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Old 03-02-2013, 04:14 PM
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I'm interested in learning about new religions and such, so can someone recommend me a few really good books that explain these for beginners? I'm mostly interested in Buddhism for now, and I'm going to check into some Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens stuff. What books of theirs would you recommend?

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Old 03-02-2013, 07:31 PM
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I find most of my research info on line so I don't have to read through or purchase many books. Good luck.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:43 AM
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Try Buddhism For Dummies. Seriously, it give a good overall understanding of the history and philosophy of Buddhism. It will also give you ideas of where to look for what you want to know.
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Try Buddhism For Dummies. Seriously, it give a good overall understanding of the history and philosophy of Buddhism. It will also give you ideas of where to look for what you want to know.
Really? Hmm, I passed that book so many times. I guess I have a problem with judging a book by its cover.
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Sacred Texts can be an interesting place to read about different religions. A lot of the texts are a bit older but nevertheless I've spent lots of time reading there. A lot of the material is quite old though.

Like Lady Guidance, I do most of my reading online. But if you like books, try your local library, sometimes the most enjoyable books are what you find on the shelf by chance while browsing the 100-299s

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I liked that book
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I'm interested in learning about new religions and such, so can someone recommend me a few really good books that explain these for beginners? I'm mostly interested in Buddhism for now, and I'm going to check into some Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens stuff. What books of theirs would you recommend?

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I don't recommend either of those writers for learning about dharmic religions. Mostly because it's completely obvious they know absolutely nothing about them. They are both preoccupied with occidental religion, and only mention oriental religion when they feel they cab cherry pick a factoid that affirms whatever points they are making about the pitfalls of occidental religion.

I admit I have not done as much reading on Buddhism as I should have, but I can poach a few of my husband's recommendations. I've read some, but not all, of these.

Zen and the Brain
What Makes You Not a Buddhist
Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind (I read this - fantastic!)

The latter two are light, the first is heavy. The first and third deal with the science relating to meditation. The second is more philosophical.
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Sounds like my kind of book! :P

I would highly recommend anything by Thich Nhat Hanh.
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Sounds like my kind of book! :P

I would highly recommend anything by Thich Nhat Hanh.
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