The Buddha and the Terrorist

The Buddha and the Terrorist Satish Kumar Thomas Moore Allan Hunt Badiner
  • Title: The Buddha and the Terrorist
  • Author: Satish Kumar Thomas Moore Allan Hunt Badiner
  • ISBN: 9781565125209
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Buddha and the Terrorist Satish Kumar Thomas Moore Allan Hunt Badiner The Buddha and the Terrorist A challenging story beautifully written most pertinent and relevant to our time Deepak Chopra Not every book will change your life but any book can Not every discussion will make a difference but
    A challenging story, beautifully written, most pertinent and relevant to our time Deepak Chopra Not every book will change your life, but any book can Not every discussion will make a difference, but a conversation can change the world In this timely retelling of an ancient Buddhist parable, peace activist Satish Kumar has created a small book with a powerful spiritu A challenging story, beautifully written, most pertinent and relevant to our time Deepak Chopra Not every book will change your life, but any book can Not every discussion will make a difference, but a conversation can change the world In this timely retelling of an ancient Buddhist parable, peace activist Satish Kumar has created a small book with a powerful spiritual message about ending violence It is a tale of a fearsome outcast named Angulimala Necklace of Fingers , who is terrorizing towns and villages in order to gain control of the state, murdering people and adding their fingers to his gruesome necklace One day he comes face to face with the Buddha and is persuaded, through a series of compelling conversations, to renounce violence and take responsibility for his actions.The Buddha and the Terrorist addresses the urgent questions we face today Should we talk to terrorists Can we reason with religious fundamentalists Is nonviolence practical The story ends with a dramatic trial that speaks to the victims of terrorism the families whose mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters Angulimala has murdered It asks whether it is possible for them to forgive Or whether it is even desirable No one can read The Buddha and the Terrorist without thinking about the root causes of terrorism, about good and evil, about justice and forgiveness, about the kind of place we want the world to be, and, most important, about the most productive and practical way to get there.
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    About Satish Kumar Thomas Moore Allan Hunt Badiner


    1. Satish Kumar is an Indian, currently living in England, who has been a Jain monk and a nuclear disarmament advocate, and is the current editor of the magazine Resurgence, founder and Director of Programmes of the Schumacher College international centre for ecological studies and of The Small School His most notable accomplishment is a peace walk with a companion to the capitals of four of the nuclear armed countries Washington, London, Paris and Moscow a trip of over 8,000 miles He insists that reverence for nature should be at the heart of every political and social debate Defending criticism that his goals are unrealistic, he has said, Look at what realists have done for us They have led us to war and climate change, poverty on an unimaginable scale, and wholesale ecological destruction Half of humanity goes to bed hungry because of all the realistic leaders in the world I tell people who call me unrealistic to show me what their realism has done Realism is an outdated, overplayed and wholly exaggerated concept.


    956 Comments


    1. A unique perspective on Buddhism and terrorism.

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    2. I have just bought and finished this amazing book, part reflective application of Buddhist thought to the 9 11 debate, part wonderful narrative account of the famous Buddhist conversion of the murderer Angulimala.Absorbing, i was engrossed and read it within the hour.

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    3. The Buddha and the Terrorist is a short, but yet, profound story written by renowned former monk and peace environment activist, Satish Kumar The teachings in this parable had been influenced heavily by the religious exposure Kumar had as a child and the experience he gained in India Exploring and understanding many religions, Kumar professionally strings together The Buddha and the Terrorist as a piece that cleverly hints at the moral issues that many believers, religious or not, face and the e [...]

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    4. Awesome book to read in the span of a sitting.

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    5. Must read for anyone interested in the nature of violence and peace.

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    6. A short, powerful parable about the value of non violence in response to the most heinous of human crimes Certainly worthwhile reading in the wake of this week s events.

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    7. Were it not for the obvious political slant and intention of the author made clear in the introduction and afterword , I might have been receptive to this fable as a fable It s not poetically told, but it is concise and moves quickly and has some memorable insights As a Christian, I am familiar with such spiritual teaching as resist not evil and turn the other cheek and overcome evil with good I understand that we should not seek personal vengeance, and that a failure to forgive only injures us [...]

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    8. The Buddha and The Terrorist by Satish Kumar is an inspirational and eye opening read that people today and people of the older times can understand It combines Buddhist religious values with today s ongoing violence in the world, and promotes peace and forgiveness This story is about the Buddha and his meeting with a terrorist, Angulimala The Buddha inspires Angulimala after having a conversation, persuades the town member ns which he killed to forgive him, and in the end Angulimala became know [...]

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    9. The Buddha and the Terrorist was written by Satish Kumar, a well known Indian activist, most famous for his books and his views on pacifism and nuclear disarmament Kumar left his family at the age of nine to become a Jain monk At the age of 18, Kumar read a book by Gandhi and ran away to become a student of Vinoba Bhave, a disciple of Gandhi His education with Bhave ignited Kumar s interest in ideas of pacifism and non violence Religion and philosophy were a major part of Kumar s childhood, and [...]

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    10. The Buddha and the TerroristThis book was interesting It was quick and fast read The language and voice of the book was simplistic to convey the teachings of the Buddha effectively, which I think is greatly beneficial to reflecting on our own selves This book integrates the central and core teachings into the context of the Buddha For example the Buddha speaks of the Four Nobles truths and the Noble Eightfold Path I think that the character, Angulimala is really present in modern day society Tod [...]

