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In the Face of Fear: Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times

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Most of us have never experienced such deep anxiety and uncertainty in the world as we are in these current times; this anthology of Buddhist teachings offers an antidote. While we can’t control the home foreclosures, job losses, dwindling savings, and the other myriad challenges facing our society, Buddhism teaches us that there is one thing we can always control: our own ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Shambhala (first published 2009)
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Karl W.
Oct 11, 2009 Karl W. rated it really liked it
Recommended to Karl by: Goodreads giveaway
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I received this engaging anthology of contemporary Buddhist writing as a Goodreads giveaway. I felt fortunate to be a winner (I’m one of those who rarely wins anything), and even more fortunate as I began reading and realized what I had won. This is an entertaining, enlightening, and useful book.

But before I begin digging into the book, let me offer a quick word of perspective. I am not a Buddhist, at least in the capital-B sense. I am a Christian, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latte
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Roben
Dec 31, 2012 Roben rated it it was amazing
The essays contained in this collection of Buddhist writings bring peace and aliveness. I will keep it close for regular inspiration.
Marvin
Oct 05, 2009 Marvin rated it really liked it
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When people ask me what religion I am, I'm usually at a loss for words.I do not believe in God, at least not a sentient one, so most people think I am an atheist or an agnostic. But that doesn't fit either. Although I do not believe in God, I believe that mystery we call Being is meshed with everything around us. I believe there is a spirituality in nature and people that is measurable and observable. (I was pleasantly surprised to hear Sam Harris say something similar in his book End of Faith a ...more
Kathleen
Oct 05, 2009 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
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A very timely book for these very difficult times, In the Face of Fear is a collection of writings by renown Buddhist teachers and leaders. What this anthology seeks to do is bring together teachings from Buddhist practices and philosophy so readers can take away and apply them to his or her own life during times of stress and fear. Whether it's job loss, money problems, or worries about things we can't control, the writers introduce simple meditation methods and the Buddhist way of seeing the w ...more
Joy
Nov 18, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants some tools for reframing and handling stress.
Recommended to Joy by: Nancy
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Absolutely LOVED this book.

I will defintely read this book again. There is so much wisdom in many of these essays. While there are some essays that are a bit philosophical and need a bit more concentration, most of them are very practical in their approach to handling difficult/stressful/heartbreaking times. There are recommendations for meditation, koans that really do bear more thought and ways to reframe one's thoughts so as to handle difficult things with a more internal sense of stability
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Tony
Oct 31, 2009 Tony rated it liked it
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In the Face of Fear is a collections of essays from leading Buddhist teachers and writers. As a non-Buddhist, I appreciated the insight into Buddhist thought and interpretaion of events that shape our lives. It offers a different perspective on everything from stress (money, family, health related and more), ego, confidence and turning a perceived bad situation into an opportunity. However, not being a practicing Buddhist, I think I also lacked some of deeper meaning of the teachings in the ...more
Todd
Jun 16, 2011 Todd rated it really liked it
I realize that this may not be the most helpful review, but I have read a lot of Buddhist literature (magazine and books alike) and I have reached a point where I no longer see a great deal of variance in these kinds of collections. The book includes the usual teachers like the Dalai Lama, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, etc. My problem with the book is that it doesn't actually address fear directly, but instead includes basic essays about living in the present moment, letting go of attachment, ...more
Roxann
Jan 10, 2010 Roxann rated it really liked it
I won this book in the Goodreads give away. I read this book slowly--generally one or two chapters at a time. It took me awhile to read it. After each chapter the reader will need to reflect on the content. I found this to be good book to read. It's quit inspirational. Some of the sections gave me ideas on how to try to handle things in my life. Other sections I found a little difficult to understand or at least I did not find them applicable to my life. I would recommend this book to anyone ...more
Karen
Nov 16, 2009 Karen rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads give away and am glad that I read it. This book offers perspective in dealing with difficult or challenging times. I am not a Buddhist, nor have I had much introduction to buddhist philosophy and, at times, felt like I was lacking important background knowledge when reading this book. Some of the essays were very powerful and introduced me to ideals and values that I would like to implement in my own life. I recommend this book to those going through a difficult ...more
Micah McCarty
Mar 21, 2012 Micah McCarty rated it liked it
This was good. I'm currently interested in Buddhism and the wisdom they have discovered through focusing your mind and your life on simplicity, being present, letting go, forgiveness, and the transiency of life. This was a collection of writings from various Buddhist writers. So obviously, some were great and some were not. I got a little bored towards the end and found myself skimming the last few essays but overall I took some good bits of wisdom away.
Jen
Sep 10, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
I was excited to learn that I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. While I'm not Buddhist, I enjoyed reading about Buddhist philosophies and practices. Some of the sections of this book resonated with me more than others, but all of the sections were applicable to life in these quickly changing and difficult times.
Jennafhur
Nov 26, 2009 Jennafhur rated it really liked it
This isn't the kind of book you can just read in one sitting, you want to reflect on each chapter after you read it. It's very inspirational and informative and I highly recommend it to anyone searching for peace in tough times regardless of their beliefs.
Jonna Higgins-Freese
Jul 08, 2014 Jonna Higgins-Freese rated it really liked it
The collection was uneven, but some of it, especially Norman Fischer, Ezra Bayda, and Sharon Salzberg, were especially helpful. It goes without saying that Pema Chodron's essays were also a highlight.
Alexis
Jun 23, 2013 Alexis rated it liked it
Really a helpful anthology, although I thought some of the entries would suggest a skill or technique without adequately explaining it. But I'm sure I'll be returning to this book again.
Sarah
Sep 16, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Nice way to sample the writing of some teachers I don't know, as well as enjoy more of those I already do!
Beth
Dec 18, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it
I borrowed this from the public library and ended up enjoying what I had read so far that I bought it.
Todd Mayville
Oct 29, 2009 Todd Mayville rated it really liked it
My full review is here on Elephant Journal: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/1...
Joshua
Jan 30, 2010 Joshua rated it liked it
just won it in a giveaway. it hasn't arrived yet but i CAN'T WAIT to read it. it seems like it will be a great book.
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