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Developing Balanced Sensitivity : Practical Buddhist Exercises for Daily Life - Alexander Berzin

Developing Balanced Sensitivity

Practical Buddhist Exercises for Daily Life

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Published: 1st January 1998
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"Alexander Berzin introduces a series of techniques for overcoming insensitivity and hypersensitivity. Based on traditional Buddhist sources, they are presented in non-traditional forms suitable for workshops and private practice. The exercises deal with difficult, everyday situations and show how to access our mind's natural talents; dispel nervousness, insecurity, and low self-esteem; make decisions; deconstruct deceptive appearances; and recognize the clear light nature of the mind."

"Alex has given us a precise, thoughtful, and sophisticated book on the central question of human sensitivity. As one of Buddhism's most knowledgeable western teachers, he creatively combines analytical Buddhist psychology, trainings of the mind, intuitive heart practices, and dozens of practical techniques to nurture a life of sensitivity."--Jack Kornfield

"Berzin has pulled off the tricky feat of bringing an erudite discussion of Buddhist psychology to the here and now without falling into either psycho-babble or translationese. . . . Intellectually lucid and eminently practical."--Tricycle

Preface
Dealing Constructively with Sensitivity Issuesp. 17
Identifying Sensitivity Disordersp. 19
Generating a Feeling of Loving Compassionp. 26
Imagining Ideal Sensitivityp. 38
Affirming and Accessing Our Natural Qualitiesp. 46
Refraining from Destructive Behaviorp. 51
Combining Warmth with Understandingp. 57
Uncovering the Talents of our Mind and Heartp. 65
Shifting Focus from Mind and from Ourselves to Mental Activityp. 67
Appreciating the Clear Light Nature of Mental Activityp. 78
Accessing the Natural Talents of Our Mind and Heartp. 85
Applying the Five Types of Deep Awarenessp. 90
Dispelling Confusion About Appearancesp. 99
Validating the Appearances We Perceivep. 101
Deconstructing Deceptive Appearancesp. 112
Four Exercises for Deconstructing Deceptive Appearancesp. 120
Grasping at Mind's Natural Qualities for Securityp. 132
Relaxing Dualistic Appearances of Mind's Natural Qualitiesp. 144
Dispelling Discomfort at the Eight Transitory Things in Lifep. 159
Dissolving Disturbing Emotions into Underlying Deep Awarenessp. 172
Responding with Balanced Sensitivityp. 187
Adjusting Our Innate Mental Factorsp. 189
Unblocking Our Feelingsp. 201
Making Sensitive Decisionsp. 216
Bibliographyp. 233
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ISBN: 9781559390941
ISBN-10: 1559390948
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st January 1998
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 15.2 x 22.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1