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Here is a thoughtful review of the book, BTW, by one of the secular Buddhist folk. Still waiting on my copy:
I was deceived for a long while that euphoria was worth chasing and was the goal. That way lies addiction. Which someone once described as "samsara within samsara." Truth.
Practice observation for the day...
Best ex-president in American history, I aver.
For those interested in taking refuge and the precepts in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, here is the Vandana book of Bhante Gunaratana's Bhavana Society in West Virginia. The request for refuges and the precepts starts page 43 in both English and Pali: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/vandana.pdf