About The Best Way to Catch a Snake – A Practical Guide to the Buddha’s Teachings, by Karma Yeshe Rabgye
Buddhism, with its stress on non-violence, the ‘middle path’ and its promise of nirvana, finds many followers. But in today’s time, it has become simply a fad for some, something to follow because their favourite celebrity is doing so. Simply wearing robes or carrying prayer beads does not make one a Buddhist; it has to be ingrained within, and should become a part of one’s daily life.
The Best Way to Catch a Snake, a three-part volume, is a beginner’s guide to Buddhism, for all those who want to start their journey towards nirvana, but don’t know how and where. It goes beyond the exotic rituals and practices that Buddhism today has become all about, and looks at the fundamental tenets, without knowing which one cannot be a true Buddhist. It elucidates the Four Seals, the Four Noble Truths, and the Four Thoughts of Buddhism in simple, jargon-free language. The author, a Buddhist monk himself, combines examples from his own experience with simple exercises to skilfully guide us through the Buddha’s teachings. An easily-relatable and valuable source of Buddhist knowledge, this book is a must for anyone drawn to the Eightfold Path of Gautama Buddha