A thought-provoking collection of the most notable, enjoyable, and insightful Buddhism-inspired literature published in the last year. The Best Buddhist Writing 2008 includes:
•Short meditative practices for peace from Thich Nhat Hanh •Sylvia Boorstein on how equanimity supports kindness •Kate Wheeler on meditating in a cave in India •Norman Fischer on how all language isA thought-provoking collection of the most notable, enjoyable, and insightful Buddhism-inspired literature published in the last year. The Best Buddhist Writing 2008 includes:
• Short meditative practices for peace from Thich Nhat Hanh • Sylvia Boorstein on how equanimity supports kindness • Kate Wheeler on meditating in a cave in India • Norman Fischer on how all language is a form of prayer • Aidan Delgado on being a Buddhist conscientious objector in Iraq • “Dharma punk” Noah Levine on learning how to forgive • Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche on cultivating compassion through training the mind • The Dalai Lama on the mythical “self” • Sister Chan Khong’s memoir of campaigning for peace and social justice during the Vietnam War era alongside her teacher Thich Nhat Hanh • Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet, on the importance of a “beginner’s mind” • Pema Chödrön on choosing peace rather than conflict • Bhikkhu Bodhi, Darlene Cohen, Shinzen Young, and Reginald Ray on the valuable lessons of pain • “Prince of the Ascetics,” a short story by Charles Johnson • Natalie Goldberg on koan practice • And much more...more
A great variety of essays in the buddhist tradition. I especially enjoyed three of these essays: one about a complex relationship the author had with his ex wife; one written by a health care worker about the impermanence of the body; and one that included snippets from several authors on the topic of suffering. Very insightful and well written.
Wonderful compilation of short, well-written essays on everything from working with the negative emotions to why meditation is useless. This was a nice overview of what the premier thinkers in all traditions of modern Buddhism are up to.
Great collection of Buddhist writing. Essays that can be read and re-read. I got so much out of this book that I needed right now. Great! And I am thinking about adding it to my personal library to always have it on hand.