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The Chocolate Cake Sutra: Ingredients for a Sweet Life (edition 2007)

by Geri Larkin

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Member:Trismegistus
Title:The Chocolate Cake Sutra: Ingredients for a Sweet Life
Authors:Geri Larkin
Info:HarperOne (2007), Hardcover, 208 pages
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The Chocolate Cake Sutra: Ingredients for a Sweet Life by Geri Larkin

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Bubbly, fluffy Buddhist books tend to disagree with me. Even though Lama Surya Das and Brad Warner are talking about the same concepts, I'll take Warner's presentation any day of the week. So it's surprising that The Chocolate Cake Sutra has become one of my favorite modern books on the dharma, because Larkin is so exuberant in her descriptions of learning to recognize all the joy in the world that goes overlooked and it would have been so easy for her to merely turn out platitude after platitude. But Larkin writes about how Buddhism actually transforms practitioners, instead of selling it as some fantasy silver bullet that "guarantees" that they'll never have to experience sadness, jealousy, or irritation again. Rather, Larkin demonstrates how Buddhist practice transforms how we relate to these emotions when they arise, and how that in turn is the real key to living a more skillful life. While some of her anecdotes may come off as precious or slightly obnoxious to readers, I think this has more to do with the fact that she's writing about quintessential "you had to be there" situations in these cases, which are by definition impossible to convey properly to people who weren't there. But even with these moments, this is by far one of the better modern books on dharma out there. Do yourself a favor and give it a read.
  Trismegistus | Jan 4, 2013 |
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Chock full of moving and enlightening stories, The Chocolate Cake Sutra will help you let go of perfectionism and celebrate the sacred nature of the life you already have.

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