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Why Buddhism?

Westerners in Search of Wisdom

Why Buddhism? by Vicki Mackenzie
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A series of in-depth accounts exploring the lives and spiritual journeys of fifteen western Buddhists - from the famous to the ordinary.

Why Buddhism? is a series of interviews through which Vicki McKenzie (author of Cave in the Snow) explores the reason for Buddhism's growing appeal in western society.

Through personal examples, this book reveals what Buddhism means to a wide range of people in the west. The interviews are inspiring and informative, covering the process each person went through in becoming involved in Buddhism, as well as the effect it has had on their lives and difficulties they've encountered.

The subjects interviewed in Why Buddhism? range from the famous -like composer Phillip Glass, actor Tracy Mann, and author/teacher Robert Thurman, to the heroic - such as the nun who brings Buddhist teachings to hardened criminals in jail, the extraordinary - like the Buddhist diamond merchant, and the ordinary made remarkable - like the woman dying a good Buddhist death.

Popular rather than scholarly in tone, Why Buddhism? will appeal to those of us who are keen to know more about a religion that is much talked about but little understood.

Allen & Unwin; January 2001
335 pages; ISBN 9781864487817
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Title: Why Buddhism?
Author: Vicki Mackenzie
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