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Landscapes of Wonder: Discovering Buddhist Dharma in the World Around Us (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. Mai 1998


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  • Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
  • Verlag: Wisdom Publications (9. Mai 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0861711424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861711420
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1 x 22,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 483.108 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Don't let the knotty name of this American monk put you off. Nyanasobhano is one of the most melodious new voices in Western Buddhism to come along in some while. He is Thoreau in robes, and he takes us walking into the woods of present wonder. At bottom, Nyanasobhano teaches us the basics of Buddhism: Theravada Buddhism, the Sri Lankan storehouse of India's ancient tradition. Landscapes of Wonder is a primer on the basics of Buddhism: the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, karma, meditation, and such. But the lessons are to be discovered in fallen trees, soaring birds, and winter landscapes. "Our pilgrimage need not be long, as the world counts distance, but epic nonetheless: over the barriers of habit, through the forests of doubt, beyond our circumscribed consciousness toward a freedom as yet scarcely imagined." There is still an occasional rawness and creeping pedantry in Nyanasobhano's voice, but his eloquence overshadows them and introduces us to truly wondrous landscapes. --Brian Bruya

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"Nyanasobhano, an American actor/playwright turned Theravadin Buddhist, writes essays and reflections on the Buddhist path that stand well apart from the general run of writing on Buddhism for their sheer literary quality." (WildMind Buddhist Meditation blog)

"Contemplative, sensitive, and lyrically written... Chock-full of koan-like epiphanies at each turn, this book of eighteen essays is sure to appeal to Western readers. Landscapes of Wonder offers the richness of Theravada Buddhist teachings reinterpreted along with keen observations about what nature can teach us concerning life, change, and death. The essays include reflections on the practice of Buddhism in relation to dharma and the conditions of modern life, and literary observations about nature." (Tricycle)

"A genuine pleasure and a most useful map and legend to the landscapes of our existence... skillfully blended principles of Buddhist dhamma with the natural drama of the landscape that surrounds us all." (eDharma)

"The writing is often grandly inspiring. Nyanasobhano's often exhilarating prose makes for a moving and memorable book." (Publishers Weekly)

"Highly recommended. written in a magical kind of prose." (Library Journal)

"American Buddhism has at last found its Thoreau, its rambling, loquacious poet-philosopher who can show us the deepest revelations of truth in the woods, rivers, and fields. This is an eloquent, joyous, and uplifting book, written with consummate skill..." (Bhikkhu Bodhi, editor and translator of The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha)

"[Nyanasobhano] eases into troublesome paradoxes with sensitive writing sustained by an absorbing poetic flow. Sensing our own layers emerging, we find ourselves altered after our readings, and hear the gracious call to read again." (NAPRA ReView)

"Landscapes of Wonder remains with us, long after we shut the book, as an invitation and guide to discover the wonderland right in front of us." (Bhavana Society Newsletter)

"The essays in Landscapes of Wonder are prose meditation, and what prose it is! Nyanasobhano describes a country walk and it becomes an investigation of impermanence. He reads the paper, and reflects on the mind and its search for distraction. This book reveals a literary [power] rare among writers on Buddhism. This is an inspiring book, to read with pleasure and contemplate with care." (Dharmalife)

"Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano writes with a beautiful lyricism of the joys and consummate beauty of the natural world, and not a word is wasted from this master of the pen." (The Beacon)

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Von Ein Kunde am 29. Oktober 1998
Format: Taschenbuch
I have not read more than a handful of texts on any religion. Most seemed to focus on a straighforward educational approach to the religion and its history.
This is a refreshing departure. Instead of the typical classroom text approach, class is dismissed.
Instead we walk with Naynasobhano through the seasons, through nature as this playright describes how he as a Buddhist lives Buddhism. Suddenly he'll pause, admiring a bird in the distance. This triggers a flashback on some tenet of Buddhism or a snippet from Buddha. (It seemed to me at times like one of Grasshopper's flashbacks in the Kung Fu show.)
Trite though this may seem, the book really worked for me. I really appreciated visiting the religion directly. Staying in the native's hut as it were. And having the native be as eloquent as this is a certain boon.
While this may serve as a good introduction for some, perhaps it would be better to read something like Lama Suryam Dass's "Awakening the Buddha Within" and then this to see how principles are wedded to life.
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Von Ein Kunde am 8. Dezember 1999
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I enjoyed this book very much, and paused often along the way to ponder the many great little insights tucked in among the mindful observations of nature. I must admit that I agree with the Amazon.com review that notes the "occasional... creeping pedantry," but perhaps that's inevitable in a work like this. The writing style and appreciation of the details of nature can sometimes call to mind Thoreau (or perhaps Barry Lopez or Annie Dillard), but at heart this is a didactic book, a presentation of the basic understandings of Buddhism. When those philosophical and practical explanations occasionally become a little more explicit or overt, it can create that "pedantic" effect. All in all, though, this is a very creative and literate presentation of the Buddhist teachings, and certainly gives the reader plenty to contemplate.
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Von Ein Kunde am 2. Juni 1999
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I have read many Buddhist books, but this one is definately unique. It is hard to put down once you start. The author takes us through forests and hills to point how the Buddhist Dhamma is all around and can be realized if we only put forth the effort. This book really makes me want to further my own understanding of Buddhism on a personal level.
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Creative and contemplative 8. Dezember 1999
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book very much, and paused often along the way to ponder the many great little insights tucked in among the mindful observations of nature. I must admit that I agree with the Amazon.com review that notes the "occasional... creeping pedantry," but perhaps that's inevitable in a work like this. The writing style and appreciation of the details of nature can sometimes call to mind Thoreau (or perhaps Barry Lopez or Annie Dillard), but at heart this is a didactic book, a presentation of the basic understandings of Buddhism. When those philosophical and practical explanations occasionally become a little more explicit or overt, it can create that "pedantic" effect. All in all, though, this is a very creative and literate presentation of the Buddhist teachings, and certainly gives the reader plenty to contemplate.
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A Buddhist Thoreau 5. November 2005
Von Dan Grafius - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
If the notion of a Buddhist Thoreau intrigues you, pull up a chair. You have just found your book in "Landscapes of Wonder."

