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Feeding Your Demons

Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict
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Hardcover Book
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Little, Brown
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April, 2008
ISBN:
9780316013130
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$35.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

 Tsultrim Allione brings an 11th-century Tibetan woman’s practice (chöd) to the West with Feeding Your Demons, an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions and self-defeating patterns. Allione—one of only a few female Tibetan Buddhist teachers in the West—bridges this ancient practice with today’s Western psyche. She explains that if we fight our demons, they only grow stronger. But if we feed them, nurture them, we can free ourselves from the battle.

Through her decades of work with students and her passionate desire to make the teachings available to Westerners, Tsultrim has created a set of practices to confront our demons. The demons we encounter here are not the flame-shrouded, gore-dripping figures from thangka paintings: they are the all-too-familiar energies of our everyday life—fear, addiction, self-hatred, illness, anger, jealousy, depression, perfectionism—the tendencies or patterns that trip us up and drag us down.

In her down-to-earth way, Allione explains and elaborates on each of the five steps of this method, which carries echoes of Gestalt therapy and other healing ways, but it goes further. We identify, then visualize, then dialogue with, and then become the demon, telling ourselves what we, the demon, want. Our body dissolves into nectar which we feed to the demon. When satisfied, demon becomes ally!  Now we ask the ally: How will you help me? How can I access you when I need you? Finally, we and the ally dissolve into each other, and we rest.

Illuminating examples of people she has worked with also show possible content and permutations of chöd practice.

Tsultrim Allione has performed a remarkable feat of cultural translation… With exquisite detail and accuracy she shows us how we can transform the energy of addiction, shame, illness, anxiety, fear, and anger into the energy of liberation. —from the foreword by Jack Kornfield

A book that Carl Jung could only have dreamed of writing… She takes the most profound insights and renders them simply and straightforwardly without compromising them. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, a gift to all who read it.” —Mark Epstein, author of Psychotherapy without the Self

Tsultrim Allione was one of the first Western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. Director of Tara Mandala, a retreat center in
Colorado
and the author of Women of Wisdom, she also offers a 2-CD set called Cutting through Fear.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Tsultrim Allione brings an eleventh-century Tibetan woman's practice to the West for the first time with FEEDING YOUR DEMONS, an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illness, and self-defeating patterns. Allione-one of only a few female Buddhist leaders in this country and comparable in American religious life to Pema Chodron-bridges this ancient Eastern practice with today's Western psyche. She explains that if we fight our demons, they only grow stronger. But if we feed them, nurture them, we can free ourselves from the battle. Through the clearly articulated practice outlined in FEEDING YOUR DEMONS, we can learn to overcome any obstacle and achieve freedom and inner peace.One of the few female Buddhist leaders in this country brings an 11th-century Tibetan womans practice to the West for the first time - an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illness, and self-defeating patterns. Connecting this ancient Eastern practice with todays Western psyche, Tsultrim Allione explains that if we fight our demons they only grow stronger. But if we feed them, nurture them, we can free ourselves from the struggle against them. 256 pp.

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