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May 17, 2022
| ISBN 9781611809978
May 17, 2022
| ISBN 9780834844209
May 17, 2022 | ISBN 9781611809978
May 17, 2022 | ISBN 9780834844209
Learn to face, participate in, and ultimately love all aspects of your experience with this fresh and accessible guide to Zen practice. The practice of Zen Buddhism can transform your life in the direction of less suffering and greater vitality in this very moment. The Path of Aliveness presents a fresh Buddhist path of rigorous exploration of experience at the sensory, emotional, and cognitive levels. Christian Dillo offers four tenets as guideposts for this exploration. It is possible, he writes, to: • Cultivate a path of transformation. • Liberate ourselves from unnecessary suffering. • Live in accord with how things actually exist. • Work for the benefit of all beings. Dillo revisits classic Buddhist teachings such as the Four Noble Truths and the foundations of mindfulness meditation, reconstructing them as forms of embodiment training that are essential for transformation. This contemporary reconstruction of the teachings is always in the service of helping the reader make experiential distinctions in their own body-mind. This secular approach respectfully plumbs Buddhist tradition while opening itself to dialogue with science, psychotherapy, and other aspects of modern life. From this vantage, Buddhist practices appear as intentional cultivations moving us toward freedom, wisdom, and compassion. Dillo demonstrates how the space opened up by such practices can lead to skillful responsiveness, whether toward the problems in one’s life or broader issues like the ecological crisis.
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