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    11. In this innocence Vs arrogance show of the Post 9 11 world Colosseum, the parties that are the innocence group would use the same types of weapons and methods to contend the arrogance side The motto of innocence would be annihilation Anyone who has eyes to see can see a fundamental reversal of motives at this point This is the central theme of The Buddha and the Terrorist The Story of Angulimala by Satish Kumar.The Prologue says, If one person uses violence, and another calls it evil and then us [...]

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    12. This book was an incredibly quick and easy read, but that doesn t make it bad This book is full of Buddhist teachings and proverbs, being a retelling of a traditional Buddhist story It s written well, if sometimes a bit cheesy and repetitive But the moral behind this story, and the lesson being taught is very interesting and a great idea The main lesson of the book is that everyone deserves a second chance and that every person has the ability to be good The message is delivered through proverbs [...]

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    13. A little gem When I picked up this little book, I was solely attracted by its title with Terrorism a pressing issue of the world I wonder what Buddhism would say about it Such serendipity, before I even went into the story, the Forward by Thomas Moore was already a wonderful inspiring piece to start with It gave me a lot of thinking of the right attitude in facing terror using terror to counter terror can be a temporary solution, but it will never bring about real peace The story of Angulimala a [...]

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    14. Interesting little book on the story of Buddha and the terrorist that became his disciple, Angulimala Angulimala was a serial killer that terrorized and caused havoc in many towns, cutting off the fingers of his victims and making a necklace out of the fingers The story is about this and when Buddha confronts him The story shows the hidden message of compassion and forgiveness A real story Buddhists recount This story also shows how all humans, even the worst of the worst, have the potential to [...]

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    15. The title of this book first caught my eye Buddha and a terrorist It s an old folk take that Kumar has rendered here, and it is part folksy told in a fashion that some may find simplistic, but straightforward telling is part of folk tradition , part philosophical the roots of suffering, the causes of violence, and the work of compassion , and part educational A lesson on how to see alternatives to the Might makes right arguments that abound these days in mainstream responses to terrorism.

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    16. The Buddha and the Terrorist is a simply retold Buddhist story applied to the current political situation in a manner that is powerful and moving if a bit heavy handed, particularly in the introduction The story of each person the Buddha meets learning to come to terms with his or her own responsibility for their actions and desires is elegantly told, and the message of empathy over revenge is a timely one.

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    17. This retelling of an ancient Buddhist myth just goes to show that while times may change, people do not It would be easy to declare the Buddha an accomplice and not only to arrest Angulimala but also to arrest the Buddha himself accusing him of being a protector of terrorists, of aiding and abetting terrorism That would be easy Yet now I see the world differently I see that we need Buddhas and monks rather than soldiers, police prisons.

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    18. I loved this re telling of a Buddhist parable This is a book about transformation and forgiveness in the face of unspeakable violence and loss The transformation of the terrorist into a peaceful, wise Buddhist monk is inspiring in a world where we ve been told that violence always begets violence and nothing can change that This should be required reading for much of the modern world.

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    19. I actually read this book twice Once because it looked intriguing on the shelf at the library, and the second time because I was so impressed I wanted to go back and take notes The Buddah and the Terrorist is a revolutionary book especially by Western standards My perspective was changed in several ways, but the book also reaffirmed my beliefs.

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    20. I picked this up at Kramerbooks Afterwords first bookstore cafe in the nation when I was hanging out in Dupont Circle one Saturday back when I was in DC, mostly because I really liked the paper it was printed on And hey, turned out to be a great book too

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    21. Salvation through sincere repentance and the healing power of forgiveness A perfect read for Good Friday A lovely Buddhist parable simply told with multiple layers of meaning, like all the best parables.

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    22. This is a deceptively simple little book that has a lot to say about humanity In a world where incomprehensible acts of violence occur every day, this story is a well told and humble message about understanding and forgiveness.

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    23. This was a really good little book which everyone should have to read It makes you really think about how to be nice to people and accept the people it is hardest to be nice to and accept I love that Buddha

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    24. This is a fine parable of non violence, but I m afraid it will only resonate with those who already follow the path It doesn t seem likely to persuade anyone, such as advocates of the death penalty.

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    25. A short story that really makes you question your own actions and the way you choose to speak and react to all human beings and creatures alike As well as the excessive amounts of violence we see and feel in this world and how to best go about ending it starting with yourself I highly recommend you read this book

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    26. Its not even worth a 1star I took up the book with hopes that it will tell the story of how a terrorist transforms Such profound teachings of Buddha, he just made it into a clipped version which lacked the beauty of The enlightened One s philosophy The language was beyond pathetic Books Its a book that I would say I was sorry to buy

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    27. morality tale about a man who turns from violence to nonviolence and contemplation not just about him but the tales of redemption about the people around him lives affected and rising above one s circumstances to become whole

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    28. A delicately easy to read and simple book that touches on something so profound and enigmatic Can monsters be turned into angels Can those who ve been wronged, merciless, forgive This book touches on potential answers to those questions and so much .

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    29. An interesting fable about the possibility of change from violence to non violence, and ability to forgive I found it interesting but think it would be difficult to practice the moral of the story in reality.

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    30. Truth is only one virtue among many, and it is an elusive virtue at that Truth has to sit within a family of virtues Seeking truth is not enough especially not at the expense of addressing the pain of the present moment.

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