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The Tortilla Curtain
The Tortilla Curtain
von T.C. Boyle
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,49

3 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent, 20. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Tortilla Curtain (Taschenbuch)
This book gives a great description of modern life in Southern California. From the perspective of both a middle class family and a family of illegal immigrants.
Boyle is very successful in illustrating just how ridiculous and out of touch with reality most of us really are. My only real complaint is the lack of a plot, instead Boyle concentrates on describing and developing his characters (which really isn't such a bad thing). It's much like real life, not much ever really happens. But don't let that stop you from reading this, it is really worth your time.


Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
von Thich Nhat Hanh
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,60

5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing, 19. Juli 2000
This book was written by a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk. But don't let that fool you, this book is for everyone. The author doesn't try to convert you to his religion, the only Buddhist principles in this book go hand in hand with many Christian beliefs. The author shows how easy it is to live a fulfilling life in harmony with yourself and the world around you.
Read this book if you ever feel depressed or if you feel you are getting lost in the modern age. This book will not tell you who you are, but it will help to show you how you can discover what it is you really want and find happiness.
Thich Nan Haht was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by none other than Martin Luther King Jr.
Highly recommended.


Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
von Shunryu Suzuki
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Zen, 19. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Taschenbuch)
This is perhaps the best book for a westerner interested in zen buddhism to read (though Steve Hagen's Buddhism Plain and Simple is also excellent). Neither of these books really teach you much about Buddhism, rather they teach you how to be a Buddhist (or at least how to find the buddha nature which is already inside of you)
Don't let the first section discourage you, it gets much better. I was initially turned off by this book because it begins with an almost harsh description of how one should practise zazen (meditation). For example I did not like hearing that there is only one correct way to do it (you must sit in a lotus position with your hands in your lap, your head perpendicular to you shoulders, and so on and so on). However, it was a misunderstanding on my part as to what the author meant about meditation and what it is you are trying to achieve (or not achieve for that matter).
It was only after realizing the author's description of zazen is the best way to realize the illusions we have created in our minds about the world around us (not to sound like a nutball or anything).


No More Prisons: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Community Activism
No More Prisons: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Community Activism
von William Upski Wimsatt
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Dare to read this book, 19. Juli 2000
After reading about 1/4 of this book, I just couldn't put it down and finished the rest in one sitting. It's that amazing. Don't be fooled by the title, this book has very little about actual prisons. In fact only the first 12 pages or so are about actual prisons, the rest of the book uses the metaphor of a prison to show how society largely traps us.
The section on homeschooling is amazing. Prior to reading this book I had always just thought of school as the only path for a kid. I didn't even know that it was possible to go to college without going to either a public or private high school (although, now that I think about it it does seem that the kids who win the national spelling bee each year are usually homeschooled). And there are numerous other topics covered in this book.
This book is a hip hop book, but I feel this really needs clarification. Hip hop is one of the most misunderstood concepts in recent time. Hip hop is not about making money, it is about universal brotherhood (and is in many ways similiar to zen buddhism). There is a fundamental difference between hip hop and rap. Rap is what most people think of when they think of hip hop, which is a shame because people like Puff Daddy have nothing in common with hip hop (people like Afrika Bambaata).
Oh well, enough with my rant about hip hop. If you live in an urban center this should be required reading. If you believe that there is nothing you can really do to make a difference for the better, read this book and see if you still feel the same way.
Highly recommended.


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