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Awakening The Buddhist Heart: Integrating…

Awakening The Buddhist Heart: Integrating Love, Meaning, and Connection…

by Lama Surya Das

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Although the book is well-written and contains some interesting ideas, I found it to be a bit too touchy-feely for my taste. Also, some of the ideas he puts forth I simply disagree with. I particularly dislike the idea of tonglen meditation (although he says many people are at first appalled by it). The message of this book could pretty much be summed-up by "ZOMG, LOVE SOLVES EVERYTHING!" ( )
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Surya Das's breezy delivery makes his teachings come off like colorful conversation. In the third installment of his bestselling "Awakening" series, America's most popular lama shows us how to integrate inner and outer practices. Our inner spirituality, he says, can never be separate from our relationships with others. With his trademark clarity, he integrates his teachings with light- hearted anecdotes and down-to-earth practices. Basic meditation, for instance, can help us create a gap between our knee-jerk judgments and our reactions, allowing for calm, wise relations. Likewise, one can try authentic listening ("opening the third ear") or exploiting the power of speech to build deeper connections. And beyond human relations lies our connection to the natural world, for which Surya Das also includes a few lovely meditations. Taking that extra step in our practice from the self to the world requires more than just individual persistence, it takes compassion and teaches more than you'd expect. --Brian Bruya

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Introduces the principles of Buddhism and explains how to apply them to relationships with others, the world around us, and within ourselves by building more loving and satisfying connections and increasing self-awareness and sensitivity.

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