Love, compassion, and peace--these words are at the heart of all spiritual endeavors. Although we intuitively resonate with their meaning and value, for most of us, the challenge is how to embody what we know: how to transform these words into a vibrant, living practice. In these times of conflict and uncertainty, this transformation is far more than an abstract ideal; it is an urgent necessity. Peace in the world begins with us. This wonderfully appealing offering from one the most trusted elders of Buddhism in the West is a warm and engaging exploration of the ways we can cultivate and manifest peace as wise and skillful action in the world.
This charming book is illuminated throughout with lively, joyous, and sometimes even funny citations from a host of contemporary and ancient sources from the poetry of W.S. Merwin and Galway Kinnell to the haiku of Issa and the great poet-monk Ryokan, from the luminous aspirations of Saint Francis of Assisi to the sage advice of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama.
Heart Full of Peace, Joseph Goldstein, Wisdom Publications, Hardcover, 2007, 128 Pages, 4.5 x 6.5 inches, $9.95
Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and loving-kindness meditation
retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight
Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts, where he continues as one of
the resident guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other
teachers and students, he established the Barre Center for Buddhist
Studies and, later, The Forest Refuge. A seminal figure in the emergence
of Buddhism in the West, Joseph is the author of numerous books
including One Dharma. He lives in Barre, Massachusetts.