How to Walk
Paperback ISBN: 1937006921
How to Walk is the fourth title in Parallax’s popular Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Slow, concentrated walking while focusing on in- and out-breaths allows for a unique opportunity to be in the present. There is no need to arrive somewhereeach step is the arrival to concentration, joy, insight, and the momentary enlightenment of aliveness. When your foot touches the Earth with awareness, you make yourself alive and the Earth real, and you forget for one minute the searching, rushing, and longing that rob our daily lives of awareness and cause us to sleepwalk
Aging As a Spiritual Practice
A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser
Hardcover ISBN: 1592406904
The bestselling author of Work as a Spiritual Practice presents a new vision of the aging process, awakening a spirit of fulfillment and transformation. Everything changes. For Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Lewis Richmond, this fundamental Buddhist tenet is the basis for a new inner road map that emerges in the later years, charting an understanding that can bring new possibilities, fresh beginnings, and a wealth of appreciation and gratitude for the life journey itself. In Aging as a Spiritual Practice, Richmond acknowledges the fear, anger, and sorrow many people experience when they must confront the indignities of their aging bodies and the unknowns associated with mortality. This wise, compassionate book guides readers through the four key stages of aging- such as "Lightning Strikes" (the moment we wake up to our aging)-as well as the processes of adapting to change, letting go of who we were, embracing who we are, and appreciating our unique life chapters. Unlike many philosophical works on aging, however, this one incorporates illuminating facts from scientific researchers, doctors, and psychologists, as well as contemplative practices and guided meditations on aging's various challenges and rewards. The tandem of maintaining a healthy body and healthy relationships, infused with an active spiritual life, is explored in rejuvenating detail. Breath by breath, moment by moment, Richmond's teachings inspire limitless opportunities for a joy that transcends age.
The Sacred Path of the Warrior
Paperback ISBN: 1611806925
The classic guide to enlightened living that first presented the Buddhist path of the warrior to Western readers—with a new foreword and cover presentation. This timeless classic presents a vision of basic human wisdom that synchronizes the mind and body—what Chögyam Trungpa called the sacred path of the warrior. This discipline embodies characteristics that many cultures, regions, and spiritual traditions throughout time have found valuable. The sacred warrior conquers the world not through violence or aggression but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge, discovering the basic goodness of human life and radiating that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others. That’s what the Shambhala teachings are all about, and this is the book that has been presenting them to a wide and appreciative audience for more than thirty years. This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series. The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.
All the Rage
Buddhist Wisdom on Anger and Acceptance
Paperback ISBN: 1611801710
Leading psychologists and meditation teachers explain how mindfulness can help us work with our anger--and ultimately transform it into compassion. Anger. For all of us, it's a familiar feeling--jaw clenching, face flushing, hands shaking. We feel it for rational and irrational reasons, on a personal and on a global level. If we know how to handle our anger skillfully, it is an effective tool for helping us recognize that a situation needs to change and for providing the energy to create that change. Yet more often anger is destructive--and in its grip we hurt ourselves and those around us. In recent years scientists have discovered that mindfulness practice can reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance our sense of well-being. It also offers us a way of dealing with strong emotions, like anger. This anthology offers a Buddhist perspective on how we can better work with anger and ultimately transform it into compassion, with insight and practices from a variety of contributors, including: • Thich Nhat Hanh on how anger grows in us because we feed it through certain habits • Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on while there is always something to complain about, blaming others will never bring about peace or happiness • Sylvia Boorstein on how there are no human enemies, only confused people needing help. • Pema Chödrön on how when something goes wrong and we want to blame someone or someone else, we could instead take responsibility for our own tendency to blame. • Tara Bennett-Goleman on how the first step in dealing with our anger is to compassionately accept ourselves and how we're feeling • Pat Enkyo O'Hara on how there will always be a potential energy within us. How we use this energy is the key to how we affect our own life and the lives of others • Jules Shuzen Harris on how meditation practice can help us find some space between what triggers our anger and our reaction • Christina Feldman on how it is difficult to release our anger, yet it's a much greater hardship to hold on to it • Mark Epstein on moving beyond doer and done to • Ezra Bayda on how there is no solid "self"--there is no "self" forgiving another "self." Waking from this illusion, we step into the universal heart, the essential fact of our basic connectedness. We discover that forgiveness is our true nature. • Judith Toy on her struggle to make sense of the murder of three family members and how she found Zen and forgiveness along the way • Stan Goldberg on how life doesn't last forever. If we've done something to hurt others or if others have hurt us, now is the time to ask for forgiveness.
