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Buddhism is Not What You Think

Buddhism is Not What You Think

Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs


What is Buddhism? In Buddhism is Not What You Think Steve Hagen, bestselling author of Buddhism Plain and Simple and a Zen priest, cuts through the many misconceptions surrounding Buddhism, and shows us its true purpose. Drawing on down-to-earth examples from everyday life, this practical and straightforward guide penetrates the most essential and enduring questions at the heart of the Buddha's teachings: How can we see the world in each moment, rather than merely as what we think, hope, or fear it is? How can we base our actions on reality? How can we live lives that are wise, compassionate, open and honest? What can it bring to our lives?

This book offers a profound and clear path to a life of joy and freedom.


  • A clear and challenging showing of the fundamental truth of our lives. This is an exceptional book. Make good use of it
    Charlotte Joko Beck, author of EVERYDAY ZEN

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Steve Hagen

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