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Be an Island: The Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace

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From the best-selling author of Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, Ayya Khema's Be an Island guides us along the path of Buddhist meditation with direct and practical advice, giving us contemplative tools to develop a healthy sense of personal being. Be an Island is at once an introduction to the teachings of Buddhism and a rich continuation of Ayya Khema's personal vision of Bu ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Wisdom Publications
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This book was more like a 4.5 for me. I enjoyed it enough and found the applications so practical and memorable that I got online and bought 2 other books of hers. She has also included a glossary at the back if you struggle with remembering what the different Buddhist terms mean.

This book deals with how to recognize how our thoughts can be the creation of the problem, how we need to be alert to these thoughts or they run rampant without our managing them and how we can let go and find that pea
Jun 04, 2011 Rochelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, probably only book one needs on the nuts and bolts of a spiritual practice. It will get you to square one, point in the right direction, though as some have said (and I agree) she is somewhat rigid in her thinking, probably a product of her discipline and the method of practice she inherited from her teacher. It is a clearly written book and an essential to the practitioner.
Dana Larose
Apr 10, 2016 Dana Larose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed all of Ayya Khema's books so far, and at the moment this one might be my favourite. I feel like it's the simplest and most relevant for Buddhist noobs. Each chapter is quite short, so it would be easy to read one before a meditation session or in the morning to set the tone for your day.

Ayya's tone and writing is plain and direct. I get the impression she must have been like a stern, no-nonsense but caring grandmother :)
Jan 31, 2015 Philosopherdog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this little book. Such succinct teachings by one of the great teachers.
It took me a while to get used to her jargon and her use of Pali rather than Sanskrit.
Mar 08, 2014 Tera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life changing!!! Love <3 Ayya Khema
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