Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche

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This book is an unconventional approach to Buddhist doctrine. It is brilliantly written with logical evaluation of Buddhist concepts with emphasis on suffering and "anatta" (non-self), the two pillars of Buddhist teaching. The author's ability to read the Buddhist scripture and extract what Buddha really meant is the greatest contribution. This Book is a 'must' for anyone with an open mind.
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About Shelton Ranasinghe

Shelton Ranasinghe is an author and a retired professional engineer. The exposure he acquired living in five continents over a large part of his active working life combined with his interest on human behaviors, has given him a unique and intimate understanding of putting his thoughts into writing on philosophy and science fiction, combining both these streams.

“Self A Delusion” - A good read to understand that the self could arise from deluded cognition.
“Thinking Explored” - Cleverly explain how thinking process develops from day one.
“Are We Being Fooled by our Brains” - Explore the complexity and cunning nature of the brain.
“Our Psyche and Beliefs” - Is an idea of how our brains geared to adore beliefs.
“Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche” - Refreshingly unforced and thought-provoking dissection of Buddhist doctoring.
“Our extraterrestrial Neighbors” - Readers will perceive many complex philosophical overtones beyond the Sci-fi content.
“The Phone Rang in the Middle of My Shower” - This Sci-fi explores afterlife, along many religious beliefs.
“DoooD” - Excellent Sci-fi on Artificial Intelligence.

Shelton’s email address: sr2665@gmail.com

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dan fondale reviewed on Oct. 9, 2011

Just as Albert Einstein radically reformulated the tenets of relativity and space-time through a conceptual insight in physics; very many centuries before him, Gautama Buddha reformulated the laws governing mental processes through his conceptual insight on Anatta. The Buddha analyzed the mind-body relationship by meticulous dissection of the thought process into its elements and set out clearly the way to control the behavioral propensities of these elements to attain liberation, as the core of his teaching. “Our behavioral propensities derive from the condition of our brains at childhood and that in turn leads us to become ardent protectors of our ideologies and primitive superstitious ideas” – says the author.

This book blows away the cobwebs, whittles down the padding and straightens out the kinks in understanding the core teachings of the Buddha. A one-of-a-kind book on Buddha’s exposition, it avoids the extremes of fanciful over-simplification and convoluted analysis. Supplemented by modern knowledge on how the brain and the computer work, this book covers the core issues of ‘Buddhism’ in a clear and simple presentation. An unexpected bonus is the great deal of homework already done for the reader who then needs to do only the remainder diligently and on his own so as to achieve a correct and clear understanding of the Buddha’s message and his methods. Understanding never comes cheap!

A great source of confusion in today’s world is the vast number of sermons recorded of the Buddha who tailor made them for specific audiences. An approach involving extensive study of these sermons which feature a great deal of overlap and context related implications could lead to confusion rather than clarity. The author having dwelt deeply on this problem has skillfully chosen the key sermons that are able to give a balanced and complete understanding of the core issues and taken it up from there with his own understanding and considerable background knowledge.
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