Hidden Spring: A Buddhist Woman Confronts Cancer

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Hidden Spring is the first book to demonstrate in moment-to-moment detail how Buddhist meditation and practice can help us cope with the ordeal of life-threatening disease. In 1995, Sandy Boucher - a well-known Buddhist and feminist writer - was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. In vivid prose, she describes her year-long encounter with the disease, and reveals how meditation techniques and understanding of Buddhist principles prepared her to meet the mental and physical ...

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Overview

Hidden Spring is the first book to demonstrate in moment-to-moment detail how Buddhist meditation and practice can help us cope with the ordeal of life-threatening disease. In 1995, Sandy Boucher - a well-known Buddhist and feminist writer - was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. In vivid prose, she describes her year-long encounter with the disease, and reveals how meditation techniques and understanding of Buddhist principles prepared her to meet the mental and physical challenges of her illness.

This intimate account of the development of a Western Buddhist meditator is a triumphant tale of the human spirit in its struggle with mortality, and a guide for anyone looking for strength and comfort for their own struggles.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Boucher's fifth book is both a personal narrative and a guide for facing life-threatening illness. A well-known author (Opening the Lotus: A Woman's Guide to Buddhism) and Buddhist practitioner/teacher, Boucher draws on Buddhist principles--awareness, compassion, engagement, and acceptance, among others--during her ordeal (she was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer). She provides a basic understanding of key Buddhist principles but places them in the context of her own belief and struggle. As in much of Buddhist practice, Boucher presents her cancer approach as a model and an inspiration, even through the difficulties of pain, despair, and loss of personal relationships. Although the focus of the book is very specific, the themes are not. Hidden Spring is an excellent resource not only for cancer patients but also for anyone facing serious illness. Recommended for public libraries and consumer health collections.--Andy Wickens, King Cty. Lib. Syst., Seattle Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Phil Catalfo
A fiercely honest, richly contemplative, deeply moving accound of Yoga Journal contributor Boucher's struggle with cancer and how her long-established practice of Buddhist meditation—and the loving support of others—helped her cope.
Yoga Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711710
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 740,110
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

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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