terrorism, wars, and economic and ecological uncertainty can all be met with the wisdom and compassion that are needed in these times. Be prepared to read a book that is direct, thought provoking, and designed to arouse that very wisdom and compassion needed to change our world.

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