April 22, 2007


I realized today that I didn't know anything about what Sikhs believe.

I've just started reading about them, but it seems to be an amalgam of (or perhaps reaction to is a better term) Hinduism and Islam.

I vaguely recalled buying a book on the Sikhs a while back (I bought it after seeing an exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History; while I couldn't find it, I did find a half dozen books on Buddhism I've acquired over the years, none of which I've actually read.

That's too bad, and something I'll have to rectify. I am definitely not a Buddhist, but I often find that many (though definitely not all, including some important ones) of my attitudes are quite consistent with the tenets of Buddhism.

Posted by Ideofact at April 22, 2007 11:32 PM

I recommend "Awakening the Buddha Within" by Lama Surya Das. It was one of the first books I read, and it's really attuned to the western way of life and easy to read.

Posted by: Alexandra at April 24, 2007 09:35 AM

Oh, and thanks for the link to the Sikh page. I was only vaguely aware that I liked their philosophy, but was never really clear why (aside from the Sikh graduate student I had a tiny crush on many years ago.)

Posted by: Alexandra at April 24, 2007 09:38 AM

Thanks for the recommendation--I don't have it, but I'll see if I can get it from Amazon,

Posted by: Bill at April 26, 2007 11:59 PM