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Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering
     

Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering

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by Phillip Moffitt, Venerable Ajahn Sumedho (Preface by)
 

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Why do we suffer? Is there a purpose to our pain? Noting that human beings have wrestled with such questions for thousands of years, Phillip Moffitt has found answers for his own life in Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Reflecting on his own journey from Esquire magazine editor-in-chief to Buddhist meditation teacher, Moffitt provides a fresh perspective

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Why do we suffer? Is there a purpose to our pain? Noting that human beings have wrestled with such questions for thousands of years, Phillip Moffitt has found answers for his own life in Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Reflecting on his own journey from Esquire magazine editor-in-chief to Buddhist meditation teacher, Moffitt provides a fresh perspective on the Buddha's ancient wisdom, showing how to move from suffering to new awareness and unanticipated joy.
In this deeply spiritual book that is sure to become a Buddhist classic, Moffitt explores the twelve insights that underlie the Buddha's core teaching--the Four Noble Truths--and uses these often neglected ideas to guide readers to a more meaningful relationship to suffering. Moffitt write: "These twelve insights teach you to dance with both the joy and pain, finding peace in a balanced mind and calm spirit. As the most specific, practical life instructions I have ever encountered, they serve as an invaluable tool for anyone who seeks a life filled with meaning and well-being." Practicing these twelve insights, as Moffitt suggests, will help readers experience life's difficulties without being filled with stress and anguish, and they will enhance their moments of happiness.
With engaging writing and a strong message of self-empowerment, Dancing with Life offers a prescriptive path for finding joy and peace that will appeal to meditation students and readers of "Dharma Wisdom," Moffitt's column in Yoga Journal, as well as anyone searching for a more authentic life.

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Moffitt, founder and president of the Life Balance Institute and regular contributor to Yoga Journal, competently addresses the core of the Buddhist message-suffering and the delivery of human beings from suffering-for a contemporary English-speaking audience. He views Buddha's Four Noble Truths as "specific, practical life instructions."


—Graham Christian Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594863530
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.51(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Moffitt walked away from his highly successful post as chief executive and editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine in 1987 to live the inner life. Founder and president of the Life Balance Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to the study and practice of spiritual values in daily life, Moffitt teaches vipassana meditation at retreat centers around the country and holds a weekly meditation class in Marin County, California. He is an award-winning essayist and is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Dancing With Life: Buddhist insights for finding meaning and joy in the face of suffering 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
rosalice More than 1 year ago
This book is great, helpful and very deep. It is amazing how the author have such insight about the human suffering, or better, how he can translate the Buddha teachings to our twenty first century life being so clear and precise. But don't be foolish, it is not a simple book in the way that the teachings can be assimilated very easily. It is so intense that it needs to be read many times in order to be assimilated at least to the minimum. Also, at the end, it has a good number of suggestions of further reading and websites that are very helpful as well. It is the best book I read in a long time that talks so clear about the human condition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book any good i difnt read it is it stupid i gits to know
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RichardCO More than 1 year ago
I am a Shin Buddhist and I have been studying the four truths for sometime and I have been going through some hard patches in my life that are continuing to date. Some chapters in this book showed me how I act to the tee when I don't get what I want. I have given this book to four of my friends already. I ready this book everytime things get hard to deal with. I will use it for the rest of my life
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Why do you suffer? Is there a purpose to your pain? These questions come up for all of us at some time, as they did for the Buddha 2,500 years ago. In his wisdom, he developed a way through suffering, which he called the Four Noble Truths, and he left us the Twelve Insights to guide us through them. Using examples from his own life and those of his students, and the step-by-step process of the Twelve Insights, Phillip Moffitt shows us how we can walk through our suffering to a path of joy. First we learn to embrace suffering through the First Noble Truth. In the Second Noble Truth, we learn there is a way to stop clinging. The Third Noble Truth shows us cessation of suffering is possible. And the Fourth Noble Truth offers us the Noble Eightfold Path to happiness. Pain and suffering come to all of us, and at times can feel overwhelming. But Moffitt gives us clear and compelling reasons to believe that these Twelve Insights are the way to handle suffering and create a life filled with joy. Though at times the path won¿t be easy, there is hope that we can learn to live with our pain and still enjoy our dance with life. A profoundly spiritual book, Dancing With Life is a must-read for all those who want to find deeper meaning in life. Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews