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A work to encourage and inspire, this book offers anecdotes and stories grounded in the everyday and drawn from the author's 25-years' experience of teaching and practising Buddhist meditation.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 30th 1999 by Shambhala Publications (first published 1997)
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Mckinley
Feb 13, 2015 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Short essays she makes about her world and experiences in a Buddhist framework.
Bruce
Reading this is a very mixed experience for me. I hate the writing. I find it quite banal, quotidian, and served up in toilet reading 1-2 page chapters. The reading experience is very aggravating. And yet after reading it for a bit later I find myself in a lovely post meditation state of being. Maybe it was the book, maybe not. But since one can find more interesting writing that also uplifts, why bother with this? Good for non compulsive readers, perhaps.
Jesse Passler
Jun 11, 2014 Jesse Passler rated it did not like it
Was unable to finish - have not been the biggest fan of the two works I've read of Sharon Salzberg. She seems to talk a lot about herself and never arrive at any real point.
Lynda
Nov 07, 2009 Lynda rated it it was amazing
I love this book and reread it periodically. I have it on my nightstand. I felt the need to revisit it's pages after losing my nephew and my high school friend. It was time for introspection and centering again. I recommend it to anyone open to Eastern thought.
Gemma Williams
May 06, 2008 Gemma Williams rated it really liked it
This lovely collection of reflections by Sharon Salzberg covers many aspects of the Buddhist path which special but not exclusive reference to metta.The pieces are concise,warm and wise. Perfect retreat reading.
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As always, Sharon Salzberg provides us with grist for the mill. If you're interested in Buddhist meditation, you'd be hard pressed to find a better guide.
Jill
Aug 11, 2009 Jill rated it it was amazing
I just attended a meditation retreat with Sharon Salzburg, this book captures that retreat.

Lovingkindness towards every living being, including ourselves.
Karen Rose Ginman
Mar 15, 2011 Karen Rose Ginman rated it it was amazing
Another amazing Jew who is a Buddhist! Seriously amazing.
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Good book, easy to read, helpful on the path.
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One of America’s leading spiritual teachers and authors, Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work.
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