Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness

Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness

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by John Makransky
     
 

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Drawing from the author's life as a father, professor, Buddhist, and Buddhist teacher — as well as on pop culture references from Bob Dylan to Harry Potter — Awakening Through Love is a welcoming guide to achieving the deepest well-being and joy. Rooted in Buddhism’s Dzogchen tradition, the book teaches strategies for realizing a lifeSee more details below

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Drawing from the author's life as a father, professor, Buddhist, and Buddhist teacher — as well as on pop culture references from Bob Dylan to Harry Potter — Awakening Through Love is a welcoming guide to achieving the deepest well-being and joy. Rooted in Buddhism’s Dzogchen tradition, the book teaches strategies for realizing a life imbued with love through Buddhist methods for fostering genuine caring and appreciation for others. To help readers achieve this state, the author presents practices and meditations for gradual cultivation and direct insight. He also provides a moving presentation of the role of a teacher, or “benefactor,” in deepening one’s spiritual path. Part of the book’s effectiveness is that it uncovers universal elements in Buddhist ideas and practices and renders them usable for a general audience, with many references to the adaptability of these methods for use in conjunction with the traditions of other religions.

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Editorial Reviews

Daniel Goleman
"Awakening Through Love is a root text in a lineage of applied social intelligence, offering us practical methods for cultivating our capacities for empathy and compassion--not in some remote mountain hermitage, but in the midst of life. John Makransky's wisdom will benefit anyone who yearns to become a more loving human being."
Shambhala Sun
"The title here says it all. This very readable book by scholar-practitioner John Makaransky teaches us how to uncover and practice a boundless love and compassion that leads to 'awakening,' or enlightenment. The meditations originate from the Nyingma/Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, which Makransky has studied and practiced for twenty-five years. All the same, Makransky's heartfelt enthusiasm and the concrete methods he offers cross boundaries of spiritual affiliation. From a practical standpoint, Makransky says, any practice that undercuts self-cherishing will bring us closer to the 'pure perception' described in Dzogchen literature. In this sense, meditations on love and compassion are particularly potent, and Makransky promises that they will 'generate tremendous karmic power for progress in spiritual awakening.'"
Boston Globe
"Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness illustrates how people of all backgrounds and faiths can access the Tibetan Buddhist practice of compassion and wisdom. Each chapter includes step-by-step guided meditations. [...Author John] Makransky equally wants to communicate the heart of those traditions to non-Buddhists and ordinary folks, as he does in his latest book release."
Sharon Salzberg
"Awakening Through Love is an uplifting and joyful reminder of our human potential. As a manual for practice, it wonderfully supports our shift from a contracted self-centeredness to the profound expansiveness of connection with others."
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
"Awakening Through Love presents a message of compassionate wisdom that is greatly needed in today's world. In this book Dr. John Makransky offers readers of all faiths and persuasions a profound guide to experience the deep and limitless love that has inspired and awakened Buddhist practitioners throughout the ages. Being both a learned scholar and an experienced practitioner, Dr. Makransky is well positioned to present the deep meaning of the Buddhist teaching to a contemporary audience. This book is an important contribution to the modern understanding of Buddhism that will serve as an inspiration and a friend for anyone who wishes to experience the great qualities of love, compassion, and wisdom that we all possess as our innermost being."
Joseph Goldstein
"Awakening Through Love is that rare combination of fine Buddhist scholarship and deep meditative understanding. John Makransky has done us all a great service."
Raphael Cushnir
"If 'All you need is love,' what does love need? How can we put love into actual practice, where it really counts and is often the most difficult? Perhaps there are no more important questions than these, and not only our happiness, but our very survival depends upon the answers. That's why John Makransky's book is such a treasure. He's that rare guide that you intuitively trust, leading the way through even the most dark and challenging places. At the end of his book we emerge wiser, lighter, and newly inspired to live the truth of our innermost hearts. Awakening Through Love distills the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism into a practical manual for contemporary life. It's a must-read if you yearn for freedom, peace and healing, not to mention unshakeable joy."
Jose Ignacio Cabezon
"This book is an extended meditation on love, but also so much more. Makransky manages, in simple and straightforward words, to capture the essential insights of the Tibetan tradition, delivering it, as the Tibetan saying goes, 'into the very palm of our hand.' Written from the heart, it is bound to affect the heart of all who read it... Practical, profound and deeply moving."
Richard Kearney
"John Makransky communicates a deep sense of Tibetan wisdom in an eminently accessible and engaging style. The book itself performs an act of attention, awareness, meditation and therapy. Reading becomes a transformative event. The writing is deft, compassionate and highly compelling."
Tulku Thondup
"A treasure of ambrosia-like wisdom, Awakening Through Love offers profound and clear instructions and meditations for realizing compassionate love, the essence of our pure human heart that awakens the awareness of universal peace and ultimate wisdom."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861719556
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
08/10/2007
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
3 MB

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