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In the Lap of the Buddha
     

In the Lap of the Buddha

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by Gavin Harrison
 

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In this book a teacher of insight meditation offers personal testament, healing words, and wise instruction to help meet the suffering that comes with catastrophic life events. Speaking openly about his own struggles with memories of childhood sexual abuse and with the HIV diagnosis he received in 1989, Gavin Harrison reveals how compassion offers refuge and help for

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In this book a teacher of insight meditation offers personal testament, healing words, and wise instruction to help meet the suffering that comes with catastrophic life events. Speaking openly about his own struggles with memories of childhood sexual abuse and with the HIV diagnosis he received in 1989, Gavin Harrison reveals how compassion offers refuge and help for all who suffer from similar crises of body, heart, and spirit. Among the topics covered are:

   •  Dealing with fear, anger, and self-hatred
   •  Working with difficult relationships
   •  Confronting physical pain and the fear of death
   •  Transforming the legacy of sexual abuse
   •  The question of karma and "Why me?"
   •  Grappling with issues of faith, freedom, hope, and miracles
   •  Basic insight meditation instructions, plus guided meditations for forgiveness, compassion, and equanimity

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A profoundly hopeful book that teaches people how to cope not only with the trauma of abuse and the onslaught of disease, but also with the tribulations of daily life. It is a book about becoming more aware and compassionate toward ourselves and our loved ones."—Natural Health

"The heartfelt prose rings true, as do the parallels between the lives of contemporary Americans and the life of Siddartha Gautauma; and Harrision's life itself, here documented, convincingly makes the case that Buddhist meditation practices are not a path away from life but rather a road into and through it."—Publishers Weekly

"Courageous and articulate . . . a powerful presentation by an effective writer who uses Buddhist teaching and meditative practice to effect a triumph of the human spirit."—Library Journal

"I read many books by people transformed by suffering. In the Lap of the Buddha rises above other books with its wisdom and beauty. Let it guide you and teach you to live."—Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles

"With penetrating mindfulness, Gavin Harrison uncovers the roots of suffering and the path to wholeness. The healing he seeks, though stimulated by fearsome childhood abuse and an HIV diagnosis, is in truth the healing we all seek."—Stephen Levine, author of Healing into Life and Death

"This wonderfully wise and warm book brings the timeless teachings of the Buddha to life, reminding us that every challenge, every trial, is grist for the mill of awakening to the compassionate heart of our own true nature. The authenticity and deep humanity of Gavin Harrison shine out from every page of this book. It is truly a jewel."—Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With its emphasis on emptiness and detachment, Buddhism's path sometimes seems an esoteric, disengaged, distant trek removed from the realities of life in the emotionally, physically, culturally crowded world. White South African Gavin Harrison's loving manual, however, casts light on the application of meditation to real-life conditions like HIV and AIDS, memories of childhood sexual abuse and the less dire fear and pain of daily life. The heartfelt prose rings true, as do the parallels between the lives of contemporary Americans and the life of Siddartha Gautauma; and Harrision's life itself, here documented, convincingly makes the case that Buddhist meditation practices are not a path away from life but rather a road into and through it. (Aug.)
Library Journal
In this courageous and articulate personal testimony, a gay man uses Buddhist insight meditation to deal with the suffering he has experienced from child abuse and from being HIV positive. He describes how he has been able to open himself to the suffering as he follows the five Buddhist precepts of refraining from harming, stealing, using false speech, engaging in sexual misconduct, and using intoxicants. Many subsections within the six chapters begin with accounts of the Buddha's life and teachings taken from Buddhist scriptures. These are followed by Harrison's reflections on how we deal-usually ineffectively-with suffering. Instructions are also given on the way Buddhist meditation practice is done. This is a powerful presentation by an effective writer who uses Buddhist teaching and meditative practice to effect a triumph of the human spirit. Highly recommended for libraries whose patrons need books to help them cope with the universal experience of human suffering.-David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877739951
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
903,815
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"A profoundly hopeful book that teaches people how to cope not only with the trauma of abuse and the onslaught of disease, but also with the tribulations of daily life. It is a book about becoming more aware and compassionate toward ourselves and our loved ones."—Natural Health

"The heartfelt prose rings true, as do the parallels between the lives of contemporary Americans and the life of Siddartha Gautauma; and Harrision's life itself, here documented, convincingly makes the case that Buddhist meditation practices are not a path away from life but rather a road into and through it."—Publishers Weekly

"Courageous and articulate . . . a powerful presentation by an effective writer who uses Buddhist teaching and meditative practice to effect a triumph of the human spirit."—Library Journal

"I read many books by people transformed by suffering. In the Lap of the Buddha rises above other books with its wisdom and beauty. Let it guide you and teach you to live."—Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles

"With penetrating mindfulness, Gavin Harrison uncovers the roots of suffering and the path to wholeness. The healing he seeks, though stimulated by fearsome childhood abuse and an HIV diagnosis, is in truth the healing we all seek."—Stephen Levine, author of Healing into Life and Death

"This wonderfully wise and warm book brings the timeless teachings of the Buddha to life, reminding us that every challenge, every trial, is grist for the mill of awakening to the compassionate heart of our own true nature. The authenticity and deep humanity of Gavin Harrison shine out from every page of this book. It is truly a jewel."—Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

Meet the Author

Gavin Harrison teaches at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.

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In the Lap of the Buddha 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Lap of the Buddah takes readers on a journey of self awareness and healing. The author masterfully combines lessons taught by the masters with his own personal experience. No matter what your religious preference, you will find help and comfort in this book. This is definately a book to be read over and over again. Many thanks to Gavin Harrsion for sharing this work of art with the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an insight guide and a heartfelt introduction to the practice of buddism. It also is a lovly guide to becoming a compassionate person and a better human. The raw emotion and the love comes through every word. Its as if Gavin were leading your heart on a journey, and you become a little better as a person for having gone along with him. Thank you Gavin Harrison.