General interest in Buddhism has never been higher. The story and teachings of a man who lived 2,500 years ago have a special resonance for us today, perhaps because he taught a way of life that was not based on belief in a creator god but rather on personal experience. ‘Test my words for yourself,’ he said. But what lies behind those distinctive images of the Buddha, seated with unshakeable poise, with eyes half-closed and a slight smile? How did Buddhism develop, from the austere style that governed the life of the yellow-robed monks in ancient India to the more colourful, even magical expression of Tibet? And where does Zen fit in? In The Middle Way, Jinananda, a Western-born Buddhist, explains the key concepts that lie behind a system of thought and behavior which, like the universe itself, is continuously expanding.
About the Author
Jinananda (aka Duncan Steen) was born in Bedford in 1952 and was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1986. He is the author of Karma and Rebirth – In a Nutshell (Naxos AudioBooks), Meditating and Warrior of Peace (both Windhorse Publications).