"Religious teachings can often be daunting and boring, especially when they are formulated in lists and categories;... What originally may feel like an odd tangle of advice and exhortations is in reality a connected and coherent path to freedom. I appreciate how this book helps to clarify the nature of the Buddha s teachings as an integrated whole."
"Every journey begins with a map: sketched in the sand, conjured in the mind, flowering in one s imagination or detailed in a book. The more accurate the map the more likely one will reach the goal. So too with a journey of enlightenment on the middle way of the Buddha.... Take a look at this map, study the terrain and take the journey of awakening."
"Paul Gerhards s new book, Mapping the Dharma: A Concise Guide to the Middle Way of the Buddha, is a deep and lasting contribution to, and recording of, Buddhism s ongoing journey to the West. Clear and legible, Mapping the Dharma is a condensation of years of study, meditation, and synthesis. Gerhards has taken the many interwoven threads of the Dharma, the Buddhist teachings, and rendered them as graceful and easy-to read diagrams, definitions and lists. Lest this sound dry, the book is actually a lively and invaluable roadmap of Buddhist concepts, an atlas of the way to awakening. The terrain will be familiar to anyone who is familiar with the landmarks of the Buddha s teachings: the various lists, beginning with the Triple Gem, the Three Characteristics of Existence, the Four Noble Truths of suffering and the end of suffering, the Five Precepts, which are the foundation of ethical conduct, and so on. Gerhards's achievement is to chart and cross-reference the strands of the Dharma, enabling Buddhist practitioners at any level, from any tradition, to discern patterns and relationships between different facets of the teachings."Mapping The Dharma: A Concise Guide To The Middle Way Of The Buddha, Paul Gerhards, Paperback, 114 pp., $15.95