Dinty W. Moore
The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still, American Style
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The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still, American Style Dinty W. Moore 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 AmerThe 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 hud 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. The Accidental Buddhist Mindfulness Enlightenment and Sitting Still American Style 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
  • Title: The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still, American Style
  • Author: Dinty W. Moore
  • ISBN: 9780385492676
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Leslie says:

      OH MY THIS BOOK IS FUN Dinty Moore yah that s his real name and no, he doesn t make soup has written a completely fun journey into his study of Buddhism He sets out to study the American swing toward Buddhism and ends up finding himself drawn to it as well His observations on meditation, the inside of his mind and retreat are hilarious I have loaned this to people and gotten a kick out of watching them laugh outloud How many books really do that on reflection that his teacher Geshe la taught him [...]

    2. Clifford says:

      This is a quick, enjoyable read about a spiritual search that in some ways parallels my own, although Moore goes much deeper in his quest by undertaking retreats in several different Buddhist traditions Written in the 90s, it refers to the emergence of a cottage industry of Buddhist books at this point, nearly 15 years later, that cottage industry is a virtual Buddhist Industrial Complex, with several glossy magazines, meditation supply megastores, and countless books published each year, includ [...]

    3. Sue says:

      I liked this book it reflects my own search for knowledge about Buddhism through books and online, I ve never been able to go to a Buddhist retreat or ask the Dalai Lama a direct questions, as Moore does , and it reassures me that following the Buddhist path does not mean one has to shave their head my head is not shaped nicely or join a convent my husband might object As Moore and, by the way, he is no relation to the Dinty Moore for whom the Hormel chili is named says at the end of the book Wh [...]

    4. Libby Chester says:

      In The Accidental Buddhist, Moore takes the reader on a tour of Buddhism in America, frequently stopping to visit his own monkey mind I ve been fascinated with Buddhism for many years, for the some of the same reasons Moore experiences in his own.Catholic childhood Brought up in the charasmatic Pentecostal religion as well as being schooled in traditional Baptist beliefs, I dealt with the same disillusionment that Moore experienced with his Catholic faith One of the things I liked about Buddhism [...]

    5. Ro says:

      An overall easy and enjoyable read A little bland for my taste, but still fun to read It is about a journalist in his mid 40 s who is searching for the meaning behind Buddism and what draws Americans to it Although raised Catholic, he is not religious and finds many faults with it In his work to study Buddism and how it is practiced in the Western World, he accidentally finds a new sense of calm and understanding about the world around him after attending several different Buddist retreats His j [...]

    6. Heather Fineisen says:

      I finished this book while in the middle of reading the Dalai Lama s Autobiography and strangely, my enjoyment of both was enhanced Moore is looking for American Buddhism and may have found it, or the fact that there really is no American Buddhism His various and varied experiences in this quest showcase the Dalai Lama s own discourse on Buddhism in the West The Accidental Buddhist is a fun yet informative read that acts as a nice companion to the subject and headier reads I will read Dinty W M [...]

    7. Lauren says:

      This book was really useful to me in helping me understand the landscape of American Buddhism and what the various shades of thought are in Western adaptations There was even a mention of the NC company that makes zafus and zabutons Quick and entertaining read.

    8. Lorie says:

      Loved, loved, loved this book It made me laugh out loud, while at the same time drove me to ask questions and delve into my own spirituality.

    9. Debra Chalhoub says:

      An easy, humorous adventure to the land of Buddhism I learned reading this book than I did in other books on buddhism I enjoyed the easy pace, the light notes and the humor of his book

    10. Camille Martindale says:

      Whats all the fuss these days about meditation and Buddhism Ask Dingy Moore He has got the clearest enriching narrative on the subject He is the experience and the experiment and his humor and humility takes you through his emotions with compassion and promise As a Chatholic who walked out on most of my religious rituals and found comfort and recognition in practicing Buddhism and meditation, Moore eased my guilt as I was not alone in thinking I was damned I struggled with the gap it creates whe [...]

    11. Amanda says:

      I didn t gain a ton from the book my accurate rating would be somewhere between 3 and 4 but I was definitely invested all the way through, and I enjoyed the author s writing style, perspective, and sense of humor, and all factors considered I went with a 4 5 He does a pretty good job of covering the history, types, and practices beliefs of Buddhism and provides a comprehensive insight into Buddhism as it applies to his journey to discover it Good read overall.

    12. Greg Soden says:

      I found this hilarious and educational and quite reflective of many experiences I ve personally had If you ve ever sat zazen and thought, Gosh, this is so simple, yet astoundingly difficult, check this out.

    13. Holly says:

      Losing His Religion, and Finding it AgainMoore, Dinty W The Accidental Buddhist Chapel Hill Algonquin Books, 1997 208pp 19.95.The secret to contentedness is not simply revealed to Dinty W Moore in his book, The Accidental Buddhist He covers his discovery with several approaches echoes of memoir, essay, and even place writing are recognizable as he relays travels to Buddhist retreats across the Northeast and the Midwest Moore begins with a prelude, a memory of Brother Damien the Catholic monk, wh [...]

    14. Elizabeth Schurman says:

      Emphasis here on various schools of Buddhism, and how Buddhism can might become American.

    15. Lucky Christi says:

      Downloaded free during audible trial Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book.

    16. Jenn McKee says:

      I m not a religious person, but because, post layoff, I ve found myself feeling utterly lost in the midst of middle age, I decided I d start exploring meditation and Buddhism.So I scanned my shelves, and sure enough, Moore s The Accidental Buddhist, had been on my shelves for years, not yet read, so its moment had finally arrived I had met Moore just a few years after the book s release, since he taught creative writing at Penn State Altoona, and I was working toward an MFA in fiction at the Sta [...]

