I saw this one laying on a table at the bookstore, and the belligerence of the title kind of sucked me in. I kind of expected this to be one of those “I’m more Buddha than you” holier-than-thou sorts of books, but it really wasn’t.
Mostly, the Author is just making a case that acceptance of all four Dharma Seals are necessary and sufficient for someone to call himself a Buddhist.
He doesn’t belabor the point though, and most of the book just reads pretty much like any other introductory Buddhism book for a Western audience.
It’s not the Author’s fault, but I’ve read a few too many of those, and this one felt a little redundant.
I’d really like to find some books that delve a little deeper, without reading like textbooks for a graduate program in Buddhist Studies.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Anyhow, since I only accept three of the four Dharma Seals, I disagree with the whole premise of the book. I also find the title needlessly combative, so I give What Makes You Not A Buddhist only 2 Jihadis out of 5.