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#245974 - 08/21/08 07:20 AM Budda's Little Finger
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I recommend for reading the book "Budda's Little Finger" by Viktor Pelevin.

This is spiritual and esoteric in nature. I have read this book for several times.

Alexey

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#245997 - 08/21/08 11:40 AM Re: Budda's Little Finger [Re: alexey]
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Originally Posted By: alexey
the book "Budda's Little Finger" by Viktor Pelevin.


I was not able to find this on Amazon.com which usually lists everything. Does it go by a different name in English?

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#245998 - 08/21/08 11:50 AM Re: Budda's Little Finger [Re: pufferfish]
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#246000 - 08/21/08 12:05 PM Re: Budda's Little Finger [Re: alexey]
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Hi Alexey

Are you familiar with the zen story or koan of "Gutei's Finger"
& if so is the book "based" on this?

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#246002 - 08/21/08 12:15 PM Re: Budda's Little Finger [Re: ineffable]
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http://www.amazon.com/Buddhas-Little-Finger-Victor-Pelevin/dp/0141002328

Guys, this is the American title. This novel is named differently in Russia, and yes, it's been written by a Russian writer.

This book is a fiction, and it has a great plot based on esoteric philosophy and the Russian phiosophy, and although it can be called buddhist to some extent, there is not historical context to the buddhism in this book.

Alexey

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#246005 - 08/21/08 12:47 PM Re: Budda's Little Finger [Re: alexey]
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I'm not familiar with the book, but I am familiar with "Gutei's Finger", as well as some of the other koans. I have to admit it surprised me a little to come across a reference to Ch'an here, but in another sense, it's no surprise at all.

"A monk asked, 'What is the fact of my nature?' The master replied, 'Shake the tree, and the birds take to the air; startle the fish, and the water becomes muddy.'"

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