Is Enlightenment the Road to Heaven, Nirvana...or Nowhere? Many religions believe in some equivalent of Heaven or Hell, where one is transported after death to live in eternal bliss or agony. Buddhists believe that one is repeatedly reborn until Nirvana is attained. And still others, overtly or secretly, entertain the possibility that we go nowhere; our lives end at death, and our bodies disintegrate. People lead their lives based on a code of morality. For the deeply religious, the source of this code is their scripture and church, which convey the word of their God. Their road to enlightenment and Heaven is written in the Book. For the Buddhist, however, who has no God, the source of one's morality is inborn and changed by life experience. The way a person deals with this change toward increasing wisdom is the Buddhist road to enlightenment and Nirvana. In Enlightened Enough, Parakrama Chandrasoma applies Buddhist philosophy in its most basic form to the way he conducts his life. The methods-aimed at achieving enlightenment and Nirvana when applied to daily living-increase wisdom and promote happiness during this lifetime. Whether Heaven, Hell, Nirvana, or nothingness awaits us, stripping away external influences and focusing within to address our inner spiritual being is our best chance to create a contented and peaceful existence during our mortal life here on earth.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a surprising and delightful read. The author provided a completely understandable overview of Buddhist beliefs and approaches to life, followed by real life examples that ranged from deep to hilarious and all of which were quite compelling. He was not at all dry or didactic in his approach, nor does he claim to have "all the answers". It was an intelligent overview and narrowed down so many issues that each of us will ultimately have to decide for ourselves. Yet he definitely provided the framework. I was interested in what else he might have written and took a look online. I was surprised to learn that he is a world renowned physician specializing in pathology. I definitely would not have known that from this great book, which did not take a scientific approach to the subject matter. For which I am grateful !
Several people recommended this book as a good light read. I bought the book, but being a Christian It took me some time to start reading it, as I believed it to delve deeply into theology and religion. However when I read the first chapter, I realized how wrong my preconceived assumptions were. The book was an easy read, well written, full of humor and was very entertaining. I learnt a lot about his life, his disciplines, his methodology in dealing with day to day situations etc. My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it without hesitation. - Jivaka
A very enjoyable and thought provoking book. A personal portrayal of the authors philosophy of life and road to achieving a "happy state of being". It is not a "how to" book or a recipe to happiness but an account of how following the primary tenants of any religion and establishing a middle path can help in finding happiness within yourself. It's a great read whatever religion you may be.
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