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Living as A River : Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change - Bodhipaksa

Living as A River

Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change

Paperback Published: 28th September 2010
ISBN: 9781591799108
Number Of Pages: 400

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To face reality is to embrace change; to resist change is to suffer. This is the liberating insight that unfolds withLiving 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 genuinely illuminating teaching of dharma."
-Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

"At a time when it's increasingly challenging to find clear and honest direction on the spiritual path,Living as a River offers contemporary insight into an ancient practice and wise counsel we can trust. This book is both beautifully written and useful to all serious seekers."
-Mariana Caplan, PhD, author of Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path andHalfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment

The primary vehicle for this journey is Buddhism's traditional Six Element Practice, a deconstructive process of deep reflection that helps us let go of the belief in a separate, static self-the root of unhappiness. Bodhipaksa takes readers through a systematic yet poetic analysis of the self that supports the realization of:

  • A sense of spaciousness and expansiveness that transcends the limitations of the physical body
  • Profound gratitude, awe, and a feeling of belonging as we witness the extent of our connectedness with the universe
  • Freedom from the psychological burden caused by clinging to a false identity
  • The relaxed experience of "consciousness, pure and bright"

Engrossing and incisive, Living as a River is at once an empowering guide and a meditative practice we can turn to again and again to overcome our fear of change and align joyfully with the natural unfolding of creation.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Fear and Clinging in the River of Lifep. xi
The Self I Don't Believe Inp. 1
An Encounter in the Workshopp. 25
Self Is a Verbp. 39
On Reflectionp. 51
The Body as Miragep. 63
Trapped in the Elementsp. 85
The Communal Selfp. 93
The Earth Elementp. 105
The Water Elementp. 123
The Fire Elementp. 141
The Air Elementp. 165
The Space Elementp. 193
The Consciousness Elementp. 229
Stepping into the Streamp. 273
The Self Beyond Measurep. 291
Notesp. 309
Reader'sp. 327
Indexp. 331
About the Authorp. 339
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ISBN: 9781591799108
ISBN-10: 1591799104
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 28th September 2010
Publisher: Sounds True Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.46