Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, And Sitting Still, American Style by Dinty W. MooreAccidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, And Sitting Still, American Style by Dinty W. Moore

Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, And Sitting Still, American Style

byDinty W. Moore

Paperback | March 26, 1999

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The Accidental Buddhist is the funny, provocative story of how Dinty Moore went looking for the faith he'd lost in what might seem the most unlikely of places: the ancient Eastern tradition of Buddhism. Moore demystifies and explains the contradictions and concepts of this most mystic-seeming of religious traditions. This plain-spoken, insightful look at the dharma in America will fascinate anyone curious about the wisdom of other cultures and other religions. 

Cutting through religious jargon and abstract concepts, Moore explains in clear terms why Buddhism is becoming part of popular culture. He has the rare ability to be at once sincere about religion and good-humored about the human condition. The Accidental Buddhist never takes itself too seriously—which, as Moore discovers, Buddhists aren’t supposed to do, even when they are mindful, enlightened, and sitting perfectly still.

“Moore’s hilarious and sometimes irreverent look at Buddhism is a perfect primer for the budding Buddhist.”—Publishers Weekly

“[Moore’s] witty and candid ‘regular guy’ approach to these experiences is entertaining and comforting, and his conclusions are right on target.”—Booklist 
Dinty W. Moore is the director of Ohio University's BA, MA, and PhD in creative writing programs. He has authored various books of literary nonfiction as well as textbooks and craft guides, most notably Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy, and his memoir, Between Panic and Desire, won the GrubStreet National Book Prize. Moore has been publish...
Title:Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, And Sitting Still, American StyleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.22 × 5.53 × 0.46 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/RodaleLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385492677

ISBN - 13:9780385492676


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Accidental Buddhist The Accidental Buddhist was an easy read and quite enjoyable. There is a good deal of humour mixed in his experience. His search for a typical American Buddhist led him to realize the many faces of Buddhism and the simple principle of compassionate living. At the end of it all, I can relay to Mr. Moore's opinion of a lousy Buddhist himself. In essence, he isn't a bit lousy at all. He is much like many of us who discover the logic and wisdom of Buddhism and trying to apply them to our daily lives. Many of us have been brought up exposed to a variety of cultures and influences. Time has come for us to try and make sense of it all. There is another point left for further pondering in the book as well. The absence of commitment to a specific branch of Buddhism is clearly stated. The need to commit to a specific branch or religion or philosophy is very much in question. Is there a need to commit? Will there be a new breed of followers emerging from the recent spiritual awakening? Will the lack of commitment lessen our ability to deepen our spiritual growth? .......
Date published: 2000-10-09

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When Dinty W. Moore first embarked on his investigation about Buddhism, he was as sceptical as the next non-believer. As he learned more about this ancient Eastern religion and its teachings, it slowly changed his life. The Accidental Buddhist is the story of why Buddhism is finding a foothold in popular culture -- from auditoriums filled with Dalai Lama supporters to a Tibetan Freedom concert featuring the Beastie Boys. This is a penetrating and sincere look at this religion through the eyes of a regular guy.