This is a fine collection of essays by a gifted writer who uses nature as a springboard for reflections on the key tenets of Buddhist thought. People have been observing nature and her secrets for thousands of years and have opened themselves to startling and soulful reflections as a result. The rivers and streams, the mountains and woods, the trees and the seasons, all have a wisdom to impart to us if we allow them to work their magic and stay attentive.

The author of "Landscapes of Wonder," a former monk in the Bhikkhu Sangha, covers a wide gamut of Buddhist teachings. In the contemplation of nature's gradual decay, he sees the Buddha's teaching of impermanence. Everyone of us knows that we wlll all go the way of the wilting flower or the fallen oak, yet how many of us ever act on that knowledge in a way that motivates us to love and live each day to the fullest? Nyanasobhano also extends the observation of nature's changing seasons to the Buddhist emphasis on daily mindfulness when he writes on page 120: "We must try not to be thrown off by the marvels of appearance but to investigate deeper reality, not just with intellect...but with the intuitive tool of mindfulness, which reaches past bumbling cogitation and theorizing and deals with events directly. In the seen there will be just what is seen, in the heard, just what is heard. This is how we can train the mind, how we can make possible the arising of insight." These are just two examples of the many ways in which the author ties the events in nature to the universal and eternal truths of his Buddhist heritage.

The seasoned practitioner of Buddhism will likely discover a renewed and refined appreciation for the Buddha's timeless truths, while the novice might well be compelled to investigate further. Beyond this, there is a deep and penetrating wisdom to many of the Buddha's insights, irrespective of a person's religious persuasion.

The book is almost an extended meditation in its own right, and should be read as such, with frequent pauses and reflections. I enjoyed reading it as much for the lyrical and eloquent quality of the writing as for its exploration of Buddhism. There is much here to ponder, yet the writing itself is never ponderous.

In some respects, "Landscapes of Wonder," itself "an intuition of majesty and wonder," reminds me of Annie Dillard's, "Pilgrim at Tinker's Creek," though with a decidely Buddhist bent. If you are attracted to Thoreau, Whitman, Emerson's
essay, "Nature," Annie Dillard, William Wordsworth, or the like, or appreciate the eternal verities of Buddhism itself, you owe it to yourself to read "Landscapes of Wonder."
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A fulfilling read at bedtime! 29. Oktober 1998
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I have not read more than a handful of texts on any religion. Most seemed to focus on a straighforward educational approach to the religion and its history.
This is a refreshing departure. Instead of the typical classroom text approach, class is dismissed.
Instead we walk with Naynasobhano through the seasons, through nature as this playright describes how he as a Buddhist lives Buddhism. Suddenly he'll pause, admiring a bird in the distance. This triggers a flashback on some tenet of Buddhism or a snippet from Buddha. (It seemed to me at times like one of Grasshopper's flashbacks in the Kung Fu show.)
Trite though this may seem, the book really worked for me. I really appreciated visiting the religion directly. Staying in the native's hut as it were. And having the native be as eloquent as this is a certain boon.
While this may serve as a good introduction for some, perhaps it would be better to read something like Lama Suryam Dass's "Awakening the Buddha Within" and then this to see how principles are wedded to life.
4 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A joy to read 2. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I have read many Buddhist books, but this one is definately unique. It is hard to put down once you start. The author takes us through forests and hills to point how the Buddhist Dhamma is all around and can be realized if we only put forth the effort. This book really makes me want to further my own understanding of Buddhism on a personal level.
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An unmatched ability to truly see 23. Februar 2003
Von Sean Hoade - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano has a delicate gift: He uses the natural world, which after all is what we spend our lives in, to illustrate and remind us of the dhamma. It is a book best sipped, although I couldn't resist plowing through the whole thing and then rereading it slowly. A magnificent achievement.
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