Adventures With the Buddha, a Buddhist Reader, edited by Jeffery Paine, from W.W. North, ISBN 0393059065. Many books on Buddhism will edify you, but will they entertain you? Here is a book that yields an understanding of Buddhism-not by its metaphysics or rituals but through real characters and true stories as dramatic as those in the most imaginative novel. Paine has assembled the breathtaking adventures of nine Westerners who traveled in China, Tibet, Japan, Nepal and India. They even ventured into that new Buddhist frontier, America, and chanced across Buddhism and made it an integral part of their lives.