Close to the Ground: Reflections on the Seven Factors of Enlightenment [NOOK Book]

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The truth is that after all the bliss, emptiness, and generalized euphoria we might be lucky enough to experience at some point along our spiritual path, what’s left are the karmic knots of conditioning that still need unraveling if we are going to be of any genuine help to anybody. Untying them is the work...
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Close to the Ground: Reflections on the Seven Factors of Enlightenment

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Overview

The truth is that after all the bliss, emptiness, and generalized euphoria we might be lucky enough to experience at some point along our spiritual path, what’s left are the karmic knots of conditioning that still need unraveling if we are going to be of any genuine help to anybody. Untying them is the work of spiritual warriors, that is, all of us. The seven factors of enlightenment are a grease to loosen them, all the while keeping us upright in our efforts. These factors are:

mindfulness
the investigation of phenomena
energetic effort
ease
joy
concentration
equanimity

In Close to the Ground, longtime Buddhist teacher Geri Larkin uses stories from her own life to share some of the gifts that these factors bring. Because she refuses to be anything special, her stories are all of our stories, her humor, all of our humor, her heartbreaks, all of our heartbreaks. In reading the book, you may discover (or rediscover) that you have many more tools available to help with this work of “life and death” than you may have thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930485815
  • Publisher: Rodmell Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 729,477
  • File size: 275 KB

Meet the Author

Geri Larkin: Geri Larkin started Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple in the heart of Detroit, where she was guiding teacher for its first five years. Larkin is the author of seven books on Buddhism, including Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and The Still Point Dhammapada. These days she lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Mindfulness
Beau Explores a Ladybug
Fear as a Best Friend
The Fire of Attention
Unitasking
Loving What Is
Retreat Meals

2 Investigation of Phenomena
Where Did I Come From?
Seeing Through the Lens Affectionately Known as Me
Everybody Suffers
Where Does Mexico Start?
Pain Explored
The Observing Buddha as a Way of Life, or Channeling Morandi

3 Energetic Effort
Who Is a Brahmin?
Racing to the Door
Cleaning the House Every Day
Nonstop Hundred-Foot Poles
Good Friends
The Rhinoceros Club

4 Ease
Having Kissed My Ass Goodbye
No Opinions, No Problem
Resistance Free
Goodbye, Flattery and Deception
No Doubt
Again I See Bodhisattvas

5 Joy
A Day Safe From Asteroids
The Lotus Sutra’s Formula for a Happy Life
Without Haste
No Place for the Timid
The End of Searching
Gentleness

6 Concentration
Buddha Is Grass Shoes
Orange Walnut Salad
Gilgamesh’s Car
Hello, Wisdom
The Power of Perseverance
Moving Past Bliss

7 Equanimity
Buddha and His Good Friend Drunk Elephant
Nothing Gets Rewarded
Not Running Away
Not Running Away, Part 2
Melodrama Withdrawal
How to Be a Seamless Monument

Conclusion

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