About Western Lights

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Book Basics

WesternLights_Front Title: Western Lights – A Collection of Short Essays on Buddhism
Author: Andrew Furst
Genre: Meditation / Western Buddhism
ISBN: 978-0-615-67581-7
Publication Date June 2014
Price: $9.95
Publisher: Story Merchant

Western Lights is a collection of essays from the viewpoint of a western Buddhist teacher.  It speaks about eastern concepts like Karma, Hope, Attachment, and Emptiness from a personal perspective and in terms familiar to Americans. They’re grounded in subject matter familiar to Americans like Politics, Science, Psychology, Heaven, and Nature.

I hope to help the reader find a personal connection to this ancient tradition and discover what it has to say about the challenges of contemporary life.


Andy Andrew Furst – Author of the new book Western Lights, Meditation Teacher, Buddhist blogger, yogi, backup guitarist for his teenage boys and  a software guy
Social Media

Twitter – https://twitter.com/a_furst
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BMGReading


Elephant Journal – http://www.elephantjournal.com
Medium – https://medium.com/@a_furst
Personal – https://readingsangha.wordpress.com/


Ben Riggs-1579 Andrew Furst is an insightful and caring person with a unique and relevant perspective on the spiritual path that would be nothing less than a great addition to the marketplace of ideas.  – Benjamin Riggs – Featured Columnist on Elephant Journal
a44622ca8965954881778f2ea3206de0 Western Lights is one of those rare books that uniquely change the traditional discourses in sociological thought – Dr. Vonda Swartz
Steven Fulton As a Catholic, unfamiliar with the teachings of Pure Land Buddhism, I appreciated the explanations. Andy made the teachings accessible and understandable. A perfect primer! – Steven Fulton
figure1 Western Lights offers a detailed introduction to Buddhist philosophy for people familiar with western religions or who aren’t particularly religious. The author does a good job of laying out the material in a very causal way that is generally easy to understand and provides a high degree of readability – Jason Dumont

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