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A Fierce Heart

A Fierce Heart by Spring Washam
Nov 07, 2017 | 177 Pages
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Washam, cofounder of Oakland, Calif.’s East Bay Meditation Center, blends personal stories with Buddhist wisdom and a range of other traditions (particularly shamanism) in this forceful invitation to personal transformation. “Cultivating a fierce heartis about learning to embrace it all, even the most painful aspects of our lives,” the author writes, and chapters explore such aspects of the spiritual path as leaving the prison of the mind, accepting impermanence, and learning forgiveness. Throughout, Washam shares her struggles to find inner peace and feel compassion for others. Her personal difficulties included growing up biracial in a troubled family, leaving home at age 15, and suffering and witnessing violence before discovering Buddhist meditation. Washam brings energy and passion to the often-staid genre of writing by contemporary American Buddhist teachers. Given the intensity of Washam’s sometimes-extreme spiritual experiences (she often goes on solitary retreats, which she recommends), a few guidelines about when to seek help from expert teachers or mental health professionals would have been helpful for readers. Despite this, Washam brings considerable gifts for conveying her vision of personal change and offers vivid, inspiring testimony to the power of Buddhism (and other wisdom traditions) to help heal suffering. (Nov.)
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A Fierce Heart is a book whose time is an eternal now: sacred help, made beautifully accessible, by the wild and determined spirit of a no-nonsense female teacher, a bodhisattva, brown as Earth, real as Oxygen.” – Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

Table Of Contents

Table of Contents

1. The Lotus that Blooms in the Mud

2. The Great Call

3. Buddha Nature

4. Buddha: The Doctor and the Four Noble Truths

5. School of life

6. Buddha Nature: The Jewel in the Lotus

7. The Time is Now

8. Death & Rebirth

9. The Underworld

10. The Great Chief of Compassion

11. Hello/ Goodbye

12. Acceptance & Surrender

13. Riding the Rollercoaster

14. Facing Our Fear

15. Forgiveness

16. Love is the Answer

17. Interconnectedness

18. The Body

19. Cleanse and Detox

20. Blessed Community

21. Taking Refuge

22. Heart of a Warrior

23. Heart Facts

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