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A Heart As Wide As The World

Stories on the Path of Lovingkindness
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
March, 1999
ISBN:
9781570624285
Quantity: 
1
$21.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, knows from experience that the Buddhist teachings have the power to transform our lives for the better. And she has some very good news: all the material for bringing about this transformation is to be found in the ordinary events of our everyday experiences. Her more than 25 years of teaching and practicing meditation are here distilled into a book that offers genuine aid and comfort for anyone on the spiritual path.

A life of connection and authenticity can come completely alive for us, now. We can make it our own. Discovering that our heart is indeed wide enough to embrace the whole world of experience—both pleasurable and painful—is the basis of the spiritual path, and with it comes an extraordinary freedom and happiness.

Sharon talks personally about those inevitable ups and downs of meditation practice, the cultivation of wisdom and compassion, and how to bring the benefits of meditation into our everyday lives. Her many stories of herself, friends and students on the path are well chosen for their instructive value.

As we give ourselves to the practice of mindfulness, wisdom and compassion, our habitual patterns of attachment and separation are seen for what they are: painful and unnecessary mistakes. This realization lifts the heaviness from our hearts, so that we can encounter anything without getting deeply lost in fear, anger, or clinging. We can encounter anybody without being engulfed by feelings of estrangement and separation. We can begin to live in a way that enables our hearts to include rather than exclude, to open rather than constrict, to go forward with the energy of lovingkindness rather than be held back by the illusion of separation. We can begin to live in a way that is commensurate with our own extraordinary potential—the potential of being truly awake.

Some of the themes in this wonderful guide to practice are how personal suffering can be a gateway to compassion; how meditation gives us the opportunity to live our lives more fully; how to eliminate feelings of isolation and loneliness through the practice of generosity: and how meditation practice can engender a sense of wonder leading to a powerfully intuitive and wordless understanding of the world.

 

 

Also by Sharon Salzberg:

·    Loving-Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

·    Insight Meditation Correspondence Course (with Joseph Goldstein)

Publisher’s Description: 

The Buddhist teachings have the power to transform our lives for the better, says Sharon Salzberg, and all we need to bring about this transformation can be found in the ordinary events of our everyday experiences. Salzberg distills more than twenty-five years of teaching and practicing meditation into a series of short essays, rich with anecdotes and personal revelations, that offer genuine aid and comfort for anyone on the spiritual path. Many chance moments, both small and profound, serve as the basis for Salzberg's teachings: hearing a market stall hawker calling "I have what you need!"; noting hotel guests' reactions to a midnight fire alarm; watching her teacher, Dipa Ma, bless a belligerent dog; seeing the Dalai Lama laughing uproariously at his own mistake. Each passing moment, Salzberg shows, can help us down the path toward "a seamlessness of connection and an unbounded heart."The Buddhist teachings have the power to transform our lives for the better, says Sharon Salzberg, and all we need to bring about this transformation can be found in the ordinary events of our everyday experiences. Salzberg distills more than twenty-five years of teaching and practicing meditation into a series of short essays, rich with anecdotes and personal revelations, that offer genuine aid and comfort for anyone on the spiritual path. Many chance moments, both small and profound, serve as the basis for Salzberg’s teachings: hearing a market stall hawker calling "I have what you need!"; noting hotel guests’ reactions to a midnight fire alarm; watching her teacher, Dipa Ma, bless a belligerent dog; seeing the Dalai Lama laughing uproariously at his own mistake. Each passing moment, Salzberg shows, can help us down the path toward "a seamlessness of connection and an unbounded heart."

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