Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagan

Buddhism Plain and SimpleThe clearest and most precise exposition of Buddhism I have ever read. If you’ve been looking for enlightenment rather than just scholarly knowledge, you’d better read this.

Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen developed from Chinese Buddhism (called ‘Chan’ in China) so if you want to develop an insight into Zen, it pays to look into its Buddhist origins. 

Steve Hagan makes perfect sense of this enormous and complex subject, getting to the heart of what it’s all about in a wonderfully straightforward way that is actually  Zen-like in its simplicity. He uses parables, some drawn from his own experience as a Zen priest and some from Buddhist tradition, guiding the reader through tricky concepts without the usual baffling Zen riddles. In fact, he makes enlightenment sound very straightforward.

The author takes us back to Buddha’s original insights and demonstrates their relevance today. The essence of Buddha’s teaching is ‘awareness’. This is a book about just that: being awake, in touch with reality, engaged with the here and now; about seeing reality as it truly is, not as we want it to be, and appreciating its natural beauty.