Two points stand out about this short book. First and foremost is the Dalai Lama himself. The book’s message pales beside the author himself. He laughs.
This big biography of Philip Whalen (1923–2003) brings the man, his vision, and his writings up close.
“This is not to say that the book lacks purpose, but that perhaps it takes on too much in the vastness of its overview.”
“. . . full of sly, scholarly challenges to the common wisdom peddled as dharma, karma, and nirvana.”
“Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine scans rituals so venerable they lack inventors, and doctrines so fresh he watches them evolve in real time.”
“Combined with brief but practical exercises for meditation and actualization, Mr.
Bluntly, boldly, this book urges Buddhists to adapt its “radical teachings on forgiveness, compassion, and kindness.” Readers of Noah Levine’s streetwise memoir Dharma Punx (2004) will fin
Jason Siff advises “what to do when the instructions get in the way.” That is, for both beginning and experienced meditation students, he encourages practitioners to relax.