I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha offers “worldlings,” “householders” and Buddhists a fun, lighthearted, yet well-researched take on misquotes from the Buddha and beyond.
Bonny’s Review 4/5 Stars
I loved this book, the premise, and the delivery. The title? Sheer perfection. I wish I’d named my book something equally apt.
The author starts gently, with humor, understanding that their readers likely need support and guidance in this whole misquoting thing. I mean, we’ve all likely shared some of these ill-attributed quotes on social media, right? The author admits they have, too.
Quickly, however, they move into the quotes themselves (arranged alphabetically), and the history behind where and how they became attached to Buddha. Not a simple process! I appreciated how the author took sometimes politically charged details, or religiously debated information, and tactfully shared the facts. They share how to spot a fake quote (there’s even a quiz!) and some ‘real’ things the Buddha supposedly said. Because, like all things long ago, it’s tough to get proper attribution and a decent translation for languages nothing like English.
What I didn’t like? The errors with formatting (in the Kindle version). They took me out of the book often, so much so I didn’t finish it in one sitting. Normally, I would have read this until the wee hours – it’s that kind of book.
I found a few parts dry, challenging, or difficult to slog through. I’ve experienced the same with some Buddhist meditations and discussions I’ve attended, too, so I can’t fault the author. Beautifully though, it doesn’t matter if you skip to a passage or quote you prefer or feel more resonance with. It works however you read the book.
Highly recommended for fans of posting social media quotes, or for those that can’t get out of their head the first quote in the book (paraphrased), “I can’t go to bed, someone on the Internet is wrong”.
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About the Reviewer
Bonny Albo is a former social worker and crisis counselor, sought-after speaker, author, consultant, workshop facilitator