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  • By Anna Yang
    Oct 27, 2009
    Russell Dunne/Angulimalo is not qualified to write about "peace" or the Buddhist spirit. I have seen him write some pretty despicable things on outside websites, referring to females as "whores" and "skanks," amongst other highly objectionable things. He is thin-skinned and blows up at the slightest prodding. Buying this book would be contributing to the advancement of a fraud.
  • By Russell Dunne
    Nov 20, 2007
    "Review in Buddhist Society of Victoria newsletter." My first response to Russell’s book was one that comes from my long experience as a teacher of English at both secondary and tertiary levels. I found myself itching to use a red pen to edit the sometimes over-lengthy personal commentary that frames and contains within it the important scriptures and other texts that Russell has researched and collected. Having got that off my chest, I can now freely state that I find this book a most useful “handbook” of inspirational material, material that helps to prepare the mind into letting go of the busy concerns of every-day life and to dwell contentedly within. I have not used the Recollections as meditations in themselves, as instructed in the Vimuttimagga, and set out at the beginning of each chapter, but rather as a source of inspiration into reflective practice or a stepping stone into Anapanasati. (mindfulness of breathing) Silanussati and Caganusatti (Recollections on... More > Virtue and Generosity) are the Recollections I feel most drawn to, probably because they constitute such important foundations for practice. There are two beautiful texts from the Anguttara Nikaya extolling the benefits of sila and one each from the Itivuttaka and the Majjhima Nikaya. The Caganusatti beautifully illuminate the priceless gift of the Dhamma offered us by the Sangha and the opportunities for reciprocal generosity that their material dependence offers us, the lay community. Russell’s commentary to both of these chapters is in many ways compelling and probably very useful indeed for new lay practitioners who are the audience he has in mind for his book. He writes in the first person, revealing much of himself. I enjoyed his comment on generosity where he enjoins us to “recognize and savour” our acts of generosity/ giving / renunciation, but then pulls himself up abruptly with the idea that giving can become “exquisitely selfish” it can be so enjoyable. So he sends himself back to the texts and the Recollections, where he can keep working!< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781847537232
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Russell Dunne
Published
November 12, 2010
Language
English
Pages
115
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.84 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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