Be an Island: The Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace

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From the best-selling author of Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, Ayya Khema's Be an Island guides us along the path of Buddhist meditation with direct and practical advice, giving us contemplative tools to develop a healthy sense of personal being. Be an Island is at once an introduction to the teachings of Buddhism and a rich continuation of Ayya Khema's personal vision of Buddhist practice.

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Overview

From the best-selling author of Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, Ayya Khema's Be an Island guides us along the path of Buddhist meditation with direct and practical advice, giving us contemplative tools to develop a healthy sense of personal being. Be an Island is at once an introduction to the teachings of Buddhism and a rich continuation of Ayya Khema's personal vision of Buddhist practice.

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Editorial Reviews

The Middle Way
"An inspiring guide to the timeless wisdom of the Buddha's teaching...Be an Island is the kind of book that, sentence by sentence, can be the subject of profound reflection or be lightly read... This indeed is a book that is good in the beginning, good in the middle and good at the end."
Sandy Boucher
"She was a woman of great heart and vision, and unshakable courage. She was one of the Buddha's lions. May her roar echo in these pages and out across the world to generations of followers-of-the-way to come."
The Beacon
"This book offers guidance along the path of Buddhist meditation with direct and practical advice. Ayya Khema's words are clear and straightforward, conveying depth and insight."
Wisconsin Bookwatch
"[A]n articulate, informative, and inspiring work on the Buddhist practice of meditation...Be an Island is a tremendous and much appreciated contribution to Buddhist studies."
NAPRA ReVIEW
"Like her namesake, this popular Western-born follower of the Dhamma brings an exceptional facility with words to 24 essays, accessible to the seasoned practitioner and neophyte alike...Khema offers direct and practical wisdom...Her words, simple and direct without being sharp, expertly peel away the veils of illusion to reveal the calm island of inner peace that resides within."
Tricycle
"In Be an Island, [Khema] writes of taking refuge in the Three Jewels 'as a kind of love affair,' recommends 'stretching the mind to the impossible,' and points out the path to achieving liberation in the present moment. There is sage advice in this book for beginners and advanced practitioners alike."
Library Journal
Wisdom, in addition to its backlist of ancient spiritual classics from the East, has recently begun to amplify its list with newly written titles on spiritual guidance: Be an Island and Only a Great Rain are among the most worthy of these. Khema's work is the last offering of an American-born Buddhist nun who died in 1997; her calm, soberly written treatise reviews the path to enlightenment as a form of the search for personal and inner peace. Yun provides valuable insight into the distinct practices and traditions of Chinese Buddhism, still little known in the West. Both of these publications are recommended for libraries where interest in Eastern spirituality is strong. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711475
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Berlin in 1923 to Jewish parents, Ayya Khema was educated in Scotland and China and later emigrated to the United States. The author of twenty-five books, she was ordained as a nun in Sri Lanka in 1979 and established several Buddhist centers, including Wat Buddha Dhamma in Australia, Parapuddua Nun's Island in Sri Lanka, and Buddha Haus in Germany. In 1987 she coordinated the first-ever International Conference of Buddhist Nuns. She passed away in 1997.

Sandy Boucher is the author of six books, including Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism. She has traveled extensively in Asia, and lived for a short time as a nun on the Nuns Island in Sri Lanka founded and directed by Ayya Khema. Boucher is active in both feminism and Buddhism, and has worked with cancer patients since her 1995/96 bout with cancer. She lives in Oakland, California.

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