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Living as a River: Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change

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To face reality is to embrace change; to resist change is to suffer. This is the liberating insight that unfolds with Living as a River. A masterful investigation of the nature of self, this eloquent blend of current science and time-honored spiritual insight is meant to free us from the fear of impermanence in a world defined by change. An interesting, lively, and genuine ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Sounds True
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Very good. go back to it frequently
Peter Clothier
Sometimes I wonder what the New York Times bestseller list would look like if it reflected true quality of writing and the substance and value of important and challenging ideas, rather than celebrity, noisy political rhetoric, easy answers to complex questions, and of course the money that flows freely in commercial hype. I wrote a while ago about a novel, Driftless, by David Rhodes, a profound, thoughtful and beautifully-written book, broad in its sweep and understanding of humanity, which sho ...more
I was taught the 6 element practice by Bodhipaksa. I've had mystical experiences doing this meditation. The only problem is it's really only a meditation I want to do on retreat, it's too intense for me to do this meditation in regular life, my life just isn't that supportive.

I got to read some of this book when Bodhipaksa was writing, so I was very excited to get my copy in the mail.

This books is a cleanly and clearly written tour de force. I vote for it as book of the year.
Tanya Hakala
In particular, I found the last three chapters giving me a lot of food for thought.
One of the greatest books on living your life with ease, grace, and the understanding that all things will change. The eddy metaphor truly delivers and the scientific examples send home the message that we can either embrace change or fight a loosing battle with the river of life.
So you've been meditating. Focusing on the breath, mind drifting, bringing attention back to breathing. Now what? Do you want to go deeper? Here's a path. Well written, easy to understand. Bodhipaksa backs up Buddhist technique with science, and backs that up with compassion.
I'm only on the early chapters because it is not an easy read, although very readable! I am enjoying it very much, very thought provoking!
Alan Divack
Provocative critique of notions of the self drawing on the deeply embodied side of Buddhism. Enlightening!
Karen Merriam
If you are a student of contemporary Western Buddhism, this is a must read.
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I’m a Buddhist teacher and author living in New Hampshire, but originally from Scotland.

I got the Sanskrit name (which means “Wings of Enlightenment,” incidentally) when I joined the Western Buddhist Order in 1993, after 11 years of Buddhist practice. I practice at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, which is just down the road.

I run Wildmind, which has a mission to spread compassion and mindfulness through
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