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In The Lap Of The Buddha - Gavin Harrison

In The Lap Of The Buddha

Paperback Published: 16th August 1994
ISBN: 9780877739951
Number Of Pages: 304

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In this book a teacher of insight meditation offers personal testament, healing words, and wise instruction to help meet the suffering that comes with catastrophic life events. Speaking openly about his own struggles with memories of childhood sexual abuse and with the HIV diagnosis he received in 1989, Gavin Harrison reveals how compassion offers refuge and help for all who suffer from similar crises of body, heart, and spirit. Among the topics covered are:
- Dealing with fear, anger, and self-hatred
- Working with difficult relationships
- Confronting physical pain and the fear of death
- Transforming the legacy of sexual abuse
- The question of karma and "Why me?"
- Grappling with issues of faith, freedom, hope, and miracles
- Basic insight meditation instructions, plus guided meditations for forgiveness, compassion, and equanimity

Industry Reviews

"A profoundly hopeful book that teaches people how to cope not only with the trauma of abuse and the onslaught of disease, but also with the tribulations of daily life. It is a book about becoming more aware and compassionate toward ourselves and our loved ones."--Natural Health

"The heartfelt prose rings true, as do the parallels between the lives of contemporary Americans and the life of Siddartha Gautauma; and Harrision's life itself, here documented, convincingly makes the case that Buddhist meditation practices are not a path away from life but rather a road into and through it."--Publishers Weekly

"Courageous and articulate . . . a powerful presentation by an effective writer who uses Buddhist teaching and meditative practice to effect a triumph of the human spirit."--Library Journal

"I read many books by people transformed by suffering. In the Lap of the Buddha rises above other books with its wisdom and beauty. Let it guide you and teach you to live."--Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles

"With penetrating mindfulness, Gavin Harrison uncovers the roots of suffering and the path to wholeness. The healing he seeks, though stimulated by fearsome childhood abuse and an HIV diagnosis, is in truth the healing we all seek."--Stephen Levine, author of Healing into Life and Death

"This wonderfully wise and warm book brings the timeless teachings of the Buddha to life, reminding us that every challenge, every trial, is grist for the mill of awakening to the compassionate heart of our own true nature. The authenticity and deep humanity of Gavin Harrison shine out from every page of this book. It is truly a jewel."--Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

Approaching Sufferingp. 1
An Almost Perfect Dreamp. 3
Beyond the Wallsp. 8
The Spiritual Journeyp. 13
Opening to Sufferingp. 19
Suffering and Compassionp. 21
The Way of Insight Meditationp. 28
Instructions for Insight Meditationp. 34
Our Personal Drama and Beyondp. 48
Aspects of Meditationp. 51
Beyond the Grip of Fearp. 53
Working with Painp. 68
Face to Face with Mortalityp. 81
Fear of Deathp. 91
Working with Angerp. 94
Self-Hatred and Self-Lovep. 109
Transforming the Legacy of Abusep. 119
Meditations of the Heartp. 139
The Divine Abodesp. 141
Lovingkindnessp. 145
Compassionp. 147
Sympathetic Joyp. 148
Equanimityp. 149
Forgivenessp. 151
Questioningp. 167
Faith, Doubt, and Self-Acceptancep. 169
Karma: "Why Me?"p. 184
Living with Lovep. 203
A Healthy Foundation for Meditationp. 205
Generosity and Selflessnessp. 207
Introducing the Preceptsp. 218
The First Precept: Refrain from Harmingp. 222
The Second Precept: Refrain from Stealingp. 226
The Third Precept: Refrain from False Speechp. 229
The Fourth Precept: Refrain from Sexual Misconductp. 238
The Fifth Precept: Refrain from Needless Use of Intoxicantsp. 244
Family and Communityp. 247
Dancing with Life and Deathp. 257
Notesp. 269
Suggested Readingp. 273
Meditation Center Informationp. 277
Acknowledgments and Creditsp. 281
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780877739951
ISBN-10: 0877739951
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 16th August 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1