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Secular Buddhism

Narrated by: Noah Rasheta
Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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In this simple yet important book, Noah Rasheta takes profound Buddhist concepts and makes them easy to understand for anyone trying to become a better whatever-they-already-are.

©2016 Noah Rasheta (P)2016 Noah Rasheta

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Simply Beautiful

A perfect explanation of Secular Buddhism. It's simple, easy to follow and, of course, practical.
I like Noah's no-nonsense reading through the book which made it easy to take notes while listening.

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Great Read

This book is the best foundation for studying secular Buddhism. Definitely recommend Noah's podcast too!

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  • Zack
  • 12-12-2016

Great content, mediocre performance

Mr. Rasheta's writing was concise and very thoughtful, but the performance of the audiobook itself was lacking.

The delivery was very monotone, and each sentence seemed to run into the next, without any clear demarcation.

Overall, though - it was a good, quick audiobook for anyone interested in the secular flavor of Buddhism.

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  • J. Moore
  • 11-01-2020

Dont buy this book!

It's a good book, but its 97% the same as No-nonsense Buddhism (by the same author), which is a slightly better version. I'm very happy to have listened to it, just wish I had not paid twice for the same thing with a different title.

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  • Kimberly Whitefield
  • 05-01-2017

Highly recommended

Content was excellently put and seamless. The editing needs a little more sound spacing between sentences, subheadings, and chapters sometimes.

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  • Paula
  • 26-11-2016

Valuable messages to live by

Although this is a short book, the author so eloquently and simply explains the valuable teachings of Buddhism as a way of living your life in a nut shell. He provides many relatable examples through his personal stories and parables as he touches on the most fundamental principles. If you put these teachings into practice and not just read this book as a voyeur, it will change your life. This book can be thought of as a small pocket manual to live life by as you learn let go of your preconceived notions of reality. What sets this book apart from all others is the continuous teachings that can be found through the author's podcast and website on Secular Buddhism.

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  • SpeckledFreckle
  • 19-01-2017

Great glimpse into secular buddhism

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more about secular buddhism. The reading by the author was pleasant, as I always prefer to hear the author read their own words, but it wasn't the very best audio recording of a book I've ever heard. The timing could have been improved a bit. Overall: great book and would recommend it!

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  • bentley
  • 06-01-2017

Quick overview of Secular Buddhism

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick reminder (or introduction) of some of the key teachings of Buddhism from a secular lens.

I wish he would have gone deeper into certain topics, but I understand that wasn't the point of this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-12-2019

Very similar to No-Nonsense Bhuddism for beginners

I read No-Nonsense Bhuddism for beginners by the same authour and wanted to read more by him because the book was... well, no-nonsense. So I bought this one. I found the two books to hold more or less the same content: a lot of parabols and examples from the author's life are given in the two books, and more or less the same Bhuddist concepts were discussed in both of them.
I still enjoyed the listen, however. This book offers a practical approach to living by Bhuddist values, and conveys it clearly and intelligibly. I really like the examples he gives of how Bhuddism affects his daily life.

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  • Daniel
  • 08-11-2019

A little gem

Consider spending the short time it takes to listen to this little gem. Light, unpretentious, direct and to the point, well balanced, with excellent, non-dogmatic illustrations of Buddhism’s main points. It fills without being filling. I’ve recommended lots of books to family and friends, but this one I’ll consider giving as a gift, because it seemed like a gift to me when I was done.

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  • mATT
  • 16-08-2019

drop it

short and to the point. great go a short trip to the city. enlightening stories throughout.

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  • Lisa D Bean
  • 04-07-2019

Everyone on the planet should read or listen to this book!s

As someone who is going through cognitive dissonance related to a religious community that I have grown up in, Noah’s calm narration and well researched philosophy has helped me immensely.

His words will help you find more meaning in your life whether you are an atheist (or anti theist), agnostic, Christian, Muslim, or any other religion. I want to share this with my spouse and grown children and their spouses. Way to go Noah!!! You nailed it, and I will never be the same.

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  • Alan Roche
  • 25-12-2016

Such a lovely book.

Purchased as an audio book, this was such a pleasure to listen to. For me personally, it's the most meaningful book on Buddhism I've come across. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Adam_Sidz
  • 25-11-2019

very interesting. worth another listen

a quick listen but some profound takeaways. some of it seemed a bit heady and might require another listen through to absorb more but a great introduction into the concepts of Buddhism from a secular standpoint - which as an atheist made it much more relatable.

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  • Merren
  • 28-09-2018

Very easy introduction to buddism

Revommend as a quick and easy introduction to buddism. Book is not too long and very 'approachable'. Narration was good.