The Mind of Mahamudra
Advice from the Kagyu Masters
Paperback ISBN: 1614291950
The Mind of Mahamudra is the third volume in the Tibetan Classics series, which aims to make available accessible paperback editions of key Tibetan Buddhist works drawn from Wisdom Publications'Library of Tibetan Classics. Enjoy six key texts on the cornerstone meditation practice of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by some of its most celebrated forebearers. The Mind of Mahamudra highlights mahamudra, the central meditation practice of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. The six texts range in date from the twelfth to the seventeenth century and include such celebrated authors as Lama Shang and the Third Karmapa. Mahamudra is essentially a simple, direct method for looking beyond our thoughts to the very nature of conscious experience.Mahamudra literally means "the great seal" and masters of this tradition have explained it to mean that everything is sealed with buddhahood, and there is no liberation to be attained other than what is already present. Mahamudra, it is said, is not attained not because it is too difficult, but because it is too easy; not because it is too far, but because it is too close; and not because it is hidden but because it is too evident. Because of its universality and directness, mahamudra meditation is particularly suited to the modern West. Eminent scholar Peter Alan Roberts draws on his thirty-plus years of experience of translating for Tibetan lamas to illuminate these benchmark translations.
The Five Invitations
Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully: Reading Group Guide Edition
Paperback ISBN: 1250076749
Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most. Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. As a renowned teacher of compassionate caregiving and the cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. In The Five Invitations, he distills the lessons gleaned over the course of his career, offering an evocative and stirring guide that points to a radical path to transformation. The Five Invitations: -Don’t Wait -Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing -Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience -Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things -Cultivate Don’t Know Mind These Five Invitations show us how to wake up fully to our lives. They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis; they guide us toward appreciating life’s preciousness. Awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret. The Five Invitations is a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us.
The Bodhisattva Guide
A Commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva
Paperback ISBN: 1611805805
"The Dalai Lama's indispensable commentary on a beloved Tibetan Buddhist text--now in the Shambhala Pocket Library series. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is considered to be a living embodiment of the spiritual ideal. Here His Holiness presents a detailed manual of practical philosophy based on the best-known text of Mahayana Buddhism, The Way of the Bodhisattva. That text has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries. With the Dalai Lama's extraordinary insight into the human condition and what it means to be a responsible and caring person, this book will appeal to both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. The importance of the commentary offered here and its wide-reaching appeal makes this a worthy inclusion for the Shambhala Pocket Library series. In this book, the Dalai Lama explains the bodhisattva path and how compassion is the guiding principle of the bodhisattva--a person who vows to attain enlightenment in order to liberate all sentient beings fromsuffering and confusion. To this end, he or she renounces hatred, craving, and self-absorption and dedicates his or her life to protecting the welfare of others. The Dalai Lama explains and amplifies the text verse by verse, showing how anyone can develop a truly "good heart.""--
The Jeweled Path
The Biography of the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization
Paperback ISBN: 1611804353
An intimate account of the development of a spiritual tradition and a biography of its creators--told by one of the Diamond Approach cofounders. Since 1976, A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson have guided the inner work of individuals and groups in the Ridhwan School, which has branches in California, Colorado, and Europe. Their teachings, known as the Diamond Approach, originated from their own experiences of personal transformation, as well as those of their students. Their work has been influenced by the Gurdjieff Work, Sufism, Buddhism, and various forms of Vedic teachings, as well as by depth psychology and scientific inquiry. The Jeweled Path presents the story of how a modern spiritual path emerged as told by one of the founders, Karen Johnson. She depicts the personal experiences that birthed the teaching and furthered its development. Told with humor and intimacy, these profound awakenings amidst the details of ordinary life become the building blocks of a remarkable new approach to human nature and our understanding of reality.
Wherever You Go, There You Are
Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Paperback ISBN: 0786880708
Featured on the PBS series, Healing and the Mind, with Bill Moyers, a best-seller explains the principles of mindfulness--a Buddhist method of achieving fulfillment and inner peace--through a blend of anecdotes, instructions, and meditations. Reprint. Tour.
Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree
The Buddha's Teaching on Voidness
Paperback ISBN: 1614291527
Clear and simple teachings on voidness and living an ethical life. In Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu presents in simple language the philosophy of voidness, or sunnata, that lies at the heart of the Buddhism. By carefully tying voidness to ethical discipline, Buddhadasa provides us clear and open grounds to reflect on the place of the philosophy in our lives. With his ecumenical, stimulating, and enthusiastically engaged approach to reading the Buddha's teaching in full flourish, Ajahn Buddhadasa transforms the jungle of philosophy into a glade as inviting as the one in which he famously taught.