Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master

Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master

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by Amy Schmidt
     
 

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An inspiring and beautiful book about one of our most beloved elders, a modern Buddhist saint', Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy the Laundry. Read the life story and spiritual teachings of Dipa Ma, a major figure in contemporary Buddhism. She was the teacher of such well-respected western Buddhists as Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Alice

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An inspiring and beautiful book about one of our most beloved elders, a modern Buddhist saint', Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy the Laundry. Read the life story and spiritual teachings of Dipa Ma, a major figure in contemporary Buddhism. She was the teacher of such well-respected western Buddhists as Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Alice Walker and Sylvia Boorstein, among others. An accomplished yogi, she was an inspired teacher and a devoted mother and grandmother. A woman who found great freedom through profound levels of insight and one who exemplified in her every action immense kindness, generosity, and mindfulness. Through this unique account of a remarkable woman, together with the reminiscences of her students, many more aspiring practitioners will be inspired by her life and legacy.

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Publishers Weekly
Schmidt, a resident teacher at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass., offers a study of the life and teachings of Nani Bala Barua-the Indian saint more commonly known by her affectionate nickname, Dipa Ma (1911-1989). Schmidt begins by offering a swift but engaging outline of Dipa Ma's life, including her marriage at age 12, her struggle as a single mother to practice meditation, her mastery of such "supernatural powers" as mind reading and time travel and her eventual establishment in a tiny Calcutta apartment as a gentle, playful and world-renowned teacher of mindfulness-indeed, Dipa Ma deeply influenced such American Buddhist heavyweights as Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield, who provide the foreword and afterword, respectively. Schmidt then highlights a number of Dipa Ma's teachings, such as "the mind is all stories"; "you can do anything you want to do"; and despite strongly patriarchal economic and religious systems, "you should not think that women are helpless." Schmidt rounds out the book by exploring Dipa Ma's continuing legacy, including how many of her students continue to experience her presence even after her death. This is not a penetrating biography; in fact, later chapters are composed chiefly of brief but fond anecdotes shared by Dipa Ma's students. Nevertheless, it is a compelling tribute to a beloved teacher whose "combination of gentleness, no pretense, and power" continues to inspire many interested in the Buddhist path. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"An inspiring and beautiful book about one of our most beloved elders, a modern Buddhist saint." —Jack Kornfield, author, A Path with Heart

"Reading these reflections of Dipa Ma rouses the faith that being in her presence always did." —Sylvia Boorstein, author, It's Easier Than You Think

"This is a real treasure. Dipa Ma comes through as such a gentle, disarming, fierce, sweet presence. She is completely irresistible." —Toinette Lippe, author, Nothing Left Over

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907314803
Publisher:
Windhorse Publications Ltd
Publication date:
05/31/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
725,700
File size:
10 MB

What People are saying about this

Toinette Lippe
"This is a real treasure. Dipa Ma comes through as such a gentle, disarming, fierce, sweet presence. She is completely irresistible."
קauthor, Nothing Left Over
Jack Kornfield
"An inspiring and beautiful book about one of our most beloved elders, a modern Buddhist saint."
author, A Path with Heart
Alice Walker
"This book, like Dipa Ma, is simple, straightforward and powerful."
author, The Color Purple
Sylvia Boorstein
"Reading these reflections of Dipa Ma rouses the faith that being in her presence always did."
author, It's Easier Than You Think
Paul Hawken
"Rarely does a story about another person contain so much heart. After reading Dipa Ma, you feel you have actually met her-and you will never forget her."
coauthor, Natural Capitalism

Meet the Author


Amy Schmidt is a resident teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts; a cofounder of Southwest Sangha, a self-retreat center in southern New Mexico; a licensed clinical social worker; and a cartoonist. She lives in Barre, Massachusetts.

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