    17. Randal says:

      This is the perfect book to read if you are thinking about Buddhism A starter book of sorts The basic beliefs of Buddism are explored in an amusing and American point of view.

    18. Erica says:

      The author describes his journey from frustrated former Catholic to practicing American Buddhist, which all started as a sort of research project about why Buddhism has become or had become, in the late 1990s a trendy practice in America As an American who practices mindfulness I would not go so far as to say I m a Buddhist I could relate to many of the author s experiences, even if some anecdotes in the book felt slightly outdated The whole free Tibet movement, for example, isn t quite what it [...]

    19. Ken says:

      One American s search for Buddhism in that moral desert we call the United States OK, maybe the desert is perfect grounds for this religion Why else are so many Americans driven if not to embrace it, at least to satisfy their curiosity about it Dinty Moore uses humor and an Everyman approach to this now ten year old book that still rings true because neither America nor Buddhism has changed much surprise, surprise He travels from retreats to meditative circles to concerts in Central Park to indi [...]

    20. Dale says:

      I liked this book I liked it a lot Moore s prose is very readable, genuine, and his tale is engaging As he sought out what direction to take his spirituality, I felt like I was right there beside him.I was a bit taken aback with all the pot shots he took at Catholicism, however Now, I realize the Catholicism he was raised with fraught with oversimplification and probably outright misteaching I also realize that for Moore Catholicism will always be interwoven with what was a troubling childhood B [...]

    21. Zev Friedman says:

      I m currently reading Just began, but am already halfway through Being gay, I m sometimes at a crossroads with Orthodox Judaism, and drop out for periods of time I love yoga, and thought to check out Buddhism, so this book caught my attention when I saw it displayed at my local library with other books about religion I m finding I really relate So far, I m learning that Buddhism is about stillness and silence, and finding that inside you Well, this is what I ve always sought, which is why I love [...]

    22. Mike says:

      Search for enlightenment, travelogue, and coming to terms with the author s old school Catholic upbringing come together in this intro to American Buddhism He gives life to Buddhism far beyond Free Tibet or guys with shaved heads that most Americans associate with it His personal growth, or semi enlightenment, as he describes it, was compelling his initial instincts to try to impress those in authority legacy of Catholicism give way to a simpler effort to calm his monkey mind , take blame rather [...]

    23. Dean Summers says:

      This is my number one favorite introduction to Buddhism It is engaging, readable, informative, instructive, poignant, and funny It is one man s quest for an authentic, personally fulfilling, contemporary American expression of Buddhist practice.There is, however, a very sad undertone The quest is a quest to fill the heart s God shaped chamber, empty, bricked over, and stagnant from the author s days growing up with a soul crushing form of religion that passed for Christianity Though there is an [...]

    24. Ang says:

      A journalistic memoir in the style of pick it, try it, and write a book Moore chronicles his own search for American Buddhism and tries to answer the question of whether or not it even exists Moore gets a little further in his quest than I expected him to and his conversations with teachers from various traditions are interesting when they let him in For example, the chapter on Father Kennedy is much deeper than his other encounters maybe because Moore actually interviews the man instead of simp [...]

    25. Janet Beneitone says:

      I came upon this book on a shelf in a cafe while I was on vacation in Vermont The shelf contained books that were left by people who were done with them for other people to read in the cafe or take I stayed in the cafe and read it for several cups of coffee then took it with me It s about a discouraged Irish catholic man who explores how Buddhism could fit into life in the American culture If you already know a lot about Buddhism you won t learn much, but I enjoyed it very much It was lightheart [...]

    26. Kathe Coleman says:

      The Accidental Buddhist by Dinty Moore Moore goes in search of the meaning of life and first meets a Jesuit priest, Father Kennedy, who taught Zen He explained that priests who are in foreign countries try to learn something to bring back to the Church In Japan Father Kennedy meets Yamada Roshi who had just completed his studies in the US under the tutelage of Bernard Tseutgen Glassman, himself a Jew who taught him the way of Zen Beautiful short story thats message is to Be kind, be careful Thin [...]

    27. Greg Maslak says:

      This book really resonated with me I gave up on my long time Catholic faith a few years back and didn t immediately find anything to replace it I started yoga earlier this year, which introduced me to meditation, which introduced me to Buddhism The journey has been an interesting one and a rewarding one So, I guess that I too am an accidental Buddhist It was interesting reading about Mr Moore s progression and seeing how parts of it bear a resemblance to some of what I ve been experiencing.

    28. Bert Edens says:

      Moore travels the U.S essentially working on a project related to the development of Buddhism in America Along the way, he learns a lot about himself, who he is, who he isn t, and where he came from He also learned a lot about Buddhism in America and how there really might not be one real answer to his question.Strongly recommended for people interested in learning about Buddhism It s not a proselytizing book, much like most books on Buddhism, and Moore actually contrasts and compares what he l [...]

    29. Doreen says:

      I accidentally picked up The Accidental Buddhist at the library I ve been looking at different world religions so I m better equipped to teach my children and answer any questions they may have I enjoyed the author s sense of humor as much as I enjoyed following him on his journey I see many similarities to my own Judeo Christian upbringing and look forward to sharing these parallels with my children Practice the principles of kindness, compassion, and awareness everyday no matter what your reli [...]

    30. Erica says:

      A light hearted book about a journalist attempting to answer the question of whether American Buddhism really exists by immersing himself in the practice of meditation At times it is quite silly, at other times profound and reverent It reads much as a memoir of a journey than a how to guide for beginning buddhists, which in my opinion is what makes the premise enjoyable It rarely feels didactic, yet still has a bit to teach It is an enjoyable book for those casually interested in Buddhism, even [...]

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