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Gods Drink Whiskey Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha

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ISBN-10: 0060723955

ISBN-13: 9780060723958

Edition: 2005

Authors: Stephen T. Asma

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A sometimes funny, always thoughtful, action-packed spiritual travelogue through Southeast Asia where the oldest form of Buddhism is slowly emerging from its post-Khmer Rouge oppression. The Gods Drink Whiskey is about a relatively unexplored part of Buddhism--the Theravada Buddhist tradition (considered the oldest and purest form of Buddhism, which focuses on the historical Buddha) as it is manifested in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, etc.). An accomplished teacher, Asma tells wonderful, exciting stories about his time in Southeast Asia teaching Buddhist philosophy in Phnom Penh years after that area (and its religion) was decimated in the early 70s by the…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/24/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Stephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, where he holds the title of Distinguished Scholar.

A preface on pop-Buddhists and academics
Introduction : getting my hands dirty
The ring of Gyges : living in Cambodia with impunity and hedonism
Reason for the few, magic for the many? : monkey gods and penis worship
"My God can beat up your God" : missionaries
"Britney Spears? : never heard of her" : the virtues of being uncool
Karma and the killing fields
Seeing a man get shot to death
Lessons to bring home : transcendental everydayness