Freeing the Buddha: Diversity on a Sacred Path-Large Scale Concerns

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This book is not written to reinvent the wheel and offer up "just another introduction to Buddhism." This has a fresh approach of Buddhism which does not stir up dust in areas that most people have not thought of. There are Buddhist teachers who would discuss things privately such as Buddhist views on UFOs, Adolf Hitler and the historical Jesus, but they would not give public talks or publish books on such controversial subjects. The author has the courage to do so as he boldly discusses such topics in this book.This book has a fresh approach of Buddhism which does not stir up dust in areas that most people have not thought of. There are Buddhist teachers who a would discuss things privately such as Buddhist views on UFOs, Adolf Hitler and the historical Jesus, but they would not give public talks or publish books on such controversial subjects. The author has the courage to do so as he boldly discusses such topics in this book.

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Brian Anthony Ruhe, author of Freeing the Buddha - Diversity on a Sacred Path - Large Scale Concerns has an insight into Buddhism and meditation that can only be had by someone who practiced and studied seriously in a Tibetan Buddhist Centre, was a monk in Thailand, and was employed full time as the public relations official for the largest Chinese Pure Land Buddhist temple in Canada. He's seen the best and the worst of a variety of traditions from the inside looking out and he can be more honest than the lineage holders of many Buddhist traditions. He has lectured at UBC and he taught for three years at Douglas College. On CBC national radio he explained the new innovation of teaching meditation by teleconference to stressed out dot.com executives. Brian also currently teaches Buddhism and Meditation in Adult Ed. at the University-College of the Fraser Valley, and four School Boards.

Raised within a Unitarian background, Brian was exposed early to the spiritual dimension of life. Originally from Ontario, he studied business and philosophy at Brock University, and moved to Vancouver in 1980, continuing his studies at BCIT. After working in the financial planning industry selling mutual funds for eight years, he felt that although he was a reasonably happy individual, something was 'missing' from his life. Like many of us, he was haunted by the need for meaning and purpose in life.

Brian considered a number of different spiritual paths. He was drawn to Buddhism because of its penetrating insights into the nature of the mind. After immersing himself in Buddhist teachings he quit the financial planning business, and became a true seeker. The first stage of his journey was a six-month stay at a Tibetan Buddhist centre in Vermont, founded by Chögyam Trungpa, after which he moved for four years to Thailand, a Theravadin Buddhist country. In Thailand he studied and practised at various temples and meditation centres, gathering teachings and deepening his medita

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''I think Ruhe is on to something! In all honesty, I initially bought 'Freeing the Buddha' with only a mild interest in what he had to say. However, after skimming through some of it, I am very impressed, particularly with the essays section. Ruhe's writing is very original, creative and seminal. I support him in making his work more accessible to more influential people in the publishing industry. Nowadays, it seems that inflammatory writing is not only hip, but needed, given the dangerously sleepy state of affairs on our planet.'' --Teertha Mistlberger, Founder and Director of Shambhala Trainings, West Vancouver, B.C.

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