Seeing Clearly

Seeing Clearly : A Buddhist Guide to Life

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Many of us, even on our happiest days, struggle to quiet the constant buzz of anxiety in the background of our minds. All kinds of worries-worries about losing people and things, worries about how we seem to others-keep us from peace of mind. Distracted or misled by our preoccupations, misconceptions, and, most of all, our obsession with ourselves, we don't see the world clearly-we don't see the world as it really is.

In our search for happiness and the good life, this is the main problem. But luckily there is a solution, and on the path to understanding it, we can make use of the rich and varied teachings that have developed over centuries of Buddhist thought.

With clarity and compassion, Nicolas Bommarito explores the central elements of centuries of Buddhist philosophy and practice, explaining how they can improve your life and teach you to live without fear. Mining important texts and lessons for practical guidance, he provides a friendly guide to the very practical goals that underpin Buddhist philosophy. After laying out the basic ideas, Bommarito walks readers through a wide range of techniques and practices we can adopt to mend ingrained

Rare for its exploration of both the philosophy that motivates Buddhism and its practical applications, this is a compassionate guide to leading a good life that anyone can follow.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 142 x 186 x 28mm | 356g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0190887508
  • 9780190887506
  • 699,258

Table of contents

Part I: Philosophy
1: The Problem
2: The Solution
3: The Buddha
4: Buddhism & Reason
5: Basic Philosophical Questions
6: Heaps & Hurricanes
7: Emptiness
8: Who Do You Think You Are?
9: Nothing is Forever
10: Buddhist Psychology
11: Rebirth & Redeath
12: Karma
13: The Two Truths
14: Living Selflessly
15: Enlightenment
16: Philosophy as Practice
Part II: Practice
17: Varieties of Buddhist Practice
18: A Few Grains of Salt
19: Getting Ready
20: Relics & Veneration
21: Solitude & Meditation
22: Mindfulness of Breathing
23: Mindfulness of Death
24: Flesh & Bones
25: Developing Awareness
26: Kindness & Joy
27: Exchanging Self and Other
28: Sending & Receiving
29: Patience
30: Gifts & Offerings
31: Reading, Writing, and Reciting
32: Sacred Speech
33: Clearing Your Mind
34: Getting Over Yourself
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Review quote

Seeing Clearly offers us an outstanding example of work that is philosophically sophisticated, thoroughly Buddhist, and refreshingly contemporary. * Jake H. Davis, Philosophy East and West * Bommarito clearly sees the need for a thorough, thoughtful treatment of basic Buddhist thought and practice, one well-grounded in philosophy. He does a lovely job of satisfying that need. The book does not focus on the tenets, philosophy, practice, or history of any one school of Buddhism nor on Buddhism as practiced in any one land. Rather, it provides a perspicuous view of what one might call core and peripheral aspects of Buddhist philosophy and various Buddhist
practices. This prepares readers to go on to study particular schools with a solid background in both their practices and the philosophy that grounds them. ... An outstanding feature of the [Practice] section is Bommarito's explicit explanation of how and why practices are done. The tone of the book
is quite personable, and the language will appeal to students put off by formality. ... Seeing Clearly is a book this reviewer would have liked to have had in his own early forays into Buddhism. * CHOICE * Nic Bommarito's Seeing Clearlyis a crystal clear manual on how to actually feel, think, and live as a Buddhist.It manages the rare feat of providing a sophisticated and crystal clear introduction to Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and practice. There is no better book available that explains what it means to feel, think, and act as a Buddhist.For 21st century adventurers who want to try on the Buddhist form of life, even if only for a while, this remarkable
book should be your guide. * Owen Flanagan,, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University, and author of The Geography of Morals (OUP, 2017) and The Bodhisattva's Brain (MIT Press, 2011) *
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About Nicolas Bommarito

Nicolas Bommarito is assistant professor in the philosophy department at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He received his PhD in philosophy from Brown University and holds a language certification from Tibet University in Lhasa. He is the author of Inner Virtue and draws comics in his spare time, which you can enjoy on his website,
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