Karma and Happiness: A Tibetan Odyssey in Ethics, Spirituality and Healing


In this book, a nurse uses the story of her journey to Tibet as a framework for showing how we can apply this karmic principle in our daily lives.

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In this book, a nurse uses the story of her journey to Tibet as a framework for showing how we can apply this karmic principle in our daily lives.

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If storytelling is at the heart of human learning, then Cameron (Hello, I'm God and I'm Here to Help You) has opened a softly lit doorway to a greater understanding of the ethical complexities in the struggle between Tibet and China. Cameron is a Jew who converted from Christianity, and in her quest for a more complete spiritual and ethical framework she found rich, compatible resonances in yoga, the twelve-step program, bioethics and, lastly, Buddhism. A Ph.D. and R.N with a broad yen for wisdom stored across traditions, she and her beloved husband Mike have an apparently insatiable quest for philosophy that guides ethical behavior. This book describes the chapter in their lives wherein they doggedly pursued a just comprehension of the centuries-old relationship between the "neighboring" countries of Tibet and China, a conflict brought to the world's attention by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The gifts of this book are several. The guileless story of their travels, especially in Tibet, is vivid and engaging, engendering empathy a "must read" for anyone contemplating the trip. The thrust and quality of their search to understand the perspective of both nations is a forgotten art. Although Cameron frames the work as an ethical quest, which it is, her greatest gift is a historical and cultural overview of what has transpired between Tibet and China. This should be required reading, especially for American Buddhists. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577491057
  • Publisher: Fairview Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2004

    OM Mani Padme Hum

    A philosophy of life is a work in progress. ~Miriam E. CameronMiriam E. Cameron's work in 'Karma and Happiness' is not only a direct result of her journey to Tibet, it is a summary of how to conduct our lives all while knowing we are going to die. This book will interest readers who have an interest in the relationship between the health of individuals and their ethical values. Can spiritual growth lead to emotional and physical healing? Throughout her life, Miriam has found that no single wisdom tradition meets everyone's needs and that there is a universal desire to be happy. Good choices lead to a happier, healthier life and what goes around, comes around (karma). In this book, Miriam explores Tibet and also takes a journey into the internal world of our own happiness and suffering. Contents: The Relationship between Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing Something Missing - Miriam's journey through Christianity, Judaism and Yoga Buddhism - The Four Noble Truths, Karma and Ethics, The Sixth Wisdom Tradition Ethical Problems - What is the right thing to do? History of Tibet Mindfulness - Hindu Roots and a Tibetan Refugee Camp Suffering - Dreams, Pain, Anger, Disappointment, Anxiety, Fear The Nature of Reality - Interdependence and mutual need Impermanence - Equanimity and nonattachment Personal Healing - Mind-Body Interconnectedness and Tibetan Bioethics Buddha Nature - Nature of the mind and freedom More Ethical Problems - Questions about Tibet Compassion - How to Practice Universal Compassion Healing the World - Diversity and Unity of Values After reading Miriam's description of enlightenment (She recorded from the teachings of Dorje Rinpoche), I finally understand the concept in full. If you have any interest in Tibet or in Tibetan Buddhism this is an essential book. I have rarely found Buddhism explained quite so succinctly and illustrated quite so creatively. This is a journey into ethics, spirituality and healing with an added dose of humor. Miriam's writing is vivid and her creativity paints vivid recollections of a spiritual journey that becomes a test of physical endurance. Throughout the book I could visualize the journey like a movie. Miriam's journey to Tibet took her to the limits of her own physical endurance all while taking her to the heights of her own spiritual journey. I loved the conversations she has recorded in detail, the insight gained from her personal experiences in Tibet and how she weaves her philosophy of life into a once-in-a-lifetime journey. She writes with authority and seeks to present a balanced view of Tibet's history. Not only does she explain the current conditions, she writes from the heart and is a seeker of truth. I liked the concept of being like a beautiful lotus rising out of the mud. If you are looking for a collection of ideas to promote inner peace and settle outer conflicts, you will love this book. After reading this book once, I realized I wanted to read it again because it is a highly interesting story and there are so many concepts I'd love to apply to my own life. Miriam E. Cameron, PhD, RN, is a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing and is also the best-selling author of 'Hello, I'm God, and I'm Here to Help You.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2002

    An outstanding perspective on life and Tibet.

    I can't tell you how much I loved 'Karma and Happiness.' I felt like saying 'thank you' the second I finished it. I've bought it as gifts for many of my friends and family. This is truly the best book I've read since taking an interest in Buddhism and Tibet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    Fascinating story!

    I just finished reading 'Karma and Happiness,' and all I can say is 'Wow!' What a fascinating and life changing experience the author had. I have been telling everyone about the book...I just feel compelled to share the author's story with others.

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