Thursday, September 19, 2013
Le bouddhisme - Cécile Becker
My purchase of this book is the very embodiment of a dismal case of dissatisfied expectations.
I wanted a light user's manual to Buddhism, and what I got was a theoretical history.
That was not at all what I had hoped for - nor, allow me to state, what I had had reason to expect from perusing the back cover!
As history manuals go, this one is certainly useful enough; it provides minute descriptions of the complex history of Buddhism in relatively few pages. Unfortunately, that also makes for rather indigestible reading, unless the writer is a very talented one, which Becker is not.
Still waiting for the perfect introduction to Buddhism, therefore.